Holiday Work

One thing I really hate about my job is not getting holidays off. While I do get “comp days” for every paid holiday that I work, I am still expected to drag myself into work like it were any other day. I don’t get bitter about weekends, but working holidays? That just isn’t fair.

Columbus Day (or is it Indigenous People’s Day? I forget how politically correct we’re being currently…) hasn’t started off particularly well. One of the hazards of living in a studio and spending all of your waking time as well as sleeping time in the same room is that sometimes you accidentally fall asleep when you mean to be awake. I do this way too often. So here I was at 5:30am, waking up with the television set and lamp on. Gross.

I couldn’t get right back to sleep, so I of course surfed online for a while. Around 6:30am, I got the urge to run….but it was pitch black outside. While I wait for daylight, here is what I had for dinner last night.

Apples, Onions and Cabbage

(a recipe by Amanda)

Add a diced apple and some chopped onion (I didn’t measure the amount, but maybe 1/4 – 1/3 of a cup) to a frying pan and saute until it starts to brown. Ignore tiny stove top splatter in lower right corner that you didn’t notice in the picture until the next morning.

Add shredded cabbage, salt, pepper, ginger and nutmeg. Stir until cabbage begins to wilt. Once slightly wilted, add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and allow to cook for another minute or two. Continue ignoring tiny stove top splatter. We know. It’s hard.

Place contents of pan into your Fiesta Ware (color choice strictly left up to you…) and eat promptly.

I had put out the request for cabbage recipes when I realized it was being delivered this week. I’ve never been a huge fan of cooked cabbage, but decided to make this anyway and it  did not disappoint. It would be excellent as a side dish, but I decided to have it be the main event.

I think I want to eat this every day for the rest of the week.

Well, daylight has arrived, so I think I will get up and go for my run now. If I hurry, there will be enough time to take a proper nap before work. I can’t wait!

Do you have to work on holidays?

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11 Responses to Holiday Work

  1. elaine! says:

    I work on most “minor” holidays (like today), but my bosses try to make it up to us by going full-steam ahead in November/December so we can get the week between Christmas and New Year’s off.

    • girlinchucks says:

      I am so jealous! I have to work major and minor holidays alike, because we are open 365 days a year. 😦

      Usually when it comes to the winter holidays, we split them up. One manager works Thanksgiving, another on Christmas and another on New Year’s Day. I hate working those shifts with a passion. All I want to do is stay at home and hang out. Usually, since I need Christmas Eve off (not considered a holiday, but it’s the only one of these days my family celebrates), I wind up getting stuck with Christmas.

      I did get last Christmas Day off though. An entire day of playing Beatles Rock Band and making biscuits from a can. Does it get any better than that? No, I think not!

  2. maya says:

    Well, I had to work holidays when I worked with you at your job waaay back in the day. I recall a particular Christmas where we exchanged gift boxes upstairs behind the register. Ahh.. good times.

    My current job is a regular ol’ Mon-Fri, weekends and holidays off kind of job, but since I’m in Japan the holidays we get off don’t always match up to the ones I’d be used to getting off back home. We have days like Autumnal Equinox Day, Culture Day, Respect for the Aged Day, and Sports & Health Day (yesterday!) off, which is awesome. But as a trade off , we have work on some of the major western ones like Thanksgiving & Christmas.

    Even after five years it’s still a little strange to go in to work on those days and have the life go around you on like nothing is happening. The “oh, yeah.. I guess it’s Christmas today?” reaction I get from coworkers and such is something I’ve never quite gotten used to.

  3. Nope, I never have to work on holidays! It is a great perk of being a teacher!

    • girlinchucks says:

      That is a pretty awesome perk.

      Although I had originally planned on becoming a teacher, sometimes I wonder if I could handle it. Sure, you get the summers and Columbus Day off, but dealing with a huge mob of kids everyday….scary!

  4. I would have never thought to pair those ingredients together, looks delicious though!
    I just recently stumbled upon your blog, and I’m loving all of your posts!

  5. Boo working on holidays! When I worked in corporate America, I was lucky to have a company that gave most holidays off. Now that I work for myself, I make sure I have ALL holidays off! 🙂 Ok, not all (I didn’t even know yesterday was Columbus Day- oops), but the important ones!

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