Going to our Beach House…sort of

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.

Since this weekend is a four-day weekend for me, because I am taking a vacation day Friday, I am starting my sabbath a couple of days earlier than usual. Initially, I thought since the band Beach House has a new album Once Twice Melody coming out Friday, I’d plan a summer theme for Thursday night and Friday since Kim is also off. This morning, I learned that the album doesn’t “drop” in its entirety until next Friday, Feb. 11. But I’m still keeping the theme for the start of the weekend because I still want to.

So, late tomorrow afternoon, as Winter Storm Landon will be hitting us, we’re planning on having burgers and hot dogs and rewatching Summer of Soul. This time, we might skip to our favorite parts. Then we plan on watching some fun TV, including the latest episode of Peacemaker and some Tacoma FD.

On Friday afternoon, as my wife sleeps, I plan on reading Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention–and How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari. Then in the evening, we’ll listen to the tracks of Beach House’s new album released so far and maybe watch this concert:

Saturday will be an unofficial James Baldwin Day as I checked out Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. from the library and want to read that in the afternoon. My wife has been trying to get me to watch the documentary I Am Not Your Negro, about Baldwin, for awhile now so we’ll watch that Saturday night.

Sunday, I’ll continue reading Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, started earlier in the week. Reading it, along with watching something (yet to be decided) on PBS Passport Sunday night, will make the perfect relaxing end to the weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Whatchya got planned on the book, TV, and/or music front?

6 thoughts on “Going to our Beach House…sort of

  1. Excellent themed weekend plan. It will be my turn to pick the movie tomorrow when my sister and brother-in-law gather together with us for our weekly movie night, and I’m trying to come up with something interesting.


  2. Your “beach house” weekend in the middle of a storm sounds like a fantastic idea. You can put on a fire so the house is warm and wear shorts and a t-shirt to get in the mood.

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