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. 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.