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November 2, 2012

Where my tea rests

I don’t have a desk. In another life, I worked in a closet, but now the closet is stuffed with baby paraphernalia and there is no room for me and mine. Which isn’t bad, in fact it’s fine. For the past three years, I’ve made the western half of our couch my working home, which you’d be able to tell if you ever sat on it. The springs are shot. My seat is right beside the tall bookcase which houses authors A through H, with a table nearby to pile books and set my laptop on. Often, my husband is situated nearby too, which makes for an optimum working environment. I like it also because I get to work whilst lying down.

What I appreciate most truly, however, is the place where I rest my tea. From my Random House mug, of course, because what’s a point of a teacup if it isn’t enormous? But not so enormous that it can’t perch exactly within arm’s reach, right beside Anne Enright and Alice Thomas Ellis. I think my tea keeps really good company– the gorgeous spines of my Anne Fadiman books, and even Deborah Eisenberg. It’s always right there when I need it. But not so near within my reach that my flailing arms have ever knocked it over. Yet. Knock on (bookcase) wood.

4 thoughts on “Where my tea rests”

  1. julia says:

    There is no better place on earth for a resting one’s teacup than between George Eliot and Anne Fadiman! hooray!!

  2. Susan says:

    Teacups SHOULD be enormous! I love that you work tucked in beside your books. And the perfect perch for a mug needs to be protected, that’s fantastic!

  3. Nathalie Foy says:

    Anne Fadiman! I’m sure she’d be thrilled to hear that your tea rests by her.

  4. Kerry says:

    Oh, I am pleased that my tea rest meets with such approval! E/F is one of the highlights of the bookcase.

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