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Friday, August 23, 2013

Have a great weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Since the weather is so breezy and refreshing, we're hoping to have a picnic with friends. (Maybe we'll bring shrimp!) We've also been playing this game lately, which Toby finds hilarious. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web...

Gruff French waiters get a makeover.

Relationship illustrations.

Culture shock: London to New York.

How to keep strawberries fresh.

Loving grey jeans for the fall.

Alternate brand slogans.

A beautiful post about marriage.

Paris wedding design.

Made me laugh.

Conflict Kitchen only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict.

Andy Samberg is a cutie.

Fascinating read.

The world's best worst smartphone app.

Life lessons from kids.

(Photo by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo)


Jenna Kahn said...

I always love your collection of links :) Thanks for sharing!

Hannah Schlosstein said...

I absolutely look forward to these links as a matter of fact. Thanks so much!

Sarah Spitz said...

The picture is lovely. I just rode (not sure whether this is gramatically correct- I'm not a native speaker) a bike for the first time in years while on vacation in France and loved it!

Greetings from Europe and a wonderful weekend,

Sarah said...

Ah, the Conflict Kitchen. Go Pittsburgh!

(BAD) Blog About Design said...

Me too! Thanks for sharing. Love that bike :)

Check out the BAD blog...

Jessica said...

This is exactly what I wanted to say :) I was so excited to see that link!

collette said...

Wow, that marriage piece is my marriage. Isn't it interesting how we can find ourselves in writing?

Laurel said...

my family had the kid version of that schwinn. my little brother and i would ride it (me on the seat, him on the rear fender) up to the corner store and buy licorice and garbage pail kid cards from the change scrounged from the couch cushions. i wish my parents had never gotten rid of it. so many fond memories in one picture.

Lauren Knight said...

These links are great- I laughed out loud at the Onion piece on mothering duties on vacation. Sigh. So true. Also? I am ordering grey jeans for the fall too, only I am in love with these:

The side zips are so great. :)

joke said...

Our daughter (4.5y) also loooooooooooves jenga :-) Our 8 month old son was scared to death the first time the tower crashed down ;-)

dakotabee said...

Ohhh my god I'm gushing over those relationship illustrations. SO CUTE and so adorably accurate. Thank you for find that!!

xoxo hope your weekend is great as well.

angie said...

omg, cooool!!! angie

The Recordologist said...

Must eat at the conflict kitchen, as soon as possible!

Melissa Lay said...

The marriage one was my favorite!

Molly Sachs said...

I absolutely love your lists! I always find new and inspiring things to look at! and of course, for now the marriage one was my favorite!

Erin said...

Thank you for a great roundup. The British/American piece cracked me up (repeatedly!), the piece on marriage was lovely lovely, and the Atlantic article nails a tough issue. Also, it's a little thing, but there's such an art to the wry link headers - you do such a great job of putting it all together!

Laura D said...

I never knew that about strawberries, I'll have to try it. They are impossible to keep fresh.

Kelly said...

Joanna, thanks for featuring Pittsburgh in a small way today with your link to Conflict Kitchen! This place is amazing and it's great to see it getting love from outside the city!

Grace Beekman said...

Fun links! I'm loving grey jeans too! Happy weekend! :)

kellynelise said...

I adore Andy Samberg!! :)

jennifer schmittlin said...

The article on relationships/marriage is amazing! An eye opener that everyone should read. Thank you for that.

Jessica Hartshorn said...

Thank you so much for that link to the marriage post--it is a truly inspired piece. I've only been married for one year--and very happily at that--but I cannot begin to testify to how truly her piece rings. THIS is what marriage is built on. I just wish that more people in the world understood that! Brought tears to my eyes!

Stephanie said...

I love those relationship illustrations! They truly are soppy, in the nicest possible way.
And the post on marriage should be mandatory reading for anyone wanting to get married!

CC said...

The post about marriage was absolutely beautiful. I also really enjoyed the article about the cult of self esteem from The Atlantic. Thanks for the great links!

Heather said...

I'm definitely bookmarking the post about marriage. Thanks for sharing that one.

blog said...

My first time posting after lurking for a while. You have a beautiful blog. The photo of the bike reminds me that I need to get in some exercise this weekend. No biking but I will try to get a couple of miles around the track.—Sandra

Katie said...

The post about marriage has left me in awe. It is an absolutely beautiful depiction of what it looks like to stick it out, while enjoying all the moments that seem dull or uninspiring. Turning those moments into something more, while getting a new pair of eyes ... I love it.

Take care,

flashshoe said...

Thanks for these links. I loved the articles about French tourism, British vs. American culture, and children's self esteem!

Have a nice weekend!

Home Sale Home said...

oh my good...
lovely green bike <3
mine is black and she´s terrible old but i'm in love with her :)

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Karina said...

Thank you for posting the link on marriage, was a great read and really touching!

penelope said...

Love that Onion article! Reminds me of the Bon Appetempt in Palm Springs video where she says her mom always says something during vacation like, "It's my vacation too you know!" Poor Moms!

Michelle Panting said...

Nice links! I was particularly interested by the London/New York article. Feel I'm somewhere in between as a Canadian.

beth - ann said...

i learned how to ride on a bike just like that except it was red. great links, happy weekend!

:) beth-ann

Darren Blair said...

I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and have my husband check up here often.

Kyle said...

I love the Onion article. I refuse to go on a vacation unless I get to stay somewhere where I don't have to lift a finger.

Pure and Simple said...

The relationship illustrations are great!

Lauren said...

I love the informative articles!


laura redburn said...

that bike is a beauty. the green is perfect! going to spend some time checking out those links now :)

Eliza Jane said...

I love the idea of conflict kitchen!

Michelle Lee said...

happy new start of the week again :)

Light Bearer said...

just stumbled upon your blog, absolutely fantastic, just perusing the links, I could learn a thing or two about how to do blogging lol ;)

Kelsey.Georgesen said...

Compare these to the ballet flats in the post!

Marie Adamo said...

The self-esteem cult is a huge issue I think. I took a cultural psychology class comparing Eastern and Western cultures- a main difference being that Western cultures are so focussed on raising kids' self-esteem, when many Eastern cultures don't even have a direct translation for the concept. One of the studies was particularly enlightening: a group of teenagers from America, and another group from Japan were asked to rate themselves on different tasks (for ex. driving, drawing, listening, etc.) While the group from Japan had proportional, realistic answers, each participant from America almost always rated themselves as above average- this is not how averages work.. Interestingly, when you placed the Americans in front of a mirror, their answers became more realistic, whereas the Japanese answers did not change. Much of the studies in the course correlated findings like this with instances of depression and 'self-esteem' issues in Western cultures.
Here we tend to tell our children they can do anything, they are good at most things and, in turn, that they are somehow more 'special' and important. When reality tells them differently- and society treats them differently- they are disappointed. What's so bad about allowing our children to know that they are not better or deserve more than others? It would just make them more humble, caring

Kate Mothes said...

Great collection of links! I loved that article about arriving in NYC after 18 years in London -- UK-American differences never fail to amuse and intrigue me, partly because I'm about to move to the UK. And on a separate note, what a cute bike photo -- makes me want to dig out my old pink and chrome banana seat from the garage!

Kate x

Sandra Chali said...

When I married my husband I was already pregnant and so I didn't have a job. He had a really good job though so I was able to stay home and take care of our son when it was born. When we had our second child we moved to a bigger house, but then strange things started to happen. Things would fly off the walls and doors would slam at night. Our oldest son talked about seeing figures and hearing voices. We consulted a medium and they said the house was haunted. After living there about a year more with only minor occurrences we moved out. That was when the bad luck started to happen. Everything started to fail, with my husband's job, our money and our luck in general. I went back to the same medium and they told me that a spirit had followed me and placed a curse upon me for disturbing it and not being respectful in the previous house. He tried to remove it but was unable. The misfortune kept going on and getting more severe as I tried to search out someone to break the curse. But when I found Dr.Azonto spell he finally did it. Things started turning around almost immediately after he cast the spell and have been great from there! This was really a miracle for us, thank you . spell from the bottom of my heart!
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Sisterino said...

I love the article on marriage. My husband and I just hit the 7 yr mark. What the author said was true - you have to really invest in and work on your marriage to make it work and keep it healthy. Great advice.

Oh, and please post something about fashion on a budget sometime. I love the clothes/accessories you share, but I could never, ever pay $195 for a pair of shoes!

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Trek to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
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Acclimatization day at Dingboche
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tai avatar said...

I'm not a native speaker) a bike for the first time in years while on vacation in France and loved it! game iwin

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