Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate the occasion. I wish you good health, tasty food, enough to feel thankful for and the hope that if you are hurting this year, the pain is temporary and better days arrive soon. As always, I remain thankful for this community – one that has been around almost ten years (in January)! — especially now, this year, when our virtual spaces and virtual communities have kept us connected to others when being connected in person hasn’t been as safe. Thank you all so much, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
I know I usually post links and the open thread on Fridays or over the weekend, but what is time anymore, amiright? It’s been over one year since I’ve seen my sister, over nine months since I’ve seen my parents, and ten months since I’ve seen most of my closest friends. It’s also been over eight months since my children have been in school and will likely be over nine more months before they’re back. So, fuck time right now. Here are a few links you might find interesting:
In a word: yes! “Should women be entitled to period leave? These countries think so.”
What Happened to Those Couples Who Quarantined Together?
How to Have an Open Relationship
Most gift guides are kind of lame, but I thought this one was pretty good: 57 Presents That Actually Won’t Get Re-Gifted
What a national treasure she is! Dolly Parton is also surprised she helped fund Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine
Don’t Travel For Thanksgiving, CDC Warns (and if you’re going to do it anyway, consider maybe not posting pics on social media)
Related: How to Tell Your Family You’re Not Coming Home for the Holidays
I needed to hear this: You have permission to not be thankful this Thanksgiving
How is everyone feeling this week? How is your mental health, your physical health, and your stress level lately? What are your plans for Thanksgiving next week? We’re staying home, just the four of us, and I’m in the process of figuring out what I want to cook and what I’d prefer outsourcing to small businesses in the neighborhood who could definitely use some extra love over the coming weeks and months. (This herb and apple pudding sounds good! And Joanie has her heart set on baking a pumpkin pie.) Otherwise, I’m feeling pretty fine. I need to exercise more and snack less and do better at keeping my blood pressure under control. I’m on medication for it but it’s been alarmingly high when I check it, so I need to avoid online drama (like the “keep schools open debate” which, if you follow me on Instagram, you know has taken up a lot of mental space for me as I’ve been aggressively advocating to close the damn schools and save countless lives [I’m not interested in debating this here, so if you feel differently, I respect that but ask that you take your thoughts elsewhere, please.]).