For the first time ever, British Columbia is celebrating Family Day this weekend. While other provinces have long had holidays in February, B.C. has historically gone from New Year’s to Easter without so much as a long weekend.
I’m extra lucky because not only do I have Family Day, but I had an extra-long weekend last week, because I had some holiday time to use up and decided to stick it in February. It turns out this was the best idea I’ve had in a long time.
The reason? It was a holiday without being a holiday. Christmas and Thanksgiving and such are fun, but they also come with schedules of their own: family, friends, parties (rough, I know).
This time off, I didn’t have any expectations. So I tackled a house project I’ve been wanting to do since Christmas 2011. Every time I had a few days I had thought “this will be the time that I…” And then I didn’t. In winter because it was the aforementioned holidays. In summer because the weather was such that I would rather travel or spend time outdoors. But a couple extra days in February while everyone else is at work– what else are you going to do? So I did it, it’s done, and it feels great. You can bet I’m going to be taking time off in February whenever I can from now on.
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