Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

Illustration  by Lindsey Frances

Illustration by Lindsey Frances

Things that happened recently:

I didn't watch the Royal wedding (lol), but I'm more obsessed with Meghan Markle every day—here's a video of an adorably woke 11-year-old Meghan fighting against the patriarchy one dishwashing soap commercial at a time.

I don't know if this is the most efficient use of government funds, but the USPS is issuing its first-ever scratch-and-sniff stamps this summer. The popsicles are cute, but it's hard to beat these Mister Rogers stamps that are currently available. Speaking of the USPS, I ordered these months ago and never received them—time to order again!

In a bit of personal news, I start a new job at Penguin Random House on Tuesday—I'll be a Senior Designer in their creative services and marketing department. I've been in a similar role at 92Y for four-and-a-half years and I'll miss my coworkers (and all those Jewish holidays!) but I'm excited for a change and all those free books (they've already sent me a few to get started, including this book which has been on my to-read list forever).

Things to do in New York this week:

Coney Island is getting a new ride (named after an old one) when the Astrotower opens this Saturday in Luna Park.

Big Gay Ice Cream stores in New York and Philly have brought back their weird-but-intriguing Cheetos-flavored soft serve through this weekend and I kind of need to try it.

Wednesday is the first Manhattanhenge of the season.

Things that I've discovered recently:

Have you watched Evil Genius on Netflix? I finished it last weekend and there's no arguing that it's a fascinating (true!) story but I do feel conflicted about how they covered Majorie Diehl-Armstrong's very obvious mental illness.

I finished this book this week and it has made me even more interested in the still-strange Roosevelt Island. I also regret that I never got to explore the Goldwater Hospital (that mortuary sign!) before it was demolished in 2015.

I recently started following this Instagram account and it inspired me to start re-watching episodes of Sex and the City only to discover that—20 years after it started!—it hasn't aged well

I've had a gross head cold since Sunday and I'm being dramatic about it but there's almost nothing I hate more than a stuffy nose (ughhhhhh). Saturday is Francesca's birthday (and my dad's—happy birthday dad!) and we'll be celebrating her in the park if the weather cooperates. I don't have any grand plans other than that, so I'm happy to rest up and try to kick this cold to the curb before I start my new job on Tuesday. If you have any secret remedies for unclogging my face, let me know and have a great weekend!

Corinth National Cemetery

Corinth National Cemetery

Beale Street

Beale Street