In the midst of my totally unstressful move yesterday during which everything went exactly as planned and I came nowhere near having a nervous breakdown two to three times, I plopped down on the floor to start unpacking the first of five double stacked bookshelves that have now taken up residence in my new apartment. The man who was painting the ceiling (and I definitely recommend having your ceiling painted AS you move in to a place) looked down at me and said, “ Wow. So…how many hours a week do you read?” As I thought about it, I realized it’s a difficult thing to count up. There’s the reading I do on my commute, at least a little bit of reading in the office every day, between one and five hours after I get home at night, and then a wildly variable number of hours on the weekend. Realizing I was taking a long time to respond (and that the ceiling painter was really just making conversation and didn’t actually care), I settled on 20 to 30 hours. I have no idea if that’s true, but now I really want to know. And because I’m slightly OCD, but only about insanely stupid things, I’m thinking about keeping an eye on the clock when I start and stop reading this week to get a real estimate. So far I’m at about 30 minutes, but hey, it’s early. Does anyone out there want to venture a guess to how much they read and then see how that bears out in action? Or suggest a better way to spend my time than counting reading hours? And if anyone says unpacking, I will punch them.