Cherry blossoms by Yossy Arefi

What are you up to this weekend? Toby is having an early birthday party, since he’s turning eight next week. The day he was born still feels like yesterday. We will be having pizza, cake and carousel rides. Hope you have a restful, safe weekend, and here are a few links from around the web…

Most important, we are devastated to hear about today’s Texas school shooting. We upped our monthly donations to Everytown and will be researching more ways to help end gun violence.

The royal wedding means nothing and everything to me.”

The trailer for Tig Notaro’s new Netflix comedy special.

Your pasta can handle more vegetables.

I’ve heard amazing things about this love story, written by a woman on the autism spectrum.

10 tricks to appear smart during meetings.

I swear by this stuff during the warmer months.

How to pack for two weeks in France in a carry-on.

So you want to date a New York museum. Made me laugh.

8 travel editors share the things they only eat on planes.

The wonderful store Misha & Puff is having a big sale. Get an additional 20% off with code CUPOFJO.

Says Tristen on an easy way to make friends: “I feel very un-cool saying this, but some of my lady friends and I accidentally started a Costco club. Basically, time is zero-sum, and we could either hang out or run errands/feed the kids. Costco is amazing, but we live in San Fransisco, so getting there and schlepping your mountain of Costco goods is a whole hot mess, and most people aren’t members. So, we go together and share a membership! It has turned out to be super fun, and the 30 minutes we spend in line fly by when we are laughing together. Plus, what we save on cheese alone has more than covered the cost of membership. True story.”

Says Yvonne on five types of baths: “My granddaughter talked me into letting her take a bath. I watched as she made a ritual of the whole ordeal. She gathered her toys, towel and special soap. I watched her as she climbed into the tub, put her little feet up, leaned back, and started humming to herself as she played with her toys. I asked her what she was doing and she said, ‘I’m taking time out of my busy day to relax. Don’t you relax, Nana?’ And there it was. Life, summed up by a three-year-old.”

(Photo by Yossy Arefi. Meeting tricks via Jocelyn Glei.)