Link Love #138

Hey y’all—HAPPY FRIDAY! Don’t you just love short weeks? This work week really flew by, and I think next week will too as I have so many meetings already on the calendar.

I am excited because today, both Washington, DC and nearby Northern Virginia enter into phase one of reopening. I know that this decision brings about a range of emotion—nervousness, anxiety, and maybe even anger from some. I think as we begin to reopen more places across the country, it’s so important to respect others decisions about how to handle this continuously evolving environment. I have friends that are ready to get back out in the world and I have friends that are choosing to stay home and see how things play out—and I totally understand both courses of action. My friend Heather said it well in her blogpost yesterday, “I believe we’re at a point where you have to do what you’re comfortable with, while also mitigating risk as much as possible.”

That being said, I’m ready to get outside of the four walls of my apartment, and will be taking advantage of some of the loosened restrictions, while also being as safe as possible—maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask, washing my hands like a crazy person. Tonight, I’m going with some family (my sister and her roommate, my cousin—I’ve been seeing them some the last two months; living alone is very isolating and I touched a bit on this in Tuesday’s post) to The Lot in Clarendon for a drink. It’s all outside and we’ll socially distance from other patrons and wear masks—a small price to pay to keep everyone safe. But, y’all, I am so excited to enjoy a drink al fresco at a proper establishment—TGIF indeed! Then, later this weekend, I made an appointment to get my hair cut for the first time since December. My hair stylist sent out a notice about her practices, and it seems like they are taking great care with everything. She works in her own loft, not in a large salon, so that also makes me feel better about things. We’ll see how it goes.

I hope you all have a great weekend, whatever you’re up to! x

For the time being, I’m also going to share some of the most interesting articles I read as it relates to COVID-19. I’ll separate them out into a different section so that if you’re pulling back from COVID-related news, they are easy to skip! So here’s all the links relating to that:

And here’s what’s new on TOT:

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