Monday, January 23, 2017

Lanie's Movie Review: Hidden Figures

Saturday's Adventures

First Stop: Movie Tavern

Xyra had a free ticket to Movie Tavern and asked us who would want to go see a movie with her and Nonna. I jumped at the chance. Especially when she said which movie they were going to see...Hidden Figures. It's all about the human computers that used to be the main way scientific calculations were completed and checked before mainframe computers were created and popular.

We arrived at Providence Town Center and actually found a parking spot on Market Street close to Movie Tavern
It was a quick walk to the theatre and Nonna was waiting for us inside.
Just outside our theatre was a poster for the upcoming live action Beauty and the Beast. I hope we get to see that too.
We took our seats and looked over the menu. We ended up sharing abucket of popcorn and the margarita flatbread.
Then the movie started and WOW! We talked with Professor M before seeing it to be prepared for how much of it might have been Hollywooded up. Some times "based on true events" can be very loosely based. One of the really cool things about this movie is that it made me want to learn more about these women and the human computer corps. So when we got home I pulled out my laptop and hit the NASA website!

Hidden Figures

Photo from Hidden Figures official movie site

The movie is based on the lives of three African-American human computers: Mary Jackson, Katherine (Goble) Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughan. All three were employed by the NACA⧿that is not a typo⧿Langley Memorial Aeronautic Laboratory West Area Computing section and had skills beyond belief! If you watch Big Bang Theory, think Sheldon Cooper, but female and 100% less annoying. Speaking of Sheldon, Jim Parsons plays one of the trajectory group where Katherine is reassigned.

So we give the movie 5 stars because it was moving, well acted, and incorporated historical footage to support the events from the movie.

However, we hope you do your own research too and learn more about the women and others like them. Women who were and are brilliant and skilled in the field of mathematics, engineering, and science. So check out the links too.


NASA Links
Mary Jackson (article) (bio)
Katherine Johnson (article) (bio)
Dorothy Vaughan (bio) (feature)

Smithsonian Link

Movie Links
Hidden Figures (IMDB) (Official Movie Site)

Have you seen any great, inspirational movies? What is your favorite? I rank this one up there with October Sky.

Second Stop: American Girl King of Prussia

After the movie we headed to the King of Prussia Mall an the American Girl store. It's a pop up and is closing soon. I'm glad Melody got to see it when it was full. Now it seemed really sad. It was super busy. Lots of girls waiting to have their hair done while their families looked to pick up a few other goodies. There were quite a few things available, but not much from our wish list. First, I checked out the glasses.
Then Gabriela's dance studio.
This tent is much closer to the one Xyra and Franz have for trips to Coolspring.
Finally the dolls. I really liked Kaya, but we will have to wait on her.
Nonna was lucky and found a lovely 54 to take home to her family.

What would you have chosen? Hope you had a nice weekend.

See you again soon!

Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliate with American Girl, Hidden Figures, 20th Century Fox, Movie Tavern, or NASA. All links are provided for educational and informative purposes. No purchase is required to enjoy the post.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tea Review: Elmwood Inn Kentucky Blend

Thirsty Thursday #8

Elmwood Inn

Kentucky Blend

Hey, Mel! Let's make this Kentucky Blend tea.
You bet! This is one of the Tea Maestro's. I've been looking forward to this one. 
I love the label on this tin. Reminds me of a library.

Really good brewing or steeping tips on the side; that's always a plus.
Ooo, looks nice. Smells good; check it out!
[Takes deep breath] Wow!
Okay, we're warming the green pot and I have the tea measured in the infuser.
Xyra says the water is ready. Pour out the warming water and get ready. The instructions say steep 3 to 7 minutes; I'm setting the timer for 4.
[Time passes; timer beeps]
Done! Let's pour into the clear pot to see the color.
Sounds like a good idea!
Oh, look at how rich the color is...and the aroma...(sighs)
You're right. It smells fabulous! I wonder...
I don't want to say. Let's try it and I'll tell you later.
Okay. First sip is always plain.
Wow! This is fabulous!
Ooo, yeah! Warm and earthy, but not too earthy.
Now I wonder...
Well, if it needs anything added.
(laughs) That's exactly what I was thinking earlier.
As I think back to the Coffee and Tea Festival Philly, Mr. Richardson suggested it plain. For our readers we should really push on in regular review fashion.

True. So second sip with a touch of white sugar.
Hmmm, well, not bad if you like your tea sweet.
Yeah. The sugar seems to take over.
Okay, now sugar and milk.
Um, no.
Not horrible, but I've lost the earthy notes.
Our final take...this tea blend is wonderful!
Perfect on its own with nothing added.
Let's take some to the others!
Sure thing!

Xyra's Notes

  • The Elmwood Inn site notes the Kentucky Blend is a combination of "fragrant and robust Chinese teas."
  • You can resteep the leaves, but I found more than one resteeping drastically reduces what I consider the "comfort" level. The "ahhhh" accompanied by a relaxing of the shoulders and a small grin.
  • I accidentally oversteeped this blend once. If possible, do not go over the suggested 7 minutes; it gets slightly bitter.
  • My first sip was taken with a hint of trepidation as the only teas I've enjoyed plain are usually oolongs. Blacks seem to have an edge that needs softening. This Kentucky Blend does NOT. That sip was accompanied with a "wow" very similar to Melody's and an immediate text to another tea lover that she must try this blend!
  • Side note: We did not steep in the glass pot and show off the dancing leaves because the lid to the pot fell and shattered. :-(

Best wishes!


Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American Girl, the Coffee and Tea Festival Philly, Elmwood Inn, or the Tea Maestro (we did enjoy meeting Bruce Richardson and regularly read his blog and articles in Tea Time Magazine). The tea reviewed was purchased for our collection. The review is unsolicited and comprised of our honest opinions, thoughts, and words. All links are provided for educational and informative purposes. No purchased is required to enjoy the post. if you are so inclined to check it out, the links will point you in the right direction.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Model Monday: Melody #3

The Birthday Girl

Saturday (January 14) was my birthday. The weather was not conducive for a photo shoot; however, Sunday was awesome! Maybe a little chilly, but sunny! It was fun to get out in the sun and still find a little of the snow from Saturday. Take notice of when the sun got lower in the sky. Plus there is one where we used flash so you could see the ice on the tree. It kind of sparkles.

[Xyra note: Melody is an American Girl of Today circa 2000. So she turned 17 this year.]

The Shoot

Did you see the ice on the tree? Which photo is your favorite?

The Outfit

Sweater: Handmade by Lady Vanyer
Tee shirt: Birthday Girl Outfit (aka Birthday Girl Dress AG retired)
Skirt: Craft show find
Tights: AG Tights Set (AG retired)
Boots:  OG Bows of Fun (retired)

What's your favorite item in the outfit?

Best wishes,

Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy Hot Tea Day


Just a day late. Yesterday, January 12 was Hot Tea Day! You know we celebrated. :) Well, we each chose a tea and raised our cups to toast the lovely beverage.

And I'll leave you with two tea quotes today. :)

So glad you stopped.  Come again soon!