I liked the mood and setting for the Persona games thus far. I'm okay with it being lighter in tone. I think think the other Shin Megami Tensei games are better served to take things darker. I really enjoyed those Digital Devil Saga games.
I was a big fan of SimTower and was initially dismissive of Tiny Tower because it looked like a rip off but upon playing I saw that while there was certainly inspiration from Sim Tower, Tiny Tower is a much different game. Zynga's game on the other hand, is shameless.
At my company there's pretty much a two step process. There's an online Vacation/Personal Days/Sick Time calendar that keeps track of time off where I just check off the day, that is the "official" record for the company purposes.
The other thing I do is just drop my boss an email saying I won't be coming in as a courtesy. I work in web development so I can technically work from anywhere so I can also work from home if I'm feeling a a bit under the weather without loosing any sick days.