flowers by Yasmine Mei

What are you up to this weekend? Happy Lunar New Year, to those who celebrate! We’ve been playing online Codenames with my parents and sister, and it actually works really well. We have another match tonight! Have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

A funny cure for boredom.

What it feels like to be Chinese in America during COVID. (And this caption.)

The skinniest house in England.

Five people describe dating during the pandemic.

Love the texture of this fisherman sweater (and it’s 30% off).

The best broccoli, of all things.

These Bachelor recaps are really fun, if you’re into that kind of thing. ;)

The new movie Minari looks wonderful.

What the snow really looks like in NYC.

12 Valentine’s Day gifts at Trader Joe’s.

I love all things house hunting, so I devoured this house hunt story.

Plus, three reader comments:

Says Danielle on I figured out the perfect evening activity: “I’ve been loving the Instagram account @poetryisnotaluxury for reminding me of favorites and introducing me to so many poets. I’ll forever have a soft spot for Richard Brautigan:
Widow’s Lament
It’s not quite cold enough
to go borrow some firewood
from the neighbors.”

Says Erika on parenting nostalgia: “My three kids are 22, 19 and 16, and if I had one wish it would be for the doorbell to ring and for it to be their little selves standing there, at any given age along the way, with overnight bags packed to spend a day or two with all of us. To relive those moments (to scoop up those little faces that I miss!) and to think how they’d react and interact individually and collectively – them ‘then’ and them ‘now’ — well, just thinking about it makes me laugh and get teary every time. I can only hope this is what grandparenting will be like.”

Says Katie on what do you talk about with the people you live with: “We’ve started doing mini TED talks on subjects one person knows a lot about and the other knows basically nothing. Recent topics:
– Breastfeeding
– Stocks
– High school drill team
– How to make the perfect smoothie (he used to work at Jamba Juice)
It’s really dorky but interesting to think about allll the things we each know that the other doesn’t, even though he’s the person I know best!”

(Photo by Yasmine Mei/Instagram.)