I swear, my old boss really thinks that this job is the most important thing in the world. She isn't even my boss anymore, but during the transition going on in my company, I agreed to take some projects for her. She just dumped a big ole project on me, and said it had to be done by end of July. I told I had vacation in July, but I would do my best to meet her deadline. She responded that it might not be possible for me to take the vacation. Um, no, I've already got it planned and booked, and I'm going. We went through this a few years ago (when she actually was my boss), and I told her she couldn't stop me from going, all she could control was if I had a job when I came back. I feel the same way now. I'm not skipping an already approved vacation. Especially for a dying company that is probably going to lay me off in the next year anyway!