My Own Personal Sabbath #15

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 weekend, my own personal Sabbath comes early, on Saturday, since I work on Sunday. When I last left you two weekends ago, I was planning on reading Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard, Riverman: An American Odyssey by Ben McGrath, and Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer. I finished both Get Shorty, which was good, and Riverman, which was, and will be, one of my favorite reads from this year. As I was reading, I kept reading passages to my wife. That is one way I know a book is good.

That leaves me with Under the Banner of Heaven still to finish, but I don’t know if I’ll get to that this weekend as I might need some lighter fare after the past week. Last weekend, my wife tested positive for covid and I took home tests Sunday and Tuesday, with both being negative. She is getting better –  like the end of a bad cold that keeps lingering- and I, to be honest, while so far physically well, need a mental respite from the world.

To that end, I’ve joined my sister in a social media break for a little bit. I’m really only on one, Instagram, as I “gave up” Facebook and Twitter several years ago. For me, it’s not “the feed” that is the issue but “Stories” where I hear about the latest news whether I want to or not. And it’s not that I necessarily disagree with what the person is posting, it’s just that sometimes it’s all too much. I need to get away from time to time.

While I don’t know what I’ll be reading, I do know what my wife, who is off all weekend, and I probably will be listening to and watching:

  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 and/or Rifftrax movies (this past week, we rented the “riff track” for Ready Player One, which we had on HBO)
  • The Mission to Zyxx podcast,which we slowly have been making our way through over the last couple of months.

I also have set up a a playlist of podcasts for this weekend’s Sabbath, some of which I’ll listen during a walk:

Other than all that, we’ll see where, or if, I’ll land on any reading.

11 thoughts on “My Own Personal Sabbath #15

  1. I hope your wife is feeling better. I had a cough that lingered for a couple weeks after my isolation was over. I thought Under the Banner of Heaven was interesting, but it is definitely not a light read.


  2. I’m so sorry to hear that your wife tested positive for Covid. I wonder if it will be like this for the rest of our lives, with people getting Covid despite the vaccines and precautions we’ve taken. Perhaps we will get used to it and treat it like the seasonal flu. I don’t know. I’m still trying to wean myself off masking for most things.

    Riverman is now on my list. I like the idea of someone canoeing slowly down rivers.


  3. So sorry your wife got COVID. Hope she’s feeling better soon!

    Glad to hear the Riverman was so good!! I added it to my TBR when you mentioned it a couple weeks ago.


  4. Sorry to hear that your wife has Covid. I was exposed this week and have been sick, but tested negative for Covid, it’s just a viral infection. I will also be resting and taking it easy this weekend. Have a great week and stay well.


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