It's RARE that I'd play hookey cuz my job really requires me to be on top of everything. I have to admit that I often would come to work even when I'm very sick.
It's cuz I'm the only one running my program so there's no one to take over for me for the day if I don't show up for work.
HOWEVER, I've noticed that I've been able to play hookey a bit more WITH APPROVAL since my new boss came in.. He is one of the GREATEST bosses EVER and makes me want to work more!
Sometimes he'd encourage me to take a day off just to relax AND not count it as vacation..
When I told him Monday what was going on with me for the next 4 days (men are coming into my apt to remodel my closets and I am worried about my cats getting out or hurt so I asked if I could stay home half a day for the 4 days from tues to fri while the men worked so I could watch my cats and I could do some work from home).
You know what my boss said?? "Oh, go ahead - stay home, work and don't use this as vacation time. This is between you and me."
He actually paged me to see how my cats and I were doing yesterday afternoon and asked me this morning! He is allegric to cats but still would ask about my cats! I have other friends who are allegric who doesn't ask me about my cats. I swear if he was single, I'd THINK about making a move on him (I would NEVER make a move on a man though! Too scared to)!
Anyway the point is I don't worry as much about whether I need to play "hookey" since my boss is very supportive of me and if I tell him I need a day off for myself, he always says go for it.
In fact, he sometimes would tell me that I need a day off and tell me to go home early cuz I work too hard.