DC in December

DC is always a good idea and I’m lucky to have friends living in such an amazing town!

Ingrid
Ingrid
Jingyuan
Jingyuan
Callie
Callie

During this past adventure, we managed to take a ride up to the top of the Washington Monument where I spied my main man Mr. Lincoln Below. We walked through the Botanical Gardens (such a relief from the frigid winds!) and even spied the National Christmas Tree. The Tree was kind of sad (where’s the top?!) and we were really confused by the state signs (is Texas a commonwealth?), but one tree inside The Willard displayed all the Presidential Ornaments from Christmases past. 1988 was meh.

Behold!
Behold!

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The National Christmas Tree
The National Christmas Tree
Commonwealth what?
Commonwealth what?
Ornaments for days!
Ornaments for days!
Fancy lady
Fancy lady

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Roar! I like pretending to be a dinosaur in the prehistoric plant life exhibit
Roar! I like pretending to be a dinosaur in the prehistoric plant life exhibit
The closest I got to the Lincoln Memorial this time around...
The closest I got to the Lincoln Memorial this time around…

Back outside peaceful protestors gathered on the platform of police brutality. My friends weren’t too thrilled in my asking if we could walk by, but we did a quick stroll through on our way to the Library of Congress where we took in an ABT exhibit in the John Adams Building.

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The John Adams Building

As always, we retired to Callie’s apartment where more friends gathered and we indulged in a good food, drinks and desserts and played Mindy Kaling’s card game to cap off the night.

There and back, between my comfy Amtrak seat and the cramped situation on Megabus, I took sneak shots of weary passengers and listened to Serial (finally) on my iPad.

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Oh how I love to travel!

On Being Mixed and Casting

“For me it’s very exciting to see myself in history.  As a bi-racial women you get to be socially dextrous.  You get to experience both cultures And that’s only enriching and to be celebrated….. What Amma always talks about as well is who are we really or how we see ourselves. Or how society chooses to see us.  And I think for me personally as an actress you go out for all kinds of roles.  You know you try not to get typecast, but you want to do things that you see yourself doing.  You don’t want other people to endow you with labels.  For me it was refreshing to put that in my work.”–Gugu Mbatha Raw

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Love this actress. And I always like to point out ” I knew of her when” she was in the failed JJ Abrams pilot “Undercovers.” ;D Still need to see Beyond the Lights though!

Rhimes’ Glass Ceiling

Shonda Rhimes’ acceptance speech for The Hollywood Reporter’s Sherry Lansing award is equal parts inspirational, mindful, wise, and true. No one else could deliver a speech like this…

…actually, if Mindy Kaling could recreate this speech, I think it would be pretty epic too.

Preach on Shonda, preach on.