Songbird says: 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
Well, thanks for asking! This is fun to consider.
1) In 15 minutes (at work) I could go outside, walk around the building, come back and shut my door and do a child's pose and a downward facing dog, and feel refreshed to start again. Thanks be for an office with a door that shuts!
2) In an afternoon off, I would probably nap some, read some, and take the dogs into the front yard to play. They love it because the street is fairly busy with pedestrian traffic (we are 1 block from the university) and they get to BARK! to say hello to all the people who go by.
3) With an unexpected free day, I'd try to exercise, get at least one drawer or shelf decluttered, and then work on projects (knitting) or READ.
4) A week's vacation! Wow! Every day I would get up and put on my shorts and say, "What should I do today?" No plans, that's how I like it.
5) Gosh, a sabbatical. They don't offer those for university staff, so I've never considered it. Assuming it were a work sabbatical, I'd work on publications like handbooks, research for better promotional materials, and read literature in the field. Heck, maybe I'd even do research of my own toward publishing something. It could happen! However, I am NOT the kind of person who does that well, at the same time as a day-to-day work load. That's (partly) why my two year master's took 7 years (I was working full time) and that's a major reason why a move to administration rather than academe worked beautifully for me.
Is it the weekend yet? I am ready for a break!