I have been AWOL for a week or so, and boy what a week it has been. I received my annual bonus (well, 90% of it, in any case); my company just went through a 10% "force reduction" even though we seriously out-performed our annual goals (I am safe); and we are just getting ready to pack our bags and head up to Tahoe for a well deserved ski vacation. Well, at least I think it's well deserved. Since we out-performed our corporate goals, my entire company will be shutting down between Dec 21 & Jan 2. The best part is: we are getting these vacation days free, i.e. on top of our normal vacation days. What a nice perk!
In Tahoe we are renting a huge "cabin" with 6 bedrooms, two hot-tubs and a pool table, into which we will pack 4 couples and god knows how many children. The weather has been very co-operative, with a foot of new snow falling in just the past 24 hours. This vacation will be an expensive one, but this is the sort of spending that I have absolutely no problem with. See, after my wife and I both maxed-out our 401k's for the year and even stashed away a little extra money for retirement, I think we are very entitled to splurge and make the most of our money.
Money should be enjoyed, so long as you don't rob your future self to spend in the present.
Tahoe here we come (in two days)!