I love the feeling I get just before a vacation. Somehow, an impending vacation allows me the pleasure of taking my life a lot less seriously. I'm a slacking failure at work this week? Who cares. It's the week before vacation. Who could expect great things from me anyway? I'll start on all those grand new projects when I return. Massive credit card bill? Just pay the damned thing and get on with it. I'll worry about money when I get back. Falling into uninspired maintenance parenting? Whatever. We're about to have a week of quality family time. Go ahead and turn on that TV for now, honey. Might be laid off? I'll find a new job when I get back. What can I do now? I mean, this vacation is already paid for.