Time off

I am off work today.

And tomorrow.

Not doing anything in particular or going anywhere special (obviously), but just using up some of my annual leave.

With holidays cancelled last year, I didn’t dip into my annual leave allocation much, save for a few days here and there.

And the company isn’t allowing us to carry over any more than the usual five days, so it’s a case of use it or lose it.

And I ain’t losing it… done that before.

So, I have a couple of days this week; a week later in the month and then a few days spread throughout March – our year runs April to March.

Of course, I am not alone in this situation: lots of others are in the same boat at work and we have had to carefully arrange our leave around each other, such that we don’t all end up taking the same week off, leaving no cover for our department.

Many are moaning about the company not allowing their several weeks of remaining leave to be carried over, rather than just the one.

And others are saying that the company should buy the leave back from them, as they haven’t been able to use it, being stuck at home, as we all are.

This is ridiculous, of course, and neither scenario is going to happen.

Yes. it’s not their fault that they haven’t been able to get away this year, but then, neither is it the company’s.

Me: I’m looking forward to my couple of days off.


  1. Graham W

    Well you enjoy your days off.

    I was going to be off today too as it’s my birthday (as you know our company gives us the day off each year except I need tomorrow off to go to the opticians so have shifted it)

    So I’m working today which is very strange as it’s the first time in years I’ve done so.

    Not impressed by lockdown birthdays either, normally I’d be going out for a meal to celebrate but nothings bloody open!

  2. Masher

    They give you the day off on your birthday? Never happened in my day! Perhaps I never got the memo.
    For some reason, I thought yours was on the 14th.
    Ahh, this will be your first Lockdown Birthday.
    Yes, well those of us who have already been through it, can sympathise. Some cake and balloons at home is about the best you can hope for.

  3. Brennig

    Have a good couple of days off, you’ve undoubtedly earned them. I’m sure you’ll end up doing something productive, you usually do.

    • Masher

      I am doing bugger all! 🙂

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