Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Five: Taking a Break

At RevGalBlogPals, Songbird, who lives about 35 miles from me, says:
"Where we live, it's February School Vacation

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
2. an afternoon off
3. an unexpected free day
4. a week's vacation
5. a sabbatical"

First off, I have to admit -- right now it's all a break for me, in many ways. That might change before long, but since I don't have a job or children at home, my schedule is my own. So in answering these questions I'll be looking ahead, or back, or into some kind of fantasy world.

1. A 15-minute break: coffee and a book. That's what I did when I had jobs that offered breaks, and that's what I do now if I'm taking a break from some lengthy chore.

2. An afternoon off: wander downtown, exploring shops and coffee places I haven't been into, but surely ending up at the bookstore. Or if I were broke: go to the library and look at the new books, magazines, and any exhibits that are up.

3. An unexpected free day: to me right now, this means a day where we would have no dog responsibilities. I'd like to go to City by the Sea and check out the historical society library, and if I were tired of that, visit the art museum and have lunch at a place we've never been to.

4. A week's vacation: right now, a week at the beach in South Carolina sounds really good. If I get to go this year, it will be in May, and it will still be good then.

5. A sabbatical: no piddly three-months sabbaticals for us! Nosir. We (Onkel Hankie Pants and I) want a whole year, and although there might be many things we could choose, I think we could agree on a literary/genealogical tour of the British Isles. There's enough there to keep him busy and happy taking pictures while I poke around ancestor-hunting, and we would both enjoy seeing the Lake District, the Cotswolds, the Fen Country, London, Scotland, and so on and so on. We would also require a ten-pound box of money and someone to care for the dog and cat; or if we could arrange a home exchange, perhaps only a five-pound box of money.
All the photos, except for the beach one which is mine, are from wonderful photographers at The Maine St. photo has my hairdresser's salon, which I should visit soon, afternoon off or not!


Sophia said...

Great ideas and great pictures!

Beth said...

South Carolina beach in May? Want company?

Purple said...

Yes, the year sabbatical certainly has some perks associated with it. Enjoyed reading these.

Songbird said...

I love your ideas, and these pictures of familiar places!

Barbara said...

Bookstores and art museums -- yes! I like your style! :)

And I agree, an entire year would be sooo much better than 3 months.

mid-life rookie said...

book, bookstore, library... I detect a theme here. One I share with you.

Singing Owl said...

South Carolina in May...ah, lovely. There is no place like the Carolinas in the spring!