9/2/08

A Solo Vacation Daydream

We all need a break from life every now and again right? It's one of my favorite things to daydream about actually. I love being a mom, but I also love daydreaming about sleeping in. And reading a whole day away. Or watching a movie with no interruptions. Or going to the bathroom by myself. Stuff like that.

I had one of these delicious daydreams today and I wanted to tell you what I brought along on my solo vacation. (Yes, I am there by myself. All alone. No one else. Not even a good friend (that's a different daydream)). And I'm at a cabin by a lake. And it's a perfect summer day. Or days. Or a week. There's a breeze, but not the kind that gives me goosebumps. Until night. It can be the chilly breeze at night because then I can grab a sweatshirt and read outside on the porch swing. A porch swing that has a Skittles "taste the rainbow" dispenser. Because I love me some Skittles.I'm bringing a laptop as my "must have" item. Not to stay connected and dive furthur into my blog addiction, but to write. I type MUCH faster than how I write with a pen, so it's necessary. My brain moves too fast for a pokey pen.

I would also bring the book I'm trying to finish, "The God of Animals," by Aryn Kyle. I've loved it so far and would really like the chance to finish it without falling asleep after reading two sentences.

The next book would be "The Shack" because it's sitting on my nightstand and I'm super excited to read it and then demand everyone listens to my opinions about it. I have a feeling I might really, really like it. That's because Tara Livesay of the Livesay (Haiti) Weblog recommended it and she rocks the party.

Next I would bring one book that I have never read and can't figure out how I haven't gotten around to it. So many books, so little time. Mine would be "The Red Tent." Yes, it's true, it sits sadly on my bookshelf, being skipped over for the latest craze time after time.

I do love books more than just about anything. But I would also like to bring along a whole series of a television show. This was hard for me, but I think I would have to choose just one so I'd be sure to get my reading and skittle eating done. Ally McBeal or Ed? Ally McBeal or Ed? It's so hard, it's so hard....I'm going to have to say Ally wins because it's been much longer since I've seen her last, and I loved that show. While watching every episode, Robert Downey, Jr. will come on the scene as Ally's love interest, and I will just sit smiling and eating skittles cause I think he's dreamy.

(I promise I'll eat something besides Skittles at some point, but I'm on vacation!)

I will also bring toiletries and underwear, but that's about it. Maybe a change of clothes. Other than that, I would have all I need.

(As long as I had contact with my three boys back home at least twice a day, I'd be perfectly happy.)

So what would you bring? Tell! It's a fun daydream and you deserve it! If you don't read books, tell me other stuff you'd bring. And then I will daydream your daydream for you, in case you don't have time:
1. Must-have item
2. A book to finish
3. A book you've been dying to read
4.A book you've never read and can't figure out how that happened.
5. A television series on DVD.

15 clicked right here to comment:

Kimberly said...

1. Laptop - same reason you cited.
2. The Book I'm Writing
3. The Memory Keeper's Daughter
4. To Kill a Mockingbird
5. Road to Avonlea

Kristen said...

1. Must-have item - sour patch kids
2. A book to finish - Midnight's Children by Rushdie
3. A book you've been dying to read - How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
4.A book you've never read and can't figure out how that happened. - Love in the Time of Cholera
5. A television series on DVD - Sex and the City. Only I would somehow have the cleaned-up TBS version on DVD because I am kind of a prude.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

1. Laptop. EXACT same reasons you listed. I type at warp speed; pens move at the speed of a horse and buggy, comparatively.
2.3.4. Ummmm. I rarely read anything but nonfiction these days. Truthfully, most of my free reading is news sites online or news magazines. And I somehow finished high school and college (with a communications/journalism degree, no less) without taking a single literature course. (Except drama lit with Dr. Black.) So I haven't read MOST classic works. .... Can I just skip these three questions?!?
5. Either "Northern Exposure" or "Frasier" or "Scrubs."

Sabrina said...

1. Laptop\Bottle of Wine
2. The Shack (yes i got sucked into the hype too)
3. Here if you need me, by Kate Braestrup
4. The Grapes of Wrath (i've read EVERYTHING by Steinbeck, but not his classic!)
5. Felicity

a Tonggu Momma said...

1. My laptop for the same reason y'all cited... oh, and because of Spider Solitaire and Scrabble
2. The Chinese in America by Iris Chang (it's very good, but I keep putting it down for fiction)
3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossieni
4. I've never read anything by Edith Wharton (gasp!), so either The Age of Innocence or The House of Mirth (any suggestions, y'all?)
5. Heroes

happygeek said...

1. Makings of the perfect bath (bath and bodyworks sweetpea bubbles, Tim Hortons ice Cap w/ chocolate milk and candles)
2. Book to finish - If I don't finish it, then it was horrid and cannot come with me on vacation.
3. The newest Baldacci. (it is always out at the library.)
4. The Harry Potter series.
5. Star Trek Voyager. All seven seasons. (Yep, sheer Geekiness shining through) I want to be Catherine Janeway when I grow up.

MoziEsmé said...

Chocolate in any form.
Lots of books - I'd stop at the library and check out the new releases section. I need some inspiration here.
Boston Legal.
I'd want some music, too. In a form that I can take on a super long walk. And bubble bath.

joolee said...

1. Laptop with a cute lil side pocket for Dove chocolates with caramel
2. Parenting the Strong Willed Child........HHHHHEEEEELLLLLPPPPPP MMMMEEEEEEEE PPPPLLLLEEEEAAAAASSSSSEEEEE!
3. Shepherding a Child's heart ??????
4. ?????? The Richest Man in Babylon ?????
5. The Office

Abra said...

Must have item: cell phone

A book to finish: Triptych by Karin Slaughter, I've read it like five times now, I love it, it's my "if I get to have a bath book..."

A book you've been dying to read: Hmmm I don't know, I read like three books a week, so I'm not sure. If I see it, and it looks interesting, I make the time to read it.

A book you've never read and can't figure out how that happened. I'm going to go with Twilight.

TV series... DEXTER hands down! Love it love it love it.

Melanie J said...

How did you end up with the same daydream as me? That's so weird...

1. Totally my laptop.
2. Emma by Jane Austen. I shouldn't be having such a hard time getting through it!
3. The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
4. Does it have to be one I like? Because I kind of feel like I've been missing the boat on Russian classics and yet....they're still not at the top of my list.
5. Gilmore Girls or Battlestar Galactica.

Eowyn said...

1-Ben n Jerry's Mint Chocolate Cookie ice cream. About a gallon or so because in my daydream I never get sick and never gain weight.

2-John Adams by David McCullough.
3-Pendragon's 8-10 because in my daydream, number 10 would be out.
4-Shakespeare--I've read a lot of his works, but there are a few I haven't read yet--notably the histories. And since we're daydreaming about no children, I would actually be able to sit and think it through.
5-I wouldn't bring a television series, unless it was Star Trek Next Generation. I don't watch much TV. I'd prefer to bring a lot of really good music.

And I'd be in the mountains next to a beautiful lake where there were no things that could/would bite me.

PsychMamma said...

I daydream about solo vacations ALL. THE. TIME. {Sigh}

1. Anything chocolate. Lots of it.
2. The Faith Club
3. Three Cups of Tea
4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
5. The Office or Scrubs

brentandsarah said...

I like this post... just the thought of having a solo vacation excites me.
1. I'd be ok without a computer if I had books, but I can't live without music, so I'd bring all the Coldplay albums and all the Dashboard Confessional albums.
And LOTS of chocolate. I'd probably just eat chocolate for every meal.
2.Blue like Jazz by Donald Miller. I'm pages away from finishing it, but fall asleep a page into it every night.
3.The Memory Keepers Daughter
4.I can't think of this one, but I've got Moster by Frank Periti and Ted Dekker on my nightstand
5.Lost or maybe the Hills(I'm pretty pathetic for watching the Hills). I don't know if I could stand being alone to watch Lost.

Becky said...

Oh, golly. What to choose? I think I'd go with this:

1. peanut butter M&Ms
2. Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox
3. Nina's Journey
4. All Creatures Great and Small
5. House M.D.

Riley Worth said...

Ed. What a great show. I've never been a big TV fan, but I loved Ed. Ed is in my top five, along with Will and Grace, Arrested Development, The Office and Dukes of Hazzard.

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