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No Cruising Since October? That Won't Do!

Has this ever happened to you? I was bored earlier and began browsing through cruise sites. I found an 11 night cruise with a terrific itinerary on a great cruise line for only $499. Intrigued, I did a little more searching and found the same cruise for only $399 ($36/night!)

While it isn't the best cruise deal we've ever booked, (we ditched everyone for Thanksgiving a few years ago to go on a 5 night cruise for only $150 with a $50 ship credit!) it was great enough to warrant pricing airfare. ABQ to (mystery city) was also a great price. (Why so vague? Sexy Nerd is one of those paranoid people who thinks a criminal will rob us while we're away based on the info I've posted on my blog. Six years together and his paranoia is rubbing off on me. We'll have a house-sitter like always, but good luck getting them to come back if someone breaks in!)

Although yesterday I had no intention of going on a cruise any time in the near future, now I feel like I simply have to go on this cruise! There's just 1 problem.

I still have to get time time off from work.

Getting time off isn't a concern for Sexy Nerd. He has one of those grown-up jobs where you mark on the calendar when you'll be gone and just leave. He even has paid vacation. My boss, as sweet and nifty as she is, tends to get a little wacky when it comes to time away from the office. For example: We don't have patients on Tuesdays, but my boss likes to have someone there to answer the phone. This means my office mate works the morning and I work the afternoon, in overlapping shifts. Ideally, we would both love to alternate days instead (I would work a full day this Tuesday and be off the next Tuesday) but my boss thinks this is a terrible idea. Why? Because then who would answer the phone from 12-12:30 when the only person working took their lunch break? The worst case scenario is that 2 calls will go to voicemail (1 of which will undoubtedly be asking "Do y'all, umm, take the Medicaid?")(No!!!) I understand where my boss is coming from. We don't have a huge staff and if I disappear from work for a week and a half, they are going to be short-handed. Still, I want to go!

This leads me to my plan for today. I put together a super-professional outfit that my boss is bound to love. I'm wearing the Burberry scarf she gave me in my hair. Incidentally, I'd also say I look like a flight attendant, ready to fly off toward a fun adventure. Can you say "sending hidden signals"?

The suck-up-to-your-sweet-little-old-lady-boss ponytail of a cruiseaholic.

Clearly, something went terribly wrong with this photo! I like it anyway.
Ooooooh, Ghost Girl!


Well, I'm off to work to plead for some time off. Check back soon to find out whether there's a cruise coming up in my future! Wish me luck!

*If you are reading this and you are my boss, (so very awesome, by the way) I would like to point out that this entire post is written entirely in fun and good humor and should not under any circumstance be taken to mean that I don't completely LOVE my job or that I think I can manipulate you to get my way! Oh, and I am loving the scarf! Thank you again! You're the best!

4/1/10 Update: Will we be cruising? Take a look!