I’m in the middle of baking massive amounts of cookies in my new lovely oven that I just adore! I bake about 100 dozen cookies every year at this time to put in holiday baskets for some of my DH’s customers. Its a lot of work, but I generally get it done in one week baking every night from about 7pm till midnight or so. I have a system and it works really well as long as no one messes with Mommy in the kitchen.
Last year I watched all 7 seasons of The Shield. Seriously twisted TV show. I brought my laptop into the kitchen, hooked it up to the kitchen speakers, and told my family to take a hike. The problem was the kitchen is kind of the center point for the house and well, kind of hard to keep everyone out of the kitchen. So, while I was baking, the kids were in and out and asking me questions, driving me nuts. Plus, it was kind of hard to watch and bake and move about my kitchen. I missed a lot. Good thing I generally watch shows at least 2 or 3 times.
This year I bluetooth ear set and instead of watching TV shows, I downloaded an audio book. I’ve been really into audio books lately. When driving my daughter back to college (a 7 hour drive) I will listen to an audio book. She’s not in the car since we take her car and then load the truck…Anyway, I first listened to James Patterson’s Kill Me If You Can. One scene in that book really disturbed me. I know, I’m not easily disturbed, but this was just too much even for me. Then I listened to Michael Connelly’s The Fifth Witness. I liked it. Then, on the last trip to go visit my daughter I downloaded I Am Number Four.
I have found that the reading experience is different when listening to audio books versus reading. I’ve also found my attention span is a lot longer. Not that I don’t have a long attention span, I do. I can sit and read for hours and hours, but listening to audio while baking, cooking, cleaning, etc gives new meaning to multi-tasking and I am all about the ability to do more than one thing at a time.
I have one more evening of cookie baking (tonight) and I should also be finished with the latest book I downloaded, The Drop by Michale Connelly. Yes, I am a fan.
Next week I will be multi-taking dictating my notes via Dragon Dictation while doing laundry, cooking, etc. I’ll let you know how it goes.
What is your favorite multi-tasking event?