Have a Wonderful Weekend.

The Obamas dancing

What are you up to this weekend? I’ve been loving the best photos of 2016 from Pete Souza, the official White House photographer. Really beautiful. Stella and I are heading to Paris (!) tonight for a work project. Does anyone have any good restaurant recommendations? :) Meanwhile, here are a few fun posts from around the web…

Would you eat this broccoli sandwich?

What great kids bedding.

Rewatched (and loved) this marriage documentary.

Does anyone else not mind being hungover?

Jenny Rosenstrach shared a year of dinners. (Taking notes.)

Wow, that was a big mistake!

I’d love to wear this pretty shirt on our trip.

Made me laugh.

The real reason my start-up was successful: privilege.

Love that Glamour showed Lena Dunham’s cellulite on their magazine cover. (Here’s the full article.)

Yikes! The dirtiest surfaces in hotel rooms.

Both spouses’ sides of an open marriage.

Beijing smog.

Plus, three great reader comments…

Says Angela on New Year’s Resolutions: “I try to do a word of the year. This year my word is ‘kind.’ My tendency is toward sharp, biting humor and sarcastic commentary, which is often, unfortunately, at the expense of others. I’ve decided that this year kindness is what my family, my community and my world needs.”

Says Lisa on New Year’s Resolutions: “Continue being awesome. I was awesome last year, and will continue to be so this year.”

Says Marisa on making friends as an adult: “Every time we got a new neighbor in our old two-story building (which was basically every year, for six years), I would exclaim to my husband, ‘I’m finally going to get my Ethel!!!’ And each year, a new weirdo moves in. The floor above us in our new apartment is currently for rent – waiting for my Ethel to arrive…”

(Photo by Pete Souza. Broccoli via Dinner: A Love Story. Hotel surfaces via Girl of a Certain Age.)

  1. Michelle says...

    I thought the open-marriage piece was interesting, but I’m not gung-ho on that kind of relationship being called a truly open marriage. As someone in a healthy open marriage with a partner that I absolutely love and trust, I would say that a situation where one partner wants to sleep with other people to try to address feelings of emptiness, even if they get their partner’s begrudging consent, that’s really not a great picture of what an open marriage can look like.

    My partner and I decided to open our marriage because we realised our thinking about monogamy had shifted since we first got married 9 years ago at the age of 21. The ability to have experiences (sometimes romantic/sexual) with other people is a way of exploring the multiple facets of our personalities, and it’s enriched our time together and our appreciation of one another.

  2. That article, both sides of an open marriage makes me kinda sad. I always start any dating relationship with “I don’t do three-somes.” I think having an open relationship would be so, so hard…like why am I not good enough? ya know? thanks for posting it though.

  3. I don’t know why it’s so easy to meet people with the same interests in school rather than in the working world


  4. Both my husband and I really enjoyed the obama series.

  5. Meggles says...

    Seeing the class, grace, and character embodied in the Obama pictures is soul-crushing. I think of the coming contrast and I feel deeply, deeply depressed. This isn’t me being partisan–if any of the other candidates had won, I would not be feeling this heartbroken or this deeply afraid.

  6. Ann says...

    I have two restaurant recommendations for you in Paris. Ma Bourgougne in the marais neighborhood. Here’s the link:
    Great steak frites and beautiful part of Paris and Bofinger
    which is one of the oldest Brasserie in Paris. Really pretty inside with a great ambience. My husband is from Dijon so every chance I get to visit paris (not often enough!) I try to hit one of these. Have a wonderful trip!

  7. Kash says...

    Chateaubriand has a great tasting menu (it’s a little touristy but very, very good).
    Chez le Libanais for great, casual Lebanese food!
    Hotel du Nord for classic, French bistro food along Canal St. Martin
    and… Le Comptoir General is you want to go out, get sloshed on rum punch, and swoon over all the effortlessly cool and beautiful people.

    Have fun!

  8. I think Lena looks great as she is. I’m loving the movement towards “real bodies” and the diversity that entails. I’m feeling happy/sad looking at the amazing pictures of the Obamas! Love all of your links, Joanna!

  9. I thought I was the only person in the world who enjoyed the “good kind” of hangovers! The slightly-still-tipsy, laughing at anything, eating anything, bloody-marys-over-brunch-recapping-the-night-before kind of hangover. I love it, well into my 30s!

  10. Marina says...

    wow you’re coming to Paris! would love to meet you for a drink if you’re available this week!