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Ladies Who Brunch Together, Read Alone

Sunday morning. It's sunny and warm, gorgeous — the perfect time to poach an egg and fail. With laptops in tow, my roommate and I sat down to eat pain perdu and read the news.

Halfway through, I saw us for what we were: two singletons staring at computer screens, occasionally coming up for air and conversation. "Is this the new Sunday morning table," I asked, picturing Mad Men's Don Draper with his newspaper fanning wide while wife Betty poached his eggs to perfection. "Probably," my roommate replied, "but I'm sure people in relationships realized it long ago."

Good point! Both chronically single, we have no idea what people in relationships do (j/k! we've had one, or two, who's counting?). I don't see how it's any different than reading the newspaper at a table, so how does it work for you? Sparkling water with a MacBook Pro? Or, printed paper and conversation, unaided by the Internet?

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bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
My hubby and I usually spend Sunday morning on the couch reading the paper. I try to stay off the computer on the weekend in general but he likes to hop on and off throughout the day.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I would never bring my laptop to the kitchen table. I guess sometimes I'll just take my plate upstairs and use the computer in my room. But if I'm eating downstairs, then I'm doing so to be social. None of us read the newspaper or anything.
b1uebunn b1uebunn 8 years
My husband and I do just what you and your roommate do! We read stuff on our computers while we eat, we chat about what we're reading. It's pretty much the same! Newspapers were crappier anyway. Bring on the new tech!
imariec imariec 8 years
I hardly ever turn on the computer during the weekend - unless I'm looking for something in specific. I would especially not turn it on during brunch or dinner - or any moment I am able to spend time with my husband. Nothing gets in the way of our conversations and our time.
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 8 years
TrèsSugar is many voices, you guys — single and currently involved in relationships. Hopefully, these multiple perspectives will provide a spectrum of opinions. Thanks for staying tuned...
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I have to agree I find it odd that a self-professed chronically single woman is apparently giving relationship advice. It's not so much people not liking change as the change sucks ass.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Eh I make it a point NOT to do this. Enough time is spent watching tv together, movies and such I find eating a nice meal together and actually conversing is much better.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i never said i hate Tres, i just miss Dear! Tres is cool but i miss the Dear content a LOT!
dragonlady920 dragonlady920 8 years
Why must everyone hate on TresSugar? She's still finding her stride. The problem is that people hate change...
skigurl skigurl 8 years
agree, i seriously miss DEAR! but in terms of this post (which was hard to understand), i think that sitting in s cafe with my boyfriend on a sunday morning with LAPTOPS is much different than with the paper...we always read the paper together and chat and share and's just more traditional and with the internet, its so much easier to get absorbed and not speak to the person you're with
lolak lolak 8 years
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
how about Tres' relationship with his/her roommate? that is a valid cohabitual relationship where they obviously spend time together. this is a Sunday morning norm/ritual for THEIR relationship. kudos.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Also, even if Tres [whoever he/she/they is/are] hadn't ever been in a relationship, you don't necessarily have to BE in a relationship or even have HAD a relationship to give sound advice about them. Some of the best and most simple advice comes from people on the outside. People are still people, even if the nature of the relationship is different. It's just basic human interactions. Sheesh guys, give Tres a break.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
My Sunday mornings are typically spent really early in church...then alone rummaging the Sunday paper. Since I eat a later breakfast, I don't like to be bothered when I'm reading the paper. I don't use any technology [no internet or tv] until 12 pm on Sundays anyway - everything's old-school until then.
janneth janneth 8 years
The medium has changed, newspaper/laptops, but I think it is the same thing. Roommates or couples or families read on Sunday morning, and look up to share interesting stories. The screen can block your view of the other person, just like holding up a section of the newspaper. Happy Sunday!
noodlemaine noodlemaine 8 years
Ha, this is what I'm doing right now, with my roommate! I'm catching up on my blogs and news, and she's reading FML statements and watching cute YT videos. The Sunday morning has definitely shifted, with the decline of newspapers. I love and appreciate the print industry, but I'm afraid most of the nation disagrees with me. It's not much different, except for the fact that you can't pass over sections of interests.
MeggyPoodles MeggyPoodles 8 years
Pistil, I agree with you. I actually tried reading it late last night when I got home from the bar, but I just figured the booze was hindering my understanding of this post, lol. Now that I'm sober, I still don't really get it.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 8 years
Oh god you are so hard with her (him) ... = / Et j'adore le pain perdu lol
cordata cordata 8 years
The question is quite poorly framed .... Who is this Tres writer? He/she seems to respond pretty quickly to posts with praise or cutesy anecdotes but when there's criticism .... there's no one there. I miss Dear too.
Pistil Pistil 8 years
I think she's asking if technology has changed the way we spend time at the kitchen table on a Sunday morning? And does it change if you're in a relationship?
Smilesp Smilesp 8 years
I re-read this 3 times trying to figure out what the point of this story was. I still don't know.
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