Things that happened recently:
A 28-year-old Russian woman went into the hospital to have ovarian cysts removed and ended up dying when she was accidentally embalmed.
Roxane Gay is editing a month-long series on Medium called Unruly Bodies. I'm excited to read them all, but this one by Samatha Irby is my favorite so far (and if you haven't read her hilarious book, do so immediately). Speaking of bodies, I am fascinated by the diet industry and the overwhelming evidence that diets just don't work.
Things to do in New York this weekend:
The Green-Wood Cemetery tours are always top-notch, but this one on Saturday looks particularly interesting to the design-nerd in me. The trees at Green-Wood have just started blooming and the weather on Saturday will be perfect for a cemetery stroll.
Sunday looks like it will be a little rainy, but Central Park is offering a tour of the usually off-limits Hallett Nature Sanctuary from 2-3:30pm.
On Monday night the FIlm Forum is screening The World of Tomorrow, a documentary on the 1939/1940 World's Fair in Queens. I tried to buy tickets online but they appear to be sold out. Tickets may still be available at the Box Office, which might be worth trying since I'm obsessed with the two New York World's Fairs.
Things that I've discovered recently:
I started and finished this book this week and I couldn't put it down. I've been interested in Hurricane Katrina stories since reading this harrowing book, and the story of the Zeitoun family is a heartbreaking one.
Because I am endlessly impressionable, I bought this moisturizer after seeing it on several blogs. I'm not sure if it's actually working miracles yet but it smells so good I almost don't care. Also if you ever wonder why I buy everything on Amazon, mine was $10 more when I impulse bought it at a Duane Reade 😑.
I am thrilled that the weather is finally warming up and I love watching the city come back to life in the spring. I never made it to the Orchid Show last weekend so maybe I'll make it there on Saturday (shaping up to be a beautiful day to spend at a garden). On Sunday David will have a rental car so of course I've already dreamed up various itineraries and adventures that we could take (some or all of which might be abandoned). I've been feeling quite grumpy these past few weeks (am I'm having my Jesus Year a bit early?—a term I just learned thanks to Lindsey) but I'm hoping that this spring weather and shedding some layers will help.
If you're in the mood to shop, Society 6 is having a sale starting Sunday—you can save 25% off on these kitschy roadside attraction prints with the coupon code APRIL25 (or buy some of those featured Happy Friday illustrations that you've had your eye on). I hope you have a great weekend!