Things that happened recently:
I've said it before, but it was another exhausting week to try and keep up with all of the chaos—I mean Energy!—in the Trump White House. After seeing Sam Nunberg's name pop up everywhere I groaned about having to learn about yet another off-the-rails Trump team member, but it turns out this was a story worth tracking.
Wednesday's nor’easter seemed like it was a dud until it finally arrived in the afternoon with blizzard-like conditions and ... thundersnow! Snowfall predictions varied wildly—prompting the New York Times to use an actual shrug emoticon in their headline—but in the end only 2.9" fell in Central Park. This is our second snowstorm in March so far, a somewhat fitting celebration of the 130th anniversary of the famous blizzard of 1888 (I just reserved this book at the library).
International Women's Day was on Thursday, and if you're a lady I hope you celebrated yourself. If you're a man, I hope you took a moment to recognize all of the wonderful women in the world—the New York Times did this great feature on fifteen women who were overlooked by their obituary writers. If you're still on the lookout for images of female empowerment, here are some photos from the 2017 Women's March in DC and the 2018 Women's March in NYC.
Things to do this weekend:
Thursday was the opening day of the new exhibition, Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s at the Neue Gallerie. The Neue Gallerie, with its focus on German and Austrian art, is my favorite niche museum in the city. The March First Friday has passed, but on the first Friday of every month admission to the museum is free from 6-9pm.
I just found out about the Jim Henson exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image, and I'm hoping to go see it this weekend (it ends March 31st).
On Sunday the Urban Park Rangers are hosting a free walk along New York City's oldest bridge, the Highbridge, which connects the Bronx and Manhattan. It was built in 1848 and public access was restored just recently.
Things I've discovered recently:
I have always been obsessed with miniatures—I had this book as a kid and made all sorts of tiny thing for a dollhouse I never had—so I could watch these videos of tiny food being prepared all day long.
I started (and finished) this book this week. I borrowed it from a friend years ago and like most books I've randomly plucked from my shelves, I feel silly that I waited so long to pick it up. Although it's now 25 years old, it's still a fascinating look at homelessness in New York, and I'd love to read a "where are they now" about each person she met in the tunnels (although it would probably be bleak).
If you're not following Rosie O'Donnell on Twitter, I recommend that you do if only for her incredible portraits of the Trump administration like this one and this one. And this seems like a good time to remind you that 16-year-old me made a brief appearance on the Rosie O'Donnell show, and it was just as awkward as you might be imagining.
I feel as if I may be getting sick, so I plan on taking it easy this weekend while trying to convince myself out of getting a full-blown cold (fyi, this never works). I would like to get to the Georgia Diner in Queens before they close for good at the end of March, and maybe check out the Jim Henson exhibit afterwards on Saturday. I haven't done much exploring lately, but I'm still catching up on blog posts from my past road trips, and planning for future ones—Memphis in May and Arizona/New Mexico in June. March might actually be my least favorite month, but I have a few things on my calendar to keep me distracted from the dreary weather. I hope you have a lovely weekend and send immune system-boosting vibes my way!