Use your vacation time. You’ve been hoarding it for what? Take the week off; you have the chance to have a blast with those you love. The weather may not be perfect and your coworkers won’t appreciate it, but so what? Screw ‘em. The timing’s right to do fun things that’ll have meaning and resonance for years to come; this won’t be true in August or whenever you planned on taking your two weeks. If your boss knew how much you’d get out of five paid days away, she’d give you her blessing. Of course, she’s clueless now so you’ll have to go without; once she’s seen the good it’s done you, she’ll bequeath it retroactively.