My natural reading habitat these days is a big, squishy chair. It's a marked departure from my previous favorite reading position which involved lying on my stomach with a pillow folded under my chest and chin, arms sprawled on the bed and *maybe* exerting enough effort to the hold the book. However, oftentimes my trade paperbacks were floppy enough to hold themselves open with the assistance of a lazily placed hand. Thank God!
The new found penchant for the big squishy chair is a byproduct of a few very important variables:
1. Our floors are a little hard for lengthy lounging.
2. Our couch is too soft for lengthy lounging.
3. The bedroom is too dark for reading.
A well-placed halogen lamp, a close side table for a Diet Coke, and the big, squishy chair's inviting lap all add up to a winning combination.
Right about now I'm sure you're wondering why I'm nattering on about reading positions. The simple answer is prompted by the fact that I'm stuck at work for another hour and a half, and this place is not conducive to reading--the one thing I'd really like to do right now.
I do work in a Writing Center, and one might assume that with plenty of tables and chairs around, and even some couches, that I might find a place and curl up. But no. Oh no. There are definite problems with reading here.
1. I can't take off my pants or my bra. Well, in truth, I suppose I could, but it's frowned upon. I read much better without pants.
2. The chairs are hard, as are the couches.
3. There are distracting noises from the library below (I'm up on the mezzanine level).
4. The tables are hard and make my elbows ache after leaning for a while.
5. I have no blanket with which to curl up.
You see my dilemma.
Reading is my ultimate pleasure in life. I like to be comfortable, and comfort, for me, equals lounging. Whether I'm curled up with my legs tucked in, wrapped in a blanket or reclined across a chair with my legs draped over the arm, I need comfort, solitude and mental space to read.
So what the hell do I do with these last hours of work?? Suggestions??
I'm thinkin' Scrabulous!