Might as well take the rest of the week off

If you have to work this week, I feel for you. If it’s at all possible, you might as well just take the rest of it off.

The last week of the year is always pretty meager in terms of production on the job. You’re still probably a bit groggy from all the Christmas festivities, and in another couple of days, you’ll just do it all again for New Year’s.

Let me put it this way. It’s highly unlikely you got anything done yesterday. You probably spent more time telling people about your holiday or hearing about theirs than you did doing actual work. Today’s probably not going to be much better, either, because all the people who were too hung over to come in yesterday will want to tell you all about it today.

Then tomorrow, you’ll just be thinking about what you’ve got planned for New Year’s. There’s very little point in going in to work at all the rest of this week.

Instead, why don’t you pull that billfold out of your back pocket, pull out the licenses you have tucked away behind the credit cards and gas receipts, and see how many of ‘em are still valid. I have an antelope license in there that’s good until the last day of the year, and I don’t plan to waste it.

Your bird and small game licenses are good until the end of the year, too, as long as there are seasons open. Pheasants, ducks, geese, cottontails and snowshoe hares are all fair game, so use those licenses before they expire.

If you’re sitting on a turkey license for one of a few areas, you still have a few more days for that, too.

While you’re spending those last several days away from work, go ahead and stop in at your regional Game and Fish office or sporting goods store where they sell licenses, and get your licenses for next year before you forget. There are some you won’t be able to get for a while, but you can get your fishing, bird and small game licenses now.

But first, get your vacation request in.