Have a Lovely Weekend.


What are you up to this weekend? My sister is in town, and we are planning to go out for Mexican food and beers. Thank you again for all the touching comments about her late husband’s book — our whole family basically fainted simultaneously when we read the New York Times review. He would have been elated. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Would you try a hangover mask?

14 games you can play with your toddler while lying down.

How to deal with the post-vacation blues.

What if Seinfeld were Serial? Made me laugh out loud.

This light exhibit looks gorgeous.

The one question you should ask about a new job.

Everyone in our office wants these.

The incredible thing we do during conversations. (I would have never noticed!)

We made this delicious Greek soup the other day, and we licked our bowls.

Germany’s new bicycle highway.

Now THAT’S a bathroom makeover.

Loved these low-key New Year’s resolutions. (This one stayed with me: “The greatest gift to myself I can give is the time to travel by foot.”)

And great news! Kid & Coe, amazing family-friendly vacation rentals, is offering Cup of Jo readers $100 off with the code CUPOFJO, if you book before March 31st.

(Photo by Veronica Olson. Seinfeld via Chasing Saturdays.)

  1. Joanna,

    I just want to share with you (and Lucy) my immense gratitude for the gift that is Paul’s book. Your careful sharing through the last few years have led me to much sadness for your family, mixed with anticipation to read his memoirs.

    And, oh my goodness, this is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’ve waited impatiently for it, and all my expectations were surpassed. Paul’s words are piercingly elegant, with a gentle kindness. This is a work I’ll remember and return to often, and it’s made that much sweeter (and bittersweet) to have followed along with the story here. Thank you for sharing so unselfishly…we are all the richer for it!

  2. Jessica says...

    Thanks for sharing the soup recipe! Delicious! It’s just starting to snow in my neck of the woods and we gobbled it down for dinner tonight.

  3. Your weekend sounds wonderful! I’m so happy that your late brother in law’s book was such a success :)


  4. Joanna says...

    Ask a Greek: a mere 3 tablespoons of lemon juice is laughable.

  5. Jihan says...

    “waiting to live, learning to die” – so sad.

  6. Love all of these links! Check out my week in review on

  7. Shira says...

    I can’t wait to read Paul’s book. Did you see the article in Elle magazine?

  8. Meghan T says...

    If an existential crush is possible, I have it bad. Paul”s words are achingly beautiful – and without even reading the book, I’ve been walking around my house feeling changed by him, his response to his illness. I’ve read every word I can, listened to the podcasts on the links you offered – and pre-ordered a copy for both myself and my father (who teaches/writes about creating value/meaning). Again, thank you for sharing all this pain/beauty. And what a gift from Paul to your niece – she’ll know her remarkable father through his words.

  9. yael steren says...

    Sounds like so much fun!!! I’ve been working this weekend and putting looks together for my blog shoot tomorrow!!! Hope you guys are having a great time! xx yael

  10. Katherine says...

    The Rodial Hangover Mask is amazing! It calms your skin and is instantly soothing as soon as you apply it. Since it’s only used once a week it lasts forever — I think I’ve had my tube for a year!

  11. Amy P says...

    We have a ‘bike highway’ like that in Victoria, BC! It’s a converted railway (mostly paved, some compact gravel) that extends 60km and is for walkers, cyclists, and horse riders. It’s called the Galloping Goose after the 1920s passenger car that used the original railroad. My husband uses it every day for about half of his 15km commute to work. Much of it goes through forest.

  12. I have to thank you for your recent mention of the Joe Fresh comfy trousers. I ordered a pair, and have hardly taken them off since. Truly a delight to wear and yes, my new travel uniform whenever I fly. Thank you so much!

  13. Katy says...

    The New York Times reviews was incredible and beautiful. Already had me balling, cannot wait to read his story. What a journey. You all must be so incredibly proud.

  14. Happy weekend! I was given a record player for Christmas so I’m going for a rummage in second hand vinyl stores :-)

  15. Hi Joanna,
    The review and your sister’s husband’s story are profound testimonials that we must value each day and not let ourselves slip or slide into the ordinary. It gives me immense gratitude and humility to see my own struggles as something to grow forward from.
    Thank you, and my thoughts are with you guys.

  16. lomagirl says...

    The Thread sculpture is my friend Gabriel Dawe’s – and they are AMAZING!! I think he just had one open in Newark as well. If you have the chance, go see it- with your kids, even. There is something about being there that is so different than seeing it in pictures. I saw several of his earlier pieces here in Dallas.

  17. Megan E. says...

    Such a beautiful review in the NYT! also just wanted to say that your blog is consistently one of the highlights of my day, so thank you :)

    I was having an off day today but this gif/video legit made me crack up while waiting in line to buy lunch (plus, the comments are hilarious). have a great weekend!

  18. Meredith says...

    As I was reading your sisters essay, and the NYTimes review I remembered how I’ve so enjoyed Paul’s writing in the past. I clicked over to amazon to purchase the book, but I decided to gift it to my mother and then borrow it. Luckily I checked the previous orders (we share an Amazon Prime account) because my parents had already ordered a copy for themselves! I can’t wait to read it, and I’m so glad that you get to spend some time with your sister while she attends book readings in NY.

  19. Eliza says...

    I can’t wait to read the book. It makes it more poignant in some way knowing the connection to you and your family.

    Oh, and for the record, I have 9-year old and 7-year old boys and STILL find ways of playing with them while keeping my hiney firmly planted on the sofa. My fave is to send them on a scavenger hunt through the house to find given objects (something blue, something shiny, something that smells like flowers). Keeps them occupied for a while and let me rest! ;-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is brilliant!!

    • Olma says...

      I love this. I am going to send my kid off to find something purple with red dots that is fluffy and tastes delicious. Should make for a good nap for me!!

  20. Theresa says...

    An amazing NYT review. I looking forward to reading Paul’s book. What a amazing person your BIL was. Enjoy your sister time!

  21. Early in our relationship, my Greek husband made the meatball version of avgolemeno – (fun fact, “avgo” is egg in greek, “lemeno” lemon ;) – and that pretty well solidified we’d spend the rest of our lives together!! I had never tasted a soup so delicious!

    PS we just got our Greek wedding video back if anyone cares to see a real life Big Fat Greek wedding (click my name – password: spirachel)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a sweet story:) and how fun about your wedding video! is there a website where it’s playing?

  22. Rosie says...

    Paul left such a legacy and continues to live on not just with Lucy and your family, but all of us. A life so very well lived!

    I plan to come to the reading on Monday – really looking forward to it! Have a great weekend Joanna!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh i’m so glad!!! looking forward to meeting you.

  23. Olive says...

    Please Please Please record your interview with Lucy.

  24. Katie H. says...

    I had tears in my eyes reading the NYT Review. I don’t know how I’ll make it through the book! I’m in awe of Paul and your sister.

  25. That bathroom transformation is amazing.
    Have a good weekend, Joanna and company!

    Kristi | Be Loverly

  26. As a tired parent (40 weeks pregnant tired) I am laughing so much over these floor games to play. Thanks for the smile – on my due date no less!


    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha, i’m glad. and your due date, how exciting! you must be so excited to meet your little one :)

  27. I am anxiously awaiting Dr. Kalanithi’s book to arrive. I have read Being Mortal and it really rang true. I also really love Abraham Verghese and think it is so fitting that he would write the forward for your brother-in-law’s book. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your time with your loving sister whose words really touched my heart.

  28. Colleen says...

    OMG I’m a wor. Hysterical. Wish I thought of that. I always felt so guilty for taking a little prone break when my one was little, this makes me feel better. Love your site, I’m so sorry about your brother in law. You have such an interesting family.

  29. Kim Q says...

    I am looking forward to reading Paul’s book. His previous essays really moved me, and I have no doubt the book will as well. Enjoy your weekend with your sister, and all the best.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thanks so much to everyone for all these sweet notes about paul’s book. it means so much. xoxoxo

  30. Maryse says...

    Ordered the book straight away. Your sister’s essay moved me to tears and that review would’ve convinced me to buy it, hadn’t I already been planning to because of what you shared on your blog. Weird how you can feel connected to a story from someone you don’t even know, in another continent. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Courtney says...


    Will your interview at BookCourt with Lucy be recorded? I don’t live in NYC, but would LOVE to see/hear it afterwards if that’s a possibility (as I’m sure many others would). In any case, I look forward to reading the book. Thank you for sharing Lucy and Paul’s story. Best wishes to all of you. :) xox

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      you are so sweet to ask! i’m not sure — i’m going to see if i can make that work. thank you so much! xo

    • Courtney says...

      Wonderful, thanks for looking into it! You will be a total natural in the interview seat. What a special experience for you and your sister. :)

    • Maryse says...

      Ooh yes please!

  32. Jessica says...

    We saw the Wonder exhibit at the Renwick gallery over the holidays with our four year old and eight month old, it was absolutely beautiful and the kiddos loved it too! Highly recommended if you are ever in DC. A few blocks away from the gallery is also a small exhibit of historical White House gingerbread houses which was also a delight. As a side note I’m very happy for your family that the book review was so positive.

  33. What a fun weekend you’ll have.

    We have a banquet to go to for my Husband, on saturday, but besides that we are just hanging around the house and getting projects done which I’m excited for!

    Happy Weekend!

  34. My Dad makes our Yiayia’s avgolemono once, *maybe* twice a year- it’s my all-time favorite food and brings back such beautiful memories of Pascha and time spent together. This recipe excludes a crucial ingredient: Hondos(sp?) a mix of rusk and milk or yogurt (?) that is dried out, stored, and then added to soups like avgolemono to make it more hearty. Oh yea! and eggs. Sorry, weird rant over.

  35. Alyssa says...

    Very excited to read Paul’s book. Downloading first thing Tuesday!

    I highly recommend seeing the Renwick Gallery if you find yourself here in D.C. We saw all the works on opening weekend and went back to visit it with friends last weekend. The line to enter was wrapped around the block! It is spectacular! All the installations are made out of everyday items like post-it notes, tires, string, fishing net, branches, and bugs! A lot of them are interactive or kid friendly.

    Sorry to go on and on! Just a great exhibit!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you! it sounds amazing! makes me want to take a road trip to DC.

  36. Lauren says...

    Congratulation on the amazing NYT review. It must be a slightly surreal experience. I hope the book is a huge success befitting Paul’s legacy.

  37. avgolemono is my favorite soup and it’s so easy to make!!! i add rice instead of orzo when i don’t have any in my pantry :)

  38. Andrea says...

    That NYT review was stunning! I hope you have a beautiful weekend together.