Sunday, April 10, 2011

Daily Commute

Just in case you didn't know this already, I have an hour long commute to and from work daily. Since I also travel from school to school, I also drive a bit during the day.

Even after a whole year of doing it, I'm torn on my feelings about it. On one hand, it's such a pain having to get up early for work, and juggling my daycare's schedule with my work. On the other, I honestly enjoy the hour alone.

There are some days that I talk work on my phone all the way there and back, those days I wish I lived closer to work or worked closer to home. But the days that I get to spend the entire commute reading a book, one of my favorite past times, is a joy.

Yes, you read that right. I read and drive. You only thought texting was bad. Kidding, kidding. I "read" via audiobook.

When I was growing up my Nanny, who was blind in her 40's used to listen to audiobooks in her room during nap-time. I always thought it was the craziest thing ever. It was through the department of vocational rehab, and they would mail her out several new ones a month.

Now that, between work, school, and a two year old, I never get to read actual books, it's been a lifesaver. Or at least a sanity saver. I get to enlighten my mind and relax, and do something I enjoy all while fighting afternoon traffic.

For the first few months of work I was buying a new book each month, which by the way, isn't cheap. Audiobooks run at least $25, some times $10 on sale. This past year I found When you sign up you get a free book, then you pay $15 a month thereafter for one book a month. I realize that is not much cheaper, but you can get any book for that price, even the ones that are usually $40 on iTunes.

So, if you commute, I have two things:

1. Try audiobooks. Helps with the monotonous commute and is like an hour alone reading.

2. Tell me what you do to help with the monotony of your commute?


Amy said...

I sing to the radio REALLY loud. That's my therapy lol!

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