Thursday, June 7, 2012


sabbatical (noun): a break or change from a normal routine (as of employment); any extended period of leave from one's customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills, or training, etc.

Here is the message I sent to MY boss:

You are going to love this - are you sitting down?

In May, Buddy celebrated his 10 year anniversary with his employer, W. H. Bass Construction Company.

At this milestone he received 5 weeks paid vacation, to be taken this year, all 5 weeks have to be taken at the same time. His company cell phone and laptop will be taken away so subcontractors etc., will not be in contact.

The company's goal is for the employee to be able to really 'get away' from work. He may spend the 5 weeks as he wishes, but employees are encouraged to take a BIG trip - one that they normally would not do as they wouldn't have 5 consecutive weeks off. If the employee does take a BIG trip, the company will reimburse some of the trip expenses.

So needless to say we are going to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Tentative dates are the last week of August through the month of September (after school starts and before cold weather). The plan is an extensive road trip out West, camping out along the way. Right now it is a daunting task to plan and make reservations, but of course very exciting!

I will not be working during that time, and will get definite dates to you as soon as I know them. I hope I will have a job to come back to!

Planning is underway... more later!


Linda_J said...

Wow! That IS news worth sitting down for. Enough time to be away and really do some traveling and sight seeing! I am already thinking of the gorgeous pictures you will be sharing.

Gypsy Quilter said...

I am very happy for your husband's sake. Would you mind if I rode up on the roof of the camper? The view has to be better from there.

The Jones Family said...

Your husband has a great employer. Hope that yours is also supportive of this idea...really several weeks away from work every year is big reason both my husband and I teach. We get lots of quality time for each other, family and ourselves. Of course trying to make a difference in the lives of young people is another great reason to teach. Have a wonderful trip!

Kerri said...

Oh boy, oh boy!! I hope you two don't get bitten by the travel bug and forget to come home!
What a great company policy and a fantastic way to show sincere appreciation for an excellent employee.
Ross and I used a AAA trip tick (I think it was called) to plan a cross country trip way back in 79. That was so much fun! We only had our first 2 kids then. The 3rd little surprise was born in Australia!
I know you'll have a great time planning :)