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What are you up to this weekend? We’re making pizzas at home and deciding on a funny movie to watch. (Maybe So I Married an Axe-Murderer?) Hope you have a good one — stay safe! — and here are a few fun links from around the web…

A sweater for feeling dressed up but still comfortable.

The cloud appreciation society. “Of course everybody aspires for a cloudless day, but not us cloudwatchers.” (New York Times)

Meghan Markle’s best fashion moments, just for fun.

Not the worst idea, haha.

You can play Codenames online! And Netflix Party lets you watch shows and movies with friends.

Samin Nosrat released a new podcast today about cooking during a pandemic.

Some people. (Worth reading.)

An ode to funny mugs.

How to help get masks to healthcare workers.

When will social distancing end? Four possible timelines. (The Atlantic)

Dame is offering 10% off your first order with code CUPOFJO, good through April 30th. (We love their sexy things!)

Plus, three reader comments:

Says Noelle on burning food questions: “One of the neighbor kids had a birthday yesterday, and all of his aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who live in the area came with cars decorated, blaring music, and holding big posters to wish him happy birthday – they did a parade driving around the cul de sac for him! It was so sweet, it made most of the neighbors cry. Such a bright spot in the day!”

Says Ashley on how are you today: “At church online this weekend, our sermon was about turning ‘what ifs’ into ‘even ifs.’ Even if I’m stuck at home, I have a home! Even if I can’t see my loved ones, I know they’re there. I don’t know what your what ifs are, but I hope they can become even ifs.”

Says Joanna on how are you today: “I am in my mid-thirties and live alone. (I’m not allowed to have pets in my rental — oh, what I would do to have even the grumpiest of cats as my roommate!) I, too, feel content with my life and my choice to be single and child-free, as I derive a great deal of purpose from my work and social relationships. Since both of those things have slowed down in the past few weeks, I have felt more lonely vs. alone than I have in years. I find exercising regularly, reading, and keeping in phone contact (FaceTime, ideally) with friends (and, I’m some cases, their adorable children!) reminds me that not having a partner or children does not mean I don’t have love in my life, or love to give. I wrote out a few cards and mailed them out last week: one to my father and stepmother, who live in a different state, one to a friend who just had a baby, one to a friend who is holed up in a tiny studio apartment in NYC, and one to my grandma who is frightened and alone in her senior community. It took next to no time to write and mail out the cards, and reminded me how fortunate I am to have these wonderful people, who experience the same range of emotions I do regardless of their life circumstances, in my life. Remember that you are loved by many, and you always have this wonderful COJ community that we are fortunate enough to be a part of!”

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  1. Scarlett says...

    I’m pregnant and work at a hospital in the laboratory. I run the tests and don’t draw any blood, so I’m one of the lucky ones with no patient interaction. Every day, multiple times a day, we are briefed with the protocol as it changes (because it truly changes by the minute) and our plans for the upcoming anticipated surge of patients. The facts and figures are staggering and scary. But I’m glad that I am still working because work has been sparse, if any, for my husband lately. The stress has been getting to me lately. I realize this comment doesn’t really contribute to things at all but I just needed a place to vent!

    p.s. I loved the cloud article! I’m known for posting a good cloud picture on ig with the hashtag #goodcloudday :)

  2. Emma says...

    I so wish I could wear natural deodorant. I’m trying to switch over to more natural products in general. But every time I try, I get awful chemical burns! Like, full on red, swollen, tender skin in my poor pits. And it scars! So now I have weird, discolored armpits. This has happened with several different brands now. :(

    • Marni says...

      Hi Emma, I’ve tried tons of natural deodorant and the only one that works for me is baking soda. I apply it after shower ( sometimes with lemon) and no irritation at all.

    • CS says...

      Marni, may I ask how you apply the baking soda? Do you mean you just fluff it on like One would with baby powder?

    • Marni says...

      Hello CS! I just rub it in with my finger right after i shower. I store my baking soda in a little jar. I hope it works for you, too.

    • Maureen says...

      I have had this happen with natural deodorant that contains baking soda. Just putting it out there since there are some suggestions to try baking soda on its own.

  3. Sarah says...

    For anyone trying to stretch out their time between trips to the store and feeling a little tired of frozen carbs smothered in cheese, this recipe works with canned tomatoes and almost tastes like things are totally normal! The only fresh thing you need is onions, garlic and parm if you like it.
    https://smittenkitchen.com/2013/07/one-pan-farro-with-tomatoes/

    We also subscribed to a CSA for the first time in several years so we can get fresh produce without going to the store. Too bad it took a pandemic to get me going on that again, but really looking forward to the first delivery.

    I also found that Atlantic article overwhelming. My husband shared it with me this week. But a few days out from reading it, I think it is important to shift my mindset in terms of what to expect. If I was hoping to have some normalcy back in mid-April, it would be rough when mid-April hit. Wrapping our heads around a completely different spring and summer and maybe fall is hard but is going to take time and at some point it’s good to start taking a peak at it so it feels less unfamiliar and scary as it approaches.

  4. lindsay says...

    there she gooooooes…….there she goes again……..lala la la…..

  5. Jenny says...

    Thanks for the So I Married an Ax Murderer reminder. We watched last night and it was a great distraction. On to Auston Powers tonight. And the kids are now making bagpipes with a garbage bag and recorder method they found on the internet! xo

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      How fun!!

  6. Anne says...

    Hi dear COJ friends- I don’t expect this comment to post, but I know you read these so it feels like a direct line for your consideration.

    I have long hated Amazon, feared for their impact on our beloved small businesses- many of whom you beautifully feature- for their deleterious impact on their workers, and our world writ large. This epidemic and their anemic response has reinforced my concerns. From recommending that their Whole Foods workers share their sick time should one need more than they have, to their inadequate reassurance that they have made adjustments to workers needs to meet the demands of the pandemic ( like having adequate time to wash hands per cdc guidelines)- they’re just literally the worst.

    I don’t fully understand your business model, but I do know that partnering with them generates enough income that you do compromise (what I understand of) your values and morals. I know I cherish your work and blog. I check in 2 x per day for each entry and it brings me so much. I would gladly pay a subscription fee to support the loss of the revenue that comes in from amazon, and I don’t think I’m alone. I understand changing your business model (and at an economically horrifying time like this) is complicated, risky and requires a lot of logistical and staff efforts.

    That said, I do hope you’d consider aligning your values- and this community you have built and continue to shape- with more consistency.

    Much love and hope and wellness to you all at this difficult time, and thanks for hearing my unsolicited feedback/ advice. You all mean more to this community than you can imagine. ✨💕🌈

    One last random thought I’ve had for a while- could/would you feature a visibly queer person on your “a week of outfits”? I routinely see same sex women referencing their partners or featured in other parts of you site, but it’s been ages (or never?) that I’ve seen myself reflected as a butch/gender queer woman in that area.

    Many thanks for all you all do. ❤️

    • Susannah says...

      I would also be willing to pay for content, I so value what you do here. But I recognize not everyone can. I dont know if voluntary subscriptions would create enough revenue? A pay-what-you-can model?

      But I hear Anne on this – thanks Anne.

    • Sarah Rudrum says...

      I also agree, and I don’t think that posting other links as well or in rotation with Amazon is a solution. This still sends a signal that Amazon and their practices are somehow acceptable.
      I think it’s a ‘reckoning’ type question for blogs and their readers. What are the actual values at play.

    • Maïa says...

      Thank you so much Anne! I came here to write the same things. Please be generous to working classes of Amazon and other online shops. Order things on internet the least possible (or better : nothing), and encourage others to do the same.
      Right now, caring for your community is not ordering things online (unless emergency). You can always let know little shops that you don’t forget them and will come back to them as soon as the crisis is over.

    • RM says...

      Yeah, I avoid Amazon at all costs. I believe they are ruining small-town America.
      I just purchased one of those Lou & Gray hoodies from Loft- thanks for the recommendation! I’m not certain that they are any better than Amazon, but I can’t believe they are as bad.

    • nadine says...

      So well written, thank you Anne! I love reading every post and I feel cuppfjo helps me become a more thoughtful, informed human that also takes care of herself.
      I would really like to support your work I value so much. At the same time I boycott Amazon and I don’t shop much online. Is there any other way I could help?
      Thank you for all your work!! <3

    • S. says...

      Anne, you are definitely not alone! Echoing the comments here and on previous posts – I am also someone who would absolutely support a voluntary subscription model if it meant that Amazon would no longer be affiliated. Cup of Jo is such a comfort (even more so in this moment) and it’s so important that the content be accessible to everyone, but I hope there are other ways of sustaining/maintaining that

  7. Jean says...

    Oh gosh, so funny enough – I did the deodorant thing this morning, before reading this. I decided to commit. Regular deodorant keeps making me itch, so I finally threw out the thing and bought a back up of my “good” Lavanilla Healthy Deodorant, which was the only one that worked for me when I went through a phase of testing natural deodorants. Out of cheapness / insanity, I’ve been saving it for the days I shave and trying to use up the regular Suave that never seemed to die. No longer! https://www.lavanila.com/products/the-healthy-deodorant-vanilla-coconut

    • S says...

      As a fellow reader trying to think more of my impact in this world – and feeling that every action does count – this struck a positive cord. Wanted to offer a note of support for your comment, and say that I’d be open to donations or support for cup of jo to steer people away from Amazon. I’m in my mid-20s and have been reading it since it started. Wishing peace to everybody reading!

  8. Clare says...

    Hi CoJ team! Thank you so much for being a bright spot in dark times. I’ve been reading for 10 years (!) and I cherish this community.
    An article (or Instagram) idea — what about rounding up a list of (1) organizations to help and (2) companies/brands doing their part right now?
    I’m thinking about this in light of the news that Everlane fired their customer support staff this week after workers unionized. It really upsets me. And then I think about Elizabeth Suzann paying workers and Rothy’s creating PPEs for healthcare workers, and I’d love to know who else I can support. :)

    • Em says...

      SAME!!

    • Pin says...

      This is a great idea! (Also, thanks for sharing the info about Everlane — that’s really disappointing to hear about a company that has tried to position itself as transparent and ethical.)

  9. Cynthia says...

    Donating money for ACTUAL PPE is so important!!!!! It’s a nice gesture to sew masks, I know people often prefer to “do” and not just give money. However in this instance money really is better.

    N95 masks have a 97% efficacy. Fabric masks only have a 44% efficacy. Our health care workers and the patient’s they are treating deserve the real deal!

  10. cat says...

    love the idea of using this time to try natural deodorant! 😂 Personally I’m using it to finally take the plunge on… the menstrual cup! Being this close to my personal, private bathroom (and backup tampon stash) has made this much less scary. So far so good!

    • Charlotte says...

      Oh my gosh, Cat! The menstrual cup is absolutely life changing! I got one about two years ago and have never looked back. I only wish it hadn’t taken me so long to try it in the first place! If anyone else is considering trying it I totally recommend.

  11. S says...

    Loved the some people link. A good reminder that our different experiences are valid and not completely unique. And that often someone is having an even harder time.

  12. Mary Vaccarezza says...

    Nature’s Best Poetry of 2019: Clouds was just what I needed to see this morning. Being a lifelong cloud watcher and always appreciative of various cloud formations, this post (and now app!) is just for me! All are beautiful in their own way but the angelic sunset made me say “wow” out loud and brought me to sudden tears. My sister died 15 years ago this year. Shortly after she died, I had a dream of her holding my hand as we walked. She suddenly let go of my hand, started running then floated up. This image reminded me of her and that dream instantly. With all of the anxiety in the world now, seeing and being among nature is very grounding and comforting. A big virtual hug to everyone. Thank you.

  13. Iva says...

    Let’s not call it social distancing when it is – just – physical.

    It makes such a difference when you think of it that way. I can’t touch you, but I can feel you. There’s no distance between words being said and feelings being shared.

    • Abigail says...

      Language matters. You’re so right. I’m also thinking that we need to find terms other than shelter in place and lockdown for asking or requiring people to stay at home. These terms are perpetuating fear, when we could be framing staying home as an act of service to fellow humans.

  14. Hayley says...

    The clouds made my heart happy for the first time in days. Thank you so much.

  15. A says...

    Trying natural deodorant: Schmidt’s Rose Vanilla is better than any deodorant (natural or not) I have ever tried. It smells delicious and works so well. Spent months backpacking in South Asia with it and I have been converted.

  16. Cassie says...

    THANK YOU for linking to a site about masks and PPE that will actually help our heroic doctors, nurses, and first responders! There are SO MANY links circulating about sewing masks at home, and while I applaud people’s desire to take action, cloth masks are not good enough protection in this pandemic! Respirators are what’s needed, and there’s scientific evidence to back that up. I’ve wanted to shout this from the mountain tops, but kudos to Cup of Jo for using your reach to help!

    • Cloth masks are good for every-day folks (like me)….simply because they can reliably get us to stop touching our faces. I’m sewing up a batch for my family now. It also helps to be out and about in a facemask…it encourages neighbors to take everything more seriously since people heavily rely on social cues.

  17. Christi says...

    Does anyone need a FaceTime friend? If you are feeling lonely, maybe cup of jo can help connect us for a FaceTime (or zoom or Skype or what’s app) chat – maybe even a multi person one. I am in my early thirties and am living in vancouver Canada. Just seems like maybe we are all feeling the same way. :)

    • Britt says...

      I love this idea! I would be game for that!

    • Eliot says...

      I would totally do this!

  18. Rae says...

    Such a good round-up. Thank you team Cup Of Jo.

  19. RM says...

    I really appreciate the non-Covid 19 posts right now. One can get corona virus news everywhere, so I come here daily to escape it. Thank you and keep ‘em coming!

    • Sophia C says...

      This!

  20. Noons says...

    I love mugs! They’re usually what I buy as a souvenir for myself, which is fun but also makes for a very full cupboard. My friend got me a funny “Schitt’s Creek” one for my birthday & I got her one like Michael’s from “The Office” only hers says “World’s Best Friend”.

    • Laura says...

      I love mugs! I have bought a mug from every major vacation spot that I have gone on with my husband. Some cheesy, some handmade. A few broke, but since we have been married over ten years, we have a lot. So last year, we built some shelves in the dining area to display the extras. Only the favorites stay in the cabinet and I can remember fun vacation memories every morning or when I look at me shelves.

  21. Katie says...

    Meghan Markle’s beautiful looks brought me so much joy! Thank you! I also loved the some people, such a good reminder. I’ve been going for long walks and listening to Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend podcast, a nice break from being stuck at home with two little ones. Have a great weekend!

  22. Jenny says...

    Happy Jo Day Joanna!

  23. Eliza says...

    Re: Some People
    Have you read the children’s book “Most People” by Michael Leannah. I bought it for my kids, but I find it very comforting when I start to feel like the news overwhelms me with loud stories of “bad people”. The last two pages remind me of what is happening with all of us sheltering in place, self-isolating, and quarantining. Most people are good people. It’s beautiful!

  24. Allyson says...

    ooh i wear those sweaters for work and travel all the time. well, not lately given WFH, but i do recommend them. they’re the best!

  25. DC says...

    The cloud article is amazing! But what I really came here to say is that yesterday I put on staying-indoors lipstick AND let my hair air-dry without touching it for maybe the first time in my life. It’s usually a triangular, frizzy mess when it air-dries, and yesterday it was mostly straight / a little wavy / not a triangle at all. Who knew?! Thank you, Jo and co., for somehow being exactly the right amount of meaningful, heartfelt, and delightfully frivolous in exactly the right dosages, week after crazy week. <3

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      That means a lot to me! Thank you xoxo

  26. Pip says...

    What is your go-to pizza recipe for home baking please?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      We are so basic! We just use frozen dough, raos marinara sauce and fresh mozzarella. So delicious!

    • Pip says...

      Basic sounds good! I live In Melbourne and can’t find yeast anywhere! Sending all the best you and your guys x

    • Kirsten says...

      I love the Bobby Flay Doug recipe – the key is bread flour and knead way longer than you think you need to!

  27. TJ says...

    The Kottke list was so poignant and moved me to tears.

  28. NICOLE says...

    I have two funny mugs that my grandmother handed down to me from her post-divorce days. One says “I love being single” and the other “So many men…so little time.” She’s just really the best.

  29. Katie says...

    Goodness. That Atlantic article was depressing. I’ve been trying to take things one day at a time, and to maintain a positive attitude while also accepting that this is likely to last a long time, but oof. That article hurt.

    • Megan says...

      Yea…really wish I wouldn’t of read that as well, I definitely started to cry and wish articles like that weren’t floating around – but everyone has to have an opinion I suppose that you have to take with a grain of salt. I’m gonna try and stay positive and hope for this being over sooner rather then Later!!

    • Meredith says...

      I feel the same way Katie. My head isn’t in the sand but…that was rough.

  30. Elizabeth says...

    I was JUST thinking about the deodorant thing this morning haha! I had to switch to a natural one I don’t love because it takes my body a while to get used to it and for it to truly work, and I shrugged and thought “well now’s the time to do it” lol. Apologies to my dog.

    • AJ says...

      Another amazing, natural deodorant that was not on that list is Lume. You can only buy it online. I had a friend recommend it to me, and she is a runner. I have been using it for about a year, and if it can survive an L.A. summer, then it’s all good in my book. And it’s good for other stinky body parts. All scents are pretty good too, however I like the jasmine-rose the least, and I’m usually a floral girl.

  31. Michelle says...

    What a great Poem for this particular time in history

    Some people are unfit to be President.>>>>>

    Yes to this. I don’t even care if he’s doing the best he can under the circumstances. I hope he’s GONE in November!

    Some people can’t work remotely.>>>>

    Me. But I’m lucky I’m still working.

    Some people can’t afford their rent next month.>>>>>

    My apartment is deferring rent until the end of May. But you will still owe the months you don’t pay.

    Some people can’t convince their elderly parents to take this seriously.>>>

    I work with a 30 y.o who doesn’t practice sheltering in place. Her response to Covid-19 is always “whatever”. When this over I want to retire.

    Some people are logging off to stay grounded.>>>>>>>

    I have reached the conclusion that it would just be better for my mental health.

    • Carrie says...

      That’s actually what ruined it for me. Was really lovely up until that point.

    • Nancy says...

      Yes, yes, yes!

  32. Katie says...

    That Atlantic article… woof! The possibility of having 4-12 more months of social distancing just gave me some deep anxiety. I miss my friends! I want to have my mom visit when my baby is born in 5 months!!!

    • b says...

      Yep. I had to stop reading. The fear I feel right now is overwhelming.

  33. Kim says...

    Thank you so much for setting such a wonderful tone for us right now. I’m a front line provider and this space is such a welcome reprieve at the end of a 14 hour shift. Since there seems to be no delineation between weekdays and weekends, and since I look forward to your posts so much, may I kindly request an occasional weekend post? Or repost? I have no idea how much time or effort goes into writing a post (I’m sure it’s much more than meets the eye) and this might be a tall order. As my mom taught me, I can’t get what I don’t ask for!

    • b says...

      It would be amazing if they moved the throwback posts from a weekday to a weekend day. The content’s already there; it’s likely just a matter of rescheduling the post.

    • Julie says...

      Hi Kim,
      Thank you for being on the front lines! Big virtual hugs!!!!

    • Rachel says...

      Can I kindly second this request? Even another round up of links would be great!

    • Yes, I agree– weekend posts please. and Thank You Kim– 14-hour shifts- that brings tears to my eyes.

  34. Molly says...

    I’ve been dealing with some tough anxiety this week (aren’t we all?!) and looking at those cloud photos was SO calming. I need to remember that for next time I’m feeling really anxious – just go outside and look at the clouds.