Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Visit to Universal Studios (and Harry Potter World!)

 Princess posing by the giant spinning Universal ball
 'I haven't had this much fun since I was a kid!'
 Walking through the 'Dueling Dragons' rollercostar queue. I liked the queue much better than that terrifying ride. 
 Right after the 'Cat in the Hat' ride
 Victory lifted each of us on the elephant-thing in the 'If I Ran the Zoo' playground
 Inside one of the shops, in our respective Hogwarts robes
 On the 'Sneetches' ride in Seuss Landing
 Under the Lorax's truffula trees!
 "Adventure is out there!" with Thing One and Thing Two
 We didn't see Sirius Black in Hogsmeade, unfortunately.
 With the Hogwarts Express conductor!
 I was tall enough go on the ride inside Hogwarts!
Drinking some frozen butterbeer. It's like nectar from the gods.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Paris Museums

Museums I want to visit in Paris:

Musée Marmottan Monet
The museum features a collection of over 300 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works by Claude Monet (with the largest collection of his works in the world), Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, Paul Signac and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
The nearest métro station is La Muette.

Address: 16th arrondissement, 2 rue Louis-Boilly
Hours: 10 am-6 pm; Thursday until 8 p.m.
5 euros

Musée de l'érotisme
Museum of Eroticism  is a sex museum in Paris devoted to the erotic art collections of antique dealer Alain Plumey and French teacher Jo Khalifa. Founded in 1997, the museum is situated in the Pigalle district of Paris. The collection ranges from the ancient religious art of India, Japan and Africa right up to contemporary art with an erotic focus.

Address: 18th arrondissement; 72 Boulevard de Clichy
Hours: 10am-2am
3 euros

Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits
The Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits is a museum of letters and manuscripts. The nearest métro station is Rue du Bac.
It contains nearly 250 original manuscripts and letters, including the cease-fire order signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower on May 7, 1945, poems of Paul Éluard, and a love-letter by Théodore Géricault. It also includes:
• Royalty - Charles VI, Charles VIII, François I, Catherine de' Medici, and Henri IV.
• Statesmen - Leon Trotsky, Mohandas Gandhi, Winston Churchill, and Franklin D. Roosevelt

Address: 7th arrondissement; 222, boulevard Saint-Germain
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, from 10am-7pm; open on Thursday until 9:30pm
5 Euros

Musée de la Mode et du Costume de la Ville de Paris
The Musée Galliera is a fashion museum, opened in 1977. It's located within the 19th-century palace owned by the Duchess Galliera, and contains both temporary exhibits and permanent exhibits of French fashion and costume from the eighteenth century to the present day. The museum's collections contain about 70,000 items.
Costumes - from the 18th century to the present, including clothes owned by Marie-Antoinette, Louis XVII, and the Empress Josephine, the dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, and fashion displays by the leading 19th and 20th century designers.

Address: 16th arrondissement; 10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie
Hours: 10am to 6pm
5 Euros

Musée du Vin (Paris)
The museum opened in 1984, and showcases the French craft of winemaking through an exposure to tools and objects used to work the grapevine and the wine. The collection is showed in an old setting used in the Middle Ages and arranged later in storerooms by the Tiny Brothers of the Convent of Passy.

Address: 16th arrondissement; 5/7 Square Charles Dickens, Rue des Eaux
Hours: 10am to 6pm
9.90 Euros, for an unguided tour of the museum and one glass of wine

Disney Characters Post 17

 Pocahontas and Captain Jack Sparrow
 Indiana Jones
 Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother
 Cinderella and Prince Charming
 Hercules and Meg

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

13 Observations made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distance:

Lemony Snicket, the pen name of Daniel Handler and author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, is one of many on the Occupy Writers site to begin contributing to as well as supporting Occupy Wall Street protests...His sharp, poignant, and always tongue-in-cheek commentary can be found below.

Thirteen Observations made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distance:

1. If you work hard, and become successful, it does not necessarily mean you are successful because you worked hard, just as if you are tall with long hair it doesn't mean you would be a midget if you were bald.

2. "Fortune" is a word for having a lot of money and for having a lot of luck, but that does not mean the word has two definitions.

3. Money is like a child-rarely unaccompanied. When it disappears, look to those who were supposed to be keeping an eye on it while you were at the grocery store. You might also look for someone who has a lot of extra children sitting around, with long, suspicious explanations for how they got there.

4. People who say money doesn't matter are like people who say cake doesn't matter-it's probably because they've already had a few slices.

5. There may not be a reason to share your cake. It is, after all, yours. You probably baked it yourself, in an oven of your own construction with ingredients you harvested yourself. It may be possible to keep your entire cake while explaining to any nearby hungry people just how reasonable you are.

6. Nobody wants to fall into a safety net, because it means the structure in which they've been living is in a state of collapse and they have no choice but to tumble downwards. However, it beats the alternative.

7. Someone feeling wronged is like someone feeling thirsty. Don't tell them they aren't. Sit with them and have a drink.

8. Don't ask yourself if something is fair. Ask someone else-a stranger in the street, for example.

9. People gathering in the streets feeling wronged tend to be loud, as it is difficult to make oneself heard on the other side of an impressive edifice.

10. It is not always the job of people shouting outside impressive buildings to solve problems. It is often the job of the people inside, who have paper, pens, desks, and an impressive view.

11. Historically, a story about people inside impressive buildings ignoring or even taunting people standing outside shouting at them turns out to be a story with an unhappy ending.

12. If you have a large crowd shouting outside your building, there might not be room for a safety net if you're the one tumbling down when it collapses.

13. 99 percent is a very large percentage. For instance, easily 99 percent of people want a roof over their heads, food on their tables, and the occasional slice of cake for dessert. Surely an arrangement can be made with that niggling 1 percent who disagree.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sexuality/Identity Panel-In the Minority

 On campus today, I was part of a panel for the 'Human Sexuality' class. I took the class 3 years ago, and am friends with the professor and TA. It was a gender/sexual identity panel.

I was representing a 'heterosexual who identifies as female and is attracted to the opposite sex', or 'a straight girl'. There was supposed to be a straight man on the panel as well, but he never showed.

The other 3 people on the panel were a transgendered man, a transgendered woman, and a woman who dresses like a man "60% of the time", and called herself "gender fluid".

The term 'gender fluid' is: Genderqueer (GQ; alternatively non-binary) is a catch-all term for gender identities other than man and woman, thus outside of the gender binary and heteronormativity. Also can be 'moving between genders (genderfluid)' Source

For the first time in my life, I was in the minority.

As I expected, most of the questions from the class were directed at the 2 transgendered people on the panel. Questions like "How much does gender re-assignment surgery cost?" "How did you know you were transgendered?" "Will you ever have gender re-assignment surgery?" Questions I couldn't answer.

Some of the other questions asked were "How do you have relationships?"

My answer "Honestly, I tend to meet men on vacation. I haven't had a boyfriend in a few years." I then told the class that I had had some really, really good experiences with men (see: every Englishman I've ever met) and really bad experiences (I told the story about getting punched in the face when going down on a guy). I ended it with saying "After he told me I wasn't pretty and he never wanted to see me again, I went back to my room and wrote a list of things that were good about myself. So that's my suggestion. When something bad happens to you, write a list of things that you like about yourself. And eat ice cream."

 "Are you happy?"
My answer: "I'm pretty happy all the time. However, I do get lonely sometimes. I do wish I could hold hands with someone walking around campus."
"How much are your monthly expenses?"
"I work two part-time jobs, and my parents very generously pay for my$200 a month? I guess?"

"Do you want kids?"
"Yes. But I want a husband and health insurance first."

"Are your parents supportive?"
"My parents are very supportive in every way."

"How did you decide what to wear today?"
"Well, I'm wearing jeans 'cause I get cold really easily. I'm wearing tennis shoes because I'm incredibly clumsy, and I'm wearing this shirt, because as a female, I like showing cleavage."

"What birth control do you use?"
"I get a shot every 3 months called Dep-Provera, and I use condoms."

Obviously, every persons' answers on the panel were different. When it ended, the professor asked the class to write a note to one person on the panel. I thought "I'll probably only get one. Straight females are not that interesting. I wouldn't write a note to me. I'd much rather write a note to the trans man." I felt like Eeyore.

Imagine my surprise when I got handed a handful of pieces of paper. 16.

One note simply said "Anna, YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL." Others thanked me for my input on the panel. One boy wrote me the sweetest note and left his number. Others said that they were sure I would soon find "the perfect guy to hold hands with on campus", and that while guys were stupid, there are some good ones out there. Two said that they were going to follow my example of writing a list of good things about themselves. One confessed a huge secret, and said that me telling my story made her feel better.

Reading these positive, amazing notes made me cry. It was amazing.

It was such a lovely, positive experience. I'm so glad I got to do this.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Disney Characters Post 16

 Meg and Hercules
 Prince Eric and Max
 Pocahontas in Tokyo
 Sleeping Beauty in Tokyo
 Cruella de Vil
 The Blue Fairy from Pinocchio!
Sleeping Beauty and Prince Philip

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

US Travel

US States I've been to:
Colorado (lived there)
District of Columbia
Florida (lived there)
Montana (live here now)
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Virginia (born there)
West Virginia
27 states at 22. Not bad. I should really make it out to the East Coast sometime. Thanks, parents, for making travel a priority in life.

Monday, October 10, 2011


A dream is a wish your heart makes!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Movies I Love

 The Princess Bride
 Roman Holiday
 Wizard of Oz
 Finding Neverland
 The Holiday
 The Notebook
An American in Paris
Singin' in the Rain
Mary Poppins