Thursday, September 18, 2014
Where To Read When Banned From Your House
We are getting a new roof. Starting yesterday and through Monday, construction guys will be tearing apart our old roof and putting on a new one. We had a horrible hail storm back in May. Basically everyone in my part of town (guessing 20,000-30,000 people) had their roofs damaged in this storm. My car had about $5000 worth of damage. It's finally getting fixed next week.
Luckily, we don't own this house, so getting the roof fixed is the landlord's problem, not ours. And also thankfully it hasn't started to leak. But it's good to get it done before winter hits.
The bad thing about having clamorous banging overhead for days on end (Hmm...is there a good thing about hours of banging? I don't think so) is that I am essentially banished from the house. Unless I want to lose my mind.
I do most of my reading and working at home. So now the question is where do I read for the next few days?
I spent several hours at Barnes & Noble today in the cafe pouring through travel guidebooks for one of our upcoming trips. I think I will probably end up there tomorrow, Friday, and Monday.
There are two places where I tend to read away from home: (1) Barnes & Noble; and (2) Restaurants - not fancy ones. Typically Subway or Panda Express or some local sandwich shops.
I love the idea of sitting in a coffee shop for hours on end, reading or working away. In fact, I've done that at various points in my life. But I can't sit still for that long lately. At least at Barnes & Noble I can get up and look at books when I get restless. And I leave restaurants after an hour or so.
Do you read at the library? I love our library. It's new, big, and shiny. But it's not the kind of place where I see myself relaxing with a book. I'm more of an in and out person.