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Have a Great Weekend.

Have a Great Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? My dad is coming to visit, and the boys are out-of-their-minds excited to play with “Opa.” (I see lots of shoulder rides in their future.) We’re also planning to go kayaking! Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

A new trend in Japan is shaving your dog into a cube.

Good news: J.Crew’s about to get very cool.

A list of things to worry about.

LOVING this clothing brand, which I had never heard of before.

37 difficult questions from my mixed-race son.”

Guys, beards are over. (BUT, ALEX, YOU MUST NEVER SHAVE.)

Plus, sometimes even women want a freshly shaved face!

Kids staring at TV, yikes.

Hillary’s logo is shaping up to be awesome.

We have been cooking our way through this delicious cookbook recently.

Five exercises to do at work. (The gifs made me laugh.)

An ivy-covered town.

When to close your eyes.

(Photo from Pierrot le Fou, via The Impossible Cool, another great Instagram account. Cube dogs via Chasing Saturdays.)

  1. They change the emphasis of the sentence. Have a good weekend is basic and an expression of kindness and good that is pretty proforma.

  2. Prudence Marule says...

    “37 difficult questions from my mixed-race son.” is the best thing ive read in a young minute!! – so much laughter and some heart breaking questions…
    This kid is soo smart…Great child friendly response to race appropriation, “the sixth brown” i mean com on…gold!.
    But was dad always white? , what is a latoya?, did he lose his other glove?…bwahahahaha!
    new words to add to my vocab: super deluxe extra brown! im changing my facebook race!

  3. Kate says...

    Really? Another area to add to my hair removal list??? I already shave my legs, my arms (fair skin, not-so-fair hairs), my underarms, and wax my lady bits. Admittedly, I wax my upper lip, and pluck my eyebrows, and shaving my whole face *could* be more efficient, I suppose. And yes, I know it’s benefits are more than just hair removal. But no. I am not adding one single, solitary body part more to my routine. It’s “one in, one out” from now on, so when I start sprouting chin hairs, i’ll stop waxing my upper lip ;) Why doesn’t society just have all little girls lasered when they’re first born to prevent all of that “nasty” hair growth from coming in at all? Or how about all men have to start shaving something in return? Maybe their foreheads? Save the beards, but keep their foreheads nicely exfoliated and hair-free ;)

  4. Agreed. My husband shaves his head, so facial hair must stay. A few months ago he shaved it off for a change and a female coworker at work said to him, “Did I tell you you could shave it off?!” Even his work women like it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha that’s hilarious!

  5. wow. possibly the best “weekend links” yet. loved the buzzfeed mixed race article- so sweet. and the kids starring at the tv was also great. thanks for always sharing! xx

  6. Oh my, the kids staring at TV was pretty unsettling! I liked it and I want to see more – but I’m still kinda freaked out by it too.

    I’d love it if you did a weekend link list catered just to NYC!

    http://www.smallestthing.com

  7. Jo says...

    Hi, Joanna,

    Thank you for the link to Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse! Wow. I had no idea! We’re totally going to try it out very soon.

    I hope you and your men are all having a lovely, restful weekend! :^)

  8. Sounds like everyone is having a fun weekend!

  9. Jodie De Zuba says...

    Agree- don’t let Alex shave his beard, he looks so good with it!

  10. May says...

    Jean-Paul Belmonda has the most beautiful lips of any man on Earth.

    Have a Happy & Safe week-end
    Thank you for the links

  11. Kim says...

    I’ve loved beards for years. But it’s gotten to the point where every guy and his father has one so I can understand the trendsetters wanting to counter the look.

    There’s an English male model who I crushing over for awhile with a very large beard and tattoos. I’ve seen him with a freshly shaven face which I thought made him look like a little boy. But bearded -wow, he’s pretty sexy!

  12. Judith says...

    I think the cube dogs are as cute as anyone else but this is not the new trend in Japan. This is another instance of a group like mtv finding a weird story and marketing it as the newest wacky thing to come out of crazy Japan. Just like the whole square watermelon thing. I’ve seen a square watermelon one time in my 4 years in Japan.

  13. Heather says...

    Love this round up. The cube dogs – kills me!

    I never thought of Hillary’s arrow in terms of right vs left parties, but certainly the notion of moving forward. Only thing is, what about right to left written/read languages? Arabic, Hebrew, I’m sure others. In their case, the arrow is moving backwards. Shocks me that in this day and age and with the cultural melting pot that is America, no one on her team worried about that!

  14. Oh. My. Lord. Women waxing nose hairs is a thing. And I thought I knew about beauty!

    • Now I can’t stop staring at everyone’s nose hairs and noticing women’s blonde peach fuzz!

  15. Pascua says...

    I don’t know, the face shaving and nostril waxing both seem like things that people tell us are supposed to be done, but if it was an actual concern, they wouldn’t have to tell us.

    Also, the ivy covered town link is leading to a broken page.

  16. Trish O says...

    Sad new at J Crew as they fired 175 people or so. I Love Madewell, so hope it stays cool. The kids watching TV cracked me up… But I fear I look like a few of those kids when I am hanging on the couch watching the netflixs. And I am not shaving my face, I can’t keep up with another area. But if it is your thing, more power to you.

  17. Loved the desk exercises because she’s always hilarious, and the face shaving made me want to go check my nose hairs! During my most recent waxing appt (lip & eyebrows) the waxer girl asked me if I wanted to wax my nose hairs too!? Whattttttt!? I didn’t even know woman do that, but she told me lots of woman do. Then I kept staring at her nose while she was leaning over me–and yes, she waxes her nostrils. I didn’t get them done, but I left feeling a lot more aware of my nose hairs. So now when I look in the mirror, I keep thinking to myself…Maybe I should get my nose hairs waxed! Have any of your gotten their nose hairs waxed??

    • Ugh vocab! After all your posts about it, and hating it myself, I still do it sometimes. haha! Women, women women.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh, cripes, i honestly had never thought of it! is that something we’re supposed to do now? shoot, haha!

    • Francis says...

      Please don’t! Your nose hairs have a purpose! They filtering foreign particles from entering the nasal cavity and collecting moisture. If you need to do it maybe you can just trim them? Besides, waxing your nasal hair sounds so painful to me …

  18. Joanna, I had to sneak in your Friday post (which I look forward to each week) bc today was such a busy run-around sort of day. I’m hiding in my bedroom from the pitter patter of kids searching for their dinner. Shave my face?? I don’t know. Are u going to try it?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m kind of curious, i have to admit…

  19. Julia says...

    The ghost town in China IS eerily beautiful, but it’s covered in ivy (not moss).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thanks, julia!

  20. Omg! The dogs don’t even look real! haha

    That abandoned town is beautiful! I wonder how the elderly are able to live without stores, hospitals, and a younger population to take care of them.

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

  21. “Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it? ” Love that from the things to worry about link. That Man Repeller link cracked me up too. Next time I need to get a work out in, I’ll try raising the roof ;)

    http://www.DisforDreamer.com

  22. Whitney says...

    It’s amazing how a few pictures of kids bated with engrossing TV can send a person into an anxious spiral of guilt. I would be interested to read your thoughts, and the thoughts of your readers, on this internet culture of fearmongering. “FearMOMgering”, if you will.

    I’ve found that articles like this are often vague; never citing solid research (e.g., the affects of watching television or which demographics have limited access to said research) and rarely offering an olive branch to the reader. Do not misunderstand me, I’m not looking for a “you are a mothering warrior” pat on the back. We certainly have too many of those articles circling as well. Instead, I would rather see an honest dialog opened between those who admit they are flawed parents raising flawed children. Where have they found genuine encouragement and not puffed-up, self-righteous praise? How did they overcome challenges and are they willing to share their wisdom? And, of course, how do they keep themselves from feeling like a steaming pile of failure when they sit their tot in front of the TV so they can take a shower and, lord willing, shave their legs once in a while?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Great point. Xo

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Ps and to answer for myself, we let the boys watch an episode of bubble guppies every morning so we can get a half hour of extra sleep or tak a shower or do a quick bit of work or whatever we need to do the day. (Sleep usually wins:) it is an exciting ritual for them and a real help/breather for us. There you go! ;)

  23. The 37 questions made me cry at the end. My little guy is just under a year and we get some strange/rude comments sometimes (in NYC!!) and I’m dreading the day he begins to understand or has questions as to why.
    Also, my husband has had a beard for 20 years, beards will never be “over” in our home!

  24. Amy says...

    Beards will never be over! My hubs in the military so he’s not allowed to grow one, which might contribute to my obsession. I can’t wait until he can be bearded ALL THE TIME!

  25. I don’t think beards will ever be dead. They’re classic. I never let my husband shave, but his is more of a thick scruff than Alex’s full beard.

    Kristi | Be Loverly

  26. I love that your dad goes by Opa! My mom did not like the idea of being called grandma so she goes by Oma. My mom was pushing for my dad to go by Opa but he didn’t really care so my sisters and I decided on Pop Pop for him (in honor of arrested development).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Ha I love that arrested development inspired his name, that is awesome.

  27. Oh wow! Shaving your dog into a cube. Haha . That is a totally new one. Funny enough, it looks kind of cool. :D xox
    www. GlossyFinds.com

  28. I’ll always love a bearded hipster…

  29. CATHERINE says...

    I have to comment on those kids’ pictures; they look awful and so … tired!! Don’t they?

  30. Summer says...

    I am very intrigued about face shaving! I’m definitely going to try it out. My lip always gets irritated when I have it waxed…….

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I know, SO interesting. I wonder if that article will lead to brands launching some new women’s face razors!

  31. Haylie says...

    Rolling my eyes *pretty* hard at that dorky NYTimes article. That women grow hair on their face is not a big news story! I’m petite and pale but I’m from Viking stock and I’ve shaved my face forever. But I’m also not going to shame somebody with some facial hair like the women in that story! Everybody calm down ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Love your comment!

    • Trish O says...

      Love your take on this. To each her own on soooo many things.

  32. Betsy says...

    ha! My mom recently told me (in 100% confidence) that she shaves her face. I thought she was nuts but maybe she was on to something! The maintenance sounds exhausting to me but with the “it grows in thicker and darker!” myth debunked I guess it’s worth a try. Ordering my tinkles now!

  33. Mara says...

    I laughed at your beard comment! My husband has a beard too and no matter how out of style it goes he is NEVER, EVER allowed to shave it. I. Love. It. Forever.

    • Same here! I just love it on him, it suits him.

    • CATHERINE says...

      Same for my hubby, David is not allowed to shave, just trim!! Otherwise his face looks so long!

    • Agreed. My husband shaves his head, so facial hair must stay. A few months ago he shaved it off for a change and a female coworker at work said to him, “Did I tell you you could shave it off?!” Even his work women like it.

  34. Enjoy kayaking! We went last summer from a tiny beach in Long Island City. Paddling around in the East River was soooo cool.