My Own Personal Sabbath #19

Every Sunday since mid-May 2020, I have been taking my own personal Sabbath, where I tune out of the news and social media and turn off my ringer and all notifications on my phone. This Sunday, I try something new, checking in here on the blog every few hours during the day.

Today began with dishes. Not the most glamorous thing, but there you go. That’s how it started. It is now 10:45 a.m. and I’ve had a bowl of Special K Red Berries with with added fresh strawberries and a hint of cane sugar with soy milk. I’m drinking an iced coffee and listening to this, a show I often listen to on Sunday mornings:

Today, I plan on reading The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett after a friend mentioned the movie series and I realized I never had read any of the books. I was on hold for an ebook version at the Free Library of Philadelphia, but the wait was a few weeks. Then I remembered that our library probably had a copy. We didn’t, but it is in a Library of America Collection of Hammett’s novels we have. The print is small, but not as small as I thought so hopefully I’ll be okay.

Other than that, I’m not sure what I’ll be doing. It’s supposed to be rainy all day so I’m glad I got a walk in yesterday. Actually I went on two walks: the first, a meditative walk using an app called Insight Timer; the second, a walk to Dollar General down the street to get new sponges and cat litter (I know, my life IS exciting!). I might watch something fun later with Kim once she gets up. As a 911 dispatcher, she normally works a 12-hour shift from Saturday into Sunday and then another one tonight into tomorrow, so she’s sleeping now. Check in with y’all later this afternoon. Until then….

It’s now about 1:45 p.m. and I’m about halfway through The Thin Man. Overall, it’s good so far, except one strange diversion to an encyclopedia-like entry about cannibalism in the Old West in the late 1800s. Otherwise, I’m enjoying it. I’m about to have an omelette on a tortilla wrap and a glass of wine (hey, don’t judge me, it’s the weekend).

6 p.m., and I just finished The Thin Man, which was good if not great, after a short nap. In the notes to the collection, I learned, among other things, that the book wasn’t the first in a series and actually was the last novel he wrote. I’m now signing off to eat dinner with Kim before she goes to work.

It’s almost 9 p.m. and I’m now watching Eureka. I think I remember where I left off years ago, in Season 3, so I’m picking up there…or about there.

8 thoughts on “My Own Personal Sabbath #19

  1. Well washing dishes might not sound exciting but that’s what normal life is like. Nothing like the lives of people in movies and television : Dashiell Hammett! now that’s a name that takes me back many years.


  2. Have I ever mentioned that I enjoy doing dishes? We never use our dish washer. I prefer to wash them by hand. It’s relaxing to me.

    Your trip to Dollar General is like my trip to Dollar Tree the other day. I was browsing it after a botched trip to our new TJ Maxx. We had an awesome TJ Maxx at the bottom of our hill but they moved and the new one sucks. I was looking for some Halloween stuff but they didn’t have anything good.


  3. It sounds like you’ve had a lovely day. I’ve watched too much news; the wildfires in the West and the tense political situation plus another hurricane in the Gulf is getting to me. I think I need to step away from all of this and find a good escapist book.


  4. You and my daughter have the same bowl of cereal: the “red Special K” (as we call it) with soy milk. It makes her happy and she misses it when she is away at college. We’re staying indoors as well since the air quality is so bad from the fires in our state; luckily there are no fires in our area.


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