What the special occasion is, and why

The other day, I put up my latest blog post on my/our plans for this weekend. I was mentioning one of the things we were doing with my sister. She hadn’t seen the post and asked, “What is the special occasion?” I sent her a link to the post.

But it got me thinking, as we made plans for the rest of this weekend, specifically tonight, next weekend, and the weekend after, what and why the special occasions are. I’ll recite the what in a moment, but the why is, in part, a cold, cold winter. Over the last few weeks, it has dipped into, and stayed in, the single digits and negatives. It’s comforting mentally to have something warm and cozy to look forward to, or something to look forward to, period.

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Also the way my mind works or like to work is thematically, hence the theme of this blog of initially looking at an unfinished person through the lenses of body, mind, and soul. That has expanded or contracted to what I read, what I watch, and what I listen to. So I’m drawn to seeing the world through themes. So, for example, this month is Black History Month, and I plan to read a few books on Black history.

Close to next weekend is Valentine’s Day, and the following weekend is Presidents’ Day Weekend. My wife is off next weekend and off Monday, as am I, for President’s Day. So, Friday night, Kim and I plan on watching more of The Afterparty. We’ve only seen the first episode, but on Friday, the fifth episode arrives so we’ll catch up. Then on Saturday, we’re delving into black and white movies, with The Seventh Seal, which Kim never has seen, and The Tragedy of Macbeth with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand.

We’ll end the weekend with watching a little football, no, not the Super Bowl, but Going Deep with Terry Bradshaw and, in keeping with it being Sunday, going to church (sort of) with Danny McBride and John Goodman in The Righteous Gemstones. We’ve been wanting to watch it, but just haven’t gotten there yet.

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On the Sunday of President’s Day Weekend, we plan on watching All the President’s Men and who knows maybe start a Ken Burns bio of a president. That’s a couple of weeks out, so plans might change.

Tonight, our plans originally were to have a PBS night, maybe watching Around the World in 80 Days, but then last night we watched a trailer for a movie on Apple+ called Coda and decided we wanted to watch that. We’re also going to watch the latest episode of Somebody Somewhere on HBO and end the night with another episode of Joe Pera Talks with You.

Here’s a playlist of all the shows and movies that we are planning to watch this month:

Do you plan things out ahead? Do you have themed weekends/days?

18 thoughts on “What the special occasion is, and why

  1. I never thought about themed reading or viewing. Interesting how you are pairing films with anniversary events or special days. It must make the process of choosing more of a fun event, rather than just plonking down in front of the tv and scrolling through one of the subscription channels in the hope that something jumps out at you!


  2. First of all, I did see your post. I just didn’t see the special occasion and still don’t. 😉😉 joke! Joke! And seriously – no I don’t think in themes often. That’s why I am so boring. It all sounds like fun. Well, some of it. Some of it sounds boring and like something old people do. 😉 (again .. I am kidding. I do a lot of old people stuff too!)


  3. Ok, first of all, I looooove that you do these themes. So much fun!!!!!

    Second, thanks for the block of trailers. I definitely want to see Somebody Somewhere, Coda, Afterparty, and the Joe Pera thing! They all look really good and I see that John Early from Search Party is in After Party so I definitely must see that.

    To answer your questions, I do not plan things ahead or have themed weekends or days but want to try it…just don’t know if I can do it since I’m so not a planner and that would go against my own nature. LOL I need someone else to do all the planning and then just invite me over. Ha ha.

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  4. Ok. First off, I am super impressed with you putting together all those trailers for us to watch. And second, they all look so good! I am obviously missing out by not having HBO. Have a great rest of your weekend.


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