Dec the halls with rants and howling,
Fuss and piss and moan, and gripe and kvetch!
Nothing beats some high-test growling,
When you wanna vent at some damn wretch
If you’re pressed to give a reason
(“Why are you
Them so mean?”)
Blame it on the Christmas season.
Say you’re going nuts from red and green!
I just read the fine print on our annual leave buy-back program, and found that I don’t get to sell 40 hours of leave back at the end of the year because I used more than 75 hours of sick leave during 2015! This leaves me with the option of losing 23+ hours of leave, or taking an extra day off each week for the next three weeks. Taking the days off sounds nice on the surface, but it does place extra strain on our staffing levels at one of the busiest times of the year. I don’t relish the thought of doing that to my work mates.
Also, I’ve been kinda counting on working some six-day weeks during the Christmas season, to financially recover from the hit my paycheck took during the seven weeks I was gone for my hip surgery. I haven’t yet spoken to my union steward about it, but a fellow employee who has been here for at least thirty years seems to think I can get an OT assignment on one of my scheduled days off, and be paid for five days (one at time and a half) PLUS an annual leave day. I’m a little dubious about whether the contract permits this.