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Woman With A Plan - Issue #18

"A Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day to us all!"  ― Liz Lemon

Woman With A Plan

February 9 · Issue #18 · View online
Weekly thoughts, ideas, and information from one woman to another.

“A Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day to us all!” 
― Liz Lemon

The Book of Love
It’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day, and while I still say the whole thing is a sham, I’ve been reminiscing lately about some of my husband’s more romantic gestures. My favorite was a book of “love coupons” to be redeemed for all the little things I enjoy; a date night at my favorite restaurant, a yoga class, a two-hour nap. I won’t embarrass him with sappy details, but it was lovingly curated and I kept it stored in my wallet for safekeeping until one day when I sadly left my purse in the car and returned to find it stolen. Despite the theft of several valuables, it was the book of coupons I was most heartbroken to lose. Six months later, I received a mysterious call from the Department of Transportation and was shocked to hear they found a backpack on the side of the highway filled with stolen wallets, including mine. Within days, a package arrived and I ripped it open to find my wallet intact with various membership cards (Blockbuster!), receipts, and pictures. But as I frantically searched its contents, I realized one crucial component was still missing: my love coupons. To this day, I wonder who may have stumbled upon them, and though it makes me sad to think of them falling into the wrong hands, I enjoy warning my husband to watch out for a tall, dark stranger looking to cash in on a 30-minute foot rub. 
Happy Valentine’s Day, Sweetie. 😘
Media Diet
Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on their first Super Bowl win! While I find it difficult to watch the actual game, I always enjoy the commercials, especially this year’s brilliant campaign by Tide. And hats off to Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. for learning the entire Dirty Dancing routine in two days. 🙌
The Olympics are here! It’s possible I’m as excited about the return of Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir as I am about the sporting events. And of course, it wouldn’t be the Winter Olympics without a little figure skating drama
I loved this frank conversation between Katie Couric and Amy Schumer, covering everything from gun violence to Aziz Ansari. Incidentally, never leave your phone unlocked and unattended around a professional comedian.
A compelling argument that when it comes to gender equality, America is the real “shithole country.”
Holy moly. I can only hope I’m as refreshingly honest as Quincy Jones by the time I reach my 85th birthday. #dgaf
Add this pet peeve to people who watch entire concerts through their smartphones.
For anyone who enjoyed last week’s article on the battle between Bratz and Barbie dolls, check out this response from an impressive 11-year-old. 
Speaking of smartphones, this article makes a compelling argument to do away with them completely (for our kid’s sake if not for ours). 
P.S. The RAZR is back!
If lounging in the dingy 1950’s bathtub I share with four dirty boys will make me anything more like Gwyneth, count me IN.
Thanks to A Cup of Jo for sharing this Twitter thread from a palliative care doctor who asked his patients to share what they most enjoyed in life before they died. The responses are both heartbreaking and profound.
Be kind. Read more books. Spend time with your family. Crack jokes. Go to the beach. Hug your dog. Tell that special person you love them. Oh… and eat ice-cream. 🍨
The perfect date via @momfilter
Open Tabs
This week, I’ve compiled a few interesting finds to help celebrate love each and every day…

#LOVEWINS ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
Valentine's Day circa 1985
Have a Great Weekend.
Woman With A Plan is weekly newsletter by Sarah Richey, a Seattle-based working mom of three feminists in the making.
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