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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Have a Lovely Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? We’re taking the boys to this adventure playground, and I can’t wait to see what it’s all about. (No parents allowed inside the fence!) Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

We’ve been reading this new book every night recently.

What it feels like to be a food critic.

On being tough.

I’ve been seeing these cool jeans everywhere. #wishlisted

A hotel room without walls.

How kids around the world get to school.

Now THAT’S a way to wake up.

Would you try these cheese pairings?

FedEx delivery fails. Made me laugh out loud.

Yep, sounds about right.

Wouldn’t you love to have dinner here?

How to tell a mother her child has died. Such a beautiful and heartbreaking essay by a doctor.

(Photo by Jenna Park. FedEx via Swissmiss.)

  1. ali news says...

    Nope…on those jeans

  2. Estela says...

    Please let us know more about the adventure playground! Did the boys enjoy???? I’m curious!!! =)

  3. Oh my gosh, I read the essay on how to tell a mother her child has died and had the most horrible dream last night hat my 4 year old shot himself and died. Ugh, I’ll have to remember not to read stuff like that before bed!

  4. Thanks for sharing! You always post such fun links- I really enjoy them. The playground looks amazing. I hope you write about it soon. Have a lovely day.

    XOXO, Amy @ Jeans and a Tea
    http://www.jeansandatea.com

  5. i want to hear how that adventure playground goes! my 5 year old would love it.

  6. Heather says...

    It just kills me that jeans like that are coming into style!!

  7. Julie says...

    My mother is a hospice nurse, so she experiences death in a different way. It’s more expected, and she’s often there with the entire family when it happens. But the advice from the doctor about not yelling at your husband also applies. Her patients stick with her, but she has to live her life no matter how devastated she feels.

    The day I got fitted for my wedding dress is the only time I saw her really break. She had a new patient-a 34 year-old woman with metastatic breast cancer and a toddler. She showed my mom her wedding videos from the year before, because they made her happy. My mom cried all through my fitting. Not because it could be me, but because of what that young woman must have felt doing the same the past year and what her future now held.

    Healthcare workers are amazing.

    • olma says...

      Too true. They are the superheroes. And usually the people who deal with the family aren’t high paid consultants or surgeons but nurses who are not paid even a quarter of what they are worth educationally or emotionally.
      To all the nurses in the world, you are heroes. Thank you.

  8. Hannah says...

    Am I the only one that imagines being eaten alive by mosquitos while sleeping in the hotel without walls? Haha

  9. Beautiful essay by the doctor. My husband is a new doctor and even in his short bit it’s surprising how routine death has become. But there are always cases that are so much harder, so much more unfair than the others. It’s not just hard to tell someone that their loved one died but to have to tell a person that they’re going to die… that’s not a feeling you can easily leave at work.

  10. I always love reading your blog and clicking all the links! Thank you for making my day <3

    thetearoomsblog.wordpress.com

  11. A room without walls sounds a bit like the name of a play. Awesome looking but not sure how I’d feel about it at 3am!

  12. Libbynan says...

    Chips and cheese….just no! A crime against nature. The doctor’s essay was wonderful. My 6-year-old was in the hospital with h-flu meningitis many years ago. I have always said I didn’t know which was worse….being the terrified parent crying in the hall or being the parent whose child was recovering watching other terrified parents crying in the hall.

  13. Astrid says...

    The essay is indeed heartbreaking. My sister lost both her children in the past 4 years and 1 day, and being a mum myself anything I read or hear about the loss of a child now moves me even more than before

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I’m so sorry to hear that, Astrid. Sending so much love to you and your sister. xoxo

    • rach says...

      My heart goes out to your Sis. I cannot imagine the pain & heartache she feels everyday.

  14. I love these links, it’s such a cool idea and I’ve really enjoyed seeing what you read! I really need to get back into reading…

  15. Anne-Marie says...

    Wow. I am shaking a little bit but no tears have fallen yet. And that’s probably why I can never be a doctor. Thanks, Joanna, that was so very real.

  16. Nina says...

    LoveD song the humans of ny with Hilary. So perfect and brilliant. Love her even more now.

  17. Kathleen says...

    To supplement the article about how kids get to school, see the documentary, On The Way to School.

  18. Kate says...

    We went to the adventure playground last weekend. It is recommended for kids 6 and up but our 4 year old went in. He did lots of climbing, carried around a 2×4, then eventually found a makeshift dagger and engaged in the lord of the flies-like play fighting that was going on. Some parents watched impassively from the sidelines. Others were more nervous. One mother went from admonishing her sons not to fight to shouting, “If you’re gonna fight, at least fight on the same side as your brother!”

  19. Amanda says...

    I have the jeans in the light wash denim from this spring. I wear them 3 times a week.

  20. Lee says...

    I worked at adventure playground this summer!! It’s awesome!! Have fun!!

  21. Emily says...

    wow! loved the how children around the world get to school article, but also the part about the upper east side kids taking Ubers made me so sad! Wish they could be encouraged to share–or walk–or take an MTA bus!

  22. The last article “How to Tell a Mother Her Child is Dead” was heart breaking. I remember bring in the emergency room when I was a child when my mother was getting the terrible news.

  23. Roxana says...

    That delivery fails link is hilarious. Totally made me laugh out loud. Thank you! I needed to laugh out loud.

  24. Lisa says...

    Wow, that article on school transport around the world was so interesting! I never realized it before, but I have so many memories of getting to school, whether it was waiting eagerly for my junior high crush to board the school bus, walking to school together with my friends as we held our science projects, or perching on my grandfather’s bicycle handlebars as he rode me to school after I missed the bus (as a 6 year old, that last one was so thrilling!)

  25. Maia says...

    Those jeans…I just don’t know.

    • rach says...

      Agreed.

    • Heather says...

      Yes. They’re not good.

    • Geny says...

      They look so unflattering… People are really wearing this in NYC?

    • Ashley says...

      Thinking the same thing and really hoping this is just a passing trend. It looks like part of a pirate costume.

  26. I feel so lucky to say I have eaten at the restaurant in Praiano. This was our first meal in this amazing sleepy town. The view was absolutely amazing! I highly recommend staying in Praiano if you visit the Amalfi Coast. The people are amazing and it still a small, lovely village. Positano is only a 10 minute bus ride away, so you get the best of the both worlds.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is amazing!

    • Geny says...

      Me too! In 2009 :-) I thought this restaurant was my little secret place… ;-) Praiano is amazing.

  27. heather says...

    Sometimes I feel like you could wear anything in Brooklyn and people would just assume it was intentional and the next big thing, whereas if you wore those Mother jeans in D.C., people would just assume you were wearing pants that fit you very, very badly. :-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha that’s a funny point!

  28. I’ve enjoyed reading the Humans of New York profiles on Hillary Clinton lately. She’s not perfect, but I think it is important to recognize the immense uphill battle she has faced her entire life to get to where she is. She is a symbol of strength, perseverance and some much more for women of all ages. I met her while I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter and told her how proud I was to be bringing a girl into this world at a time when she had more opportunities than ever before. She was so gracious and told me we are all the future! I will always treasure that memory of our brief meeting and chatting about our daughters, granddaughters and the future. I am absolutely with her!

    xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

    • Nora says...

      I agree. I read the HONY posts to my 8 year daughter both so she could hear such honesty from our future President and so she wouldn’t feel alone if she ever encountered the same situations.

    • tunie says...

      Just be sure to teach girls about integrity as well…

  29. that hotel room is crazy!

    i can’t read that essay or else i’ll start sobbing at my desk. maybe this weekend when i need a good cry!

    -kim
    http://midnight-snark.blogspot.com

  30. I read that essay earlier this week, and it was tough to get through it. I remember my sister-in-law telling me stories of running into the medical team that worked with my niece before she died. They were still so distraught, and they expressed their sorrow at not being able to save her to my SIL many times. I think that was helpful to her – the knowledge that her daughter had meant so much to so many people, even those people who only touched her in her final moments.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is really, really touching, kristin.

  31. Carrie says...

    What a beautifully written and heart breaking essay. I can’t even imagine what it must feel like to face that kind of pressure. She is a very strong woman.

  32. Clementine says...

    Thank goodness hardly anybody is in the office today as I cry at my desk after reading Dr. Rosenberg’s beautiful, gut-wrenching essay.

  33. Linda says...

    I think I’ll need to check out that Water Princess book. My family loves to donate through a company called Lifewater International to help people build wells and get access to fresh, clean water. https://lifewater.org/ We have a tradition every Christmas morning where we drink hot cocoa, read the story of Jesus’ birth, and donate to help others in need around the world. It has become my favorite thing to do on Christmas day.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, linda! it’s a beautiful book.

  34. Jessica says...

    The essay is so beautiful, truly. I’m crying now over my desk. Thank you for always sharing. Have a great weekend, Jess. xoxo

  35. That article on how kids get to school is fascinating. It’s so great (and important) to have exposure to cultures outside our own (which is why I love your Motherhood Around the World series so much.)

    P.S. Love that quote from Hilary!

  36. When I read the line about cheese pairings, my eyes read “cheese earrings” and I madly-clicked through, all disappointed it was not about food-shaped jewelry >.< But still an interesting article once I got over that fact :P Happy Weekend!