Since I've been working in my current department, holidays are always a challenge. There are only five of us (well, five and a half, really) to cover all of our operating hours: 8am-9pm Monday through Friday, and 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. We need to have a minimum of three people working each day during the week, and one each weekend day.
During Thanksgiving and Christmas a lot of us want to be off, and though our boss is extremely sympathetic and does her best to make everyone happy, it still pretty much sucks. Two people (two and a half, really) will be off this week, so we will be short handed, to some degree, every day. I will be working long busy days Tuesday and Wednesday, I'll be off on Thursday, then back to work for more long busy days on Friday and Saturday.
I'd just like to spend some time complaining about that.
Here's the thing, though. I will be able to take off almost a week at Christmas, and Greg and I will be able to go visit Mom in her retirement home in north Georgia. So, I can't complain, really. It's a trade-off.
I'd still like to complain, though. Every time I see people updating their Facebook status to celebrate their "short week" and their "long weekend" it irks me.
But, oddly enough, being irked is not the appropriate mindset for this week. I am trying to focus on how nice it'll be when I can see Mom next month, and be thankful instead.
Pumpkin pie will probably help, too.