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By Gabrielle. Photo by David Miller.

Hello, Friends! How are you? Was it a good week? I know it was a short work and school week because of the Monday holiday, but somehow it felt sooooo long to me. Like I woke up on Tuesday feeling like it should be Friday. So strange.

On our schedule for the weekend: a scout overnighter for Oscar and Ben Blair, a birthday party for a friend, a fifth grade pool party, and a dozen or so errands. How about you? Anything you’re looking forward to?

But before the weekend festivities start, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

– Hah! A new Saved By the Bell diner in Chicago.

– It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. As I’ve mentioned before, eating disorders have had an enormous impact on the Blair family. Take a look at these Nine Truths about Eating Disorders. And watch this video to get up to date on the subject.

– A balanced school needs a balance of volunteers. (NYT) Thanks, Cori.

– Have a baby? You can upload a cry to this worldwide data base.

– I don’t follow celebrity news much, but I read this essay on Amber Heard and I’m still thinking about it.

– A map of the hourly wage needed to rent a 2-bedroom apartment.

– “It’s MY responsibility, as a female, to not “provoke” you. But then you get to knight-in-shining-armor your way through life for those in your protected categories and I am expected to applaud you. Why the outrage now over bathrooms? Why aren’t you outraged every single day?

– This is new: Expectantly rents high-end baby gear to new parents. (It’s only available in the Bay Area at the moment.)

– Poverty is not a crime, and the impoverished are not criminals. Mississippi’s leaders thought welfare recipients were on drugs. They were wrong.

– What it’s like to grow up in the age of likes and lols.

– Listen to the whisper.

– The damaging affects of shame-based sex education.

– Hah! Are you sure there isn’t something else I can do before the end of the school year? (Only one more week to go!)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you like crazy.

kisses,
Gabrielle