In one of those “in-between” times

Almost every Sunday since mid-May 2020 with a few exceptions, 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. Throughout the day and/or sometimes the next day, I share what I am reading, listening to or watching during my Sabbath. As I have done other weekends, I am extending my Sabbath by one day, into Saturday. This will my 35th Sabbath since starting last year.

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This weekend, I’m in one of those “in-between” times as in between this and that or more accurately that and that. This past week, I was on vacation on a virtual trip around the world, ending in Ireland, and my next vacation is only next week, as I have off from Good Friday, April 2, through Easter Sunday and Monday and then Tuesday, April 6, which is my wife’s birthday…and finally Wednesday, April 7, just for good measure.  

I also am in between shots, as I got my first covid shot on March 11 and my second covid shot on April 1, right before my vacation.  

But at least, I’m not between a rock and a hard place. *rimshot*


So…my plan to read during my vacation last week didn’t happen. As a result, I still am reading The Wings of The Sphinx, the 11th in the Inspector Montalbano series, by Andrea Camilleri. After that, I have the 12th, 13th, and 14th in the series already checked out from the Free Library of Philadelphia, which are in order, The Track of Sand, The Potter’s Field, and The Age of Doubt 

When I finish The Wings of the Sphinx, it will be my sixth book of the year. So if I am a book blogger, it is in name only, with which I am okay. 


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About that vacation last week: Over the first four nights, we went to northern England, Italy, Spain and Greece, using as our guide The Trip, the British TV/film series with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, that started in 2010 and ended last year with The Trip To Greece. I enjoyed the first two films, but I was wearying of the pair by the time we got to Spain and Greece, especially their repeated impressions of Michael Caine and other celebrities. Also, the last one ended on the death of Coogan’s father, which, although true to life, was a bit of a downer for the series. I think they also showed more of Italy than they did of Spain and Greece. Maybe it was just watching all four so close together. *insert shrugs emoji


Nothing else comes to mind that I need to share so I think I’ll leave it there for today. How are you doing this weekend? Any big plans? Any little plans? Reading, watching, listening to anything good? Share in the comments.

6 thoughts on “In one of those “in-between” times

  1. I was mingling and gathering too much this weekend. Both times I double masked but that first vaccine appt of mine can’t come soon enough. With my daughter headed back to school next week and me not being vaccinated before then, I feel like my luck can’t go on forever. I gotta be a little more careful. It’s hard now because youth group is back indoors. Church was too but we were spaced very far apart.

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    1. From what I’ve seen of your Instagram posts and stories, you’ve been being safe. But I get it: some days I just need to go anywhere (but I’ve been going to work five days a week too) because I’ve been around people enough. That was how I was pre-covid, though, too.

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  2. I had heard that some got weary of the two together. Still, I hope to give it a look one of these days. And it’s Italy. And Spain and Greece.

    Most of life is in-between times, I think. I’m trying to learn to enjoy those as much as what’s on the other side.

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  3. I think I need to find a way to do virtual traveling with good documentary shows or something. I don’t want to do whole movies, but I’d love to find a series that resonates with me. Especially now that I’m between shows.

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  4. You and I are on the same schedule for vaccinations and it sure feels good. TV hosts that are tiring can just ruin a show for me, especially if I watch episodes too close together. Why can’t they just do the tours? Who needs the celebrity impressions?!

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    1. Well, in this series/these movies, the premise is more on the relationship between the two, who are comedians than the places or restaurants they visit. But it still gets tiring…

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