Dinner at the Long Table

What are you up to this weekend? I’m going for a night with a few lady friends to Long Beach Island in New Jersey. I’ve never been! Looking forward to eating cheese and doing puzzles and not parenting. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Nora Ephron’s amazing graduation speech.

How to keep guacamole from turning brown.

The new romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe looks great.

Help! Trying to decide between this one-piece swimsuit and this two-piece. Thoughts?

Raspberry crumble tart bars.

There are two types of airport people. Which are you?

Oooh, an English countryside honeymoon.

Let go of your grudges. (NYTimes) Reminded me of these wise words.

How to stop being shy in 13 easy steps, haha.

Loved this Instagram caption: “It’s so strange that we make up superheroes when we have women.”

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Emily on 14 thoughtful gifts for hosts: “Years ago, a friend from Chicago visited me for a long weekend in San Francisco. As a thank-you gift afterward, she surprised me by shipping a pack of Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizzas! (Apparently that’s a thing!) To this day, I still think it’s the coolest host gift and such a creative way of returning the favor with a little piece of her city.”

Says Rachel on what has surprised you about your life: “I never thought I would end up with someone who wasn’t a reader, someone who wasn’t as pretentious about grammar as I was. NEVER. What would we even talk about?? But I did end up with him. I married him. And the kindness and love he has added to my life is something I couldn’t have even pictured before. I pictured a snarkier life. I pictured reading the New Yorker side by side and rolling our eyes at reviews. I pictured much more insecurity in my soul. Instead, I got a home where I never question my worth. A life where kindness is king and laughter reigns. Heading to the mountains in our VW van is our favorite adventure. Love has shown up in ways I didn’t know existed, for which I am breathlessly grateful. And I almost dismissed this guy because of his misuse of ‘there.'”

I also loved this smart comment. Lots of love to you and yours. xoxo

(Photo from Dinner at the Long Table by Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott; more in this post.)