Have a Great Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Alex and I are going to a wedding tomorrow night, and I’m excited to dress up and dance awkwardly. Also, thank you so much for your podcast recs. I listened to The Living Room this week and was so moved. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Great news: Loeffler Randall is having a friends and family sale.

Why is your millennial crying?

Behind-the-scenes of While We’re Young. (Have you seen the movie? I really liked it.)

The funniest kitchen tool.

How to arrange…weeds.

A genius trick for serving cheese and meat.

Why Deb from Smitten Kitchen hates packing lunch.

The case for creating a moral bucket list. (Worth reading.)

How to get rid of songs that get stuck in your head.

Google sent a reporter this GIF instead of “no comment.”

What? This invention is insane.

Pretty Mother’s Day gifts.

How to find affordable Broadway tickets.

Ha! A great bachelorette party banner.

Made me laugh.

(Photo of the Richard Serra exhibit “Promenade,” Paris 2008. Nessie ladle via Kottke, bachelorette banner via Swissmiss, millennials via Miss Moss)

  1. I absolutely love Richard Serra. His installations create new spaces in the urban context and “force” the pedestrians into new passage ways and circulations. An amazing way to study human behavior. Thank you for sharing the image.

  2. The moral bucket list article was really great. I shared it with a bunch of friends. I also listened to The Living Room podcast and it was intense and touching and I am so happy you shared it.

  3. Joanna,

    I read The Moral Bucket List article and you should tune in for On Point today if you enjoyed that! Tom Ashbrook and David Brooks are talking about these issues during today’s program. It’s been excellent so far. They rerun it, but you may be able to download it on the podcast app too.

    Happy Monday!

  4. the moral bucket list article is amazing. once again and always thank you for you and your blog. you are so appreciated. Have a lovely day- Lynda

  5. Love all these links, especially the one about weeds haha. I pick random flowers all the time, and my boyfriend always says they’re weeds. I say who cares as long as they’re pretty!

  6. the moral bucket list article = f a n t a s t i c. thanks for the link!

  7. I would love to know and see what you are wearing to the wedding. I have a wedding coming up and i’m totally blacked out on clothing.

  8. “. . . as long sa they were somewhere else until 4pm and came home tired.” lol

  9. I am so confused by David Brooks! One day he writes an article critiquing the modern “search for meaning,” and the next he basically describes his own! What makes his criteria for a meaningful life more real than anyone else’s? I agree with what he says in this article, but I find it kind of infuriating in contrast to the “The Problem With Meaning” piece you shared previously.

  10. yes, i hear you about the last name banner. i just thought it was tongue-in-cheek, not seriously pushing for it. but i hear your thoughts, and if you were planning on changing your name, it might feel judgy!

  11. I’m going to get me some LilyxTarget! Also, the moral bucket list is super

    Happy Medley

  12. Not a fan of the bachelorette banner myself. I’m thrilled to someday take my bf’s (of 5+ years) last name.

  13. HAHA! Love Gemma’s millennial guide. I’m not proud to be a part of that group sometimes, but this cheered me up. The older I get, the more often it’s just gas. ;)

    Also, the feminist bachelorette banner! I kept my last name and get asked all the time why I did that. “Because it’s MY name!”

  14. Dude, the Nessie Ladle is so cute.
    I’m getting one.

  15. Thank you for recommending the podcast. My husband has been out of town all week and I just poured myself a glass of wine and listened. The most wonderful and touching way I could have spent a lonely Friday evening.

  16. I read the NY Times piece about a moral bucket list earlier this week. Love that you included in our your links. So important!!

  17. Thank you for sharing The Moral Bucket List article! I am going to advocate for it at our next article club meeting :) (Thank you also, for that idea! We’ve had 3 meetings so far and are really enjoying it!)

  18. HA!!! That GIF is hilarious! Have a great weekend!

  19. Great link roundup! I actually went to see “While We’re Young” today (alone lol) was pretty funny, but I don’t know if I was sick or what but I left before it was over. Maybe it had to do with all the sugar I inhaled lol..

  20. El says...

    Simple solution to the dilemma of not having the same last name as your kid– let her have yours! There’s no rule that kids have to take their dad’s last name, after all. :)

  21. We do have a wonderful cafeteria with a variety of fresh healthy choices, and I never pack lunch. We always buy, and sometimes my husband is mad because we eat so well at lunch, and don’t want much for dinner.

  22. O wow! The invention: my group and I came up with it as an idea in Business School. Though, ours was a smart fridge that restocked groceries by pressing a button. Wait, should I be making this genius idea public…hehe

  23. These links are really great today. I’ve enjoyed them!

    However, I really don’t like the bachelorette banner and can’t understand why people are so delighted with it. It’s bossy, condescending and not really her business. To me, it’s the equivalent of putting up a banner that says, “Only have 1 child” or “Homeschool!” These are personal choices.

    Also, when you choose to keep your own name, you are really just choosing to hold on to your father’s name – so where’s the feminism in that?

  24. Thanks so much for sharing the link to my tiny weeds/flowers post, and I’m delighted to have found your blog this way! I love your style of writing, it’s a pleasure to read :) Sarah

  25. MM–to me, that’s a good reason why women should keep their last names, so that it’s more normalized and there isn’t this social expectation that parents and kids will always-without-exception have the same last name. I always say, the name isn’t the problem, the system is the problem. but I also get why you don’t want to be the person who falls on that sword. it’s tough to be the squeaky cog in the machine.

  26. I like the bachelorette banner, and definitely am a feminist, but chose my husband’s last name — and I can pin it down to one instance during my childhood as to why. When I was in kindergarten, a huge tornado came through the town I lived in, and parents were frantic about picking up their children at school. My mom went forward, showed her ID and I was immediately brought out from the basement area to be with her. While we were leaving, another mom was at the table trying to prove that her kid, with a different last name than her, was her child. I know she was eventually reunited with her kid, but that panic in her voice just sealed the deal for me — that I wanted both my husband and I to have the same last name as our kids. Just my viewpoint :)