Friday, July 04, 2008


You know I've been struggling with my reading and for the life of me, I couldn't figure out what the problem was.

Sure there are the busy times in life - today kids for the pool and BBQ and then Saturday the family for the day and BBQ (can I just say I'm sick of hot dogs and hamburgers already!!!) and the times when TV seems more important. And then there is the job (which is minimal but it does take up time) and my best bud who moved 3000 miles away so now we talk for hours on the phone at night.

But then I think of all of you and the jobs you have, the kids, the house work, the hustle and bustle of day time activities which are much different than night time. Shopping and errands in crowds would give me hives so I'm much happier in my nocturnal haze.

Then it hit me.

I have no where to sit and read.

Six months ago almost to the day, Bob moved his Lazyboy into the home office.

The home office or den, is so not for reading. Not sure what it is about the room but it doesn't work for me.

My reading room is our massive living room but I always sat in the Lazyboy. Good support for my back (doesn't happen in the other chairs), doesn't stink of - well, that's a different story and ... did I mention my back? Currently there are two couches (one is the leather one but I can feel the wood frame if I'm leaning on it like I tend to so not so good for reading and the other is Cody's couch and it's so out of here when the spirit calls him), two chairs with ottomans (Amber has taken up residence in the one I might sit in and the other is too close to the front door) and two new chairs but they are small and meant to be more decorative.

Let's not even start with the lighting in the room. I have one light that I move from chair to chair depending on where I want to read. Huge pain.

I can't read in bed or I would never sleep and my arms would fall asleep constantly and the loft/TV room is for TV and laundry and sitting with Bob.

So my task this next week is to find a new reading place. Or buy myself a Lazyboy.

Ow. It hurt just to type that. If I bought a Lazyboy I would never hear the end of it. So new place to read. Definitely something I must do immediately.

Oh, and I did mention to Bob that I was in a slump because he moved the Lazyboy to it's new place in the den and he told me he wasn't moving it back.


I plan to retaliate by hiding his Home Depot credit card.

So where do you read? Can you read anywhere? Can you read hanging half off the bed (like I used to when I was 20) or do you need to have everything in place before settling down to read?


LinnieGayl said...

Cindy, I mainly read on my sofa (either sitting with feet propped up on a coffee table or reclining) or in bed. However, I get lots of good reading done in restaurants and coffee shops. That being said, I've done some of my BEST reading in my brother's lazy boy. I'd always said I would never buy one, but now am thinking that may be just the thing.

Kat O+ said...

I can read anywhere, except maybe in a moving car. Then again, I can also sleep anywhere, including standing up in a bus, so my body isn't picky when it comes to the pursuit of leisure.

What's a Lazyboy?

Rosie said...

These days I read where ever and when ever. My favorite place is propped up with pillows on my bed. I need about five just for my back, my feet, my head. It's a weird but I know just where each pillow needs to be placed for maximum comfort. Of course every time I get up I have to arrange everything again...that gets old.

Marg said...

I do most of my reading on the train or in bed. I can read on the couch, but for the most part it is the first two places. But not hanging off the bed...just lying flat.

caitlin said...

Hi, I just 'tuned into' your blog and found the age old question that I have been trying to figure out for...ages! "I have no where to sit and read"
Yeah, I hear ya. Oh, I read in bed at night for a 1/2 hour or so before I go to sleep, but when I want to read during a nice 'gotta-stay-inside-out-of-the weather' kind of day, I flit from place to place.
I have a recliner, but it is NOT a Lazyboy. I gave my sectional to my son, and I think I need a new, softer one, perhaps with a built in recliner.
Lighting ia also a problem. My house tends to be dark any time, so I should get some better lighting.
Thanks to your post on this subject, (seeing other people having the same problem sometimes helps)I think I'll make a real effort this weekend to find a permanent reading 'nook.'