Sorry for the delay in responding to your comment on the brown bag thread. Sparking is pretty much confined to weekends for me.
I drive a car by myself. I don't carpool. The motivation and organization isn't easy, and I find I would rather just crash on weekends than plan and prepare, but if I don't take the time, my stress level goes sky high during the week. There is nothing more de-stressing than having my meals planned and my lunches prepared the evening before so the only thing I need to do in the morning is get my shower, do my hair, make my coffee, eat my breakfast, grab my lunch and go.
I've found a radio station that I can get most of the way on my commute. I listen to it often, at least in the morning. I spend time meditating, praying, deep breathing and planning. It's my time to cry if I need to spill some emotion. I actually enjoy the ride in the morning. In the afternoon, I just want to be home!
This is actually a temporary job. If you read my blogs, you will see that my company's facility that was three miles from my home closed. They moved all the jobs to the parent facility 90 miles away. It's a long story, but till it was all said and done, they had a temporary position for a specific project and I had no other job prospects, so I took it. I well know the feeling and despair of losing the job. And when this project is over, I will be in the same shoes again as I'm not really interested in commuting that far in the winter. And the project is special arrangements due to the commute I need to make. I'm sure another job would not carry the same arrangements that allowed me to make the commute.
So I'm doing my best at the job and taking a day at a time.
Wishing you the best in your job search. I feel your pain, I truly do.