So my department is having the Annual Holiday Lunch on Friday. This is where the corporate masters rent a ballroom at a nearby hotel to serve us all lunch while we sit around tables trying to make awkward conversation while chicken or beef is served to us in a room with a Christmas tree in each corner. Then there’s a white elephant gift exchange which I always lose and end up with the worst gift in the pile.
The meal always involves bread, salad, meat drowning in sauce, starch, dessert, coffee, probably cookies, etc. And there’s no option to sit there and not eat without tipping off up to a hundred people (the larger department sponsors this so it’s a Big Deal) that you are on a special diet and having to explain it over and over and…
Exhausting. My solution to getting out of this dilemma? I declined the invite from the corporate Admin and said “Sorry, I’ll be on PTO that day.” Then I informed my boss I’d be taking a vacation day for 12/13. Voila! I have a 4-day work week, and I don’t have to go through the generally awkward and this year especially-awkward department holiday lunch! I wasn’t planning to take any vacation this year for Christmas anyway and I’ve got lots of extra time to burn, this seemed like the perfect way to do it.
It won’t work every time, but…I’m very pleased with my decision this time!