For me, a break is not —
Writing an e-mail, even to a friend.
Reading my Twitter feed, skimming through Google Reader, or checking Facebook.
Doing anything at all on the computer. My work already involves enough staring at a screen.
For me, a break is —
Talking with my grandmother or sister on the phone.
Stepping outside for a short walk, even for an errand.
Reading the New Yorker, or some poems, or a few pages of whatever book I’m reading. Or maybe not. My work already involves so much reading, that sometimes even reading for pleasure does not feel like a break.
For me, a treat is —
Eggs and hot buttered toast for breakfast.
Strong, dark coffee in one of my mother’s mugs.
A salty snack in the afternoon. Or a bit of chocolate.
Working in the bedroom, with a dozing cat curled up on the bed.
How do you take a break? What’s your favorite treat?