Three-day weekend at the Beach House…again, 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. Sometimes I extend my Sabbath by a day or two, like this weekend since I am off Monday as well, so right now I’m doing the…

At the beginning of the month, I talked about how we were going to our beach house…well, sort of, anyway. Why was the band Beach House was expected to release its latest album Once Twice Melody that Friday. However, I had the release date wrong. It’s today…

…and it fits with another three-day weekend, at least for me. Besides listening to the new album, here’s what else I have planned:

Friday night (with Kim):

  • Burger night.
  • Watch The Afterparty.
  • Watch I Love You, Man, which was produced by Ivan Reitman who died Saturday. We watched Ghostbusters, which he directed, earlier this week.

Saturday:

  • Read Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
  • Watch I Am Not Your Negro with Kim, who has been wanting me to watch this for awhile.

Sunday:

  • Read Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brené Brown.
  • Watch Animal House and Old School, both produced by Reitman, with Kim.

Monday:

  • Continue to read Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood, which I started Wednesday night and am enjoying thus far.
  • Bingewatch as much of The Good Place, that I borrowed from the library, as I can.

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

I’ll leave you with the aforementioned Beach House:

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?

My Own Personal Sabbath #4 of 2022

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.

Like last weekend, I am extending this weekend’s Sabbath to start today, Friday, and go through Monday. Like last weekend, it’s supposed to be cold outside, so a good weekend again for curling up under a blanket with a book and a hot beverage. Unlike last weekend, my wife Kim is off and probably will participate in at least one day with me.

This weekend’s reading selections are:

  • Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention by Johann Hari, to which I was introduced by Niall Breslin in his podcast Where is My Mind?
  • The Thursday Murder Club, which I picked up at the library after hearing how much a few patrons were enjoying the series.
  • Is It Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld, a collection of his favorite material through the years.

Like last weekend, I have created a playlist of podcasts:

Tomorrow, we are having a movie night tomorrow, but we haven’t decided what we’re watching yet. And then on Sunday, we’re having a PBS night, and we’re planning to watch Around the World in 80 Days and Endeavour.

So, that’s what I have planned for this weekend for My Own Personal Sabbath. What do you have planned for this weekend? Reading, watching TV, listening to music, spending time with family? Let me know in the comments.

My Own Personal Sabbath #3 of 2022

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.

I am extending this weekend’s Sabbath to start today, Friday, and go through Monday. Kim and I still are grieving the death of Seamus, our cat of the last 15 years. And the weather, with lows in the negatives and single digits (Fahrenheit) for this weekend where we live, is good for curling up under a blanket with a book and a hot beverage.

I plan on dipping into more of The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness by Epictetus, a new interpretation by Sharon Lebell. I also am planning on starting The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, which I picked up at the library after hearing how much a few patrons were enjoying the series. And for fun, I might dip into Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld, a collection of his favorite material through the years.

Along with my reading selections, I have set up a playlist on Spotify of podcasts that I saved for this weekend:

I also borrowed The Good Place, The Complete Series, on Blu-Ray from the library, which I might watch some of. My wife already has seen it all and loved it, but it didn’t grab me when I first tried it. I’ll try again, though, and see.

So, that’s what I have planned for this weekend for My Own Personal Sabbath. What do you have planned for this weekend? Reading, watching TV, listening to music, spending time with family? Let me know in the comments.