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Valentine's Day

Happy Friday, Happy President’s Day weekend, and Happy Valentine’s Day weekend! We’re back from our trip to Miami, just in time for a Polar Vortex here in NYC (and much of the East Coast and Midwest, I think). I was disappointed that Miami wasn’t warmer when we were there, but I’ll take 60 degrees over the 4 degrees that’s in the forecast here tomorrow.

Since we arrived back home at 4:30 yesterday, I have done 11 loads of laundry. ELEVEN! And it’s not like I didn’t do laundry while we were away. I did two loads, which was the bare minimum I could get away with doing over the five days we were gone. So, that’s thirteen loads in less than a week. (I usually do 1-2 loads every day, so the math comes out right — it just feels surprising, I guess, doing most of it in a 24-hour stretch). And, wow, I’m sorry; I just wrote a whole paragraph about laundry and I didn’t even have the decency to at least get it sponsored like any other blogger writing a boring paragraph or two about laundry would have.

To make it up to you, I will spare you the details of our flight with a teething baby, who screamed in my face nonstop for four hours, and her older brother, who suffers the world’s worst motion sickness and who made it the entire week, through two flights and many car and cab rides, without getting sick once only to barf, finally, after we landed in Newark and were taxiing to our gate. To be fair, Newark always makes me want to throw up, too.

Anyway, despite the travel drama and the cooler-than-expected temps, we had a lovely trip. I’m glad to be home though. There’s no place I love more than New York City. I am reminded of that every time I leave (which is a pretty good reason to get away, I’d say).

Happy weekend, everyone!

PS For those of you who still watch The Bachelor, you might enjoy this shirt that Drew designed (you have to have seen this week’s episode to get the joke).

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Here are a few things from around the web that may interest you:

What’s Really Behind Why Women Earn Less Than Men? Once it was because they weren’t as well educated. What’s holding them back now?

Gloria Steinem made a remark the other day that younger women support Bernie Sanders because “that’s where the boys are” (which, I think most of us can agree, is incredibly sexist). Here’s an interesting take on why younger women love Bernie Sanders, and why it drives older women crazy.

Single on Valentine’s Day? Who Cares!

Swiping Leads To Spike In Online Dating For Young Adults

Revealed: why men think all women want to sleep with them

A reader sent in this YouTube clip on the 6 steps to monogamy, saying: This is what I feel like a lot of LWs hope you’ll respond with when they write in, such as: no such thing as over communication, porn = cheating with your imagination, etc. I had a good laugh because it’s so creepy and over the top.

Photos reveal what’s in birth bags of women around the world

And for those of you who don’t feel like posting up for adult coloring books, here are some free coloring books from world-class libraries and museums.

Thank you to those who submitted links for me to include. If you see something around the web you think DW readers would appreciate, please send me a link to wendy@dearwendy.com and if it’s a fit, I’ll include it in Friday’s round-up. Thanks!

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WTFIt’s time again for Shortcuts. For every question, I’ll give my advice in just a few sentences because sometimes the answer to a person’s question is so obvious and the need to hear it so great that being as clear and frank as possible is simply the best way to go.

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Hi! I’ve been on vacation with my family this week in Miami Beach visiting my sister (my parents are visiting, too), and I didn’t get around to lining up any new posts for today, so here’s an open thread for you instead. I’ll even suggest a few conversation topics. Let’s see. How about: Do you have any vacation plans coming up (or have you been somewhere recently)? Have you seen any of the Oscar-nominated movies this year? Do you have Valentine’s Day plans? Do you even care about Valentine’s Day? Do you have any links to recipes you’ve tried recently and recommend? (And if none of these topics interest you, feel free to start your own). Go!

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This week in the forums we’re discussing:

NH Primary Thread!

“How Can I Get Rid of My ‘Friend’?”

Going off the pill

Theoretical Opinion Poll: Who Pays Damages?

The epic dating thread

Every woman is pre-pregnant! A CDC discussion

Friends say I am “too demanding” in terms of dating…

How to tell my sister I won’t be going to her wedding

“My Boyfriend Doesn’t Want My Daughter To See Her Father”

“Should I tell her that I’ve never kissed a woman before or had sex before?”

“I Sleep W/ My Male Roommate And I’m Jealous of His Female Best Friend”

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If you have a relationship/dating question I can help answer, you can send me your letters at wendy@dearwendy.com.

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