Friday Favorites

I hope you all had a happy Valentine’s Day! This week was really packed for me – work was busy, and I have a few projects outside of work that I’ve been working on, too. This just means that I’m looking forward to the weekend even more than usual. This Saturday is my mom’s birthday, and I’m really excited to go out to dinner to celebrate! We have plans to go to Or, the Whale, which I’ve been meaning to go to for about a year now, so I can’t wait.

My favorites from this week:

ONE – Barbie Diversity
I love this so much because I loved Barbies growing up. Our playroom was actually called “The Barbie Room” because we played Barbies there more than we did anything else. I actually had a Barbie in a wheelchair growing up, but she was made differently and didn’t really fit a lot of the regular Barbie accessories – and really, my favorite part was always picking the clothes and shoes out for her to wear. I’m so happy that Barbie is becoming more diverse, and hope the options for disabled Barbies continue to expand!

TWO – NYC Subway Accessibility
This is a great synopsis of the current issues with the NYC subway in terms of accessibility. When I visit the city, I try to avoid riding the subway if at all possible for this exact reason. I end up having to ride way, way out of my way just to find the next accessible stop. It’s disappointing, because the subway has the potential to make the city more accessible for people with disabilities, but it’s not working at all.

THREE – Mascara Primer
I kind of always thought mascara primer was just a scam, but I picked this one up on a whim when I was picking up another tube of this mascara (my favorite!). I have never been more wrong with an assumption! My eyelashes have never looked better, and I’m actually putting on less mascara now. I love it.

FOUR – Convicted felon turned law graduate
I thought this was a really interesting story. If prison is intended to rehabilitate people, what happens once they’re out? How fully do we really let them re-enter society? Definitely gives you a lot of things to think about.

FIVE – Women in Coding
This made me think of the movie “Hidden Figures,” which I saw and LOVED. As an engineering student at CMU, I can definitely attest to the fact that most computer science students were male. It’s weird to think that it used to be a female-dominated profession, and I really hope more women start studying computer science again!

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