The laundry was done. The apartment was clean. The bills were paid. I even baked a batch of Meyer lemon-almond muffins for an after-school treat for the kids.
(Who am I kidding? They were totally for me.)
So I decided to get out and have some fun, all by myself. I headed down to the Museum of Modern Art and explored a couple new exhibits. You can now download audio tours on your iPhone, for free! So I wandered around with my ear buds in, listening to the artists describe their art to me. Most of it was art I would have walked quickly by. What a difference it makes to hear what went into the creating of the art.
A real painter in the museum. (I thought it was funny.)
I've also been listening to audio books on my phone while I walk in the mornings around the reservoir, while I sew, and even as I take the subway. I finished earlier this week The Round House, which was very good. And then today I started Isabel Allende's newest book, Maya's Notebook. I love anything by her and I love being read to. Very relaxing.
After the museum I picked up a sandwich and found a seat near a fountain among all the well dressed executives also enjoying the sun that we haven't seen in so long. As lunchtime went on and the crowd grew larger, I noticed that the police presence also increased. I also noticed cameras up high on buildings I've never noticed before. Last weekend when we were in Grand Central Station we saw a young guy with too much luggage for any one person being surrounded by about twenty cops. I'm happy to know that I'm being protected by the NYPD.
I saw this in the museum and thought it as apropos for me today.