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Throughout November and December I have been trying to plan ahead and spread out my tasks and to-do list items so I can enjoy the season and reduce stress leading up to Christmas. I have done a good job of that in some areas – all of my Christmas shopping was done on December 10, all but one of my gift guides have been posted – but with last minute additions to our calendar (all wonderful additions, but lots of them) and unexpected changes at work, I have hit a point where I’m just exhausted. I am looking forward to seeing friends and family this weekend and focusing on filling up my tank, rather than just going from one gathering to another in exhaustion.

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If you are looking to slow down this weekend too, here is some great link love to enjoy as you relax:

I have been reading Cup of Jo for a long time. It is so honest, down-to-earth, and relatable. This interview with Joanna Goddard from Cup of Jo is a wonderful one. While you’re at it, check out this guide to surviving holiday travel from the perspective of her seven-year-old. My favorite part is his advice for dealing with tired siblings: “If your brother is crying at the end, you can carry his luggage. You can do that to help. But don’t go close to him in case he hits you. Take a step back.” I’d say that advice is still applicable when dealing with tired grown-up siblings ;)

We just started watching the second season of The Crown. I loved the first season and
I can’t wait to see the second season has in store. I have also heard great things about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and I’m wondering if we should watch it next. Have you seen it?

A few weeks ago I shared the New York Times’ dialect quiz with Will’s family who was visiting from another state. We all took the quiz and it came up with the city we grew up in more often than not! I think differences between states and regions are so interesting to study – we are so close, but so different! This article discusses the regional differences in personalities in the US, finding three major trends in how we act. And yes, it confirms that Midwesterners and Southerners are the friendliest.

Maybe the best link for this week is this video of someone who uses Amazon Prime Now to help homeless people. Get ready to get emotional. Amazon didn’t sponsor him, but if they’re watching, they should.

Happy weekend, friends – the last one until Christmas Eve! Refill your cup well!

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