Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oh hello Furlough. Not so nice to see you again.

It's returned.

One of those week-long long vacations that my company forces me to take. And, oh yeah, they don't pay me for. The furlough. This is furlough No. 4 for me since January 2009. And let me tell you, yeah it's kind of nice to have a week off of work. But it's also getting a bit old. Because honestly, the state of Wisconsin? While they do let me claim unemployment, it's not the same as my paycheck.

So what have I been up to so far on my furlough?

First their was Sunday, an epic day in Wisconsin sports. The Badger men's basketball absolutely demolished Northwestern. And then the Packers? In case you've been living under a rock for the past few days, they beat up on the Chicago Bears and are going to the Super Bowl! And because who doesn't like watching a 338-pound man rumble into the end zone after his first career interception? Watch it. Trust me. The last minute is worth it.

I've kept it on the down low, but Monday was my birthday. And how'd I celebrate my 31st? Well, I didn't do a little dance in the end zone like BJ Raji. Nope. I cleaned my apartment. And thought about running. But didn't. Oh well. It was my birthday. I can use that excuse.

And on the official second day of my furlough (the weekend didn't count) I sat and waited for my car to get an oil change. And watched Race Across the Sky, the documentary film about the year Lance Armstrong won the Leadville 100 in record time. Good flick. Inspiring stuff. Which is why I immediately went into my parents' basement and pounded out a 4.25 mile run on the treadmill before I headed off to watch my Dad play pool.

Now it's time to settle in with a book for the night. Who knows what Furlough Day 3 will bring - if I'm lucky at some point this week I'll catch up on all the blogs I haven't been reading/commenting on!


Deloris said...

Monday was your birthday? Happy birthday! :)

I'm sure time off without getting paid isn't fun. But I wish I had a week off. My next vacation isn't until the end of May. Boo.

Suzy said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

Mike said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I wish I was 31 again!