Rudder never did notice the haircut – even when I finally told him about it, halfway through Sunday. Sad, for someone who prides himself on being observant.

I realized this morning, quite suddenly, that what I need is a vacation. Going back and forth between countries provides some change of scene, but it would be a lot better if it didn’t involve work on both ends. I don’t even need it immediately, just something to look forward to. I had some time off and visited the US in February during the Lunar New Year; after that I had one three-day weekend while in the Netherlands, I think, but we only have one more holiday between now and the end of the year, a single day in October. I have nearly three weeks of vacation time left to take; I need to keep some of it for my in-laws’ visit at Christmas but I can probably also take some time without pay, if necessary. The problem is that Rudder and I just haven’t been in the same place for long enough to decide on and plan any trips. Also, a few upcoming three-day weekends would help: I am regretting missing out on Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day. (The rest of the year here does have a bunch of floating holidays, but I used those days up in February, since they don’t carry over and vacation days do.) If I were still in Europe, I’d take off a day or two just to have the vacation, but Asia vacation time is more like what we get in the US and I can’t afford to waste the time.

Sigh.