From Madrid, I flew Norwegian direct to JFK and headed to Kara and Carl’s place in Brooklyn. Why Brooklyn? Here’s a hint:
Kara and Carl recently adopted a beautiful baby and needed some assistance for six weeks. Wanted: Temporary full-time nanny.
For someone who isn’t a mom, I have lots of baby experience. Who knew? Kara knew. 300 years ago, while at Northwestern, we babysat for the same family. The Parkers had three kids—four, two and six-months! Thankfully, Kara and Carl only have one!
The Bug, as she is lovingly referred to, is a 20 pound (and growing) bundle of joy. She eats well and sleeps 15 hours a day! She’s super cute and has an award-winning demeanor. We had a grand time playing with the plush, eating pureed food and taking walks around the neighborhood that I referred to as exercise for me. The Bug was usually fast asleep within 30 seconds.
When I wasn’t playing nanny, I took the subway to Manhattan for some visual stimulation. First stop: MoMA.
Bodys Isek Kingelez
This exhibit of playful, eccentric building designs was meticulously curated. Unfortunately, it was incredibly dark and difficult to photograph. It’s a must see for architectural model geeks. I’m guessing 200 pieces total. Take a look inside the book for some better photos.
Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980
A depressing yet stunning exhibit of crumbling concrete buildings through architectural models, objects, photography and video.
Next, I headed to the Guggenheim for an inspiring Hilma Af Klint show. My advice: Run, don’t walk! Bio, photos and an excellent video at the above link. It was a total mob scene at pay-what-you-want Saturday evening, but it was worth it! I believe the show has been extend until April. Go! Note: Guggenheim shows are no longer designed top down. You walk in the front door and walk UP! Last time I visited, you took an elevator to the top and walked down. When did that change?
For the first time ever, I had the opportunity to explore Brooklyn. The weather was typical for December—cold, damp and dreary. No surprise. Still lots of fun including: Outstanding grub (breakfast sandwich at The Brooklyn, birthday cake at Butter & Scotch, matzo ball soup at Junior’s, and more), a helpful wine store called wino(t), friendly jewelry making at Bead on Bond, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, graffiti, art and more!
We cooked up a storm for Thanksgiving, added a leaf to the dinning table and enjoyed a meal with Carl’s family.
Anna visited from DC for a Kochanies Reunion Weekend! Super fun!
Special thanks to Kara and Carl for inviting me to share this memorable time—Bug 6-8 Months! It was a pleasure to care for the Bug and a joy to be with my Brooklyn family. Miss y’all. See you in May!
And, thanks to Ruth, Giselle, Jay and all my Brooklyn friends for making this trip so damn memorable!
Next stop: Altamont, NY
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