So, my fiancee and I have been planning a big rock climbing and spelunking trip since the new year. We bought some serious new gear, examined all the places we want to go, I saved up all my holiday time and then some (in lieu of overtime pay I accepted additional vacation days), and I penny-pinched like crazy to afford my share of expenses. Then we settled on a week in September.
Last month, my mom convinced my uncle to visit Canada. This is a Big Deal. The man hasn’t left the U.S. to take a holiday for years and years. Heck, the guy hasn’t taken a vacation in years and years. So that is totally awesome for him.
Problem: He lives in the state where we were headed for our trip. My mom said it would be “wrong” for ust to visit his state when he wouldn’t be there, and he has been very welcoming with open arms and great hospitality (very, very true). So she doesn’t want us to go in September and wants us to be around for his visit
:: insert guilt trip here ::
My holiday time expires in September. If I don’t use it, I lose it. I can’t go next month because we booked a cottage with the rest of my holiday time and I have to give a month’s notice if I plan on taking more than one week off back-to-back (otherwise, I’d just extend our one holiday, so I at least wouldn’t lose the time).
:: sigh ::
I’m going to use my vacation week to finish painting my fiancee’s house.