My Own Personal Sabbath #39

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, sometimes the day before, and/or sometimes the next day, I share what I am reading, listening to or watching during my Sabbath.

After working Saturday, I was off from Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. What follows is what I read, watched, and listened to over those few days.


The day began with journaling, then I finished The Dance of The Seagull, the 15th in the Inspector Montalbano series, by Andrea Camilleri. I’ve been making my way slowly through the series this year and have enjoyed every single one.

In the early afternoon, I read the first 69 pages of What is Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life by Mark Doty. I am planning to finish it over the next three Sundays, as it is split into four parts.

After a long nap, I ended the day and night by watching the original Bourne trilogy of movies starring Matt Damon. I wasn’t sure I’d seen all three so I decided to watch all three. After watching them, I think I had seen the first and third but, for some reason, not the second. I loved all three of them and made me fall in love with this song:


Kim and I bingewatched, and enjoyed, this on Peacock:


We watched, loved, and highly recommend, this on Hulu:

We also listened to a little bit of Broken by Jenny Lawson, which we have been listening to a little at a time.

So, what have you been reading, watching, listening to or doing lately?

Summertime and the readin’ is easy…

…or at least, that is the plan, now that life might be settling down here to a calm hum.

For the last couple of months, life –and death— has interrupted my reading flow. I’m going to try to finish The Age of Doubt, the 14th in the Inspector Montalbano series, which I have been trying to read, and finish since April. I also might dip into The Network Effect, part of the Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells.

Other than reading, the only other plans I have this weekend are watching Buster Keaton movies (recently rented a few along with a documentary about him) and listening to chill music Sunday afternoon into Sunday evening for the 15th edition of The Chill Out Tent, a special “Summer Solstice Sleepover.”

So whatchya up to this weekend? Reading, watching, listening to, doing anything good this weekend? Please share in the comments.

My vacation is just getting going

Above is how long I am off from work in days, hours, and minutes. My vacation started today at 4 p.m. and lasts until noon at Monday, June 14.

My wife Kim is off too up until Thursday night/Friday morning.

So what do we have planned?

The short version is:

  • we are going on a day wine trip tomorrow,
  • then visiting with my parents, my sister and her family on Sunday,
  • and taking a two-day trip to Finger Lakes (in upstate New York) wineries midweek.

In between, we plan on watching some TV, mostly reruns of The Simpsons and Modern Family, but also Kim’s Convenience, bowing in its fifth and final season (sadly).

Reading? Maybe. I still have to finish Exit Strategy by Martha Wells and to start The Age of Doubt, the 14th in the Inspector Montalbano series, by Andrea Camilleri. We’ll see how that goes.

The long version is:

  • For another time.
  • Another place.
  • Another blog post.

Until then…

The catching up post

So, this is a post where I’m catching you up on what’s happening with me and if you would like, you can catch me up on what’s happening with you in the comments.

When I last left you, I wasn’t in the frame of mind for reading, with the passing of my mother-in-law late last month and a memorial luncheon my wife Kim and her sister held for family and friends on May 20. Without going into details, the luncheon had its hiccups, but we all made it through, after some long talks and time. However, as a result, I’m still not really in the frame of mind for reading.

I still have Exit Strategy by Martha Wells to finish and am waiting for the next in order of the Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri to become available at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

I also have Broken by Jenny Lawson on audiobook to finish, with about three hours left. I would like to finish that this weekend as I want to cancel my Audible membership to start the month, but we’ll see if that or any other literary pursuits happen.

In the meantime, Kim and I have been binge-watching our way through Modern Family. We are in Season 8 and I’ll be honest that I think it’s starting to “jump the shark.” Kim doesn’t think so and wants to continue on until the end. She also says “I always do this” with shows, that I give up on a show that we have decided to watch together.

Keeping it honest here, I have in the past bailed on shows that I lost interest in, but usually they have been shorter run shows. And, at least, in the case of one of those shows, she admitted that it wasn’t worth watching until the end because the conclusion was unsatisfying. However, I also have bailed on longer run shows, including the many iterations of the CSI franchise with sadly CSI: Miami being the one that I am closest to finishing.

Like with books, I think time is too precious to waste on something that you are not enjoying. For me, it’s not a badge of honor to finish reading something I didn’t like. I turned 50 a couple of years ago and am approaching my 52nd birthday in a couple of weeks. I think that changed my perspective some, in that if I don’t give a **** about something, then I don’t have to give a ****, if I don’t want to…at least when it comes to reading books and watching TV shows and movies.

Next week, I’ll catch you up on my plans for my weeklong vacation during the week on which my birthday falls.

Until then, I’m out…

Whassup with you?