NYC Winter, Part Deux

After a weirdly mild February and early March - which came in like a lamb in New York City - winter is back. 

But not before we had a few beautiful days in the 50s and even 60s, which teased us with the promise that spring will soon arrive.

It snowed most of the day on Friday in New York, and one of our famous winter nor'easter snowstorms is forecast for next Tuesday.

Don't get me wrong - I love love love the snow - and anticipate its arrival like young children look forward to Christmas morning. But I also enjoy these peeks into upcoming warm weather and seeing that the closet changeover to spring and summer dresses is on the horizon.

Have a lovely weekend!

Sunday Stories: Grammy Night, Broadway Toilets, and the Most Relaxing Song in the World

Welcome to the day of the year that I feel most uncool: Grammy Sunday.  Just my use of the word "uncool" proves my point, right?  Although a media and celebrity news junkie, when watching the show, I always realize how clueless I am about so many of the nominated songs and artists.

We went to a Broadway show last night.  And it's about time someone started thinking about how hard it is to go at a Broadway show.

Who knew? Wearing superhero costumes can be beneficial for a child's development. 

Snow days in New York City are the best days.

I can spend hours dreaming over the New York Times Travel section's "36 Hours" column.  But this week's tour of Brooklyn?  We can make that happen.

Major Vogue cover photoshop fail. How could you miss this

As a public service - and continuing justification for my coffee habit (black decaf only, please) - I share yet another study about the health benefits of drinking coffee.

And back to the topic of music:  Is this really the most relaxing song in the world?  If you listen, let me know what you think.  I haven't actually heard the entire thing.  I played it when we went to bed the other night - and was asleep before it ended.

Have a lovely - and relaxing -  week! 

Just a Bit Flaky Here

When I got home after midnight Tuesday night from a quick trip to do a show in Los Angeles, I was already super-excited about the weather forecast, which called for increasingly large accumulations of snow beginning early Thursday morning.

Since I eagerly anticipate snow the way kids look forward to Christmas morning, I woke up at 4 a.m. on Thursday - just in time to see the huge snowflakes start falling fast and furious about 4:30 a.m.   After reading my usual pile of newspapers and watching a bit of news - we ventured down to our corner diner for coffee and eggs before coming back to the office and starting to work a bit later than usual.

Scott and I both work from home when not traveling, so weather doesn't really impact our work day all that much (no "snow days" here).  Still, l love that the streets of the Upper East Side fall pretty silent when we have large amounts of snow, except for the sounds of the occasional snow plow scraping by 15 floors below our windows. (Yes, you can hear street noise in this video - but that level registers as quiet for New York City).

On a normal day, in the upper left corner of the above photo (and at the :10 point in the video), you would see the Empire State Building.  Not in yesterday's snowy conditions, however.

We only ended up with about 10 inches of snow in the city, and as it tapered off, I bundled up and headed out mid-afternoon to check out the scene in the neighborhood.  

This leftover Christmas wreath must feel right at home today.

People got their sidewalks and steps cleared pretty early in the game.

This wasn't anywhere close to last January's "snow-mageddon" blizzard pictured below - but it still brought a wonderful quiet calm upon the city.

Today's it's just cold, and with temperatures expected to rise above freezing tomorrow, all of this will be gone by the end of the weekend - leaving me eagerly anticipating the next snowstorm.

Happy Friday!