Hello again! It’s Allison from The Book Wheel and I’m back again for another hour, so thanks for keeping me around! For those of us with spouses, partners, significant others, kids, or parents living with us, Readathon can be a stressful time. I’m sure most of our others are aware of the fact that books are a priority in life, but when Readathon time comes along, it becomes the ONLY priority in life. After participating in several of these, my husband and I have come to an understanding about how things are going to go down. It is as follows:
- I spend weeks reminding him that, unless he is offering food or snacks, I am invisible.
- He is forced to sleep in the spare room because we learned, after the first Readathon, that I have to move around a lot come 2 a.m.
- Things are easier if he picks up some overtime that day because I always end up audiobooking it and purging/cleaning for a few hours.
- Dinner is frozen pizza and I am not making it.
This is, of course, easier said than done and is much more doable because we don’t have kids, but I think setting some ground rules ahead of time helps things go more smoothly and prevents unnecessary demands on my time and attention.
Now tell me, what are your ground rule? Do you kick people out of the house? Lock yourself away in a spare room? Head to Starbucks for a few hours to get in some uninterrupted reading time (even though we know you end up people-watching)? Audiobook it while cleaning? I want to know!
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