I Hate to Mention This
There are certain issues one shouldn't discuss/complain about to stateside friends. These include:
1) What do do with all these vacation days -- HUGE issue here. Friends in the USA are going to bitch at this one incessantly. Best to act like you care and/or sympathize
2) How hard it is to choose the next weekend trip -- they NEVER want to hear how hard it is to decide between Amsterdam, Prague & Paris
3) Complaining that this year there are 2 fewer holidays because a) All Saint's Day is a Saturday and b) Christ's Ascension falls on May Day. My complaints that we REALLY needed those two days fall on the deaf ears of the staunchest Catholic.