Use it or lose it

It’s March now, and I’ve used up almost all of my vacation time that I accrued in 2020.  At my workplace, they have a policy of ‘use it or lose it‘ in terms of how vacation time is managed.  I’ve earned four weeks of vacation a year due to how long I’ve worked at this particular company, along with a codicil that was agreed to in the union contract when my fellow employees and I were absorbed into this company from our previous one.

Basically, it said that employees that had 10 plus years of service with the absorbed company were due 2 weeks of vacation, rather than having to ‘build from the ground up’ with the new company.  Though that’s all well and good, by this time, had the old company still been in business, I’d have accrued FIVE weeks of vacation, so I’m getting stiffed by one week, not that I tend to use all of my allotted time for the purpose of going anywhere. That being said, I guess I’m grateful for having the time given at all, when by this time I’d still be at three weeks in the current company system.

Where’s all this going?”  I’m sure you’re asking yourself.  Well, nowhere actually, only emptying my brain on a Monday evening, in the midst of my vacation time.  Then again, I haven’t written in awhile, so I thought I’d throw out some things while my brain was interested and my fingers were nimble.  Yes, lucky you dear reader, lucky you.

By my recollection I’ve started any number of entries since my last tome hit the interwebs back in October of last year.  I wrote for a little while and then set them aside to mildew and fester, and finally tossed them into the rubbish bin as they were no longer either viable, or current.  For whatever reason my blogging jones just doesn’t seem to be able to get off the dime to finish an entry before it becomes dated.  Even this one is now 2 days after when I started it.  Go figure.  Procrastination, thy name is me.

We’re quickly winging our way down from the end of winter to the beginning of spring in about 2 weeks.  While I’m writing this, it’s snowing outside.  This after a day of 70° weather on Sunday.  Yeah, really.  A good amount of the snow that had accumulated over the winter melted, then was pummeled into submission by the rainstorm we had Sunday evening.  Naturally after that the temperatures went down to more seasonable 30s and 40s culminating with the snow that’s currently falling here at Casa Leathers.

The remainder of the week has appointments, and a visit from the local plumber/electrical repair guys, to do some work that has been needing attending to for probably the better part of a year.  What has been needing fixing are assorted electrical and plumbing issues, though one became very immediate on Sunday evening when the kitchen sink developed a clog.  I tried getting rid of it with the usual remedies (a plunger then noxious chemicals) but neither of them worked.  Time to call in the experts.

Suffice it to say, I have other reasons for this last week of vacation, the house is in dire need of cleaning and sprucing up.  It’ll be interesting to see if I can get that accomplished.  Wish me luck!

Persistent Buggers

Apparently, someone (or several someone’s) wishes to gain access to this blog.

This morning I was looking through the stats and just happened to check out the ‘Activity’ tab and discovered beginning Oct 22, someone using the username ‘mark-s’ has been attempting to sign into my WordPress account. Not to be outdone, either the same person (or another bugger) has been using the usernames ‘ml’ and ‘admin’ to do the same thing. Thus far, they’ve been unsuccessful.  I have to admit that I find it somewhat humorous that they’re attempting to hack a blog that admittedly isn’t updated all that often.  Perhaps they want to try their hand at something innocuous, and then work their way up to stealing nuclear codes.  Or some such hijinks.

Either way, they’re not going to get very far here.  My passwords generally are pretty complex, and I change them fairly regularly.  I don’t utilize passwords that can be hacked or guessed via a dictionary attack, so they’re sort of out of luck on that tangent.  I am aware of what IP address they’re using (unless it’s spoofed), but certainly, now that I’ve become aware of their tinkering, I can keep a better eye on things.  

If the cracker/hacker/fanboys are reading this, I have to say, best of luck, but you’re not going to gain access.  Go somewhere else to have your jollies.