I see you're back at work again, either in your office or your home office, after taking the 4th of July off. "Of course I'm back at work again," you say, "since the 4th fell in the middle of the week. What'd ya expect?"
Excuses, excuses, excuses.
You're just like a growing number of Americans who are choosing work over time off. Or, as ABC's Good Morning America calls it, "The Death of the American Vacation."
According to a new survey by the travel website Expedia, while the number of per year vacation days American workers are given by their employers has increased from 12 to 14 days in the past year...the majority of us are only using 10 of those days - and just letting those other four disappear into thin air.
While the Expedia survey found that 35 percent of workers forgo vacation days due to job security (or lack of it), the majority of them (65 percent) blame stress. Not the stress of their jobs, per say. But rather the stress of preparing to go on vacation, the stress of the actual vacation, and the stress of returning to piled-up work following the vacation.
And those who actually take their vacation time - often take work with them. You know the types: twiddling with their Blackberries by the side of the pool watching the kids having fun, but not doing so themselves.
A survey conducted last month by Yahoo Hot Jobs had similar results. As you can read here at MSNBC, nearly half of the workers it polled did not take all their vacation days last year despite feeling "burned out" on the job. And get this: 39 percent said they "were too exhausted" to plan and then take vacation.
Boy, aren't we just a bunch of sick puppies. We won't take time off because it's too "stressful," and we're just too tired to go online and make reservations.
Sad when summer vacation becomes a thing of the past. But I'm not going to stress out about it. I'm just going to start packing for our mid-July week-long family camping trip now. I'm not about to let my vacation pass me by.
Do you use all your vacation time? Why - or why not? Do you have any advice for those who let vacation time slip by un-used? Click below on "Comments" and tell us your story.
If we took a holiday
Took some time to celebrate
Just one day out of life
It would be, it would be so nice ...