So. I have struggled for awhile with finding a balance on this blog. I’m a rambler & over sharer when I get to writing, I really am. (Trust me, you don’t want to see my livejournal from when I was a teenager…eek.) I’ve wanted to share more about me and my life (or lack thereof) with you guys, but I also don’t want my regular review/nail art posts to be a mile long or to alienate any of you who like that I keep things (fairly) short.
So, along the vein of some of my favorite bloggers (Such as The Crumpet’s Sunday Rambler + Pointless Cafe’s Bits And Bobs), I’m going to have a new segment just for personal ramblings/not nail related/whatever the hell I want to talk about/etc. This will probably end up being either weekly, biweekly or just once in awhile, no real set schedule but I hope you enjoy these kinds of posts! And well, if you don’t…at least it’s all in one spot and easy to skip over, right? 😉 These will be some of the only posts that I use a ‘read more’ button on- typically I don’t because I know some people find it really annoying to have to leave whatever blog reading app they’re using in order to see the full post, but this is just going to be SO photo heavy that I have to, sorry! 🙁
Can we first talk about how amazing the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal was? I was in the group of people kind of worried about how weird Usagi’s eyes looked in the trailer, but the animation in the show itself was fantastic and I loved every bit of it!! I’ve always loved the manga more than the (old) anime, so I was also super excited to see how accurate it was to the manga. Which I might also be in the middle of re-reading like a giant nerd.
This past Sunday Jed & I went to the Mariner’s Museum here in Newport News, VA. I went there years ago as a kid but hadn’t been recently at all. As much as I hate on Hampton Roads, there *is* a lot of stuff to do around here, you just have to kind of look at it with a tourist’s eye, there’s so much stuff that’s just been here forever that you kind of start to forget.
|Lion’s bridge near the museum! We took a walk here the day before.|
Before we went into the museum proper, we rented a paddleboat on Lake Maury, which is right beside the museum. We were there pretty early in the morning but I didn’t realize how hot it was going to get so quickly!! Next time we will definitely bring some water & sunscreen, but it was a ton of fun & tiring!
|Boat rental station!|
|For the record, I did not bring my flippy-floppys on this boat.|
|It was super sunny, hence the squinting. Should have brought my sunglasses, but then I couldn’t see. I need to get RX ones!|
|Had to take another selfie in the shade, haha.|
|View of the museum from out in the lake!|
|Turtle mad chillin’ on a rock.|
|Ducks! We didn’t want to get too close.|
After we brought our boats back, we ate the lunch we’d packed and then headed into the museum! After being in that boat for an hour in the sun, we were pretty hot and this hurricaine winds simulator felt soooo good:
I’m not super into maritime history, honestly, but I really love seeing actual items/artifacts! One of the big things advertised about this museum is that it’s home to items from & parts of the USS Monitor, including the gun turret that was recovered and is in the process of being conserved (more info on all that here!).
|Water tanks where the pieces are currently being worked on.|
|Clock from the USS Monitor.|
|The anchor of the Monitor!|
The other big exhibit going on was ‘dinosaurs of the deep’!
|WOAH!! How cool is this giant turtle?!|
|‘The bigger the poop, the bigger the critter that made it!’|
|Most of the animals had these very punny expert names.|
Probably my favorite exhibit was the one about stories of survival from shipwrecks!
|Replica of the Titanic’s lifeboats that you could go and sit in!|
|Vest pulled off of a person who died on the Titanic. As weird as it may be, this is the kind of thing I love.|
|Raft you could go in to see what it’d be like to be stuck out to sea on!|
They had a lot of more general exhibits as well:
|Inside a sub.|
|Submarine ready room.|
|I thought these drawings were cute!|
|Not sure I’d trust Jed to steer the ship…|
The bathrooms also had information on the backs of the stalls about the evolution of bathrooms on ships:
Finally, most of the exhibits had comment books out and of course some people try to be funny in them, along with kids being just plain honest:
|Kids are honest.|
All in all, it was a super fun day! I collect shot glasses, so I picked up these two on the way out:
That’s it for the first edition of this segment! Let me know what you thought in the comments! Do you like these kinds of posts? Anything specific you want to see me talk about? Just as much as I love to ramble, I also love hearing from you, so talk to me, damnit! I mean, please. 😀