I hope you all had as great a holiday season as I did. Normally I don’t care that much for the December holidays, they make me feel lonely since my wife passed. This year was different, because my job afforded me the chance to pick up a ton of extra shifts and make a lot of great money, all the while keeping me distracted. All month long I got to pay house calls to homes all dressed up for Christmas, and being exposed to all that cheer helped elevate my mood. Just about everyone else who worked at the HVAC repair company wanted or needed some time off around Christmas. The other HVAC techs were all taking vacations, cashing in accumulated leave, or just trying to enjoy time with their families. I was more than happy to take their hours, because the HVAC company paid double time for nights, weekends, and holidays. For three straight weeks I was into overtime on my double-pay hours, all for doing the same heating repairs I normally do. I made enough in December to take a nice long trip somewhere if I want, but I think for now I will keep grinding through HVAC repairs and fattening up my bank account. I really do love my job, and I always meet a lot of new people while doing my heating and cooling service calls, but the extra money makes it so much better. I find myself looking forward to the summer, when we will get a spike in A/C repair jobs, and the other techs will once again want to take a vacation.