Moods, Muppets, Museums and More!

My bad mood hasn’t really lifted yet this week. It’s been difficult for me to find the inspiration to blog anything because of how just generically down in the dumps I feel. I hate writing when I’m being a downer. It always seems to come across like some emotastic pre-teen who thinks that Fall Out Boy is the zeitgeist of creative expression.

I still haven’t decided what to do about the friend I mentioned yesterday. I’m supposed to go to that party on Sunday but I still haven’t figured out what’s best for me. So there’s that.

On a happier note, I’m traveling for the first time in 2014 next week! I’m off to DC for a convention. I love DC (big museum fan here) and have been a handful of times in my life, but always excited to go back. I’m traveling with a coworker who has never been, so that should be fun. I’d like to get some time to stop by the Smithsonian Museum of American History and see the new Puppetry in America exhibit. The Jim Henson Company donated a bunch of puppets sometime last year to the museum, and I’d definitely like to take a look around and see. Speaking of the Muppets, next year I’m also planning to take a trip down to Atlanta to see the new Jim Henson wing at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Check out how amazing it looks!

In case the last three sentences were too subtle for you to pick up on, I’m a really big Jim Henson and Muppet fan, and have been every since I was little. The Muppet Movie has been one of my favorite movies since before I can even remember, and I grew up watching “The Muppet Show,” “Muppet Babies,” “Fraggle Rock” and “The Jim Henson Hour” on Nickelodeon. When my little sister was born, I introduced her to them, and at 15 kind of got to experience seeing everything for the first time again through her eyes. I’ve even met some Muppets and Muppeteers!

Me and Gonzo in '07, pixelated to protect my secret client-facing identity

Me and Gonzo in ’07, pixelated to protect my secret client-facing identity

Steve Whitmire, who's played Kermit since Jim Henson's death, myself, and Dave Goelz, who plays Gonzo

Steve Whitmire, who’s played Kermit since Jim Henson’s death, myself, and Dave Goelz, who plays Gonzo

I have yet to meet Kermit the Frog, but I have sat in the same room next to him, which was an amazing experience into itself.

At a Muppet movie festival in 2008

At a Muppet movie festival in 2008

Now that they’re owned by Disney the Muppets themselves don’t seem to be quite as accessible as they once were, although the Muppeteers continue to make public appearances and chat, but hopefully one day I’ll fulfill my lifelong goal of singing a few bars of “The Rainbow Connection” with Kermit.

Back to DC. If we have time, I’d also love to take my coworker to the International Spy Museum and play the Operation Spy interactive exhibit. Finally, I’m definitely a bigger fan of New York’s own American Museum of Natural History than the Smithsonian version in DC, but they do have this face, which is always worth a viewing:

Natural History

Everything is quiet in the office today. Half the company is at an event we’re running for the Super Bowl, so it’s just me and a couple other people. I wish I had more things to add here! I’m planning on seeing American Hustle before the end of the week, so look forward to that review!