Friday, May 23, 2008

Friday Five: Vacation Thoughts

Sally says: It is a holiday weekend here in the UK, and the weather forecast for much of the country is not good!!! But we can still dream and so with that in mind I bring you this Friday Five.

1. Getting ready for summer, do you use the gradual tanning moisturisers ( yes gentlemen you too can answer this!!!), or are you happy to show your winter skin to the world? I never use those because I wind up with orange splotches. I don't tan well, and spend most of my time covering up in the sun. But I love to be outside, if there's enough shade or a breeze to keep me cool.

2.Beach, mountains or chilling by the pool, what/ where is your favourite getaway? I enjoy the mountains, but I really love the beach if I can keep from getting sunburned. Just sitting by a pool is pretty boring after a while.


3.Are you a summer lover or does the long break become wearing?
...The long what?? I could use me some of that "long break" you're talking about. The sauna-like atmosphere around here in the summer gets old fast, but that's why God made central air conditioning, right? The best things about summer are the chance to go to the beach occasionally, and the luscious summer fruits that are among my favorite foods.


4.Active holidays; hiking swimming sailing, or lazy days? A bit of both. On an extended trip I enjoy being active but for a short break like this weekend I prefer to hang around and take it easy. We're seeing my cousin's new baby and going to the ballet tomorrow night, and grilling in our own back yard on Monday; that's as active as I plan to be this weekend.

5.Now to the important subject of food, if you are abroad do you try the local cuisine, or do you prefer to play it safe? I'm all about the local cuisine, and usually do a lot of research before we go on a trip. I want to eat where the locals eat!

No bonus this week unless you can think one up!!!

Well, I'll share our vacation plans; at the end of July we're going to Santa Fe for a week. I'm attending an outstanding conference called Creativity and Madness that is held there every year. In the mornings I'll attend fascinating lectures about famous artists, writers, and musicians and how their lives and struggles inform their work; a field trip to the Santa Fe Opera is part of the week! And I get CEU's for all of that! Then in the afternoons we're free, in Santa Fe! We did this about six years ago and had a marvelous time. And talk about the local cuisine...!

15 comments:

mid-life rookie said...

Smiling as I remember our time on the beach together. Don't expect to do any line dancin this weekend but we'll see.... Great play.

Certified Healing Coach said...

The workshop sounds fascinating!!

And I've never been to Santa Fe but would love to go.

Here's a belated hug from yesterday! I have had many, many, many such experiences.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I love beaches too.

And your summer plans sounds wonderful.

Kievas said...

The conference sounds like fun--hope you enjoy it!

soul and culture said...

Your conference sounds great. I'll be in Santa Fe the same time - attending the Image Conference. Maybe we could meet for coffee ...

zorra said...

S&C--email coming your way.

DogBlogger said...

Wow! Sounds like a great way to do Santa Fe. Are you going to go to The Shed? It's the only restaurant in the world where I'll voluntarily eat something so hot it brings tears to my eyes... and keep eating it after that occurs. (The Alpha gave me the "who are you, and what have you done with my wife" look the first time I went there with him.)

zorra said...

I had great carne adovada at The Shed. I hope we do go there again.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I got to go to Santa Fe for a few hours when we were in New Mexico last summer. I must go back! The ghost tour is so much fun. You can find that online.

There is also an awesome paperstore right off the square on a side street. If you go in there, just think of me and that will make me happy. ~grins~

Presbyterian Gal said...

That conference in Santa Fe sounds very cool! I wonder if they're use Kay Redfield Jamison's book "Touched with Fire" at all. You'll tell me?

zorra said...

Mindy: the paper store closed on May 20!! I just missed it!

PG: Touched with Fire is on the reading list. I haven't read that, but I read her autobiography--I think it's called An Unquiet Mind.

Presbyterian Gal said...

Yes! I've read An Unquiet Mind and parts of Touched with Fire. It's about the remarkable amount of poets, artists and creative people who likely suffered from bi-polar disorder. And why that made them creatively brilliant.

Rev Kim said...

I tagged you for a summer meme

Stratoz said...

if you ever get an explanation of the long break... let me know.

I too would vote mountains first but not leave out the possible joy of being on an Oregon beach once again. It spoiled me and the masses that flock to Jersey in the summer keep me away.

Jan said...

Santa Fee workshop sounds so good. It's way too hot here, and the word "sauna" is a good description.