Use It or Lose It
Unfortunately, I don't make enough money from my novels, website, and music to pay all my bills. This means I'm still under a tough, callused corporate thumb that tells me I can only have two weeks off (total, including sick days). So, of course, I saved all those days off for a day when I'd really need them.
Well, last month I realized I was nearly at the point when my vacation days would expire. This meant that I had very little time to use up my remaining 3 days+4 hours of vacation time (the rest had been spent on a brief, terrible trip to Texas and a few sick days). I decided that memorial day would be a great chance to take off that time. I could leave early on Friday and have (almost) a whole week to do things I actually care about.