Showing posts with label Fun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fun. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

last weekend, continued ...

I covered our trip to the local comic con yesterday, but wanted to share a few more pix from what turned out to be a fun, long, weekend.

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I really love this park sculpture/planter in downtown Miami Beach

July 4th 2014
A hole in the clouds as the bad weather passed us by

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An Impressionistic shot of the Intracoastal, post-fireworks

July 4th 2014
The kid had fun with sparklers on our porch



Monday, July 07, 2014

baby's first comic con

The kid and I attended the Florida Supercon this weekend and had a blast. We saw some famous folks, some amazingly creative cosplay, and lots and lots of stuff that celebrates the larger and larger world that is all things geek these days. While everyone expects science fiction, anime, and fantasy to be represented by all things manga and Star Wars and Star Trek and Game of Thrones, I had to admit to being surprised to also see emissaries from such worlds as Spongebob Squarepants and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. But that was great for the kid, who got an autograph and got to pose with the voice of Squidward himself, Rodger Bumpass.

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The kid with Squidward (aka Rodger Bumpass)

I have to admit that although I love Miyazaki, and am aware of anime like Sailor Moon and of course Pokemon, I was at a loss by some of the references displayed by young cosplay-ers. But I did love these creations, whoever they were supposed to be.

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One of the draws to get me to go initially was Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones. We just caught the tail-end of his Q&A, but he seemed very engaging; having a great time with the audience. But the highlight for me certainly had to be the photo-op with Star Trek star Nichelle Nichols. What a great lady.

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Jason Momoa favored sitting on the edge of the stage to relate to his fans

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Nichelle Nichols favored us all with the Vulcan salute

Before we headed for home I gave the kid a quick tour of South Beach and its great Deco-style architecture. Miami Beach was pretty torn up — lots of construction going on — but being a city gal at heart, I really enjoyed being in a little bit of a bigger pond for a while. We will definitely be back soon, when we can spend a bit more time hanging out there. All in all, a great, fun day.

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

everyone likes the game of '80s thrones

Even though its sort of a faux throwback, I love this remix of the opening credits for Game of Thrones, '80s style. Kept waiting for Larry Hagman or Joan Collins to show up ...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

throwback thursday: jersey shore vacations

I grew up at the Jersey Shore, so every childhood summer was usually spent there, with family and friends coming to visit us. Later years in NY and DC had me a bit land-locked, so I was happy to be able to drive to Jersey for the occasional vacation. I have taken the kid a few times over the past few years, but last year was the one she really remembered, and now she wants us to start our own tradition. So in honor of my booking an August vacation at the Shore, here are some pics from past beachy times.

Mom at the beach
I wouldn't even be here if it wasn't for mom (left) and her girlfriends thinking that the Shore was a great  place for a summer vacation from the city

Elizabeth at the pool at the Avon Inn
Hanging out poolside at the Avon Inn, where my grandmother always stayed when she would visit us

Pastel by Mary Elizabeth Winship Periale
One of my mom's effortless pastels, of me trying to fly a kite on the boardwalk

Jetty
The kid checking out a jetty

Jenkinson's pavilion, Point Pleasant
Having fun on the rides at Jenkinson's pavilion

Monday, June 23, 2014

legoland fun

The kid and I checked out Legoland on a little mini-vacation this past weekend. It was a lot of fun, for both of us. We didn't do the water park, or one of the rides in the regular park that warned that we wouldn't get wet, we'd get soaked, but did pretty much everything else. We are in the middle of Florida's rainy season, so I came armed with umbrella, just in case, but last weekend ended up being sunny and hot — REALLY hot. Thankfully, the park has a lot of trees and places to catch some shade or duck into for some A/C. of course, those respites of cool also offer opportunities for purchase ...

Legoland June 2014
A super kid with some super heroes

Legoland June 2014
A Lego Movie poster made of Legos
Legoland June 2014
The kid took me for a boat ride
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One of the Lego Chima characters posed for a picture (don't ask me which one or what Chima means)
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My DC friends would love the miniature city and Smithsonian Castle

Thursday, May 22, 2014

the playful side of game of thrones

The kid likes to collect My Little Pony mini-figures and the same company happens to make Game of Thrones figurines, too. I'm not sure if I'm collecting them or she is. Although she's never seen an episode, she is well aware of my love of Dinklage and has been able to identify quite a few of the characters just from ads and a general exposure to pop culture.

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The gang's all here - Tyrion, Arya, Jon Snow, Ned Stark, Joffrey, even dragons and dire wolves 
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Tyrion and Arya are wondering who is that tall guy in the back row ...

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White Walkers, too!

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One even glows in the dark

Monday, May 19, 2014

paint party

The kid and I attended a fun kid's party yesterday, where each guest got to paint their own version of the subject picked by the birthday girl, a white owl. Everyone had their own spin on things. I'm prejudiced, of course, but I like the kid's choice of a blue background.

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Monday, May 05, 2014

it's a wrap: humphrey bogart film festival

I just got back from the second annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival in Key Largo, FL, and like many of my fellow attendees, I am already looking forward to next year's festival. Attendees were treated to a series of events where they could meet and greet festival organizer and son of the actor, Stephen Bogart (host of WXEL's Bogart on Movies) and renowned film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, as well as take in a list of over twenty classic films, all celebrating the theme of "Romance."

I was lucky to be able to see some classic Humphrey Bogart-Lauren Bacall films over the weekend: To Have and Have Not, screened outside under the moon and stars; Key Largo at the nearby Lion's Club which was transformed into Rick's Cafe Americaine; and Casablanca and The Big Sleep for the first time on a big screen. In a panel discussion hosted by Caroline Breder-Watts, film historian and host of WXEL's “Listening to Movies,” she and Bogart and Maltin and the audience engaged in a lively discussion of the diversity of Humphrey Bogart's roles throughout his long career. ...

2014 Humphrey Bogart Film Festival
Leonard Maltin and Stephen Bogart field questions at Sunday's brunch

... The Humphrey Bogart Film Festival is quickly becoming a tradition for film buffs and Bogie enthusiasts. As Leonard Maltin shared at the festival's closing brunch on Sunday, "Movies are meant to be a communal experience. ... they can make difference in your life. [when you see a great one it sounds] a loud gong that doesn't go away."

You can read the complete post at Cinema Sentries.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

fun in vero beach

Yes we live in Florida. But no, you can never get too much of the beach. And every beach we visit, at least so far, is a bit different. The latest beach we have checked out — Vero Beach. We have been able to get there on two occasions recently, to meet up with some friends and also family. Vero Beach has a much narrower strip of sand than our home beach, and a very relaxed vibe. Fun was most definitely had by all.

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The beach
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The love bugs were out in full force (and freaking out the kid)
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Checking out the downtown shopping scene with the fam
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Strolling on the skinny beach
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The homemade orange and vanilla swirled soft serve comes highly recommended
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'night all

Thursday, April 24, 2014

some recent (photo) fun

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Cuteness Everdeen

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Since when were White Walkers so darn adorable?

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A floating island of seaweed and it's coming for us

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Might as well build a sand castle

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Tae Kwan Do


Practicing her moves

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

grrroowwlll

Last weekend the kid and I attended the Hatsume Fair at one of our favorite haunts, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. One of the highlights of the afternoon was face painting for Junior. She makes an adorable snow leopard, doncha think?



Tuesday, April 01, 2014

poisson d'avril

Happy April Fool's Day, or Poisson d'Avril as they say en francais ...


Monday, March 24, 2014

packing in the fun

Spring break is almost over, but I hope we can keep the party atmosphere going for a while ...









Thursday, March 20, 2014

you're gonna hear me roar ...



And squawk ... and neigh ...



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

a walk on the beach










Tuesday, March 11, 2014

bubble girl

One of the more interesting "rides" at the renaissance fair this past weekend was something called "Merlin's Magic Bubbles."








The kid had a a blast trying to navigate her way over the water in the giant bubble. I couldn't help but be reminded of a certain surreal bubble from classic British television ...

Monday, March 10, 2014

fun at the faire

The kid and I checked out a renaissance festival this weekend. We had gone to the Maryland RenFest a few times when we lived in D.C. This one had a more casual air to it in many ways, but it also sported more activities that the kid could enjoy — some really ingenious rides and archery, etc. Less of an emphasis on performance, although there were comedy and magic shows and a really cool falconry demonstration.

There were also the usual busty ladies and pseudo-Shakespearean gents as well as a smattering of fairies, witches, pirates, and other fringe folk. All in all some great people watching and bad-for-you eats. But who can turn down chocolate-covered cheesesteak on a stick? Surely a ye olde middles ages favorite ...


Riding the dragon


A man-powered swing


Whoo-hoo


It was a Game of Thrones-themed weekend


Watch out, Katniss

Saturday, March 01, 2014

backlit family fun

A great weekend visit with some relatives from California today — love you and miss you guys already!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

fun at the movies and the arcade

The kid's birthday festivities continued this afternoon with a (re) viewing of The Lego Movie and lots of fun at the arcade.




Wednesday, February 19, 2014

double digits

It's hard to believe, but the kid turns ten today. Double digits from now on, until she hits 100. I love you, kid.