Taking a Break

by Rachael on December 8, 2010

Strong, dark coffee in one of my mother’s mugs

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.

Packing up my things to go work somewhere else, such as one of the two cafés that have recently opened in our neighborhood.

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?

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Seonaid December 8, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Break… break… what is this word? It sounds familiar…

You are right. I must step away from the computer, put on the kettle and finish a book that I don’t have to read. Or the toe of that sock. While eating a nice piece of brie on crackers.

I used to love me some foofy coffee, but the nearest cafe is a 25 minute drive away, so that is a very special treat indeed these days.

Have a beautiful day, be visited by the muse, and no shitbirds allowed.
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Hillary December 8, 2010 at 10:44 PM

I love this!

For me taking a break is:

taking a hot bath….alone!
staying in bed after hubby takes kids downstairs
sitting down with hot tea to rock the baby for a morning nap
coffee break in the kitchen in the afternoon
chatting with a good friend
sitting at a coffee shop

oh I could go on!


Amber December 8, 2010 at 11:59 PM

For me, a break involves knitting and a bad TV show. Or taking a walk with my husband (which I haven’t done in FOREVER, because, you know, kids). It is not cleaning, or writing, or checking my email, or dealing with family politics.

And my favourite treat? Ice cream. No contest.
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6512 and growing December 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Not to be a total copycat, but I’m with you on everything, especially taking a walk outside, sitting in a cafe and eggs and buttered toast for breakfast.
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MJ December 10, 2010 at 6:56 AM

Oh this is so good!! I get so sidetracked with the computer and miss the REAL breaks! Thanks for the reminder!!
PS. Found you via Organic sister :)!
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blue milk December 11, 2010 at 2:45 AM

What a gorgeous post.
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