Have a Great (Long) Weekend.

Have a Great (Long) Weekend

What are your plans for the weekend? We are planning to relax around our neighborhood this weekend, although the boys are campaigning hard to go to Coney Island. I’m also hoping to watch this documentary about a marriage — have you seen it? Hope you have a good one, and in the meantime, here are a few posts from around the web…

Holy smokes, now THAT’S a home makeover.

Astonished animals made me laugh.

Feeling like a crazy parent? It’s not you, it’s them.

Alex made the best soup last night. It tasted like it had a gallon of cream, although it was mostly zucchini.

How to feel safe walking home alone.

Pins, pins, pins.

The art of sound in movies.

Three clever ways to use leftover pizza.

Pretty idea: Globe string lights in a living room.

Going down a nostalgic road today looking at photos of the boys. They were so teeny!

Finally, five big sales this weekend: J. Crew, Madewell, Nordstrom, ASOS, Loft. (Love this denim trench.)

(Photo of Paris rooftops by Carrie. Home makeover via Swiss Lark.)

  1. I’ve never heard of that Companion app before. I always get scared walking to my college apartment at night, so I’m planning to download Companion ASAP! Also, the astonished animals are too funny. I love the Koala :)

    Meet Me in Midtown

  2. Prudence Marule says...

    “Its not you, its them” had me howling – I don’t have kids of my own, but I’ve lived with and helped raise two baby cousins and a boerboel puppy (aka South African Mastiff) which turns out to be more of a handful then the children, at some point children understand what you say to them… they ignore you but they still understand, puppies not so much – I’m digressing, the point is I still remember the time between the ages of 3 and four when my niece was obsessed with eating plants, plants that would make it hard for her to breathe or swallow and yet we had to watch her and she wasn’t allowed to play outside alone because she kept eating the damn plants??… My favorite memory of her though is when she was still on a bottle and she would wake me in the middle of the night by sitting on my face and I would put her on my hip and we’d go make her, her middle of the night snack with a side random toddler conversation about the dark and the things that go bump in it..
    children should come with warning labels even if when they aren’t yours.. beware you will fall in love with them and they in turn will drive you to the edge and try and push you off!

  3. PS. I recently went dairy and gluten free, and I’m collecting easy but tasty GFDF recipes from everywhere. Def. going to try this zucchini one!

  4. Love your site, Joanna! The doc sounds great and I’m eager to watch it. XO have a great weekend!!

  5. That apartment makeover. Holy Moly!!! Wow, totally inspiring.

  6. Aw, I totally get that. I like when I don’t have to be the one driving along 92 to get to the coast too

  7. Sarah says...

    Oh my gosh, Joanna, thanks so much for the soup recipe! I have just made it and it is gorgeous, and so easy and cheap.

  8. I’m enjoying a BBQ with family this weekend and possibly the beach.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :)

  9. Susan M. says...

    Love these. I always look forward to your Friday line-up. Does Anton still look at Alex with awe? Babies can be so sweet with their fathers. I wish we had even more photos of our newborns. The nostalgia is big!
    That trench! And some of their other denim items! The astonished animals were wonderful, although followed by the heart-wrenching photographs and artistic/critical responses to the senseless death of the 3-year-old Syrian Aylan Kurdi. Just crushing. Bored Panda posts some challenging material.

  10. I really enjoyed these links! Thanks for sharing! :) x

  11. This is the last big tourist weekend at the beach so I am staying close to home. Coney Island sounds nuts to me!

  12. i knew better to click on the PINSPINSPINS … woopsie :^]

  13. Just made the soup and I love it! Tastes so creamy. Had it with some smoked salmon. Thank you for sharing!

  14. We’re renters and our master bedroom doesn’t have installed overhead lighting so we strung globe lights across the ceiling and LOVE IT. It gives off such a warm, whimsical feeling. We just plugged them all together and then plugged the end into the outlet controlled by the switch.

    Tip for those who try this: Use those huge construction staples to secure to the wall or ceiling. We don’t have a staple gun so we just hammered them in and they work great. Though we only discovered this after failing MISERABLY with thumbtacks and nails.

  15. Loved the astonished animals. I’m going to save some of these reads for later, because these are just so great!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  16. yael steren says...

    I plan on working and also prepping for NYFW! I love this time of year in the city! Hope you have a great long weekend! xo yael

  17. As a single woman who has roommates (although they are not people I could call on for help), I am thankful for apps like companion. I’m fortunate my university provides a campus escort within a three mile radius, but even during daylight hours, I like the extra security of knowing helping is a push of a button away. Most people are so engrossed in their phones, they likely wouldn’t notice if something was amiss.

  18. Just downloaded the companion app! Such a great idea–thanks for sharing. Wonderful links as usual..have a fabulous weekend!

  19. Doug Block is fantastic–I really enjoyed the heart and depth that go into “51 Birch Street.” If you like it I’d recommend Sarah Polley’s “Stories we tell” too. Bon weekend!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thanks for the rec! i would love to check it out. i also ADORED sarah polley’s Away From Her. what an incredible, heartbreaking movie.

  20. Elisabeth says...

    What is “leftover pizza”?

    • Sophie C says...

      Haha I was about to say the same!!

  21. chtistine horlbeck says...

    Jumped right in and ordered 51 Birch Street. So poignant. Took me back to my life in the50′ s – to 60’s and my parents. Very haunting even now.

  22. Katie says...

    That is one of my favorite documentary’s! Enjoy :)

  23. I love this weekend sales and those are some of my favorite brands! I will make my closet very, very happy.

  24. Lana says...

    51 Birch St is incredible!!! Enjoy it and your long weekend.

  25. Patio lights strung in the living room is such a fun idea….’ love to put outside things inside for a whimsical vibe!! xo

    adorn la femme

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i haven’t! how did i miss that one? it looks so good. i’m going to try to see it this weekend, too.

  26. Katy says...

    That companion app is genius! I only wish I had thought of it first. Very cool.

  27. You know, now that I’m married, I’m used to not going out alone at night very much anymore, and I was going to go to Lowes one night at 9pm and got freaked out going out by myself. I love that idea of an app. I hope it gets put to good use.

    Analog House

  28. colleen says...

    Totally checking out that movie! We are getting one last outdoor swim in (we have access to an indoor pool in the winter, so not that bad), buying some boards to build a new deck and cleaningcleaningcleaning. (I would like to hear from some other women about what to do when your husband doesn’t really pitch in but won’t let you hire help and you’re left with your job and the whole house! I totally get why SAHMs and SAHDs exist!)

  29. Mallory says...

    Thanks for sharing the Companion app! So smart.

  30. Emily A says...

    Also, thanks for the fun links. Have a fun weekend!

  31. Emily A says...

    51 Birch street gave me important insight into my grandparents’ marriage.
    It also compelled me to reflect on other family relationships. Very interesting film.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes i’ve heard such great things! i LOVED his documentary 112 weddings. it was so incredible to see how much any couple goes through.

  32. And thanks for posting those astonished animals. I have a 4-mo.-old passport photo that shows they totally feel me-as-baby, haha.

  33. Planning some little day trips from the Bay Area! Going biking along the Half Moon Bay coastal trail with a friend after work today; tomorrow or Sunday, Bodega Bay; the rest of the time…just cooking, maybe, and hiking around the peninsula. Alex’s F&W zucchini soup sounds intriguing, might go for that one!

    I also harbor a vague notion of cleaning out my coat closet (ugh) (haha). Or at least a kitchen drawer or two. #hateit #needstobedone

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      ahhh, half moon bay, one of the prettiest places in the world! my dad always drives there straight from the SFO airport, even if we’re heading in the other direction, because he always has to smell that clean ocean air :)

    • Aw, I totally get that. I like when I don’t have to be the one driving along 92 to get to the coast too; it’s fun to roll down the windows and catch glimpses of the pumpkin patches and fledgling Christmas trees and flower farms along the way. Coastside is a whole different world from the rest of the Bay Area. :)

  34. I love the walking home app. In college, when I’d walk home late from the library I would text my friend who lived in the same dorm and let her know I was leaving. She would watch out her window to make sure I got home safe and I’d always send her a follow up text letting her know I got in. If I took longer than I should she’d get a bit anxious.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s so sweet of her.

      confession: when i’m walking down our street at night, even nowadays, and feel a little spooked, i’ll wave up at our window and kind of point at my bag as if i’m telling someone i picked up the groceries. that way, anyone hiding behind a car (or whatever i’m imagining!) will think i’m being watched by my husband or roommate. i know it sounds random, but it makes me feel better :)