With the release of many highly anticipated books recently I’ve been thinking about what I’m willing, and not willing to do to get some extra reading time. Although I do not work outside the home, my days are pretty busy running my household, and being a super-star mom to three kids. The only solid reading time I get these days is at night while the hubs watches TV–I know, so romantic, be jealous–or before bed. Otherwise I sneak a few paragraphs in here and there in the waiting room at the dentist, in line at the grocery store or on the freeway stuck in traffic. What?
But when release day of a much coveted book is approaching I have to put on my clever hat, do some fancy foot work and figure out how I’m going clear a path to uninterrupted reading bliss. It aint easy being me. Being a loving mother and a highly organized runner-of-the-home, I’ve got this covered. Release day always runs smoothly at Casa Vixen. I would never neglect my family, turn my back on my responsibilities or forget to feed the family pet just for the sake of a good read. Never.
Here is a list of things I have never done to get in some uninterrupted read time.
I have never:
- Faked having the flu so I could lie in bed to read Breaking Dawn and then successfully pulled the same stunt again to read Shadowfever.
- Pretended my iPhone battery was dead and mysteriously wouldn’t charge so I couldn’t be reached when the hubs called to ask me to pick up the dry cleaning.
- Ordered pizza delivery and let the kids eat straight from the box to avoid cooking and doing dishes.
- Avoided eye contact with a well-meaning but terribly blabby neighbor so I wouldn’t get stuck in a thirty minute one-sided conversation about the state of the neighborhood and the company Mr. Smith has been keeping recently.
- Created a blog post stating the I am reading and I am not be bothered.
- Scheduled a couple of days of blog posts in advance in anticipation of The Big Day.
- Worn the same color as the fabric of my couch hoping to blend in and go unnoticed for longer periods of time.
- Legally changed my name from mom to ‘the artist formerly known as mom’ so I wouldn’t feel guilty ignoring the people who keep saying that name every five minutes.
- Threatened husband with ungodly acts of violence if he so much as thinks of working late on release day.
I have never done any of these things for a straight shot at a good romance novel. NEVER. I pinky swear.
So my question to you today is:
Have you ever faked it for the sake of a good book? If so, what did you do? Did you make up a cockamamie story for your boss so you could go home early or call off sick for the whole day? Did you tell your mother-in-law you wanted some quality time with the hubster so she’d take the kids and instead you got cuddly with a book boyfriend? Come on, spill the beans. I want to know!
Consider the comments section a confessional today. We’re all friends and fellow addicts, and it’s time to come clean with each other (or not).