I've been on leave since before Christmas and I think this is the most relaxed I've been since starting my job in 2006.
Quite a few stars have been aligned to get to this point. First, I don't have to apply for a research grant this year. The grants are typically due in February and, hence, January tends to be a busy time for academics.
Second, I have accumulated too much annual leave so I need to take it or lose it.
Third, I got promoted to full Professor so I figured I deserved to treat myself to a break.
Nathan and I are off to Singapore today for a week. Should be fun.