How fortuitous that this Friday Five should appear on my last Friday of (paid) work!
The question of the day: How would we choose to spend:
1. a 15 minute break A good cup of coffee and a quick read-through of the online New York Times.
2. an afternoon off
This will sound bizarre to those of you who hate grocery shopping, but one of my favorite ways of using up comp time is zipping down to our beloved food cooperative. The ambience of the place -- the music, the lighting, the aromas of ground coffee and herbs, the crunchy-granola-ness of place and people -- makes it relaxing and fun.
If all the people who angst in the crowded aisles, harsh lighting, blaring Muzak and general overstimulation of the average supermarket only knew they had an alternative...
3. an unexpected free day
At our house we like going on unprogrammed day trips. Oh, we might have some small goal in mind, but the journey is the thing, so to speak. Although, believe it or not, we have been cherishing unprogrammed days at home lately because they're giving us a chance to very slowly wrest order out of chaos at our house...shelf by shelf, box by box, room by room.
4. a week's vacation
A couple of days up north in the Leelanau, at Sleeping Bear Bed and Breakfast.
5. a sabbatical
That's a good question, since that's more or less what I'm doing now. I think the Benedictine work-and-prayer model is what I'm striving for, albeit work of a totally different kind than public-sector shillery. I'm thinkin' about the Indigo Girls' song about getting a hammer and nail and learning to use my hands, not just my head.