I can fully understand about the jealous/annoying coworkers. My office lead let me leave 1/2 hour early on Friday, meaning I got to go at 3:30 instead of 4. I come in at 7:30. My coworker started griping about how I just had Monday off. Umm, excuse me? Yeah, I had Monday off, but it wasn't GIVEN to me. It was earned, from leave I accumulated.
But that's how she is. Whenever she thinks someone else is getting an unfair advantage over her, she pitches a fit. In her little mind, she was thinking that SHE should get to leave at 3:30. Nevermind the fact that she works 8:30-5, so that would mean she's actually getting out 1 1/2 hours early.
I've also got a pretty substantial amount of leave saved up. 338 hours, I think. I get 7.69 hours every two weeks (200 per year). Basically, I could almost take off one day every pay period and almost never deplete my leave stash. I've been doing that, too, trying to take off a day here and day there, making a 3-day weekend when I can. It helps alot with the stress and annoyance of my job, and in some ways allows me to disconnect with the job for a bit. Almost like dipping my toes into the swimming pool of retirement.
Of course, my coworker likes to gripe about the leave I have saved up. "Oh, you should donate your leave", she's mentioned once or twice awhile back. And when I tell her that's something that I've earned "Oh, you'll never use all of that; what are you saving it for?" If nothing else, if our company loses the contract next time around, that leave will get paid out to us. So it's not like it's a frivolous thing.
I have, however, learned long ago to keep my mouth shut about financial matters with her. And that includes how much leave I have saved up. She's one of those types that takes off so much she has to do the leave without pay thing pretty often.
Once I get my portfolio padded a bit better, I'd love to scale back my hours, but I don't think they'd let me do it in my current position. I've thought about even bringing up the fact that it could save them some money, but if that was a concern, they'd probably axe my coworker before they'd let me scale back.