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How Are You?

Lena Corwin

We’re in California for a quick family vacation, and I’m excited to post about our trip next week. It’s beautiful but freezing here!

Meanwhile, I hope you are doing well. I would love to hear how things are going. If you’re up for it, here’s a little pop quiz:

Something delicious you ate recently:
What you’re looking forward to these days:
What’s worrying you:
A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere:
Your childhood celebrity crush:

My friend Anna sometimes asks, “What’s your emotional temperature?” especially when someone is going through a big change. I love that expression — it reminds you that your emotions aren’t a fixed state, even about a specific decision or experience, and that you might feel differently soon. If you’re up for sharing, what’s your emotional temperature today, too?

Sending lots of love, as always! Thank you so much for being here. xoxo

P.S. How to write a condolence note, and the most beautiful thing you’ve ever read.

(Photo by Lena Corwin/Instagram.)

  1. Natalie says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: spicy ramen at Ichiban in Union Square
    What you’re looking forward to these days: hugging my best friends when I visit them in April
    What’s worrying you: dollar dollar bills y’all
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: a farm in Italy, please
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Justin Timberlake – always and forever

    I’d say my emotional temp is currently a balmy 80. I’m a little sweaty and uncomfortable, but I’m reveling in the sunshine.

  2. ally says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: An oyster dutch baby at Ella’s
    What you’re looking forward to these days: A quick vacation to Palm Springs
    What’s worrying you: my chronic migraines
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: New Zealand
    Your childhood celebrity crush: George Clooney

  3. Ashly says...

    Love this place…
    I’d love to read which city, state the readers comment from. Once in a while – if they do not mind sharing from. Such amazing individuals.

    Meal: Homemade but store bought Turkish Dumplings called Manti – resembles polish dumplings but smaller & filled with chopped meat. Topped with homemade yogurt & grated garlic – along with a red sauce made from butter, pepper paste & mint.
    Lk Fwd: Spring then summer.. an extra hour of daylight so needed w/ 3 little ones.
    Worried: About my brother.
    Visit/Go: March into April I itch to travel – anywhere but here – I dream of places like Positano, Italy or Bodrum, Turkey.
    Crush: Jonny Depp
    (Massapequa, NY)

  4. Beth says...

    1. I just finished having my gallbladder removed, so I think the last thing I ‘ate’ was a popsicle! Looking forward to some warm soup soon.
    2. I’m looking forward to visiting my brother, his wife, and their four little girls in South Carolina in a month – I’ll be doing research in Florida so I thought I’d nip up and see him while I’m there.
    3. As a 2nd year PhD student, I’m always worried most about my upcoming qualifying exams! Hopefully will be finished in July – it’s been a subject of anxiety since I started two years ago!
    4. I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland and locate grave sites of some of my ancestors! Hopefully in the next couple of years.
    5. Probably Daniel Radcliffe, but mostly because he was Harry Potter.

  5. Something delicious you ate recently: I made amazing seared scallops last weekend (first time!) but tonight for dinner I made the stewed pinto beans and collards (had to sub in kale for the collard greens) that was posted a while back, and it was delicious!! Perfect with cornbread.

    What you’re looking forward to these days: A four day trip to Savannah with my husband next weekend! It’s one of our favorite cities to explore together.

    What’s worrying you: The closing on our condo that supposed to happen in March (crossing all fingers and toes). It has been a major source of stress (and panic attacks) for so long. I am NOT meant to be a landlord. I am also constantly worrying if I’m raising my three kids to be generous, kind, and thoughtful.

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Italy. ALL the wine and ALL the food.

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Kevin Costner and Christian Slater in Robin Hood, and Christian Bale in Newsies (STILL watch it!)

  6. KatieK says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Cubano pancake at State Bird Provisions. It had such a delicious cheesy flavor and there were crunchy pickles and a crispy crust. Just the best.
    What you’re looking forward to these days:! We are moving to Portland next week!
    What’s worrying you: We are moving to Portland next week! I go back and forth between excitement at all the prospects of this fabulous new city and sadness at leaving my home of California and my family and friends here (especially my sister). It’s hard, but I keep reminding myself that change is good, right?
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: I could always go to London. I just love the buildings and the river, the accents, and the little pocket neighborhoods.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: David Bowie

  7. Katey says...

    #1 Something delicious you ate recently: an amazing piece of chocolate my co-worker shared with me (I forget the brand!)
    #2 What you’re looking forward to these days: yoga classes and long runs (to de-stress from #3 below!)
    #3 What’s worrying you: the future of my marriage
    #4 A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Tokyo or India
    #5 Your childhood celebrity crush: I don’t think I every had one?!
    #6 Emotional temperature: lukewarm, but warming up

  8. Ruci says...

    Hi!
    Something delicious you ate recently: I’ve been eating these saffron snickerdoodles from Blue Bottle Coffee and going on long walks. The cookie of 2018.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: I had a nice date and I hope the boy likes me.
    What’s worrying you: Same as above. But I re-read that post where Lucy said “if he likes you, he likes you” and it gave me a lot of comfort and confidence.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Portugal!
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Jason Boesel, the drummer from Rilo Kiley

  9. Nadine Hughey says...

    Chinese takeout at my mom’s kitchen table last night
    A cruise
    The cats while I’m on a cruise
    Italy
    Tom Selleck

  10. j says...

    nervous — read this first while waiting for the doctor after breaking my wrist on an ice fall this morning! told i’ll need surgery next week…be careful out there!!!

    chicken noodle soup with egg swirled in tonight after a hard day
    spring and the lack of ice!!!
    surgery, anesthesia, and the following bills
    the nebraska sandhills!
    jtt (jonathan taylor thomas, obvs)

  11. So fun! You are missing out on constant drizzle in BK ;).

  12. Something delicious you ate recently: I made myself a pretty great grilled cheese tonight!
    What you’re looking forward to these days: after this semester is over I’m leaving my teaching gig to concentrate on my two etsy stores!
    What’s worrying you: mostly the state of the country.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: I’m going to Portugal this summer, but I’d love a trip to Barcelona or Prague next.

    Ramblingsketcher.com

  13. I just a delicious green grape! I’m looking forward to the future births of artists! I believe that artists make the world go ‘round and that we need artists to inspire and create and love and make good vibes. I’m currently worried about the lack of puppies I’ve seen in the world. Are there still puppies in existence? I haven’t seen a whole lot recently. At this point in time, if I could go anywhere, I would go to Norway. Why? Not sure. They just seem so chill & cool with life (Norwegians, I mean). My childhood celebrity crush was Orlando Bloom. <3 <3 <3

  14. – Vegetarian cassoulet with cornmeal dumplings
    – Spring, and my 100+ roses in bloom
    – Pretty much everything. (reading through these comments has been therapeutic!)
    – England
    – River Phoenix

  15. Vicki says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: A really good, toasted cinnamon raisin bagel with whipped cream cheese. Not new, not fancy, just plain old yummy.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: My nephew’s 5th birthday!
    What’s worrying you: A health issue that multiple doctors have been stumped by – I’m beginning to worry the rest of my life will be dictated by it.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Italy. Pasta…mmmm…
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Chris O’Donnell. What a hunk…

  16. Gen says...

    DELICIOUS: An incredible smoothie bowl while on vacation in Sayulita, Mexico (so good we had it two days in a row) – and my husband’s yummy attempts to recreate it since we’ve come back home.

    LOOKING FORWARD: Hanging out with my kids, as I have spent some time of late reframing my relationship to them, which has led to me enjoying them more – and frankly I think to them enjoying me more.

    WORRYING: My dad had a mini heart attack a couple months back. Even though he and my mom are approaching 70, I have never really took the time to seriously think about life post-parents. Because I have young kids who have a great relationship with them, this is a much more daunting thought path/future reality than I would have expected.

    TRIP: New Zealand. It’s on my list – and my husband’s, so I fully expect to get there.

    CRUSH: Christian Slater, specifically in Gleaming the Cube. OMG, I had forgotten all about that. Ha!

    Thanks for asking!

  17. Gabrielle says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Curried Cauliflower Soup that I made from scratch! So yum.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: My family visiting in March.
    What’s worrying you: My family visiting in March! (And the results of a big time job interview I had last week. EEK)
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Thailand.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Christian Bale in “Newsies”, drool.

  18. Rachael says...

    Something delicious: we had breakfast for dinner with homemade whole-wheat waffles, whipped cream, peaches, and a giant platter of sausages. Total comfort food after a very long hard week!
    2) Looking forward to the weekend—right now I have both teenagers and toddlers, and I only get enough sleep on the weekends!
    3) What’s worrying me—endless worry and fear for my children. We just moved in October and my kids are finally starting to settle in—and then we had students making gun threats at the high school last week. We live in a very affluent area that we chose solely based on the fact that the schools are the very best in the state and top ten in the country—and if my kids aren’t safe here, where are they safe??!!!
    4) a trip I’d take—trans-Rockies supported trail run. I love running so much but I’ve been struggling with injuries the last few years and totally burned myself out with the Chicago Marathon a week after we sold our house and three weeks before we moved. More than anything i want quiet time by myself in the mountains where my body actually feels good running.
    Childhood crush: Leonardo DiCaprio.

  19. Emily says...

    Fun!
    Something delicious you ate recently: Homemade Gumbo by a friend while in New Orleans for Mardi Gras!
    What you’re looking forward to these days: Turning 30!
    What’s worrying you: Getting into a grad program and starting full time in the fall :-|
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: ooooo Italy is the top of our list, but I’m also dying to see Machu Picchu
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Christian Bale in the Newsies! X-D

  20. Courtney says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: I recently went to a favourite neighbourhood joint and, although not the main dish, they had THE best olives I’ve ever had. Sometimes it’s the little things.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: Heading to LA next weekend for a quick jaunt (my Canadian blood is excited for some warmth).
    What’s worrying you: I’m not much of a worrier, but the whole ‘am i doing enough’ thought tends to pop up more than I would like.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: I can’t stop thinking about Bali & Tulum. Clearly in need of some sunshine.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Joshua Jackson; Dawson’s Creek will forever be my favourite.

  21. Amanda says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Matcha Green Tea Kit Kat and a glass of white (the best pre-Fri-yay treat)
    What you’re looking forward to these days: The smell of Spring coming…
    What’s worrying you: being away from my son after going back to work after maternity leave.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Hawaii or Seattle
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Jonathan Taylor Thomas (JTT!)

  22. 1. Girl Scout cookies and homemade hummus – but not together.
    2. Looking forward to a half marathon coming up.
    3. Concerned about changes in one of the jobs in which I work.
    4. Too many! Somewhere I can relax with a few books daily – Hawaii.
    5. Kevin Bacon, Billy Corgan, LL Cool J.

  23. Jaia says...

    Something delicious: Freshly popped popcorn with salt and pepper
    What you’re looking forward to: Sewtopia Boston in November and the 2018 midterm elections
    What’s worrying you: The Republican Party, the president, and the world
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Ireland
    Your childhood celebrity crush: I loved Wil Wheaton and Ralph Macchio (The original Karate Kid!)

  24. Allyson Smith says...

    Pop Quiz
    – Tortellini at Provision in Indianapolis. The most interesting textures and unique flavors, which is so rarely found in the pasta/vegetarian dish on a menu of mostly steak & seafood- so pleasantly surprised!
    – Weekend with my little girls <3
    – Guns
    – Lake, books, wine, music, husband
    – Dan Stevens (just watched Downton Abbey- swoon)

    • Ann FM says...

      Mmm…I love that tortellini!

  25. Riley says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Juicebox Cafe in Seattle is doing the most delicious Kitchari bowls this winter, and they’re so warming and nourishing. If you’re in the area, go get one and add the soft-boiled egg!

    What you’re looking forward to these days: I just started taking horseback riding lessons again, and every Friday feels like Christmas Morning.

    What’s worrying you: Gun control. Living in a post-truth era. Our leaking roof. The sound my car is making. My dad’s recovery from his hip replacement.

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: I’d go back to Japan over and over again just for the onsen and the food.

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Leonardo DiCaprio. Coming of age during Titanic madness was really a special treat.

  26. Mimi says...

    1. Pad Thai..nothing fancy, but a flavor explosion after moving to small-town AZ from Bay Area CA 7 months ago.
    2. I look forward to the daily 2 mile walks my 4 year old and take now that I don’t have a car.
    3. I worry about my child and how hard it’s been for him to adjust to moving 800 miles away from his cousins, amazing preschool, and the beach.
    4. My husband and I dream of traveling to Japan…or even moving there!
    5. Childhood crush was, is, and always will be Remington Steele (aka..Pierce Brosnan). Swoon.
    Thanks. I needed that. I feel lighter already. Life has been heavy lately.

  27. Leah says...

    -A Whatchamacallit candy bar
    -My sister’s due date
    -Sudden changes in my skin, particularly on my face. It worries me to not know what is causing it or how to address it.
    -I would ride a train across Canada
    -Errol Flynn, as Robin Hood

  28. Nicole S. says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: A grilled chipotle chicken sandwich at Nordstrom Cafe with a cold glass of white wine. So good.

    What you’re looking forward to these days: Longer days, when the sun stays out longer (although it also makes me anxious because I worry my neighbors will amp up their partying…)

    What’s worrying you: The state of the world at large, my seemingly racist neighbor who hates my kids, and just undesirable neighbors in general

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Santorini- for sure

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Luke Perry :)

  29. Something delicious you ate recently…..I learned how to make stromboli and my homemade version is amazing (I’ve been joking that when you live in New Jersey for 15 years, they give you stromboli-making superpower).
    What you’re looking forward to these days…..Spring blooms…I love this season.
    What’s worrying you……Sending my only child off to college. I’m so excited for him to take on this new chapter but worried that I will never stop crying when he leaves. How did 18 years pass so quickly?
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Jane Austen tour of England
    Your childhood celebrity crush: I had a David Bowie poster in my teenage years, so I guess he’s the crush? Celebrity crushes weren’t my groove.

    • alison norris says...

      I started crying as soon as I read “Sending my only child off to college”. I am three years away but I am already so so worried about it. Sending hugs out to you. xo

  30. 1. Braised lamb tacos. Sounds weird but they were AMAZE.
    2. SPRING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And being able to wear open toed shoes again
    3. At the point in my life/career where I start wondering if what I’m doing really makes me happy. It’s hard not to worry that I’m not spending my days in the most fulfilling way possible.
    4. Food & Wine tour of France and Italy. Give me all of the cheese.
    5. OH gosh I had so many, but the one that springs to mind is Drake Bell from the T.V. show Drake & Josh. He had the most perfect early 2000s surfer hair AND could play the guitar. Swoon.

    My friend Anna sometimes asks, “What’s your emotional temperature?” especially when someone is going through a big change. I love that expression — it reminds you that your emotions aren’t a fixed state, even about a specific decision or experience, and that you might feel differently soon. If you’re up for sharing, what’s your emotional temperature today, too?

    • Alice says...

      Umm Emily are we the same person!? COMPLETELY forgot about Drake Bell! Lamb tacos sound incredible, but aside from this, your answers could be mine (Hi from London!)

  31. edie says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: a sub from Jimmy John’s (which, by the way, is never a good deal. $10 with delivery for a SANDWICH?! Oh well!)

    What you’re looking forward to these days: drinks and tapas this weekend with friends

    What’s worrying you: that I’m too far along in life (lol – i’m 27, not 67) to find my career. I work two jobs and it’s starting to get exhausting. Especially because two jobs doesn’t always equals excess $$$.

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Easy. That colorful coastal Italian village.

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Tom Cruise

  32. I just got a masters degree in psychology and one of my teachers always asked “what’s your emotional weather”. I like that one too. It’s easy to make a vivid (a cold and blustery day with a bright blue sky) or simple (stormy) as you’d like. I also really appreciate you asking these sorts of questions. It’s a way to engage and also reflect on everything for myself.

    1. A drink at a Korean tea shop called cinnamon punch. It was sweet and spicy and perfect for a cold day.
    2. I’m actually in Korea going to the olympics today! Men’s curling (the bronze metal game, I wish it was the gold game though so I could see the US play, so excited they’re in the final!)
    3. I’m worrying about a friend I haven’t talked to recently who’s going throug a hard time.
    4. After Korea I’m going to Japan- can’t wait.
    5. Kirk Cameron from Growing Pains (until I learned about his post acting life- not such a huge fan anymore.)

  33. Karin says...

    1, A focaccia sandwich
    2, Seeing an art exhibit, having friends over, a work reunion and an Oscar movie viewing will all happen this weekend, so looking forward to the weekend.
    3, School shootings (this worry is just the tip of my iceberg o’ worries related to my teenager)
    4, Japan, it seems SO different from the US
    5, Neil Diamond (yah I’m old)

    • Jeanne says...

      I just had to tell you that two summers ago, my family of 4 went to Japan on a complete whim and absolutely loved it. It ended up being my daughters favorite country to visit (out of 11) and she is dying to go back. The food is amazing (even 7-11 haha). And the cleanliness and safety are so incredible and different than the USA that it actually surprised me and made me think about how we can do so much better here. I do hope you go!

  34. May says...

    1. chinese new year reunion dinner with my family. all the comfort food.
    2. graduating from my masters in a few months. can’t come soon enough. welp.
    3. masters dissertation project. WELP.
    4. barcelona
    5. ryan gosling, when i first the notebook :)

  35. Camille says...

    1- Chocolate-covered strawberries and blueberries prepared by my boyfriend for Valentine’s day
    2- Spring, warmth, sun!
    3- My difficult relationship with my dependent mother
    4- Lisbon, which would fulfill #2
    5- Josh Hartnett

  36. Heidi Hooten says...

    Chocolate mint cake with ganache frosting
    Looking forward to my 58th birthday and seeing A Wrinkle In Time with the family
    Worried about the idiocy of Congress around important issues like gun control, reproductive rights, the President’s suggestion people on Foodstamps get boxes of food instead (makes me want to tear my hair out…)
    Either Santa Fe to a large antique fair or Tuscany for a month
    Dr. McCoy from Star Trek. What can I say? I was a deeply weird kid.

  37. Jessica says...

    – Girl Scout cookies
    – spring break to San Diego where we found an Airbnb with a pool!
    – I’m always worried I’m making a Mom mistake. The latest was when our kindergartener got an A in social skills but a barely
    passing in reading
    -London
    – John Elway- lifelong Broncos fan. Now that I know he is not the greatest human being I’m a little sad for my kid self

  38. Destinee Easton says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: White chocolate…I could literally swim in it. It felt like such a treat.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: Graduating College…May can come any sooner!
    What’s worrying you: Thriving in this world. It feels like everyone is out there swimming in their own lives and I am just now diving in. I’ve taken off the floaties and I just want to swim strong, be a good person, and head in the right direction.
    A trip you’d take if you could go anywhere: Spain
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Shawn from Boy Meets World

  39. 1. Fish fajitas – sounds weird but sooo good! (with tortillas and quac obvs.)
    2. A girlfriends getaway to a surprise destination
    3. “Am I doing good enough?!” – eternally
    4. Amalfi Coast with my hubs
    5. Richard Marx – ha!

  40. Kate says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: smoked hot wings
    What you’re looking forward to these days: seeing my sister. It’s been over a year!
    What’s worrying you: I’m teacher so my students’ safety is on my mind a lot.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: somewhere in the mountains with books and silence
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Leonardo DiCaprio

  41. Ingrid says...

    Something delicious: Smitten Kitchen’s Baked Oatmeal with Caramelized Pears
    Looking forward to: spring vacation at a Florida beach with my extended family
    Worrying about: my 90 year old mother and how to deal with her issues
    Trip: I long to see my mother’s childhood home in Norway, and see my cousins there
    Childhood celebrity crush: (this will really date me) Roy Rogers!

  42. Rose says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: a giant veggie bowl with pesto!
    What you’re looking forward to these days: more warm weather days
    What’s worrying you: my children’s safety
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Patagonia
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Sarah McLaughlin

  43. I’m eating Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa with Cilantro Dressing at this very moment… and thinking about the Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cup I’m about to enjoy.

    Hiking. Ice cream. Afternoons at the farm. Long leisurely walks. Farmers markets. All the spring stuff.

    Parkland. Sandy Hook. Horrifying conditions in Syria. I’ll blame it partly on the pregnancy hormones, but I can’t get through a day without crying about these things. I squeeze my son super tight, and feel guilty for just being lucky. Because luck is the only reason I get to have my baby here, and lots of others’ babies are suffering or gone. And our leaders aren’t doing a damn thing about it.

    We were set to vacation as a family in Puerto Rico next week. Then we found out I was pregnant… whoops! Zika risk is questionable, so we’re missing our “Save our Sanity” February beach trip meant to get us through the rest of winter. Sooo a nice warm beach would be fabulous :)

    JTT. My middle school locker was a trove of Teen Beat posters.

    • Also, thanks so much for doing this, Jo. I didn’t expect for it to be so therapeutic. Reading through others’ comments is really putting things into perspective and making me realize how much we all have in common.

  44. Jenna says...

    Something delicious: I’ve been surviving on grilled cheese sandwiches and oatmeal the past few weeks (grad school life). But I did get to go home a couple weeks ago and my mom made a delicious sausage gnocchi dish that blew my mind.
    I’m looking forward to the massage I booked for myself over spring break!
    I’m worried that I’ve let my inhibitions stack up too high and that I’ll be boring forever. I’m worried that I’m not cut out to be a therapist. And I’m worried about the tremors in my hands and feet that I’ve noticed in the past couple weeks.
    I’d really love to take a trip somewhere warm and wild to escape from my own cold small world right now. India, Vietnam, New Zealand….
    Big crush as a child was Li Shang from Mulan!

    • Riley says...

      I worry that I’m not cut out to be a therapist almost every day. I think it’s just part of the gig <3

    • J says...

      In grad school too and have the same worry…Riley, I agree :)

  45. Molly says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Made this cauliflower shwarma from A Couple Cooks last night and it was easy and amazing! https://www.acouplecooks.com/cauliflower-shawarma-pita/
    What you’re looking forward to these days: My 40th birthday! I didn’t look forward to 38 or 39, but I’m psyched to turn 40 this summer.
    What’s worrying you: My neighbors just put a hot tub 10 feet from my bedroom window.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: A tour of Chile, north to south.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: George Michael!

  46. Something delicious you ate recently:
    – Cheese Danish from Bethel Park Bakery!
    What you’re looking forward to these days:
    – Our vacation to Ireland in June for our 1 year anniversary
    What’s worrying you:
    – Successfully getting pregnant before the end of the year and navigating motherhood with my science career.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere:
    – New Zealand hiking adventure!
    Your childhood celebrity crush:
    – Jonathan Taylor Thomas

  47. Lee says...

    Something delicious I ate recently: Wood fired Diavolina pizza.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: Spring, no more socks, car windows down!
    What’s worrying you: Politicians not moving faster to pass gun control laws and the fact that arming teachers is being discussed as a real option.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: The Maldives.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Lenny Kravitz

  48. – The egg sandwich I made this morning, with an over easy egg, american cheese, and toasted english muffin with dijon mustard. Yum!
    – Spring, getting to work on my next cosplay (Bombshell Catwoman), my two week vacation in March.
    – Money, my boyfriend’s health (he’s been struggling with a kidney stone), whether I will ever convince anyone I can do something other than retail.
    – Egypt! I’ve been obsessed since I was a kid, but the state of the world makes me nervous. I’d also really love to go back to France, and see England.
    – Ahahaha I am showing my age but, Bret Michaels of Poison. I had posters and cutouts from magazines all over my walls! If someone had told little me that I could have gone on a tv show once I was of age and gotten a chance to be with him, little me would have DIED. (I did not try out for that show. By the time I was old enough, I was old enough to know better!)

  49. Emily says...

    Emotional temperature, yes! I’m a high school teacher, and every day I do a simple check-in with my students called “mood temp.” Everyone imagines that their mood is a temperature, and we just whip around the room quickly and say numbers. It’s the simplest thing, but a really great way to get a sense of what’s happening for them, and kids have told me it makes them feel valued and seen, without the pressure of having to explain themselves.

    • Grace says...

      This sounds amazing – the concept of just giving a number. I wish teachers had done this when I was a teen. Work through some angst without laying all those emotions bare.

  50. Sasha says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Melissa Clark’s pasta with caramelized cabbage- easy pantry meal
    What you’re looking forward to these days: longer days, light in the evenings
    What’s worrying you: it’s my 3rd pregnancy in 12 months, I am in first trimester, and it’s hard to not fixate on what can go wrong.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Galapagos Islands
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Other 80s babies remember Flight of the Navigator? The child actor from that movie was in the news for robbing a bank recently, and that brought it all back…

  51. MandyH says...

    1. Chocolate caramel soufflé torte.
    2. Mid term elections
    3. So much but the biggest is my son’s all of a sudden troubles at school.
    4. Turks and Caicos
    5. Jonathan Taylor Thomas

  52. Katy says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: my husband’s homemade white chocolate raspberry scones. Even better than Caribous’!

    What you’re looking forward to these days: Summertime at the cabin.

    What’s worrying you: My oldest going to Kindergarten next year. And, just raising boys… in general, at a time like this. Recently read a NTY article about “The Boys Are Not All Right” Ahttps://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/opinion/boys-violence-shootings-guns.html From the article: “America’s boys are broken. And it’s killing us. The brokenness of the country’s boys stands in contrast to its girls, who still face an abundance of obstacles but go into the world increasingly well equipped to take them on. Too many boys are trapped in the same suffocating, outdated model of masculinity, where manhood is measured in strength, where there is no way to be vulnerable without being emasculated, where manliness is about having power over others. They are trapped, and they don’t even have the language to talk about how they feel about being trapped, because the language that exists to discuss the full range of human emotion is still viewed as sensitive and feminine.”

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: AlmafiCoast

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall and Thelma and Louise. Christian Slater in Untamed Heart. Ted from Hey Dude! , Keanu Reeves in Speed…

    • ginger3 says...

      I highly recommend looking into NVC or Non-Violent Communication classes. They have workshops for kids/adults/families and professionals, etc. It takes getting used to to get the hang of it and ‘make it your own’ but it does present a way to discuss feelings and emotions.

      Also, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul – a great gift if your tween/teen is open to reading it!

  53. Emma Ricupero says...

    – brownies made with coconut oil instead of vegetable oil
    – looking forward to spring but most importantly summer and those warm summer nights, s’mores, cookouts, swimming; everything summer has to offer.
    – I’m worried that I’ll never find love and my daughter will grow up without a dad.
    – my dream trip is to go
    on a cruise
    – childhood celebrity crush: definitely Joseph Gordon Levitt

  54. Julia E says...

    A canelle from Balthazar (sooo good!)
    A paycheck
    Debt
    Greece
    Johnny Depp (ok maybe not really a childhood one, but a crush)

  55. Emily says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: On Valentine’s Day my husband recreated my favorite pasta from our local Italian spot in Brooklyn since we have a toddler and couldn’t splurge for a sitter – pappardelle with tomato cream sauce and bacon! And a simple arugula/lemon/olive oil salad. It was really lovely.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: The sun. Healthier, happier times outside with my daughter.
    What’s worrying you: The news, the seeming lack of empathy and logic in our country, whether I’m doing a good enough job as a mother.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Italy – never been but it’s a dream
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Tony Danza. My mom watched Who’s the Boss when I was quite young. Apparently I would shout excitedly “Tony, Tony!” when it came on.
    “What’s your emotional temperature?” Tepid, heavy with humidity, overcast

  56. B says...

    -delicious: in kind of a food rut, but had some delicious veggie pho over the weekend
    -excited for: spring! and some fun travel plans this year.
    -worried about: where to begin! is this how I meant to be living my life? how will it feel to have a second baby, and can we handle those first few years of two very little kiddos? what does the future of our country — political divisiveness, gun violence, inadequate access to health care, and more — look like? what about the world, and its displaced refugees, deteriorating environment, economic inequality? and what can i do to help?
    – australia, iceland, italy
    – robert Downey, jr — my tweenage self was devastated when he left the cast of ally mcbeal!

  57. Emma says...

    1. Some sort of Lindt slab, milk chocolate with vanilla cream and salted caramel inside
    2. Looking forward to everyone getting over the flu
    3. If my kids will be ok in this world and if I’m being too hard on the bigger one especially. And about finding a job again after 3 1/2 years (babies plus living overseas with no work visa)
    4. Scotland
    5. Christian Bale

  58. Michelle says...

    Hi from LA, Joanna! I live not far from Midland, the shop you posted on Instagram. :) Hope you guys are having fun despite the chilly weather!

    Something delicious you ate recently: marshmallow treat bars made with lucky charms! And soba noodles with avocado, kale, radish, chicken and sesame-miso dressing.

    What you’re looking forward to these days: our babymoon in Hawaii next month!

    What’s worrying you: what our country is going to do about better gun control. The fact that anyone at this point is still trying to say that guns aren’t at least part of the problem.

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Japan! I’m so eager to go, hopefully it’ll happen in the next year or two.

    Your childhood celebrity crush: does a crush starting around the age of 11 count? If so, John Mayer. lol.

  59. Baltina says...

    -choux a la creme with mixed berry fresh ginger compote.

    -summertime drives and warm sun on my face.

    – my daughter going to preschool in the fall and the lack of reassurance of her safely from people using guns to kill innocent people.

    – a trip with my daughter and aunt to South Korea to visit family.

    -JTT (Jonathan Taylor Thomas)

  60. I am heading to California tomorrow for one of my closest friend’s weddings. I just finished work and am so SO excited.

    Something delicious you ate recently: Ugh nothing good. Some mediocre meals from TB12 Purple Carrot.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: My friend’s Palm Springs wedding!! Eeeeeeeee!
    What’s worrying you: I just had ptosis surgery on my left eye and am worried it’s going to magically go back to being lazy overnight (even though I know it’s not…)
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: somewhere in Thailand or Indonesia
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Mikey from The Goonies

    Look forward to hearing about your trip!

  61. Anne says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: garlic mushrooms
    What you’re looking forward to these days: traveling to see my parents in Chicago
    What’s worrying you: flying with my infant for the first time
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Japan
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Jonathon Taylor Thomas

  62. Anna Kate says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Samoas
    What you’re looking forward to these days: when my husband returns from deployment
    What’s worrying you: so hard to choose just one… my kindergartener being safe in school
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Ireland
    Your childhood celebrity crush:

  63. I ate some leftover tortellini toasted in butter with curry powder and a big handful of arugula!
    I’m looking forward to spring and being able to grow things in my apartment garden box
    I’m worried about whether or not we are moving back to California
    My dream trip is either going to Japan and buying a suitcase full of washi tape and trying buddhist vegetarian food and trying to get around without knowing the language or visiting tea and spice gardens in India!
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Jon from NKOTB! I was so hopelessly in love with him!

  64. Colleen says...

    How fun!

    Delicious: swordfish kebobs with lemon, steamed mixed vegetables and a perfectly baked potato
    Looking forward to: spring. Blooming flowers, green grass, open windows.
    Worrying about: my daughter’s polarizing fear of getting shots, her overdue vaccinations and the looming deadline for health records for summer camp
    Travel to: London. Always. (Get it?)
    Childhood celebrity crush: Shaun Cassidy! That voice, that hair…

  65. Tess says...

    -Those Alison Roman salted chocolate chunk shortbread cookies with a mug of milky English breakfast after work
    -Seeing Pop-Up Magazine live in Atlanta this weekend
    -I’m doing a stand-up set on Tuesday
    -Vietnam
    -Freddie Prince Jr.

    • Lana says...

      Good luck on your stand-up!! Way to go!

    • Alli says...

      Come Tess! I’m in Vietnam ^_^.
      Alli

  66. Daniela says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: My Mom and I split a salad niçoise and had a glass of Sauvignon blanc each in San Francisco the other day. We also got some amazing bread and butter from this French restaurant. Simple but delicious!
    What you’re looking forward to these days: Going to Carmel with my boyfriend for a night and heading to a Scandinavian spa there!
    What’s worrying you: My finances. I recently moved and finding a new job has been rough, so working less than full time coupled with trying to furnish a new place has been hard financially.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Spain! Tapas, dancing, wine, siestas..
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Leonardo DiCaprio was the first!

  67. Jenny says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: carne asada burrito from La Taqueria in the Mission (San Francisco). Because sometimes the simplest things are the best.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: spending 10 days in NYC this summer. Reunion with my Columbia grad school mates, tickets for Dear Evan Hansen and eating at my favorite places (Emilio’s Ballato, Russ and Daughters, John’s Pizzeria, JG Melon and of course a delicious egg and cheese breakfast sandwich from a corner store).
    What’s worrying you: everything single thing about the Trump administration. Guns.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: I went to Bali when I was 25 with my best friend. I’m 50 now and I”d love to return with my family.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Nadia Comaneci

    • tara says...

      Think I watched the movie Nadia about a hundred times!

  68. Christy says...

    The last truly delicious thing I ate was a Wendy’s Frosty.
    I’m looking forward to renting a dumpster in the spring and cleaning out my garage and basement!
    I’m worried about a couple of cases at work, and whether i can survive being a lawyer.
    I’d like to take my daughter to LEGOland.
    Childhood crush was Eddie Vedder when I was 13.

    • Michelle says...

      I’ve been obsessed with Wendy’s frosty’s during my pregnancy! Especially the vanilla flavor, omg.

  69. Julie M. says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: molly yeh’s chicken pot tater tot Hot dish. OMG… you have to try if you haven’t already ?
    What you’re looking forward to these days: the smoky mountain’s wildflower week in April!!!
    What’s worrying you: yet-to-explained health issues
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: yellowstone or hawaii
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Leo

  70. Sarah says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Agh, I have no idea! Cause I’m on a meal plan currently.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: my date tomorrow night with a guy I click really well with and we talk endlessly
    What’s worrying you: re: date guy, am I initiating too much, am I too much for him etc etc. And also, what am I doing with my career, what do I really want to do?
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Scandinavia! I want to do Finland in winter for the northern lights, and then Denmark in summer
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Ian Thorpe, the Aussie Olympian Swimmer. He’s now out!

  71. Monte Avi says...

    Something delicious: Chocolate thunder stout in Boulder, CO. It was like James Bond and an ice cream float got together and birthed a heady 10% stout of my dreams.
    What you’re looking forward to these days:
    What’s worrying you: Hubs told me we need couples therapy. It struck me out of the blue and I can’t escape the thought that I somehow failed him.
    A trip you’d take: I’d love to get back into sailing and make my way up the west coast.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Usher! I hid his poster behind my door and would just look at it while listening to those sweet mellow tunes of his early tracks.

    Thanks for asking. It was a relief to share.

  72. Rebecca says...

    1. hamantaschen cookie
    2. Summer! The days already feel slightly longer with the sun visible on my commute home. I can’t wait to take long walks and play at the park with my boys.
    3. Constant worry of whether as a working mom I’m focusing enough on my kids and/or job. At times I feel I’m doing neither very well.
    4. Italy (for a month)
    5. Ethan Hawke

  73. R.S. says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: I had an incredible poutine on New Year’s Day at Drake’s in Oakland and have been thinking it about it ever since…

    What you’re looking forward to these days: Sitting down with my sketchbook when I get home from work and just futzing around. After getting a Bachelors in Art and then not drawing for the past 9 years, it’s nice to feel inspired and curious again

    What’s worrying you: There’s going to be an emotionally charged event this fall that I won’t be at, but I’m worried that it will break me all the same.

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Belize. Jaguars, beautiful crystal waters, amazing food, fascinating ruins!

    Your childhood celebrity crush: JTT, maybe? I wasn’t super crushed out as a kid, probably because we didn’t have TV or go see movies much.

  74. Steph says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: carmelized banana with blueberry ice cream!

    What you’re looking forward to these days: my daughter’s first word

    What’s worrying you: money, college, my daughter’s rare health condition

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Ireland, please

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Elvis (despite him being dead)

  75. Anon says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: The coppa breakfast sandwhich from Ps and Qs market (Portland, OR).
    What you’re looking forward to these days: Our littlest one is about to start standing on his own. I’m so excited for him, but also astounded at how quickly he is growing up.
    What’s worrying you: Gun control, the planet’s caretakers not care-taking. Lack of investment by our govt in renewable energy. Healthcare. The divide that seems to be growing in the US.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: The Middle East. I’d like to have a greater understanding of the landscape, people, and culture.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Leonardo DiCaprio.

    “What’s your emotional temperature?” I seem to be slowing recovering from the latest school shooting. One day I’m writing letters to my Senators and Representatives while cleaning and setting up playdates. The next I’m eating three Ocho peanut butter chocolate bars while watching Cars 3 and no drive to talk to anyone.

  76. lulu says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Salmon over couscous in a velvety tomato sauce. Secret dinner date I took by myself for my birthday.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: Starting my new business!
    What’s worrying you: Everything? Yeah, everything.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Iceland!!!!
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Lou Diamond Phillips & Elijah Wood. Turns out they both still are!

  77. Dear Joanna. Why does it always feel like you just have the exact right post & the exact right advice at the exact right time? Thank you so much for that.

    I’ve been having a really tough week – very emotional & trying on all fronts.

    So, back to the answers:
    1. I made a Peppermint crisp Ice Cream Cake last weekend & it was unreal.
    2. I started taking on more (freelance) work & have found it so stressful, so looking to find my balance & rhythm more.
    3. My own health. Had bloods taken this week because I’ve been so super tired.
    4. New York, New York!
    5.Had to google this… Rob Stewart who played Nick Slaughter in the series called “Tropical Heat” (apparently it was called “Sweating Bullets” in the US?). Hahaha!

  78. Sherri says...

    Uno: Tres Leche Pie
    Dos: Easter
    Tres: #45 and GOP
    Cuatro: I just returned home from spending a little over six weeks in a lovely fishing village in MX. No timeshares, no big hotels, no cruise ships, not too many Americans. It was perfecto and I want to go back.
    Cinco: Donny Osmond

  79. Taylor says...

    -My mom made lemony asparagus when I went over for dinner last week and it was lovely!
    -I’m excited to go back to work part time! I’ve been a stay at home parent for about three years. I recently had a second baby and I suddenly have a very strong urge to go back to work in some capacity. I love staying home with my kids, but I’m also excited to “get back out there”!
    -All the new-mom anxieties have come rushing back to me, but I’m working hard to stay calm :)
    -New Zealand is at the top of my travel bucket list, but I’d settle for a weekend away in Cambria, CA.
    -Val Kilmer! Batman Forever came out when I was in grade school and it’s the first time I can remember having a celeb crush!

  80. Brandy T says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: A pasta dish I made called Aglio E Olio…from the movie ‘Chef’.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: Spring
    What’s worrying you: pending medical test results (ovarian cyst)
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Bora Bora
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Leonardo DiCaprio…*swoon*

  81. Ciara says...

    1. The porridge I had for dinner tonight. I fancied it up with fresh raspberries (that burst in all their pink glory during cooking) topped with honey.

    2. Finishing my PhD (deadline 30 April) and reclaiming my life.

    3. My 21 year old sister who has autism and special learning needs. She’s looking for a boyfriend and can’t see her own vulnerabilities.

    4. I’ve always wanted to go to Cuba to be transported back in time.

    5. Jamie Bell (aka beautiful dancing Billy Elliott).

  82. Grace says...

    Emotional temp: Flustered. Feel like I could burst into tears at any moment for the past few weeks.

    Something delicious you ate recently: Made a really delicious peanut stir fry sauce last night.

    What you’re looking forward to these days: Planning a big trip for the spring. I love actually traveling but the anticipation is almost as satisfying. I wish travel agent was still a profession because I know I would be so good at it. Finding the best flight deals, reading train schedules and perusing Airbnb is my happy place.

    What’s worrying you: I worry that I’ve become too cynical about the world and people in general. I also wonder if my restlessness keeps me from being happy. Every few years I want to quit my job, move somewhere else and generally start over.

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Always want to return to Spain. The mountains of Norway are calling to me as well.

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Spot Conlon, the king of Brooklyn, from Newsies.

  83. Maggie says...

    1. Something delicious you ate recently: Dark Hot Chocolate from an adorable family-run chocolate shop in Salt Lake City called Hatch Family Chocolates. It was just as good as anything I had in Europe.
    2. What you’re looking forward to these days: Meeting my financial goal to buy a new car with cash. I’m over half-way there.
    3. What’s worrying you: Finding the balance of loving myself for who I am, flaws in all, and working on myself to be better in all aspects of my life.
    4. A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: So many places…Alalfi Coast, probably.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Elijah Wood in FLIPPER!!

  84. Lyndsey Follette says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Trader Joe’s mac n cheese mixed with spinach and sausage
    What you’re looking forward to these days: our new baby arriving!
    What’s worrying you: Having a toddler and a newborn
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Norwegian Fjords Cruise
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Justin Timberlake (still is!)

  85. Liz says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: dinner with one of my best friends at La Voile in Boston: magret de canard and a cafe gourmand (espresso with 3 mini desserts)
    What you’re looking forward to these days: the last days of ski season and then getting to use my new road bike when spring arrives for real
    What’s worrying you: perpetually being single and job stress
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: right now I’d go to the French Alps to ski in a heartbeat
    Your childhood celebrity crush: JTT or Freddie Prinze Jr.

  86. Melissa says...

    Something delicious you ate recently:
    Loads of guacamole! We were in Mexico last week at an all-inclusive – it was a dream!

    What you’re looking forward to these days:
    Finding a job. I was laid off last summer and am coming to the end of my employment insurance at the end of March. After enjoying very-much needed time off (I’ve been working non-stop for the last 15 years), raising a new puppy, getting back in touch with my creative side, it’s time to find what the next chapter of my career has to offer.

    What’s worrying you:
    That I won’t be able to find a job.

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere:
    Thailand. It’s next on our list!

    Your childhood celebrity crush:
    Leonardo DiCaprio (from his Growing Pains days!)

    • Christine says...

      Hi! Would you recommend the resort where you stayed? If so, would you mind telling me which one/where? Asking for personal vacation hopes :)
      (either way, sending you lots of good job-finding vibes)

  87. S says...

    1. Pistachio Pesto with gnocchi at the Bloomsbury Farmers Market in London but if you had asked last week (while I was on holidaybin New Zealand) I could have said everything at the Unknown Chapter Coffee Roasters in Christchurch who made our trip a delight
    2. We are going skiing in the Dolomites for Easter and so excited
    3. Oh just everything in the news. And I worry so much about how rash, ignorant policymaking is the new normal.
    4. My bucket list trip is a road trip through East Africa that ends in Namibia
    5. I’ve always loved Leo, young and current. Extra points because he does things like protect marine sanctuaries in the Seychelles.

    • Alice says...

      S- I work just by that farmer’s market and know EXACTLY what you mean about that pasta. Isn’t it just incredible!? :)

  88. Olive oil braised chickpeas with Swiss chard and cumin (via Melissa Clark’s life-changing Dinner: Changing the Game).
    Some amazing things that may be coming our way that I wish I could discuss.
    Being able to continue to afford to keep my 89 year old father, with slowly progressing dementia, in his beautiful “independent living” apartment that we mostly pay for…and the corollary: Not having enough money for us when we’re older (we have no children to help us). Come on, America. Get with the caregiver tax credit program…and the ability to deduct all expenses one has for elderly parents, whether or not they are taken as dependents on one’s tax return.
    Scandinavia! Or, my childhood home: Cologne, Germany.
    Prince Charles! (I’m 54.)
    Loved reading all the answers. What a super—and diverse!—group of smart people you’ve convened here, Jo,

  89. I’m in California too, for work this week and play next week. Thankfully, delicious meals are built into what I’m doing! There’s this amazing and completely unassuming restaurant near Union Square in San Francisco called Aquitaine where we met for a workshop welcome dinner last night downstairs in “La Cave” (their wine cellar). Plates of cheeses, charcuterie, fries, mussels, wine, an assortment of tasty entrees, and shared desserts. Uuuuggh, so good.

    I’m looking forward to my vacation next week! Spending a night in LA with a dear friend, then several days in Joshua Tree hiking, hanging out and business visioning with a few other amazing ladies, then going to a friend’s retreat. I’ve been looking forward to it so long that I want to put something on the calendar in my future to keep the good feeling going.

    I’m worried about moving out of a season of overwork into one with more space and making sure my own priorities get taken care of, especially in my work. The worry is that it won’t all work out as I step back to take a breather (though I think it will).

    If I could go anywhere, I’d go to Norway. My partner and I lived in coastal Alaska for several summers, and the climate is really similar but the culture is VERY different. I’ve wanted to go for years, so even though I want to go tons of places, that’s where I want to go next.

    Orlando Bloom as Legolas in the Lord of the Rings, long, blond braided hair and all. HA.

  90. Karen says...

    1. Chocolate coffee almond scones
    2. Traveling to France and Iceland in March
    3. A lot worrying me these days…always worrying if I’m doing a good job raising my teenage boys and guns and worried sick about the Trump administration’s failure to ever do anything to stop the sale of automatic/semi automatic weapons
    4.Japan, then Norway
    5. Shaun Cassidy (curious to know who else is old enough to know who this is!)

    • Elle says...

      #5 haha… yes, he was my crush too. I had (…still have? time to clean the attic!) his poster but didn’t want to hang it on my wall because I worried it would get ruined. I would slide it out of the record album it came in and unfold it to look at it. Then carefully put it back in. …Actually, maybe it’s not in the attic. Gotta go look through my records!

    • Allison Crossbee says...

      Yes, Shaun Cassidy! I remember him in the Hardy Boys tv show with Parker Stevenson in the late 70s. And I remember seeing him on some tv variety show singing “Da doo ron ron!”

    • Colleen says...

      I had Shaun Cassidy too! What a heartthrob…

    • Tami says...

      LOVED Shaun and David Cassidy but, I’ve got you beat, how about – wait. for. it. – Leif Garrett???
      Before all the drugs, crime and puffiness of course.
      (Good Lord, what was I thinking?)

  91. Mish says...

    I’m surprised that I’m sharing this here… but I’ve had better feelings on days that weren’t necessarily better… there was just less to think about. I’m quietly pregnant, and worried that I’ll have my third miscarriage. I feel stressed at work and keeping wondering if I should move on. My daughter just started school this year and I feel like I’m too depressed or distracted to concentrate on her learning. I’m pretty sure I’m depressed, but I’m not sure what to do about it… because I could be imaging it. Really, all I want to do is sit quietly by myself… but at the same time, maybe that’s not ideal either.
    Ugh… it was a relief to write that down somewhere.

    • Ciara says...

      The relief you felt writing that down is just a tiny fraction of the relief you’d feel after talking through you fears. Lots of love to you xx

    • Rebecca Smith says...

      Mish, I’m so glad you wrote it all out! And I feel compelled to say that therapy is awesome (I have to say that because I’m a therapist but from many years on the couch myself, I’d firmly believe it if I chose a different career path too). And before you’re sure you’re depressed is an excellent time to go, to make sure things stay ok rather than pulling everything back up to baseline once crisis mode starts. It can just be nice to get it all out once you find one that’s a good fit :) good luck mama!

    • Daniela says...

      Thanks for sharing – depression is so tough and isolating. I’ve been there and what’s helped me is finding the simple joys in the day to day.. a cup of tea, a hot bath, anything you can do to take care of yourself.

    • Julie M. says...

      I think it’s great that you wrote that down, Mish…. I don’t know what you’re going through exactly, but I’m pulling for you to feel better. Xoxox.

    • I have a close friend who has recently struggled with something that sounds similar. I would encourage you to speak to someone about it! Therapy can be so, well, therapeutic, and can just kick start some different ways of thinking or realizations.

      Either way, good luck with your pregnancy! Thinking of you and hoping the Spring brings you joy and light.

    • Mandy says...

      <3 hang in there

    • Mariana says...

      Please talk to someone: a therapist, a friend, call a support line…someone that can help you overcome those feelings. You must take care of yourself, for you and for your children. Wish you all the best <3

    • Ingrid says...

      Prayers. But talk to someone. Get some help. You can’t beat depression on your own. DO IT! That’s how it gets you. It keeps you from doing something about it. Please. For yourself, your daughter, your whole family….

    • Stephanie says...

      I am just a random person on this amazing site, but wanted to say it’s ok to take time for yourself and be kind to yourself—it sounds like you have a lot on your mind and in your life. Fingers crossed for you on this pregnancy, and warm wishes!

    • Laura C. says...

      Go on Mish, you’ll manage it out! Ask for help, therapy is the best thing to do for you. I’ll be praying for you and your baby in the meantime. ❤️

  92. Something delicious you ate recently: Alison Roman’s spiced lamb with crispy chickpeas, garlicky yogurt, and greens from her Dining In cookbook! Oh my gosh, everything in that book is just the best.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: My Paris/London trip in the fall! My husband and I are finally going to take our first international trip together since our honeymoon, for our 5 year anniversary. I’ve been planning it literally since we were dating, but hey other readers: I could really use recommendations for London and the countryside! (I have SO many Paris recs, but none for London! Help!)
    What’s worrying you: When I’ll get a break from feeling stressed at work.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Well, I think if I could go anywhere right now, it would be Kenya! I have a friend who just traveled there recently and her photos were so incredibly gorgeous. I had no idea!
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Christian Bale in Little Women as Laurie, and Gilbert Blythe! Oh my goodness, by first two loves. <3 <3

    • Anne says...

      Yes!!! Gil forever!! God, I loved him so much! Thank you for bringing back great memories. I had forgotten.

    • Gabrielle says...

      OMG I also wrote Christian Bale. But in “Newsies”. I forgot about Little Women. Gilbert Blyth would also be my #2!!!

    • Alice says...

      Hey, what kind of London/ countryside recommendations are you after? I live in London, and grew up in rural Devon, but have a pretty good knowledge of the south of the UK as a whole… let me know what kind of tips you’re after and I can try to help! :)

    • Thanks for your replies!

      Alice: I’m looking for food recommendations, interesting sites to see that aren’t the typical touristy ones, what neighborhoods are fun to stay in, etc. And as far as the countryside: what towns make for great one-day stopovers? I’ve always dreamed of visiting Oxford and the Lake District (though I know that’s quite far north). We’d love to do a lot of walking, too, to really enjoy the beautiful scenery. Cities that come to my mind are Bath, Cornwall, but other than that I’m not sure what are the can’t-miss country-towns. Thank you!!

    • Alice says...

      Hi Lindsey! Okay, that’s really useful to know- here are some recommendations!
      In terms of London neighbourhoods that would be fun to stay in, I’d recommend Notting Hill, Hampstead, Chiswick (though it’s a bit further out), and Hackney. My own neighbourhood of Balham is also lovely :)

      In terms of things to see that are a bit off the tourist trail, Hackney and the surrounding neighbourhoods are great; I’d strongly recommend walking from Chiswick to Putney along the river path (about 6 miles); walking from Waterloo Station to Tower Bridge along the river is also wonderful (you go past so many big sites- London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe, etc) and there are great pubs and Borough Market en route!). Hampstead and Hampstead Heath are wonderful places to wander, and I’d recommend a roast at The Spaniards :) Realistically though, every neighbourhood has its own lovely pockets and its own personality, so I really would recommend a lot of wandering!

      In terms of foodie tips, my favourite restaurants include Dishoom, Nopi, Bao, Granger & Co, Polpo, and Yalla Yalla. The Lighterman, The American bar in Zedel, and London Grind are good places for drinks, but so are most of the pubs to be honest :)

      In terms of outside of London, Cornwall is lovely, as you say- but it’s a county, not a city! The only city in Cornwall is Truro, and St Ives, Padstow, and Falmouth are lovely towns. The entire coastline is gorgeous, and King Arthur’s castle is in Tintagel. Devon is also wonderful (it’s where I grew up) and Exeter is a wonderful city. Tavistock, where I went to school, is a beautiful market town dating back to the 9th Century :) Devon and Cornwall are amazing places for walking- Dartmoor in particular is beautiful and vast and wild, and the coastal paths around both counties are great!

      I’d also recommend Bath, Bristol, Cardiff (the capital city of Wales!), Oxford, Cambridge, Norwich (and all of Norfolk too), Brighton, Whitstable, Cantebury, and Winchester as lovely towns and all would be good one-day stopovers. Manchester is also incredible and a good place to stop on your way to the Lake District or Peak District.

      I hope this helps! Have a wonderful trip!

    • Oh my GOSH!! You are amazing!! Thank you so much for all those recommendations! I truly had no idea where to start (or that Cornwall was not a city, apparently). This has helped tremendously! And you’ve made Dartmoor sound completely fantastic- “vast and wild”- exactly what I hope for!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Such great recommendations, Alice!

      And Lindsey, Cornwall is soooo beautiful. It’s near and dear to my heart since my grandparents live in the fishing village of Polruan, across the harbor from Fowey: https://cupofjo.com/2014/08/our-england-vacation/

      We usually stay with them the whole time, and it’s beautiful there (Fowey is a cute seaside town; the coastal paths are so, so beautiful for walks; and Lantic Bay is a gorgeous beach you can hike down to), but this summer we’re hoping to explore a little more. This hotel in Penzance looks so lovely: http://chapelhousepz.co.uk/the-house/

      And it’s close to St Ives and other beautiful places. It’s also close to St Michael’s Mount, which is amazing — you can only walk to it by foot when the tide is low, look at these photos: https://www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk/plan-your-visit

      xoxoxo Have the best time exploring England!

    • Alice says...

      Oh you’re so welcome Lindsey! And thanks, Joanna for complimenting me on my tips ;) if you ever want a London guide/ some kind of UK guide, I’d be more than happy to help!

      Joanna, I’d also REALLY recommend the Bedruthan hotel for your next trip- great for families, in a stunning location (Mawgan Porth)- I’m sure you’d love it! https://www.bedruthan.com/

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!!!!!

  93. Jennifer Goddard says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: My husband made sweet potato & cauliflower soup with homemade bread. So comforting and delicious at the same time.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: Shopping trip to Ft. Lauderdale; outlet mall here I come!
    What’s worrying you: My mother-in-law starts chemotherapy on Monday. I can’t stop wondering what it’s going to be like for her.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Masai Mara, to see all the majestic wildlife that may not exist one day soon.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Richard Greico ( ha ha)

  94. Denise says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: My fiance made us a home-cooked dinner for Valentine’s Day — steak, mashed potatoes, sauteed onions and mushrooms, and a gorgeous cabernet sauvignon. I’m still thinking about it!

    What you’re looking forward to these days: I just got tickets to see Angels in America on Broadway in March…I’m be counting down the days! Oh yeah, and my wedding in July ;)

    What’s worrying you: Waning motivation to do hobbies and take time for myself. I need to hold myself accountable.

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: I have had a strange fixation on the remote island of Tristan da Cunha for years. I’m sure it would be an abysmally boring vacation, but just the idea of going somewhere so removed from the rest of the world excites me!

    Your childhood celebrity crush: As a youngin’, Devon Sawa in Casper and Leo in Titanic. In middle and early high school, I was particularly fond of Hayden Christensen as Anakin in Episode 3. Don’t know what that says about me…

  95. Meg says...

    Also, Jo, how are you? What is your emotional temperature?

  96. Stephanie says...

    Something delicious I ate recently: Chicken Tikka Masala from Kama Bistro (shared with my 10 year old, who never had Indian food before)
    What I’m looking forward to these days: Walking the kids to school in my ballet flats and cropped jeans with a new spring jacket.
    What’s worrying me: That my kids are growing up in an America that has lock down drills starting in kindergarten and that they will grow up with school shootings as a normal part of life.
    A trip I’d take, if I can go anywhere: I’d return to the Italian island of Capri
    My childhood celebrity crush: Ricky Schroeder

  97. Something delicious you ate recently: A Raspberry Honeymooner donut (raspberry puree inside a fluffy, powdered sugar-dusted pastry.) Okay, fine….I ate two.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: Birthing my baby girl in April. Learning to breastfeed. And finishing my second novel.
    What’s worrying you: So many people in the world need something (clean water, encouragement, money, a friend, etc.) My efforts to help feel so small.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Greece.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Sylvester Stallone (esp. in Rocky II)
    Emotional temp: Good. Stable, mostly. I’m more committed to living in the present, and that makes a big difference.

  98. Midge says...

    Thank you for asking! I want a giant wodge of chocolate layer cake, so I’ll pretend I just ate that. It’s National Margarita Day so I’m looking forward to having drinks with friends later. I am going to Paris in June and am planning/daydreaming about that. And I am FURIOUS about gun control. I see those amazing kids from Florida and weep.

    My emotional temperature is all over the place. Yesterday, my kid took extra-long walking home from middle-school yesterday, right after I heard sirens, and my stomach was in knots. This morning was a late school start and I was deeply grateful to snuggle my children in a cozy, warm house and think, how lucky are we? The pendulum swings, every day.

  99. Meg says...

    Please never stop doing these posts. I love them so dearly.

    Delicious: I made pot roast when my mom was visiting – she used to make it for me and it is so delicious in winter.
    Looking forward to: a trip for Florida with my kids where they will swim all day and fall asleep early so my husband and I can have stay – home dates every night.
    Worried – school shootings – I am a teacher and the front door of my school remains unlocked. Thankfully this is not the case at the school my children attend.
    A trip I’d take if I could go anywhere – Block Island to see what its like in the late winter/early spring. I see that harbor seals are stopping by!
    Childhood crush – Fred Savage

  100. Kacie says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Home made strawberry pop tarts
    What you’re looking forward to these days: my wedding
    What’s worrying you: living up to my own expectations. I am currently working two jobs and just got promoted at one. I want to do a great job at both and I still have wedding things to do. I just don’t want to disappoint anyone
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: I’d love to the south of France and cruise over to Spain
    Your childhood celebrity crush: 13 year old me loved John Cusack but only in High Fidelity

  101. Elisabeth says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Marcella Hazan’s homemade bolognese, made earlier this winter and thawed on a busy evening. Perfect!

    What you’re looking forward to these days: Hopefully, a job! (Fingers crossed.) I’m an aspiring professor, currently working as an adjunct, but there are two promising opportunities that actually seem to be working out! So after three years on the job market, it seems like things might fall into place. Though writing this makes me worry about jinxing it.

    What’s worrying you: Not getting a job ;-) And generally what the future holds for me and my family.

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: I’d go back to Australia (Sydney), but stop in a few other cities and New Zealand this time. We went on the most wonderful trip last fall.

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Mmmmm… not sure? But I currently have a huge crush on Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (who doesn’t?!).

  102. Sarah says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: a local soul food place today with my work group and everything was great. My favs: black eyes peas, fried potatoes, yams
    What you’re looking forward to these days: what my future will look like
    What’s worrying you: Three things: 1. my 24 yr old son who is struggling with coming into himself, and successfully managing his speech problems, career and adulthood. 2. Our country, it’s well-being. I’ve been suffering from election anxiety since 2016 and it has yet to subside (no surprise why….) 3. If I should walk away from a solid, great career and start over in Nashville to be with family
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: A culinary guided tour through South America or Europe
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Kirk Cameron

    My temp? Navigating being newly divorced and living alone for the first time as an adult delivers both ends of the emotional spectrum. By and large, I am doing well. High 60’s!

    PS- I adore this blog and the lovely readers who share their insights. What an inspiration!

  103. Marcella says...

    I just love how you’re checking in on all of us, Joanna :)

    What you’re looking forward to these days: I’m going on a trip to London and Paris in April and I’m SO EXCITED to see Paris. Lifelong dream after growing up watching Madeline.
    What’s worrying you: What everyone else is worrying about… gun control and also how my debt to income ratio is too high for me to buy a house yet. Going to be living at my parents house forever?!?!?!
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Maybe back to Sevilla, Spain where I studied abroad but I would probably cry because it’s not the same as it was when I was there.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: probably Leonardo DiCaprio.

  104. Something delicious you ate recently: Afghan meatballs from Sameem’s in St. Louis
    What you’re looking forward to these days: a day in St. Louis without rain
    What’s worrying you: artificial intelligence
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Bali
    Your childhood celebrity crush Leonardo DiCaprio, then, now and always

    • Oh, and emotional temp – 99.9 degrees. Could cool down a bit, but feeling okay to function.

  105. Lydia says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: my boyfriend’s homemade sourdough
    What you’re looking forward to these days: having the sun come up earlier
    What’s worrying you: potential job change
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Amsterdam- with my family because I don’t see them enough either.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Christian Slater

  106. Mollie says...

    1. Something delicious you ate recently: pesto pizza with a really thin, crispy crust
    2. What you’re looking forward to: spring! It was 70 degrees in Boston yesterday and now I can’t wait for warmer weather to be here for real
    3. What’s worrying you: I applied for a job that I’m really excited about, had a phone interview and now I’m waiting to hear if I’ll get an in-person interview. I’m worried I won’t get the job…
    4. A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Kauai
    5. Your childhood celebrity crush: Harrison Ford

  107. Bridgette says...

    Working backwards. A few years ago, with the perspective of age I realized my first crush was Kristi Yamaguchi in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. I thought I just reeeeeeaaally liked figure skating.

    I’d travel to Seattle. Our sperm donor is there and we are trying to make a baby. I get worried shipping those little guys across the country.

    Worried about everything. Mostly my students, the children I know, and the world we are building for them. I’ve been digging deep into my well of compassion for conservatives because every day I’m pissed at them for who they put in power or what they’re willing to let those people do.

    Looking forward to a girls weekend with my college best friends. We’re planning and joining the March for our Lives. I can’t think of a better way to spend time with my wonderful, badass, smart, strong and loving friends.

    We just ate the best fish and jerk chicken at Lolo’s in Harlem. Caribbean food that felt like sunshine on days that feel dark (figuratively and literally).

  108. Alex says...

    Love these posts! It’s comforting to read the comments and remember we are all going through things and just trying to make it work. Another reminder that being kind and thoughtful can truly make such a difference.

    Something delicious you ate recently: Girl Scout cookies, from my cute 6th grade neighbor, Penny

    What you’re looking forward to these days: Going to visit my brother later this year. He lives in Australia and I haven’t gotten to see him in ages.

    What’s worrying you: Too much these days: working too much (and needing to work up the courage to ask for a raise), struggles my family and friends are facing, the violence and hatred that is becoming all too normal in our country

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: I’m so thankful I’ve finally built up enough frequent flier miles from work travel to visit Australia!

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Leo DiCaprio, always

  109. Bridgette says...

    Working backwards. A few years ago, with the perspective of age I realized my first crush was Kristy Yamaguchi in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.

    I’d travel to Seattle. Our sperm donor is there and we are trying to make a baby. I get worried shipping those little guys across the country.

    Worried about everything. Mostly my students, the children I know, and the world we are building for them. I’ve been digging deep into my well of compassion for conservatives because every day I’m pissed at them for who they put in power or what they’re willing to let those people do.

    We just ate the best fish and jerk chicken at Lolo’s in Harlem. Caribbean food that felt like sunshine on days that feel dark (figuratively and literally).

    • Grace says...

      Digging into your well of compassion. I love how you phrased that.

  110. Dawn says...

    1. Girl Scout Samoa cookies (they’re back!)
    2. I’m looking forward to a trip I’m taking with my best friend to New Orleans this spring.
    3. Today was a tough day. I had to decide to put my faithful, loving, sweet puppy down. She was almost 16 years old and her kidneys were failing her. My two kids just left for a school trip this morning and they will be coming home this Sunday. I have decided not to mention anything to them over the weekend until they come home. I am worried that they will be crushed to not find her waiting on the steps when they get home.
    4. I’ve been dreaming of Italy or Iceland for some time. But Fiji is looking good too…
    5. Simon Le Bon
    6. emotional temp: see # 3, but tomorrow is a new day.

    • Lidia says...

      Oh, Dawn, I’m so sorry! Losing your sweet pet is awful enough and also having to worry about how your kids will handle it makes it even more difficult. I will say that kids are way more resilient than we give them credit for…they will be okay. In the mean time, be kind to yourself and spoil yourself right now while you have a little extra time, you need it and deserve it!

  111. Molly says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Double chocolate espresso brownie
    What you’re looking forward to these days: Seeing Lorde in concert next week
    What’s worrying you: My baby’s sleep issues
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Paris
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Leonardo Dicaprio :)

  112. My husband was out of town for a week, so I made a vat of one of my favorite (and his least favorite) dishes of all time – slow-simmered lentil stew topped with shredded raw carrot, homemade roasted salsa, and parmesan, which I learned to make at my high-school job at a short-lived “healthy fast food” place – and ate it for lunch and dinner every day. I cranked the garlic up to vampire-genocide levels and was happy as a clam; I love communal meals, but weird solo meals are THE BEST.

    • Sarah says...

      Oh, I love weird solo meals so much! This warmed my heart. It’s my favorite thing to make a huge amount of food and eat it for lunch and dinner for two/three days when my partner is out of town. And vampire strength garlic—yes!

    • Rebecca says...

      Ha ha, totally relate to this. LOVE a weird solo meal! And yours sounds particularly amazing.

  113. Vanessa says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: woodfired pizza. Always. It’s my favourite. Saw an Instagram of it yesterday and it reaffirmed how happy I was to have a woodfired pizza truck cater my wedding last summer.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: spring!
    What’s worrying you: I turn 31 in a little over a month and I’m worried I’m settling. Am I where I want to be in life? Is this the best yet? Do I want kids or not?
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Brazil! Or India
    Your childhood celebrity crush: I was always very uncertain as a kid. Probably Prince William.

    • Jamie says...

      Haha, did I write this?

  114. Anu says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: A simple angel hair and pesto dish with homemade pesto and real deal parmesan.

    What you’re looking forward to these days: Our spring break staycation. My husband and I are taking 3 days off during our kids’ spring break and we are planning on going to the zoo, children’s museum, playing board games, watching movies, just being together.

    What’s worrying you: School shootings. When will our kids and teachers be safe in school?

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Paris. I’m turning 40 next year and my daughter’s turning 10, we will be taking the trip of a lifetime next summer.

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Tom Cruise. Ugh.

  115. Caroline says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Homemade mac and cheese. Perfect for this endless Minnesota winter.

    What you’re looking forward to these days: a trip to Portugal this summer with my sister. Our first-ever sisters vacation!

    What’s worrying you: A recent breakup, and navigating the uncomfortable feelings of sadness and loss. I know there’s no one way to get through it, but I’m still struggling with the feeling that I’m not getting it right.

    I’m also worrying about my friends who are teachers, who are doing active shooter drills with their students this week. I worry about the well-being of the students as they return to classes in Parkland, FL. Our reality is hard to bear right now.

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Italy, to learn how to make pizza and fresh pasta.

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Shane West from A Walk to Remember! Forever and always.

    Thankful for this space <3

    • Elisabeth says...

      I live in Minnesota, too! What cheese do you use? I’m on the hunt for the perfect homemade replica of Kraft macaroni and cheese.

    • Andrea says...

      Had homemade Mac and cheese for this MN winter (I live in St. Paul) last night!!! Pro tip: we used the extra cheese like a fondue and dipped crusty bread in it while we waited for it to bake. ??
      Also, Shane West in a walk to remember! YES.
      Did we just become best friends?!

    • Julie M. says...

      Break ups are sooo hard. I’m sorry you’re dealing with that :( …just try to think about Portugal every time you start think about it.

    • Jenna says...

      Thank you for reminding me of Shane West in A Walk to Remember! That was probably my favorite movie ever when I was younger and thinking of it now brought me a little bit of happiness. Makes me want to rewatch it :)

    • Elisabeth says...

      Caroline, thanks for the tip!

  116. Kristy says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: a piece of dark chocolate my husband gave me for Valentine’s Day
    What you’re looking forward to these days: Warmer weather! The opportunity to wear sandals and cropped pants and no coat!
    What’s worrying you: nothing really, I’m not too much of a worrier
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Oh, I would go ANYWHERE, but today, because of the cold, rainy weather, I think I would pick the southern coast of Australia . Its currently warm, there is a beach and I can have an adventure – my 3 current requirements for “trips to take during a long winter that will not end”.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: JTT & Leonardo Dicaprio

    • Oh to be “not much of a worrier”!! Obviously everyone has their own struggles but my one and only wish, were I granted one, would be to be less of a worrier. It’s chronic and it steals joy from my life and I’ve been working to beat it into submission my whole life so please take a minute to revel in gratitude for me that you get to live an easy, breezy life :) Haha

  117. Alice says...

    Delicious thing: chocolate stout cake from Smitten Kitchen. Always exceptional, cannot mess it up.

    Looking forward to: finishing the couch to 5k program and doing longer runs. I’m a yoga head but loving the running buzz!
    Finishing a screenplay (8 pages to go!)
    Also, my 40th. I’m really looking forward to celebrating all I’ve done, seen, and achieved so far – I’m exceptionally grateful and fairly proud. Lately, I’ve felt grateful just to have made it this far.

    Worried about: one of my sisters. She’s having a really hard time.
    Guns. I live in Scotland, but my heart is in shreds for what is happening in the U.S. right now. It is utterly senseless.

    Where I’d go: Australia (to see sister) and Bali and New Zealand while I’m over there!

    Crush: River Phoenix, Matt Dillon in Rumblefish era, Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing. If I hadn’t stated my age you’d have guessed it!

    But I’m feeling lonely for having NO IDEA who JTT is. Off to google…

    • Mariana says...

      Ahah I also have no idea, you’re not alone!

    • María José says...

      I also loved River Phoenix! ?

    • mikaela says...

      Jonathan Taylor Thomas = JTT.

  118. Mariana says...

    1- Chocolate brownie icecream
    2- Spring!
    3- I worry about going back to a job I dread after my maternity leave. And, although I’m not american not live there, I worry that your country will go back to the wild west days, when everybody carried a gun.
    4- Australia
    5- Mark-Paul Gosselaar
    Have a great time in California!

  119. Kara says...

    1. A warm cup of esquites from a street vendor in Mexico City.
    2. Wednesdays. I recently started a reduced work schedule and now work 4 days a week instead of 5. Every Wednesday spent puttering around my house, taking a walk with a friend, or spending extra time with my kid feels like a gift.
    3. Politics and earthquakes.
    4. Winter storm watching in Tofino BC.
    5. Shawn Hunter from Boy Meets World!

  120. Tammy says...

    What you’re looking forward to these days: Spring! I can’t wait for the greenery to start pushing it’s way out.
    What’s worrying you: Trying to figure out how to support my husband/co-parent through his anxiety and depression while taking on more of the physical and emotional stress in the household without totally drowning myself. I adore him, but am I losing out on a happy life if I’m always living with his sadness?
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Paris first, because I’ve never been. Singapore sounds amazing! (Been reading Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asian books.) New Zealand.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: I loved Lloyd Dobbler. Not John Cusack, but the character he played in “Say Anything.” I often fall in love with the characters rather than the celebs. Like, I’m sure John Krasinski is a nice guy, but Jim is the one who stole my heart.

  121. Sam says...

    Hi Joanna,

    I’m up for a pop quiz. :)

    Something delicious you ate recently: Brussel Sprout Rosti (via Molly Yeh’s cookbook, Molly On the Range) and an aged gouda cheese from Wisconsin.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: I am moving into a new (tiny) apartment in two weeks and i’m really excited to live in a different location and decorate a new space. :)
    What’s worrying you: Tomorrow afternoon i’m having Lasik and i’ve been filled with angst all week. I’ve never had surgery in my life, so this will be a big first.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: I would love to go to Vienna, Austria (and possibly Zurich and Munich during the same trip). I’ve heard the hiking is great and the views are beautiful.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Justin Timberlake (still a crush!)

    • Julie says...

      Sam,
      I just had lasik last Friday. It was a breeze and I could see as clear and perfectly as ever the very next day.
      I was scared too, but remember it’s so routine now. It’s all electronic. And it’s quick! You will do great!

  122. Anne says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Smitten Kitchen’s mini meatloves with brown butter mashed potatoes (pure heaven!)

    What you’re looking forward to these days: I’m getting married this June, so that’s definitely #1 on this list, and I’m also reallly looking forward to seeing black panther this weekend :)

    What’s worrying you: The state of things in our nation and in our world right now is where my mind goes right away. It seems like a week can’t pass without something earth shattering taking place be it political or otherwise. On a personal note, I’m also working on balancing excitement for the future with the stress that comes with planning a big event like this wedding. So many decisions!

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Italy (especially after seeing Call Me By Your Name). Specifically I want to go to Rome and the Amalfi Coast (I’ve been to Florence and seen a bit of Milan). Fingers crossed we’ll be going there next year ;)

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Justin Timberlake. Did anyone else here see the letter Greta Gerwig wrote to him re: using his song ‘Cry Me A River’ in Lady Bird. I definitely related to every bit of her gushing enthusiasm.

    • Michelle says...

      Wedding planning really is stressful! But congrats, that’s certainly something to look forward to.

      PLEASE go to Rome and the Amalfi Coast. My husband and I went on our honeymoon and almost four years later still routinely reminisce about meals we had and things we did on that trip. This may sound random but when you go, I urge you to try to stay at the Monastero Santa Rosa in Conca dei Marini. Look it up and you’ll see why ;)

  123. Em says...

    1. Homemade brownies from Stella Park’s Bravetart. Her baking recipes are just the best.
    2. I’m organizing a concert at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in March, and I’m excited to see this project become a reality after all the hard work that’s gone into it!
    3. Trying to figure out a balance between my work that pays the bills and my *real* work that satisfies everything else.
    4. Sweden/Norway
    5. Heath Ledger in A Knight’s Tale

  124. riye says...

    1) Skirt steak in kal-bi style marinade made by a friend. Good hot and cold.
    2) Looking forward to welcoming new person into our little office.
    3) Afraid that the #Metoo meeting this afternoon will disappoint people. I’m crossing my fingers that good things will come out of this meeting.
    4) UK (London, Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, the Hebredies–one day!)
    5) Aragorn from the Lord of the Rings books. (I was a bigger reader than TV watcher.)

  125. Laura says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: At our board meeting today at work there were free sandwiches and I had an amazing roast beef one with horseradish mayo and a super fresh fruit salad- heaven!
    What you’re looking forward to these days: The weather warming up!
    What’s worrying you: Getting a permanent job
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Dalmatian coast and Dubrovnik to see where they film game of thrones
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Harrison Ford

  126. Sara C. says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Ella’s Salad, from Elly Says Opa!
    What you’re looking forward to these days: Having some down time with my kiddo
    What’s worrying you: Needing to replace asbestos laden heating pipes in our 1921 condo. Both the $ and the environmental hazard. Eek.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Skiing somewhere with good snow and pretty mountains.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Bono

  127. JulieB says...

    – I’m having trouble remembering the last really delicious thing I ate….
    – Life someday settling back into routine.
    – I’m worried about my husband. Two weeks ago, responding to a 911 call, his fire truck slid on ice and rolled. I got the call at 1am. He ended up with a severe concussion and even after two weeks of recuperation is struggling with major deficits.
    – The cooking school from the blog Manger

    • Maria says...

      Good luck Julie! Lots of love to you :)

    • Kim says...

      Julie, sending you and your husband lots of healing vibes.

  128. Hailey says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Ribs! My boyfriend grilled some ribs with tandoori spices, baked some potatoes and made a chopped salad.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: A trip to LA! I want lots and lots of sun.
    What’s worrying you: Overwhelmed with life; worried about not handling the stresses of life properly.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Japan
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Uncle Jesse

    As for my emotional temperature, things are pretty rainy right now. Like a constant drizzle and no sun. I feel like the emotional city I’m living in is Seattle. But summer always comes and with that comes the sun. I just have to ride this out. Life can be overwhelming but I am grateful for the ebb and flow.

    xoxo

    • ginger3 says...

      It was gloriously sunny in seattle today, just sayin’…(the sun could come ouuuut, tomorrow, tomorrow…bet your bottom dollar there’ll be sun tomorrrowww….!)

      Also, a daily dose of a good, food-based B Complex vitamin and 5000mg of D3 really help stress-filled, moody lows, fyi…

  129. Claire says...

    I love when you do these

    I made the most delicious kale and sausage soup this week. It’s basically sausage drowned in milk and cream and some kale to make you feel like you’re not just drinking fat, it’s perfect for the cold, rainy weather we’re having.

    I am looking forward to sunshine and my girls talking more and getting projects around the house. Little things.

    I am very worried about gun laws and the fact that my 4 year old has lock down drills at his preschool. Mid-term primaries are coming up and I’ve been bugging as many people about voting as possible.

    If I could go anywhere, I’d scoop all five of us up and we’d be off to Europe. Maybe Denmark?

    I remember very early on STRONGLY disliking Topanga from Boy Meets World. It took me a few episodes to realize it was because I loved Corey too. Ben Savage <3

  130. Amber says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: An incredible sausage/mushroom/spinach/sharp cheddar egg bake my best friend’s husband made while we were visiting them in LA. I copied the recipe and have eaten it for breakfast every day since. IT’S. A. MAZING.

    What you’re looking forward to these days: The birth of my sweet baby boy (!). Seeing Black Panther tonight even though I don’t like superhero movies because IT MATTERS, IT MATTERS, IT MATTERS. Paid work trip to a resort (!!!) and then (not paid, personal) trip to Harry Potter World in April. Dinner.

    What’s worrying you: Hoping my husband can find a job he LOVES and in which he feels fulfilled. Hoping this sweet baby boy continues to grow healthy and strong and there are no health complications.

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: England England England. The only place I have left that I HAVE to go before I die.

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Paul Walker.

    Emotional temperature: About 68*. I just sat through an Enneagram workshop in the middle of my (boring) workday and it just completely energized me. I feel so balmy now!

  131. polyana says...

    I LOVE quizzes!

    Something delicious you ate recently: I made the best black eyed pea vinaigrette today. It’s summer where I am, so it was such a refreshing lunch on a warm day!
    What you’re looking forward to these days: I have 2 girlfriends coming to visit me this weekend!
    What’s worrying you: I’m a travel agent, and so whenever I have clients traveling, I worry about them. It’s so hard to not be a mom about it and not text them every day to see how they’re doing and if they’re having fun.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: To visit my parents in CT
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Freddie Prinze Jr, hands down <3

  132. Rebecca says...

    How fun!

    Something delicious you ate recently: Curried lentil, tomato and coconut soup https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/curried-lentil-tomato-and-coconut-soup

    What you’re looking forward to these days: Time alone (I’m currently staying home with my 2 and 4 year old kiddos, and I don’t get much time “off”!)

    What’s worrying you: Gun control and the current political temp in this country. Serious question: Are we headed for civil war?

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Back to Turkey or maybe the mountains of Japan

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Christian Bale (Newsies!)

  133. IC says...

    1. Delicious food: spaghetti and meatballs from Nigella Lawson.
    2. Looking forward to more sunshine.
    3. Worried by trouble at work.
    4. A trip to a place with warm weather, white beaches and blue water would be nice.
    5. Childhood crush: Brian from the Backstreet Boys

  134. Betsy Cooke says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: A delicious Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich for lunch today! I’m 12 weeks pregnant and my appetite has been all over the place, so I’ve really been relishing the simple, satisfying basics lately.

    What you’re looking forward to these days: I’m flying to Venice, Florida in March to relax on the beach and spend five days with my snowbird parents. I’m looking forward to unplugging, taking warm weather walks, and having long chats with my mom and dad, just the three of us.

    What’s worrying you: So many things – being pregnant is a whole new exercise in worrying about all the things that could go wrong. Genetic testing is next week, so that’s the next big worry on my radar.

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: So many places, but I’d really love to go to Italy in the Summer after having just seen Call Me By Your Name (swoon).

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Keanu Reeves! (In Speed) But that still stands. He’s a smokeshow, and a good person to boot!

  135. Steph says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: a manchego cheese quesadilla with carne asada
    What you’re looking forward to these days: going to the gym to de-stress, graduating from my masters program, being able to do the travel that I am daydreaming about
    What’s worrying you: What will I be doing in the next year? Will I be alone forever?
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: South America!
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Aladdin (ha!), and Leonardo DiCaprio

    emotional temperature: anxious, but reliant and (trying to be) focused

    • Steph says...

      *resilient

  136. I had the most delicious dinner of brussel sprouts, pork ragu tufoli, stuffed meatballs, and salted caramel budino for dessert at a restaurant called Barbuzzo in Philly over the weekend. I was in town to see the revival of one of my favorite musicals called Passing Strange; it had a run on Broadway ten years ago. One of my best girlfriends from childhood came with me and we had a grand time.

  137. Anne says...

    Something delicious you ate recently:
    Just a smoked turkey sandwich from a deli I stepped into, but they cut the lettuce to fit the bread… Who does that?? It was made with such care.

    What you’re looking forward to these days: My son learning to speak and walk!

    What’s worrying you: Going back to work and leaving my baby. What if I miss something he does? How can I trust those watching him? What if work consumes me like it has before with all it’s pettiness and ladder-climbing? What if I’m not up to the task? Where will I find time for my husband?

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: The Galapagos.

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Christian Bale as Jack in Newsies.

    Emotional temperature: Alternately at total peace and in the moment or anxious about reentering the “real world.”

  138. Lori says...

    I’m about to eat Iowa Girl Eats Brussels Sprouts and Sausage pasta… so delicious!
    Warmer temps – winter in MN has been brutal this year!
    Where is my kid going to kindergarten… public/private?
    Right now, just about anywhere above 30 degrees.
    Was and still is Joseph Gordon-Levitt #swoon

  139. Something delicious you ate recently: we made chocolate covered katie’s chocolate chip deep dish cookie….. YUM.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: the upcoming birth of our third and final baby, just a few months before i turn 40!
    What’s worrying you: the state of our nation, so divided on everything.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: i would go anywhere that my husband would go with me! there are loads of places i want to see… australia and new zealand rank up there!
    Your childhood celebrity crush: debbie gibson girl crush

  140. Katie says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Fried chicken skins at Gilbert’s Social. The chef is awesome, he’s been on Food Network and he cooks for Oprah.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: My wedding! I’m getting married on March 9, and after almost two years of being engaged and slowly planning, I’m more than ready to marry my person.
    What’s worrying you: My job hunt that seems to keep hitting dead ends.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: My hometown. I’m from Florida, and the shooting in Parkland has me thinking of friends from high school more often and wanting to thank my favorite teachers.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Orlando Bloom, specifically in Pirates of the Caribbean.

  141. Maggie says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: I ate at Cava for the first time yesterday and it was delicious. Its right downstairs from my new office and I could not be more excited.
    What you’re looking forward to these days: I’ve had a bit of a whirlwind two weeks – I got a job offer for a position I really wanted, gave a tearful notice to my current job, booked a trip to Lisbon and Madrid with my best friends this summer, and finished Whole30. I’m just very excited to move forward with all of these improvements in my life.
    What’s worrying you: I went on a really upsetting date last week. Not in the sense that the date was bad – it was just fine. The guy I went out with, was (on paper) perfect for me and the exact type of person I could picture myself with. But there was just nothing there when we went out – no spark at all. I’ve spent a lot of time in the past week groveling about it (lots of “whats wrong with me” and lots of reminding myself that there is nothing wrong with me), but I think what is worrying me the most is that I’m 25 and I feel like I should be farther along at this point, at least in terms of knowing what I want.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Booking that summer trip to Europe (which I am SO excited about) has reminded me how much I want to explore more of the NPS sites out west.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: The first “celebrity” I can remember having a crush on is Shepard Smith from Fox News. In the past, that was a huge embarrassing bit for me, as I am a very proud and active Democrat, but now I recognize him as the occasional voice of reason on an otherwise horrifying news source so I have turned it into a joke.
    Emotional Temperature: 81* – I am fortunate that my general baseline mood is very even tempered (say a 72*), but some of the things I’m dealing with at work today have me a little bit hotter than usual. I’m planning on taking advantage of National Margarita Day to bring it back down :)

    • juen2 says...

      somewhere I read one should decide to have 3 dates with a person before making a judgement call. food for thought…especially if you both agree to try that then check in after the 3rd date for a consensus on how it all shook out!

  142. Kari says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: I’ve been fighting the end of a nasty cold so haven’t eaten a lot delicious lately, but I visited my mom last weekend and she made me a simple tuna melt for lunch that seemed perfect. Homey comfort food when I needed it. :)
    What you’re looking forward to these days: Spring! I’ve started a little cut floral business on the side and this will be my first year gardening seriously. Can’t wait to get seedlings outside and then be able to share the flowers at a local farmers market.
    What’s worrying you: How to be my best self. Feeling in a bit of a rut in all aspects of my life. This sounds silly, but the Olympics give me a bit of FOMO or self-doubt or something. Seeing all this young teens and twenty-somethings excel really makes me question what the heck I’m doing with my life and why I’m not achieving greater things. This feeling will pass, but today, that’s where my emotional temperature is at.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: I’ve got Hawaii and Japan on the brain lately.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: My first crush in the third grade was on the youngest brother in Hanson (lol), but in my early teens I was madly in love with Orlando Bloom in Lord of the Rings. That one has never totally died. ha.

    • Grace says...

      Yes, completely understand the quest to find your best self. In addition to the Olympics the Parkland students have made me question my contributions to the world. If we can get past the comparison trap it’s a great opportunity to be inspired.

    • Andrea says...

      Very much feeling the fear of not being / how the heck to become my best self lately too. I recently read You Are a Badass and recommend it 100x over; will probably keep rereading it the rest of my life. Also started the podcast Healers, for everyone on a quest to heal themselves and become the best them, and am loving it. You got this. ✨

  143. rachel says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Made my mom’s minestrone soup earlier this week for the 100th time and it’s scrumptious every time (bonus: I have leftovers for days).
    What you’re looking forward to these days: A trip to Paris with my bff. We leave in 8 days!
    What’s worrying you: The weather forecast in Paris. And my less than perfect eating habits lately. My jeans feel tight today.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Greece
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Devon Sawa

    • Amber says...

      Don’t worry about your jeans when you go to Paris! Eat everything! Just wear leggings! <3

  144. Meggie says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Delancy Pizza in Seattle (Didn’t realize I was such a pizza snob until I moved from NYC to Seattle!)
    What you’re looking forward to these days: Any second I can spend with my baby boy
    What’s worrying you: Everything about the world right now and the time I spend away from my son at work
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Paris (always)
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Leo DiCaprio
    Emotional Temp: Probably a bit overwhelmed trying to find my “balance” between work and being a momma

    PS: I’ve been following your blog for over 10 years, Joanna. Thank you for making this beautiful space. You are certainly one of my idols!

  145. Hayley says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Recently my boyfriend and I went to our favourite Greek takeaway and our favourite burger joint and bought at halloumi burger from the Greek place then a fried chicken burger from the burger place, as well as some gravy fries. We went home, chopped the burgers up, ate one half of each and split the chips. So good!
    What you’re looking forward to these days: A romantic weekend away where the biggest items on the agenda will be wine tasting and sleep ins.
    What’s worrying you: A big restructure at work that I’m co-leading. Everyone’s keeping their jobs and salaries, but they’re still not happy.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: I want to make use of the Swedish concept of Allemansrätten (freedom to roam) and go freedom camping in their beautiful forests.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Jesse McCartney! My computer password at school was jesseissohot (cringe)

  146. Jill says...

    We just had our catering tasting for our upcoming wedding in September, and the food was fantastic; orange and herb crusted chicken, rosemary and maple glazed parsnips, and carrot ginger pot-stickers, to name a few of the highlights.

    I’m looking forward to: Spring, warm sun, and retiring my winter coat for a few months.

    I’m worried about: gun control, whether I should be doing more and what it will take to bring about real change. Also, a little anxious about the wedding tbh, though I realize they’re two totally different categories.

    If I could go anywhere, I’d go: to the Amalfi coast and eat pasta and drink wine.

    Childhood crush: Leo DiCaprio.

  147. Anon says...

    Something delicious you ate recently: Lobster in garlic sauce in Puerto Rico
    What you’re looking forward to these days: Glamping on Governor’s Island this summer as a surprise anniversary gift to my husband! I got one of the cheaper tents here, but we’ll be there for a full weekend! https://www.collectiveretreats.com/retreat/collective-governors-island/

    What’s worrying you: Most of the news, so I am on a news fast.

    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: Iran. I am a tiny bit obsessed with that country.

    Your childhood celebrity crush: Gerard Depardieu, bien sur!

    • Sanaa Murray says...

      WHAT! thank you for sharing the info on collective retreats- who knew this existed RIGHT THERE on governor’s island- how exciting. Trying to figure out how we can do this. thank you!

    • Anon says...

      Yes! How insane is camping in a glamorous tent on Governor’s Island as a concept? They also have things like Smores kits you can order for the evening! I read about it and then hunted through all their dates to find an affordable tent.

      I can’t wait to just have so much time to explore the island and to walk around after everyone has gone home!!!

  148. Kristina says...

    What a good brain break!

    Something delicious you ate recently: I’m actually anticipating it: my mom brought over a pan of lasagna last night and we’re having it for dinner tonight–I can’t wait! Doesn’t matter that I’m in my thirties, it’s always nice to have a homemade meal from mom : )
    What you’re looking forward to these days: I start yoga teacher training next week and I am beyond excited. After not working for several years due to living abroad and having children, I am really looking forward to heartily pursuing one of my biggest passions and contributing to the family income.
    What’s worrying you: Gun control and what I can do to help. If I’m being a good enough mom, giving my kids enough opportunities.
    A trip you’d take, if you could go anywhere: We are trying to organize a trip to Japan this fall and I really super hope we can make it happen! And I’d love to go to New Zealand.
    Your childhood celebrity crush: Devon Sawa and Andrew Keagan. I had posters of them all over my room, right next to Anne Geddes babies haha!

    Hope you have a great trip!

    • Claire says...

      OMG Andrew Keagan! I forgot about him! He was the best in Camp Nowhere

    • Steph says...

      Ahh, Camp Nowhere! What a classic movie that I hadn’t thought about in ages :) and fully agree about Andrew Keegan!

  149. Sarah says...

    1. Homemade granola bar even though they turned out super crumbly. Filled with dried fruit and chocolate chunks so very yummy.
    2. Looking forward to warmer weather. Midwest winters are long.
    3. Afraid to hear of the next shooting. Afraid to really talk about it because people are so hot and angry on the topic of gun control. Afraid that I’m living in a naive little bubble.
    4. Norway
    5. Jordan Knight – NKOTB