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Have a Great Weekend.

Have a Great Weekend

What are you up to this weekend? We’re having friends over for dinner tomorrow, and now just need to figure out an easy recipe to cook! (Any ideas? This pasta looks delicious.) Also, we’re excited to watch the Olympics! Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Why Simone Biles is a world-class gymnast. Blew my mind.

This would make a great hostess gift.

Eight parents, one shower.

Remember the Oregon Trail? They just came out with a card game!

What cool wallpaper.

Why is it still considered controversial not to have kids?

How Seinfeld’s funniest moments came to life. (Fascinating.)

I’m wearing this dress today and loving the shape.

Beat Bugs is a new cartoon inspired by Beatles songs. I know two little boys who will be watching.

Totally into the more diverse emojis.

Wise words to remember.

P.S. Friendly reminder: Only three days left of Nordstrom’s anniversary sale. (Just got two of these.)

(Photo by Yossy Arefi. Oregon Trail via Bridget.)

  1. Teej says...

    When I saw the link “8 parents, 1 Shower,” I thought it was going to be about two sets of divorced/remarried parents all coming peaceably together for their childrens’ wedding/baby shower. Then I clicked and was like, oh, a literal shower. LOL

  2. That pasta recipe looks great! Loving the weekend links. Have a great week!

  3. Meg says...

    I love your round-ups & articles, so thank you! But would you mind noting if you link to a site with a pay-wall or article limit, like the New York Times? Thanks!

  4. Sasha says...

    Oh thank you thank you for the pasta recipe, making it tonight!

    I have several girlfriends with whom I have half joked half wished about all living together in a commune. I really don’t think I could manage sharing a bathroom and chores like these lovely folks do, but if we all had our own tiny houses….always someone to walk with, talk to, lend a hand, seems pretty wonderful.

  5. Alex says...

    What did you think of Beat Bugs?? I was so excited to watch but was disappointed. The way they incorporated the music didn’t feel organic to me at all. I only watched a couple episodes so maybe I need to give it another shot, but the first impression was very underwhelming.

  6. Paty says...

    We were watching Beat Bugs with our 3yo on Saturday and loved it!! :)

  7. Thanks for these weekend links, Joanna!

    Off the back of the Elle piece you linked to – “Why is it still considered controversial not to have kids?” I’d love to know the answer to this question of my own – Why is it considered controversial to want to have kids young?

    I’m recently married (26) and my husband and I have decided that next year (when I’m 27 and he’s 31) we’ll start trying to have a baby.

    But wow, the looks of horror we’ve received. “Really? So soon,” they say, horrified. I think, why delay? We’ve been together 8 years and want have kids one day.

    As a two time mum Joanna, what are your thoughts this? Is 27 too young? Is there ever a “perfect” time to have kids?

    • Sasha says...

      I am 43 (gasp, can that be right??!) now, married at 22, baby 1@ 23, baby 2@ 25, all in college and then grad school. I didn’t feel young to be doing any of it, but of course I was young (husband 5 yrs older).

      My husband said “if we wait until we are settled, until we figure it all out, have everything, we’ll be so old…why wait?” So we didn’t.

      I don’t regret it at all, but then again I don’t regret. The positives, you have more energy for small children, and you still have a bit left when they are grown. I look forward to being an active grandma. We weren’t very settled in our adult ways yet, so babies didn’t seen as much trouble I think. I was done staying out late etc, I was ready to “adult” lol.

      Negatives, well there wasn’t much money. And I didn’t have many friends who were moms my own age. And I look younger than I am so I’ve always gotten a lot of comments about being a teen mom, which has given me a lot of empathy for teen moms, so much judgement there.

      I believe in following your own star. If it seems like the right time, why not? My children have been my best teachers, I’m glad I met them early.

  8. Anu says...

    Hi Joanna,
    Love your blog! Don’t you think the concept of a “hostess gift” is outdated and we should stop using the term? Let’s use a gender-neutral term, say, a host-gift? Men too host!
    Take care, Anu

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much, anu! good point.

  9. I know wallpaper is making a comeback and this one looks beautiful.
    The colors, textures and prints out there are amazing.
    But the thought of taking it down when I get tired of it, still turns me away from getting it. :(

  10. There are so many good pasta recipes out there. it’s hard to choose just one. I normally just look on Pinterest and see what I’m in the mood for x

  11. Have a fabulous weekend too. Excited to watch the Olympics here in France, with a. Six hour time difference, viewing the opening ceremony was always going to be difficult. Five children went to bed early and got up at 1am, in their pj’s they snuggled on sofas watching, they got as far as team GB (Naturally as we are English) and then fell asleep!

    • Angela W. says...

      A good article! Thanks for sharing it. While I do understand that a lot of women have ended up “childless” not of their own choice originally, Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed is a fantastic compilation of essays on the topic of the conscious choice not to have children. It really resonated with me as a woman in her late 30’s who, while I love children dearly, has made the conscious choice not to have children.

  12. Robin says...

    My weekend started with listening to Lucy on the Commonwealth Club while I was driving home from work (on KQED in the Bay Area)!

    It was a wonderful interview! After everything I’ve read here on cupofjo, I was so glad to hear her speak. She was so warm and thoughtful, it was just such so touching to hear her voice and her words. Her heart shines so brightly

  13. Anne Marie says...

    Joanna–I bought that same dress twice and please note the material is rather fragile. The first time I ripped it getting out of a car (it was a huge rip). I bought a second dress got a rip in the arm area as well (but smaller where I can fix it)…just be careful…I love the dress also.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much, anne marie!

  14. Katrina says...

    I am so excited to not only watch Simone Biles compete, but share and idolize her talents with my first grade students! She’s going to be a hero for this generation of young gymnasts, dancers, and playground tumblers.

  15. Meg says...

    Simone is from my home town and went to my high school (go Bearkats!). I know her older brother. Super excited to cheer her on!

    Also I bought a cherry potter from Amazon – Life. Changing. (My six year old says cherries are his favorite food but he’s scared of the seeds…)

    • Meg says...

      UGH. Cherry PITTER. Not potter.

    • Sasha says...

      ;) cherry potter…..Harry potter’s cheeky cute girlfriend.

  16. Loved the dress! <3 Have a great weekend!

  17. Love the article about why it’s still controversial to not have kids. I am personally SO sick of having to talk about this and answer questions about it. My husband and I are perfectly happy just the 2 of us, I have my own business that I love, WHY I am I less than female? Or And if one more person says “You still have time” or “You’ll change your mind” I swearta God…

    • Angela W. says...

      I hear you!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i agree!!! it’s so condescending!

    • Sasha says...

      I have two daughters, and I love being a mom (now that they are grown I’m a nanny), but honestly, I’d be so ok if THEY didn’t have children. Because I want so much happiness, and even more, fulfillment, for them. And I think possibly they’d be happier and more fulfilled NOT having children. But our culture is so biased against this idea that I feel weird even admitting it.

  18. Heather. says...

    I’m all for more choices/diversity/gender equality in emojis (I mean, why has it taken this long?!?) but it’s also interesting to think about what made that bike rider emoji, for example, a man. Because he had short hair? Wider waist? It kills me when books/cartoons make girls have cute little eyelashes and they boys do not. Just makes me think about gender identity on the whole…

  19. Oooh, I’ve found making a dish that involves frying eggs for dinner guests to be unexpectedly tricky because it means doing it right before dinner is being served (since you want them to be hot and they’re not something you can re-heat), and with the splatter/getting the timing right, WHILE finishing up the pasta you end up in a mad rush right before eating, which is never fun. Literally my fav thing to do is plan dinner parties so don’t mind me…

    For dinner, try this pasta which is so good right now because corn is at its peak and so sweet! http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1018212-creamy-corn-pasta-with-basil. Plus, you can make the puréed corn step ahead of time.

    For sides, a big arugula salad with a simple vinaigrette.

    Dessert: this raspberry ricotta cake (throwing it together is as easy as making pancake batter and it’s SO tasty): http://www.600acres.com/blog/2015/3/30/raspberry-ricotta-cake

    Drinks: crisp rosé for the table :)

  20. Blown away by the article on the award winning gymnast. So inspiring!

    And the discussion around not having kids is so essential especially for me who is fighting my right not to have them! The irony..

    Shruthi
    http://nyambura.co

  21. Kelli says...

    Hi, I’ve had my eye on that everlane dress and was wondering how it fit. I’ve never ordered from them. Thinking about a pair of their black loafers too. So hard to order online without trying things on😀. Thanks for your help. Your blogs the best.

  22. Amy says...

    I’ve read other articles about communal living, and while I’m impressed by them I don’t think I could do it! I’m an introvert for one, and I like very clearly laid out expectations (the messiness and lack of chore schedule would bother me. I’d end up doing it all myself if it wasn’t getting done on time and then resent everybody). I could maybe do it with one other family, provided there were clear lines about privacy and finances. The more I think about it…the more I realize that I am apparently not at all laid-back! I’m glad it’s working so well for them and improving their lives.

    • I love the idea of sharing a plot of land and communal dinners, but would definitely need my own shower! I am a long bath-taker. And the chore thing would bug me too. But I think this article is so interesting–the part about how people aren’t friends with their neighbors anymore is so sad, and true in my experience living in NYC.

  23. yael steren says...

    I’m excited to watch the Olympics too! I’m also craving cherries now because of your photo! Tomorrow I have the second training lesson for my dog (eep!) and then I want to go to MJ Trimmings to buy some leather chord to make a necklace! xx yael

    http://www.yaelsteren.com/blog/

  24. Cynthia says...

    Joanna, I like the dress you said you were wearing. I know it looks good on you. I say make some gazpacho (you can used canned tomatoes), a big pasta salad, some good bread, wine, and fresh melon or other fresh fruit for dessert. I put shrimp or imitation crab in my pasta salad, but you can serve the seafood on the side in case anyone has allergies. I don’t have recipes, I just fly by the seat of my pants. You can do all this ahead of time, and enjoy your guests. I like refreshing meals this time of year.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      this sounds delicious!

  25. Catharine says...

    Pasta with pesto sauce topped with steamed asparagus, toasted pine nuts, and chopped fresh basil. Sprinkle chopped tomatoes around edge for garnish. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yum!!!

  26. Jenny says...

    A $36 candle? Seriously??

    • Natalie Brennan says...

      diptyque candles are $60, so this sounds like a deal to me! funny how that happens. i always appreciate getting a fancy candle as a gift because i wouldn”t splurge on them myself.

  27. Cami says...

    Oh my gosh, MAKE THAT PASTA! It’s on repeat in our house – somehow it manages to be both super fresh and very comfort-foody. And if you don’t already own a splatter screen, it might be a good investment before attempting the crispy egg :-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!!!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      agreed, they are so inspiring.

  28. Cute Everlane dress!

  29. sophie says...

    That spaghetti pangrattato is my go-to ALWAYS! Can’t count how many times I’ve made it.

  30. Amanda says...

    Great links as always. Could you please include attribution of the sources in your text? It’d be nice to not have to hover over the link to find out what I’m clicking to. For example:
    Why Simone Biles is a world-class gymnast. Blew my mind. (The New York Times)

    • Neila says...

      why though?

    • Amanda says...

      Neila, I like the idea of giving credit to the original authors/sources wherever possible, and it’s also useful when linking to a site with an article limit or paywall. I have to use my 10 NYT articles sparingly!

  31. That is exactly the same Everlane dress I just bought the other day! Glad to hear you love it! I’m due to give birth soon, and couldn’t wait to buy something for after the baby comes.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      how exciting, lorraine! hope you’re feeling well! xoxo

  32. Lana says...

    Whenever we have dinner guests over in the summer I put together a good cheese/meat board with some bread and tampanades. I buy two good bottles of wine and slice a few juicy peaches for dessert (homemade whipped cream makes them decadent and delish but it’s totally optional). It’s no fuss and everyone always loves it!

    • Cynthia says...

      Lana, I like your idea. In fact, sometimes that’s exactly what my husband and I will have for dinner ourselves, ending with whatever fresh fruit is available.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      looks so good!!