Friday, February 20, 2009

RevGal Friday Five: Taking a Break

Songbird says: Where we live, it's February School Vacation Week!

Yes, that's an odd thing, a vacation extending President's Day. But it's part of our lives here. Some people go South or go skiing, but we always stay home and find more humble amusements.

In that spirit, I offer this Taking a Break Friday Five. Tell us how you would spend:

1. a 15 minute break
Coffee and a book, although sometimes a book is just too engrossing. So, coffee and a chat with a friend.

2. an afternoon off
Sit down with a good book and forget about any errands I think should be done.

3. an unexpected free day
Hmm, perhaps a walk if the weather is nice, followed by some puttering. Or a trip to the bookstore/library. A movie—I hardly ever actually go to a movie. Pick up the girls early and play Uno with them.

4. a week's vacation
A trip to Savannah, or to Alabama to see my side of the family, or to LA to see Dear Husband’s side of the family. Or maybe a trip to the Grand Canyon. I would love to show the kids the Grand Canyon, and hubby’s never seen it either. Or a trip to New York. I would really like the girls to experience that. Walk around in Central Park. Walk around everywhere. Visit my old neighborhood in Park Slope. Go to the Cloisters. Must go to the Cloisters—one of my favorite places—and the Botanical Gardens. Broadway’s overrated and overpriced IMHO, but a nice play…or opera, though the girls would be bored stiff. The museums, Indian Row, East Village. Sigh.

5. a sabbatical
We all take a trip to England and visit as many cathedrals and castles as possible, as well as stopping off in York to finally see Bronte country, and to Cornwall, just because I’ve never been there and it sounds pretty. And of course visit the National Gallery in London, and the British Museum, and whatever museum that is with the Turner paintings, and Hampton Court, and the Soames Museum, and there has to be some theater in there somewhere and and and.… I’ve never seen the changing of the guard or Buckingham Palace. Oh I have to have tea and scones as many times as possible, and ploughman’s lunch and those enormous British fry-ups that B&Bs give you for breakfast. Have to get to Cambridge, too, and, what the heck, Oxford. And I would really like to see that house where they filmed Brideshead Revisited. Go walking in the Lake Country—that sounds good.


  1. 1. Checking my email and eating a snack.

    2. Finish reading whatever book I am on.

    3. If the weather is nice: taking a walk to the park and swinging on the swings or climbing my tree to write. Rainy days: Reading another book, spending time on the internet checking blogs and listening to music or using a Microsoft Office Word document to write.

    4. Going back to D.C. and seeing the sites I want to see instead of the ones the school wanted me to "experience." The Library of Congress and people-watching would be musts.

    5. Researching the Mandate Period in Palestine would be my excuse for finally getting to Israel. It's not for religious or G-dly reasons that I want to go there, but because I want to feel connected to its history and the land, along with the whole Middle East. The general chaos of ME, however, poses a problem.