Jan Buchzcik for The Atlantic

Happy Monday. How was everyone’s Valentine’s Day? I don’t think I left the house, but it wasn’t a bad day as far as these winter pandemic days go. Drew and I both become eligible for the vaccine at midnight and managed to nab a couple appointments for later in the month, so everything after that was a bonus. I gave Drew a pizza pan and picked up some dough and sauce from a favorite local pizza spot and he practiced making us pizza for dinner. And I got the bath products I asked for since baths are like my sole luxury these days and I like to indulge in one a few days a week. Now, it’s mid-winter break for the kids, so no remote school this week which is both a blessing and a curse since there are so few things to actually do with our time but the kids desperately needed a break from the tedium of zoom school.

It’s hard to believe we’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of covid, and while I know we’re all hitting a wall, I’m starting to feel hopeful that we’re going to have a nice summer. Nationally, the US is up to 1.7 million vaccines a day, on average, and Dr. Fauci said a few days ago that he believes by July there will be enough vaccine for every adult who wants one (trials on kids are in various phases still, and have not yet begun for those under 10. But even so, much progress has been made on the vaccine front, and I do think we’re well on our way to more normal times, thankfully). We just have to push through the next couple months…

Anyhoo, if you’re in a reading mood, here are a few links from around the web that might be of interest:

The Type of Love That Makes People Happiest

Your Husband Cheated. Should You Be Able to Sue His Mistress?

Five People Discuss Dating During the Pandemic

Kamala Harris’ marriage could challenge a racial taboo

‘I don’t want friends who put others at risk’: has lockdown wrecked friendships?

And related to a conversation in the forums: Sorry, millennials: The ‘laugh cry’ emoji isn’t cool anymore, according to Gen Z

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