Today I sat down for the first time this year to calculate my holiday entitlement and I came to the realisation that I could legitimately take holiday from today until the 4th of January! We did have a five day break in May, but I was going to meetings and giving talks the following week in Washington and The Bahamas and we both ended up working for at least two of the days we were away - Mental note: always take holiday after big work events and not before.
I took some time working 'out of the office' around April when my Nana was ill, and for the funeral. I was still receiving calls and working during the day, but I wasn't very effective, so I subtracted another week from the universities generous holiday entitlement and now I'm left with 30th November - 5th January!
So I've emailed work with the suggestion and we'll see how it goes. If I can take the whole of December as holiday leave then it means that we'll be able to make a lot of progress on the house, including installing the new kitchen, finishing the bedroom and bathroom and hopefully starting the decking.
HOLIDAY TIME APPROVED!