Five Things Friday is a post where I share five things that either made my week, what I am thinking about, or would like to share with all of you!
Returning to work
My husband thought his company did not get President’s Day off. When he arrived to work, no one was at the parking lot. It must have been a nice surprise for him.
Saturday we were okay when we arrived home. But the following day, we were very tired. I am glad I don’t work on Mondays. I am sure my husband was happy he got that Monday off too with being President’s Day and all.
I think I found a new song about my pomeranian.
Do Americans hate taking time off?
When we travel abroad, the locals tell us they are surprised Americans get vacations. They are right. In the U.S., employers are not required to offer paid time off (PTO) or vacation. Out of my four full-time jobs, three of them offered PTO. The one full-time job that did not offer any time off was a contract job. If I had to take off early or had to call in sick, I would not get paid hours or days I was absent.
In the two out of the three jobs that offered paid time off, deciding when to take it was tough. I experienced some sort of vacation shame. It was like I had to muster the courage to request for time off. I had so much time off in my last job, I was forced to take it otherwise I would stop earning time off. Thankfully my PTO bank never reached at that point because I might well be working for free. Conservatively, I took one day off per month but some people were under the impression I was “always on vacation” which was so far from the truth. I worked long hours in my last job. Was I not allowed to decide to take a mental health break on a Wednesday?
Missing my odd couple
I missed my dogs throughout my trip.
They are sure an odd couple. Usually people tend to have at least two of the same breed. We were planning on adopting another miniature Schnauzer for Teddy, but a friend reached out that he could not take care of his dog anymore. That was how we got the Pomeranian, Koda. They have different personalities. Teddy is more active and instigates all the playing. While Koda is a little shy and aloof around other dogs and people. They do, however, enjoy each other’s company. When I dropped off my dogs at my friend’s house, I would have thought Teddy would play with the other dogs living in the house. But no, my friend sent photos of Teddy and Koda looking like they were always together.