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Have a Lovely Weekend.

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What are you up to this weekend? Chilling at home? We’re having pizza for dinner tonight and finishing Curb Your Enthusiasm, which has been such a pick-me-up. Hope you’re hanging in there. Have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Frasier and Niles tell their dad to stay home, haha.

The best podcasts to listen to right now. What would you add?

Good news: Winc, the wine club, is offering Cup of Jo readers $26 off your next purchase, through this link. (That’s 4 bottles of wine for just $33 + shipping is included!) Cheers!

Lol-ed at this April Fool’s post.

A lemon bar taste test with a clear winner.

I can’t live without this killer beauty product.

Just 47 photos of Keanu Reeves. In case you need them.

Rainbows in the darkness are strangely beautiful.

A great way to relieve stress.

Let’s go for a stroll outside.

Highly recommend this feel-good Instagram feed.

Plus, a reader comment:

Says Eli on bathroom art: “I was a nude model for the art department’s figure drawing class in undergrad and made friends with a few of the girls in the class. One of them gave me some of her chalk drawings of me. I have a large one framed and hanging in my bathroom. It’s on cheap brown paper in shades of purple and gold and adds a touch of sensuality. Very few people know it is me. :)”

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(Photo by Lisa Thiele)

  1. Kate says...

    Pantsuit Politics and Stuff You Missed In History Class are must-listen.

  2. Adrienne says...

    We’ve made Sunset’s old Buttery Lemon Bars for decades. Might have to try Martha’s to compare: There’s nothing so disappointing as a sub-par lemon bar!

  3. Kim says...

    Just came here to big up the podcast Everything is Fine by Kim France and Tally. Honest, funny, thoughtful discussions about women aging gracefully and with style.

  4. On podcasts, Staying in with Emily and Kumail is a must listen!

  5. Carly says...

    2 words: Brene. Brown. Her new podcast “Unlocking Us” is phenomenal, and she talks a lot about how to navigate the current world.

  6. Maggie says...

    That lemon bar article is fake news! (I’ve only made Ina’s but they are DIVINE).

  7. Vanessa Smith says...

    I’m thinking of you New Yorkers and sending lots of love from California.

  8. liz says...

    I just finished listening to Dolly Parton’s America. I know I’m a little behind, but I loved it so much! This, coming from a native NY-er who has never listened to country, let alone Dolly. The podcast, while about her, covered a lot of history about Nashville, Appalachia, and feminism, and the music industry. I found it super interested and soothing. I’m also now of the belief that Dolly is a living, breathing, bad ass angel lady. I’m now feeling that void a person goes through when they finish a good tv show/podcast and don’t know what could replace it.

  9. amy says...

    i love this blog, now more than ever.

  10. Pearl says...

    Everyone needs pics of Keanu 🤣

  11. D says...

    Hi Jo, would you consider putting together recommendations for music to listen to during this time? Seems like a good time to get into new artists or dig deeper into artists’ discography. I’d especially love recommendations for full albums. I find in the age of Spotify my music-listening is so “all over the place” and I’d rather not listen to more playlists. But I never know which album to commit to, as it does seem like a commitment! Thanks so much!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes!!

  12. Blandine says...

    Thank you for those links. So lovely to see Vilnius featured in the walking tours, it’s been my home for the past three year and I love this place.

    • Austeja says...

      I am Lithuanian, living in NYC! This comment (and the Vilnius walking tour) made my Sunday.

  13. Hannah says...

    Got married this weekend!! My husband was sleeping. . so time to play on my phone in the am.

    Fun post idea: Engagements/weddings in the midst of this craziness, real stories and happy photos!! :))

    • Maya says...

      Congratulations!!!!

  14. Emily says...

    Late to the party on this post, but I cannot recommend the lemon bars on Sally’s Baking Addiction any more! Made them on a rainy day this week and our family went nuts over them – I made a half-batch (8×8) and am wishing I made the full 9×13! They’re also one-bowl :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you for the rec!

  15. ana says...

    Highly Highly recommend ‘Fortunately…with Fi and Jane.

    Two British women just talking and laughing about the day.

    It’s by BBC 4. The presenters are reluctantly acknowledging its doing quite well.

    Recommend for all ages and nationalities.

    Worth a listen.

  16. K says...

    Just placed my wine order and will look forward to trying some new bottles! Thanks for sharing : )

  17. jilly says...

    i hope everyone is chilling at home and nothing else! unless, of course, they who are those keeping people alive and/or essential workers. thank you to all those putting their lives on the line.

  18. Alison says...

    Now we all REALLY want to use Eli’s bathroom.

  19. AJ says...

    Thank you so much the walking tours. My daughter and I were supposed to leave this Friday on a trip to Paris. I had been waiting to take this trip for 30 years. Just loved watching these and living vicariously through the videos. Hope we make it there one day.

    • ana says...

      How frustrating – I do hope you get to go soon x

  20. Brittany says...

    I am recommending the podcast School Colors to everyone I talk to (especially if you live in NYC!) because it is brilliant and amazing!

  21. Anon says...

    Hmmm… as sweet as the picture of the two old men sharing a table between two balconies is (and it really is a sweet picture), I fear that it sends the wrong message. What they are doing is not correct physical distancing. If they are seeing each other exclusively, fine. But they might as well be on the same balcony and not deceive themselves into thinking that they are distancing from each other. They are too close, and touching the same deck of cards. We know how tragic the situation in Italy has been. And how serious the situation in the USA is shaping up to be. We need to understand that is not physical distancing. Sorry, but we need to be real.

  22. Kimberley says...

    BRENÉ BROWN HAS A PODCAST. That is all x

    • Maryn says...

      And it’s sooo good!

  23. Amanda W. says...

    Keanu Reeves was my first real crush. I’m showing my age here, but I only knew him from Bill and Ted. And then … I saw a still from Point Break; my 12-year-old self’s world turned upside down. THAT was Ted?!! Oh my. And so my pre-teen crushes began.

    That being said, it makes me sad to see him smoking. It always makes me sad to learn that a celebrity smokes. Is that weird?

  24. CS says...

    The Frasier reinvented… so funny!! I’ve been watching the whole series on DVD (Such a great sit-com!) and this reinvention really was well done. I’ll have to go back to the website and see if that is a regular feature!! 🤞

  25. Katie says...

    I always look forward to your Friday posts & today’s brought me even more joy than usual ❤️

  26. CMG says...

    A podcast rec…
    Here for You with Kate & Doree
    A daily podcast from the Forever 35 ladies to “Help you through the global pandemic without going bananas.”

  27. Rusty says...

    Oh! The Instagram account made me cry HAPPY tears.
    Humanity. 🥰

  28. Jess says...

    Always love your links, but please, please consider linking to Barnes & Noble or Indiebound for any and all books. Amazon really doesn’t need the business and B&N and indies are really struggling right now.

    • Gilli says...

      So true! Amazon is doing better than any business In the world right now, the independent bookstores and small shops could really use the business!

    • Joaquina says...

      I believe bloggers get paid for including an Amazon link.
      Bookshop.org is a much better alternative to Amazon, it allots a certain %age to independent booksellers. Check out the article
      on InsideHook.com, “Thanks to Bookshop, there is no reason to buy books on amazon anymore”.

    • B says...

      I will never understand why people can’t just look up the book title, and purchase from their retailer of choice? You don’t have to purchase from the link.

    • Deb says...

      B, you are right, of course, but I think it’s also about reminding people that alternatives to Amazon exist because a lot of people buy from Amazon by default, and certainly without thinking of the wider consequences.

  29. Scarlett says...

    Love the idea of having a little secret like the figure drawing in Eli’s bathroom. And the walk through Paris was so beautiful! Makes me want to visit :)

  30. SCG says...

    Podcast: The Intelligence by The Economist!

    Jason Palmer’s voice is the one that will get you through the pandemic. He’s out the entire week (March 30-Apr 3) and I hope he’ll be back next week to host the show.

  31. Barbara says...

    Podcasts: NPR’s Bookworm, with Michael Silverblatt! Such a delight for lit enthusiasts and amazingly extensive backlog!

  32. megan says...

    Best podcast ever – Every Little Thing. The host, Flora, is lovely and witty and the topics are so much fun every single time. People call in with random questions they can’t figure out the answer to and Flora finds someone to answer it and sometimes has the caller speak with them, too. Along with CoJ, it’s one of my favorite pick me ups of the week.

  33. Grace Vaitilingam says...

    MEET CUTE -a podcast with short stories of romantic meet-cutes, perfect for the romcom fan. Just try it :)

  34. breanna says...

    thank you for including the frasier episode.. this has made my night. thank you!! i really needed this.

  35. jeannie says...

    That Frasier thing was hilarious and so familiar. LOVED it!!!

  36. lesley says...

    thank you for posting daily during this time. it means more than i can say.

  37. Vin says...

    Your blog is really a quality space. 😘

  38. Amber says...

    Has anyone mentioned Forever 35, yet? It’s a podcast about self-care and don’t we all need that right now?

  39. Krystel says...

    I would add Dying for Sex and recommend listening to it when the kids have gone to bed… or while wearing headphones! The premise: the true story of a 44 years old woman diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, who leaves her unhappy marriage of 15 years to pursue sexual escapades that are making her feel alive. It’s narrated through a conversation with her best friend. With only six episodes, it is a short time investment that will leave you pondering about your friendships, romantic relationships, mortality, and sexuality for much, much longer.

  40. Brittni says...

    Thanks Johanna! “I really appreciate it.” “Really appreciate it.”

    Enjoy Curb!

  41. Jaime M says...

    the writer of “Frasier and Niles…” is a dear friend from high school. Not only is she amazingly talented and hilarious– she is a lovely person. I am so delighted to see her work included here!

    • b says...

      It was so good. It’s the first thing that has made me smile in weeks.

    • RM says...

      Ditto. It was very good.
      Also Joanna, thank you for introducing me to McSweeney’s- I love it! Most of us could use a little laughter during this.
      With 4 kids of different ages at home remote-learning, I also loved: WE, THE HARD-WORKING, NEWLY HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS OF AMERICA, HAVE REWRITTEN THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS.
      It was so spot-on!
      https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/we-the-hard-working-newly-homeschooling-parents-of-america-have-rewritten-the-common-core-standards

    • SarahE says...

      @RM hahahaha loved that link thanks! Spot on as you said! :p

    • Katherine says...

      RM you made my whole quarantine with that link. I am a teacher and a parent and that was the comic relief I needed right now, thank you for sharing!

  42. Laine says...

    I’ve picked up so many podcast recommendations from this blog, I feel that I owe you ;) Hopefully some people haven’t heard some of these:
    —Death, Sex, & Money
    -Criminal & This is Love (both by infamous Phoebe)
    -Ear Hustle
    -The Hilarious World of Depression
    -Mobituaries
    -You Must Remember This
    -Commitmed
    -Tremendous Upside
    -Finding Fred (Rogers)
    Be Well everyone & thanks COJ:)

  43. Andrea says...

    THANK YOU! I live for these Friday posts!!!!!

  44. Em says...

    Love the lemon bar article, as I love lemon bars! A great way to bring in a feeling of spring while being stuck at home.

    Am I the only one who gets creeped out by lists like the Keanu one? If a men’s blog was posting lists of women I think we all would be upset, so why is it ok to objectify men in the same way? It’s creepy and takes away someone’s humanity in favor of their attractiveness.

    • Lisa says...

      I feel the Keanu photos aren’t creepy because he’s fully dressed and many of those photos are somewhat artistic. And I’d think he’d appreciate people wanting to see him that way…since he IS a celebrity and that’s how he earns his living. But different opinions make the world go round. :)

    • Maryn says...

      I’ve had the same thoughts about how it seems totally acceptable to objectify men like that even though we would all freak out if men did the same to women. And yet I still looked at the Keanu pictures 😅 We can all do better, that’s for sure.

    • Annelise says...

      Em. Totally agree on objectifying men.

    • Jules says...

      The Keanu post really wasnt about his attractiveness though? It was about his relatable-ness and didnt read in an objectifying way at all to me. Honestly, if a men’s blog put 42 clean, fully clothed, respectful pictures of a female actress and talked about all the sides of them and how relatable they felt I would love to read it too!

    • Sharon says...

      Yes, I agree with Jules. I love how Keanu has become popular recently because of his gestures. his respectfulness of women. We fall for his humanity. his kindness. At least what looks like these things from afar (since I certainly do not know him). Beauty is about much more than objectification.

  45. Shannon says...

    My husband got me into Conan O’Brien needs a Friend, kind of in spite of myself. I’ve never really been a fan (I can count on one hand how many times I’ve seen his show over the years -and I always just thought he was a bit too goofy for my taste), but the hubs got me into it right before all of this craziness started and now I’m so so so glad he did. Conan leads early on by sharing his comedic philosophy (he doesn’t like to bring anything heavy into his work, the world is already too heavy for that – he just wants to entertain). So his behind the scenes silliness with staff and fun/witty interviews, are just the light and breezy ticket for me right now. Pure escape.

  46. Gillian says...

    Speaking of Podcasts I have been listening to ‘The Daily’ NY Times
    ‘Second Life’ and ‘Midlife Mixtapes’

  47. julia says...

    I live in the Bay Area and there have been recent Keanu Reeves sightings in Alameda where he is apparently filming the next Matrix movie. My coworker who lives there says that he is just randomly spotted playing chess outside with random locals. He was also spotted by himself eating an ice cream cone out in the sun. The man knows how to live.

    • julia says...

      I just realized how many times I said random in that post so I thought I’d say it again… RANDOM!!! Lol 😆

    • Karen says...

      I remember when I worked at a bakery in Potrero Hill In SF and he was shooting a movie there (I think the one with Charlize Theron). We were all so excited about our Keanu sightings! And so interested when we had heard he had bought a bunch of books at the bookstore up the hill. We all wanted to know what he chose.

  48. Linda says...

    Oh my goodness, that Instagram account is so great! You have to look at the one of the little girl in the striped shirt. What a good sport and a cutie. So funny and adorable.

  49. Neela says...

    I didn’t want the Frasier mini-ep to stop! I could hear the their voices so clearly in my head. Great writing!
    Joanna, you and your team are so precious right now- it would be so easy to take for granted the fact that you post something wonderful every single day: uplifting, compassionate, thought-provoking content. But I just wanted to leave a short note to say that I really appreciate your continued and consistent presence through this strange period. Thanks for all of your work, and I’m looking forward to the book club discussion! My copy arrived today…

  50. Joy says...

    I agree with your thoughts on this subject. I’m hearing a lot about virtual “ happy hours” and a lot more focus on drinking. Mental health professionals are concerned of the rise of alcohol, drug and food addictions being another problem to deal with at a time like this when people turn to these things to cope.

    • Joy says...

      Replying to Sasha’s comment

    • Milou says...

      I respectfully disagree!

      I am a social worker with 20 years of of experience in child victimization and while addiction is certainly an issue of concern, I also think connecting with others at a virtual happy hour is a great thing for people feeling isolated and cut off from social interaction.
      We have done several Codenames happy hours with friends and it has been great! Some of my friends drink, some don’t, but please don’t conflate having a wine discount on a blog with addiction. There are lots of folks who enjoy wine (and alcohol) safely.

    • jane says...

      Interesting – this has made me focus so much more on eating healthily – I’ve juiced twice this week along with other additions like starting sprouts and making my own popcorn instead of buying flavored bags. I’ve also begun exercising regularly when before I found it hard to “find time” even tho easily spending too much time on social.

  51. Em says...

    For podcasts: I searched for Ina Garten and downloaded a bunch of different podcasts episodes where she was interviewed. She’s so lovely and SO soothing to listen to. The fun thing is that since the interviews all occurred at different times you lear new things with each conversation. A nice escape!

    • DC says...

      Yes to this podcast trick! I did this recently with Elizabeth Gilbert and Ashley C. Ford—both writers have something new to say in each interview, and there’s something kind of comforting about having the person interviewed be the consistent factor, rather than the podcast host. Going to download a bunch with Ina now…

    • Erika says...

      So this is not a podcast, but my boys (5 and 3) have been into watching Mr Roger’s Neighborhood lately while I make dinner. It is so calming to have his voice in my home and seeing him put on those cardigans. :)

  52. Sarah says...

    COJ team- thank you x a million. Coming here twice a day is almost the only thing in my life that feels “normal”. It has been the perfect mix of covid and non-covid material.

    Podcast recommendations- Here for you with Kate and Doree of Forever35. They are putting out daily eps. I’m really enjoing Staying In with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon- bringing me so much joy! Be well. xo

  53. Tesia says...

    Forget the lemon bar contest winner. These are the best lemon bars you’ll ever make/eat: https://www.davidlebovitz.com/whole-lemon-bars-recipe/ Eat with a side of fresh (in season) strawberries and whipped cream and you have the perfect spring dessert!

  54. maria says...

    “47 photos of Keanu Reeves. In case you need them.”
    Seriously made me LOL. And YES – of COURSE I need them! :)

  55. Randi says...

    I’ve been listening to We All Share the Same Sky. So far it’s great. I’d not necessarily a pick-me-up, but it’s a good reminder that we aren’t the first people in history to go through a tough time. We need to be reminded of our strength and our ability to help one another.

  56. Chrissy says...

    Cup of Jo team, I wanted to state how much I look forward to your content during this strange time. I look forward to your posts daily. The cheerful and thoughtful posts and the kind online community here break up the monotony of my days.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that means so, so much to me (and i’m sure the rest of the team, too)! thank you, chrissy. xoxo

    • laura says...

      agreed, chrissy! cup of jo if the first online stop of my new normal day. thanks for the content!

  57. H says...

    Here to shout out one of my fav podcasts to add to the list that I think a lot of CoJ readers would enjoy: Shameless. Not the tv show but an Aussie podcast where two gals chat about pop culture etc – it’s lighthearted and so fun, but intelligent at the same time.

    Listen to these eps: interviews with Dylan Alcott, Courtney Love & Emma Carey

  58. Sasha L says...

    Everywhere I look online I see people drinking, drinking put forth as a solution to the boredom and stress of social isolation, drinking jokingly described as self care.

    Alcohol is a depressant. Does it seem like a good time for depressants? If you are drinking more than you were, say, two months ago, why is that not a cause for concern? At any other time it would be, right? Many people drinking more also have children in their homes. More alcohol=better parenting exactly never. Alcohol has never been a great treatment for anxiety.

    Please, PLEASE reassess this alcohol free for all. We’ve got big enough problems right now without more problem drinking and alcoholism on top of it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh i’m not thinking of Winc wines as a solution to boredom or anxiety — they’re just offering a great deal on wine if you typically enjoy a glass with dinner or whenever :) hope that helps!

    • Faith says...

      I agree, Sasha. I stopped drinking in January and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’m less anxious, I have more money in my bank account, and I’m a much better parent.

      If you are reading this and feel you are not in control of your drinking (especially during quarantine), please consider reading “This Naked Mind” by Annie Grace and checking out this lovely community on Reddit: /r/stopdrinking . You are beautiful and strong and deserve to give yourself the gift of sobriety. xoxo

    • Faith says...

      Sadly what also seems to be in abundance is judgement of others. Unless harm is seen to be happening, maybe let’s just back off and be a little less preachy, as we’re all walking our own path through this strange time (thanks CoJ for the offer recommendation, which can be taken up, or ignored, as people wish…)

    • Em says...

      I am right there with you Sasha. It’s sad when such a large chunk of “self care suggestions” involve drowning anxiety with alcohol. Alcohol is not a healthy coping mechanism, nor is any other overuse of substances. As someone who works in mental health and social work I’m already concerned for clients suffering with current addictions making it through this time without adding new addicts to that list.

      For those who feel judged: maybe this idea of not drinking to cover up worries is hitting a nerve that you need to pay more attention to.

    • Faith says...

      It’s like I’m talking to myself on here. :) lol

    • Tori says...

      My husband and I have been enjoying beers together while watching last nights Tonight Show Home Edition after our kids go to bed. After crazy days with him trying to work from home and our daughter being home instead of at preschool, it’s been a fun way for us to unwind and get some quality time together. So in our case, more alcohol absolutely equals better parenting. Everyone’s experience is different.

    • Sasha L says...

      Quit Like a Woman is a great read if you’d like another perspective on *ok* drinking, the idea that drinking is normal, healthy, enhances life. I suppose I do sound preachy, it just hurts my heart to see people coping with sadness, anxiety, fear and loneliness by drinking. Anyways, please know there is a large community of sober women out here for you, leading online meetings, supporting one another and just getting through this crisis.

    • Faith says...

      Lots of respect to everyone on this particular comment thread about alcohol consumption during the current crisis- apologies if my comment last night was a little snippy or terse in my defence of those who choose to drink in moderation. I’m actually tee total myself, and choose not to drink for lots of reasons (none of them are because I think alcohol is inherently bad – although I know that’s not what anyone is implying either!) I do respect others right to drink though. Thank you for sharing a different perspective, and guidance for anyone who may be feeling the need to seek help for their drinking. x

  59. M says...

    I’m always gonna need pictures of Keanu. Wether it’s 47 or 100! Thanks! :-)

    • Laura says...

      Hah that remindes me of two lesser known Keanu Reeves movies – Bill and Ted’s excellent adventures and Much ado about nothing. I used to watch them when I was at school – I mean who doesn’t want to see a happy ending where everyone is singing, dancing and rose petals fall from the sky?
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1mr8Hy6tLYk
      I think I need a dose of Keanu in silly movies. Be excellent to each other!