Is it really Wednesday?
The last few days have been a bit of a sprint, as we’ve caught up with friends, attended MOMs Ball (a big costume ball thrown by one of the krewes here), and gone to a few parades. We even had plans for a few more–but my husband was sick on Monday, which meant we didn’t attend the big Lundi Gras parades or venture into the city.
But just a block away from our house is the beginning of Rex, one of the big day-parades on Fat Tuesday, so of course we walked out for that one. It’s neat to see a parade like these at their beginning–because the parade is so elaborate and involves so many people, the line-up starts hours beforehand, and it has to take into account that it’s on a main thoroughfare. The floats line up along one street, while the bands and marching krewes line up down a perpendicular street. When the parade begins in earnest, the floats and bands/marchers merge into one looooooong line to go down streets that have been closed well in advance of their arrival.
We didn’t venture far on Fat Tuesday itself, either. While husband’s virus seemed to be a 24-hour bug, we didn’t want to overtax his system, and the two of us had been so busy that we enjoyed the day to ourselves. Anyway I have actually been watching and reading a Thing or Two this week, maybe even a little more than expected, since we were at home quite a bit of Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras.
For the most part, I’m still reading the books I was reading last week. I haven’t had much time to finish them yet, as they’re all long-ish books. New books to come next week! 🙂
- I’ve been really into documentaries this week, especially nature docs…Even better if they have someone British narrating, and bonus points if that someone is David Attenborough.
- As Above, So Below.
I was quite enjoying this found-footage horror film up until its end, which seemed to happen rather abruptly. The film is about a group who go into the catacombs in France looking for the philosopher’s stone and what happens while they are down there. There were a few truly scary moments, and there were lots of times when my claustrophobia made the film scarier to me, I think, than it might have otherwise been.
- Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman recorded Bowie tributes.
- This article about the amazing Mardi Gras clean-up crews.
- Lovely sky-written messages return for Mardi Gras in NOLA.
- The burden that the zika virus has added to women in the affected countries, who are often unable to access reproductive healthcare.
- The really big row that’s been started by Beyonce’s Superbowl performance referencing the Black Panthers and Malcolm X. Many people don’t understand why I analyze pop culture the way I do, why I pay so much attention to it. But when a conversation like this happens, it’s because pop culture does matter, both to those creating it and those who would censor it. On the other hand, there are some very real critiques to be made about Formation (including its use of New Orleans as an overarching theme with none of the video shot in NOLA.)
- Trump and Sanders are the big winners in the New Hampshire primary, and I just don’t even know what to do with that. Trump is the most unsuitable ass I can imagine putting in charge.