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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Eggs and Soldiers by Nikole Herriott

What are you up to this weekend? The boys and I came down to Florida to visit my mom, since we won’t get to see her for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I’m so happy to be here. She’s going to make eggs and soldiers, per our request. :) Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Movie sex is the worst: 10 myths that need to go.

Now THAT’s a thunderstorm!

This bedroom makeover (and the hilarious Jen and Orlando) could not be more charming.

Would you get a keg for Thanksgiving?

Trying out five different morning routines.

Men don’t get to decide what counts as ‘sex.’ (Worth reading.)

I found the perfect stretchy pants for Thanksgiving.

Some people listen to podcasts at 3x the speed. (!)

What cool printable posters.

Digging these strong girls sweatshirts.

Love stories in 13 words. (“No-strings-attached sex, except for two kids, a mortgage and a dog.”)

Plus, two great reader comments:

Says Erin on choosing a sperm donor: “My wife and I conceived our kids with a sperm donor more than ten years ago. I have a lot of fondness for our donor, whom we’ve never met (although our girls can contact him when they are 18). We like to blame anything annoying or difficult on him, like our girls not sleeping through the night when they were babies, or their cavities, or hay fever. ‘Thanks, donor!’ we say, and have a big laugh. Our kids laugh about it, too. It’s been a good way to keep it all in perspective: the fact that someone kind and generous helped us become who we are, and he’s not a dad or even a member of our family, but he’s with us — in amazing and annoying ways — forever.”

Says Heather on gift guide for kids: “I got these robes for my kids and they went nuts over them. We no longer use towels for them — just put them in their towel robes. They’re so soft, the kids just wear them around the house, and my daughter even SLEEPS in hers. The only downside is that there have been some arguments about whether or not one is permitted to wear the bathrobe to preschool. Our bathroom is so much tidier now that we just have three robes on hooks instead of a zillion wadded up towels.”

(Photo by Nikole Herriott. Podcasts via Kottke.)

  1. Diany says...

    oh the article about morning routines really made me laugh! all the time that a person without children (or little children) can have and the inventive ways they can use it! Ill give you a bit of our morning routine with my two year old. Wake up to a child screaming, try to change a poopy diaper as she flaps like a fish out of water, shower really fast while my husband forces her to have breakfast, leave the house with my makeup bag in my purse and finish getting ready at the office! haha

    • Jessica says...

      Did you actually read the article? She does have a small daughter!

  2. I just love love love the ‘Have a lovely weekend’ section of your blog! You always put so many fun and interesting things/topics in there. Such a good idea :)

  3. Those strong girls sweatshirts are EVERYTHING. Thanks Jo!

  4. Kelsey says...

    I was so excited to see your link to that thunderstorm supercell – that location is mere minutes from where I grew up on the family farm in north central Montana. :)

    • Sasha says...

      Kelsey, me too. (Grew up around Lewistown, live in Bozeman). Such a small world.
      In Montana, thunderstorms can blow up out of no where on hot bluebird sky afternoon, blackening the sky, pelting the unlucky with golf ball size hail (or bigger), threatening to blow you off the side of a mountain if you are foolish enough to be hiking. I’ve been caught in a raft on a river, in a tent backpacking, with hail hammering a tiny pop up trailer, and so many times running straight into a hail storm to put the truck in garage (!!!) or throw blankets over the poor tomatoes. The thunder, lightning, awe inspiring towering clouds. …….we love it. Just a little reminder of how small we are.

  5. I always dream about a peaceful and relaxing weekend. Me and husband, good children and beautiful weather. Well you can not have everything.

  6. becky says...

    Omg love the 13 word love stories. I can think of so many but the one that quickly comes to mind is
    “Love is surviving the. norovirus together. one after the other. with 1 bathroom. ”
    we laugh about it to this day but it was total war on our bodies and couldn’t have survived it without each other.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha now THAT is true love, becky. :)

  7. Julia says...

    What I dislike about movie sex scenes is: Never ever (!) do I get to see ANYONE using a condom. That annoys me, since the lovers in the movies have usually just met and do not know each other very well… How shall our teens learn to behave responsibly if it is permanently suggested that using a condom destroys the romantic atmosphere!?

  8. Meg says...

    I listen to podcasts at 1.5 or 1.75x (unless it’s music-related). Anything faster than that I lose comprehension.

  9. Kim says...

    After the room makeover. Jen: “How do I work this lamp?” Orlando: “I’m not a scientist. I’m a designer.” I’m dead.

  10. Jenny L says...

    My husband and I have talked about the weirdness of movie couples having sex the moment they wake up in the morning but we’re disturbed for different reasons. I focus on the fact they’d HAVE to pee first and he’s very concerned about the morning breath situation!?

    • Emily says...

      My thoughts exactly!!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m always SO concerned about morning breath, hahaha!

  11. Sandra says...

    I felt a little weird reading the movie sex article since I’ve done some of the things the author says aren’t realistic. I can’t be the only one who has had zero-to-60 sex and burst-through-the-door makeouts, can I? In the early days of dating my husband there were plenty of nights where we woke up the next day and clothes were strewn everywhere and someone’s underwear was on the ceiling fan. I feel like you almost have to have that level of passion at the beginning to help you get through the exhaustion and sometimes drudgery of parenting young kids…

  12. Loribeth says...

    I have one of the cactus posters from Sycamore Street, cannot recommend enough!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, so good to know!

  13. Patricia says...

    The way Orlando held onto the word “ROOOOOOOOOOM” made me laugh so hard for some reason. Have fun with your mama.

  14. Oh my gosh those trousers look incredible for post-Thanksgiving food – I may just have to get myself a pair! x

  15. Reem says...

    Hah! I know the photographer of the posters you linked! Growing up in Las Vegas I was best friends with her sister. She’s incredible. The whole family is so talented and interesting. I love when worlds collide : )

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s awesome, reem!

  16. Katherine says...

    Three cheers for your links about sex this week! Here’s to women finally getting respect and orgasms at the same time!

  17. Those strong girl sweatshirts are giving me LIFE! (I’m only 18 but why do I want to buy them for my future daughters already)
    Always love it when you include Man Repeller links, and that one is just HILARIOUS but so true at the same time!! Never could figure out where you get such refreshing links each week, but please never stop giving them.
    Happy weekend to you!! x

    Joanne

  18. MCW says...

    Thanks for the robe tip, Heather! I purchased two this evening. Although it was a separate post, the kids’ gift guide (and brilliant comments- as per) really knocked it out of the park this year. Go Team CoJ!

  19. So I’m one of those bloggers that was REALLY into blogging and reading blogs (yours included) religiously until a few years ago when life was just hectic to write about. I’m on my honeymoon now, relaxing and reading all the ones I used to love. It’s great checking in on everybody, and you, and literally laughing out loud at nearly every one of those movie sex myths. Thanks for this. And glad to “catch up” with you again. Cheers!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so nice to have you back, ami!!! hope you’re having the best honeymoon xoxoxo

  20. I’m only 5′ and am seriously considering one of those kid-sized robes…

  21. Alli says...

    Uh, does anyone else feel like the photo of the super cell is actually just the storm from Stranger Things 2?! Is Montana the Upside Down?!

    • Heather says...

      HAD THE SAME THOUGHT

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha

  22. Haley Nahman is one of my favorite editors/writers on the web! She is always so funny and fresh .. maybe worth asking for an interview series (Week’s Worth or Beauty Diary)??

    • Melissa says...

      Oh my gosh, that would be a dream. She has such a unique sense of fashion and she is my favorite writer on that site as well!

  23. Laura says...

    I showed my 2 year old the picture of the thunderstorm and she said “Mommy! It has a mouth!”

  24. aga says...

    I’m so glad someone wrote about the horrible movie and television sex! Especially the zero-to-60 and the post-coital roll over. The worst! I actually used to feel slight guilty about real sex needing warm up, pauses for birth control, bathroom trips, questions and reassurances, positions that need adjusting, attention-to-me-time, clean up, and many other moments that are not glamorous and perfectly passionate. (I especially regret feeling bad about wanting attention-to-me time and needing more time to warm up the engine.)
    The fact that most movies and films are directed, produced, and written by (white, straight) men is definitely an issue, but the sex is also ridiculous in Shondaland! For example, I love Grey’s Anatomy, and they have had some unapologetically feminist story-lines and dialogues lately, but the sex scenes themselves are as unrealistic as all the others. Bad movie and tv sex hurts our real sex. Stop it, Hollywood!

  25. Sara says...

    Love those pants!

  26. Carly says...

    10/10 for the links this week????

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      aww, thank you, carly :)

  27. We always have a keg at Thanksgiving! With 60ish people (my mom is one of 8 kids, and Thanksgiving is mandatory for all cousins to attend), it just makes the most sense. My cousin’s husband brews his own beer in his basement, so he always brings a keg of that, and it’s always something really cool, like pumpkin or pecan-flavored. He also makes homemade root beer for the kids. One of my favorite things!

  28. Emmie says...

    “…but I’ll tell you up front that I am not an expert or a professional, just an occasional weekend warrior. ” – hilarious.

  29. Bettina says...

    “And he’s not a dad or even a member of our family, but he’s with us”

    Adopted here…I cannot in any way refer to anyone except my adopted parents as my parents or mom and dad. I am there’s and they are mine. I just happen to have two people who’s DNA made and is a part of me.

    Beautiful way of looking at your donor – I love the sentiment and it explains a lot about how I and at least some of my fellow adoptees feel.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that, bettina. xo

  30. Sarah Lightner says...

    My 10 year ol daughter listened to Harry Potter at 3x speed. It was crazy! I had no idea what they were saying, but she could tell me all about it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, that’s incredible, sarah!