Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Five

It's my first "Friday Five" from the RevGalBlogPals:

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
2. an afternoon off
3. an unexpected free day
4. a week's vacation
5. a sabbatical
A 15 Minute Break - You know I'm pretty fortunate - my life is not so regimented that I have to think it terms of a 15 minute break. When I'm at a lecture --I'm not so good at sitting still so I always try to go outside and walk around the block. Except when it's 20 below. When I'm working at home I get up to load the dishwasher, do a FlyLady and do some spot cleaning...

An afternoon off: I get up at 4 am to skate so afternoon naps are usually my first choice. When Spring comes, it will be my garden that beckons me. I keep thinking I want to go see a movie but when it comes to going out in the cold and actually doing it, I stay home.

4. a week's vacation Is this real or is money no object? With two kids in college and trying to pay off debt that has gotten barely managable, there' s no extra money to do what I really want to do- travel. Anywwhere. It's hard to take a vacation when you have no money. This year I'll vacationing at home. Gardening. Reading. Skating. Getting caught up with the scrapbooks. Day trips. Wouldn't be so bad.

An Unexpected Free Day - Does cleaning house count? It's winter and all I can think of is just hanging around the house, cleaning house. Do some reading. Maybe drive to Omaha for an ice -dancing lesson. No dance coaches around here.

5. a sabbatical I actually may apply for a Lily Grant and try to do this in a couple years. It would involve study AND a figure skating camp somewhere. I would travel somewhere they have an adult skating camp and a place to study theology. And write. But I would have to figure out what to do with my 11 cats.

I'm going to add one - A Sunday off

So the end of the year was coming and I still had a Sunday off but no money and bad weather put the nix on going away for even the weekend. What I did was go to church in another town. It was wonderful. It's a long story but I'm in a congregation with a Haugian background and not only do we not have the new cranberry book - they never got the LBW. NO LITURGY. So I found a church that uses the new book....and the pastor chanted the Great Thanksgiving and I nearly wept. Oh how I miss chanting the Great Thanksgiving. And the Kryia. My daughter was home from college and we got sit together and worship together which -me being a pastor and all - doesn't happen much. It was so wonderful thinking about it that I think I'll take the Sunday off of her Spring Break and do it again...


  1. Friday Five is always open to imagination! I think we all need permission to have dreams in which cost is no object.

  2. Yes - but it's also helpful to use your imagination to come up with what is feasible... It was good for me to think about what I actually could do that would be relaxing.