.. to keep you company late into the night. They don’t interrupt you, judge you or give you strange looks. They just watch.
This is my current workshop while home from Uni with all important essentials: homebrew to aid create thought, laptop for internet and inspection lamp for late-nighters.
Often overlooked are a stack of other ‘work-related’ literature with which you can fob off loved ones claiming that right now you are “too busy working on Uni stuff” or “just doing the accounts”.