Every time I want to take days off I wrestle with the manner in which I should ask for them. I have PTO days that reset annually.
I guess my battle is when I ask, it feels rude if I say "I'm taking x day(s) off". It sounds like I'm the boss that can come and go and sounds rude and unprofessional. Then if I email my boss saying "can I take X day(s) off?" I feel that I look/sound foolish because my boss might be thinking...well, they are your days.
Advise please. How can I phrase such email?