We snitched a bit of time on an quiet island nearby this week. It was a last minute plan, escaping with a minimal amount of preparation. One must have essentials that make it a relaxing time. Perhaps you have had this opportunity to escape, or maybe it’s only been a thought to get away. However, suppose you were told to pack some essentials for a trip to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Describe your location, in general or specific terms and….

1) What book(s) will you bring?

Some of my absolute favorites: Little Women (Signet Classics), Neverwhere: A Novel, Sunshine, The Mists of Avalon, and a new favorite I just read this last month: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel.

2) What music accompanies you?

We just saw the musical Wicked, and I immediately had to get the soundtrack: Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Cast). So definitely that. I’d probably have to have some Over the Rhine, Iona, and Deborah Krall as well.

3) What essentials of everyday living must you take (as in the health and beauty aids aisle variety)?

Not much, just the basics: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lots of sunscreen and lotion.

4) What technological gadgets if any, will you take with you or do you leave it all behind?

I’d leave it all behind. Just a notebook and a pen in addition to the books.

5) What culinary delights will you partake in while there?

Whatever looks good. As long as it doesn’t include internal organs or bugs, I’ll try just about anything once.

As a bonus question, what makes for a perfect day on vacation for you?

Good sites, good food, and good company.