Just a few updates on things around here…
1/ #LoveCPH: The opera house…some people here in Copenhagen actually think it’s the ugliest building here but I love it. As in really adore it. Especially now that when we go it’s actually light out at the beginning so you can appreciate how much of that same light literally floods the interior. And then throw in a sunset at intermission and a drink on the terrace and it’s pretty much perfect. I’m not going to lie – Vienna State Opera is still tops in my book, and I’ll never turn down the Kennedy Center but this is quickly climbing the list. (Interesting though, that those three art houses couldn’t be more different from each other…). We just saw Porgy and Bess for their final performance this weekend. “Summertime…..and the livin’s easy….”
2/ Shades: As in, I need some. I seem to have somehow misplaced both pairs of my usual shades so I’m thinking about these. Solid aviators that actually fit my face (not so easy btw), and not heartbreakingly expensive but not cheapies either. In any case, definitely a step up from the ski sunglasses I’ve been wearing as of late that my Italian colleagues definitely were confused by on my trip to Milan last week.
3/ Peeping Toms in Paris: I just read about Gail Albert Halaban’s new project about photographing through the windows of Paris (modeled after her initial one in New York). Maybe I’m a bit of a voyeur but I’m really hoping they take this as an exhibit on the road, I’d love to see them all. I never draw the curtains myself because it gives me a weird fear (weird right, usually people fear the opposite) but at the same time, these photos are exactly the reason I should (though I believe everyone here was photographed with consent).
4/ Littles around the world: Chelsea Ann Wiley reached out to me about a new blog project called Birth with Balance. She’s a labor and delivery nurse (which in and of itself must be one of the most fascinating jobs) and chronicles a myriad of birth stories. And no, this is not a pregnancy announcement. Actually, before the diplo-tot (and after for that matter) I summarily have avoided any sort of kiddie/birthing internet discussion for the most part since most of it freaked me out. But the stories here are so thoughtful, kind of like insights from a good girlfriend. You know…the kind of stuff they somehow forget to tell you in the books or the appointments. And the variety of everyone’s experience doesn’t end up making you feel bad that you ended up with whatever delivery you ended up with, but it does make you informed – you know, just in case that information is every handy one day. (and no, that wasn’t an announcement either). Bonus, the site is also peppered with lovely photographs of mothers and children from Gloria Ferres’ Mothers project.