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Have a Relaxing Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? We’re happy to be spending a few days in Austin, visiting old friends and eating all the migas tacos. We’re heading to Barton Springs today and maybe these amazing caves. (Any other recommendations?) Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Broccoli breakfast sandwich.

Amy Schumer’s comedy can sometimes get a little raunchy for me, but her special Growing is hilarious and pitch-perfect about pregnancy.

Literally the cutest thing we have ever seen.

Why everyone is watching TV with closed captions these days. Alex and I always do, and I’m not even sure why!

Finland’s hobbyhorse girls. This was fascinating. (NYTimes)

How to get smooth skin for spring dresses. Caroline swears by it.

So cool! This design museum turns real Swedish homes into exhibitions for a day.

Five ways to arrange grocery store flowers.

An honest invitation to a potluck, haha. “It would be great if someone could bring some very dry chicken that got cold on the subway, a very wet salad, a loaf of bread that tastes like wadded up newspaper, a tray of tooth-cracking cookies, and a lot of bags of chips. Food-wise, this potluck will end up being mostly chips.” (New Yorker)

How complaining turns coworkers into friends.

Love this swimsuit print.

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Joanne on what weird things are you scared of: “I am terrified of chunky peanut butter. I, for whatever reason, am convinced that the person stirring the peanut butter at the factory teeth fell out and that is why it is chunky.”

Says Madeline on favorite baby names: “I have two little girls. Our oldest is Maren and while thinking of a name for ‘little sister,’ I kept trying all of them out with ‘The adventures of Maren and _____.’ Eventually, we landed on Quinn and the adventures of Maren and Quinn have been so marvelous to follow these last few years!”

(Photo from Instagram. Breakfast sandwich via Kottke.)

  1. Amy Walton says...

    Hobbyhorse…WHAT??… Interesting indeed.

    Also, you can save the $30 and mix your own coconut oil and granulated sugar for an exfoliant, in a pinch! Either way, scrub the shower floor after, so you, or the next in line doesn’t slip! ;)

  2. Rebecca Biscocho says...

    My husband has been watching TV with CC on because we always complain about the volume of the TV and he finds it very helpful when he is watching actors with heavy accents. As for me, I have been watching a lot of Korean dramas and I just got used to having the CC on.

  3. Alexan B. says...

    Well I too am now terrified of peanut butter teeth. No more chunky for me! Haha!

  4. Erica says...

    I was once working at a music festival a few summers back when some of our high-level guests asked if we could help them get married on site that weekend. It was a super hippie fest and our team absolutely said yes. We pulled together a wedding ceremony and reception in 36 hrs – invitations printed in the admin trailer, rings and outfits purchased from an on-site vendor, one of our site ops guys happened to be an ordained minister! – and I made the bouquets from po-dunk town grocery store flowers using duct tape and a staple gun. It was some of my finest work. Never underestimate the potential of sad grocery store bouquets.

  5. Julie says...

    Love CoJ’s clothing recs and have been looking for summer jean shorts…would love a post with a good round up!

  6. Laurel Davis says...

    Made my week, nay (neigh 😜) month, with the Finland hobby horse story! Thanks for finding corners of the internet I never seem to!

  7. Christina says...

    I feel like I just found my community (yet again)!! Currently watching the second most recent Avengers movie to prepare for the new one. You guessed it, with subtitles. How else are you supposed to know what they’re saying while they run around out of breath?!!?

  8. molly says...

    I loooove Madeline’s comment on baby names! The Adventures of Maren & Quinn is THE SWEETEST thing ever. And such beautiful names!!

    Also, I’ve been meaning to say for awhile that including a couple reader comments in your Friday round-ups is always my favorite part of the post! Such sweet, funny, thoughtful bits that always stick with me. Love, love, love it! xo

  9. Lane says...

    That article on competitive Hobbyhorse Girls and the rabbit hole of hobbyhorse youtube videos that ensued is probably the best thing that has happened to me in quite a while. Thank you for that!

  10. Erin says...

    For those interested in making their own (easy!) body scrubs: mix white sugar, avocado oil, and a few drops of essential oil into a jar. Put a lid on it and it lasts forever in the shower. You can use it lightly on your lips, too!

  11. Laura says...

    If you like a broccoli sandwich, you seriously must go to Lincoln Station in prospect/crown heights. It’s so so good. We moved away recently and I miss it a weekly basis.

    • China says...

      Thanks for the great recommendation! I’m always looking for good, kid-friendly spots near the Botanic Gardens and this place looks awesome!

  12. Colleen says...

    My family always watch TV using closed captioning. My kids are 25, 21 and 18 and I got my kids hooked on watching TV this way. You just don’t miss anything or ask the annoying question”What did they say?”. I thought we were the only ones doing it.

  13. Cory says...

    Subtitles are also an excellent way to help learn another language! I switch on the spanish subtitles and watch something I’ve seen a million times, like the west wing or friends, and suddenly I have an educational reason to keep watching! It’s really interesting to see how things get translated, and you learn so many new words. Highly recommend.

  14. Stephanie H says...

    At some point in my childhood, I convinced myself that chunky peanut butter is filled with witches teeth. I still won’t eat it.

  15. Lisa says...

    I have been watching CC on TV/ipad/phone for years. It started when we watched the British Office on DVD many moons ago and needed it to understand the British accent. Now, as I approach 50, it is for my hearing :)

    I also find Amy Schumer’s humor too raunchy but I loved her comedy special on Netflix!

  16. Jssatx says...

    You couldn’t have picked a better weekend to be in Austin! It’s beautiful! Drive with the windows open and listen to KUT! It’s Willie weekend!

  17. Denise says...

    That pic of Alex & Toby is just sooo sweet.

  18. Susan says...

    We visited the Lady Bird Wildflower Center in early April and it was beautiful.

  19. Dinah says...

    Closed captioning is key for Peaky Blinders. Suddenly you understand everything drunk Arthur is saying

    • Lisa says...

      100% agree and Peaky Blinders is my favorite show!

  20. Thank you – I now feel I’ve been given free rein to have closed captions on the TV screen! The number of times I’ve asked “what did she/he say” is embarrassing, even though it only happens with certain shows. The volume on TV shows and adverts fluctuates quite a bit too.

  21. Texan says...

    In Austin: Check out the Ellsworth Kelly chapel at the Blanton! It’s beautiful and just a really cool, really unique space. The entire Blanton museum and the Bullock museum are both great actually.

  22. Sandra says...

    We also started watching TV with CC on back when our son was a baby and we were in a tiny condo. We’ve continued b/c our flat screen sound system is the worst! We should probably get a sound bar, but I’ve gotten used to it.

  23. Dorothy says...

    Welcome to Austin (from a NYC transplant)! In addition to all the great recs already mentioned, Sour Duck Market and Easy Tiger (Linc location) are both super low-key and tasty places with great outdoor spaces to kick it with friends and the kiddos. Enjoy the city and it people — everyone is incredibly and genuinely nice here!

  24. shannon says...

    The closed-caption article reminded me of a class I took in college. I sat next to a hard-of-hearing person who had a stenographer with him in class. She typed the lecture word-for-word and it showed up on a little screen. I (as a non hearing impaired person) was always sneaking peeks at the screen to catch up on points I had missed. It was so helpful!! The stenographer and my fellow student definitely caught me in the act a few times but kindly said they didn’t mind.

  25. Jessica says...

    Yes to closed caption!! Hubby and I started using subtitles on our TV after our first (the lightest sleeper ever – you could sneeze and she would wake up screaming) was born years ago. Obviously we kept it up after our son and second daughter were born and now almost a decade later when we go out to a movie (which happens like once a year – sad face) we look at each other and whisper “what they just say?” We need the subtitles!

    • ariana says...

      Same here!!! I must have the subtitles now!

  26. Jessica says...

    If you don’t mind a little drive (30-45 minutes outside the city) I HIGHLY recommend heading out to Perdenales Falls. The drive is beautiful and you can stop off for some yummy coffee and breakfast tacos at Mazama in Dripping Springs on the way. One of the prettiest spots in Texas! Hope ya’ll have a great trip. Xx

    • Emily R Hylden says...

      YAS! SECOND. The vistas are amazing and the falls are so fun to romp around.

  27. AMR says...

    Austin: G’Raj Mahal!

  28. Liz F. says...

    This post is life-changing! I watch TV and movies with closed captioning and always felt a ton of embarrassment around it. I’ve had boyfriends ask me about it, and felt so weird explaining that it’s easier for me to follow along (I retain info and learn better from reading vs. listening). I even started a habit of turning them on and then turning them off so I wouldn’t have to explain it if a friend or boyfriend came over and noticed the default, lol. I thought I was all alone in this!!! Not only am I not alone (Club Captions Forever), this is making me realize I need to read Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection again. We’re so hard on ourselves sometimes, and our quirks are what make us each beloved.

  29. Michelle says...

    I just got back from wonderful Austin! I would definitely recommend Vera Cruz tacos, ABGB (Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company), and Gus’ Fried Chicken (the best ever!)

    Also if you have some time, check out the oldest dance hall in Texas – the Gruene Dance Hall. Gruene is a super cute town right outside of Texas full of family fun. If you do go, eat at the Gristmill Restaurant. It’s a converted cotton gin surrounded by honeysuckle on a river.

  30. Anne says...

    Yay! Welcome to Austin :) If you are looking for a date night place while you are in town, one of my favorite restaurants is Lenoir. I got married there last summer so it’s extra special to me. They have a beautiful little wine garden and the weather this weekend will be perfect for it. It’s a romantic, magical place, you don’t want to miss. Enjoy your weekend here!

  31. Kile says...

    For CC—in college I watched whatever I could with French subtitles—including the entire Sex and the City series (on DVD!). It’s all fallen out of my head now, but there was a time when I could say “I couldn’t help but wonder” in French.

  32. Suzanne says...

    The new Austin downtown central library is having a block party tomorrow Friday April 27!

    • Suzanne says...

      Saturday

  33. Peter Pan’s put put is really fun for kids (5 up) and it’s not far from Barton Springs. (You can BYOB) Also Kinda Tropical is a chill place to eat and drink and it’s good for kids to run around. There’s also a little one hole putput which everyone’s welcome to use.

  34. Cass says...

    As my husband would say, Finns are weird (his mother is Finnish).

    Also, that article made me think of this comedy skit on dressage:
    https://youtu.be/ddQs1_HyyAo

    • lauren says...

      A friend of mine had a visit from his (Finnish) grandmother a year or so ago, and she brought a suitcase filled entirely and exclusively with rye bread – she was convinced there wasn’t any worth the name in New York City.

  35. Emily says...

    If the boys (or you!) like dinosaurs and imagining time before time you could drive out to Dinosaur valley park- there are easy hikes (walks really) where you can see fossilized dinosaur footprints! https://www.google.com/search?q=dinosaur+national+park+texas&rlz=1CDGOYI_enUS786US786&oq=dinosaur+national+park+texas&aqs=chrome..69i57.10523j0j4&hl=en-GB&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8#fid=0x8651d7b447639af7:0x7ae5b11ea0727c10&fpstate=luuv&imagekey=!1e10!2sAF1QipM2JoqyEKD7h6tfqWFYd6PvZyukqbRgtW3zdK43&viewerState=ga

  36. Katie says...

    Things to do in Austin- the kids train in zilker Park, called the zilker zylpher. our kids love that and the play ground right next to it! We spent a lot of time at the neighborhood pool (little Stacey). We also loved biking the path around lake with our kids! We rented bikes with tag-alongs and it work out great! Have an awesome time!!!

  37. C. says...

    Deep Eddy Pool in Austin is as unique and fabulous as Barton Springs in its own way. Also you could drive to Sweet Berry Farms in Marble Falls and pick strawberries.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you!!

  38. t says...

    don’t miss valentina’s brisket breakfast taco. the best of your life!!

  39. Kate says...

    With respect to baby names, we didn’t do this before we had them but after, we tried to think of what we’d call a restaurant in honor of our kids. Using their nicknames (which will make no sense here), we came up with “Bebo and the Wee Yam.” You heard it here first, folks.

  40. laura says...

    Sometimes I wish I had closed captions when listening to an audiobook (hahaha).

    • Michelle Bengson says...

      Haha- ME TOO!!!🤦🏽‍♀️

    • lisa says...

      I thought I was the only one who thought that!

  41. Cindy says...

    Austin is celebrating Eeyore’s birthday with a free event this Saturday!
    Saturday, April 27th, 2019
    11:00 a.m. to dusk
    Pease District Park
    http://eeyores.org/

    • That photo, oh my heart.

    • LS says...

      Hahahahaha, as a former Austinite hippie, I love that you suggested this but I don’t think it’s quite Joanna’s ‘scene.’ It’s known for nudity and drugs. Kind of a hippie love fest. :)

  42. Zoe P says...

    I found that CC was the best way to actually learn all the character names in Game of Thrones instead of them just all blurring together. Tyrion? Tywin? I may have never learned which was which without captions.

  43. Gillian says...

    That is just the sweetest father-son picture! Made my day.

  44. Sarah says...

    Love that hobby horse story. I babysat for a family with an only child who is sort of like my little sister. She had hobby horses and jumps in her backyard and we would spend hours creating routines, inventing horse names and identities, announcing each other to the imaginary crowd. I felt like a lame high schooler schlepping off to her weekly babysitting gig to go play horses with an 8-year-old. Really, she brought me back into the carefree and imaginary world of childhood I hadn’t realized I was missing. She’s in college now, and a successful equestrian riding actual horses, and it makes my pseudo-big-sister heart swell with pride.

  45. Carol says...

    The Bulloch Museum, the Blanton and the very old fashioned Natural History Museum on UT campus…Cooper’s Barbeque on Congress…and Book People! Have a fun time in Austin!

  46. I turn coworkers into friends by inviting them to free outdoor concerts in the city during the summer. Hook, line, and sinker it gets them every time. I’ve made some of my best friends that way. One or two besties from every job I’ve ever held just attended my wedding last month.

  47. Bonnie says...

    I read somewhere that the Scandinavians watch all their tv on closed caption (I think because they don’t dub it…), and therefore, their kids excel in reading. So, before we even had our daughter, my husband and I started it. And now that she’s three, we continue it after she’s in bed. I think through osmosis, she’ll become a great reader. (And as a bonus, I won’t miss all the hilarious jokes in Kimmy Schmidt!)

    • danaei says...

      My mother tongue is English (I was brought up in Australia by Greek parents) but I live in Greece where we also have closed captions as opposed to dubbing a movie etc. (which I think is so odd!) Your eyes of course naturally flicker to read the captions and after a while, I was like, will I ever be able to comprehend an English movie again without the subs?! (The answer is yes, but it is so much easier with captions!)

  48. Hope says...

    “F.Y.I., I’m going to call this a house-warming party even though I’ve been living in this apartment for more than three years.”

    I feel attacked LOLLLL

    • nadine says...

      i’m actually planning mine for tomorrow night (after 2 years)
      hahah

  49. Jen says...

    Hope you enjoy our city! I second the recommendation for Jester King if it’s a nice day. Cosmic Coffee & Beer is also a great family-friendly outdoor hang. They have lots of outdoor seating, food trucks, plants, and a chicken coop that kids love.

  50. Roxana says...

    We totally watch TV shows, movies, news, everything with CC. It started because of sleeping kids in small quarters, but now neither of us can watch anything without it. I’ve become hard of hearing without it. . . “What did they say!?? Can you rewind it?” My husband watches entirely without the volume, which I think is so weird, because I’m like “Yo, what about the soundtrack?” There is so much there.

    Also, the potluck invitation. Haha!

    • Lisa says...

      100% this! My kids 12, 15, 16 all watch TV shows on their iPads with the CC!

  51. Lee says...

    My husband and I always use closed-captioning and we are not hearing impaired. He has ADD and it helps his focus and I sometimes have trouble understanding accents–it helps us pick up everything and enjoy the show more. Also, sometimes the closed-captioning is pretty funny too, especially when describing music or sounds.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes! “Ominous music playing…”

    • Lisa says...

      OMG! We watched the Mummy and my 12 year old and I counted how many times the phrase “ominous music playing” on CC! It was 17 in a 90 minute movie!

  52. Molly says...

    Okay, LOVE that coco rose scrub. It smells amazing and made my skin so smooth, but somehow the ants found it in my shower and one day I woke up and there was a string of ants running up from the bottom of the tub straight to it! Which brings me to my greatest fear…. we get so many little sugar ants in our house in random places even though we spray constantly, and I am TERRIFIED that I am currently just living on top of one gigantic ants nest that spreads across our entire property. I do EVERYTHING to get rid of them and somehow they just keep showing up!

  53. Leah says...

    Joanna! Thank you for admitting to not enjoying raunchy comedy. Most of what’s out there I find appalling (and, frankly, a little lame because it seems that being crass is substituted for authentic creativity). Given the small number of options, I often feel like I’m the only person on the planet that appreciates decorum and tastefulness in my media choices.

    • Chelsea says...

      I agree! I have never liked raunchy male comedians, and it’s so disappointing to me when female comedians are raunchy too. It seems like they see the men doing it and assume it’s the best way to find success. But when comedians can be smart and funny without falling back on being raunchy I am so impressed!

    • gracemarie says...

      I cover my eyes or make up an excuse to walk out of the room sometimes when it gets too risque for me. I’m easily shocked!

    • Ro says...

      On the flip side, I personally love raunchy comedy. The more disgusting the better.

      Comedy shows often feel like the only place you can get away with stuff like that. And oftentimes the jokes are based in an observation we’ve all had but never had the guts to say — making it really clever, and a hilarious relief to hear!

      Guys are known for gross humor, which is why it’s extras great when a girl gets in there and does it too. It shows that it’s not just men that can be “gross” or have dirty thoughts. We’re all human. And sometimes humans are gross :P

      Everyone’s allowed to have their own opinion, though! Just like horror movies or rollercoasters, some forms of comedy just aren’t for everyone.

    • C. says...

      Same here, although I love Amy Schumer, and think she is super talented and frequently hilarious. But raunchy does not equal funny.

    • Shari says...

      I completely agree Leah. You are not alone.

    • shannon says...

      You’re not alone!! I love Jim Gaffigan and Jerry Seinfeld for this reason.

  54. celeste says...

    I’ve never understood why people get so cranky about potlucks. You don’t have to cook the entire meal people! And that bathing suit is amazing!

  55. I grew up watching tv with closed captions because english is my parents’ second language and it helped them both understand and learn new words. I still love watch w cc and for a while it reallllly annoyed my husband, that is until we had kids. The other day he said, “we need to turn down the volume and turn on the captions.” Oh how the tables have turned.

  56. Maia says...

    I’ve watched TV with the captions on for years. It definitely helps to comprehend what you’re watching, and helps you focus. Also, the average TV doesn’t typically have a great sound system to begin with.

  57. Jo says...

    We put the closed captions on every time we watch “Outlander.” I don’t want to miss a thing!

  58. Oh, you are here at the perfect time to go to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center! It’s still springing, the weather is gorgeous & the resident Great Horned owl’s baby is still in the nest — but about to fledge!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      How amazing, thank you! This city is incredible!

    • Christy says...

      I second the lady bird wildflower center. The children’s area has a lot to do, and it is arranged so that parents can chill while watching their kids. You could follow that up with a visit to the Salt Lick for BBQ since it is out in that area.

      Also, I heard about a new cosmetics company in South Austin that makes “clean” makeup AND has a champagne bar to enjoy while trying out new products. Elevecosmetics.com

      Enjoy your visit to our city.

  59. Jess says...

    Longhorn cavern is amazing!!

    Also, Cave without a name & Cascade Caverns are both in my hometown! So if you end up in Boerne, TX check out Soda Pops (sweet little burger place with an ice cream shop next door) and Random (food trucks, beer and lots of room for the kids to play).

  60. Anu says...

    I had read somewhere that in some European country (Netherlands maybe?) closed captioning is on by default and is one reason why kids test really well on reading there. So I started doing it for my kids. I’m not from the US originally and sometimes have a hard time understanding what characters are saying so, I watch everything with CC too.

    • Melanie says...

      Correct! I’ve lived in the Netherlands for 20 years and I remember how funny I found it that Bugs Bunny played in English with Dutch subtitles. Dubbing is pretty rare for anyone of reading age. Consequently, just about everybody is fluent in English by their teens.

  61. Kortni says...

    So happy you’re in Austin! I second the new public library idea downtown. Also, since the weather is so great – check out one of the many breweries: Jester King, Hops & Grain, Live Oak. They’re all fantastic and have lovely outdoor spaces. Must, must try out Loro for dinner! Have such a great time!

    • Amy says...

      These are all great suggestions, especially Loro! And I’ll add Lazarus, which is a great brewery, but in downtown Austin and very kid-friendly.

  62. I’ve been watching movies and TV with captions for so long now that I genuinely can barely hear/understand the words without captions. It’s really weird and kind of frightening, haha!

    briana | youngsophisticate.com

  63. Jacy says...

    I love that hobby horse story. I think children are too often pushed to stop playing and give up toys. I like to see these girls taking it back. Childhood is too short already.

  64. Lynn says...

    I normally love Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer is work of genius) but in that new special, after she said she was contractually obligated to do it, it sounded so phoned in to me.

    Definitely using the “Adventures of…” trick to help name my upcoming second.

  65. Doris says...

    that horse story was FASCINATING. Cannot wait for the inevitable HBO movie starring Elle Fanning

  66. When I was little, my older brother told me red grapes were snake eggs!!! I have not eaten one since! I can’t get over it, lol!

  67. Amy says...

    just had a GREAT dinner at Odd Duck in Austin last weekend. The food and service were spectacular. Scootered all over the city and had a blast. Loved Lazarus Brewing and Veracruz All Natural Taco Truck. We did wait in line 3 hours for Franklin BBQ – I was a non-believer, but it was worth the wait! Have fun!!

  68. Amy says...

    My brother is deaf so growing up we always had the closed captioning on. As a (hearing) adult, it feels weird to watch TV without it so when my kids were young I decided I was turning it on for good. Bonus: it has definitely helped my girls learn to spell and read!

    • Nicole Parker says...

      I was just about to create this exact comment. Grew up with a deaf brother. Always watch TV with CC. Want my kids to win the spelling bee. :)

  69. N says...

    Austinite here. It’s going to be a beautiful weekend!
    Have you checked out the new public library? GREAT kids section and a free, beautiful rooftop deck. Shame to spend too much time inside with the sun out but might be a nice change of pace.
    Also the new McGuire Moorman Hospitality spot Joann’s is super conveniently located and really fun. Good cocktails and kitschy vibe. (McGuire Moorman is the brains behind Junes, Clarks, Jeffreys, Josephine House, everywhere lovely…) Have a BLAST in the sun this great city. x

  70. Well if I wasn’t afraid of chunky peanut butter before, I am now…

  71. Madeline says...

    Hey it’s me!! What a fun Friday treat!

    • Bonnie says...

      Madeline – That is an exceedingly clever and fun way to arrive at Quinn’s name. I salute you! :)

    • Katie says...

      Madeline, I too, have a Maren and a Quinn! (And their older brother is Avery.) ;)

    • Maren's Mom says...

      And I have a Maren too! There are so few of them. Mine is named after her grandmother Mary. I once met an adult woman named Maryn and was jumping with excitement. The woman thought I was crazy. In my defense, my daughter was like 3 months old at the time. A decade later and I’ve never had an ounce of name regret.

    • Maren says...

      I guess my name will finally have a blip on the name popularity chart!

  72. OMG you have ruined chunky peanut butter for me!!!

  73. Christy P says...

    Please go eat at Lick Honest Ice Cream on Burnet for me. I miss it so much!