1. I can take a nap! Try that in your car! No wait, don't. It usually happens about twenty minutes into my Long Island train ride. My eyelids start to feel heavy and I begin to nod off during the middle of a paragraph. It's okay to give into sleep because I have an alarm set to wake me up just before I get to my stop. Do I have to worry about getting to my stop before the alarm goes off? No. The LIRR is never early.
2. I prepare powerpoint slides for my weekly meetings, because there are always meetings and there are always slides to be made. I apparently should have taken a course in powerpoint slide preparation in grad school. I thought it would be all chemistry and making compounds. Nope, it's half that, half talking about doing chemistry and making compounds in meetings.
3. I watch movies. In fact I watched one yesterday. Thank you Netflix and 4G.
4. I read a lot of books. My kindle has an ever rotating group of books from the Amazon store, my friends kindle loans and the NJ digital library. I've spent time this year learning about the inticacies of cancer in The Emperor of All Maladies. I stood by Nick as he was accused of killing his wife in Gone Girl. I helped solve a World War II mystery with the War Brides. And recently I've been hearing Anthony Bourdain in my head while reading his 2011 book, Medium Raw.
I'm about halfway through Medium Raw and it's funny, witty and sounds entirely like Bourdain. As I read through the chapters, I can hear his voice in my head, narrating the book like he does throughout "No Reservations." Bourdain has an opinion on everything food, I'm sure he has plenty to say about food bloggers. All I know, it's a lot of fun to read and makes my train ride seem much shorter.
5. Finally, I plan my weekly meal plans. I have five different cooking magazines on my iPad and I have clipped so many recipes to make! (Want to know how to 'clip' a recipe on your iPad? Just take a screen capture and it will send a copy of the recipe to your photo library. To screen capture, hold the top power button and tap the home button. You'll hear a camera noise and you know you've got it!)