Have a Lovely Weekend.

What are your plans this weekend? We’re going to our friends’ house tonight and taking the boys to the Brooklyn Transit Museum tomorrow. Buses! Subways! Also, I just started reading this book (ignore the cheesy cover:) and it’s fantastic. Have a good weekend, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

How to enjoy the cold, by an arctic scuba diver.

Why I decided not to have kids.”

When you’re hungry, don’t shop for anything.

Finding love after a heart transplant.

A gold birthday party.

The one thing to pack for an office lunch.

This genius site makes your emails sound nicer.

I cannot wait for spring dresses!

Switched at birth in France.

39 incorrectly used words that can make you look bad.

Art Grip is a cool way to frame art.

Has anyone ever wanted to kill their mom more than Dakota Johnson?

The best potato recipe, officially.

Another funny Bachelor recap. (I can’t stop.)

(Photo by Nikole Herriott, who just updated her gorgeous store. Scuba link via Swissmiss; emotional labor via Miss Moss)

  1. LOVE your wknd links, which i often like to read later-mid week :)
    but particularly LOVED the “39 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Bad”

    As a bilingual and super visual typo lover, I had a tremendous affinity with grammar and spelling with both languages, so to never err between peak and peek, i visualize:
    the two ‘e’ in peek as peeking EYES
    the ‘a’ in peak as a mountain peAk

    :) cheers xxom

  2. I saw that Johnson and Johnson interview when it happened the night of the Oscars and kind of chuckled bc it was SO awkward!! But I don’t blame mama Johnson for not wanting to see the movie her daughter is naked in half the time!! She can still be proud bc it’s turned out to be such box office blockbuster, but it’s GOTTA be weird, especially since I’m sure she’s read the book – who hasn’t?!!

  3. Love the spring dress link. Uniqlo have a great denim dress in at the moment in 3 different shades of denim. I’m wearing it in 30 degree heat at the moment so they definitely transcend the seasons which is always a win. I’ll stick some tights under it when i head back to the Uk next winter.

  4. The finding love after a heart transplant piece is almost too much. What a moving and beautiful story. And a reminder to all to make one’s wishes known to one’s family!

  5. I’ve just recently found your blog and I’m really loving it. There’s so many inspiring articles to read. And I just love your blog template, it’s simple, clean, cute, and professional. Loved this article very much.

    Stay Wonderful Always,
    Kintsugi of Life

  6. Looking forward to this weekend so much! It is the first weekend after wrestling season is done (yea!) and the first I don’t have to get up early. We are going to a surprise birthday party — Willy Wonka theme. Should be so much fun. Hope you have a fabulous weekend too.

  7. Thanks for the entertaining links! They always get me through the last hour at work on Fridays :) We are binge watching House of Cards this weekend, it’s so twisted but juicy and addictive all the same, ha! Have a good weekend. xo Charlie

  8. When I watched the Oscars I saw the interview with Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson and my first thought was ~of course she wouldn’t watch it…how uncomfortable~. And my second was how well she handled the question. And then Dakota spoke.

    Sigh. Teenagers. Her mom must have been thrilled.

  9. I am glad I read the article on opting out of motherhood. I am tired of feeling pressured in something I do not want. I do not want to be a mom. I may of been made for it but I have a choice. But your sons are too cute. Enough cuteness for me!! And I love the other articles!!! have a great weekend.

  10. The what to pack for lunch link has some great ideas!

  11. GREAT links this week!

  12. I’m in my twenties and it’s very hard for me to find any non-selfish reason to have kids. I think I’ve said something similar to this in other posts, but the only reason I want to have kids is to have something to do for the second act of my life, and because everyone says it’s such a transformative experience.

    And while parenthood itself is many times selfless, I just feel like the decision to create another conscious being is selfish. I have no societal expectations to produce an heir, I would have kids simply because I want to.

    And I don’t want to be one of those parents that sees their children as an extension of their own ego. I get so angry thinking about parents who would do anything to protect their own children, but who could give a rat’s tush about other children (besides general human decency). It’s just so, myopic!

    But I’m so scared of missing out. But I can’t find any justification for having children. Help!

    I love kids, I just can’t find any justification for having biological children besides ego.

  13. I love that you included that article about opting out on kids.
    I can totally relate.

  14. That Bachelor recap was too funny! Definitely made my afternoon. I’m hoping Britt owns up to the shower rumors on Monday, because I just have to know if it’s true or not.

    Also, the Dakota Johnson + Mom red carpet interview is why I ended up not watching the Oscars! Haha. It was so awkward I full on just turned off the TV.

  15. JUST as obsessed with The Bachelor. This season in particular. Can’t wait to read the recap!

  16. Nooooo! The online store for ArtGrip doesn’t ship to the US!! :( What a tease! now my wall art will remain un-hung :'(

    Still super cool though.

  17. The article “Opting Out of Motherhood” left me feeling sad. Is it just me, or did the article read as a bunch of justifications and jabs at those blessed to be parents? Obviously, it is everyone woman’s (and man’s) choice to have children or not, but an article that reads as someone jealous doesn’t make the argument to “opt out” all that convincing.

  18. There is a sweedish saying “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”. As in if you are wearing the correct clothing all weather is lovely. I often say this and my husband loves it and tries to live by it. Hooray for rain and winter! Can you tell I live on the UK? Ha.

  19. I wish they had regard and regards on the list of 39 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Bad. I see those two words being used interchangeably..

  20. I’d heard of, but never read, Anna Quindlen. I just clicked over to read the first chapter on Amazon, and, wow, she says so much that my heart means and can’t express. I’m definitely going to check her out. Thanks, Joanna!

  21. I don’t really like that article on not being a mother. There is nothing wrong with women who don’t want to be mothers, I think people should be free to be themselves and I hate that our society pressures people to be mothers who don’t want to be. What I don’t like about it is that the author says that women who are mothers don’t have something left over to offer the world. She indicates that mothers are saps who talk of nothing but their kids and spend their lives elbow deep in diapers all the time. There’s more to motherhood than that, just as there’s more to womanhood than being a mother. There are plenty of mothers who do great things for the world at large in spite of having children. I’m sad that the author people who try to push her into becoming a mother, but I don’t think the answer is to deride motherhood.

  22. I can never shop for groceries before a meal, because I’m usually starving and everything looks delicious. I tend to grab the unhealthiest snacks. But on the other hand, after a meal I’m too drowsy to properly shop for groceries and I end up not buying enough :P That one thing to pack with your lunches is genius. I’m going to try to swipe some from my campus dining hall haha. And that email site is cute haha -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  23. That Bachelor recap is hilarious! I missed some of the episodes (talking to you, Sunday Night Bachelor – since I was already saying goodbye to Nick on CSI and saying Hello to the celebrities at the SNL 40th anniversary bash). So now I feel caught up! Thanks for posting it! :)

  24. Thanks for adding the link “Finding Love after a heart transplant.” What a beautiful, moving story! :)

  25. M says...

    We were at the Transit Museum last weekend, so fun! Just beware that it is not heated so dress warmly. We were freezing by the time we left but a cup of hot chocolate was the perfect follow up.

  26. Wow – Dakota Johnson just kinda bombs that interview all around, doesn’t she? Tsk tsk, girlfriend! (Also, who wears a ponytail to the Oscars??)

  27. Hi Joanna,
    Thank you so much for your inspiring blog and also for the links your share with us every week. I am particularly thankful for this week’s link about not being a mother. It’s such a difficult topic and almost a tabu that some women just don’t want to be mothers… There is nothing wrong with that (in my view) and everyone should think a little more deeply before making remarks (like the classic selfish line), because there is so much more to it. I loved this text and how well it expresses this feeling. That said, I also do love your motherhood posts and the progress of your lovely boys :-)
    Have a lovely weekend!

  28. Have a great time at the museum. I went back in October, it’s a lot of fun. You may not be able to drag them out of the car trains downstairs. They may want to try every single one of them!