Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Magazine Junkie



It seems that as a busy mom of two boys, the only time I can indulge in reading magazines without someone in the home needing something from me, is when I am alone. AND the only time I am alone is when I am in the bathroom. Baths are few and far between, and you can't bring a mag in the shower so that leaves one place to catch up on my "news". That, my friends, is the toilet. Seeing that I loveeeee reading cooking magazines, it really grosses me out to read one of those while my buns are resting on porcelain, SO, I'm in a predicament. When do you find time to read magazines, or do you find time at all?

5 comments:

jerilyn said...

Nowaday's mag reading is on the down low..I sneak them in when I pass the kid's on to Daddy..He think's Im slaving away in the kitchen and Im catching up on cooking mag's..Also try putting everyone including husband in tub, say you need to get some laundry organized.That's when I fit the good stuff(People,Us)..Shut the bathroom door so you cant hear them call for you..Just kidding(OK maybe not)..

Mel said...

Hilarious, yet brilliant!

Jen said...
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Jen said...

Ah-if you gotta read, you gotta read. Who cares where you do it? Just turn some soft tunes on to block out the sound effects. Okay, that was bad. But, I love magazines, too. Especially the food mags. The only time I get quality reading time is when the kids are sleeping (mornings before they wake up and bedtime). Our bedtime routine: I lay between both kids (trundle bed), read the kids a book or two using a book light (lights gotta be out), then declare (after hugs and kisses), "it's sleep sleep time. Now I'm going to read Mommy's book." I prop the book + book light up on my belly and knees, and rub both kids' heads/backs as they fall asleep. If they are antsy, I remind them "it's sleep sleep time. No more talking." They don't get to play after the lights are out. Now, it's all routine for them. If one of them has a hard time falling asleep, they'll know that it's Mommy's book time, so they'll pretty much just let me read and not expect me to pay much attention to them--other than the back rubs. Sounds a bit harsh, but being selfish with this time really got me back into reading again. I hadn't completed a book since college, and now I can't not be reading a book. It's great. The tough part is tearing myself away from my book to spend time with Dan. But, it all tends to balance out easier if the kids get to bed by 8-9pm at the latest.

Mel said...

Wow! Great advice Jen, Thanks! I'll try this method too!