We had this plan to go on a proper summer holiday this year. You know, beach parasols, bikinis, sun tan lotion etc.
And then Life Happened. Primarily in the form of unexpected expense: me needing new spectacles (£650) and Husband needing a new crown on a tooth (£220). Ouch!
So having assessed just how depleted our holiday fund became, we figured a staycation might be an idea. The nice thing about a staycation is that you don’t have to worry about luggage allowances. So this is what I am taking on my staycation this year:
I’ve given myself permission to read EXACTLY what I want, not what I think I OUGHT to read, or anything along the lines of my usual reading list. So I went to my favourite second-hand bookshop and picked out a book that just sounded really, really interesting.
‘Explaining Hitler: the search for the origins of his evil’ by Ron Rosenbaum. Its not so much about Hitler, in the biographical sense, as about the way we talk about Hitler, about what we talk about when we talk about him. It is about our ideas about the nature of evil, something I have been interested in for a long time, and spans everything from first hand witness accounts of his life, through philosophy and history, to theology and cultural studies. It will be a demanding read, bit I can’t wait to get stuck into it!
‘What are you looking at? 150 years of Modern Art in the blink of an eye’ by Will Gompertz, was lent to me by a friend who knows I love modern art. I read Norbert Lynton’s seminal book on the subject when I was doing my art ‘A’ level exams as a teenager, and recently I’ve been looking for a book as accessible that would explain and update my knowledge. My pal suggested this one, and though I don’t particularly like Will Gompertz as a BBC correspondent, I think its mainly because I can’t bear to look at him. Well, he can’t help looking weird and smug. I guess he was born like that, so I shouldn’t hold it against him. And my friend says his book is the business, so I’m looking forward to diving into that one while lounging in the garden with a chilled elderflower pressé too.
A couple of DVDs. I don’t know why, but around this time of year, my system starts preparing me for autumn, and I get the urge to watch ‘Practical Magic’ and ‘The Witches of Eastwick’. We had both of these films on video for years, but when we got rid of all our videos some months back, my copies went to the charity shop along with the rest. The other day, I decided I would treat myself to new copies, and I’m looking forward to spending some of my break snuggled up on the sofa watching these much beloved, familiar movies.
My journal. I just listened to Susannah Conway talking about journaling on this podcast, and its brilliant. I’ve been contemplating my journaling practice for a while, and this seems like a good time to expand my skills.
A few nice girlie things too: Divine Oil by Caudalie, which smells as good as it sounds, and makes my skin feel wonderful, and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail varnish in ‘So Much Fawn’, which is just neutral enough, and just pink enough too. I usually wear the loudest red on my toenails that I can find, so this is a bit of a departure into the realms of subtle for me, but I like it.
So I’m off on my staycation to chill out, read, write, paint my toenails and hatch a few plans for the coming months. If you are off on holidays too, I hope you have a wonderful time, where ever you choose to go, or not go!