I always try to ration my PTO days throughout the year so that I'll have some available if something comes up that I want to take off from work for. But what has always happened is that the end of the year comes and I still have a bunch left. This is my third year with the company, and I think I've had at least one or two that I didn't use in the previous two years.
But this year, I was determined to make this work and I'm left with only five here in the final weeks of the year. So I decided to take off this coming week before Christmas. It's a great way to really maximize my time off at a "reduced cost." We get December 26th off "for free" since Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. That means that I get this weekend, all next week, the next weekend, and the following Monday off from work. That's a total of 10 consecutive days for the price of five! Whoo!
I've been looking forward to this for the past few weeks, and I think it's kinda made me a little lazy. I've been putting off some projects that I probably could have done with the thought that I'd do them this week. So I have a relatively long list of things I want to try to get done--many of which are projects that have been backburnered for a year or more. We'll see how I fare.
Here's a project list for my own bookkeeping so I won't forget and can keep track of what I've done and how much I have to go. I know I won't get to all of these, but it will be good just to have a list to refer to.
- Finish Pump tatsujin demos
- Edit video for replacement of in-game FMV complete 12/19
- Replace Extreme announcer with pre-DDRMAX announcer
- Band Member Trilogy DVD
- Band Member '92 Special Edition DVD
- Archive remaining old video projects to DVD
- Prepare selected clips for sharing via Internet
- User interface OMG!
- Reopen store with new items
- DDR-A-Thon 3 DVD
- DDR-A-Thon 4 DVD
- "Everything Else" DVD (collection of IndyDDR clips that have not appeared on DVDs of their own)
- Sort and archive photo collection
- Sort and archive MP3 collection
- Sort and archive old documents
I also haven't read LJ in a week or so. I was somewhere in the skip=150 range the last I checked. There's a lot of video projects on the list that will no doubt take some rendering time. I may be able to catch up while I'm waiting.