I have a personality flaw…No big surprise there!

30 Apr

Thankfully, I never got into drugs. I’m sure I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion that I have a slight behavioral flaw. I become very easily addicted. It took me years to quit smoking. I can’t keep away from the strawberry Milano cookies, and I get grumpy when I run out. I am hopelessly dependent on chap stick. The list goes on.

A few weeks ago I told you about newest addiction, the Twilight Saga. I read all four books and the unpublished manuscript in just under 7 days. After the books, I used my Netflix membership to get the movies. I’ve now seen them both quite a few times, and have a date with my big sis to see Eclipse in June.

I missed reading. Since I finished the Twilight Saga, I haven’t found anything else that was able to keep my attention. I read a few pages here and there of some other books, but they didn’t fill my need. So earlier this week I decided to read them all again, slower this time. I counted the total number of chapters and figured if I read 3 to 4 chapters a day, I could finish by the end of May…Just in time for the next book, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.

I did fine on Monday, I read my four chapters and put the iPad down. Then Tuesday came, I read my 4 chapters and then thought, “why not one more?” Well, one turned into another, and another, and another. Before I knew it, Twilight was finished days ahead of schedule. Of course, since these books are, “exactly my brand of heroin” I’ve moved on into New Moon.

I hear my iPad calling my name from the floor next to my bed. I hear it saying, “take me with you to get Cameron from school, you can read for a few minutes while you wait to pick him up.” Or, “Hey…The laundry can wait, just read a few more pages.”

In the style of an addicted human, I try to hide my addiction. I pretend to be surfing the net or checking email, whenever someone comes close enough to see what I’m really doing, I hit the home button and open a new app. That’s just the added bonus of reading on the iPad, it’s easily concealed by the many things the iPad can do. This morning I hit a new low.

I have been waking up between 5:30 and 5:45 all week long, don’t ask why, I have no clue. This morning I figured if I’m not going to sleep anyway I might as well read. I popped my glasses on my face and dove back into my fictional world. That was until I heard Bill coming up the stairs. I tossed the iPad (gently) to the floor, ripped my glasses off my face and threw them on the nightstand, and laid starring at the wall. I’m sure Bill thinks I’ve lost my mind by now, but that’s another story for another day.

So here I am, struggling to ignore the call of my newest technical gadget. I must say though, at least this time through the books I’m getting my everyday work done too.


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