It seems that AfC’s fiancee wants today to be a software-free day.
Historically, it turns out that she has a point — well, half a point, anyway.
Several religions have a rest day every week, and a common one is (kind of) Saturdays, known as Shabbat or Sabaoth. Most practice along these lines runs the day from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday, although some run it from 6PM (18:00) & a few want to run it on Sundays instead.
The basis for this is typically either celebration of a dramatic rescue of the creed, or memorial of the day of rest at the end of the creation week. These Saturday traditions seem to have a far stronger basis than the Sunday ones. For example, the word for “Saturday” in many languages means or sounds like a rest day (Italian gives us Sabato, for excample, & Portugese gives us Sábado).
However, I did say “half a point” & the missing half is that the day of shutdown typically includes no work (ie, no computers) & no trading (ie, no shopping).
If AfC wants a break & fiancee wants to shop, the closest I can think of to a reasonable compromise-that-works within these rules is to find shops open after sunset on Saturday (or before sunset on Friday) & to run AfC’s computer-break across the finish-line — kinda — so that his computer-break lasts across some shopping-time.
The break-time seems to be effective because the studies I ran across while exploring this are universal in claiming longer, healthier lives for the practitioners. Some groups also have a health emphasis, but it turns out that many of the benefits apply largely to those not officially practicing the directly healthy aspects (typically vegetarianism & longer nights) but nevertheless taking a break.
It seems that one day a week works out to be a functional break time, without taking up so much time as to become detrimental.
Based on that alone, I guess that having a day off to go shopping would be helpful, although I’m not clear on shopping itself being so restful (OTOH, I’m neither fiancee nor femme).
If you do try it, Andrew, please post & let us know how it works out. (-: