I have a love-hate relationship with days off in the middle of the week.
I love them because:
- It’s an extra day off in the week.
- The commute is awesome (bedroom – living room via kitchen in 30 seconds).
- Every day that I don’t have to wear pants is a good day.
- Every day I don’t have to shave is a great day.
- This bullet is rated R and has been removed per LW request.
- It’s a perfect day to have lunch downtown or near the Canal.
- I can have wine before 4pm without getting weird looks from coworkers.
I hate them because:
- I still get up at 5:30 in the morning.
- It’s an extra day in the week where I have to do house work (like cleaning up the backyard, cleaning the BBQ, plan vacations).
- OK to be fair LW cleaned the BBQ.
- But then she kept telling me about all the vacation options. Now I have to decide today. Sigh.
- They’re not followed by another day off.
- Most stores are closed on those days.
- They’re not aligned with my American friends days off.
- Most of the fall on special days, and that means a whole bunch of tourists downtown.
- It’s only one day.
- I might forget to turn the alarm clock back on for the next morning.
If it was just me, I would trade the 8 public holidays we get every year – February 16 (Family Day) April 10 (Good Friday) April 13 (Easter Monday) May 18 (Victoria Day) July 1 (Canada Day) August 3 (Civic Holiday) September 7 (Labour Day) October 12 (Thanksgiving) – for an extra week and a half off at the end of August, just before the school year starts.
However, I also think that I should get my birthday off. 😉
Of course, some workplaces are really really cool and have Friday movie days, or work from the pool day, or skip work to go to Disney day. We can’t all be that lucky.
What do you think? If I ever run as Prime Minister*, what kind of holiday platform should I put forward?
TUA: Today is fellow Canadian extraordinaire BluePaintRed’s Birthday. She hits the big 3-0 today (That’s like 26 in US years) so go wish her a very happy birthday, m’kay? I hope she never ran against me for the Prime Minister gig, because she’d probably run on a cupcake and cookies platform, and I couldn’t beat that.
*Canadian Presidents are called Prime Ministers because their cabinets can only be formed by a prime number of MPs (or is it their birth date? I can never remember). We used to call them Fibonacci Ministers, but no one would get it.