When I am working on something that requires thought and/or attention to detail, I find music distracting. I'm not sure why but music is not my go-to background noise. Instead, I pick one of three options - depending on what I'm doing and where I am working.
F IS FOR FRANKENSTEIN - If I'm working in my kitchen, I'll often put one of my cheesy horror movies on for company. I've seen them all so many times that I can easily tune them out and pick up when I feel like paying attention. A few of my favorites include:
- 1990's mini-series of IT and also The Stand - bad hair, bad dialog, creepy theme, all good
- The Omen - I prefer the old version but the new one has its merits
- V is for Vendetta (not really horror but still creepy)
- Rebecca - again, not really horror, but so creepy and fun (the book is better)
- Rosemary's Baby - evil aside, it's like watching a living time capsule
G IS FOR GRYFFINDOR - We are HUGE Harry Potter fans here. The books, the audiobooks, the movies - all of it! If I'm working the kitchen, I'll stick a movie in for background noise. If I'm out in the garage, I'll put one of the books on my phone. They never fail to make me happy. The books, in order of my favorites are:
- HP & The Sorcerer's Stone - The first book was so magical and the kids in the movie are adorable.
- HP & The Deathly Hallows - I loved the last book (and last two movies)
- HP & The Goblet of Fire - The movie was good, the book, read by Jim Dale, is so much fun.
- HP & The Chamber of Secrets - Funny stuff and they are still so cute
- HP & The Half-Blood Prince - Sad and funny and kind of heartbreaking because it's almost the end.
- HP & The Order of the Phoenix - This was a weird one because nothing huge happens. BUT, the audiobook version is so well done and funny.
- HP & The Prisoner of Azkaban - I don't hate the book - just not my favorite by a long shot.
H IS FOR HOURS AND HOURS OF AUDIOBOOKS - by far, I spend time listening and re-listening to audiobooks. I love really long books with lots and lots of characters. Audiobooks help time spent at tedious things like stripping furniture, sanding furniture or adding transfers to furniture pass so much more quickly. As of this minute, my top five recommendations (if you like long books) are:
- Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett (DO NOT watch the movie/series. Just don't!)
- Anathem - Neal Stephenson
- The Passage (a trilogy) - Justin Kronin
- Anna Karenina - Tolstoy (hang with it - it's worth it)
- Salem's Lot - Stephen King (not that long but still creepy after all these years!)
So . . . what are your "working letters?"