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Friday, December 21, 2012

Have a good weekend.

Where are you heading for the holidays? We're flying out this afternoon to Palm Springs and LA, where we'll be visiting Alex's family. And this year, my dad, brother and sister are also joining, so it will be a fun, noisy group! Please wish us luck on the flight (gulp), and have a wonderful weekend. Here are a few great links from around the web...

A song for your weekend.

For people who love words.

Two appetizers for the holidays: Crispy goat cheese and brussel sprouts crostini.

Beautiful state necklaces.

Now that's a brave woman!

What a cool treehouse wedding.

Is this banana slicer for real?

Origami for beginners.

Seven pretty outfits.

A dad's pancake upgrade.

Chris Rock's hilarious stand-up is actually right on.

The Polar Bear Club is insane.

In case you've forgotten: how to eat dinner & how to drink wine.

Pete Souza has taken thousands of powerful photos of Obama, but here are some sweet and funny ones: one, two, three, four, five.

A reader also emailed me this etiquette question: "For the past two years, my boss has handed me an envelope (with a generous gift card inside). Not sure what to do, I've waited until afterward to open it. Is this appropriate or sketchy? I felt so awkward last year!" Thoughts?


Annabelle said...

I think a treehouse wedding with dutch babies for dinner sounds like the perfect soiree :) Plus, I'd wear a Wisconsin necklace for sure if they made one!

Janet said...

I love the Chris Rock video!!!

VintageDanielle said...

Good luck with traveling and be safe!

Anitra Sweet said...

Issaquah is 10 minutes away from where I grew up! I love that place! Even though I live in Boise now I still think I'd wear a Washington necklace :)

Mihaeko said...

Envelope - why not open it and thank your boss on the spot. I think that would show that can't wait to see what s/he took the trouble to give you, and would allow you to show the most gratitude.

Rebeka said...

As for the envelope, maybe you could playfully ask if you're allowed to open it now, or "do I have to wait until Christmas?" if he says open now, then go for it and thank him on the spot.

I don't think it's sketchy to wait until later to open it so long as you thank him after!

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Diana said...

Read the customer reviews on the banana slices...they are hilarious!

Shruti Kapoor said...

Love the Chris Rock video!! Safe travels and have a happy holiday!!

Scout and Rice said...

Great links as always!

I think regarding the envelope, take his lead - if he hands it to you and quickly walks away then just open it after he leaves and thank him before the end of the day. If he loiters a little after handing it over then open it right away and say thank you.
I think it's nice to at least thank people in person when they give you a gift. We buy gifts to make people happy, after all, and it's nice to see that happiness in their face. :)

Carmela said...

Love all the links, especially the one of the tree house wedding. Very sweet.

laurencapri said...

Those pictures of the president make me love him, especially the one with little Spiderman. He has a good soul. You can just tell.

Carissa said...

the best thing about the banana slicer is the REVIEWS! people are hilarious :)

have a wonderful trip and a very merry Christmas!

phyllis said...

safe travels joanna! we're headed to palm springs tomorrow ourselves with our 20 month old and the grandparents and i'm excited for a few days of relaxation before christmas :). i'll definitely be digging up your post from last year for some ideas!

Kait said...

I love the customer reviews for the banana slicer (they've shutdown reviews on that product!) a highlight being a complaint that the slicer bends one way while bananas bend the other way. So cute!

Notes from Holly St. said...

The story about the Niagara Falls woman gave me the chills! yikes..she was brave!

safe travels and happy, happy holidays!

Notes from Holly St. said...

p.s. I just wasted an embarrassing amount of time reading the reviews on the banana slicer. hilarious!

Elisse said...

For the reader etiquette question, it doesn't sound like an awkward situation at all, it sounds as though the reader is making it awkward by over-thinking it! If she wants, she can say something like "Thank you so much! Can I open it now? :)"

Elisa Markus said...

This is the perfect sort of question for my comedy/advice podcast, The Adviceists with Elisa Markus. I'd say that you should either open it in front of them, so you can say, "Oh wow! $600 at! Thanks!" or open it later but in either case, have a nice thank you note to give afterward. A thank you note is always appropriate and counteracts "gift-receivers' guilt". And in the future, have that reader (or any reader!) email the show with their burning etiquette and relationship questions at Happy Festivus!

Elisse said...

HAHAHA the banana slicer reviews are all so funny.

ASJ said...

I find it interesting that several commenters assumed the boss was a man, despite the fact that you made no mention of gender in your post! I am a new Cup of Jo reader and love your blog, especially these Friday posts.

Chianne Hood said...

Good luck! I'm not going out of state, but I am going to be visiting both my mom and dad and all the family! Ah. Busy, busy! Safe travels, have fun!

Falcon said...

I love your weekend posts, thank you for all the lovely links!

Lejla said...

Have a lovely weekend too. Here are some New Orleans photos if you like to see.

Jill said...

I was one of the bridesmaids in the treehouse wedding! I can't wait to email the bride (my best friend) and tell her she was featured here :)

Jessica M. said...

If you already know what's in the envelope, just say thank you & move on. You wouldn't open it if it were a holiday bonus check from your boss, right?

aliceinbo said...

Really beautiful song! And the photo is great!

Ragna Hjartar said...

I love the Obama pictures, esp the one with spiderman and the one of Malia taking his picture.

Regarding the envelope - if you feel awkward opening the it in front of him, just tell him it will go under the tree!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sydney said...

I'd say thank you and I can't wait to open it on Christmas, then give your boss a handwritten thank you after Christmas. I've been a boss that had awkward times like that and the only thing that offended me was no thank you.

catbee said...

what sydney said. say thank you, tuck it away and then send a lovely handwritten thank you card after the holiday.

Amanda said...

I'm headed to Boracay! It's my first beach vacation ever (my first real vacation, really) and I'm so excited! Unfortunately, it's calling for rain, but I'm crossing my fingers that it will change. Merry Christmas, Joanna!

Emily said...

Ha! Anyone looking for a good laugh and a good time waster, go read the banana slicer reviews! So funny! p.s. LOVE those state necklaces - I'd love to wear my beloved Mitten around my neck!

distract_me said...

Great links as usual :) I'd say open the envelope later, if it has a gift inside it's just awkward to react to it in front of your boss! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas xx

LRB said...

If there is a lot of people around, it could be proper and non-offensive to wait to open the gift. However, if it's just one on one and more intimate then it's almost like you have to open it right then and there.

happymorningblog said...

Love the Obama pictures! Thanks for sharing.

Mimi said...

just stopping by to wish you merry christmas! :)

p.s. about the question, i think i would just open it later on and then maybe send a thank you card? :)

<3, Mimi

policywonk said...

I noticed that too! Most of my bosses have been female, so in my head I pictured a woman. I find people do that with doctors too, always assume they are male!

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Jessica and Jake Garrett said...

I agree with Mimi, I usually wait until later to open cards (typically they require reading, which can be awkward to do while the giver is sitting there waiting). A nice thank you card or thank you gesture (chocolates, homemade goodies, etc.) after the fact may be the best way to go.

In sum, a sincere thank you is definitely in order...just maybe not right in the moment. You may be saving you and your boss some uncomfortable exchanges by waiting.

Chiquita Bandita said...

in Illinois, a group of people do the Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics. I've never been brave enough to do it, but it is a crazy fun event for a good cause :)

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Blake said...

Not sure if anyone pointed this out yet... Here's the first review of the banana slicer. Made me laugh out loud...

For decades I have been trying to come up with an ideal way to slice a banana. "Use a knife!" they say. parole officer won't allow me to be around knives. "Shoot it with a gun!" Background check...HELLO! I had to resort to carefully attempt to slice those bananas with my bare hands. 99.9% of the time, I would get so frustrated that I just ended up squishing the fruit in my hands and throwing it against the wall in anger. Then, after a fit of banana-induced rage, my parole officer introduced me to this kitchen marvel and my life was changed. No longer consumed by seething anger and animosity towards thick-skinned yellow fruit, I was able to concentrate on my love of theatre and am writing a musical play about two lovers from rival gangs that just try to make it in the world. I think I'll call it South Side Story.

Banana slicer...thanks to you, I see greatness on the horizon.

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