Category: Out and About

Emily and I go to the American Girl Place in Boston – and visit the Jinjia Mixed Goods gang (by Grace)

Emily and I (and our Big Person, of course) went to the American Girl Place in Boston (well, not technically Boston, but close enough!) on 27th September. We went with Kasey of Kasey Reviews Stuff and Windstar of Jinjia Mixed Goods – and Windstar’s Kana, who Emily spent time with at the Museum of Science back in May. I was really excited to go as my dad’s parents are from Boston and I visit them in Cambridge sometimes.

Before we actually got to the AGP we saw a Maryellen behind some glass, seeming to do some sort of self-portrait. She looks just like the one I know! The display was advertising some sort of painting activity. Maybe I should tell Saila about it; I think she’d enjoy that sort of thing.

When we got inside the AGP I went up to a display case with ‘my’ pâtisserie! There was another ‘me’ there and it was a bit awkward (though I think I look better – my outfit was much trendier and I think my eyes are a bit less wonky). Also I’m from Leeds (well, Otley technically) and I’m only half American – my dad’s from Boston and moved to the UK before I was born. The pâtisserie looks different to the ones I’ve seen in France as well, though it is cute and I sort of wish our Big Person would get it for me. He swears up and down we haven’t got room though. *sighs*

I also pulled out my laptop to start blogging (one of my favourite things – it’s hard to pull me away from my computer once you’ve got it in front of me). xD

I popped in to Maryellen’s diner to look at the food – those milkshakes looked delicious. Omnomnom! Though I wish my shirt didn’t start falling off my shoulder as soon as I sat down.

Here are a load of modern girls who look as though they’re in a fish tank! I’d hate to be cramped in like that, especially in that horrible excuse for an outfit. :-O If I ended up with that dress in my collection I’d have it burnt straightaway because it’s one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen. (Oh wait! Maybe I’d wear it for a Hallowe’en costume and get some alien antennae. TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER, SO I CAN TELL THEM OFF FOR BEING SUCH A SHIT FASHION DESIGNER. I COME FROM THE FUTURE AND IT’S APPARENTLY POORLY ACCESSORISED.)

Our Big People got lunch at the bistro! I sat down with Emily and one of the other Graces – I think this was Kasey’s Grace (both of the other Big People ended up getting Graces. It was a bit weird hanging out with two of me!). She was probably thinking, ‘I can’t wait to get out of the shop so I can take off this horrible meet outfit and put on something better’. (I can sympathise – I felt the same way, but I don’t think I had that outfit on more than a few minutes. Alice took it and for some reason she looked less ridiculous in it than I did.)

As we were eating one of the employees spotted me with my computer out and said ‘She’s the smart one, isn’t she?’ That’s right. 😛 (I’m also borrowing Kana’s glasses here. I had to give them back but I did end up getting my own pair later!)

Later we went round Kana’s place and met the rest of the gang! I visited Lily and looked at all her potions and Hogwarts textbooks (Advanced Potion-Making happened to be there!). I wish I could actually do proper spells – the Harry Potter books are some of my favourites. My copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is worn-out from me reading it over and over again. You’ll see that I’ve got my own glasses now as well, though they didn’t stay yellow for long. They’re now a nice dark purple colour. 🙂

I went to look at Caroline’s Parlour (Caroline not included). It was really nice though it’s not really my personal style. Other!Grace was there and so was Nora, though Nora is cut off.

Here’s a close-up of me in the parlour:

Emily decided to come out after being massively shy all day, and went to look at some of the books. As you can see she changed into Kit’s dress which she ended up getting that day.

Emily and Kana posed together as well.

Emily and I had a great time – we’d really like to go back to AGP and spend more time with more of our fellow miniature people. 😀

Grace xx

For Science!

On 23rd May our Big Person took Addy and me to the Museum of Science in Boston. We went along with Shepard, Kana and their Big Person, of Jinjia Mixed Goods.

One of my favourite exhibits was Mathematica, which is a massive collection of displays about maths. The most interesting ones were the ones about topology – that’s about spatial relations and things. I don’t know very much about it yet, but if I go to university I’d like to read mathematics and perhaps learn more about it. As you can see here Shepard and Kana’s Big Person is holding me in front of the exhibit so I can pose properly. Can you see the Möbius strip behind me?

We tried putting together a gripping claw in the engineering section but there were far too many people (bit overloading, really) there so our Big People decided that it might be a good idea to go elsewhere.

We saw a lightning show as well, where we watched somebody use Van de Graaf generators to create lightning right inside the room. The biggest one was given to the museum by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 50s, I believe, and it’s massive. Sorry there’s no photo of the actual lightning – it was too loud for us to try and get a picture and have our ears covered at the same time.

Here I am in front of a dinosaur skeleton.

It’s a Triceratops skeleton. This time my Big Person had to hold me – sorry about him getting in the photo!

I’m sitting in an aeroplane engine. It’s probably a good thing it’s outside the ’plane – and not switched on!

Addy, Kana, Shepard and I wanted to go inside a space capsule but there were too many people waiting. We decided to take a photo in front of the other one instead.

Addy and I did a bit of climbing and investigating near the geological exhibits. Addy says this was her favourite bit – looking at how the world has changed and become what it is now. I’ll put that down to her interest in history.

Aren’t chambered nautiluses very pretty?

Our trip was fun and I learnt loads of fascinating things about maths and science. Perhaps I’ll bring Alice with me next time. ~Emily