Have a nice weekend. | Cup of Jo

What are you up to this weekend? We’ve been walking around the neighborhood on all the crunchy fallen leaves, and we’re also watching the movie Cool Friday. But we talked about if you switched bodies with someone, you would fall down immediately because your legs would be longer or shorter than you were used to. In every body-swap movie there should be half an hour of them just crashing around the place. Hope you are well and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Cup of Jo’s 2022 Christmas Gift Guide starts this Monday, drum roll please! Here is the gift guide for 2021and we have many fun new finds.

There are six seasonsnot four.

A little for dark green nail polish. thoughts?

In defense of a bland Thanksgiving. “In my past longings for a ‘different Thanksgiving,’ I see a genuine desire for novelty, but also anxiety about what the meal said about me and my family. A more interesting family, a more sophisticated family, perhaps even a more upscale family would enjoy radicchio. Instead, I was stuck with cabbage.”

WHAT?!!!! A stranger was secretly living in my home: “Late one night I noticed the ceiling hatch was open. All the puzzle pieces fell into place.”

All fall and winter I’m excited to wear these faithful favourites (and they are on sale).

Who wants to stretch out on this bread sofa?

The new show Fleishman is in trouble — starring Jesse Eisenberg and Claire Danes — looks great.

My grandfather’s death party was a gift to our family. “People often talk about death as if it is the worst thing that can happen to someone. As if it is something to be avoided at all costs. It is better to age, however painfully, however diminished, than ever to admit that we are mortal. But at the end of a long, full life, my grandfather was done. He died with power and agency, love and support. To have that death, he had to acknowledge and embrace his mortality. At our death party, he also gave his family a chance to accept that fact.” (NY Times)

How romantic it is this drawing?

Home is where your friend is. “A best friend is a completely different kind of home, one that turns out to be more miraculous as time goes on. Even the words best and friend feeling that they should have grown apart—too youthful, too indulgent, too clinging to something that should have expired with girlhood. But they are the only ones I know who can capture the bewildering magic of being loved as your full self, just because. Because your girl is pulling up. Because she listens. Because she sees your most complicated self and doesn’t shy away.”

Catherine Newman (ab wife trip fame) has just come out with a novel about two friends and it is wonderful.

Hahaha.

In addition, four reader comments:

Says Oja further how to throw an easy birthday party: “Our beloved neighbors, who are in their mid-90s, celebrate their birthdays by inviting 10 to 12 people for chocolate cake and champagne at 7:30 p.m. It’s brilliant! You get to see your loved ones, and you need don’t cook dinner since everyone has already eaten.”

Says Louise further how to throw an easy birthday party: “Birthday parties with round numbers are PRESS. My solution is to have the party this year Before. I have fond memories of my 29th birthday cocktail party at home – I can still taste the cucumber martinis. And for my 39th, I hosted a small dinner party at home and had the best meal of my life without any of the pressure of throwing a 40th.

Alex continues how to throw an easy birthday party: “In my 30s, I took my closest friends to a trampoline park. We met at my apartment bright and early, carpooled to the trampoline park 20 minutes away, danced our hearts out, and ended up having an impromptu lunch at a local pub . It was so much fun and no attention was paid to me because we were all just doing a great activity! Bonus: this plan works for random Tuesday nights too! People never say no to a trampoline park.”

Says Jenny further these three poems made me gasp: “That family doctor is here to say I’m ALWAYS here for you. I’ll be here after the birth when everything feels emotionally high, but it’s still the same hot, sharp, cool you in there post menopause until it time you wonder about that mole until the time we figure out together how you can let this world be in power Here when you’re poor Here when you need an abortion Here when you need antidepressants. Here for you ALWAYS.”

(Photo by Mariela Naplatanova/Stocksy.)

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