You are looking at Bossy’s stack of unread New Yorker magazines which reside in her torture chamber. Bossy is frustrated because no matter the camera angle, she couldn’t quite capture their distinct look of overwhelming.
Don’t get Bossy wrong, she loves The New Yorker, which she has been reading since she was a teenager, week upon week upon sister mercy it’s another week again.
In fact, Bossy has been known to announce to the room at large her intense desire to climb into bed with a bunch of New Yorkers.
But several months and precisely twenty-four issues ago, Bossy decided reading The New Yorker in bed was interrupting her sleep, where interrupting her sleep equals who can read when one is so busy tossing and turning in sleepless fits?
And when Bossy isn’t reading in bed, she isn’t reading — due to a little thing she likes to call awake life and its interminable demands. Pity.
The medical-marijuana industry, Mumbai slums, and Lily Allen are just three of the hundreds of topics Bossy is no longer smart about since abandoning her New Yorkers. Bossy can summarize her reading predicament this way:
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you share with Bossy something you really love to do but had to abandon when life got in the way?
And be sure to check back later today for the best orphaned habits on the web.
MariaV saysMay 12, 2009 at 8:46 am
I’ve read one book this year, there are 3,000+ waiting
bossy's friend martha saysMay 12, 2009 at 8:48 am
chewing my food, savoring moments, breathing deep, bubble baths, dancing.
dgm saysMay 12, 2009 at 8:49 am
You know, Bossy, if you love something, set it free . . .
hulagirlatheart saysMay 12, 2009 at 8:50 am
Pretending to be Katherine Hepburn in community theatah, dahling.
BOSSY saysMay 12, 2009 at 8:50 am
Reading cookbooks, planning gardens, obsessing over paint colors, generally Caring.
Domesic Goddess (in training) saysMay 12, 2009 at 8:51 am
Had kids. Now miss baths, books, most of all….QUIET.
BOSSY saysMay 12, 2009 at 8:52 am
Reading thick novels that stopped Bossy’s heart. History, not mystery.
TanyaK saysMay 12, 2009 at 8:53 am
Knitting. Now it’s hockey practice, soccer practice, too many kids!
BOSSY saysMay 12, 2009 at 8:53 am
Bossy can’t blame her kids for things not done. HERSELF.
BOSSY saysMay 12, 2009 at 8:54 am
Transferring Bossy’s blog archives. Man, she loved that. Um, NOT.
Michele P saysMay 12, 2009 at 8:56 am
Exercise I still do, but abandoned important hubby-me privacy.
Lizzy saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:05 am
Glad internet isn’t scratch and sniff. Bathing regularly? Buh bye.
Alias Mother saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:10 am
Long walks without a specific destination or workout in mind.
Patricia saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:18 am
Squash, the game, not the food, and being in shape…
chocolatechic saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:20 am
Dusting, moping, cleaning the toilets, quilting, knitting, and cross stitching.
Lauren saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:20 am
World of Warcraft, Fallout 3, Team Fortress 2, Mirror’s Edge.
BOSSY saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:23 am
Long fabulous dinners with clinking glasses in restaurants. Poverty related.
Audubon Ron saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:31 am
I miss hours of playing classical guitar. My wife doesn’t.
kidsmom saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:35 am
Loves her kids, misses her creativity, music, projects and potential.
alwyn saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:50 am
All the things Bossy said plus going to afternoon movies.
aj saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:50 am
real reading, reading more, alone time, reading late, buying stuff.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:53 am
My ability to relax disappeared entirely after becoming sole breadwinner.
julie saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:53 am
quilting and otherwise creating things, exercise and being in shape.
alwyn saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:53 am
Planning and hosting dinner parties for people who love food.
lesliereid saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:54 am
Movie theater every Saturday afternoon by myself with no distractions.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:54 am
Hence my desire for husband Kevin Bacon to move in.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:55 am
Once upon a time, everything was enjoyable. Not it’s work.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:56 am
That would be “now” it’s work. Where’s my Kevin Bacon?
bdaiss saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:59 am
#1) My numerous quilting projects. Building a house takes priority. Unfortunately.
#2) Time for me. Hubby plus toddler plus bun in oven.
(Note: plan to rectify #2 soon as garden season starts.)
Meredith saysMay 12, 2009 at 9:59 am
Two kids-miss dinners out where nuggets, fries not served.
(Among many other things. Sigh.)
corrie saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:01 am
No more spontaneous couple-time, too busy!
Imanitsud saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:03 am
Movies, ice cream with popcorn dinners, travel most of all.
Manic Mommy saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:08 am
Desperately miss Sunday morning puttering; plants, nails, Sunday paper, mmmm.
Jamie saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:14 am
These hands haven’t seen a manicure since 2004. Oh well.
Dharmamama saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:16 am
Planning and cooking anything more complicated than pasta with sauce.
Meg at the Members Lounge saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:17 am
Taking time to stay fit – what’s a core muscle again?
Amelia saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:17 am
I’m simple: I would like to sleep. Through the night.
p/f saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:20 am
Taking long solo drives while singing loudly to the stereo.
Kelly saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:30 am
(Non-work) leaving the house; have become happy hermit, Tivo FTW.
Jill saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:30 am
No more scrapbooking, just huge stacks of disorganized pictures. Sad.
lauren saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:32 am
Sports radio, SportsCenter, Sports Illustrated…
For my family.
(and no one sympathizes ’cause after all, i’m a mother).
Jenn @ Juggling Life saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:40 am
Cooking dinner has fallen by the wayside–will resurrect soon.
Well Read Hostess saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:42 am
K saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:43 am
Have three boys, I miss peaceful activities of all sorts.
Almudena saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:44 am
ten words! i need at least ninety-two for this one.
Jeni saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:46 am
The metabolism of my youth. Calories? Fat? What are those?
caleal saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:47 am
Pleasure reading can’t be when school makes all reading pain.
Maureen in IL saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:58 am
then – running training 5-K half marathon now – not, just fat
Kait saysMay 12, 2009 at 11:00 am
Traveling for the sake of traveling – stupid mortgage and bills!
heartworks saysMay 12, 2009 at 11:01 am
Saturday morning lying in bed reading indefinitely now baby calls.
amanda saysMay 12, 2009 at 11:02 am
I forget when it went from “and” to “can’t today”
Liz in Virginia saysMay 12, 2009 at 11:04 am
Spending time to wrap a pretty gift — with bows, even!
Jenni D saysMay 12, 2009 at 11:25 am
Same as Bossy– wasn’t reading “New Yorker.” Let subscription lapse. :o(
jp saysMay 12, 2009 at 11:25 am
Time,is new luxury I now have plenty of. HURRAY!
Renee in Seattle saysMay 12, 2009 at 11:27 am
Sex, bathing, dinners out, grown up conversation, Damn kids!
janny226 saysMay 12, 2009 at 11:55 am
The Atlantic Monthly, conditioning my hair, exercise, daydreaming, career, sex.
Dharmamama saysMay 12, 2009 at 12:04 pm
Art? I’ve heard of it; haven’t created any in months.
karen l saysMay 12, 2009 at 12:04 pm
crafting, sewing, painting, reading, sitting for HOURS laughing with friends!
karen l saysMay 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm
weekly mani/pedi, professional color, transferring music to ipod, listening to same!
Reeb saysMay 12, 2009 at 12:07 pm
Creating whimsical stuff. ‘Twasn’t life in way; more general malaise.
Reeb saysMay 12, 2009 at 12:07 pm
Although just last night finished a fun mosaic tabletop. Yea!
Amy saysMay 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm
Love and really miss: reading. Don’t really miss: spotless household.
Alissa saysMay 12, 2009 at 12:44 pm
Ballroom dancing the night away with my favorite gay guys.
Regina saysMay 12, 2009 at 12:51 pm
Eating food, not prepackaged, not bright orange– food without kids.
ScottsdaleGirl saysMay 12, 2009 at 12:52 pm
Summers spent all day in the pool.
Liz saysMay 12, 2009 at 12:53 pm
Time, Vogue, music, scrapbooks, writing, WRITING, manicures, shopping, fashion.
Liz saysMay 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm
This may be the most depressing post ever written!
Liz saysMay 12, 2009 at 12:55 pm
Would just like to add, I ALWAYS find Bossy interesting!
Lisa saysMay 12, 2009 at 1:02 pm
I miss having the time to just do absolutely nothing…….
kay saysMay 12, 2009 at 1:25 pm
Life didn’t get in the way; my large ass did.
Amanda saysMay 12, 2009 at 1:29 pm
Researching family history gets kicked to the curb every time.
Kirsten saysMay 12, 2009 at 1:30 pm
Sleeping late and writing things other than notes to teacher.
reen saysMay 12, 2009 at 1:47 pm
Motorcycle riding, sleeping, dating, dancing, the beach, traveling, reading…SIGH.
Dr. Liz saysMay 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm
Sick husband = no massages, cooking every night, needlepoint every day
sugarpie saysMay 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm
naps reading reading reading reading reading reading reading reading naps
bobbins saysMay 12, 2009 at 2:05 pm
Bedslobbing Sundaymorning partnerentwining stretchyyawning yourturntoing teaandtoasting paperreading glassofwining fancyaquickieing blimeyitsmidnighting.
Ok I cheated, you got me bang to rights, guvnor.
Lisa saysMay 12, 2009 at 2:13 pm
Painting my nails,moisturizing legs,reading,cleaning PROPERLY,thinking, dreaming………………..
Caroline saysMay 12, 2009 at 2:28 pm
Dad’s aging FAST. No more big Mainland trips for me.
Shawn/Lifeatbuttercupfarm saysMay 12, 2009 at 2:40 pm
Puttering about the house with no agenda but to putter.
kd saysMay 12, 2009 at 2:42 pm
Alas, daily aerobics classes. Hence the larger thighs. And derriere.
chrissy saysMay 12, 2009 at 2:48 pm
Sleeping in, walking out the door untethered, coming home whenever.
Lisa saysMay 12, 2009 at 2:55 pm
I really could have been in the circus, freak show dept.
Amelia saysMay 12, 2009 at 3:32 pm
Shaved legs, waxed eyebrows, manicured nails, Sunday afternoon movies alone.
Shayera saysMay 12, 2009 at 3:52 pm
Vanity Fair. Years and years piled up, glaring at me.
Lex saysMay 12, 2009 at 3:57 pm
Rollerblading from one bar to the next, without a helmet.
foolery saysMay 12, 2009 at 3:58 pm
Finishing ANYTHING. Reading. Socializing in person. I miss enjoying noise.
kel saysMay 12, 2009 at 4:31 pm
ADD usually gets in the way of me finishing anyth–.
Shari saysMay 12, 2009 at 4:45 pm
Movie jumping every weekend (which is paying for one, then sneaking into 2 or 3 more) Have kids now… must not teach them to be theves… it sucks.
dobes saysMay 12, 2009 at 5:08 pm
Taking weekly classical guitar lessons from sexy Brazilian teacher. Sweet!
catnip saysMay 12, 2009 at 5:09 pm
making wheel thrown pottery and selling it in cool stores
Shelly saysMay 12, 2009 at 5:11 pm
Massage, pedicure, manicure, highlights, brows, sip fancy cucumber water, repeat.
Joie saysMay 12, 2009 at 5:38 pm
Tore across the Virginia countryside on horseback. Had a baby.
suzi saysMay 12, 2009 at 5:43 pm
Ten months of O magazine waiting for me to read.
p.s.-Too many people in that picture and why are they in the street with the traffic? Get on the sidewalk, people.
angel saysMay 12, 2009 at 5:44 pm
Gone = restaurants, haircuts, movies…time alone. Sick dog worth it.
suzi saysMay 12, 2009 at 5:47 pm
And does anyone really care about Miss CA keeping crown?
Not on topic. Just wondering…
Stacey Ball saysMay 12, 2009 at 5:50 pm
Pedicures, one ugly ingrown toenail mishap and it’s all downhill.
BubbieEllie saysMay 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm
Choose 1.5 daily: Eating (healthy). Family. Art. Clean house. X-exercise.
Vanessa saysMay 12, 2009 at 6:50 pm
Dental work means no traveling this year. Passport is SAD.
Heide saysMay 12, 2009 at 6:55 pm
Playing the piano, reading detective novels, backpacking, competing in triathlons.
cait saysMay 12, 2009 at 7:07 pm
facebook to read, naps to gym, latte to save = emancipation.
Emily saysMay 12, 2009 at 7:22 pm
Parenting = no crafts, long naps, just a little reading now.
sevedra saysMay 12, 2009 at 7:24 pm
gave up my WHOLE life to go back to college.
Reeb saysMay 12, 2009 at 7:58 pm
Never have time to drink gin from cat bowl anymore.
Catherine McP saysMay 12, 2009 at 8:28 pm
Barack, Alice Cooper@ ASU graduation, streets blocked, no gym tomorrow
Ok I cheated again with the @…I always somehow cheat on these with something or another.
unruly helpmeet saysMay 12, 2009 at 8:39 pm
me, me, me, me, me, me, then i had kids.
martha saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:03 pm
No more crossstitch or crocheting but lots of mommy blogging.
LisaJane saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:05 pm
Singing on Broadway oh wait I never did that Damn
renee saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:35 pm
Reading, I have a newborn and a two year old.
Beth saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:53 pm
Yoga, “hanging out,” sex, sleeping in, long walks, affairs, baths.
CupcakeMurphy saysMay 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm
So far behind on Oprahs, just read review of Capote.
Sissy saysMay 12, 2009 at 11:22 pm
Tennis, I would be Maria except I started at 40.
sugarpie saysMay 12, 2009 at 11:35 pm
Conversations till all hours, uninterupted movies, good grooming, college friends.
Ive got to second someone’s opinion above-this really is a melancholy post.
So cancel the New Yorker already! I’ve cancelled the New York Review of Books, more for economic reasons than a time crunch, but still…
David saysMay 12, 2009 at 11:38 pm
Gave up watching TV. Rest of life is too important.
Lori saysMay 12, 2009 at 11:43 pm
Singing and dancing and staying up late drinking salty margaritas.
Lori saysMay 12, 2009 at 11:44 pm
PS – I agree, cancel the subscription. How much pressure can one woman take!
p.j. saysMay 13, 2009 at 10:06 am
Cancel subscriptions. Borrow back copies, singly, from library! Liberation theory.
Heather saysMay 13, 2009 at 1:10 pm
Have baby, keep job, stop voice and piano lessons.
pam saysMay 13, 2009 at 1:32 pm
Know it All saysMay 13, 2009 at 2:39 pm
the shore on weekends…drinking, dancing & eating big greasy breakfasts!
Donna saysMay 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm
Wanted a baby but hubby refused; divorced him too late.
Catriona saysMay 13, 2009 at 5:24 pm
House messy, garden weedy, books unread, lovely baby sleeping ahh 🙂
alanaransley saysMay 13, 2009 at 7:15 pm
Scrapbooking, movies, cooking, baking, shopping-two kids, in nursing school
Happily Employed Susan saysMay 14, 2009 at 8:19 pm
Stacks of unread New York Times Magazine sections, ultimately recycled.
Kerri Anne saysMay 14, 2009 at 11:41 pm
My “to-read” list is two entire shelves long. Boo.
Emma saysMay 18, 2009 at 7:16 pm
Painting nails passed the time, homework got in the way.