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Have a Beautiful (Long) Weekend.

Cornwall, England

Cornwall, England

What are you up to this weekend? We are heading to Cornwall, England, to visit my grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins. I cannot wait to see all their faces and feel that fresh ocean air! Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

The European trick to making better sandwiches.

This Instagram caption made me laugh. (And I agree with her!)

My new favorite word.”

The power of casual gratitude. (Julie Beck writes: “This year, my best friend Cortney told me her New Year’s resolution was to stop saying ‘sorry’ when she meant to say ‘thank you.’ She got this from a great web comic by Yao Xiao, which shows the contrast between things like ‘Thanks for listening’ and ‘Sorry I’m rambling,’ or between ‘Thanks for waiting,’ and ‘Sorry I’m late.’)

Oh my goodness, would you go on this slide, a thousand feet above LA?!

Goodies.

I just got this dress and plan to wear it all summer.

When parents have a favorite child.

Missed connections for a**holes.

Obama being hilarious.

Portraits of same-sex marriages, a year later.

Menu mind games. (Or, how restaurants get you to order a ton.)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is such a rockstar.

Good news: AHeirloom is offering free shipping with the code 4THFREE, good until the July 5th. (Love their cutting boards and cake stands.)

(Slide via Swissmiss; sandwiches via Cupcakes.)

  1. Looked through the old Cornwall photos. Is Uncle Hamish single??!!!

  2. Tiffany says...

    Obama on GOT tho!!! Big puffy heart my feelings for him.

  3. SFord says...

    Hope you are enjoying Cornwall. I have the pleasure of living in North Cornwall – sorry the weather isn’t better. Summer in the UK has a habit of being a bit rubbish!

  4. Kary says...

    That striped dress you just got and plan to wear all summer? I made one, nearly identical, to use as a maternity dress when pregnant with my now-33 year old son!

  5. yael steren says...

    Hope you’re having a great time!! I’ve been taking it easy and trying to get everything done before I leave for Israel on Saturday!! xx yael

    http://www.yaelsteren.com/blog/

  6. Maria says...

    As a european, It is hilarious to read about “the butter trick” since I dont think I have ever had a sanwich without butter!

  7. Wish it was a long weekend here! Thanks for your links, as always Joanna they’re a great weekend read – I especially loved the a**holes one! Haha!!

    A trip to the UK sounds brilliant this time of year. If I’d had an extra day in the weekend I would have surely been in the kitchen baking (my happy place!)

  8. Toun says...

    I really wish you write an article about your trip in Cornwall.
    Since I watch Ladies in Lavender, I can’t wait to visit this place of the world !

    By the way, I’m french and the butter thing is so true !

  9. I can’t get over the idea that a sandwich wouldn’t have butter!

  10. Dawn says...

    The butter article made me laugh – I’m an American living in Ireland for many years and absolutely loathe the overuse of butter as condiment! It’s used no matter what the other fillings are. I have never gotten used to the unusual sandwich combos: white buttered bread, mayo, coleslaw and cheese is mad popular here *shudder*. To each his/her own, lol

    • Madie says...

      But you can’t use butter AND mayo… to me, that’s an either/or…

  11. Not to rain on the RBG parade, but I’m not sure social justice is the only motive behind Ginsburg’s support of abortion access for the poor. In a 2009 interview in the Sunday New York Times magazine, when asked about Medicaid funding for abortion, she said, “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” Lest we think this is a “taken out context” remark, she also said, in a 2014 interview in Elle magazine, that “It makes no sense as a national policy to promote birth only among poor people.”

  12. So agree with Lena Dunham.

  13. Beth says...

    Great links!!! Thank you :) I love LOVE to share and discuss!

  14. Louise says...

    Have a lovely trip.
    Thank you for your Friday links.
    I really look forward to them every week!
    I grew up with using butter on bread as well in Aus, living here in USA it’s still my preference even though most folks use Mayo.
    Obama….such intent & grace! 8 years went too fast!

  15. Kim says...

    Haha, my grandmother used to tell us all individually we were here favourites. It wasn’t until she became elderly that me and my sisters and brother had the conversation and found out she told us all we were the prettiest, cleverest etc..,!

  16. LaMarieJeanne says...

    This simple kind of sandwich is called “Butterbrot” (= “butter bread”) in Germany, and most kids find them utterly boring. ;-)
    We even combine butter and Nutella on a slice of bread… This might sound weird, but it actually tastes great when you manage to forget about the calories…

  17. The bits from the New Yorker were priceless. Thank you for starting a day with a smile… after it started with me yelling at cats to shut up and get out of the way … no .. I am not nice in the morning ..

  18. Emily says...

    Aw, we just made it to rainy Liverpool and had bacon butties with butter. Sliced radishes with salt and butter is another favorite variation. Have fun in Cornwall!

  19. Love family reunions! Have a great time, Jo, and thank you for another great supply of interesting links for the weekend :)

  20. Alice says...

    Saw that first photo and just knew Cornwall was coming up! Jealous!! Such a magical place. Smooth travels and have a Cornish pasty and a cream tea for me!

  21. Steph B says...

    The wedding conversations from a year later were so heartwarming. Why would anyone want to take that away from someone? I’ll never understand. Their love stories are so beautiful.

  22. Cynthia says...

    Have a great trip! I think it is wonderful to be an adult and still have your grandparents. Your new dress will look fabulous on you, Joanna!

  23. lindsay says...

    we were thinking of getting some tickets to england soon too! I think european sandwiches are the best. my first trip to europe was Nice, France and I got the jambon beurre to eat on the train and it was one of my favorite things about France! In Italy I had it with prosciutto, also delicious. Later I took a trip and flew on Swiss Air and couldn’t believe how delicious the sandwiches were that they served, they do the same thing but with the pretzel bread rolls! I try to recreate them all the time but it is never quite the same….

  24. Have a fantastic time in Cornwall, such a beautiful county, hope the weather improves a bit though, it’s been really wet in the UK. I have to agree with the comments above, why are they called Butter sandwiches, doesn’t everyone put butter in their sandwiches! I have to add that my absolute favourite is a cucumber sandwich, with butter of course and a touch of salt to bring out the flavour of the cucumber, cut into triangles with the crust cut off – a classic English summer favourite, I have converted the French too, our friends love them!!!

  25. Emma says...

    You will probably get all the Brexit chat Joanna!

  26. Amber says...

    My boyfriend (he’s Polish) introduced me to butter sandwiches! We usually top them with ham, tomato, or sliced cucumbers.

  27. Bex M says...

    Welcome to England! (brings raincoats, it’s raining as usual). Love your Friday links, I agree with Jen I will miss Obama. He’s a man of great sense, which is precisely want you want in a world leader, but also humour, hard to find both together in harmony!

  28. Have a lovely time visiting your family. We’re spending the weekend at our cabin in the mountains and returning home in time for swimming in the pool and Fourth of July fireworks. I love these links- especially your favorite word. Thanks so much for sharing!

    XOXO, Amy @ Jeans and a Tea
    http://www.jeansandatea.com

  29. Jess says...

    As an English gal I’m mystified by the sandwich story… Who doesn’t use butter in their sandwiches?.. What on earth do you guys over there use?

    • Lea says...

      I was thinking the same! Never thought anything BUT butter could be used. Then it also got me thinking about the TED Talk Joanna posted the other day :)

    • Patti says...

      We put butter on toast, but savory sandwiches usually have mayonnaise or mustard. Peanut butter and jelly is another popular combination. ‘Jelly’ here is mashed fruit (like jam, but not as chunky as marmalade), and what you call ‘jelly’ we call Jell-O. We don’t put that on sandwiches!

    • Amelia says...

      I’m from Australia and also confused… do Americans not butter their sandwiches??!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      not usually! you might put mayonnaise or mustard, but not butter.

    • Alexia says...

      I know! I grew up with and English mother and always thought everyone out butter in their sandwiches. It wasn’t until my American friend pointed it out to me that I realized.

    • Madie says...

      Mayonnaise on one side, mustard on the other! Usually Dijon mustard, but sometimes yellow, or seedy mustard, or spicy brown, maybe Mendocino mustard… yum. Now i’m hungry.

  30. jen says...

    I’m really going to miss Obama. He is adorable!

    • Leah says...

      I am, too. Sigh.

  31. Paula says...

    I just read the Missed connections for a**holes post to the sound of Motherf*cker got f*cked up by Folk Uke. It was magical.