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What are you up to this weekend? We are doing the same old things — watching movies, going for walks, eating chocolate chip cookies. But the monotony has also been relaxing, and I continue to be so grateful for our health. Hope you’re all doing well, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Toby and I can’t stop watching this video of Steph Curry belting out Hamilton with his daughters.

How lovely are these twin sisters modeling swimsuits?

Melty cheddar tomatoes.

Before and after: three hair makeovers.

Michelle Obama is launching a podcast!

Wow, these photo comparisons by Uğur Gallenkuş are really moving.

I’m finally watching Normal People and whoa is it steamy. (fans herself)

What a colorful beach house.

12 things the creators of Black-Owned Brooklyn can’t live without.

South Korea’s female divers.

Wear a mask, wear a mask, wear a mask.

Plus, three reader comments:

Says Moriah on four ways to entertain yourself at home: “I’ve hosted two mini ‘Ted Talk nights’ via Zoom that have been an absolute blast. I asked my friends to present for five minutes on topics they are passionate about. We’ve seen talks on Why McDonald’s Has the Best Diet Coke, Famous Last Words, Why George Harrison Was the Best Beatle, Why Everyone Should Use Bidets, and my dad even told us why he believes in Bigfoot! I laughed until I cried every time.”

Says N. on a wedding at home in Brooklyn: “Speaking of bright spots, a couple of months ago we heard sirens, which was very ordinary in this intense COVID era in our part of Queens, New York. However, multiple ambulances pulled right into our building and paramedics rushed inside. I could hardly sleep all night, worrying over which neighbor it was all for and if they were ok. A few days later we found out one of our neighbors had a baby in their apartment – delivered by other neighbors (a couple who are doctors)!”

Says Megan on a new dating advice column: “When I decided I was looking for *the relationship*, a girlfriend gave me life-changing advice. She told me to make a list of all the essential, non-negotiable qualities I was looking for in a partner. Mine were things like: curious, kind to strangers, funny, ambitious, dog lover. I ran the list by close friends and my mom, and I started using it to evaluate dates. It was SO empowering! There were a number of nice, handsome men who had a lot of the qualities, but not all, and it made it so easy for me to say ‘thanks and goodbye’ rather than passing months investing in a relationship that was doomed to fizzle. When I met my now-fiance about four months into dating with ‘the list,’ I felt empowered to ask him all the hard questions very early, and to ask for exactly what I wanted out of the relationship. His friends had also advised him to make a list and we were engaged less than a year after meeting. He is truly the best partner I can imagine.”

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