Mission Breakout

This trip was very much a mission to breakout from my stressful daily routine. Get up, try to ease into the day with some yoga, eat my usual banana ice cream for breakfast, and then fling myself head on into my chaotic job where we’re either all shouting at each other or escaping into back rooms to try to breathe for at least a second.
I had missed going to Disneyland in May and my annual pass was starting to gather dust, so I booked a hotel, packed a bag, and go on a plane. Before I knew it was dripping in sweat (Washingtonians are not used to that big yellow thing in the sky. Especially not after the winter we had this year) but standing in front of the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout ride that took over the Tower of Terror.

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I’d been pretty upset they were getting rid of the ToT for this new ride but decided to give it a chance.
A chance was all it took.
I rode that thing 5 times, and each time was different than the one before. Seriously, there are different audio, video, and drop sequences. And it is beautiful. Being the emotional nerd that I am, I had my hands over my mouth and dare I say a tear or two in my eyes as I screamed on the first go around.
Surprisngly, the longest I waited out of all 5 times was only about 55 minutes. Radiator Springs Racers still has a longer line.
I should know better by now than to doubt Disney to create amazing things. They have this unmatchable ability to completely immerse you into a new world by covering every single detail, including the ones you didn’t even think they would cover and probably won’t even notice (like the smells they pump out on Main Street). And I am impressed by how far technology has taken us. The video screens in the queue for the pre ride shows were CRYSTAL CLEAR and CRISP which usually unnerves me (especially when the TV shows on these fancy screens are from years before those screens were even invented) but it works for the fictional world in which the Guardians live.
True to the GotG vibe, you launch immediately into the ride instead of the slow, suspense and fear building pace that ToT took, with immediate drops and of course 80s music.

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I spent my weekend mostly in Hollywoodland. With the Season of the Force over in Disneyland and new Marvel things setting up shop there it was the perfect getaway. While I love escaping into the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy, I needed a more heroic escape this weekend to a world where I could pretend that everything bad happening could be fixed by a bunch of hot people in spandex with large muscles, great catchphrases, and witty banter. And I got to meet Black Widow so it was a good weekend.
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end so here I sit, on the airplane home, where I’ve just been informed that we’ll be touching down shortly. I hope I brought some of the sun and heat back with me.
Until next time

Summer Entertainment

It’s kind of odd for me to think of what I did this summer because my official vacation has consisted of Disneyland, glasses, and an impromptu 6 hours working at the first home game of the season for my uni. I took classes this summer which makes it seem odd to think about about what I did on “break” since I haven’t actually been on “break” for very long. 3 weeks. I guess that’s a good amount of time. Yep, I’ve got 1 week left before I return to work and class. I got called Friday to come in to work on Saturday working concessions for the football game. We won, and I got heat rash, but it wasn’t too bad. Here is what I have been up to this summer other than working, summer classes, and Disneyland:

TV

Avatar-The-Legend-Of-Korra-PosterI started watching The Legend of Korra after finishing Avatar: The Last Airbender in the middle of Spring Quarter. Season 3 of Korra came out this summer, so I watched it and then started rewatching ATLA again. I’ll finish ATLA just in time for Season 4 of Korra which is coming out in October. I remember being really impressed with ATLA when it first started way back when, and Korra is just as good. It is missing a little bit of the character development we got in ATLA, but I am still really enjoying it. I’m super excited for Season 4!

mad-men-1024x768Season 7 Part 1 ended earlier this year, and the Actor and I just recently started re-watching through it from the beginning. I am going to be sad when it is over, but I really enjoy this show. We watched through it last summer. It’s a good show to binge watch, but we average about 3 episodes a night.

punished_crystal_medi_cuerpo_vecto_fondo_by_jackowcastillo-d7mpba2Hulu started releasing 2 episodes of the classic Sailor Moon every Monday. I watched it growing up when they released it in the US in English, but now that they’re re-releasing it and in the original Japanese and I now know Japanese well enough to watch things (it’s also subtitled, but I can ignore those most of the time) I have been watching it. I can’t stand dubs. Sailor Moon Crystal came out this summer. 1 episode every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. I love it. They did a great job and I love the animation. It’s just another part of my childhood I’m enjoying going over and seeing in a new light.

7facd20f5216202349ad2fc3119e2e5b1329936788_fullLast Saturday I went to the Puyallup Fair with the Actor and his family. They have some cool exhibits and then a giant showroom filled with booths of things you see in late night TV ads and some other well-known products, but the only stand that we were interested in was the large Japanese anime stand. The Actor, his brother, and I all went to look. I finally got to buy something I’ve been wanting for a while, and for cheaper than I can find online, and my brother-in-law bought this cute little creature from the anime above: Puella Magi Madoka Magica. I had him send me the link to it, and then I found it on Netflix where I don’t have to watch it with commercials. It is really, really good, and only 12 episodes. I guess it’s because it’s a different culture, but all the Japanese animes I have seen may seem silly on the outside, but end up addressing something really deep and human. Love, emotions, humanity, loyalty, etc. They lose that in the English dubs which is another reason why I can’t stand them. I was close to bawling in the last few episodes of this anime. I really recommend it.

Books

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I picked up the first in this series from the bookstore-thing they have in airports last August while sending my brother off to our grandparents in Montana while our mom was in the hospital. It was called Ink by Amanda Sun and I loved it. I then proceeded to be angry with myself for getting into a series that was not yet completed. The second book here, Rain, came out in June. The third, and hopefully final because I don’t know how much more my heart can take, installment comes out next year.
Sense_and_sensibility I decided to read Sense and Sensibility this summer and it took me a while. I’ve spent too much time reading modern things, so pushing through a very old style of writing was hard. I watched the movie of it they have on Netflix after I’d finished, which was at the end of August. Took me probably a month. I don’t know. My feminist sensibilities isn’t huge on the idea of only having the prospect of a husband to look forward to, but I still enjoyed it.

51wrr2c8DKL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I bought this in Disneyland as a souvenir. It’s giving me lots of motivation and hope for the future, but college is starting up soon, so that’ll probably crush all that hope.

Movies


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I saw some movies this summer. 22 Jumpstreet, Neighbors, The Giver, but these are the two I recommend. The first I only just saw. Magic in the Moonlight is Woody Allen’s latest. It was no Midnight in Paris but it was still really good and I really enjoyed. Maybe it’s because I have an infatuation with the idea of the 1920s, or Emma Stone, but it was good. For a film buff, it was fairly predictable, but I can do that with pretty much every movie so this wasn’t anything new. 
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If you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet get yourself to a theater now! I didn’t think it would be good. When I first saw the trailer I was not impressed, but I laughed so much and had so much fun with this movie. I am seriously starting to really get into all the Marvel stuff. I haven’t seen any of Thor’s movies yet, but hopefully soon.

So that has been my summer. I’ll probably spend the last week of it cleaning, getting my text books from the library (interlibrary loan. Stop buying and renting text books when you could get them for free. Worst thing that happens is you pay a $5 late fee max), watching more ATLA and Mad Men, and attempting to go to the gym. They’re remodeling and will randomly close it without notice so sometimes I show up and it’s closed. Like this weekend. No warning. Whatever… First day of Autumn is either the 22nd or 23rd of September. It’s coming up! I hope you all enjoyed summer whether you were on break or not. Mine was good except for the fire and the heat.