Time off

I am trying to burn off some vacation days which I will lose if they are not taken by the end of the year. I’m taking two of them Monday and Tuesday.

I figured this would be a great chance to get a head start on my National Novel Writing Month project, and to pick up my apartment, which is even more of a nightmare than usual.

My first day of NaNoWriMo has been slow. I think I’ll make my 1,667-word daily target, but I had been hoping to do more than that. My novel this week is based on a couple of characters, both of whom I have fairly strongly in my mind, but I’m light on plot at this point, and the characters are going to have to do whatever comes to them in the next 30 days.

I’m not sure if I’m going to get all eight of my excess vacation days taken by the end of the year. When our business manager first told me that I needed to take them, I immediately signed up for the week after Christmas. Last year, I had to miss a family trip to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge because of work, and I figured this year I’d be sure to make it if my parents decoded to repeat the trip.

Well, there will be a Pigeon Forge trip, and I will be part of it. But I discovered that, because of the way the pay periods are divided, the five days I signed up for that week won’t help me at all with my vacation problem. They count towards 2010, not 2009. Oh, well.

I’ll update you on my NaNoWriMo word count at the end of the evening, and at the end of most evenings.