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Have a Cozy Weekend.

farmers market by christine han

How are you doing? What are you up to this weekend? We’ve canceled plans and are going to be hanging out at home. Social distancing feels really important right now. I’m looking forward to baking, trying Yoga with Adriene (I’ve heard such amazing things) and playing with the boys. Hope you’re hanging in there, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

LOVE this calm place on the internet. (New York Times)

How to structure the day at home with kids. Smart tips from a teacher.

Advice from an Italian grandma, haha.

The boys and I have been doing a lot of baking. These would come in so much handy!

Insecure’s season 4 trailer is a pick me up.

The best game I’ve played in ages. Highly, highly recommend.

Uh Oh: Mom Slowly Driving Down Road With All the Pretty Houses Again.”

Bad reviews of national parks. “It’s essentially a big lake. Big whoop.”

I laughed so much at this Man Repeller Instagram series. (Here are the other videos: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.)

The most entertaining podcast episode I’ve heard in ages.

A woman’s 370-square-foot studio.

Also, love this farmhouse’s wallpaper. (New York Times)

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Irene on how are you feeling about the coronavirus: “I live in Northern Italy, quite close to the very first outbreak in Europe. Following the government provisions, we cannot leave our homes and when we do (to buy some groceries) we wear surgical masks: realizing that I was not able to see other people’s faces has probably been one of the hardest moments these days. Nevertheless, all over the country, children have begun to hang banners at the windows — colorful rainbows with the writing ‘Andrà tutto bene,’ meaning ‘Everything will be fine,’ and I’m spotting a handful of them outside my terrace right now. Andrà tutto bene, I do believe that.”

Says Kate on how are you feeling about the coronavirus: “This article from the Kitchn really stood out to me. If you’re be able to do so, please donate cash or needed supplies to your local food bank or preferred child services or elderly services charity. Their resources will be hugely taxed by this and we need to help each other. Also, if you have a standing appointment with someone in the service industry and your income flow isn’t impacted, maybe go ahead and pay even if you miss this hair appointment, etc.” Readers, here’s a link for a food bank donation page. Please join us in donating, if you can.

(Photo by Christine Han. National parks reviews via Kottke.)

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  1. AV says...

    A couple of ideas to do something positive during this time –
    please leave yelp reviews for the small businesses/cafes and restaurants you love in your neighborhood. Its a small act of kindness that can help them tide through this time….

  2. Nicole says...

    Hi! a little late to post here, but wanted to share a neat website I thought other Cup of Jo folks might be interested in, The Social Distancing Festival, https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/, where they’re collecting rehearsals and other snippets of art & dance performances that have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 so they’re at least available to stream and share with the world in some fashion (and there’s a ballet rehearsal from the ODC Theatre in SF, for fellow ballet lovers)

  3. Erin says...

    Yoga with Adriene changed my life a when I tried it almost 2 years ago! I’m so glad you are sharing her <3 I have endometriosis and had read some studies ( I'm a Nurse) with compelling evidence that yoga practice lessens symptoms. I decided to do it for 30 days from the comfort of my home with Adriene and see what happened because no medicine seemed to touch it for 15+ years so why not. She is real, funny, and accessible (and her dog Benji joins her on the mat). Anyway…about 20 days in, I got my period and didn't know it for the first time in my life, no pain!! When I am unable to do my daily practice my endo pain comes back, it's hard to stick with it and get back into it once my pain has returned. It has also helped manage unbelievable levels of anxiety in the past. It's a good time to try it :)

  4. Katie says...

    At first I rolled my eyes at people not knowing what to do with their kids all day. But that wasn’t fair. I’m a stay at home mom with preschoolers. I do this everyday and my kids are also used to being home. So, instead I thought I’d share some ideas that I’ve had recently:
    – Make a puppet theater out of cardboard from the recycle bin and let the kids paint it. Then, have the kids go through the unmatched sock basket and use the lonely socks to make puppets by hot gluing on googly eyes and pompoms. Then, have a puppet show.
    – Have the kids build habitats for their stuffed animals out of blankets, pillows and furniture. Then, feed them with play food or food made out of construction paper. Label each habitat with its inhabitants’ names and facts about them (for older kids).
    – Make a giant rainbow on the biggest piece of cardboard you can find. Then, use found objects, magazine cutouts or bits of recycling of each color To fill the blanks by flying into the cardboard.
    – Also, just let them play. Sometimes they need inspiration and sometimes they just need time and space to be creative.

    • t says...

      Thank you for these ideas. For many of us though it is how to balance working from home while entertaining our kids. We don’t have the luxury of supervising painting and hot glue guns while on conference calls.

      It’s unfortunately going to be a lot of screen time in my house.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      these are great ideas! thank you, katie!

    • Val says...

      Same here. My thoughts are how do I work and supervise my daughter’s education and other extra curriculars. Plus I am doing an online masters as well. Its all a bit much right now. But first, I need to take care of myself to take care of others, whether its a workout, or even just a shower.

    • Katie says...

      T, that totally makes sense. I also embrace mess in a way some people can’t. I noticed that Khan academy has put up extra kids classes and a local bookstore where I live is doing an online live story time. We love the story-book read-alouds on Hoopla (through your local library) too. We also plan to FaceTime grandparents everyday to keep them connected since both of our grandmas live alone. Though, still on screens it’s a bit different than just passive watching or gaming. Also, I think there should be no guilt about screen time at a time like this.

    • Katie says...

      And, oh yeah, I love yoga with Adrienne! Have you tried Cosmic Kids Yoga?! My kids love it!

  5. Genevieve Martin says...

    We bought a new game over the weekend (7 wonders 2 player edition) and when we had finished an hour of getting our head round the rules and playing the first game, I suddenly realised I hadn’t thought about Coronovirus ONCE , and felt like myself again after a week of constant anxious thoughts (really unlike me). The difference was crazy and like a cloud lifting. Highly recommend playing games as a fun way to spend time with people NOT talking about worries.

  6. Sarah says...

    Yoga with Adrienne is great, as well as Five Parks Yoga with Erin Sampson! Erin films most of her videos in Costa Rica so you can imagine that you’re on a tropical vacation while doing yoga.

  7. Megan Johnson says...

    I hope you love Yoga with Adriene as much as I do! I’ve cried while doing her videos, she’s so good!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so excited to try it!

  8. hanna says...

    I LOVE Yoga with Adriene! I would love to see a week of outfits or beauty routine post on this blog about Adriene :)

    • Angela says...

      YES! Would love to see Adriene here!

  9. Nadine Hughey says...

    Came back to say if you’re still in need of a good show while hanging out, try This Is Football on Amazon. My husband is the soccer fan & I enjoy stories about people around the world, so win-win!

    • Isabelle says...

      Yes,yes,yes!!!

  10. Geraldine says...

    Haha I expected the ‘how to structure the day at home with kids’ link to give advice for people working from home with kids around… Starting tomorrow with a 4 and a 7 years old, and frankly all I can imagine is keeping them busy just like in the weekend and catching up work during the night???

  11. Kristen says...

    Love Yoga with Adrienne. Her Sunday email this week was so positive and reassuring. Much appreciated right now. I also love the Mad Fit youtube videos — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpQ34afVgk8cRQBjSJ1xuJQ — I flopped around like a jellyfish on my mat for the first couple weeks trying to keep up with her ab routines, but it gets easier if you stick with it.

  12. Rebekah says...

    Love Yoga with Adrienne! Her “Rainbow Yoga” episode is a fave with my kids! Plus, there’s Benjie!

  13. Cynthia says...

    I enjoyed the tour of the 370 sq. ft. studio apartment. It looked so big to me, yet was cozy. I’m not panicking about the Corona virus. As I recall, I think H1N1 was worse, and more people have died from the flu than the Corona virus. I went to Lidl yesterday to get some things I needed anyway, and the fresh potatoes, onions, and garlic were gone. Canned soups and stews were gone too. I didn’t check out the paper products because I didn’t need any. We have some shallots, so we’ll substitute those for garlic. As for closing schools, it’s a wonder I didn’t catch something when I taught (I’m retired), because the high schools where I taught were not kept clean by my standards. I routinely saw the custodian just run the dust mop around the floor, empty the trash, and move on to the next classroom. No dusting, no wiping down of desks, nothing. We were provided with hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.

  14. Julee says...

    Thank you SO MUCH for the laughs and for the day-structuring blog post you shared. I have four kids- this helps.
    Good luck Joanna!
    I feel like you have a kind heart.

  15. Shannon says...

    It is a nice thought to pay for a missed hair appointment. But the economic reckoning has begun and will continue to spiral. People are already tightening their purse strings, and will not be buying unnecessary items, they will stretch out hair appointments, cancel facials and massages, not buy that new purse. I wish this was covered as much as the social distancing (word of the year, along with with self-isolate).

  16. Aimee says...

    Thank you.
    I love the idea of a Cup of Jo book club or home activity we could all do together.
    Additional ideas for being home with our children during this time would be so appreciated.

  17. Stefania says...

    I would love a post in the future about what to do with kids while we’re social distancing. I have a 2.5 year old and I work part time. She’s used to going to story times, indoor playgrounds, outdoor playgrounds. I think I’ll be able to get through this first week with baking, drawing, painting, heading to parks and enjoying nature. But I feel like I need more ideas!

  18. Ahhh…the “Calm Place” is much needed. Thank you!

    Also, I hope you enjoy your yoga with Adrienne. I’m from Austin and Adrienne is a big time celebrity around here!

    We are mainly staying in, too. I ordered a lot of non-perishable ingredients for meals and put together a loose schedule for our days together: https://feedingthesoil.com/2020/03/13/preparing-for-coronavirus-what-are-you-doing/

    We are on Spring Break this week and next. If school gets canceled after that, we’ll switch to a schedule with academic activities, as well.

    So grateful for this little corner of the internet! #communitywithoutgerms

    • Katherine says...

      Ahhh Sara, just clicked your link and poked around and found you’re principal of the Montessori school that I am hoping my daughter will get to go to. She’s 17 months old so it will be awhile, but was planning on applying for the daycare last month until all this happened…
      Anyway, such a small world seeing you on here! Love what you’re doing to bring Montessori to all. Virtual high five from your neighbor in ATX.

  19. Kathy says...

    I’m from out of the country and for some reason I can’t get the Amazon link to work for the game you’ve recommended – we are always on the hunt for a good game and now is the perfect time for a new one. Thank you!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Spyfall!

    • Kathy says...

      Thank you!!!

  20. Lauren B says...

    Yoga with Adrienne is fabulous – and Cosmic Kids Yoga for the boys if they need something that is more playful!

    • Courtney Cooper says...

      Cosmic Kids is such a good TV alternative for kids stuck at home! We might have to do an AM and PM episode tomorrow…

    • Sara B says...

      I love this for bedtime when the kids are too wound up to sleep

  21. shannon says...

    The podcast was amazing! OMG! I exclaimed out loud “no way” and started laughing when they talk to Evan. Perfect social distancing activity.

  22. Annie says...

    You had a post earlier about updating wills for date night. We finally did it! First talked about it when we were expecting (baby is turning 2 in May)! You’re absolutely right it feels great to know your loved ones are cared for. #preparenotpanic

  23. Yes! I played Spyfall recently for hours with some of my oldest friends. It’s so fun, especially with people who you know well enough to guess their “tells.”

  24. Sarah says...

    Yoga with Adriene is a complete and total blessing! She’s the perfect balance of silly and serious, and she really does make yoga accessible for everyone. If anyone is looking for a practice that includes a little more mind-work, her 30 day Yoga Camp would be my first choice!

  25. Heidi says...

    We’re doing the same. Hang in there, everyone! A lot of people are complaining about having kids home for days, but I like that my family is doing more stuff together. Sure, we’re bound to get on each other’s nerves, but for now, it’s nice. Also, my introvert self is loving it!

  26. H says...

    I’m a part of a Travel Group (Girls Love Travel!) on Facebook and someone posted a similar article this week about bad reviews of national parks… a graphic designer turned it into beautiful art, if anyone is interested!! I thought at first glance the one in this links roundup was the same but it was different.

    https://www.southernliving.com/news/national-park-bad-yelp-reviews-posters

  27. I’m on day 5 of yoga with Adrienne’s 30 day yoga course and I cannot believe that I’m actually looking forward to it every day. She is such a lovely person. The yoga feels totally doable and she makes it so pleasant. It’s keeping me sane in this lockdown.

  28. Mimi says...

    Thank you for posting The case of the missing hit. It was such a pleasure.

  29. Amanda says...

    I love the comment about the children in Italy hanging the “Everything Will Be Fine” signs. I live in a close knit neighborhood with lots of kids who play together all the time and I’ve been struggling with how to do something to help them still feel connected to one another even though they will have to spend some time apart. This might be a fun project!

  30. Amy says...

    Adrienne is so amazing. My favourite video of hers is a flow practice that she does by the ocean.
    A good kids yoga video series is Cosmic kids Yoga. My kids like that one a lot too!

    • Shirley says...

      Yes, I LOVE that balancing ocean flow video! I do it at least 1-2x a week and it is just perfection. It is only about 30 min and plus it really toned my abs.

  31. Sarah says...

    I’m having a hard time processing the enormity of everything that’s going on. I feel especially sad for families who rely on public schools for meals and safety, and I’m wondering what I can do to help kids for whom home isn’t a place that is safe? What about homeless families? I’m in MA if anyone knows of any resources or places to send donations.

    On a personal level, I’m feeling like establishing a routine for me and my family is going to be incredibly important for everyone’s mental health.

  32. Sarah says...

    The last bit of the Insecure trailer made me giggle. Love Issa Rae and v excited for the new season. Virtual hugs to everyone as we start some aggressive social distancing!

  33. Ellen says...

    Personally, I am a homebody and the distancing will be quite okay for me. My daughter however, who was to graduate from UC Berkeley in May, and has worked like mad to connect, volunteer and graduate with honors found out today that there will be no graduation ceremony this year. Saw it coming, but the reality is super painful.
    Her friends are rushing out of the Bay Area and will not be returning. Poof – their joyful final semester evaporates and they are suddenly looking at a drastically different job market. I’m sure that graduating seniors everywhere are really struggling with this. In the bay area I am especially worried for the students who must suddenly leave the dorms and who might not have the means to get home or other living arrangements.
    Donating to food pantries will be very important indeed.

  34. Bailey says...

    The national parks reviews just had me DYING laughing. Thank you for the laugh today!!!

  35. Andrea says...

    Thank you Irene for your beautiful comment on what the children in Italy are doing to spread joy. It brought tears to my eyes. And can I just add, please everyone, be kind. Be calm. The county in the state I live in is in sheer panic mode and I have seen such disturbing behavior from adults! We’re ALL in this, we’re ALL scared, the whole world. But being so nasty and obnoxious in the stores isn’t helping. Hoarding absolutely ALL of one product is making it difficult for those people who have to wait till payday. And please, be kind to the grocery clerks, it’s not their fault shelves are bare, it’s not their fault the person ahead of them in line bought 20 mega packs of toilet paper. I feel for these clerks and the ones I’ve dealt with have been so incredibly kind and pleasant. But the people who are being awful, it just upsets me so much, I’ve seen children get really scared witnessing this behavior. From adults. I guess I’m raw from observing this and last night my husband witnessed a fist fight break out in a store where one man was stabbed and they were breaking wine bottles on each other. My husband came home shaking. And the store was packed and children had to witness this. My husband also said all the clerks were on edge. And they’re just in there doing their job. So again, let’s be kind, patient and calm. We are truly in this together. Stay safe good COJ community.

  36. Mae says...

    Would love to see photos of the “colorful banners” children creating and hanging in windows in Italy- “Everything will be fine!” What a perfectly lovely sentiment- now, with all that is happening…and ALWAYS!!!
    Would make beautiful art prints, no?

  37. R says...

    Thank you for the link to Naimah’s studio – what a gorgeous home, brimming with love and care. It’s really nourishing to contemplate one’s home as a sanctuary from the world at present xx

  38. Daniela says...

    The pretty houses made me laugh. My mom visited me recently and when taking a Lyft downtown, the driver went through a bunch of pretty neighborhoods to avoid traffic and my mom and I spent the time talking about the houses, haha.

  39. A says...

    I love yoga with Adriene!

  40. MS says...

    I’m totally with you on this. I’m Chinese-American and this whole experience has really reinforced how totally invisible we are in the U.S. and also how xenophobia and just general racism towards Asians are so easily tolerated. I’m both so disappointed and completely unsurprised.

    • Escondista says...

      That must be so frustrating and angering. I’m sorry that people suck in so many ways right now. Sending you a hug through the Internet.

  41. Katharina says...

    Yes to Yoga with Adriene! I’m usually very bad at motivating myself to do any exercise at home. But I tried Yoga with Adriene in January and I am hooked ever since. Looking forward to it every day now.

    Thank you for linking to the post on how to structure a day at home with kids! Here in Berlin schools and day care/kindergarten will be closed for the next 5 weeks. So I’m in desperate need of “an idea of how to not go totally insane.”

  42. Susie says...

    Thanks for these great links! I have forwarded the one on structuring days for kids to my daughter whose kids will be out of school for at least a monh in VA. Also, loved the Italian grandma one…sent to several family members and friends to lighten their day:)

    I appreciate COJ so much!

  43. Ellen Reed says...

    Thank you for doing all the hard research! Love that Grandma!
    Stay safe.

  44. Josephine says...

    I’d LOVE to see a Yoga with Adriene outfit and/or beauty post on Cup of Jo. She’s just the BEST!

    • Jane says...

      I second this!!

  45. Laura says...

    you should try yoga at Glo — they have a two week free trial and thousands of classes to choose from … In this anxiety riddle times, Elena Brower’s classes come in very handy :)

  46. Colleen S says...

    I am hoping to do some grocery shopping this weekend. My sister (who I live with) caught a nasty cold (not Corona, she has never spiked a fever in the last week), and it has made me cognizant of how I need more staples in the pantry for when one of us gets sick. It has also made me crave healthier food, which is not something I normally think about. My mom bought us a pack of tissues while she was at Target before anyone wiped them out (but they had no toilet paper, which she needed). If I have to buy some groceries online for the sake of them actually being in stock, so be it.

    I also apologize if this posted twice. The submission thing said I had already submitted it when I hadn’t.

  47. Sarah says...

    I love Yoga with Adriene! I tried a couple of yoga classes at my gym and thought I hated yoga but I love her videos! She has a 45 minute total body stretch that feels sooooo good.

    • Judy says...

      I found her several years ago when recuperating from a surgery. Now that I am avoiding the gym, her videos are lifesavers. She is so fun and down to earth and just wonderful!

  48. Julie Colando says...

    Check out my friend Julietta’s (@besproutable) recs for structuring home learning during this time by involving/empowering kids as young as 3: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9pfFvLgb4j/

  49. laura says...

    I don’t know why I have a fascination with looking at studio tours. I love seeing how creative people are at maximizing space and creating their one room utopia.

    Or even when they’re not caring about functionality, like the paris apartment in Marvelous Mrs. Maisel that the character Rose had was a dream! So romantic.

    • Alison says...

      Oh gosh, the Paris apartment was dreams!! She didn’t even have furniture and I would have moved right in!

  50. Melanie says...

    Our schools closed until March 27th. Grocery stores are what you’d expect- mostly empty. Fortunately I have baking supplies, so I anticipate lots of comfort baking. And trying out fun science experiments, learning how to write cursive, relaxing, reading books, getting crafty…and hoping that all communities stay calm and helpful to each other. Love the reader comment about the kids in Italy hanging the signs. That’s the spirit!!

    • t says...

      Yes our schools are closed until April 6th (and baseball and softball and just about everything) and I love the idea of having my kids create a banner. We are for sure going to make that an activity!

      I am surprised NYC schools haven’t yet taken more action?!

    • Eliza says...

      Learning how to write cursive! Amazing lesson plan!

  51. Joy bela says...

    Request for round up post of current fave board games?!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! great idea.

    • Meghan says...

      My kids and I love Richard Scarey’s Busytown!! Such a fun team game. We will be playing a lot over these next few weeks. I don’t love Richard Scary books but the game is great.

    • Amy says...

      In the meantime, I recommend Machi Koro!!!

    • Sarah says...

      Anomia is an excellent, quick game for a group, and I believe they have a kid-themed version if you’re looking for a family game! My partner and I also love Azul, which is a strategic mosaic-building game. I could go on and on, so let me know if there are any particular types of games you’d enjoy :)

    • Leah says...

      Reviewed by Toby and Anton pls! <3

    • Lily says...

      Great idea!

      For those staying at home with a partner, Lost Cities is such a fun two-person game! It’s not too complicated to learn and for me, just the right combo of strategy and luck!

  52. Taylor says...

    the reply all episode is PURE JOY–if any one has any other podcast one off episodes that are this delightful please let me know! looking for seratonin in audio form while I work from home!

    • Cora says...

      I loved this episode, too! It reminded me a lot of some older Gimlet podcasts, like Surprisingly Awesome and Mystery Show.

    • All the episodes of the Mystery Show Podcast (especially #2 Britney) are delightful!

    • Kate says...

      Have you listened to The Mystery Show? The premise of this Reply All show reminds me of it. It was one of Gimlet Media’s first podcasts and it only lasted one season but what is there is delightful. I particularly love the belt buckle episode.

    • K says...

      I recommend The Mystery Show – honestly all episodes, but if I had to choose one, Belt Buckle! And the Fiasco episode of This American Life- absolutely hilarious.

    • Erin says...

      The “Conan O’Brian Needs a Friend” episode with Bill Hader is hysterical. I listened to it while scrubbing the bathroom (my least favorite chore) and it made the task FAR more enjoyable.

  53. I am really into the farmhouse wallpaper lately, thinking about adding some of that to our bathroom this spring.

    Also, I did write a post this morning about the Facts when it comes to the Coronavirus. I was getting a lot of dm’s from people feeling overwhelmed by the commentary and misinformation out there.

    If anyone needs some information I’ve included it all here: http://spvliving.com/lets-get-the-facts-straight-about-the-coronavirus-covid-19/

    • China says...

      Hi Stephanie,
      While I appreciate the desire to be a source of non-alarmist information I would really recommend taking down your post and replacing it with just links to helpful news sites. Just reading it through once I’m seeing things that could be very confusing to people (for example your list of symptoms does not track with what the CDC or NYT has been reporting) and some of your statistics seems off. For example read this article from the NYT for a definition of “mild symptoms”: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/02/27/world/asia/coronavirus-treament-recovery.amp.html. It means no pneumonia or mild pneumonia – it absolutely does not mean no symptoms. Again I can definitely tell your heart is in the right place, so kudos for that but it is really hard to get this stuff either and it’s best to leave it to medical experts. Stay safe!

  54. Lauren says...

    Yoga with Adriene is the greatest thing on the Internet!

    • alice says...

      I love Adrienne’s yoga for writers video when I’ve been writing all day. I also recommend the 30 day series she did in January 2019: my mind, bum, arms and core were so great after that. She has the ability to pick up or calm a day for me. As a mum with two kids and two jobs, her videos (and running) work so well for me as I can never get to a class. She is honestly the best thing I’ve started in years. Go for it Jo!

    • Mari says...

      yes yes yes yes :)

  55. Jane I. says...

    It’s raining today and I randomly felt like making myself a warm cup of ramen noodles, which I probably haven’t eaten since college. It was the most comforting thing I’ve done in weeks. Sending love to everyone!

  56. M says...

    I loved the calm place on the internet. Anything dealing with the sights and sounds of nature soothes my soul. I recently have found my calm place on
    the television, PBS. I’m fortunate that here in VA we have 4 PBS channels. PBS World, PBS Create, PBS Kids &PBS. Any of these channels create a welcome respite from the daily barrage of anxiety ridden news. Thank
    God for PBS!

    • T says...

      Agreed! We gave up cable a few years ago and pretty much just watch PBS (and stuff we borrow from the library) and my anxiety has definitely gone way down! For other reasons, too, but I do think that’s a big factor.

  57. Ginger says...

    Bless you for linking to the post on how to structure a day at home with kids! What an awesome resource; ear marking that page while I’m home with my 2 and 4.5 year old next week. Sounds silly, but since I’m a working mom, I feel slightly panicked about how to fill ALL that time with them since I’ve never really had to. Thank you! Have a great weekend.

    • Madi says...

      Not at all silly, Ginger. Good luck! As the post said, just take it five minutes at a time. We can do this!

    • CJ says...

      Also check out the Busy Toddler on IG!

  58. Catherine says...

    I love the Everything Will Be Fine sign … anyone know how to say that in some other languages? Thinking this could be a good project for the kids!

    • Ll says...

      ”Allt kommer att bli bra” – swedish

    • Jane says...

      German:
      Alles wird gut.

    • Vanessa says...

      I loved it too! Here it is in Spanish:
      “Todo va a estar bien”

    • Christina says...

      Swedish: Allt kommer att ordna sig.

  59. D says...

    Feeling bummed out, though not surprised, that so much of the coverage on coronavirus has focused primarily on recent developments in Western countries, particularly Italy, when it has been a topic of daily conversation for many with loved ones and family in China — where it has been wreaking havoc and causing mass suffering for over two months. I also can’t help but notice all-too-infrequent conversations about the rampant xenophobia and finger-pointing that has arrived with the virus: Chinese-owned businesses, restaurants, and shops in American cities have been flailing since January, and they certainly aren’t now contemplated in the recent initiatives to shop local and support small businesses during this time. I can probably count on one hand the number of people who asked after my family even after news broke of the complete lockdown in China. The lack of interest or solidarity makes many of us feel extremely unseen.

    • Tis says...

      I’m sorry you’re feeling like this, and I have noticed it too.
      I spent six weeks wandering around in China way back in 2001, and since all this began, I’ve been enjoying memories long forgotten of the people and places I enjoyed then. They’ve been in my thoughts, and now you and yours will be too. xo

    • Rebecca says...

      That really sucks and I’m so sorry. I hope that your family here and in China are doing ok. Sending you all strength during this trying time. I will make a point of supporting Chinese owned businesses over the next few weeks/months.

    • t says...

      I’m very sorry that you are feeling unseen. Sending virtual hugs and I hope your family is doing OK.

    • Susan says...

      I’m so sorry. That sounds awful. You’ve inspired me to support my local Chinese restaurant now. Did you watch the link to the Italian Grandma in this post? She rightly points out that we should not be discriminating now — the virus will pass, discrimination does not. I am sending good wishes to you and yours — please stay safe and be well. xoxo

    • Rae says...

      Oh D, I am so sorry that on top of all this stress you are not being supported by your community or our media. My husband is an ER physician and I just went down a rabbit hole reading about the amazing health care workers in China and the heroic measures they have taken to stop this virus. You’re correct, it was harder to find these narratives than those about Italy. I am now extremely scared for the safety of my husband and his hardworking coworkers. I am praying for them and the healthcare workers around the world.

      I hope your family is weathering this storm.

    • Anna says...

      D, I feel you. I’m also Asian and this was exactly how I felt when there was not even a one-liner mention of the Lunar New Year celebrations in this very blog in the “Have a good weekend” post. Disappointed doesn’t even begin to describe it. Makes me feel that the “wokeness” they displayed immediately after the release of movies like Crazy Rich Asians and To All The Boys I’ve Loved was just a flavour of the month thing, to tap into the fleeting cultural zeitgeist for more hits on the blog, rather than any real enlightenment.

      Worse, all the finger pointing and xenophobia that surfaced after the virus hit only highlighted how incredibly racist the thinking was behind actions like anonymously posting vicious and unsubstantiated online rumours saying infected people had eaten at Asian-American restaurants, causing those eateries to suffer an almost immediate and total drop off in business, to openly shutting borders to Chinese tourists, etc. When H1N1 broke out in the US, nobody talked about closing their borders to American tourists or avoiding American-owned businesses! Nor is there much conversation about the a**hats taunting and assaulting random Asian people in public for being “diseased” and “deserving it” for “eating weird sh!t” — that to me is just plain unadulterated racism. So much so that it’s becoming well-nigh impossible to wear a face mask in public without feeling like it’s painting a target on your back.

      So yeah, it’s a pretty sh!tty time to be Asian right now, and the fact that non-Asian people don’t really seem to care, and that some in fact seem to be taking perverse pleasure in how awful things are for Asians in general, makes it all the more sh!tty.

    • Nina says...

      To D. and Anna, I’m very sorry you’ve had go through that on top of everything else, and have felt unseen. I will make it a point to support Chinese-owned businesses and to reach out to people with connections to China.

    • Jo says...

      Yes to all of this. So much racism against Asians right now and its just so, so disheartening but altogether unsurprising. People who have been avoiding Asian restaurants while stocking up on pasta and frozen pizzas, people who are saddened by what’s going on in Italy while not blinking an eye at the devastation of Wuhan, people who stare at Asians who cough or sneeze while excusing yourself/White ppl as having allergies… the list goes on. Like Anna just said, its a shitty time to be Asian but also– this is our history here in the US, repeating itself.

  60. Anna says...

    Jo and team, thank you so much for posting this. I run a food pantry and our supply from partner grocery stores is being limited as everyone is buying everything and there’s not much left to donate. Also, giving will be down with job changes, etc. Our clients depend on our food source each month and we’ve been working all week to find innovative ways to keep feeding them. Thank you for your thoughtful response.

  61. C says...

    We have a HUGE bag of unused toiletries from hotel stays. We’re planning on dividing them up into baggies and handing them out to homeless people at the stoplights in our area…in case they’re having trouble buying soap and personal hygiene products during the grocery store hysteria. Just an idea for others that might be brainstorming community outreach ideas during this time.

    • Cynthia says...

      What a wonderful idea! I rarely stay in hotels, but when I do, I take the toiletries to my church, which has a ministry for the homeless and needy. I keep a box of granola bars in my car and hand them out to the homeless. I know they’re hungry when they open them and eat them immediately!

  62. Meg says...

    Ok I’m dying at somebody complaining that the tallest mountain in the UK is “very steep and too high.” lololol

    • Neela says...

      That was a good one 😂

  63. Audrey says...

    I love the comment / recommendation to donate to food banks. It’s heartbreaking to think that school lunch is the only meal some kids really get all day. I also heard a great recommendation for those of us that are privileged to be able to work from home. It was to buy gift cards from establishments that you frequent while you won’t be patronizing them – like coffee shops and restaurants that will be severely hit by folks staying home.

    Stay well out there!

    • t says...

      Our schools are closed but the district put a plan in place to ensure those kiddos eat. Yay!

    • Rae says...

      Audrey, my kids go to public schools with close to 50% of the students receiving free breakfast, lunch, and snacks. I was relieved to hear today that while the schools are closed they will be delivering these meals “to go” to 10 sites around our town and families can pick up the food for more than one day at a time.

  64. b says...

    That studio is a dream. I love how bright and airy it is. I also love her thoughts on books/libraries. I’m a lifelong book lover, but often find myself overwhelmed by the sheer number of books. Having a carefully curated collection of stories is dreamy.

  65. Jillian says...

    What happened to posting where article is from so we know before clicking on link??
    NYtimes, New Yorker…
    Please!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so sorry, i forgot for one of them — just added!

    • Jillian says...

      Thank you 😊
      You’re an angel straight from heaven! (Said in Raising Arizona accent )

  66. Laura says...

    Thanks so much for another great curated list, Jo. I have been practicing yoga with Adriene for years, and I’ve done a practice with her every day in 2020 to help with occasional anxiety and practice mindfulness. It is such a highlight of my day. Her personality is so warm, wise, and funny. Her mantra of “find what feels good” is both inclusive and approachable. I particularly like doing her 30 day series as they build and it takes the guesswork out of what am I in the mood for today. Enjoy!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh, that’s wonderful, i’m so looking forward to trying it!

    • Bec says...

      Yes! Joanna, you are going to love Adriene! It is not an understatement to say she is life-changing for many people, myself included. I grew up in Austin and went to lots of live classes with her…the energy in there is one of a kind!

    • Alison says...

      I’ve been doing YwA since my college days… for almost ten years ago now! I was feeling extra bummed out last night, turned on a video, and the relaxation that washed over me during/when it was over is fantastic. She’s such a force for positive and a great recommendation for anyone looking for a little self care while we’re staying inside/at home.

    • Agnès says...

      Wouldn’t it be great to do something together, as a CoJ community, all over the world, during this month of being secluded. Like yoga with Adrienne or reading the same book?
      I teach on line and I know how important my classes are right now, for my students, but also for me.
      This community, Joanna, is real! Thank you so much.

    • Ailsa says...

      I love these videos.

      The idea of quarantining and self distancing at first felt scary and filled me with panic but these clips have helped me realize it is an act of selflessness that should be embraced not feared. In doing so we are protecting the most vulnerable and reducing the strain on our amazing health services.

      So many times during crises we feel helpless but this time we really can help just by remaining calm, practicing self distancing and, if needed, staying put for a while.

    • Julie says...

      That was beautiful 💗