And now our family room feels eerily like a doctor's lobby, minus the fish tank. Added to our regular subscriptions, there is a plethora of current reading material at arm's length for every member of the family.
Our lobby includes (but is not limited to):
- Sports Illustrated
- Sports Illustrated for Kids
- National Geographic for Kids
- Game Transformer
- Martha Stewart Living
- Real Simple
I have to say that I'm enjoying life in the doctor's lobby. There is always something to peruse. And I like to peruse. I even like just saying the word "peruse."
What do I do for a hobby? I peruse magazines.
And I find that the more I peruse, the more I begin to speak in headlines. Instead of calling my family to dinner, I shout: "A Budget-Friendly Dinner that Beats the Bistro!"
When Ryan and I sit alone on the porch, I whisper in his ear, "Want to Know the 7 Things Women Can't Resist?"
When my children are restless and whining, I gather them at my feet and direct, "Say NO to a Sluggish Summer with 10 Easy Projects for Kids."
You see, what people who live in doctors' lobbies know that the rest of us don't is that life's biggest issues can generally be managed in five simple steps. Sometimes less. And with the use of a lot of alliteration.
I have to say, though, that I'm having sort of a strange conditioned response to one of my glossies. The only time I ever purchased People magazine in the past was at the airport or gas station before a trip somewhere. I always found it enjoyable to catch up on the latest celebrity gossip and hometown hero at the beginning of a vacation; it was my pre-furlough meditation.
But now when People shows up in my mailbox (every WEEK, by the way) I have a strange, unsettling feeling that I should hurry and pack my bags. I'm trying to cope by reading the magazine and then promptly taking a trip to Costco.
And speaking of Costco, have you seen the giant magazine rack there? Your Favorite Reads Now at Reduced Rates!
This is getting out of control, isn't it? Perhaps I need a doctor appointment.