Museum of the American Revolution

Ben and I planned to visit Gettysburg yesterday, but the weather forecast changed from a high of 70 degrees to a high of 60. We decided to wait for a warmer day instead and drove to Philadelphia’s new Museum of the American Revolution.

I don’t have many pictures, since it was dark and crowded. The picture above is a sign on the liberty tree in one of the exhibits. The tree was fake, although it did have a piece of wood from a liberty tree that stood in Annapolis, MD until 1999.

The highlight of the museum was General Washington’s tent, which is in one of the museum’s theaters. It’s hidden from view as you watch a short movie about George Washington in the war (which includes a Mount Vernon cameo). Towards the end of the movie,  the first screen lifts to reveal a second and you see the silhouette of the tent; the video continues and gradually the second screen lifts to reveal the tent, with images of the changing seasons behind it. I thought it was dramatic and stunning. I watched it twice.

Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream

Random Thoughts

  • After he watched me take this picture, Ben told me that my photography would improve if I was less shy. He’s 100% right. I snapped this photo quickly, before the server could notice what I was up to. I’d love to be more assertive and ask people if I can take their picture, but I’m not there yet.
  • The new season of Silicon Valley is here! That and Fargo are the only shows I’m watching right now. I’ve been trying to watch less TV to make time for other things.
  • I discovered a new cafe that I like; it’s called BeanGood in Arlington.  Their chai lattes are better than others I’ve had at local cafes, and they have dedicated tables for laptops. (I’ve already added it to my “favorite places” map).
  • I also discovered that Arlington is a nightmare to drive in. After taking exit 50 toward Arlington Cemetery, Google maps told me to merge straight onto Washington BLVD. However, there was no straight – it was a fork – and neither street was labeled Washington BLVD. or anything close to it. I feel like that happens a lot around here.
  • After a few cold and rainy days, the weather is warming up and will be in the 80s and 90s for the rest of the week. I’m so excited. Warm weather makes everything better.

Lazy Sunday

Random Thoughts

I saw Tim Gunn speak at the Library of Congress on Tuesday. He spoke about growing up in DC, his career path and filming Project Runway. Because the event was part of a series about disco fashion, there was a lot of talk about fashion faux pas.  I was appalled that he called out leggings (my weekend go-to) as one of his most-hated trends. “They’re not pants, they’re undergarments!” I was prepared to donate them to Goodwill, but my friends talked me off the ledge.