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Have a Cozy Weekend.

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What are you up to this weekend? I just got my haircut at Sara June, a little gem in Brooklyn. (I saw Marly.) It always feels so, so good to have a new cut. We’re also going to The Moth tonight, and I’m looking forward to hearing people’s fun stories. Have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Are you right brained or left brained?

Once and for all, Jack could totally have fit on Rose’s raft.

This dress makes me want to plan a beach vacation.

The most gloriously British incident of road rage. (“I’m not bothered.” “You haven’t a bit of politeness.” “I’ve got just as much determination as you, I can assure you.”)

Untranslatable words.

35 reasons people take medication for their mental health. Loved this.

This book makes kids fall asleep?! SO CURIOUS to try it.

A Valentine’s gift to yourself.

Mom reports that hometown actually has a lot going on now.

Why you shouldn’t order the second cheapest bottle of wine on the menu.

What a beautiful small space.

10 inspired Super Bowl recipes.

This woman’s drawing of what’s on her mind is resonating with women everywhere.

(Photo from my Instagram. Onion link via Swiss Lark.)

  1. I have suffered from depression for as long as I can remember, and have been taking Prozac for 5 years now. Because this medication helps me, I have been told I am weak and buying into the evil pharmaceutical giants. Of course healthy eating, exercise, and therapy can do wonders to elevate ones mood and/or alleviate certain neurosis, but that does not make medication evil or unnecessary! Those who suffer from mental illness do not need to feel weak or guilty on top of everything else they endure because they are taking medications. So I thank you for posting this link Jo!

  2. love the woman’s drawing! so humorous and probably accurate!

  3. catalina says...

    Thanks to you, I know I’m really one to Gottoka and also that I have a lot of Tartles…! Great links, as always :)
    ps: love l’esprit d’escalier and Schadenfreude!

  4. I go to Marly at Sara June too!!! I discovered her about a year ago and she has absolutely changed my hair game. Highly, highly, highly recommend her if you live in BK!

  5. Prudence Marule says...

    anyone else use their brain equally?..

  6. as an art teacher, i always had my students do that quiz to see if they’re right brained or left brained. much of my course was using the book drawing on the right side of the brain. anyone can learn to use the right side of their brain.

    http://www.katelynryan.com

  7. That dress is so lovely! But then I looked at the back and heard my boobs laugh out loud. šŸ˜‚

  8. Like your lists! :)

  9. Anna says...

    The Onion article: I went to college in Lynchburg VA and lived on Main St. in downtown across from the farmers market and in all reality the farmers market is awesome (Raw milk cow shares!!! They are illegal here in Baton Rouge where I live now. And I so miss the local CSA!) and I have to say Rivermont Pizza (the wood fire pizza restaurant in Lynchburg) is the best pizza I have ever had. Lol. I kinda have to agree with mom on this particular hometown making moves in the right direction.

  10. Thanks for sharing the post about 35 reasons people take psychotropic medications. I work in the mental health field and I appreciate people that bring awareness to the stigma that still exists surrounding mental illess, because it may make it easier for people that do suffer from mental illness to seek help. And I just plan appreciate you and your blog. So much.

  11. Martini says...

    Thank you Joanna, for treating me to such a relaxing and interesting Friday column. It was exactly what I needed! You achieved every note perfectly. Very nice job. Take a bow.

  12. Bri Budovsky says...

    The sleep book only works because it is so. so. long. Buyer beware!! Hahaa

  13. I’ve found that LOFT often makes such cute prints for lightweight sing and summer dresses! And OMG these days everything makes me want to plan a beach vacation!! It’s too cold!

    xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

  14. Robyn says...

    I blame Rose! How could she!? šŸ˜‚

  15. Branna says...

    That sleep book may work if you can get your child to read it! I have a 3 year old (that LOVES books!) but he will not pay attention to this one book! He talks through it, asks tons of questions. My husband and I laugh at the irony of it!

    • Karin says...

      Same experience here…

  16. Well… I’m just utterly baffled by the fact that I apparently am 70% left and 30% right brained, good Lord! (read in glorious British accent :P)
    Have a great weekend everyone! Besos

  17. Kathryn says...

    I’m so jealous! I’m dying to see the moth live! Hope it was so much fun!

  18. I’m so curious about that back. Would love to hear if you try it!

  19. Holly says...

    I want to thank you, because my two year old was crying and refusing to sleep. My husband was with him and I was reading your blog. I quickly bought the book on my kindle and it worked! My son fell asleep (finally). Have a great weekend! Cheers!

  20. Nora Calderwood says...

    Cup of Jo is the only blog I keep up with on a regular basis, and I was so happily surprised that you posted my apartment in this post under “What a beautiful small space.” THANK YOU! – Nora

  21. Loved the untranslatable words and the reasons for medications. In a way they go hand in hand with people trying to understand an emotion or something that cannot be verbally explained in a language they will never truly understand.

    My favorite bedtime story for Luna is I love you Forever. I like singing the song and I can tell in her little face when she is really taking it all in (or maybe she notices my emotions).

    Have fun at the Moth! How cool! We’re headed to sushi and a movie (since my parents aka babysitters are visiting!)

    Xo Lendy
    http://www.twoplusluna.com

  22. Ahhh the damn Rabbit sleep book is taunting me! We got it but our daughter is still young and sort of in the board book phase so she always tries to tear the pages and it becomes more of a “…blah blah blah SLEEP NOW wait no not the page don’t tear the page oh wait honey no this isn’t a thick book we have to be careful!” I’m awaiting the day that I can actually use it and it will actually work!

  23. Lisa says...

    A lot of those “untranslateable” words are not untranslatable, they are just untranslatable to English. They also used the word forelsket incorrectly. “I was overpowered by forelskelse as our fingers enlacedā€¦” would be correct however. Schadenfreude is translatable to all the Nordic languages. If you want other words, look up Lagom, Hygge, Gezellig! (Swedish, Danish, Dutch)

  24. That sleep book works but… it is such a drag to read. I usually choose to indulge and cajole rather than read it to my babe.

  25. Great List. Have a great weekend!

  26. Great photo Joanna!

  27. Charlotte K says...

    There was a word in that list about regret of your haircut…too funny! I hope you don’t have that.

  28. Angie says...

    The Rabbit Who wants to fall asleep is great but I highly recommend the audiobook. I play the CD for my kids every night, it includes little chimes and sounds that I think help. Be careful though, It will put you to sleep as well!

    • Toni says...

      I second the audiobook! Way too long and boring to read yourself. It did work for my youngest (3 year old) for awhile but we stopped using it because my kids started to wail, “Nooooo! Not Roger Rabbit!!!!” at bedtime. Ha!

  29. JB says...

    I love Marly! Sara June is a darling salon. All the ladies there have incredibly fun energy. It’s a treat to visit!

  30. Lizzie says...

    AH it’s not that he wouldn’t have fit, but that their combined weight would’ve sunk them both.

  31. That book works almost every time for my daughter. I think the weird cadence is rooted in hypnosis. The book tells the reader to emphasize phrases like “sleep now” over and over again, and also tells you to yawn while reading it. The combination of hypnosis and boring story worked at my house, although my daughter would never choose it for story time.

  32. Jen says...

    When can we see your new hair cut?!

  33. Brittany D says...

    Marly cut my hair a few times in Minneapolis – too funny! Cheers~ B

  34. Lily says...

    This is going to sound so silly, but it drives me bananas when people complain that Rose let go after promising not to. She wasn’t speaking of never literally letting go she was speaking of never letting go of the promise to live her life and die an old woman…. but yes, he could have totally fit on the raft!

    • Totally!
      Except, I’ve thought long and hard on this for many many years, and I’m in the camp that while he may have fit, the extra weight would have sunk them both.

  35. bisbee says...

    Am I missing something in the link about the Mom reporting about the hometown? I saw nothing funny in it.

    • you’re missing the fact that it’s an Onion article

    • Moms are always trying to get their daughters to move from their exciting city back home to their small hometown. Haha!!!

    • I should add that my mom totally duped me with this very tactic. Sure, Spokane has some new galleries, restaurants and shops. But we should have just stayed in Zurich! (Crying laughing emoji here)

    • Laura says...

      Lol… I live literally a half hour from my hometown but my mom seems to think that’s too far and wants me to move back into town! At least I’m not the only one.

    • allison says...

      Ha. I forwarded this to my husband and his brother and my sister-in-law. His mom is ALWAYS trying to drop subtle hints about how fantastic their city is, hoping that we’ll move “home” to Boston, although there’s no way that after 9 years we’re all leaving San Francisco.

  36. Awads says...

    I’m surprised that Brooklyn hair salon pricing is almost identical to Capitol Hill (DC). I hate how much i spend (cut + partial highlights) so I try to only go 3-4 times a year. But, yes, it’s such a great feeling to walk out with new hair!

    • Allison says...

      Sexist pricing too! I refuse to go to salons that charge men and women differently by default. Charge by time or stylist, but donĀ“t set the price based only on my gender.

  37. Rebecca says...

    Ohhh…I could spend hours contemplating those untranslatable words. How beautiful to be able to put a single word to such complex feelings. Thank you for sharing!

  38. i am both left brained + right brained equally! that was a fun little quiz
    hammyta.wordpress.com

    • and I took the test! 50/50

  39. joana says...

    i’m portuguese and saudade is one of my favorite words (partly because it has no translation in other languages, i mus admit)
    :) have a great weekend, joanna!

    • joana says...

      aaand i usa my brain equally! :)

  40. I so love this Friday round up, so many links to click and it’s all so interesting. Loved looking through the words which have no translation and being British, the road rage was brilliant!!! Have a great weekend

  41. Lisa says...

    Joanna, thank you so much for posting that Buzzfeed article — as someone currently struggling to get back on medicine (after being off) and realizing that I am more “me” when I have help, the online universe is such a helpful tool in validating/supporting my decision.

    • Alice Quin says...

      Same here. I am on medication for depression/anxiety and it makes me MYSELF. medication can be an amazing (and lifesaving) thing when used in the right way. Thanks for the article!!!

  42. Dominique says...

    I was so unimpressed with “The Rabbit Who Wants to go to Sleep”. It is crazy long – like 20 to 25 minutes to read. It also has awkward sentence structure, which I hate when I’m reading out loud. My 3 year-old was really bored and while she said she was tired when we were done, I don’t think the book helped much.

    • Shannon says...

      Completely agree with Dominique. I was gifted this book for my two year old and found it completely odd as well and didn’t like the tone of the book. Gave it to the local library.

    • C says...

      This book is THE WORST. So boring, doesn’t work and my kids can tell I hate to read it so of course they ask for it all the time.

    • Kimberly says...

      Agreed. We bought it and I hate it. My son doesn’t have the attention span and it’s a weird book!

    • Lisa says...

      This book works as a CHARM on every kid I have read it to! (4 different kids) Its not an exciting story – thats kind of the point.