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Have a Sweet Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? We are going to Coney Island! I can’t wait to see the water and eat gelato in a cone. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

Cutest pajamas.

Hahahaha, busted.

My boys are LOVING this incredibly suspenseful, well-told story of the Hudson River emergency plane landing.

Anticipating a good time is half the fun.

How pretty is this Ikea mirror?

This poem made me clutch my heart. (New Yorker)

Alex and I are opposites in a major way: He doesn’t like potatoes. I want to change his mind with this recipe.

The two types of car commercials, haha.

Have you ever eaten a Pittsburgh salad? (New York Magazine)

I’m a person of color and suddenly everyone is interested in me.” (New Yorker)

Oooh, what gorgeous airbnbs.

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Lauren on what are you secretly good at: “My vibe calms geese. That doesn’t come up in most contexts, but I volunteer at a wildlife hospital and geese are chaotic neutrals at best, so it’s helpful that I can be like, ‘Hang loose, my goose,’ and they relax in my arms while we take care of them.”

Says Samantha on what are you secretly good at: “‘Hang loose, my goose’ should be everyone’s life motto. It is certainly mine now!”

(Photo by asya.rosh.)

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  1. Mary Rose says...

    As a born and bred Pittsburgher – I loved seeing a shoutout to our iconic salad! We do take ranch dressing very seriously (but also not) and put French Fries on everything!

  2. K says...

    My husband can also take or leave potatoes because they’re not good for you and that’s that. And I understand, they’re bland if you look at them a certain way.

    But boy do I love steak fries, tater tots, hash browns, baked potatoes, scalloped potatoes, potatoes underneath a roast chicken to soak up the juices, home fries, etc etc.

    Also homemade ranch dressing has been trending on TikTok and a Pittsburgh salad sounds like the perfect place to plop it on!

  3. shahnnen says...

    ‘Hang loose, my goose,’ is my next tattoo.

    Holy shit, y’all! As a high-strung person, I neeeeeed to hang loose.

  4. Megan Ritchey says...

    I’m gonna need a lot more content from Lauren, please.

  5. Sarah Beth says...

    The Botanic Garden in that article is in my neighborhood, and yes I am definitely one of the many moms who spend most of the nice weather months there (in our defense, there are DEFINITELY more retirees there than moms!) If you are in Chicago, I can’t recommend it enough– it’s beautiful, easily accessible by public transportation, and FREE if you walk (you pay a flat fee per car.) I know that article was teasing about women who are crazy about the garden, but… I’m crazy about the garden! It is my happy place.

  6. LB says...

    I discovered Billy Collins when I visited my grandfather’s house by the sea in September of last year. It was his second home he generously let family use, without him being there. He was also not doing well, and we all knew what was coming. I felt in my heart that the stay in his beloved house was likely to be the last, and I embraced all the nooks from my childhood, his art, and book collection, including two Billy Collins books. I loved them. The style was unlike my grandfather’s but in a way, it was the relaxed, vacation version of him. In November, on Thanksgiving morning, I got a call from my mom. I knew what the call was about.

    I just want to say I love that you’ve posted a couple times about Billy Collins now, as it reminds me of that last moment in one of my favorite places and of a very special person.

  7. Emma says...

    I’ve owned that IKEA mirror (in ash veneer) for 2 years and it still MAKES the room it’s in, just a beautiful shape and the perfect size! Couldn’t be happier with it and if we had a bigger place (hello 500 sq ft, SF Bay Area), would totally consider buying a second.

  8. Elizabeth says...

    I could use CoJ and CoJ readers help with a fashion need! I’m a short plus-size woman looking for the perfect casual warm weather jumpsuit (as in, a sweat-friendly fabric like linen or cotton). I’d love a simple blue or gray and wide enough straps that I can wear a regular bra. I have visions of wearing it on post-vaccination park meetups with friends, cautiously optimistic first dates (!), or just weekend errands. Everywhere I’ve looked so far tend to be heavy on the synthetic fabrics, barely there straps, etc. Help a girl out?

    • Katie says...

      I’m going to get blasted by the masses on this, but Everlane has cute, wide strapped jumpsuits. Megan Markle had one a year or so ago.

      I want to buy the Cuyana jumpsuit in green, their Pima modal blend is a dream. It’s thin straps though. That’s one good thing about my small breast, I can wear those coverups you stick on your nipples. I have the v-neck midi dress in the same material and I never want to take it off. Also, washable!!

    • Melodie says...

      Old Navy has a lot of cute jumpsuits in a variety of sizes, and while many of them are spaghetti strap several of them have wide straps as well! I have a linen-blend jumpsuit from there that I love.

    • Becky says...

      If you find one you like, and see it as a long term options, but are not a fan of the straps consider taking it to someone who can alter the straps. You may not find an exact fabric match but you could add lace shoulder straps instead. I’ve made minor adjustments myself on cheaper clothes and have been pleasantly surprised!

  9. Anni says...

    That kitty picture!!!
    We have just adopted two kitten and during these boring lockdown times in central Europe that was the best and sweetest decision. So much joy, love and stuff to talk about. Our 9 and 7 year old kids are psyched! We have thought about adopting cats for a long time and now it was just right. Go for that puppy, Jo! :)

  10. Allison says...

    Hang loose my goose! I was a frantically competitive tennis player in high school. My amazing English teacher (who taught us phonetics by making us say F%^k really loud!) was also my coach. He would sing-song, “loose as a goose, funky as a chicken” while I prepared to serve. Remembering this, I think I may need to reinstitute the motto.

  11. CMG says...

    this poem…
    “So many of them had been swept away
    as if by a hand from the sky”

    this is what happened to a dear, dear friend of ours this week

    Billy Collins knows how my heart works

  12. Sarah says...

    I have eaten MANY a Pittsburgh salad and cannot recommend one enough! FRIES ON SALAD. FRIES! ON! SALAD!!!

    • kelly says...

      The best!!

  13. Erin says...

    What did you decide to do about getting a puppy? The picture above made me think your boys would enjoy a kitty too.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Alex and Anton have been researching rescues! We will see! Xoxo

  14. Kate says...

    I read the New York magazine article about Pittsburgh salad but I’m confused – why are we reading a detailed account of what this person eats in a day?

    Genuine question. I don’t understand the format.

  15. Liz says...

    My heart—the kitten photo!
    Is that a domestic cat breed? If anyone knows, please fill me in.

    • Emma says...

      To me it looks like a Bengal kitten! (which is a domestic breed)

    • Kate says...

      It looks like a Bengal. They’re domestic, but I’ve heard a bit wilder than the average cat.

    • Liz says...

      Thank you both!

  16. Lindsay says...

    I just watched the latest Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist episode about her birthday party and noticed the IKEA mirror in her apartment!

    • Celeste says...

      That dance to “Kiss Me” – perfection!!

  17. E says...

    I’m with Alex. I am not a potato person. And the shocked looks I get when that information comes to light are w-i-l-d. I’ll eat a perfectly thin, salty french fry from time to time but that’s mostly just as a tolerable vehicle for ketchup. Sweet potatoes, though, are delicious.

    • Helen says...

      Same here except I like my french fries on the thick and mushy side. If for whatever reason the fries didn’t come with ketchup then I wouldn’t even bother eating them. It’s all about the ketchup!

  18. I don’t know how, when or where, but before I depart this earthly existence, I want to say in the correct context, “Hang loose, my goose.” And I feel like you need to do a reader profile of Lauren, because she seems pretty awesome.

    • Eileen says...

      I agree

    • Neela says...

      I love the idea of reader profiles, generally!

    • Emma says...

      Another vote for reader profiles!! <3

  19. Elena says...

    Dear everyone from that part of the world that seems to have overcome the pandemic: I am so very happy for you and wish you a wonderful time going to the movies, theatre, art galleries and more!

    In the heart of Europe where I live we are facing the 3rd (or is it the 4th? ach who is still counting?) “hard” lockdown and my heart strangely crinches both at the thought of this all ending sometime in the future and “having to” socialize again AND by looking at your excitement about going out to do fun things. Hello, ambivalent feelings!

    This pandemic has truly shown the bright AND the dark sides of the strange mixture of European democracy and burocracy: We can’t be told by the goverment to stay at home and at the same time rigid healthcare structures don’t allow vaccination in “public” areas like in the US. So we are stuck with Covid and we don’t seem to know how to get out of it.

    Please send help! ;) Share your adventures with us virtually. And if by doing so you could take a second to think about how it feels like for the rest of us still in lockdown – that would be so wonderfully thoughtful of you. Thank you and have fun! :)

    • cilla says...

      Elena, I am with you in the middle of Europe. I think EU f* up with the vaccine. they wanted to be fair to all of the member states, but led really terrible strategy when negotiating vaccine purchases. therefore there is not enough of it and it will be enough of it too late. be safe. sending you love probably from not far away

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I’m so sorry, Elena! Thinking of you xoxoxo

    • Kate says...

      I’ve been feeling the same way – so much of the media we consume comes from the US and they’re sharing things that frankly seem outrageous. Here in Northern Canada under our strict stay-at-home order where it is literally illegal to leave the house for any non-essential reason (forget outdoor gatherings! Haircuts! Shopping; non-essential aisles in grocery stores are roped off!) I understand they’re living in the future and I’m happy for them but also bitter :( We just have to be dragged along reading accounts of people’s lives outside lockdown while we are very much still in it. But America = the world. Though I am glad to see they’re handling the rollout so well after everything they’ve been through.

    • Emily says...

      Hi Elena! I’m in Texas and talk about a completely different experience! Things have been opened up for months, mask mandates lifted, my anxiety has been an all time high and I almost wished for more lockdowns since everyone completely stopped caring here but the virus was/is still raging. It has felt so scary to have to go to work or grocery shopping! I did however get the vaccine last week so starting to look up but we are nowhere near herd immunity and most conservative towns around Dallas are refusing the vaccine. You are not alone in feeling all the feelings, be gentle with yourself and see you on the other side of this :)

    • Agnès says...

      In france 20% of the population is vaccinated as today. There is hope! Many thoughts for you.

    • Alex says...

      Elena, a Slovak girl right here :). Hang on there, eventually it’s gonna be ok!

    • A European says...

      Hello Elena and Cilla,
      As a fellow European I don’t think the EU f*ed up the vaccine roll-out. In most places it has been an issue of supply – because unlike the US and the UK, Europe has exported as many vaccines as it has distributed internally. The US has only “loaned” the AZ vaccine to Canada and Mexico (a vaccine that is not yet approved for US domestic use). It has not exported any other vaccines it has produced. The UK has also not exported any locally produced vaccines.

      The EU’s position is the only responsible way of doing things. Vaccinating one country or region is not enough, 70% of the world’s population needs to be vaccinated. Take heart, things are speeding up in Europe as more supplies start rolling in.

      Hopefully this will be a very different summer for everyone, and not just some.

  20. Shirley says...

    Extra great set of links!

    Now that I’ve learned about the Pittsburgh salad, I feel like I’m on the inside. What fun to learn this about my fellow Americans.

    I’ll be saying “hang loose, my goose” with everyone else!

    The people of color humor story was very funny and also very much describing how I feel right now as a person of color. The writer really captures the nuance of being simultaneously concerned and also wishing she didn’t have to be concerned or field other people’s concern. I’ve been feeling guilty over this so glad to know I’m not alone.

  21. Angella says...

    Does Alex feel this way about *all* kinds of potatoes in every form?
    Possible game changer to try: Korean sweet potatoes called, “go-gu-ma.” We love it so much it is even a popular pizza crust stuffing!
    Whether simply roasted or a sweet treat, it is [insert chef’s kiss]!

    https://drivemehungry.com/korean-candied-sweet-potatoes/

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yum!! Thank you!!

  22. Sam says...

    Ooh I love those Nordstrom PJs! Would those make a good bridesmaids gift? Are they too cazsh?

    I want to get my bridesmaids something special but I can’t figure out what *sort* of thing I’m supposed to find. And…I can’t ask my friends bc they’re the bridesmaids!

    • Robyn says...

      I think pyjamas are a great idea as a gift!! When I have been I bridesmaid I have been given things that are very bridesmaid-themed. While it’s very thoughtful and I am grateful they thought of me, I rarely use them. A gift like some really lovely PJs are a real treat – something you maybe wouldn’t buy for yourself but add some luxury to the everyday! And I would love to have something I could wear regularly that would remind me of my friend and what I hope will be a wonderful day for you all.

    • Robyn says...

      Sorry I misread the price on the PJs – luxury might not be the right word (although because I wear old T-Shirts to bed I do actually think of PJs as unspeakably fancy!) but still definitely a cosy, lovely treat!

    • Bonnie says...

      Robyn, I agree that they’re a luxury…I couldn’t spend that much on pajamas. That would definitely be an appreciated gift. Something to be used and enjoyed.

    • Marisa says...

      Hi Sam, when my daughter got married, she gave her bridesmaids pretty floral robes. When I saw the pictures of the day of the wedding with everyone getting ready, they were all wearing the matching robes, ( I had gotten my daughter a lace, white one) and they all looked cohesive and awesome! Another tip: I looked everywhere, trying to find nice quality rayon robes for a decent price. I ended up getting them from Zappos on sale. Good luck and best wishes!!

    • Kate says...

      Definitely! When I think of bridesmaids gifts they’re usually kind of tacky, and generally unusable. It’s difficult to find something that suits everyone’s tastes and doesn’t break the bank. The most common gift I’ve seen is a polyester robe with ‘Bridesmaid’ embroidered on it, but have also received a bracelet with Maid of Honour engraved on it from my sister’s wedding which is sweet but I didn’t wear it after the big day. I think lovely PJs are a LOVELY idea!! And these ones also look like a casual wear around the house outfit as well. But if it doesn’t feel right maybe brainstorm ideas from Etsy or magazine articles and see what jumps out at you and suits your group of friends. Maybe some fancier PJs from a brand like West of Breakfast, or something in silk, if these ones don’t feel special enough.

    • Amy says...

      These are a GREAT bridesmaid gift!! They’re something anyone would enjoy but may not splurge on for themselves. Love the idea!

    • Emily says...

      Hi Sam! I gave my bridesmaid Nordstrom pjs and we all wore them to get ready the morning of the wedding. Made for really cute pictures and are a useful gift following the wedding. They were expensive but I was happy knowing they would get lots of use from them.
      Here are the ones I bought for everyone.
      https://www.nordstrom.ca/s/nordstrom-lingerie-moonlight-short-pajamas/3837466?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FWomen%2FClothing%2FSleepwear%20%26%20Robes&color=413

    • kat says...

      I’m approaching 40 and finally, finally getting into legit adult PJs. They are so much fun! It feels nice to have something that officially matches to wear to sleep. I got my bridesmaids necklaces – two weeks before the ceremony (cutting it close!) our community has a huge annual art festival and there are always artisan jewelry folks. I enjoyed picking out a specific design for everyone, and also knowing that my $ was going to women running independent businesses. I agree that something pretty but useful is a way to go.

  23. E says...

    Now I need a pittsburgh salad

  24. Christina says...

    Jo! I’m an Englishwoman living in the US and that Air BNB link should have come with a trigger warning! I feel like I constantly have one foot in England, just waiting for the moment when I can make the leap. I’m constantly daydreaming of country walks and a good pint at a pub at the end and that has been one of my Covid coping mechanisms. One day, one day, but not just yet….

  25. Angel says...

    Is that your kitten?! So cute!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I wish! The photo credit is at the bottom — lucky lady!

  26. Emma says...

    That poem is really piercing me
    Thank you for posting it

  27. Cheryl in the Burgh says...

    Is there any other type of salad?!

    Ranch dressing is perfectly fine, but give me a good bleu cheese dressing, grilled onions, and natural cut fries on my salad and I’m in Nirvana (also known as Pittsburgh).

  28. Berit says...

    Holy cow, that poem. I immediately copied it and pasted it into a gmail draft called “poem I love”. I keep lots of fun things in email drafts, especially things that I want to remember just for myself, and funnily enough, the last poem I saved in a draft was one you posted from your wedding. It was before I was even dating someone, but I just loved the sentiment. When I did get engaged, I remembered I had it, and it was so fun to look back on it, and then ultimately go with something that was poetic for us…”so, did you eat all those cheesballs?” (My now husband’s first words to me… thank you online saying!).

  29. agb says...

    OMG! I am SO GLAD to know of someone else who doesn’t like potatoes! I always get a “what is wrong with you” sort of look when I confide that I’m just not a fan!

  30. LK says...

    My neighbor is from Pittsburgh and said when she came to Boston, she ordered a salad and asked where the french fries were. The waitress said “you’re from Pittsburgh, aren’t you”. Guilty!

  31. Kristin says...

    Wow, the Airbnb article almost made me cry. I miss traveling!

  32. Jill says...

    What’s not to like about potatoes??? I’d never thought to question such a basic fact before. It’s like if someone told you zebras don’t really exist.

  33. Tania says...

    I know! I’m going to say it like a mantra from now on when I get stressed :)

  34. Lisa Zieger says...

    I grew up outside of Pittsburgh (and it’s still the city of my heart!). I remember the first time I ordered a steak salad at a restaurant in another city and being devastated when it didn’t come with the fries I fully expected to liven up my otherwise reasonable meal. What a loss!

  35. YY says...

    My weekend includes trying to get a glimpse of Michael C Hall!
    My little riverside town is the site for filming of the new Dexter episodes and there is “stuff” and people everywhere!
    It’s pretty fun and I want to see him dammit… :)

  36. A says...

    For anyone in Brooklyn/NYC: The Meathook opened a burger counter at Threes Brewing in Greenpoint and they have a buffalo chicken version of a Pittsburgh salad that is YUMMY. The iceberg lettuce is tossed with blue cheese dressing, topped with buffalo covered fried boneless chicken pieces, and french fries! It is perfect with a crisp beer on the sidewalk people watching.

  37. Erin says...

    Joanna, as a fellow potato hater, I can tell you right now that some roasted potatoes with lemon juice is not.gonna.cut.it for Alex. No, no no. Now – these potatoes – YES: https://smittenkitchen.com/2020/04/crispy-crumbled-potatoes/. Deep fry anything and make a dipping sauce and he will be sold. Did I just save your marriage? Report back on Monday ;-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahahaha thank you!!!

    • R says...

      Another thumbs up for the serious eats recipe. My husband made them once and I went, “wow, these are the best potatoes” and he said, “yep, that’s what the recipe title says!”

    • Amy says...

      My kids are also potato haters, with the exception of fast-food fries and the Serious Eats roasted potatoes linked above. I make them regularly.

  38. Jennie says...

    I will now being saying to my 8 year old son, “hang loose, my goose” for the rest of his life, which is perfect because I already say “tuck, tuck, goose” when I am saying goodnight and tucking him in.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Awwwwww <3

  39. Emily H says...

    Haha, my husband also doesn’t like potatoes, which I could never understand. I’ve never met anyone else who didn’t like them, so it’s nice to know he’s in good company. Also, I’m from around Pittsburgh and I can tell you with 100% certainty that Pittsburgh salads are the best, and must be topped with ranch. It is very serious. For some reason Pittsburgh likes to put french fries on everything (ahem, Primanti Bros) and I am here for it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      When I studied abroad in Italy, one of the girls in my program was from Pittsburgh. And her parents sent her care packages with bottles of ranch! Maybe that’s why :)

    • Em says...

      Married to a Pittsburgher who puts ranch on EVERYTHING.

  40. Anon says...

    Happy Weekend everyone! Two weeks ago I left a comment on here that was really personal, as soon as I hit submit I regretted it, like maybe it was too vulnerable and making it all about me. The next day when I checked, five different strangers had replied to me with beautiful, validating comments. It really made my day and I’m still thinking about it. Thanks for making a great community here.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Oh my gosh, I love this. And I’m endlessly grateful for all these lovely people, as well. Xoxo

  41. liz says...

    Joanna. Darling. Sweetie. How did you manage to find a husband who doesn’t like potatoes. Sending love, sympathy, and strength your way. xD

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Haahaha

  42. Amy says...

    Can I just add that I love the Amazon book links. I almost never order books from them anymore…..BUT it IS where my book wish list lives. It’s so handy to have one spot to have a list. Then, when I need a new book, I glance through it and order elsewhere or get it from the library. :)
    Have a beautiful weekend!
    We are glamping with the kids. I’m so ridiculously excited to be doing something!!

  43. maywyn says...

    …whiff of hydrangeas…LOL

  44. El says...

    I also will never choose potatoes as my first option. For that reason (and bc I lived in Pittsburgh for many years), I can confirm that the Pittsburgh salad is disgusting. 😝

    • Jules says...

      ah man, I gasped when I read this!! I loove a Pittsburgh salad (but have lived here my whole life so maybe I’m biased) and craved them for the last few months in the 1st trimester… mainly just for the fries. LOL

  45. Susannah says...

    That “anticipating a good time” article is the most depressing thing, hit me right in the gut. I’m in Ontario, Canada where we’ve just started another round of “stay at home” orders. Everything closed again, plans cancelled, no outings or gatherings of any kind, nothing to look forward to. “Better to dream and let it crumble in front of you than never to have dreamed at all” sounds like something from an Onion article. I seriously wondered if this was satire. Our dreams are – once again – taking a walk with a friend, or hugging our parents. Seeing that crumble is so crushing. Sigh

    • Christina says...

      Exactly! This “nothing to look forward to” is making me feel truly depressed for the first time in my life. It just never ends. Another lost summer when absolutely everything is forbidden. I honestly don’t know how I will make it through.

    • Susannah says...

      Ontarians unite! (Assuming you’re in Ontario too Christina..?) And I also agree with Mandy below in saying thank you Cup of Jo for this list of diversions, today and every Friday. Really perks up the harder times xo

    • Allision says...

      Hi from Ireland – I feel this too! We’ve been in what feels like an unending lockdown since December and I am having a hard time as well. You are not alone and I am holding on to hope (and staying away from social media because I have a lot of American friends as well).

    • Maeve says...

      THIS. Fellow Ontarian (Toronto) and… I am so exhausted. There’s light at the end of the tunnel… and then there isn’t… and then there is… and then there isn’t. The cycle is crushing and the poor leadership is disheartening (understatement of the century). C’mon Nancy Myers! Sending love to my fellow Ontarians!!!

  46. Mandy says...

    Great links and nice distractions for entering another lockdown/stay at home order here in Ontario. However what I really need is Nancy Myers to just come out with a new movie.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!!

    • Rae says...

      Yes Mandy! I have rewatched them ALL this past year–multiple times. Someone out there must know how to get this request to Ms. Meyers.

    • Emily says...

      Lol yes Mandy!! Nancy- if you’re listening, please give us another movie to get us through another Ontario lockdown :)

  47. Lauren says...

    I am so touched that my vibe resonated! You all buoyed me right out of an especially rough pandemic week. I haven’t seen my birds in a whole year, but in less than a month I’ll be vaccinated and back uptown massaging udder balm into swans’ feet (like buttering big old maple leaves, very meditative). The hospital is the WBF (https://www.wildbirdfund.org/). I adore it.

    • Mandy says...

      Congratulations on the soon to be vaccinated!!! Thank you for giving me a great laugh on a rough pandemic week.

    • Andrea says...

      Thanks for helping out at WBF! We found an adolescent pigeon that fell out of its nest while waiting on line at the Stephen Colbert Show. We emailed a photo to a bird rescue group and they suggested taking him to WBF.

      A box and a cab ride later, we delivered Stephen Coobert to their care. They were exercising the big birds and a snow goose got very shirty with my husband before he was advised to bow to the goose. After that, everything was fine.

    • Katey says...

      You definitely don’t have to be a poet or write a memoir or host a podcast or go on Moth, but I’m just thinking, if you *wanted* to, you could. You have a great way with words.

    • Lauren, thanks for updating on where you volunteer. In case anyone wanted one, I had my husband make some Hang Loose My Goose wooden key tags for our Etsy shop. We’ll donate all proceeds to wildbirdfund.org. I know our little flock of ducks on our hobby farm would approve!

      https://www.Etsy.com/shop/finnyluwoodworking

      If you want one :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I am living for these bird comments!

  48. riye says...

    That kitten reminds me of when our cat was a baby. We found him abandoned in a parking lot but he’s always been a confident, loving cat. :-) Have a good weekend everybody!!

  49. Jordan G says...

    That goose story is just what I needed on this stressful Friday!

  50. Jenn says...

    Solidarity, Alex! I don’t like potatoes either and people are shocked!!! when they find this out. It’s about both the texture and taste. One of the very few foods I don’t like. Exceptions can be made for very crispy, very thin French fries on a case by case basis.

  51. meg says...

    “hang loose, my goose” i love it. and i definitely want a t-shirt.

    • Mary says...

      Same.

    • kk says...

      same

  52. EmBed says...

    I once dated a guy who CLAIMED to not like potatoes — I say “claimed” bc he was a terrible boyfriend and also . . . how can somebody not like potatoes??? Mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes with tons of olive oil and salt, creamy potato and cheddar soup, chili and lime Lays potato chips, freakin FRENCH FRIES… I mean, gtfo!

    • katie says...

      Ha. TRUTH.

      Potatoes are my chocolate, which is why I don’t keep large bags of chips around the house.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Katie, me neither!! Bags of chips are essentially forbidden from our house bc I have NO WILLPOWER around them. Like none.

    • Mouse says...

      Yup, salt and crunch are Kryptonite……

  53. Jodie says...

    The mob bum rushing the Botanic Garden ha ha..but seriously it is beautiful.

  54. Rebecca says...

    Fully agree about anticipation being half the fun. No one should ever throw me a surprise party! And man I love planning trips.

    I recently listened to The Bluest Eye, after learning that Toni Morrison narrated many of her audiobooks. I’d read it years ago but forgotten that in the book she defines happiness as “anticipation with certainty.”

  55. Stacey says...

    I knew the goose comment would be the featured one this week! It was just too good.

  56. Gretchen says...

    One of my favorite words in another language is voorpret – it’s Dutch for “joy or pleasure ahead and in anticipation of the actual fun event.” Perfect, right?

  57. Kathy says...

    Ha! My husband and I are in a mixed-potato marriage, too. He loves, I hate. It was very concerning marrying into a family where the recipe box is 3/4 potato recipes.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahahaha

  58. Justine says...

    That kitten!!!!!!! My heart.

  59. Lora says...

    We had a goose named Charlie when I was little. He was MEAN – always chasing and pecking at us. He was essentially my size and could never really get in trouble since, you know, he was an animal. It was terrifying. I need to channel Lauren’s energy because to this day I have generalized that experience to believe all geese are essentially the devil in animal form. It’s probably not fair to other geese.

    • Erin says...

      No, I think geese just generally have unfriendly personalities. We used to feed bread to the geese at the little lake in the town where I grew up, back in the olden days before it was widely acknowledged that you shouldn’t feed bread to birds, and holy cow, they were soooo aggressive. I remember this supposedly “fun” activity — let’s go feed the birds — sometimes being pretty scary as a little kid.

      Which makes Lauren’s goose-whispering skills all the more impressive.

    • Alice says...

      Geese are inherently protective, territorial, and aggressive- to the point that on farms here in the UK, geese are occasionally used as “Guard Geese” instead of dogs being guard dogs!! I have been chased by a hissing goose while running and can confirm it is the most terrifying thing in the world.

  60. Catherine says...

    That kitten’s stomach is adorable. I showed the picture to my 10-year-old and we were both dying from its cuteness.

    • C says...

      I was thinking the same thing!! So cute!!

    • Denise says...

      Me too! The best thing in this post in my humble opinion is that taut little kitty tummy. A serious cute crush.

  61. Rusty says...

    I said “Hang loose my goose” during a stressful time today!!!
    It’s a thing! 🤗

    • Jodie says...

      I told my 10 year old to “Hang loose my goose” earlier and he looked at me weird but I don’t care.

  62. Amber Gaster says...

    “Hang loose, my goose” is quite possibly the highlight of my week! Ha!

  63. Tricia says...

    “He doesn’t like potatoes” cannot just be dropped in casually with zero context. ALL potatoes? FRENCH FRIES!?!? Was he born this way? Did he have a negative experience? Do you make him try them every single time because this time might be different? Readers need to know, Joanna!

    • Julee says...

      The more I hear about Alex, the more I hope he knows he won a prize when he snagged you, Joanna. 🙂

  64. celeste says...

    Oh man, ordered the Sully book immediately for my 10-year-old and that poem is amazing! 13-year-old daughter wants to give her bedroom a makeover. I have not the time, money, or patience so hoping 2 throw pillows suffice.

  65. Patty says...

    I love a good Pittsburgh salad! I grew up there and have always preferred a “steak salad.” The steak, shredded cheese, french fry, ranch dressing combo is the best! Now I am really homesick! Haven’t been home to see family since Christmas’19. I will have to add this to my wish list for a possible trip this summer:)

    • Ashley says...

      I grew up just south of you in Morgantown, WV, and a lot of our restaurants serve salads this way (or did, when I lived there a decade ago). Reading this made me homesick too!

    • Amanda says...

      I grew up in NE Ohio, lived in Seattle for 15 years, and moved (with my Kiwi partner) to New Zealand this last year. This version of steak salad from my childhood is a staple in our house always. I don’t care that I have to go to a special store and pay $15 a bottle for shitty Hidden Valley Ranch in NZ, I must have ranch dressing in my fridge. And, fun fact, when we were adopting our daughter, we had to list a favorite food: ranch, of course. Om nom nom.

  66. Jo says...

    If you wanted to collaborate with a favorite clothing brand to create a limited run of “my vibe calms geese” t-shirts, I would buy one. It would be a fun way to spot fellow COJ fans in the wild!

    • Lizzie C. says...

      I would also absolutely wear a “Hang loose, my goose” shirt ;)

    • Lindsey says...

      Omg. YES! Or, “hang loose, my goose.” Truly haven’t stopped saying that since I read it. It’s a whole vibe!

    • Heather says...

      Was just thinking that I would 100% buy a “hang loose, my goose” shirt.

    • Caitlin says...

      I was about to say: where is my “hang loose, my goose” pin?!

    • kk says...

      I’d buy a few for sure.

    • Rachel says...

      100% agree!! Please do it!!!

    • Liz says...

      I was all over the “hang loose, my goose” t-shirt idea until I realized I probably don’t want that exact wording emblazoned across my aging chest.

    • NM says...

      Liz— ALL the hahas for that.
      Hang loose on a t shirt, right across the breasteses…
      let’s do one of those key chains instead.
      Or a hair beret clip.

    • Amanda says...

      I think we all need this slogan plastered across our bumpers.