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Have a Lovely Weekend.

the Met by Nicole Franzen

What are you up to this weekend? We’re going to Paowalla for dinner, and I’ve heard great things about their Indian food and fresh breads. We also got our Christmas tree and it’s so cozy to have those lights in our living room! I wish we could keep it up year round. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

What a pretty new store, by the former editor of Domino.

This is women’s work.

An honest museum audio tour. (“As you can see, this room is a bunch of rugs hanging on a wall, so we can skip it.”)

How to make sweaters look good.

My credit card debt isn’t a secret; I just don’t discuss it.

A cheese advent calendar.

I’d love to try this three-minute morning routine.

A world map of every country’s tourism slogan. (The Netherlands = the original cool!)

This book is #1 on my Christmas wish list.

What the oldest people in the world eat every day.

I liked Insecure so much, I’m curious to check out Issa Rae’s previous web series, Awkward Black Girl.

Nice rack. ;)

And here’s our 2016 holiday gift guide so far. Thank you so much, and have a good one. xoxo

(Photo by Nicole Franzen/Instagram. Morning routine via Ashley.)

  1. Cara says...

    Thanks for the report back on Paowalla! I will definitely give it a shot in the new year!

  2. Katherine says...

    To echo everyone else: Between the World and Me is so impactful. T-Nehisi Coates also published a new Black Panther comic book series, Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, in September. It’s supposed to merge the social justice mindedness of his other writing with the Black Panther storyline. Just ordered it for my husband’s birthday!

  3. Mindi says...

    Yes yes and YES. I’m so glad other folks commented on the audio for Between the World and Me. It’s wonderful.

  4. Jules says...

    I love that you shared Chris Chrisman’s “Women’s Work”, but would have liked to see a more diverse group of women featured in the portfolio.

  5. Emily says...

    All these links are so great. The museum tour is hilarious and I loved the one on debt. I love that this blog represents such diversity. I fall somewhere between the girl with credit card debt and being able to afford most of your gift recommendations;), but I really benefit from both perspectives.

  6. Kathena says...

    Coates’s book is def one of my top ten of all time. And I agree audio is the way to go.

  7. Cait says...

    Ta-Nehisi Coates is transformative! I hope it appears under the tree for you, and you enjoy. xo

  8. What a great list of things to dive into for the weekend. Thanks! I’ve been wanting to check out Between the World and Me, too!

    • Kathryn Casey Quigley says...

      It’s one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read and every person on the planet should have to read it. Cup of Jo should do a post on it after the holidays!

    • Sara says...

      Highly recommend the audiobook version read by the author if that is available to you. Breathtaking, moving, powerful.

  9. I just went a panel at the Writer’s Guild with the Insecure writers and got to meet Issa! She was so warm and thoughtful!

  10. Thanks for all the great links! Coates just spoke at my alma mater last month (Temple University) and I heard his talk was wonderful. I second everyone else’s suggestion that people listen to the audio book!

  11. Carrie says...

    Yes to The Laundress products! Their Wash & Stain Bar is also fantastic – I’ve used it on several light-colored dresses and shirts to pre-treat underarm stains, and it works like a charm. Highly recommended :)

  12. Kim says...

    Hi Jo!

    I used the song technique with my 5th and 6th grade students to signify cleanup. They loved it and returned quickly to their seats to dance quietly until it ended!

    Also, Between the World is really beautiful on Audible and great for e commute!

  13. Court says...

    For financial therapy, I highly recommend Bari Tessler Linden’s The Art of Money. There is so much shame around money and debt and Bari is the best for actually honoring these deep emotions, which is the only way to truly changing your mindset around money. (I have credit card and student loan debt so I totally get the shame and fear.)

  14. Hi Joanna!
    As a faithful, long-time reader of your blog, I hope it’s ok if I take a second to share a big part of my daily life with you…
    Seeing Between the World and Me on your list, I had to mention our Festival Albertine, which was curated by Ta-Nehisi Coates and took place last month at the French Embassy/Albertine Books: http://frencheducation.org/books/events/festival-albertine-2016
    We’d absolutely love for you to stop by and visit Albertine, our French bookshop within the Embassy (on 79th St. & 5th Ave) that carries titles in French and English translation.
    I think you’d love it!
    Here’s what it looks like: http://frenchculture.org/sites/default/files/styles/fancybox/public/field/image/2480ff2_8.jpg
    We have lots of unique, literary gift ideas for the holidays that aren’t available anywhere else in NYC. I think they’d be great for your gift lists or Friday link round-ups.

    All best wishes,
    Kim

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much, kim!

  15. Polly says...

    Between the World & Me is essential. I highly suggest listening to it as Mr. Coates reads the audio version and his voice really brings light to the words.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you! such a great recommendation. i’ll do this!

  16. Beth says...

    I really recommend listening to the audiobook of Between the World and Me. It’s read by the author and at times feels like poetry. You really get to hear his voice and tone.

  17. Jean says...

    Excellent article on credit card debt! I wish people spoke more candidly about money.

  18. Lee says...

    Thumbs up for the book and tv recommendations!!!

  19. This was such a great list! I laughed at the honest museum guide…so good.

  20. amcb says...

    just on the phone w/ my dad and he had a great suggestion — he said he and my mom leave their tree out on their balcony after xmas is over until april! if you have outside space that’ll fit your tree, it’ll look great when the snow comes. no lights or ornaments obviously. going to try that this year. the needles stay on in the cold. forest balcony in brooklyn!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s such a cute idea!

  21. Man, you nail the link round up week after week. Thank you for continually finding all the good stuff to look at and read.

    • Alice says...

      Agreed! Grateful for this site this holiday season.

  22. I’ve been meaning to look up Issa Rae’s former web series ever since I watched insecure, as per your recommendation :D I love that show! Thank you for sharing it & the links to Awkward Black Girl :) I will probably go binge that now.

  23. Cara says...

    Please let us know how Paowalla was! I really wanted to take out of town guests, but then I heard not very good reviews from friends of mine who went. So I just took the guests elsewhere because I didn’t want to risk taking them to a bad meal when they were in town for such a short time, but I’m still willing to give it a whirl myself sometime.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hi cara! i came to report back: paowalla was DELICIOUS. i really loved the food. we shared a bunch of things with our friends, and the entrees we tried were especially great — the lamb fell off the bone, and chicken tikka had a really delicious almost lemon-y marinade. also, to start, we had the shishito pakora, where shishito peppers were fried in a crust of ground chickpeas. SO good. the ambiance was okay — not totally bustling or magical feeling, but maybe that’s because we had a 6pm reservation! (#nerds) bottom line: i’d totally recommend it, maybe just go more like 8pm. xoxo

  24. M says...

    I did research on a subgroup of nonagenarians and centenarians on the island of Crete, Greece, before med school. It probably helped that many of them walked and exercised daily for work and had a diet cooked in olive oil and heavier in greens, pulses and non-red meats, but my own great grandfather (who lived to 106) had his own little tricks as well. He would “always leave the table a little hungry,” and every day had a shot of what he called his “poison:” effectively Cretan moonshine from the village he grew up in. :)

    Here’s a national geographic article from 2005 on the diets and lifestyle happens of 3 of the world’s oldest populations: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/print/2005/11/longevity-secrets/buettner-text

    • Laura C. says...

      That’s nice! My grandfather died five years ago at 100, and he always took a Chamomile tea every night before going to sleep. I am pretty sure the trick is there!

  25. Rachel says...

    Oh, my heart! Love the Women’s Work photo collection. How strong, beautiful, and diverse we all are!

  26. Awkward black girl is so real I start to laugh. I through these things, why didn’t I write about it? lol I also love the gift guide if I only stop buying things for me I would be okay lol

  27. Brianna says...

    Paowalla sounds amazing. I love Indian food, but know almost nobody else who does.

  28. Haylie says...

    “Between the World and Me” is one of the most eye-opening books I have ever read. Pair it with Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen,” if you haven’t already read that.

    • Leah says...

      I just finished “Between the World and Me”. I want my son (14 yo) to read it one day, but not quite yet. Thanks for the recommendation of “Citizen”. I’ll read that next.

  29. Louisa says...

    Does the sweater stone work? It seems like it would produce pills?

    • Jeannie says...

      Yes, sweater stones work! You gotta do it in this…particular repeated short motion. Like brusquely brushing a dog?? lol be gentle on the delicate fiber stuff (cashmere, merino wool), but have at it with regular ole wool sweaters :)

    • Jeanne says...

      I was just going to vouch for this item, which was recommended to me by a salesperson at Nordstrom. It works better than a mechanical pill shaver. It’s rough textured kind of like a lava stone. Like Jeannie said, you brush it in one direction in short strokes over the pills. The rough texture gathers the pills and pulls them off. I have several sweaters that I love but pill horribly. I would have to throw them away except for this little wonder.

    • Amanda says...

      I just bought a sweater stone (six bucks on amazon) and it worked so well that a sweater destined for Goodwill is now back in my work rotation. So far I’ve used mine on cotton/merino blend and cashmere with great success.