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Old 08-19-2012, 12:34 PM   #16
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I've never been able to bring myself to use personal days for major trips like this. I've found that missing one or two days is "doable" for me if I have to, but more than that creates a mountain of catching up that obliterates whatever vacation-y feeling I might have had while I was away. I do have colleagues who seem able to manage this much better than I can though -- perhaps I need to get some pointers from them, eh?

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Old 08-19-2012, 02:51 PM   #17
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I have worked at a charter for the last five years, starting my sixth year tomorrow! We have five personal days a school year. However, we are told we not to use them unless it is an absolute emergency. Anything beyond five days and we are docked pay.

I can understand it - we have many holidays and vacations throughout the year. Where it gets difficult is doctor's appointments. Our daily schedule is 7:00 to 4:00, so in order to get in a doctor's appointment I usually have to try to find a doctor who will work with my schedule or take half a day off, even if we are only leaving a half hour early. Other teachers seem to come and go whenever they please and take vacations - I guess the penalty is worth it to them.

As to vacations -- what is a vacation again???
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:34 PM   #18
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Darn it, Denice, now you've got me doing something similar! Is this any way to torment your former table mate?

My school has a week off the first full week in March. (This is a break in-between trimesters and is different from our Spring Break.) Given the off-peak time of this trimester break, I innocently checked out prices for cruises on the Fantasy and Dream. (Nothing is sailing out of a West Coast port, which was my first choice.) There's a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise that fits my vacation dates perfectly, with cabins starting at the mid-$2200's. Since I'd most likely be solo on this cruise, an inside stateroom would be fine.

I DO NOT NEED THESE TEMPTATIONS RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:47 AM   #19
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Don't feel bad about that, Dave!!! You're on break, after all!

I was curious what Spring Break pricing might be so I looked at March sailings as well.

We'd need the 3/16 sailing and thank goodness, it was significantly cheaper than the week before and the week after (by almost 4k!).

My wheels are turning..........
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:23 AM   #20
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I was curious what Spring Break pricing might be so I looked at March sailings as well.

My wheels are turning..........
Mine finished turning last night. Instead of a cruise, I used DVC points to book 5 nights at the Villas at the Grand Californian. Carsland, here I come!
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