In The Chill Out Tent yet again…

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 phoneThroughout the day and/or sometimes the next day, I share what I am reading, listening to or watching during my Sabbath. This is my 36th Sabbath.

Yes, this Sunday, as it has been on the last Sunday of every month for a year, I’m once again in The Chill Out Tent…

…and it’s not a bad place to be.

Like with My Own Personal Sabbath, I have been visiting The Chill Out Tent since last year. So, what is The Chill Out Tent? It is a series of live streamed events from an imagined chillout space in a virtual festival. Or as the group organizers explain:

Sunsets in Ibiza, sheep watching in Scotland, little fluffy clouds in Arizona…

Turn on…stay in… chill out…

For me, it also fits in with my goal of tuning out of news and social media for the day and can make for good background music for my reading. Tomorrow, I have a few choices to read, but I’ll probably continue with the Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri. I am up to No. 12, The Track of Sand, and already have No. 13, The Potter’s Field, already on my Kindle ready to go when I’m finished with Track of Sand.

Tomorrow’s background music is listed below:

Unlike last month’s event, for which I was unprepared, having to run out an hour before the start, to get wine, this month I already have the wine in the fridge ready to go. The only other thing I need to get before tomorrow is cheese to go with crackers.

Next weekend also will be chill, even starting a day early as the library is closed on Good Friday. I then will be off until the following Thursday as I added two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) to our Easter holiday at the library (Monday too). My wife’s birthday is Tuesday, April6, and she’s off starting that day through the next week. So I thought it would be good to celebrate her 51st birthday with her. Plus I’m getting my seecond covid vaccination shot April 1 and we’ll both be able to celebrate being fully vaccinated.

For the record, my wife doesn’t mind me telling her age as we both have gotten to the age (after 50) of “it is what it is.” We never understood the “I’m still 29” thing either. It is what it is and we are who we are. As one of our favorite bands, King’s X, sings, “We are finding who we are.” Or, as U2 sings, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.”

Update, 2 p.m., Sunday afternoon: So plans to read, only one chapter done so far, because of Windows updates this morning and now watching a documentary as part of The Chill Out Tent. I always forget how much of the tent is visual too. But I’ve got wine and cheese and crackers so I’m good.

So, what are you up to this weekend? Reading, listening to, watching anything good? Share in the comments. It might give me and maybe some of my other readers ideas.

20 thoughts on “In The Chill Out Tent yet again…

  1. So, by now, you have gotten your second shot and your looooong I’m-so-jealous weekend has started as well. I need to start taking some PTOs or I’m going to have a hard time using them up later. We were able to roll a large number of PTOs from last year due to Covid, which means a big problem for this year.

    Enjoy your weekend and happy birthday to your wife, in advance!


  2. So while you are celebrating a birthday I will be getting my first shot! I am so excited!! Trying not to catch COVID before then. My daughter is back at school today. Eeek.

    Hey, when we were in Solvang we had this huge breakfast but I guess my son was still hungry because he walked into a wine shop and got to chatting with the owner and she made him a charcuterie plate for us to share. It had this amazing cheese… I think it was truffles in it. Anyway, cheese and olives on top of my breakfast. What wine is that in your photo? I recently tried Barefoot’s Rose which is amazing actually for such a good price. I am not a big rose fan but it works.


  3. Happy birthday to your wife. I’m old enough to be tired of it ll, but not quite old enough to get a COVID vaccine in my state yet. So happy for you both to be fully vaccinated 🙂 Enjoy your chill out time!


  4. I don’t mind telling my age either, the problem is sometimes I can’t remember how old I am. I was at the doctor’s office and the form asked for both my birthdate and age – I had to do the math. lol I’ll be fully vaccinated next month though I don’t think much will change about my life. I kind of like this less rushed/busy schedule. Though I am looking forward to being back in person at church.


  5. Oh, birthday in April, thanks for reminding me, my partner will have his ! I’ve been working from home most of the year, so apart from working, I cook, clean, wash and fortunately for my mental health, read. I hope we’ll take a walk this afternoon as the weather is splendid and we’re supposed to have 16° later. Enjoy your chill out that includes apéritifs ^^


  6. I’m hoping to finish The Weight of Ink before the FLP wants it back. I finished Fiona Davis’ the Masterpiece and it was very good. And I am looking forward to our vacation /birthday extravaganza in a couple of weeks.


  7. I’m with you on the age thing. At 55 I just don’t care what people think of me. Well, that’s not totally true, but I care a lot less than when I was younger. I get my second vaccine on Wednesday and am so looking forward to being able to see friends in a couple weeks.

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      1. I totally agree with the both of you. I am turning 50 this year and I care very little about what random strangers and acquaintances think of me. I do care what my loved ones think however. This has been coming on for a couple of decades now though and is not just a midlife phenomena (or maybe I just didn’t worry too much about it that much in the first place).


  8. I’m birdwatching, as I have been doing every weekend since December 11, for Project FeederWatch. I’ve just finished a book of interviews with the late Fred Rogers, and I’m planning to read (maybe finish?) Tarka the Otter. I will take a look at the Chill Out Tent. Thanks for sharing it with us, Bryan.


      1. It’s called Fred Rogers: The Last Interview and Other Conversations. It’s a thin book of less than 100 pages. I bought it when I visited the bookstore last week. Anne (My Head is Full of Books) likes Mister Rogers, too, and I told her I’d send it to her if she wants. If she doesn’t, I’ll send it to your wife (if she would like).


  9. I’m the same way in terms of telling people my age. I’ll turn 52 next Saturday and sharing that fact doesn’t bother me. Maybe it helps that most people think I’m at least 10 years younger, which is a nice compliment, but I never understood the whole “I’m 29 again!” bullshit. Like who the hell are you actually fooling? Sounds like you have some relaxing and restorative days planned. Happy early birthday wishes to Kim!


    1. It might be the same with us, to some degree, as people think we’re 10 years younger too. I have a coworker who is in her late 50s, who is finally admitting her age since her sons are in their 30s. It’s not like she can hide it.


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