Thursday, June 07, 2007
FRIDAY FIVE - GETAWAY ISLAND EDITION
"We snitched a bit of time on an quiet island nearby this week. It was a last minute plan, escaping with a minimal amount of preparation. One must have essentials that make it a relaxing time. Perhaps you have had this opportunity to escape, or maybe it's only been a thought to get away. However, suppose you were told to pack some essentials for a trip to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life."
Describe your location, in general or specific terms and....
Well, I actually am going away next week. With friends who have an apartment two blocks from a beach in a nice town. Which is perfect, because beaches are my favorite vacation places. My first choice would be Hawaii. Kauai. I love that island. Even though I was there when Hurricane Iniki hit. It's still my first dream vacation choice. But for today's purposes I'll stick with the more local fun approaching.
1) What book(s) will you bring?
What I'm reading now, which is light and humorous: "Miss Julia Strikes Back". I think I will have read them all after this one. I like light and humorous on holiday.
2) What music accompanies you?
Usually I have to settle. Next week, however, I will have my country station on, with injected doses of Rascal Flatts and James Taylor. Maybe some Gerry Rafferty. Oh yes, and Jethro Tull. If it's in Hawaii, I love the local music. The soothing hulas and the raucous luau music.
3) What essentials of everyday living must you take (as in the health and beauty aids aisle variety)?
I must have my prescription skin potions, oh I must. Plus the non prescription, medical soapless wash and exfoliating pads. And the good sunscreen. Lipstick and mascara are all I do for everyday makeup. The sonicare toothbrush, floss and stimudents to keep my gums out of hiding. Lubriderm lotion. Shampoo. Extra conditioner to repay what the salt air steals. Intuition razor if it's more than 3 days. Tweezers for the hairs that shouldn't be. Comb and brush for the hair that should. Deodorant to persuade the locals that I'm friendly. Listerine to seal the deal. Q-tips. Nail clippers. Nail file. Motrin. And no perfume for me any more. The scented lotions are puhlenty. Especially the Bath and Body ones.
4) What technological gadgets if any, will you take with you or do you leave it all behind?
Just the cell phone. And it's only been used once last year when my dad was in the hospital. Oh, yeah and the electronic Sudoku.
5) What culinary delights will you partake in while there?
If it's Hawaii I go for the local fish. Next week, as long as I don't have to cook it and it doesn't jump off my plate or high five my fork, it's mealtime. As much as I love culinary excellence I really only crave just one extra special meal on vacation. I'd rather have more time to play.
As a bonus question, what makes for a perfect day on vacation for you?
Ahhhh. Sleep in until 8:00. Get up and enjoy a lazy breakfast with a newspaper and the crossword and sudoku puzzles. Then a brisk activity before lunch. A tour or a sail or a visit to a place of local interest. Then on with the swimsuits, gather the towels and it's off to the beach for lunch and play time. Play in the waves. Make sandcastles. Fly kites. Breathe deep the healing salted air. Watch the ocean for magical surprises. Like a school of dolphins swimming by, jumping out and waving "hey" with their tails. Or sea otters frolicking offshore. Tidepool snooping. Followed by a lovely swim at the pool of wherever we stay. A quick shower and a simple dinner with a lovely wine to complete the process of turning all the sharp edges into an calm pool of peace.