Have a Lovely (Long) Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? We are flying to California this afternoon to visit Alex’s family. Thanks for all the beautiful, soul-baring comments on this post. I was tearing up last night reading them all. (And I loved the hand-raising emojis on Instagram!) Thank you so, so much. I feel very lucky to be part of a community of such smart, wonderful people. Hope you have a relaxing weekend, and here are a few (lighter) links from around the web…

Just saw this movie and loved it.

Why you should sit at the bar at a restaurant.

Sweetheart pizzas.

How to keep kids entertained while you shop. (This is genius.)

I’ve been wearing this all winter.

We’ve talked about an energy reader—but how about a psychic?

Now you can turn your Instagram photos into temporary tattoos!

A former maître d’ explains why you should stay home on Valentine’s Day.

What do you think about the trailer for the new Judd Apatow movie?

Parents have tantrums, too.”

Floor plans of famous sitcom homes.

The true sign of an old friend.

And if you’re in New York: A cool new gallery show about Joan Didion.

Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* The psychology behind The Bachelor.
* How to look confident.
* Six words to say to your child.

Thank you again, and have a good one. xoxo

(Photo by Mary Quincy)

  1. Mary Lynne says...

    King & Duke in Buckhead

  2. Thinking of you and your families, sweet Joanna. Thank you for your heart.

  3. Funny you posted about seeing a psychic… a friend of mine just did and now I’m super interested! I just couldn’t be able to live with any foreshadowed bad news. Maybe when I’m feeling bold!

  4. Thank you, dear! Wish a wonderful time for you too!

    Its carnival here in Brazil, so its almost impossible not to have a good time!

    Helô, from Vestido do dia

  5. I love the “Six words to Say to your Child”! I didn’t get to read it the first time around. I think that’s brilliant. I’m going to go try it out with my little munchkin right now…well for the 10 minutes he has left before bedtime. lol.

  6. My fiancé and I almost always sit at the bar when we dine out. We love watching the bartenders make cocktails, and the conversations you have and people you meet make the experience!

  7. Aditi Madhok-Naarden says...

    Jo, Just wanted to say how much I love ‘A Cup of’ you and how much I look forward to the ‘Have a lovely weekend posts’ :-) Thanks to you this corporate chick from Singapore is seriously considering starting her own blog on the side…thank you for all the inspiration!

  8. Hugs to you, Joanna! Xoxo

  9. Thinking of you all Jo – such a sad time and so heart breaking. My parents and both my brothers have all passed – and Feb heralds the anniversary of three of their deaths. Thank God it is the shortest month as every year it feels as if I drag myself through sludge to get through it. I’ll be thinking of you and Alex and his family – sending hugs ;)

  10. Loving the sit at the bar tip! I eat lunch several times a week at the same place, always sitting at the bar if there’s a stool available. And while I started going for the food, turns out the super cute guy that works up at the bar (and sometimes steals bites of my food!) is also the nicest and sweetest, and having gotten to know him through weeks of talking while I ate and he worked, our first date was super natural and easy! That happened just a few days ago-hoping for many more!!

  11. Hope you have safe travels out here (and welcome to CA!).

    I couldn’t agree more about sitting at the bar for dinner. My husband is hard of hearing, so we can have great conversations, meet friends, and usually watch kitchen staff prepare food. It also doesn’t hurt that the bartender knows my drink. ;)


  12. Frances Ha is the best! Great soundtrack too. Your friends cell post made me laugh, I still have my best friend’s parent’s number in my phone under her contacts!

  13. Thinking of you and your family during what must be such a difficult time. Palm Springs is having the most beautiful, breezy weather right now. We laid my beautiful cousin there to rest this September at the base of the San Jacinto mountain. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her spirit blowing through the swaying palm trees. Wishing you peace this weekend, even if it rides in only momentarily on the wind.

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  15. HAHA I’m trying to imagine my 11 and 16 year old brothers wearing those cheerio necklaces. They’re a pain to bring around, but my parents always insist :P -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  16. Totally agree about going out on Valentine’s Day. Our V Day ritual is to get a good bottle of wine, order a pizza, and watch a movie. It’s the best!

  17. Frances Ha is a great little movie. I like how she doesn’t totally turn her back on the field she loves but finds some other way to make it work. :) I also like that she’s from Sacramento because I have family there too and it feels very familiar to me–plus it makes a nice contrast with New York.

    Speaking of family, warm wishes on a safe and comforting journey to CA.

  18. I wrote an At The Bar post on my blog!!! And I agree with everything David Chang said.

    I’ve been coming to your site for years. I think it’s amazing. Also, I raise my hand :/

    If you’re interested in my bar story…


  19. Anonymous says...

    Great idea on the cheerio necklace! The one thing that absolutely changed my life when shopping with kids was turning the cart backwards. If I let my little dude “push us” he’s happy the whole trip! My mom always taught me “when we’re helping we’re happy” and it’s true. I just turn my cart around so he’s facing forward and I’m pushing from the basket side. Then I encourage him to PUSH! It’s hilarious to watch him strain his tiny hands against the cart railing – he really believes he’s the one doing all the moving. As soon as we need to go to the next item, I direct him to push us again, or turn this way or turn us that way. Sometimes I wiggle us a little and scold him for driving all crazy. Never was there a happier toddler in Target. It’s the highlight of the day.

    Thanks for the lovely blog and hugs for the weekend ahead. – Meg

  20. Anonymous says...

    * Added Frances Ha to my list
    * Condolences to you and Alex and extended family
    * You are a wonderful writer
    * Raising my hand – constant worry about my grandson, who is 6 and disabled. Cognitively, he is right where he should be, but walking, small motor, speech…all are affected. He is Mr. Personality and such a happy child, but the older he gets the more frustration he displays. I ache for him.

  21. I think that Judd Apatow movie looks AWESOME.

  22. Liked the Parents have Tantrums too article. At the end of it, there is a link on How to talk to your kids about death…maybe something helpful in there for you? Not sure if you saw it so thought I’d point it out. So sorry for all of your loss.

  23. Great Friday roundup! Using that Cheerios Necklace idea NOW!

  24. Oh my gosh, I love Frances Ha!!!!!

  25. @amanda, it’s way funnier than i thought!

  26. All the best for your trip.