Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I love the word squirrel! As the creatures of the same name hoard their nuts in a safe place, so too do some of us collect and hoard little treasures for a blissful future time when we can enjoy them. Well, I certainly do!
In preparation for my nine hour train journey to Inverness (on Monday!! Squeal!!) I've been stockpiling some treats to enjoy while I, no doubt, anticipate the destination with equal measures of fright and excitement! I imagine I will write for a lot of it, but I've also been collecting novels I have wanted to read for a long time and have resisted dipping into since buying them in Oxfam or receiving the crisp brown boxes from Amazon. They are in my nightstand, waiting to be packed and enjoyed on the train! Oh such precious loot.
I'm also pondering what to squirrel away in terms of sustenance for the train journey, as I detest most train food with a passion. The good thing about being in first class though is that I'll at least have a constant supply of hot tea throughout! I'm planning on taking some healthy fresh food, but I also am pondering what little treats to take along. Will it be a bar of honey and pistachio Hotel Chocolat chocolate, or a box of Fudge's chocolate flapjacks, or a Nordic Bakery cinnamon roll, a Paul almond croissant, or some fresh olive bread and goats cheese.....or shall I just pack all of them?!
As you can see, I have an extreme fondess for chocolate, cheese and baked goods!
I think we also have to bring our own alcohol to the writing course. I am wondering whether I should take this opportunity to detox and have a dry week (!) or whether I should take up a bottle or two of my favourite red, in the hope that it will either win me friends or be a good remedy for writers block.
Most of all, I have been squirreling away ideas. Scribbled in my journal, or my mini Moleskine, on the backs of receipts, in half written text messages . . . there has been a lot of thinking, and a lot of brewing. I can hardly wait to start, and unleash.
What are your favourite things to eat/read/do on a long journey? All suggestions welcomed by this nosy squirrel.