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.
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.
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?