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Friday, January 25, 2013

Have a beautiful weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? We're excited to drive up to our friends' cabin in Connecticut...and are just praying that Toby's potty training will stick. Their daughter is Toby's exact age, so it's going to be a noisy one! They're making mussels (yay), so maybe we'll bring these. Have a relaxing weekend, stay warm, and here are a few fun posts from around the web...

Alex and I saw Argo this week and loved it. Have you seen it?

The secret to perfectly cooked eggs.

Bridesmaids can now rent dresses!

A house in the forest.

Apparently some Italians fake their vacations.

The documentary Brooklyn Castle looks great.

If Dr. Seuss books were titled according to their subtexts.

This Valentine's Day card made me laugh.

Love these Valentine-y earrings.

What 13 people wore to an interview with Anna Wintour.

Who wants to play Downton Abbey bingo?

Constellation bracelet.

Last but not least, Google's female employees get 5 months maternity leave at full pay, and they can split up that time however they'd like. Bravo.

(Photo by Michael Graydon)

78 comments:

Erika said...

Happy weekend! Enjoy your week-end away... I'm hoping to do something similar in two weeks time:)

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Chloe Moon said...

Have a great weekend!! Enjoy your getaway!! =)

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Hannah said...

I am waiting for the day we do away with maternity leave and move to straight sabbaticals that anyone can take and use for taking classes, travel, aiding elders or having babies.

Jeannie said...

Hoorah for Google's policy change!! Really, our country needs to make it law for longer, paid parental leave (not just calling it "maternity" leave, too!).

bestof2sisters.com said...

Ohh, the house in the woods..how gorgeous. Have a gorgeous w/e! Keeping our fingers crossed re potty training! Bring lots of spare clothes ;)

Shruti Kapoor said...

Have a great weekend!! I loved Argo, such an awesome movie. Google knows how to pamper their employees :)

trinaenriquez said...

The red shower tile in that house in the woods is a doozy! What color. Also, Nigella Lawson has a recipe for "toothsome" grilled halloumi with oozing egg and mint that makes delicious use of soft-cooked eggs like Hither & Thither's...mmm.

Liron said...

We're living in Hungary temporarily and I was floored to find out that most women here get 70% of their salary for the first year of their maternity leave (they can take up to 2-3 years off, depending on the work place). Women here are shocked when I tell them that in the US, I had to go back to work when my baby was 7 weeks old... Go Google!

Kassie said...

I stopped dead at the soft-boiled egg link and made one. So good!

Elizabeth said...

LOVE the Anna Wintour interview outfits link! Happy Friday!

Rachael {all things beautiful} said...

Sounds like you have a great weekend planned. Enjoy and stay warm!

~ Dellah ~ said...

Pure genius renting your bridesmaid dress! I wish I knew about this back in October as maid of honor for my besties wedding and can't wait to share with future clients. Perfect for the girl who's like Katherine Heigl's character in 27 dresses "Always a bridesmaid never a bride" and I'm looking forward to seeing Brooklyn Castle with my 8yr. old who's into chess right now, inspiring! Good luck potty training this weekend my 27 month old monster just isn't into it yet, but totally aware of his bodily functions "EEWW Mommy I made a poopie doopies"

Cara Pearsall said...

Joanna, your Friday posts are always so luscious. Love little happy and interesting snippets going on in the world. Thanks! Have a great weekend!

collette said...

So incredibly jealous of your potty-trained boy & anxiously awaiting your update. Not even M&Ms and Thomas underwear is helping.

Petya K. Grady said...

In Bulgaria, where I am from, parents get up to 2 years of paid parental leave that can be used by either parent or whoever is taking care of the baby. I believe you get 80% of pay. My aunt took care of my cousin's baby and it was just perfect. The baby got to grow up with her grandma and my cousin was always calm because she knew the little girl was taken care of by someone who truly loved her. When I tell my parents about {the lack} of parental benefits in the State, they can't believe it.

CAFrancophile said...

Agreed but that will only happen when we in the United States pay more for goods. And agree to tax hikes.

Mary said...

It's so shocking you think that is good about those female employees! People here in Europe have such different expectations! You get paid for way more maternity leave and can share with your partner in some countries. Still I guess improvement is improvement.

meg @ pureandsimpleblog said...

I loved the Anna Wintour post. Love all of your weekly finds!

Jill Turner said...

I work at Google and can honestly say the maternity leave is one of the #1 reasons I'll stay here for a long time. Even if I do not plan on having children anytime soon, the maternity leave is amazing and definitely a reason to stick around. Also, dads, same-sex spouses, domestic partners and adoptive parents may take up to 7 weeks of paid leave at 100% pay. Google also gives $500 towards the cost of take-out, delivery meals, house cleaning, etc after the baby arrives so new parents can relax and enjoy their baby! There are loads of other benefits that support families including offsetting taxes on health insurance benefits for LGBT employees, reimbursing employees for adoption agency fees, providing emergency back-up childcare, etc. etc. etc. It really is astounding!

mandy said...

Yeah, I was so surprised to hear that one of my American friends was only getting 6 weeks off for maternity leave. Here in Canada we have a year off. 60% of our regular pay, but still. I had so naively assumed it was the same in 'Merica.

ale norris said...

good for google! that's really wonderful & i hope that other companies can learn from that.

Joanna Goddard said...

collette, oh, he's *barely* potty trained. our friends' house will definitely be peed on. haha, i'm so nervous. and we ordered thomas underwear too :) good luck to you guys!!! hang in there!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

mandy, that is amazing. and yes, mary, i agree that more than 5 months would be MUCH MUCH better. my friend lee is from copenhagen and tells me the most amazing facts about all the parental support there. it's really atrocious that no one gets much maternity leave in the US...and paternity leave, too! many of my guy friends got only ONE week off when their children were born. really insane.

ps. jill, good for you!! :)

Joanna Goddard said...

hannah, i completely agree. "family" leave would be amazing, where you can leave for helping a sick relative, taking care of a new baby, moving homes, whatever life brings.

Joanna Goddard said...

kassie, haha, that's awesome.

Dani said...

5 months maternity leave?!! We get 1 year here in Canada!!!Thats terrible and so sad!

Antra Kalnins said...

Yep, unfortunately 5 months is not much on the world scale. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parental_leave

At my company (in Australia) I get 6 months at full pay and don't have to come back until child turns 2. Partners get a month at full pay.

LuckyRainbowDesigns said...

In Ireland, you get 6 months full pay maternity leave plus and optional three months unpaid if you wish.

M said...

coincidentally today was my last day of work and I'm off for a year of maternity/parental leave...I can't imagine not having this opportunity Canada, it makes me feel incredibly grateful!

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Charity P. said...

I loved Argo! Definitely one of the best movies I've seen in a while. And go Google, that's how it should be!

grace said...

I love that bracelet. have a great weekend!

Slayla said...

Thank you Jeannie! YES. New parents should get equal leave time and pay, regardless of sex.

And it needs to be much, much longer and supported by our employers and our culture.

Ali and Vicky said...

May just have to play that Downton Abbey bingo - too funny! Hope you and your family have a fantastic weekend :-)

nicole said...

Ooh, I still want to see Argo. Have you and Alex seen Zero Dark Thirty? It's SO GOOD and very suspenseful at the end, even though you know what's going to happen. :)

wmbg. said...

love google.

Anne said...

My husband is in the Foreign Service and we're currently living overseas. We saw Argo while in the states on R&R and both loved it, although the invasion scene was very hard to watch. It hit just a little too close to home for us. I admit I started thinking of possible new (unexciting) careers for him after that! (I'm only mostly kidding.) Excellent movie!

Julie said...

have an absolutely lovely weekend! fingers crossed the potty training stays on track. it will be a low key weekend here as we are just getting over colds. cheers!

Catherine Masi said...

Italians are so nutty. I remember hearing a story similar to that about my maternal grandparents... are we all guilty of putting up silly fronts like that? I suppose we are, in one way or another (though hopefully not to such extremes... yikes!)

Added both Argo and Brooklyn Castle to my list. Your movie choices are typically spot on, so thanks for the tips!

Also, I'd be so screwed meeting with Anna Wintour. While I don't feel I'd be particularly nervous, I'd surely get the eye roll from her for my glaring lack of high-end clothing. It's astounding that someone would fork out $5000 to impress in an interview. I'd like the challenge of getting the job wearing my $8 thrift store shoes... bring it!

Have a lovely weekend, Joanna.

Soul Pretty said...

Sounds like a nice weekend...enjoy.

celesteandpearl.blogspot.com said...

Thank you for the tip on renting the bridesmaids dresses! I'm recently engaged and want to have gorgeous wedding pictures but don't want my sister and girlfriends to spend an arm and a leg. What a great idea! And definitely bravo to google; more companies should follow suit! Have a great weekend!
xx Liz {celesteandpearl.blogspot.com}

Chandra Fredrick said...

As a former working mom who got 12 weeks maternity leave with no pay, bravo to Google. Should be even more, but that is so beyond wishful thinking. Secondly, LOVED Argo too (my husband is in SAG and we got a screener, otherwise I may not have had the chance to see it). Also really loved Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty. Third, how is Toby doing with the potty training? Can't wait to read about his progress and your tips - I'm about to be right there too. Lastly, I'm renting my bridesmaid dress for my brother's wedding in May, and as a former bridesmaid 10 times over, I couldn't be more thrilled :)

Nina said...

In Slovenia(European Union)we get a year off with 100% of your sallary for first three months of maternity leave and then 90% of the sallary for the next 9 months of maternity leave.Adding that you can take 28 days off prior to giving birth and you get extra 90 days if you have twins. And then fathers can take 3 months paternity leave, with 90% of their sallary.

Md Rajon said...

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Mary Beth Hamilton said...

My boo and I saw Argo a few weeks ago. We loved it as well! Why wasn't it nominated for more awards?

hillary Philipp said...

Love the bridesmaid rental dress idea!! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to tell my friend who is getting married about this.

Sarah D said...

How very sad that people feel the need to go to such extremes to fake a vacation that they cannot afford to take. That makes me very sad for those families. And, makes me very happy that none of my friends or neighbors are that judgmental!

Sarah D said...

And, renting a bridesmaid dress is brilliant. Despite what every bride seems to think, NO, you will NOT wear that dress again (except perhaps as a halloween costume in the future! lol!)

McKenzie said...

Thanks for the links! The outfits different people wore for an interview with Anna Wintour was so interesting! Shows it's not just the same old people getting hired, I like that :)

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Patti said...

I am from Connecticut! It sure is cold, hope you are warm in that cabin. Argo was amazing!

Andrea said...

Have a good weekend! I'm home sick this weekend, yet I have work tomorrow. Boo!

And I just wanted to say hi, because although I've been reading for a little while, I've never commented! I adore your blog. It's my favorite, and I do read quite a few. :)

Heather said...

Amazing links this week - especially the Dr. Seuss one, and also I wish I worked for Google.

jennypost said...

I found the Anna Wintour interview piece very unsettling! While I totally respect primping, preparing and looking your best for an interview, this expectation (which is then satisfied) to spend THOUSANDS of dollars on designer clothes is gross. The article made me grateful to be a teacher where my expensive clothes are from J.Crew.

Alison Kilpatrick said...

I live in Canada and receive 93% of my salary for the first 7 months from my employer in addition to Employment Insurance from the government for 12 months. If you have worked a certain amount of hours everybody is entitled to a 12 month leave with Employment Insurance.

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jm said...

That top is so pretty!

daintythingies said...

Only 5 months? And I thought the 6 months they give in the UK (you can extend it up to 12) was not much... I'm always shocked when I hear about how little maternity leave you get in the US

angharad said...

The Downton bingo is horribly, tragically out of date. I will say no more. Except - get tissues.

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domestikated said...

Yes, loved Argo! Think it was the best film I saw last year - although Moonrise Kingdom was also completely brilliant!

And that cabin is awesome!

Rose said...

love the bracelets!

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thankfulheart said...

So very thankful for Canada's mat leave policy...my baby is 8 weeks old this week and I can't imagine having to leave her to go back to work!

absmtl said...

Just echoing the other Canadians who've commented to note that we get 50 weeks paid maternity leave in Canada (and each province pays differently, with Quebec, where I live, being the most generous) plus accrued vacation time! It is a true privilege to have such a long maternity leave to be able to spend so much time with your child. Come to Canada!

Sadie said...

US women, we have GOT to start advocating for ourselves and for a better standard of maternity leave! My employer offered me 30 days paid leave (we're not a big enough organization to qualify under the Family & Medical Leave Act-- which is unpaid, anyway!). And their offer was really just using up my accumulated sick days. I negotiated for four more weeks, but they won't be paid. And everyone keeps telling me what a generous amount of leave I've gotten!

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Julia said...

Joanna, Nick Kristof of the NYT just put out a column on the students involved in Brooklyn Castle. Pretty incredible kids but a humbling mention of how hard they've been hurt by budget cuts. They've gone to a chess championship while surviving on peanut butter!

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/31/opinion/kristof-chess-champs-and-charity.html?smid=tw-share

Megan D said...

LIke the majority of US citizens, I grew up thinking we had it better than the rest...ha ha. I now live abroad in Germany with my German husband and daughter. On Monday, I go back to work - willingly - after taking only a year and a half of my maternity leave. Plenty of women I know here think I'm nuts for going back 'early'.

I had six weeks' leave prior to the birth with full pay, plus an additional two weeks after, then I was allowed up to three years' leave, the first with about 60% of my regular salary, the second two with no pay but a secure job to return to and all benefits (incl ret and hc) paid. There is also a 200€ monthly stipend from the state for your child until they reach majority.

The US is ridiculous in comparison. I won't even dream of going back until the family building is well over...and even then probably not.

But koodos to Google for taking the first step.

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