Hello sweet friends.
I’m glad you’re here. I feel lucky that you allow me to be part of your Sunday routine. We’ve got a good thing going.
Here’s a list of articles that resonated with me this week along with a photograph of a climbing vine and an old screen door. Sunday is a good day to remember that there’s beauty in the most simple of scenes.
Here we are:
• If you don’t have your head under a pillow (and I don’t blame you if you do) you might have heard that a couple of dudes hid away in a room and drafted a health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. Here’s that, explained. What does the new health care bill have to say about women? Mostly it’s about all the abortions we’re all having all the time. They’re very (read loudly as VARY) concerned (not actually in a caring way at all) about (paying for) those.
• Basically, North Korea killed an American and we’re not sure what to do about it because it’s very messed up, reminding us once more that the world is very messed up: The Outrageous Death of Otto Warmbier
• Aside from asking you with much tenderness not to go to North Korea, here are some other less important but still lightly important Unwritten Travel Rules.
• Word on the street is that this is what we should be reading this summer: The People We Hate At The Wedding. Also, how many weddings have you gone to so far this summer? I’m at 2. I hated no one…. which I suppose is a really good sign.
• This is dense, but really interesting: Why Your Brain Hates Other People. What’s the part of our brain that shapes an Us v. Them mentality.
• Before the Internet. Remember being bored? Remember having watched every episode of I Love Lucy and then having literally nothing to do (except read boring books and write book reports).
• It was a hung jury, Mr. Bill Cosby. It’s a little too soon for the HIGHLY INSULTING victory tour. Go away please. Bill Cosby’s Townhalls to discuss sexual assault with young athletes, extension of statute of limitations, and… you know…. be careful because a brush on the shoulder can be construed as sexual assault. This is why I swear and throw things sometimes… I’m just going to be honest.
• Being a maker of food and a tester of recipes means that you eat a lot of leftovers… and even more leftover atop scrambled eggs. Here’s a week of Jambalaya recipe testing and my grocery list: My Bon Appetit Grocery List. I put my mom on blast for her coffee creamer choices but really, that sh*t is delicious.
• Good Lord in heaven, Jon made this S’mores Slab Pie and I can’t tell if I’m very angry or very happy.
• While we’re talking about summer splurging, what say you to this Cream Cheese Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream. It’s cream cheese ice cream so get into it! Subtly isn’t my forte.
• I really like the way Patrice Washington talks about life and working towards wealth.
• I don’t wear very much makeup, especially in steamy warm weather, but this Cloud Paint is a very fine summer, quick-color option.
• I think this is very sweet and I would absolutely wear a dainty avocado necklace.
• I’ll tell you what, using this hair repair once a week has saved my growing hair. I’ll tell you what else, growing out a short haircut is tedious.
That’s all for this week, friends. I hope this day is a beauty. Enjoy your Sunday!
Lindsey of This Miss Cooks
I’ve been listening to podcasts all day talk about the Senate health care bill and man is it disheartening. Thank you for some positivity interspersed with the very important news!
I read these every Monday during my lunch break as a way to de-Monday my life. Thank you! And, thank you for posting about things that are politically relevant and too big to ignore. I’m with you.
Joy, do you have a favorite tortilla brand in New Orleans? We’re moving there this summer from SF, and as a native Californian, I’m kind of freaking out about my Mexican food intake. Ack!
I just noticed that you had corn tortillas on your shopping list
Joy! I love these Sunday posts-thank you, for all of it. Now, I’m going to peruse this list with a glass of cold rosé.
I always look forward to your Sunday posts. Thank you for your spotlight on the #Trumpcare / Republican health care bill that is taking away healthcare for poor/middle-class people in favor of a tax cut for the wealthy. Please note that our LA Senator Bill Cassidy is “undecided” on the bill and needs to hear from his constituents! https://www.cassidy.senate.gov/ I was unable to get through to the DC office on Friday but did at the Metairie #.
Thank you Emily!!
Joy, I’ve been reading you for a long time, but have never commented. I need to stop lurking and just wanted to say hello and tell you that I especially enjoy your Sunday posts. I also swear and throw things sometimes.
Joy, you make my Sunday morning! I eagerly wake up to read your post. Thanks for the informative yet entertaining post! You are the best?
Joy, I’ve looked online in the indexes to find your Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits in one of your cookbooks, but so far have missed it. I love this recipe – made it for my book club recently and received rave reviews – and wonder if you’ve included it in one of your books. If so, it’s on my to buy list! Thanks!
I found the recipe on her blog November 4, 2011.
Happy summer, Joy!
8. The only acceptable place to fart on a plane is when you are walking through first class on the way to coach. <—- that made me almost spit out my coffee.
There was a dude on my most recent flight home from Nashville that broke more than one of those rules. I fly Southwest pretty exclusively and if I'm the idiot that forgot to set an alarm to check in 24 hours ahead of time, I accept my punishment of having to sit in a middle seat. This smug looking dude and his girlfriend waltzed on the plane close to last and after having deposited their bags in a bin near the rear of the plane, approached someone in the EXIT row to say, "Excuse me, would you mind moving so we can sit together……………… (afterthought) we're on our honeymoon." After the flight, he then pushed his way to the back to gather his bag and return to where he was seated while everyone else was trying to collect their things. My friend and I blocked the aisle. He said, "Can I get by? My seat is up there….. sorry." I casually said, "I don't think you are sorry at all." and gave him just enough room to get by. I hope his girlfriend dumps him because then as they were moving to get off the plane, he jumped in front of her too instead of allowing her to go first. *eye roll*
People just shouldn’t be allowed to act so badly. I would have tripped him in the aisle. jk?
Joy, fellow swearer and thrower of things over here (of course never at a person because we’re not monsters). Sometimes it’s just what you need to then be able to take a breath, pick up that thrown object, and get to work. I get it.
Thanks for the entertaining post – it jump started my day. But here’s the burning question: what is the name of that gorgeous vine in the photo?! Thanks so much.
I don’t know! I’m hoping to see my neighbor out one of these days so I can ask!
Looks like a member of Dioscorea spp (bulbifera or villosa, mebbe?).
It looks like a potato vine to me.
I love these Sunday posts from you. But, today’s gave me a little squeak. That pretty vine in your picture is my nemesis. While the image itself is lovely, that vine is called Air Potato and is QUITE invasive. I walk our property almost daily to work on getting rid of it. Eek! Thanks for another fun linky post!
Gosh I totally understand! I fight some pretty gnarly vines in my backyard, different vines… pretty… but total jerks! Living in New Orleans is all about controlling the greens (in what little way we can) and thanking them for letting us live among them.
The Hyde Ammedndment of 1976 disallowed the use of federal monies for abortion. There is NOT ONE penny of federal money used for abortions. There is a huge misunderstanding over this and many people believe that the defunding of Planned Parenthood in this egregious bill defunds abortion services. Whether you’re pro or anti choice, please know that your federal tax dollars haven’t been used to support abortion services in over 40 years. What is at stake in this bill is the use of private insurance dollars to pay for abortion services. The core goal of this bill is the intended erosion of Medicaid.
Word. thank you for the knowledge drop!
Another reason why I’m really concerned about North Korea…
xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena