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Have a Delicious Weekend.

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What are you up to this weekend? We’re making pizzas at home and deciding on a funny movie to watch. (Maybe So I Married an Axe-Murderer?) Hope you have a good one — stay safe! — and here are a few fun links from around the web…

A sweater for feeling dressed up but still comfortable.

The cloud appreciation society. “Of course everybody aspires for a cloudless day, but not us cloudwatchers.” (New York Times)

Meghan Markle’s best fashion moments, just for fun.

Not the worst idea, haha.

You can play Codenames online! And Netflix Party lets you watch shows and movies with friends.

Samin Nosrat released a new podcast today about cooking during a pandemic.

Some people. (Worth reading.)

An ode to funny mugs.

How to help get masks to healthcare workers.

When will social distancing end? Four possible timelines. (The Atlantic)

Dame is offering 10% off your first order with code CUPOFJO, good through April 30th. (We love their sexy things!)

Plus, three reader comments:

Says Noelle on burning food questions: “One of the neighbor kids had a birthday yesterday, and all of his aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who live in the area came with cars decorated, blaring music, and holding big posters to wish him happy birthday – they did a parade driving around the cul de sac for him! It was so sweet, it made most of the neighbors cry. Such a bright spot in the day!”

Says Ashley on how are you today: “At church online this weekend, our sermon was about turning ‘what ifs’ into ‘even ifs.’ Even if I’m stuck at home, I have a home! Even if I can’t see my loved ones, I know they’re there. I don’t know what your what ifs are, but I hope they can become even ifs.”

Says Joanna on how are you today: “I am in my mid-thirties and live alone. (I’m not allowed to have pets in my rental — oh, what I would do to have even the grumpiest of cats as my roommate!) I, too, feel content with my life and my choice to be single and child-free, as I derive a great deal of purpose from my work and social relationships. Since both of those things have slowed down in the past few weeks, I have felt more lonely vs. alone than I have in years. I find exercising regularly, reading, and keeping in phone contact (FaceTime, ideally) with friends (and, I’m some cases, their adorable children!) reminds me that not having a partner or children does not mean I don’t have love in my life, or love to give. I wrote out a few cards and mailed them out last week: one to my father and stepmother, who live in a different state, one to a friend who just had a baby, one to a friend who is holed up in a tiny studio apartment in NYC, and one to my grandma who is frightened and alone in her senior community. It took next to no time to write and mail out the cards, and reminded me how fortunate I am to have these wonderful people, who experience the same range of emotions I do regardless of their life circumstances, in my life. Remember that you are loved by many, and you always have this wonderful COJ community that we are fortunate enough to be a part of!”

(Photo by Food52.)

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lou and grey sweatpants

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giancarlo staubmann

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