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Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Happy almost Thanksgiving! My dad and aunt are here, and the boys are out of their minds excited (read: melting down a little). Here we go, haha! We’re also looking forward to getting a Christmas tree and seeing Lady Bird this weekend. Hope you have a delicious feast tomorrow, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

The #1 thing on my holiday wishlist. (Alex, I’m talking to you:)

Wow, the pies of Instagram!

Ina Garten just shared her personal Thanksgiving menu, and we should all go.

Words journalists write that no one ever says.

Am I the last person in the world to read this amazing book?

“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything.” — Warren Buffet

Wise words on relationships.

What an awesome work nook.

This how-to column is really fun — like how to tell a ghost story, how to survive falling through ice and how to fake a British accent.

Who wants to take a train trip?

Plus, here are seven crazy amazing sales right now:
* J. Crew is 40% off with code THANKU
* Madewell is 25% off with code DONTSTRESS (These are so pretty.)
* Shopbop is up to 75% off with code MORE17 (Love this number, and these always make a slamdunk gift.)
* LOFT is 50% off with code FRIYAY
* Food52 is 20% off orders of $100 or more, with code TREAT
* And Nordstrom is having a HUGE sale.

(Photo by Ren Fuller, via Erin Jeanne McDowell.)

  1. Brittany says...

    How do you decide which of your parents to spend the holidays with? My parents divorced when I was 25 and 7 years later, it’s still a source of stress and pain for everyone in my family. Would love any advice you might have on this :)

  2. Alina says...

    Thank you! I just shared the “how to fake a British accent” link with my husband because we were team-reading paddington bear to our 2 year old the other day and our accents were laughably bad. :)

    Also I want to check out that ferrante book! Never heard of it either….

    Hope you all had a happy thanksgiving.

  3. Alyssa says...

    Oh I am so glad you picked up those novels! Recommended to me by a former English teacher of mine (turned colleague!) and I couldn’t put the series down. Bonus – you will recognize some of the places since you went on a trip to Italy recently. Enjoy!

  4. Rachel says...

    OHHHH my gosh Joanna!! You are in for such a treat with the Elena Ferrante books! I seriously wish I could read them again for the first time. Took me a while to get into the first one, but once I did I was hooked.

  5. Tasty cake looks like the most beautiful flower in the world, which is a rose

  6. I LOVE drunk elephant products! I think that might be the perfect gift for my mom, thanks fro the idea :)

  7. Lauren says...

    Drunk Elephant is amazing! I tried it for the first time after reading Jean Godfrey-June’s “beauty uniform” last year and have purchased every item from their line since. The Babyfacial is a great product – I hope your Christmas wish for it comes true!

  8. My kids and I recently took the Amtrak from Seattle to Portland. It was the most enjoyable ride and my 10 year old loved it! He hates airports, security, lines, and the tight quarters of a airplane. The space and the pace of the train was his dream come true. I bet your kids would love it stateside as well. Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. Mary says...

    Hey Cup of Jo Ladies! I am LOVING your gift guides. One roundup I would also be interested in seeing this year is ways to send gifts to children who might not otherwise receive them this holiday season. I’ve come across a few great ones online (e.g. The Ali Forney Center for LGBTQ homeless youth and the Children’s Action Network’s Santacan Program in LA for at-risk foster children), which allow you to send children the gifts they’ve asked for through the likes of Amazon. Just a thought!

    • Em says...

      This is such a great idea. Seconded! Thanks :)

  10. Sophie says...

    I need to read the Ferrante novels soon, because HBO is turning them into a series!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s so exciting!!!

  11. Jennifer in KS says...

    No, you are not the last person to read My Brilliant Friend. I’ve recommended the entire series to every reader I know …to my knowledge none has taken my suggestion. I’m just waiting for their stupefied looks after they’ve finally capitulated and made their way through all four volumes. This saga will blow them away!
    I hope you enjoy the rest of the stories!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m completely sucked in!

    • read the for in my second maternity leave… couldn’t let go… I still miss Lina and Lenu

  12. Gillian says...

    The Elena Ferrante books are amazing! I actually started the series after seeing an interview with Morgane Sezalory. I had been enjoying some French novels in translation (not always easy to find) and was looking for something similar. These fit the bill. I actually read all four as one long saga and couldn’t stop. I was so sad when I came to the end and I know I will reread them at some point–a serious commitment, but they really were that good.

  13. Mary says...

    Great links! I love the list of don’ts. Not eating at my desk may be my New Year’s resolution. Not just for productivity–I think it’s rude to make my co-workers smell my food. Ina Garten was part of our non-traditional Thanksgiving meal. I made Bearnaise sauce using her blender technique (Martha’s ingredients/proportions). So easy and delicious.
    Always thankful for your lovely blog!

  14. Nida says...

    I am curious to know if you would know of any site dedicated to plus sizes, not the ones which “also” cater to plus size, but someone who wholeheartedly works with plus sizing.

  15. Em says...

    Aww yea, train plug. I have done eight train journeys across this great nation of ours. All the Amtrak routes.

    I think it’s such a relaxing, old school way to travel. I’ve sat in the dining cars and had long conversations with people I’d never have spoken to otherwise. It’s a great way to see mountains and national parks. And if there is ever a time for reading, it’s while on a four day train journey.

    If you get a sleeper car, it’s even more magical because you can stretch out and shower. But if you do coach, get ready to share a bathroom with 50 people, and sleep sitting up. It’s also, obviously, a slowwww way to get places, so you have to be prepared for the journey being part of the experience — or even the entire experience. Not for the faint of heart!

  16. Samantha says...

    What’s amazing about the Neapolitan Novels is that it starts off amazing and gets even more amazing with every book. I rate the first book 5/5 and the fourth book 8/5. :)

  17. Oh, and Joanna, it’s great that Ferrante’s book is out in the US, too! It has been incredibly popular here in France and I think elsewhere in Europe, I didn’t think that I would read the three volumes – but now I honestly think that this is something every 15-16 year old girl should read. Sometimes Ferrante would always loose me, and then win over back again with some thoughtful remark or plot twist. Can’t wait for the last volume.

  18. That Swiss Miss always has great stuff to share! It’s a daily read for me. :) Half-way through Elena Ferrante’s book one. Great, great, great. Looking forward to reading more/all of them over the Christmas holidays. And thumbs up for Ina. So great!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  19. Lindsay says...

    Happy Thanksgiving! Looks like the eberjey pjs are excluded from the shopbop sale, unfortunately

  20. Lisa says...

    On the words that only journalists use – in the UK literally only tabloid “journalists” ever use the word “romp”. I don’t think anyone I’ve ever met would describe a romantic liaison as a “romp”

  21. Happy Thanksgiving from Dubai — I’m hosting 30 expats tomorrow (no stress). Also, true story, I used to work on the American Orient Express! I worked two seasons, 2006 and 2007. It was so much fun.

  22. Leah says...

    Happy Thanksgiving to the Cup of Jo staff & their families! Thanks for all you do in bringing together this wonderful blog & its community of lovely readers.

    • Thanks for introducing me to this brand! Lovely story behind it…and I used to live and study in Egypt – part of my heart will always be there.

    • A says...

      That is so awesome. Thanks for sharing :)

  23. Tracey says...

    I’ve not read the Neopolitan series but I did listen to it on Audible and it was BREATHTAKINGLY VIVID. I really recommend the listen.

    • Mary says...

      Good to know! This has been on my Audible wish list forever–it’ll be my next buy.

  24. Meghan says...

    I took a train from Ontario to Nova Scotia last year and surprised my long distance boyfriend by showing up a month earlier than our planned reunion date. The romance! I loved drinking wine and eating cheese in the dining car by myself, chatting with the older couples about my knitting projects, and spending hours staring out the window watching the view. I went in late September and watched the country turn to fall as I headed (slightly) more North. When I arrived at the train station in Halifax, it was being used as a wedding venue. The romance!

  25. Candice says...

    Ina Garten’s make ahead gravy is to. die. for. I made it last year for the first time and I’ve never seen gravy so liberally applied by a table of 12 adults. It became the Holy Grail of the entire meal. Two things: you don’t actually have to make it ahead, but it’s definitely a plus. 2) Use a crisp white like a pinot grigio (Santa Magherita is a great choice).

    • Agreed! I will never again get hot and flustered trying to make gravy at the last minute while folks start picking at the turkey and milling about the kitchen impatiently! I’ve made Ina’s make-ahead version several times and even love a double batch so there’s plenty of gravy for leftovers. Best idea and best recipe EVER.

  26. Escondista says...

    Happy Thanksgiving, Joanna, Megan, Stella, Alexis, and Mari (Toby and Anton too)! Thankful for y’all and this blog! x

  27. Jennifer says...

    The Drunk Elephant products are really nice! Buuuuutttttt . . . The Ordinary makes dupes for all their products at 1 tenth the price. Something to consider :)

    • Jenny L. says...

      I agree!! I started using The Ordinary about 3 months ago and I couldn’t love it more. They make an AHA/BHA mask (lovingly called “The Blood of My Enemies” by devotees) and a lovely marula oil. And I can’t recommend the foundations enough.

  28. Sarah says...

    I bought the mini Babyfacial kit which also comes up with a vial of Marula oil and the oil is the stand out winner. I always have dry skin in the winter but tend to break out easily and didn’t think facial oil was for me. I put this on every morning; it absorbs perfectly, I don’t break out, and flaky skin is gone. I may end up buying the big bottle of just the oil.

  29. liz says...

    Just get drunk elephant everything. I switched it only using it a year ago and my skin is completely healed and amazing now. I don’t even wear skin make up anymore!

  30. Laura says...

    As a former newspaper journalist, use of the words “mull” and “shuttered” bugs me. No one says, “Oh, my favorite Starbucks just shuttered.” I can sort of understand “mull” in a headline because it’s conveniently short. Not only have I not read the amazing book you reference, I haven’t even heard of it before today. :-) Although I’m an Ina Garten fan, I’m not too excited about her Thanksgiving menu. OK, I think that’s the end of my random grumblings. Happy Thanksgiving!

  31. Alexandra says...

    I might have to get me some Drunk Elephant ….
    Train trips are awesome – we took the California Zephyr (family compartment) two years ago from Oakland to Chicago, and it was a wonderful adventure to see the world rolling by outside your window. If you book a sleeper, you have an attendant who gets towels and water for you, and you have access to a very industrial shower. So much fun, my kids loved it. And we met the most amazing people on the train. There was a big group of Amish who looked like straight out of the 19th century (they also apparently do not use modern day deodorant), and people from all walks of life. I can highly recommend it if you have the time (took more than 2 days from the West Coast to Chicago).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      my beauty editor friends are OBSESSED with drunk elephant. so excited to try, fingers crossed :)

      and that trip sounds incredible!

  32. omg I’ve long thought about writing an article/listicle about words in writing that no one ever says. Glad someone did it!? You could do one for movie tropes too—things that always come up in movies but don’t happen in real life: e.g., people who call doctors “doctor” and guys painting women’s nails, to name a few? Happy Tday!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha YES! and everyone who hangs up the phone without saying goodbye.

  33. Tanya P says...

    Thanks for the recommendation (Drunk Elephant). I was searching to upgrade my anti-ageing regime after turning 40 this Sept and this Vitamin C serum (Skinceuticals C E FERULIC Vitamin C serum) has been highly recommended: https://www.skinceuticals.com/c-e-ferulic-635494263008.html
    Its expensive though but I might treat myself to it this holiday season!

    • Oh this is an insane price! I live in France, and my dermatologist told me that none of the anti-ageing creams really work, except Vitamin C, and indicated me this serum (one of the secrets of French drugstores, it has a cult following here): https://www.amazon.com/Vitamin-Serum-15-Flavo-C-Forte/dp/B00HQ8OJHY
      It’s really great!

  34. Veronica says...

    Always love your links! We used to take train trips when we were young from Montreal to grandma’s house in Eastern Canada. We had a sleeper car and it felt so exciting when the porters would come and set up the bunks. I remember feeling so lucky to have a small room all to ourselves, yet able to roam to the double decker cars to sightsee. As an adult, I would love to take the kids out west by train.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that sounds incredible!