Monday, February 12, 2007

How to Work from Bed

A reader writes:

Dear jeepers,

I'm a writer, and I spend a lot of time at my desk.
I have this thing going on where
sometimes I wear pajamas half the day, which
is dandy and all, I have excellent
pajamas, but I just don't know if one ought to
lead one's life this way. I mean,
does my husband, who never says he doesn't, enjoy
seeing me in my zebra sateen at
night, then in the morning and still at 2 p.m.?
sometimes I end up showering at 6
or 7 to go to out for the evening, then putting
the sleepwear back on at, say, 2 a.m.
when I get home, then there I am again for twelve hours.
the nightwear is clean, but...
as I said, something feels wrong about this arrangement.

I wonder if you have dressing strategies
for the freelance life, when your
clothes tend to blur into parts of the day
they were never meant to see.

Jeepers responds:

Dear Sleeper,

Your nagging suspicion that you are being very, very bad is correct. Just as one does not wear clean underwear merely on the off chance that one might be hit by a bus, rushed to the hospital, and stripped of one's outer garments for an emergency medical procedure, one also does not wear real clothes merely to look respectable on the off chance one's in-laws drop by at three. You must wear clean underwear and real clothes regardless of others. It's part of loving yourself, taking yourself seriously. We doubt that William Shakespeare, also a freelance writer, stayed in his nightshirt all day long. Not even F. Scott Fitzgerald, we would wager, wore a robe in the afternoon.

We even suggest that you begin dressing for dinner. Wear real clothes all day, dress up a bit for dinner, put pajamas back on only right before getting into bed, and see how your life changes. And stop going to bed at 2 a.m. We thought you cared deeply about good sleep? (Btw, you have a sweet blog, darling.)


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Blogger Marty: said...

I'm a writer and work from home. I often stay up writing til 2 or 3 am and then fall into bed and sleep til 11am. I check my email, grab some toast and I have the inspiration I need to finish! At 2pm there I sit in my jammies, without incentive to get dressed. I am solving this by getting some very cool jammies. Silk with a wrap kimono top, Victorian lace and flannel gown, leggins with a beautiful sweater tunic. Put on earrings and lipstick and you look dressed and eccentric. Love your post. Visit mine!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

you fan from across the globe:
i emailed u twice.. but am not sure you received it. it bounced back! :( you have any other email id???

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

u ok?
no update since ages!!!

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Blogger Jeepers said...

Dear Anonymous,
We are back. Our apologies for being out of touch and not responding to emails for a while. Please forgive. xo

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I used to do much of my writing in bed. But in recent year I started to work on a desk. There is a different feeling to it. It is better to wear normal clothes and not wearing the pajamas all day. Thanks for the refreshing post.

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