Friday Five

Happy December! I can’t believe this year is almost over already…in the meantime, here is this week’s Friday Five.

1. View from the Newseum: this past Monday, my mom and I visited this museum dedicated to all things news. The museum is huge! To be honest, I wasn’t super into the exhibits, but the museum has a sixth floor patio with an amazing view of the National Mall and the Capitol Building. That was definitely my favorite part of the place!

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Friday Five

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family! I know I did. 🙂

1. Brooklyn Orchids 2018 Calendar: shameless plug alert! Each year I create a calendar using my own photographs of orchids (if you’re new here, I have a blog about orchids called…Brooklyn Orchids). This 12-month calendar is available for $24.90 in my Brooklyn Orchids Zazzle store, so if you know anyone who’s really into orchids or loves pretty pictures of flowers, my calendar would make a nice holiday gift. Hot tip: Zazzle very frequently offers discounts, especially during the holidays, so you most likely won’t have to pay full price as long as you enter their current promo code at checkout. I’m pretty sure there will be Black Friday and Cyber Monday promo codes, so the next few days will be a great time to order your calendar!

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1. Brooklyn Bridge: last weekend my husband and I returned to NYC for a few nights—it was my first time back there since we moved to DC in February! We stayed at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, which is so close to the pedestrian entrance to the bridge that I couldn’t NOT walk over it. Amazingly, I only walked the Brooklyn Bridge once in the fifteen years I lived in NYC, so I made it a point to do so again as a visitor. I went to the bridge this past Monday afternoon, and though it was a little chilly and overcast it was still a wonderful, quintessentially New York thing to do, and I enjoyed my stroll very much.
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1. Someone Knows Something: I’m on a major podcast kick lately, and one of the podcasts that the My Favorite Murder ladies have talked about is this Canadian cold case series that delves into the stories of missing persons who have never been found. The first two season’s I’ve listened over the past week to are a fascinating slice of blue collar life in Canada (also: so much “eh,” “aboot,” and “sore-y”), and they’re very well researched and constructed. Season three just dropped and I can’t wait to binge listen to it as well.

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1. Mindhunter: the only reason I didn’t immediately dive into this show as soon as Netflix released it is that I was focused on my one horror movie a day in October. Once I found some time for tv show watching, I started on this one, which literally could not be more up my alley (I have a master’s degree in forensic psychology and wrote my thesis on linking homicides…and of course I’ve read Mindhunter by John Douglas). I’m about halfway through the first season and am all in. It’s a little bit textbook for me at times, but it’s still fun to watch the origin of profiling serial killers at the FBI.

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1. Soul Strolls: I can’t remember where I read about this, but the Congressional Cemetery in Northeast DC holds these spooky AND informational tours over two weekends in October. This kind of thing is right up my alley, so I got VIP tickets for my husband and I. The tickets included a one-hour tour plus three drink tickets to the speakeasy set up in the cemetery’s Public Vault. We went last Friday and the weather happened to be absolutely perfect, with just the teeniest hint of crispness on a rather warm night. A tour guide brought us to several different graves, where costumed actors portraying cemetery residents told us their stories. I especially enjoyed the actor pictured below who embodied Mary Hall, a successful madam who opened her brothel a few blocks from the Capitol building (smart). I also loved the stories of Adelaide Johnson, a sculptor and feminist ahead of her time. Getting to step inside a vault to order cocktails after the tour was pretty awesome, too.

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1. HALLOWEEN CANDY: I mean, is there really any explanation needed?! I spotted these in the checkout line at Michaels a few weeks ago while shopping for cross stitch supplies, and they basically jumped into my basket on their own. I’ve managed not to eat them thus far, but that’s not gonna be the case for much longer. I can’t wait to eat some brains and eyeballs!

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Happy Friday the 13th! I chose this week’s items before I realized I’d be posting this on the 13th…and the first two are totally on-theme. A happy accident!  🙂

1. My Favorite Murder: I’ve been on a major podcast kick lately—I know, I’m late to the party, as usual. I am pretty much going down the podcast rabbit hole because every podcast I listen to ends up mentioning other podcasts they like, so I check those out too. I actually can’t remember where I first heard about My Favorite Murder, but I am hooked! Each episode is literally just two true crime fans, Karen and Georgia, discussing a murder of interest to them. They’ve been at this for at least a year and there are now 80+ episodes for me to get through, starting from the beginning. Karen and Georgia have comedy backgrounds so they manage to make murder funny while also taking the gravity of the topic into account. And their signoff? “Stay sexy, don’t get murdered.” So, stay sexy and don’t get murdered by a machete-wielding maniac (or his mother) on this Friday the 13th!

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1. Maryland Renaissance Festival: last weekend my husband and I took a little day trip to the Ren Fest in Annapolis, Maryland! We arrived about a half hour after it opened and went straight to the costume rental shop. We had seen costume rentals at the Ren Faire we attended in upstate New York a couple years ago but didn’t bother partaking then. I chose this cute fair maiden outfit and John got outfitted as a knight, and we spent a few hours roaming the grounds and taking in the sights. It was more crowded than the NY one but it also seemed a little bigger. There’s a ton of stuff to do at this Renaissance Festival and I highly recommend it! The festival takes place on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October.

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1. Haunted House Cookie Kit: I saw Jessica Chobot from Bizarre States post a pic of this completed “gingerbread” haunted house and immediately had to have one for myself! I tried to find it at Target in St. Louis but they didn’t have it; fortunately I was able to find it on Target.com for about $15.50 including shipping. My husband and I are going to build this little house together and I cannot wait!!

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