Friday Five

Nerdiness, Mother Nature, and more

1. Funko Pop Movie Moments – Pennywise in Gutter: John was out of town last weekend and when he returned he surprised me with this amazing toy tableau from It! I hadn’t realized the brand was doing these little scenes. The detail on this thing is impeccable—the little paper boat says “SS Georgie” on it! We now have two Pennywises in our apartment…that may officially make us creeps.  😛

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Friday Five

Geeking Out This Week

1. Avengers: Infinity War: I won’t spoil a thing in case you’re one of the few people around the world who hasn’t seen this movie yet. People have a lot of opinions and feelings about Infinity War, seemingly more so than the usual Marvel movie. I’ll simply say I thought it was tons of fun!

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Friday Five

Cults, mystery monsters, and more

1. Wild Wild Country: this new Netflix documentary series is INSANE. Without going into too much detail, it’s about a cult that took over a small town in Oregon in the 1980s. I’m not a huge cult follower (pun intended), but I’d like to believe I’ve heard of most major modern-day cults. Somehow, though, I only heard about about the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his monochromatically-clad followers for the first time recently, on a My Favorite Murder episode. Once I realized this documentary existed I blew through it and…wow. What a crazy story. I highly recommend watching Wild Wild Country!

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Friday Five

1. Peak Cherry Blossoms! The cherry blossoms hit their peak bloom here in DC late last week. I’ve had some anxiety and foot pain lately so I was dragging my feet about going to the Tidal Basin, but last Friday morning I forced myself to go. I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t go see the trees in peak bloom…and it was totally worth it! You can scroll through more pics on my original Instagram account here.

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Awesome Con 2018

This past weekend I went to my second Awesome Con, which I had never heard of before moving to Washington DC. I only went for one day last year but really enjoyed it so I decided to go for two days this year!

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Friday Five

1. March for Our Lives: last Saturday, John and participated in this important march to  demand change in gun laws. We didn’t stay the whole time (and we were lame and didn’t bring signs), but it was a wonderful experience—especially to hear teenagers speak about how gun violence has changed their lives. I really, really hope that this movement sparks meaningful, lasting reforms. We’ve GOT to vote out lawmakers who are in the NRA’s pocket or things will stay the same.

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Friday Five

1. Love, Simon: when my niece was in town last week I asked her if there were any movies she wanted to see. She said she wanted to see Love, Simon, which opened last Friday. After checking with my sister to make sure she was okay with me taking her 11-year-old to a PG-13 movie, we (along with my husband and my mom) went to see it…and we all really enjoyed it! It was so heartwarming to see a mainstream movie about a gay kid coming out, and I’m happy to have supported the film by seeing it in the theater. Vote with your wallet, folks.

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Friday Five

1. Beautiful Blooms: last week I went to the U.S. Postal Museum to see the new exhibit of flowering plants on stamps. The exhibit was small but lovely; I especially liked the below concept art for Botanical Congress stamps that were issued in 1969. I liked this set of stamps because they included a lady slipper orchid (upper right)!

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Friday Five

1. Black Panther: THIS MOVIE. Everything about it is wonderful. Considering my position of white privilege I’m unqualified to really wade into the discussion, so instead I’ll tell an anecdote. When my husband and I were leaving the movie theater, a little black boy—maybe about four years old—posed in front of the lobby signage for Black Panther. He smiled and crossed his arms over his chest in the Wakanda Forever sign as his mom took photos of him. Then he said “I wanna be like him!” And that, right there, is why this movie needed to be made. This movie is long overdue, but at least it’s here now. Also: THAT CAST, THO. Holy. Shit.

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Friday Five

Because I’m not ready to let our vacation go yet, this week’s Friday Five is all Grand Cayman-related!

1. Grand Cayman Souvenirs: I have a shotglass collection, so of course I bought a couple to add to it—one general Cayman Islands, one Hell. And we have a turtle collection so I bought this adorable carved stone turtle from the Cayman Turtle Center.

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