My poor husband.... We have the same profession, (well, very similar) so we tend to complain about work and bounce ideas of each other. But he DOES go on and on and ON about people I don't really know, nor care about. Most of the time I ignore him, with a "uh-huh" thrown in here and there unless it requires too much attention. At that point I'll try to pay attention, but once he starts repeating himself, I'll sigh and look at him - he then apologizes and goes back to his computer game. He's not here right now, and calls about six times a day sigh
I don't have kids, so that's not so bad. My dogs, especially The Velcro Dog, well.... She insists on staring soulfully into my eyes, from an inch away. Or trying to plaster herself across my lap. That's where my knitting goes! She's welcome to snuggle up next to me, but when I put her there she usually jumps down. So she usually gets spoken sharply to, and slinks away with a hurt posture, to go sulk in her chair.
So yeah, distraction, not really much of that around here. A bigger distraction is the Internet. I'm a compulsive surfer, but I can't knit and surf at the same time, not even my garter-stitch project. So I've pulled out my electronic books, put 'em up on full-screen, and can read, since there's three full pages at a time, and turning the page is hitting a single button.
I don't think the TV has been on in the last week, but then, that was never my vice.