Actor, Writer, Jedi, Singer,

Actor, Writer, Jedi, Singer,
You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you

Friday, October 10, 2014

Top 10 Animated TV shows (and a bonus tag)

Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra



First choice definitely has to be the Avatar universe series. Legend of Korra isn't the top show(I'd place it lower on the list by itself) but as a whole, Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra is one of the best shows I've watched! It has an amazing world and characters and I just loved watching both of them; they also had a plethora of dynamic, diverse women so that was nice. ATLA is definitely my favorite of the two, but both are great series!


Attack on Titan


I LOVE THIS SHOW!! Attack on Titan is just plan amazing. Great storyline, characters that don't follow the normal stereotypes, and a really cool/unique setting. I just love pretty much everything about it! Also, I'd recommend watching the Sub and reading the manga eventually.


Death Note

Death Note, such a tightly-written, dark series. And one I absolutely loved. The story is an epic roller coaster ride that shows how you can make an intense, exciting story about two people just trying to one up the other. It is dark, has great humor, and all of the characters are fully realized(and Matsuda has such a great arc!). It's also really interesting in that we are following the POV of the villain(Light Yagami) instead of the hero(L).


Romeo X Juliet


This series is a fantasy-esque take on the famous Shakespearean play and it delivers magnificently. The original play was never a favorite of fine(I prefer Shakespeare's plays such as Hamlet, Macbeth, King  Lear, Twelfth Night, etc) but the way this show does it was perfect! It does start out a bit slow, but the show turns out to be amazing and the ending, while sad, was very satisfying and I ended up smiling at how well the show ended.


Clannad/Clannad After Story

Very few stories can be effectively sad and funny, but Clannad/After Story(mostly the second season) manages to do just that. With very well developed main characters, actual tension and sadness, and some great humor, this show is pretty much for everyone(a couple of scenes not appropriate for younger viewers, but my little brother watched most of it perfectly fine and really enjoyed it).



Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Very unique in it's story telling, FMA: B is a magnificent piece of television. It has great, relatable characters that you grow to care for and the world is so awesome and different than most stories, which made the original story line even more enjoyable. Plus, Edward Elric and Alphonse are just awesome! XD



Fruits Basket

The first anime I ever watched(I had seen a bit of Pokemon before this, but this was the first one I finished), Fruits Basket will always be special to me. While we sadly don't get to see the entire story play out in the anime(the story gets so amazing in the manga), it is still very enjoyable and something I would definitely recommend.



Star Wars: The Clone Wars/Star Wars: Clone Wars


While I haven't finished the mini series yet, I do love both shows taking place in the Clone Wars. While I have issues with the newer show(too many things  that messed with canon- yes, I consider the EU canon still) I do love both shows and they both have some great episodes.



Princess Tutu

Princess Tutu may sound like a little kid show(and it's actually pretty okay for younger audiences), but it actually a really nice, pretty mature(later on), story that uses ballet in a unique way. As someone who did ballet as a child, I really connected with this story and it, in fact, made me want to do ballet again(I'll be taking it in college at some point, so YAY!).



Fate/Zero


Fate/Zero is probably one of the darkest shows I've ever watched. It shows the good and bad of humanity in all it's messiness, as well as giving us an intriguing, exciting plot line(one of the best uses of the searching for the Holy Grail story-line). Plus, it has SABER who makes the show worth watching all on her own.



20 Things You Might Not Know About Me Tag

Question 1: How tall are you?

5'5'' (average height for a girl my age)



Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

I do know a lot about architecture even though I'm not going to be an architect 


Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

When people say things I disagree with. 


Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

Eating noises and chewing gum! ARGH!


Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

I have several. "Duel of the Fates", "Give Me A Sign", "Until the End". "Into the West", "The Force Theme", "Carry Me", "Angels on the Moon", "Flowers for a Ghost", "Warriors", "Guren no Yumiya", "Jiyuu no Tsubasa", "Counting Stars", "Song of the Lonely Mountain", "Star Wars main theme", "I See Fire", "What I've Done", "again", etc.

Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?

I don't really use Etsy

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?

Writing, watching shows/movies, reading, and looking at stuff on the internet

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?

Ice Cream, candy, chocolate bars, crackers, cheese-its, and chips.


Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

My brother has a dog


Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?

Favorite non-fiction...okay, this might seem weird but I really enjoyed the biographies I read of Hitler and Stalin- I learned a lot of history in those books.
Favorite Fiction- Lord of the Rings trilogy or one of the Star Wars books that I love

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product?

I don't really use those


Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

I said something that really made me look naive. Nothing, they just laughed.

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Juice? I drink water almost all the time anyway


Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith! :D

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

I was a homeschooler so HAHAH! But if I wasn't, I would have been the geek/nerd/loner/artist person who knew martial arts (artist as in actor and writer and singer).

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

England

Question 17: PC or Mac?

PC

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

I've never dated, so...yeah.

Question 19: Favorite celebrity?

Hmmm, Ewan McGregor, Tom Hiddleston, Emma Watson, Billie Piper, etc.

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?

I'm already best friends with the cool bloggers I like :D 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Top 10 Live Action TV Shows

Buffy the Vampire Slayer



First on this list is Joss Whedon's amazing show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. One of the few shows that was able to end on it's own terms, it is an epic seven-seasons long show about a powerful, Chosen One- a girl named Buffy Summers who, though she looks like a typical popular girl, is the Slayer and must protect the world from vampires, demons, and the apocalypse.

I already wrote a long, in-depth review of this show, but suffice to say, I love it. It's excellently written, really develops the characters and makes you care about them, explores difficult moral issues, and has some of the coolest female characters ever! :D(not as cool as the female Jedi, of course, but still up there on the list). It has one of the best representations of death(and the reactions to it) that I've ever seen, manages to pull off a musical episode, and balances humor and dark/tragedy very well. If you are an older viewer, I'd definitely recommend this!



Firefly



Next is Firefly, the amazing science fiction series by Joss Whedon. The best science fiction story after Star Wars, Firefly takes the sci-fi genre in a new, unique direction, which is quite nice for a sci-fi fan like me. With lovable, well-developed characters, an awesome/intriguing plot, Simon Tam(yes, he's my favorite; he's so underrated), and some great messages, this is definitely a hit. And the follow up movie, Serenity, is not to miss(It's SO GOOD!). I also appreciated the good representation of Christians on the show- a lot of the times, they are portrayed as over the top and dumb, but here, Shepherd Book really was a voice of reason and wisdom.

ONLY watch this if you've seen the entire show and movie





Angel



Next on my list is Angel...wow, I just realized that my first three live-action films are by Whedon. Not very surprising, though, since he does have amazing shows! :D Angel is no different and is yet another incredible show! It's probably one of the darkest shows he has created and it really tackles some deep stuff. The characters are also so great and some of the development is the best of all his shows(one character, whom we meet on Buffy, is nearly unrecognizable at the end of Angel). Definitely a must watch, especially if you like Buffy(start Angel's first season when you start season 4 of BTVS).



Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time- a show about fairy tales and unique takes on them. While the writing can be a bit rocky at times, the show is extremely well done. It has fantastic female(and male) characters who all have great back-stories and almost all are sympathetic, especially the villains(especially Zelena..NO sympathy for her. Don't have much sympathy for Cora either). The twists on the fairy tales are also a lot of fun and it's really enjoyable to watch. Also, the romances are done well for the most part, which is always appreciated(since corny romance can ruin a show).



Doctor Who




Doctor Who! Of course this show will be on the list! :) The show is the best time travel show out there and with such a rich history, there is something for almost everyone. While I prefer the RTD era, all the seasons I've seen so far offer something of value. Plus the Doctor is awesome and so are the companions. And the fanbase is huge.
My favorite Doctors are Nine and Ten. Twelve is also really growing on me- I'm loving Peter Capaldi! :)
My favorite companions are - Rose Tyler, Donna Noble, Martha Jones, Captain Jack Harkness, and Wilfred Mott.



Sherlock


Sherlock is probably one of the most intelligent shows I've watched and I love the whole idea of a modern day retelling of Sherlock. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are perfect in their roles and the mysteries are thrilling, as if the character development. However you view the relationship between Sherlock and John, they are certainly a joy to watch.



Downton Abbey


While I prefer science fiction and fantasy, I do enjoy a good historical fiction series. And Downton Abbey is definitely that! With impeccable acting and writing, this show demonstrates how to write drama well. It's handled several difficult issues well and the female(and male characters) are incredible. Definitely a recommended show!


Supernatural



While not as good at Joss Whedon's urban fantasy, Supernatural is still an amazing, emotional show that manages to be scary and deep without getting cheesy. It has a perfect demonstration of how siblings are(I really relate to the older brother, Dean) and the characters are all excellent. The acting is amazing as well and I really like seeing how the characters have grown. Also, it has Castiel. Who is amazing.
I'm currently on season 5


Torchwood


Torchwood, while campy and cheesy at times, is one of the darkest shows I've ever seen. It really delves into what it means to be human and it sells on almost all counts. The characters are all ones you care about(well, I don't like Gwen, but everyone else is great!) and it is one of the few shows to actually make me cry(and not just eyes burning) at a death scene.


Robin Hood BBC


Of course Robin Hood had to be on the list somewhere! While I find the actor playing Robin to be the weakest of the cast(and I don't really care for how he was written), the show itself is amazing and balances humor and darker things effortlessly. While a little formulaic, this show is a must-see for Robin Hood fans!


BONUS: Agents of SHIELD and Kyle XY

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Receiving my Blue Belt in Taekwondo and the Liebster Award


So, not too long ago, I received by Blue Belt in Taekwondo!!!!! :D AHHH!! :D  I am really happy about this since I wanted to achieve this rank before starting college(I also got my Driver's License! YAY!), plus it's such an awesome rank! Only four more tests til Black Belt.....


I've also started taking up Kendo in college, so that will be neat! Nothing beats TKD, though!





Here are some pictures of my Blue Belt and my Certificate.












Thank you Shaak Ti from The Artist Alchemist

thank and link back to the person who nominated you
list 11 facts about yourself
answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you
nominate 11 bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers
(you can’t nominate the blogger who nominated you)
ask them 11 questions
let them know about the nomination


11 facts

1: I'm currently in college at the moment! 

2: Started taking  Kendo in college(sword fighting martial art created in Japan)!! :D They have classes in one of the clubs I joined. 

3: I get REALLY tired of people being all inappropriate in front of me. Why can't they obsess over something cool like, you know, fandoms or politics? Much more interesting.

4: Recently finished the series "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood" which was AMAZING!! :D Loved it! 

5: In college, I can sometimes tell, that I'm an innocent, naive homeschooler; yet, I feel more mature than some people too(and I know homeschooler stuff, hehehehe XD). 

6: I got an awesome letter from my friend Arda!! :D

7: I do like college, but I miss being homeschooled.... a lot!

8: I will work out at the gym in college so I can build muscle and get to 120 pounds at least(though I'd like to have a bit more). 

9: I hate when girls my height say they're short, since 5'5'' isn't short(4'6 is short; everything 5'0 to 5'11 is average). 

10: The other day, when I was having to hear all that inappropriate grossness, I watched Star Wars: Spoof Wars and listened to Owl City to make me feel better.

11: One of my goals is to be able to beat up a football player....>:D 

Shaak Ti's questions

1. What are looking forward to most this school year? (even if you're not in school): My classes, activities with my student organizations and the upcoming play project with the women's group I joined. 
2. If you were given the chance to go ANYWHERE in the world for one week, and it was completely payed for and everything, where would you go?: The British Isles(England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales), France, Germany, Norway(and Sweden, Finland, and Denmark), Japan, South Korea, Greece, Italy, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Australia, Austria, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Guatemala, and probably many others. But if I had to choose, I'd go to England. 
3. On the topic of travel- what is the best trip you've ever been on?: My vacation back in 2012 when I went to so many amazing places(CVI, Disney for the second time, Universal, got to meet President Jimmy Carter, etc), my trips to Colorado, my trip to New England, and my trip to DC. 
4. Would you rather live in the mountains or by the sea?: The Mountains!! So pretty! Love the atmosphere 
5. Alternative or Pop music?: Both are okay
6. What would you do if you could spend the day with one of your favorite characters?: Hang out, run around, have fun! :) 
7. Can you name all 50 American states (and if you're not American- can you name all the regions/states of you're country?): Yes! 
8. Favorite girls name beginning with "T" + its meaning: 

Thalia - It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Thalia is "flourishing". 

Titania - Greek: A blind seer

Tiana -  Arabic: Star

9. Favorite boys name beginning with "L" +it's meaning

Luke - In Greek the meaning of the name Luke is: Light giving. 

10. What type of atmosphere do you like when you go out to eat?: Quiet, calm, and friendly

11. What sport do you enjoy most? (And you can either participate in it, or just like to watch it. Whatever floats your boat :) ): MARTIAL ARTS!! :D Love Taekwondo!! :D I've taken up Kendo and I really want to study Judo, Aikido, and Kempo as well. 



And I thought I'd answer Misty Kasumi's questions as well! 

1. Favorite anime: Attack on Titan hands down!!! :D LOVE THAT SHOW AND THE MANGA!!! :D :D :D I also love - Death Note, Romeo x Juliet, Clannad/Clannad: After Story, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fruits Basket, Princess Tutu, Fate/Zero, Spice and Wolf, and Gravitation. For movies, I love anything by Studio Ghibli, Children Who Chase Lost Voices, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. 
2. If you had to choose knowing your future, or traveling to the past to fix mistakes...which would you do?: Hmmmm, traveling to the past to fix my mistakes. I'd rather not know my future. 
3. Do you prefer dancing or singing?: I enjoy both, but maybe singing. 
4. Favorite hair color?: I love all the hair colors. I do really like black hair, though. 
5. If you have ever written a story...how long was it?: Oh boy..ummm, book 5 was around...500-600 pages I think? 
6. Sci-fi or Fantasy?: ARGHH WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME CHOOSE!! Fine, Sci-Fi. 
7. Would you rather be the only one who knows how to speak your language, or never speak again?: The only one who knows how to speak my language. I have to be able to talk, even to just myself. 
8. Do you like cosplay?: YESSS!! LOVE IT!
9. Favorite punctuation mark?: The exclamation point. 
10. Your pet peeve: Eating noises, smacking, and people who obsess over inappropriate stuff. 
11. Hot chocolate, or coffee?: Hot chocolate! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Vacation to Washington DC and surrounding areas + a tag

So, a couple of weeks ago, I came back from vacation. I went to Washington DC and some surrounding areas, which was a lot of fun(but very tiring). We drove for two days through many states, several of which I'd never visited before, which was neat! :) I had a good book to read, plus I watched The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug three times on the entire trip(also watched a bit of Vampire Knight, re-watched parts of The Two Towers, and re-watched some ATLA as well) which made the whole trip go by faster :).




    On our first day, we took the Metro(sort of like a subway, but above ground most of the time) to Arlington Cemetery, which is where soldiers are buried, as well as Kennedy and several of his family members. Above is a picture of the museum for Women in the military :D





                                                               Visitor's center


                                                        IMPORTANT!!





                         For some reason, some of the tombstones were backwards....which was weird.



                                                        Flame by the Kennedy graves.





                                     SHERLOCK! What are you doing here? We all know you aren't dead.



Little cross.




 Eren Jaeger, is that you? Uh oh.....






 Little monument dedicated to the unidentifiable soldiers who were buried here during the Civil War.



Greek/Roman style pavilion. Really pretty! :)



Bertolt!? You too?



Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Many countries have these(there's one in London as well), and it represents the soldiers who died in war and were never identified.



Changing of the Guard.


The tomb



A nearby building, which had some really great Greek/Roman architecture. Love the Corinthian style columns(which you can see above).


One of the soldier dudes. I wish we could have seen a girl.



cool little entrance.



They weren't perfectly in sync. I caught their mess up >:D



A closer shot of the muesuem of women who have served in military service. As someone who cares a lot about women having the ability to be in the military(all bans were FINALLY lifted not all that long ago), this made me really happy :).



Some quotes(sorry if they are hard to read).


The Washington Monument. I didn't realize before it was a light gray/brown- it always looked white in the pictures I'd seen.


The capital building. You know, for some reason, the grass around the capital was awful and long; it really needed to be mowed. Congress really is wasting our tax dollars, aren't they? :P They can't even keep the dang lawn clean.





The WHITE HOUSE!! :D Really cool to see the building! Sadly, we put our request for a tour in too late so we didn't get to go inside. We did get to take pictures of the front and back though. Also, wished we could have seen the President, but that would have been a one in a million chance.



PRETTY! :D

One thing that happened that was pretty cool was, when we were walking around the White House, I saw this guy with a Fullmetal Alchemist shirt on! I told him I thought it was a cool shirt, and he did the hands together movement used in alchemy(on the show). It really made my day! :D



HELLO PRESIDENT OBAMA!!! :D






The back of the White House.




Pennsylvania Ave.



Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. There was a protest for protecting the environment going on while we were at the capital that week, and during it, they were handing out Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream to everyone. Since my family and I support protecting the environment, and since I love this kind of Ice Cream(it's good and one of the few brands I can have), we went and got some. Yummy! :)



Statue


The information center of the Smithsonian. Very pretty building- love the Gothic architecture.




Washington Monument


Trying to make it look like I'm holding a sword. Didn't turn out too well -_-



This makes me think of eye slits in a hood.


The next day, we got up early and left to get ready for a LONG day. We walked more than 6 miles that day and my feet and ankles hurt so much! :O



My shadow looks weird and not like me at all....O_O


I though this was a cool shot :)


TALL!


Touching the wall



My brother next to the Washington Monument.



The Lincoln Memorial from far away(I zoomed in; I took this from the Washington Monument).




The World War 2 Memorial is a new one right in front of the Lincoln one. It's pretty cool looking and they did a good job with it. Here is the Pacific side.




The Atlantic side.


There was a pole with various branches of the military on it. If I were to join the military, I would join the Marine Corps.






A picture of a soldier(who most likely died) who served in Germany during the war. There were several flowers left my certain countries on both sides of the monument.







Lincoln memorial.

We had to leave before going into the Lincoln memorial(we went in later that night), since we had to hurry over to the Capital Building(we had a tour scheduled). If you don't know, this is a VERY LONG WALK!








A statue in the waiting room.
Sadly, our tour guide(someone who worked in our region's Representative's office) wasn't loud enough and was biased. My dad asked what as being discussed in congress that day, and she started getting all happy about the dumb 'trying to get the President impeached'; then, my mom told her that not everyone from our state thought that way(seriously, you work for the government, you shouldn't be putting your personal thoughts in their that much to people; you represent all us, not just the majority).



Old Supreme Court.



The painting of George Washington ascending to heaven(I think).



Some statues.



Corinthian style pillars! :D





Capital Building dome.




After our tour, we decided we wanted to look around a little bit(and have lunch) before we went and visited the Senate/House of Representative chambers. Our first stop was the Library of Congress, which as beautiful! :D



Look at the art and the architecture! :D It's gorgeous!















Next we stopped by the Supreme Court(where several jerks work :P). We didn't go inside, but we did take a couple of pics.






After that we went to lunch at this really good burger place where the Obama's have been quite a few times. Both the President and First Lady even have burgers named after them! :) (here's a picture I found in the restaurant).


Next, we went into the Capital building to see the Senate and House chambers. In there, we had to deal with a big, old bitch of a security guard. I HATE her :P She made us throw our food away(I ate my apple, though- TAKE THAT BITCH!). Yeah, you can tell I didn't like her. I don't like Security guards, they are such a pain. :P

We first went into the Senate chamber, which didn't have many people sitting in it. In there was some senator guy who was blah blahing about how bad healthcare was which was kind of annoying since I hear that all the time where I live(and I support the Health Care Act). We then went to the House chamber, which had a much longer line. We went in there and everyone was milling around. I recognized several people in there which, sadly, where all the ones I DON'T like! :P. After that we headed back to the monuments to take the circuit route around so we could see them in succession.




Our first stop was Thomas Jefferson's memorial, which is pictured above.




Thomas Jefferson statue.




Looking at the monuments across the lake.



Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorial


Waterfall in Roosevelt's memorial


Eleanor Roosevelt! :D Love her!




Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (and a quote)



Statue of Martin Luther King Jr.



Some quotes.








Korean War memorial.



Coming back to the Lincoln memorial.


Statue of Abraham Lincoln.


I really liked this shot of the statue that I got :) 



Vietnam War memorial. I'd seen pictures of this monument before, so seeing it real life was interesting.




Jean?!



Like at the WWII memorial, at both the Korean and Vietnam war memorials, flowers were left by the family members who'd had a relative fight/die in the war effort. It was really sad to see how many people died(and this didn't even count how many Vietnamese soldiers and civilians died in the war). We should not have been involved in this war or the Korean war.


After a long day of walking, we returned to our hotel exhaused(and of course, since it was out longest day, the guy picking us up to bring us back to the hotel was late AND the music he was playing in his car was TERRIBLE AND DISGUSTING!)

The next day, we headed out to see the various museums the Smithsonian had to offer.




Some flowers on the walk.







Our first museum to visit was the "National Museum of American History"


Our first stop in this museum was a place that explored the evolution of food in the US.


Mulan! :D <3 p="">

An old ship(a slave ship :P).


A train


Old cars




Our next stop was the "National Museum of Natural History", which was probably my favorite of them all! :)


An elephant at the front.


Manatee!! :D


Head of a T-Rex


The very first mammal(that we know of). It sure is tiny.


T-Rex!


My favorite part of the museum was the evolution of humans section. It was really informative and the topc is always something that has interested me. Here's a hand print on a wall.

 
Here's a cool relative of the homo sapiens. These were a small specials called homo floresensis, which resided on an island of Indonesia. They were the size of a little child and had to fight off giant lizards that wanted to eat them.

Also, cool fact. The neanderthals originated in Europe while the homo sapiens(humans) originated in either Africa or the Middle East(I've heard conflicting things about that). And contrary to popular belief, both were intelligent species(also, some people have neanderthal blood, since there was some intermingling between the two).


NEMO!


In the Natural History museum, they had a cool Korean exhibit. Here's a picture of a famous golfer from Korea(she has been an inspiration to many women in her country and in the world).


Traditional Korean wedding clothes. I love the outfits, especially the girls, they're so pretty(and the bride's is so colorful!) :)




Triceratops skeleton.


Our last museum of the day was the "National Air and Space Museum".


Moon landing painting. So cool! :)


Galaxy (with various kinds of light, more and more of this galaxy- Andromeda- can be seen).
It was really cool going through this museum, since I remembered reading about the space stuff in my astronomy textbook last year.


Amelia Earhart.


SATURN!! :D



The beautiful planets of our Solar system.



Saturn!


Space craft.

While there, I watched a show called "Dark Universe" which was narrated by Neil Tyson DeGrasee. It was a cool video and a lot of fun since I knew everything about(I remembered learning about dark matter and dark energy in astronomy).


The next day, we left DC and headed to Mt. Vernon, home of George Washington.


Coming upon Washington's home.
When we got there, we watched a neat little short film about Washington which was a lot of fun to watch. It romanticized Washington too much, but I still liked it(the battle scene was especially well done).


After watching the video, we got a tour of the house. It was an all right tour, but it was really short and we didn't get too see as much as I would have liked.




We weren't allowed to take many pictures of the inside, but we could in the kitchen. So here are some photos of that.



Bread oven.


Some stables of sorts.


George Washinton's grave site. Originally, he was buried with the family in an old grave. Later, however, they fulfilled his wish, and created a new burial for his family, his wife, and his self.



The original Washington grave site.


Mt. Vernon.


Some statues.




The next day, we went to two places before heading on our first leg home. Our first stop was the National Cathedral, which was absolutely stunning. Loved the Gothic architecture! :D You can tell it borrows from the time period(and looks like several cathedrals from Europe from that time).




One of the three astronauts to visit the moon went to the school on the cathedral's grounds, so when he got back, a piece of the moon was given to the church and was placed in this above stain-glassed window.


Sorry if some of the pictures look bad, the lighting wasn't that great.







Bishop's chair(which is what makes the church a cathedral. Plus, the bishop is a women! :D How cool is that?!).






The underground area.




A pretty painting.




Looking from a high up window.


Secret tunnel! Secret tunnel! Secret, secret, secret, secret TUNNEL! XD
Okay, I'll stop now....





The front of the church. If you look closely, you'll see similarities to Notre-Dame in Paris and Westminster Abbey in London.







The gardens behind the cathedral(we saw so many gardens on our trip...my mom is obsessed).
While we were here, me and my brother had fun telling each other riddles.



Our last stop of the trip was Monticello, home of our third President Thomas Jefferson.




A shot of the house.
We had a GREAT tour of the house. The guy giving it to us did a splendid job and we learned a lot. I also appreciated how he handled the slavery question(someone asked if Jefferson treated his slaves well and our tour guide gave us one of the best answers I've heard- he mentioned that slavery means owning someone, so that is very wrong and inhumane{it doesn't matter if you treat them decently or not, you still own them and that is the main evil} and even though Jefferson didn't personally treat the slaves badly, he had overseers that did and yet he did nothing about them).






The ocean view



More gardens.




This picture was so hard to get.



Jefferson's(and his family's) grave site.



We ate lunch at the Monticello food court and they awesomely had Gluten free food there!! :D YAY! :D I had a yummy BLT sandwich , which was really nice, as well as a corn and gluten free peanut butter cookie(and yogurt and chips). Really appreciated(since at other places, it was often "food food everywhere but nothing to eat").



We drove home that day and the day after and even though the trip was fun, I was thankful to be home. :)


I was tagged by Voronda from "A Believer's Journey" Thanks! :D


Thank and link back to the person who nominated you
list 11 facts about yourself
answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you
nominate 11 bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers
(you can’t nominate the blogger who nominated you)
ask them 11 questions
let them know about the nomination

1. What was your favorite moment of summer so far?: Getting into so many new fandoms, getting my Blue Belt in TKD, getting my driver' license, and getting time to myself.
2. Since this was fun with Anna. First word or phase that comes to mind when you hear:
a) Pineapple: FOOD!
B) Force: Use the Force, Luke!
C)Mountain: We're climbing Mt. Evans(inside joke XD).
D) Skydiving Pandas: What the!?
E) Crossbow: Epic weapon to shoot bad people with >:D
3. What was the last book you read?: The Catcher in the Rye
4. Look up from the computer, whats the first thing you see?: welcome paper from my roommate
5. If you could have a mansion. What would you put in there?: Books, geeky stuff, movies/TV show sets, music, weapons, work out equipment, kicking/punching bags, a movie theater, etc
6) Ultimate Crush. Real or Fictional?: I don't have a current crush, but I have sort-of ones on Obi-Wan, Kili, Thorin, Armin, Ferus Olin, etc. 
7. Would you rather:
a) be a tiger for a day
or
b) an eagle?
Be a tiger- more chance of not dying.




8. Do you have a weird, obscure but somewhat useless talent?: Yeah, I know a lot about architecture which won't help me with my career paths
9. Your house if burning. What 4 things do you save?: People, my compter, pictures/videos, and books. 
10. If you could break any rules, what would be the first one you break?: The rule that you can't punch/kick people for being assholes. 
11. Do you like the new layout?(Yes, I went there!).: Yeah! The castles are cool!