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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!

Comments

  1. Good luck getting off. You can do it!!

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  2. Can't you have the calls forwarded to your cell phone at lunch??? Seems like such a silly reason to miss a great cruise deal!

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  3. I have never taken a cruise, that would be fun! maybe one day, when I am too old to actually enjoy it, oh well.

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  4. Good luck! I would love to take a cruise someday! Or just get out of my office for another week...

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  5. Hope you get to go on your cruise. By the way where did you get such a deal? We have been trying to decide where to go for our summer vacation.

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  6. I hope you get to go! Can you take me with you?! ;-)

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  7. the flight attendant look is just perfect for getting what you want...work it!!!

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  8. Hope you are able to get the time off! When I worked at a bank I was always in similar situations. For two years I wasn't able to go home for Thanksgiving because I had to work the Friday afterwards. :( Definitely love that part of having a "grown up job" now!

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  9. I have never done a cruise before. I'm terrified I would get seasick! How are they wavewise? It sounds like a great deal. I think if you get the opportunity you should definitely grab it!

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  10. Hope you get to go on the cruise...maybe the ghost of you can take your place at work for a week. :) My family is going on a cruise in mid-June and I CANNOT WAIT!!

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  11. Look how cute you are! I love doing cruise searches..I call it "cruise dreaming" because we probably wont' get a chance to go. :) But it's so handy for us because we can drive to a lot of the ports and that saves airfare. And I'm also going on a cruise with my family in mid-June, I think I'll go with Sarah Mac! :) Cruises are AMAZING. Hope you get to go!

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  12. haha! you do look like a flight attendant...a cute one at that :)

    hope you get the days off 'cause that cruise deal is a steal!

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  13. Nice disclaimer at the end there. Good luck with the time off. I'm intrigued to know where you'll be going, IF you get to go. Husband and I did a cruise for our honeymoon, soooooo sick, it was not so great. But, I'd like to try it again sometime, being a bit more prepared!

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  14. You are working it girl...a little sucking up never hurt anyone. I have only been on one cruise...but that sounds like a deal for sure.

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  15. I hope you get that time off. Ah, a cruise. Enjoy.

    LisaDay

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  16. Oh , I 'm sure you can do it!
    Thank you for the comments on my blog!
    :)

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  17. $36/night? What a bargain! I hope you get to go!

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  18. I am FINALLY getting over to your blog after you commented on my last week.

    You are soooo cute!! Love the scarf in the hair. I hope you get the time off and enjoy the cruise!

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  19. I wish you good luck and I hope you can go! I'd love to go too and I don't work at the moment, but I have two very demanding toddlers, who wouldn't stay away from me even for a second!

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  20. Ooo I'm jealous over the cruise.

    I need to go on a cruise.

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About Kitty Deschanel
I'm a freelance writer who believes in infusing all topics, from Jessner peels to chronic insomnia, with a dose of humor. Thanks to their endless shenanigans, my Sexy Nerd (SN) and our "children", Pica and Biscuit, make frequent appearances on my blog. I have written for major brands including Dove, Anheuser-Busch, and Jimmy Dean and my work has been featured on Huffington Post. Connect with me on Twitter and Instagram @KittyDeschanel.


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