Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread and Links

Happy Friday! What a week. It’s nice to feel some hope, isn’t it, even in the midst of ongoing despair? The adults are back in the room, and for the first time in nearly a year, the anxiety I have felt about the our response to Covid, among many other things, has lowered just a little bit. The hope I feel for the generation rising up, embodied by Amanda Gorman at the inauguration, is abundant.

This Anderson Cooper interview with inaugural poet, Amanda Gorman, is delightful and inspiring, as is she.

21 Reasons to Have Hope in 2021

These Are The Absolute Best Bernie Sanders Sitting At The Inauguration Memes

What the Pandemic Has Done for Dating

Related: True Stories of Hooking Up During Covid-19

“After the most miserable year a lot of us can remember, we looked to 2021 with fervent hope that a fresh start might restore our well-being and equilibrium. We planned to put 2020 in a lockbox and hurl it into the sea.

But as the first full week of 2021 proved, terrifying news simply does not abide by the Gregorian calendar. And grief is a forever thing—one worth sitting with, examining, and learning from so that we can better care for ourselves and others moving forward.”

— New Year, Same Grief

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  • LisforLeslie January 22, 2021, 1:39 pm

    My favorite Bernie memes
    “The Biden inauguration is on his to-do list but it ain’t his whole day”

    “In Jewish yoga this pose is called: Waiting for my wife at Loehmann’s”

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  • Kate January 24, 2021, 4:13 pm

    Does anyone have this viral Amazon coat?


    I’ve been aware of and interested in it for a few years but never put it in my cart. But last Thursday it was on sale for one day for $82, and I got it. I have to say, it’s perfect for the pandemic. If you want to feel like you went outside in your down comforter and pillow, but with 6 pockets to hold all your stuff, it’s for you. It’s been in the 20s and super windy all weekend and I’m perfectly toasty in it. I got beige and kind of feel like a marshmallow in it, but it’s so comfy. When I opened the box and tried it on, my husband was pretty jealous of it and said it looked good. The hood is very roomy to cover your entire head and not go blowing off, but you can also not put it all the way up (for visibility sake) but it cradles the back of your head, your neck, and ears, instead of just hanging down your back.

    Anyway, I bet it goes on sale again this winter. I saw the sale on CNN and major websites, the way they let you know when the Revlon hot brush goes on sale ?. It comes in kids sizes too.

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    • ktfran January 24, 2021, 5:27 pm

      Someone else had posted about this coat recently. I’ve been on the hunt for a new, warm winter coat for my daily walks but didn’t want to spend tons of money. I did spend some money on new boots. I bought the Ugg Adirondack and so far I’m loving them.

      I’m glad to hear you like it so much! Thanks for posting about it!!

      I haven’t bought a new winter coat since I moved here in 2008. It’s time.

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        LadyinPurpleNotRed January 24, 2021, 6:55 pm

        Oooh that’s good to hear—I’ve been wondering about those boots!

      • ktfran January 24, 2021, 7:12 pm

        I’ve used them to walk to the grocery store, close to 4 miles round trip in snow, and they were great. I haven’t walked further than that yet because a lot of days I can still wear tennis shoes while on my long walks, like today.

        My feet have stayed warm too. Including at a friends when we hung out on her deck for a couple hours for my birthday. All we had outside was a small space heater, a summer awning with netted sides and we sat about 15 feet apart. Oh, and she and her husband have had both vaccination shots because they’re in the medical industry. She had flu like symptoms for about 36 hours after the second. He was completely fine.

      • Kate January 24, 2021, 7:22 pm

        I have those! I think I’ve posted about them, not sure. Mine are white with a little light gray snake trim. They are so lightweight, comfortable, and warm!!!

      • Kate January 24, 2021, 7:31 pm

        But we’ve only had snow once this year and it’s a mild winter for the most part, so I wear my regular suede Uggs all the time. I have the “mini” size because I’m kind of short and I think they’re cuter. There is seriously nothing so cushy and toasty warm on your feet. Another perfect pandemic item. They also make a more affordable version under the Koolaburra by Ugg brand, sold on Amazon. It’s not AS thick and cushy with the sheepskin, but it’s still great, and much less $.

      • Ange January 24, 2021, 11:35 pm

        Those are super cute boots and that jacket is quite nice too. I like that cold weather wear can still be stylish and not just bulky.

      • Ange January 25, 2021, 3:57 pm

        Lol yeah, it’s going to be 105 here today.

      • ktfran January 25, 2021, 5:06 pm

        Lol Ange, they’re calling for six to nine inches of snow here tonight. Fun times.

      • Ange January 26, 2021, 1:27 pm

        Wow! I’m not even sure how that works. I’ve seen snow precisely once in my life when a freak snow hit where I was living when I was 5. We got enough snow to make a tiny snowman about 10cm high. Hopefully it doesn’t disrupt too much.

        (also I realised this was originally meant to be a reply to Helen. Threads, how do they work? Lol)

    • Helen January 25, 2021, 5:16 am

      That’s a cute coat! Too bad I’ll never need it in the south. I don’t even own one, I get by with hoodies. Today’s high is 65

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      Dear Wendy January 25, 2021, 6:32 am

      My bestie has it and she – or maybe her boss, I can’t remember – got a matching one for her 4-year-old daughter. it’s cute!

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