At this point, I can't even remember the last time I went on a "real" vacation. 2019, maybe? Who knows?
At any rate, we are getting down to the wire, as far as using up vacation time before the end of the year. And I have a LOT of time to use. Considering The Husband decided to take this week off, I did too - simply to avoid having to shush him while I was working.
The result has been a mixed bag. Yesterday, I worked a "bit" (maybe an hour?) but today? Well, today I have to admit, I worked a good majority of the day.
Generally, when I take time off I can actually BE off for the majority of the time (truth be told, I usually check in just to keep from being overwhelmed when the vacation is over - but for the most part am on vacation). But this time around is different. About two weeks ago, I was "volunteered" to assist the new CFO (the jokes on them...haven't they heard of my dismal mathematical skills?) - to date this hasn't been an issue; he "seems" to be fairly low-key. But he hasn't "officially" been on the team until yesterday. Time will tell.
Last week, I was again "volunteered" to assist the CEO, as that admin had put in her notice - and they foolishly told her to go ahead and go - rather than waiting until the two weeks notice was up and getting a replacement.
I actually really LIKE our CEO - but I knew from the moment I met her that she was a HIGH MAINTENANCE kind of person. Which is one of the primary reasons I did not want that job when it first became available. I knew without a shadow of a doubt, that between the HIGH MAINTENANCE aspect and the extensive travel that position entails that I wanted absolutely nothing to do with it.
And yet, here I am.
Dealing with the very same issues I didn't want to deal with - while on "vacation" no less.
As of this moment, I am juggling four attorneys, two paralegals, two other folks that I'm not really sure what their titles are - but somehow they ultimately report to my "official" boss, a CFO, a CEO and, apparently, somehow in the last year or so, this other random person who has close ties to the "Mother Ship" - so it is in my best interests to "be nice"; and the Go-To Person for various other people who can't seem to get the help they need from their own departments.
Honestly, I don't mind being helpful where and when I can - as most of these people are genuinely nice and very appreciative of any assistance I can offer; but let's be real - ELEVEN people to manage seems to be asking a bit much, doesn't it?
Here's hoping the rest of the week will have more of a "vacation" vibe...although I will be HERE (and NOT at a special destination), with the computer ever present AND contemplating whether or not I should vacuum the rug; etc.