Thursday, July 1, 2010

Morning Reading


Every morning I get up and do pretty much the same thing. (There are only so many options in the getting-ready-for-work department, and I am quite the creature of habit.)

I wash my face, start brewing coffee, and put on my makeup. This all takes a grand total of maybe 15 minutes. Then I spend the rest of my morning reading the front page section of the newspaper while eating breakfast. 

Breakfast is exactly the same every morning: yogurt with frozen berries and Grape Nuts for crunch, and apple slices with peanut butter. And I’m not going to lie, if available, a breakfast cookie is totally acceptable as well.
After breakfast/newspaper, I get dressed, brush my teeth and hair, throw some lunch-ish food into my purse, and head out the door.

Except for some mornings, when inexplicably my routine doesn’t take as long as normal. In which case I may make the very dangerous move of lying down and reading my book for a bit before leaving.
This is not dangerous in the way you may suspect – there is absolutely no way I can fall back asleep after drinking the amount of coffee that accompanies my yogurt. The danger comes in the “reading my book” part. Because if it’s a good book, then those precious 10 minutes can stretch into 15…and then 20…and before I know it I’m running out the door to get to work on time.

That’s what I love about reading a good story – it can suck you in and make you never want to leave. I have quite the multi-tasking mind, so often while I’m reading a so-so book, I catch myself thinking about other stuff (what to bake next? What do I need to get done at work? Should I run today or tomorrow? How far? Do I need to do abs? What about my other job? What am I going to blog about next? What’s going on this weekend? Have I called this person/sent this email/etc? Welcome to the inside of my head. It’s a scary place!).
So I know a good book when my mind doesn’t wander at all – when I’m totally transported to wherever that story takes place and I’m 100% engaged.
Is this escapism? Maybe. But everyone needs a little escape sometimes. I take mine in the form of good literature!

3 comments:

  1. I do that so much! I'll be reading along and my mind will wander and then I'm on the next page and I have no idea what I've read lol

    Really enjoying your blog by the way, it's very unique and always has something fun to read :)

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  2. I tried to have a morning like yours, but somehow I feel like it doesn't work as well if you have to go up and down flights of stairs in the process of brewing coffee and getting ready, and also doesn't work well if you have to be at work before 10:00 am. Haha.

    I am completely with you re: escapism via a good book (though perhaps not Satanic Verses). Nothing better!

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  3. There's nothing better than a book that completely engrosses you. How about compiling a list of such books that you felt you just couldn't put down till you read them through? I'd love to see your list!
    Off the top of my head I can think of 'the time travellers' wife' and I recently read a book called 'quand souffle le vent du nord' - it's in French and I'm not sure there is a translation available, but it was just such a joy to read and I had to get through it the same day I picked it up.

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