#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Longest Week


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Good morning and thank you for joining me for yet another #WeekendCoffeeShare.

Please excuse my appearance. I wanted to sleep in granted it’s Saturday but like every morning, Mom like to come bang on my door at an ungodly hour like 6 AM. So I apologize for the bags beneath my eyes and my pajamas.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you just as I had predicted in last week’s coffee share, my week has been beyond hectic. I was bombarded by 20-some emails before the work week began. After finally clocking out at almost 7 pm on Friday night, I checked my timesheet and holy cow, 53 hours??? I cannot remember when I had done so much overtime in a week – 13 hours.

Never, the most overtime I’ve done in a week, I believe, was about 8 hours.

And the meetings, oh my. Why do people talk so much at these things? My one-hour meetings almost always get drag into 90 minutes and sometimes 2 hours. My colleagues keep complaining they were overwhelmed by the amount of work but don’t they know instead of complaining about it, they could’ve spent the time completing said work?

If we were having coffee, I would apologize for my somewhat lack of presence in the blogging world this week. I’ve been putting in 10 to 11 hours of work each day. There was no room for breaks to sneak in a couple of reading of blogs. Other than clocking out for meals, I’ve been working everyday from 7 am to almost 7 pm.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you something I probably never mentioned before and it sometimes bugs me. Ever since we started working from home, mom has made it a habit to eat dinner at 4:30 pm and go to bed at around 8:30 pm. She says it’ll give the body time to digest the food. I can’t disagree there but dinner at 4:30? Don’t senior citizens eat at this time?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I made a goal to read and/or listen to 50 books this year. I checked my Goodreads this week and was shocked to find out January is not even over and I’ve already read and listened to 16 books. I enjoy listening to Audible during my long work hours. For some reason, I can concentrate better with an audiobook and strangely enough, listening to audiobooks and audio dramas keeps my anxiety at bay and even shockingly, I can follow the plot while making minimal mistakes in my work.

I usually listen to my audiobooks at 1.25 times the normal speed. Sometimes, I would go faster, depend on the narrator. I remember about a month ago when I listened to the first book in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child, I had to speed up to 1.5 times because the narrator was too slow for my liking. I finished the normally 10-hour audiobook in about 6 hours. That’s probably the reason why I can finish 16 books in a month.

Is listening to a book instead of reading it cheating? I think as long as one understands the plot of the book, it’s not cheating.

If we were having coffee, I would thank you for joining me and hoping to return next week.

18 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Longest Week

  1. Listening to a book instead of reading it is not cheating. I prefer reading books that I can hold in my hands, but studies proves that the value of reading is the same if we listen to the book. I read an article about that in regards to children in school last week, and how it distressed them listening to a book. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to have coffee with us ❤

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  2. I was just having this same conversation with my hubby the other day. We both came to the conclusion that for us, listening to a book is not the same as reading and shouldn’t be counted as such. However, we’re old and set in our ways, so that’s probably why we feel this way. So I’d just go with whatever seems right to you. Lol… 😉

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    • Listening to a book is definitely not the same as reading one, I agree. I sometimes found it hard to follow unlike reading a physical book where you can just re-read the words but audiobooks does quickens the pace a lot. 🙂

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  3. What a busy work week you’ve had. I hope this upcoming week is back to a normal pace for you. Enjoy your audio books, especially when they make you concentrate better. and keep your anxiety at bay. Thank you for linking up #weekendcoffeeshare

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    • This upcoming week should slow down a little bit, crossing my fingers, since I got most of my work caught up, just a little bit left. I sure will enjoy my audiobooks. 😀 I got lots waiting for me. Thank you for dropping by and hosting #weekendcoffeeshare. 🙂 I hope you have a great week ahead.

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  4. Hello YingLan. You raised a great point about listening to audio books rather than reading them. I would not call it cheating. That can’t be right. but it is a different experience especially if you’re also doing something else. That has to be closer to having the TV on while doing chores. Then, even if you’re holding your player, say your mobile phone, you are not likely to pause or rewind over something that you want to hear again.
    I’ve read some authors who capture things so vividly that I reread some of their paragraphs 3 and 4 times before continuing just to enjoy how they wove there words together for such a great effect.
    But, I’ve enjoyed a few audio books and there are great for long drives, but I can’t honestly say that I ever just sat down to listen, really listen, to an audio book. Still, I get the idea, the tone and feel of the author’s voice and how her/his mind works, so both ways work for me – just differently.
    Now you’ve got me thinking about doing more with audio books. . .
    Great share. Go rest up. I bet there’s more work waiting for you on Monday.

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    • Ooh, I like your description “having the TV on while doing chores” because that’s precisely what it is.
      There are indeed some authors or narrators who are capable of narrating a scene so vividly that makes one stop in the middle of whatever he or she is doing and give full attention to the audiobook. I was listening to one of those two weeks ago. I’ll probably never forget it. It was a thriller and it made me stop working and cringe at the horrific scene.
      Thank you for visiting. 🙂

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  5. I wouldn’t be enjoying the works of so many writers without audible. I basically listen to all of my books. I can do this in the car on some long drives or even some that are brief. I especially enjoy ones narrated by the author. Right now on is Barack Obama’s The Promised Land. Your work life sounds waaay too hectic to maintain. I hope things ease. Denyse #weekendcoffeeshare

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    • Me too. I definitely can enjoy more work from different authors with audible. I’m not big on listening to bio and memoirs. I usually listen to full-cast dramas and thrillers. I heard that book is quite good. I’ll have to find a time to check it out. Thank you for dropping by.

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  6. I always count my audible books in my read titles. I don’t think it’s cheating. I used to listen to audio books (on cassette and then on CD) when I lived in southern California and drove to visit my son in college. Those were long drives, often late at night and the audio books let me relax a bit and not stress about the six hour drive. Nowadays it’s on Audible through Alexa!

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  7. Audiobooks are not cheating. I am impressed that you manage to listen to audiobooks while working and take in the story as well. Unfortunately, audiobooks didn’t work for me a couple of years ago when I tried – I listened to them while I was driving but I struggled. I think I am more of a visual person. Hope you’ve had a good week! #WeekendCoffeeShare

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