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Hello. It is a pleasure to welcome you this Friday after Thanksgiving, at the dawn of the balmy season, here in the waning days of the year. I usually write to Times readers through the At Home and Away newsletter, where, for months, I pondered how to lead a full and cultivated life during the pandemic.

I started working with a group of reporters from The Times early in the lockdown, trying to put together ideas and inspiration to help you navigate a world that has abruptly changed in almost every way. Twice a week, I collect recommendations from my colleagues and readers to pass the time richly, wherever you are. Today I’m here to offer you some suggestions for spending your postprandial weekend.

The day after Thanksgiving is one of those in-between days that the holiday season grants us: a day off for many, but not the big day. It’s a prime day for your own adventure, whether your particular adventure is shopping for Black Friday (maybe this herbal gift guide will inspire you?), Snuggling up with one of our 100 Notable Books of 2021, to venture out to see Paul Thomas Anderson’s new movie, “Licorice Pizza,” or do something else.

I’m a fan of a post-Thanksgiving near-hibernation in slippers and tracksuits, orbiting the kitchen, where leftovers beckon me. It’s the perfect weekend to stream something you wanted to catch. (The final season of “Insecure”? Rebecca Hall’s debut film, “Passing”? “Cowboy Bebop” – either the original animated series or the new live-action version?) Life I hear you and encourage you to come out on. completely safe. We indoor cats will keep the home until you return.

Holidays, in the Norman Rockwell version, are all rosy-cheeked and hugging affairs. This is of course not always the reality. If this weekend brings for you the welcome emptying of an overly full house, if it’s the first time you’ve loosened your jaw in a week, or if you’re just feeling cranky after a confusing New Year, you you are not alone. My friends and family have gotten into the habit of using the vague but overarching phrase “that’s a lot” to describe how we feel lately. He explains what is happening without going into details; it’s non-specific but readable to, well, everyone.

However you spend this weekend hopefully you are safe and warm, can relax a bit, and can connect and catch up with the people you love. Hope you have some leftovers (more details below from my colleague Sanam Yar), and if you are traveling I hope your trip will be headache free. Thank you for making room for me at your table.

  • South African scientists have discovered a new variant that has resulted in restrictions on travel from countries in the region. It is too early to know how well the vaccines are working against it.

  • The retail industry is fighting a vaccine warrant for its workers before the holidays.

  • Certain objects and practices born from confinement will probably stay in the area (such as masks and QR codes). Others (a “contactless door opener”) less.

If you’re lucky enough to have a mountain of Thanksgiving leftovers, a world of possibilities awaits beyond your standard turkey sandwich. (Although if you still want one, make it an Elena Ruz sandwich – a sweet and savory concoction named after the Cuban socialite who invented it.)

You might like a leftover enchilada pie, which may seem a bit quirky but is easy to make and delicious. Turkey also lends itself well to modified versions of tikka masala, mole verde or pho, courtesy of Samin Nosrat. As with other sandwiches, Melissa Clark recommends healthy turkey cubanos or pitas.

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