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Subject: You know you're a reader when...
Date Posted: 1/22/2010 6:59 PM ET
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- you're disappointed when the doctor sees you on time, b/c you anticipated a long wait in which you could read

- you're thrilled when your friend cancels her trip to come visit you for the weekend, b/c you're in the middle of a great book and now you have the freedom to read all weekend

 

And yes, both of these actually happened to me today. Feel free to add your own!  :P



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Date Posted: 1/22/2010 7:26 PM ET
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You'd rather, get curbside pick up than go out to eat.

You know your a PBS reader when you  get wierd about liquids around your books, and insist everyone in the house use sippy cups.  Ahem Guilty!

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 7:40 PM ET
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Living along I don't have the sippy cup problem but I always worry about head bumps from kitty cat when I have tea or some other dark colored beverage in my hand.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 8:31 PM ET
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You carry a book in your purse to a social gathering and sneak off to the bathroom or an empty bedroom to read instead of socializing!  (Yeah, I'm guilty of that at family gatherings.  Haven't tried it at a non-family party yet, though.)

Or, when your significant other says he's going to go out and a) have a few beers with the boys; b) go snowmobiling with the boys; or c) go do anything with the boys, you're totally fine with it because it gives you some time to read instead of entertaining the significant other! 

Or, when you find out you can't go to visit your DH's sister in Arizona for a long weekend this winter because you don't have anyone to watch your kids so you tell DH to go ahead without you because it means a whole weekend of time to read once the kids have been dealt with - and also play the "poor me" card and tell him when he comes back that you've treated yourself to a little book shopping spree in lieu of not taking a mini vacation. 

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 9:03 PM ET
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You carry a book in your purse to a social gathering and sneak off to the bathroom or an empty bedroom to read instead of socializing!  (Yeah, I'm guilty of that at family gatherings.  Haven't tried it at a non-family party yet, though.)

I've done that! When I was reading Susan Howatch's Wheel of Fortune, it was last Easter and my in-laws were in town. I kept pretending I had something to do upstairs, but really I was slipping away to read a quick chapter! I remember actually trying to determine at what hour I could feign sleepiness so I could go up to bed for the night and READ! (Would 8pm be too soon? How about 9? Surely they won't mind if I excuse myself at 9....)

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 9:15 PM ET
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Letty - I laughed out loud at the sippy cup thing.

Shelley - I can relate to all of the things you mentioned.

How about when you make sure you get enough cash back at the grocery store so you can buy books without DH knowing. Or, you keep hearing how DH isn't getting any attention because when you have your nose in a book and he says something you go" umm-hmm" and that's all. You scream if you see someone bending the corner of a book page to mark their spot! You keep ordering/buying books even though you know that there is no way in h-ll you will ever read them all. If people you talk with aren't readers, you feel sorry for them. Oh, I know I could go on, but that's enough for now!!

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 9:17 PM ET
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You are looking forward to Sunday afternoon's two football games in a row, because you can sit and watch them, with your nose in a book! Four hours of reading! 

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 9:24 PM ET
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Jeanne - I laughed about the bookmark thing.  My DH refuses to use a bookmark.  It drives me batty!  I've given him several, and I always find his book either laying face down and open to the page he's on (so much for keeping the bindings nicely intact) or with the corner turned over.  It's not just the top little bit of the corner either; it's half the page!  Thankfully he doesn't read very many of my books.  He has different tastes.  I'm quite certain the library people hate him though.

Mimi - If MY team wasn't playing on Sunday (Go Vikes!!), I'd be looking forward to that too.  As it is, I have a vested interest in the games, so I'll be watching right along with DH and DS and, in fact, the whole neighborhood.  We're having a football-watching party at the neighbors', and I highly doubt I'll be sneaking off to the bathroom to read.  I think the Vikings-Saints game is going to be a real nail-biter. 

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 9:30 PM ET
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If people you talk with aren't readers, you feel sorry for them.

Oh yeah, that too! Or when someone says they only read 2 or 3 books a year, and you feel sorry for them, too.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 9:44 PM ET
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You remain seated on the pot, pants around your ankles, after you've finished your business in order to finish a chapter.

Guilty guilty, guilty!

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 9:58 PM ET
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You turn down a date on a Saturday nite because you'd rather stay home and read your book.

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Date Posted: 1/22/2010 10:01 PM ET
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when you look forward to a long business trip so you can read on the plan and have your hotel room to yourself to read all night. I love reading on plains.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 10:05 PM ET
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LOL  These are great!

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 11:08 PM ET
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You love your Sonicare toothbrush, because that gives you an extra 2 minutes of dedicated reading time !!!  (Can't do that in the morning because that's when I brush my cat with my left hand while the Sonicare whirs in my right; but nighttime brushing is all mine !!)

Kelly



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Date Posted: 1/23/2010 1:20 AM ET
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You "come to" sitting on the toilet, with your butt numb from lack of blood, and you're not sure how long you've been sitting there, your "business" long over with.

I, too, read during sports, but usually I'm reading and watching, how much of each depends on who's playing.

PS--GO VIKES!! 

Sharz, a Vikes fan buried in Bears fans--and laughing at them behind their backs. LOL

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 1:21 AM ET
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I have a friend at work that reads while she blow dries her hair.  I can't figure out how she does that.

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 8:32 AM ET
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I'm afraid I'm guilty of most of these.  I also rush through housework (which only gets done on weekends) so that I can have a guilt-free reading afternoon.  If it's not picked up, cleaned, vacuumed or dusted by noon...well, there's always next weekend! 

My dh does not like or watch sports, so I can't look forward to that.  But really, it's okay.  We spent our Friday night snuggled under afghans on the couch, each reading our current books.  Ahh...true love!  (And he uses bookmarks!  Sometimes they're the coasters I have in a little basket on the end table, but hey...)

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 8:34 AM ET
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Sharz - Awesome!  Some love for my Vikes!  Thanks!

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 9:00 AM ET
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I cannot compete with these. Too funny!

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 9:15 AM ET
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You start treating characters as if they're real. For example, in the heat of an argument, you tell DH, "Jamie Fraser would never say such an insensitive thing! And if he did, he'd come back and apologize later!"

Or you listen to the lyrics of a song and think, "This should be Claire and Jamie's song!" (The song was "I'll Stand by You" by the Pretenders.)

Okay, maybe I only do this with Outlander, since those are the only 2 examples I can think of...

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 9:28 AM ET
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;) I think I'm guilty of some variation of most of these.....I used to read in traffic jams, when I had a DC commute that was predictably jammed....

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 11:14 AM ET
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You know you are a dedicated reader when you have books stashed everywhere...just in case. In your car, in your husband's car, in your bag....

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 11:19 AM ET
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Go Vikes!!  I will forgo some reading time this Sunday to watch the game too.  I love everyone's ideas.  How 'bout thinking how few things you can pack on a trip to make as much room for books as possible.  I'm already in the planning stages of that one.

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 12:50 PM ET
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when you look forward to a long business trip so you can read on the plan and have your hotel room to yourself to read all night. I love reading on planes.

This is totally me.  "Honey, I'm so sorry, but I have to go to Houston for a couple of days. I really hate leaving you here with the kids. Earlier flight?  No, there's not an earlier flight home...the meeting ends at 3 and the first flight out is 8pm. I guess I 'll just have to sit in the airport and wait....."

And I'll be reading while watching the SAINTS tomorrow!  WHO DAT?!?!?

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 4:01 PM ET
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I almost fell on my face once getting off the toilet because I had absolutely no feeling in my legs at all. I didn't think I'd been on there that long! Honest!

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