Hello, Friends. How are you? What has this week been like for you? I keep seeing jokes on social media about not knowing what day of the week it is and I admit that I completely relate. Hah!

Yesterday, we arrived home from our little family retreat — we stopped to see a ~5000 year old megalith structure on the way back. It’s called La Roche-au-Fées — or Fairy Rocks. Oh my goodness I love stuff like that so much!!

Today we unpacked, did some housework, chipped plaster off the stone walls at the cottage, and said goodbye to Olive. She’s spending a few days in Paris with friends before she heads back to Montpelier and her au pair job. (Ralph and Maude will fly back to Oakland on the 13th.)

This evening, we plan to go see Little Women after we return our rental van in Caen. (The car we drive here only seats 7, so for the retreat we rented a bigger van that can fit everybody plus luggage.)

How about you? Did your kids go back to school this week? Or will they return on Monday? Is your holiday stuff put away? Or do you like to keep it around well into January? Have you made resolutions or goals for 2020? Maybe picked a theme or word to focus on? Or does that kind of thing stress you out?

Here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

-Australia’s hellish heat wave and wildfires, explained.

-Related. Global Apathy Toward the Fires in Australia Is a Scary Portent for the Future.

-Any interest in sleeping in an Edward Hopper hotel room?

-Wars and rumors of wars. Hard to wake up to headlines like this.

-This sounds like good news. U.S. regulators have approved a vaccine to protect against the deadly Ebola virus.

-These contractors won more than $800 million in federal contracts by making dubious claims to being Native Americans.

-NASA is planning to go back to the moon by 2024.

Is it worth losing transparency in order to make your views more palatable to others?

We just ordered this suit for a second time, in a bigger size because he outgrew the last one. It’s very well made and reasonably priced.

-Yikes. “We found that counties that had hosted a 2016 Trump campaign rally saw a 226 percent increase in reported hate crimes over comparable counties that did not host such a rally.”

Protests can swing elections. “On average, a wave of liberal protesting in a congressional district can increase a Democratic candidate’s vote share by 2% and reduce a GOP candidate’s share by 6%.”

-How do you deal with Baby cravings?

Here are a few tweets I’ve saved for you:

-Why New Year’s is the most universal holiday.

-I see so much truth in this tweet. We consistently punish those in need and the most vulnerable among us by making it as hard as possible to get help.

-Remember: Seeking asylum is legal.

-Do you deal with a lot of work emails? How do you like this suggested format?

-Hahahah! I feel seen.

-What do you want to accomplish this year? You can shoot your shot in response to this tweet.

-I love how she describes the Little Women movie as “innocent, wholesome, and un-ironically so.” (I’m excited to see it!)

I hope you have a happy weekend. I hope your holidays have been lovely. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.

kisses,
Gabrielle