So, I got on my company's intranet to see exactly how much vacation time I had. I currently have 72.4 (64.4 if I take the full 8 hours of missing work yesterday) hours and will accumulate 48 more by the end of the year. I can only carry over 40 hours into the new year...so this means that I roughly have to take 2 weeks vacation before the end of the year. So here are my options: I could go ahead and take a week's vacation next week (if my boss approves it) but I won't be able to go anywhere. It would be nice to have a week off so that I could continue my spring cleaning/organization, etc. Also, my neighbor is gone to Michigan for 2 weeks, and I have to watch her pets (which is why I can't go anywhere). However, the extra time to clean would be awesome, because that particular neighbor has a carpet cleaning machine, and I could use it while she is gone. I could use it while she's there...she has no problem loaning it to me...but it would be nice to go ahead and do it now. The problem is...that if I finish all of this cleaning/organizing before the week is out, I might get bored and not be able to go anywhere because I have to watch her animals. She has 2 cats, and her son has turtles and frogs that I'm feeding...so I have to be there at least once a day. So if I take it now, I risk not having anything to do and being bored for a couple of days...because I think the cleaning/organizing would take at least 3 full days. If I spread it out, it may take the entire week, but that's not guaranteed. Would you go ahead and take it and get things done, or wait until it's possible for you to leave town if you want? My family lives 3 hours away...so it's possible to leave for a day trip...but that's 6 hours of driving in 1 day. I would have another week of vacation before the end of the year, but I would probably wait until later in the year to take it.