Have You “Bean” To A Museum Lately?

I don’t know why I voluntarily threw myself down this rabbit hole again, but in a moment of weakness I tweeted “I don’t know what to blog about tonight.” (The last time I did that, I ended up blogging about my sock drawer (which, by the way, is still perfectly organized almost five years after that post!)). Faster than you can say “Look, Teddy!” my friend Sean Parker had tweeted “Mr. Bean.” I responded back that literally all I knew about Mr. Bean was that he had just posted this picture of him on Facebook.

mr bean

As to how I ended up blogging about Mr. Bean, let’s just say I’m not one to back down from a challenge!

To be totally honest, I still don’t have a great grip on Mr. Bean. I’ve learned it’s a British television sitcom starring Rowan Atkinson, that the first episode aired June 1, 1989, that he’s “hilarious,” and that the theme song is Ecce homo qui est faba. <== all of these facts gathered via basic searching on the interwebz. I trust you can find out more accurate and minute details at the Mr. Bean Website.  

Okay, time for the tie-in and transition to something I have a clue about! Today is International Museum Day.  Sponsored by the International Council of Museums, this year’s theme is “Museum Collections Make Connections.” Apparently Mr. Bean recently went to a museum, where he may or may not have created a bit of havoc:

The caption was "Mr. Bean can't be trusted in the National Gallery. He rearranges paintings and even tries to take a "selfie" in front of one!

The caption was “Mr. Bean can’t be trusted in the National Gallery. He rearranges paintings and even tries to take a ‘selfie’ in front of one!”

A few of my favorite museums include:

Anything Smithsonian. I enjoyed visiting the Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, in March of this year:


Anything Metropolitan Museum of Art, but I’m especially a fan of The Cloisters.  I love the medieval tapestries, such as The Unicorn in Captivity:

Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art

The most difficult, yet among the most necessary: the Holocaust Museums in St. Petersburg, FL (the Florida Holocaust Museum) and Washington, DC (the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum).

Holocaust Memorial Museum Image 3

And, closer to home (home being Tallahassee), our awesome local museums here, including:

LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts (yes it’s technically a gallery and not a museum but it’s my blog and heck I think Mr. Bean would like it!):


Smokey Hollow (yes, it’s DONE (or maybe I’m the only one who has been driving around wondering when the building will be complete)). The story is here.

smokey hollow

And there are many more options in Tallahassee, in our state, in our nation, in our world. I agree with the International Council of Museums: Collections Make Connections.

(and p.s. all of the exhibits in the museums I’ve mentioned above are legit. Don’t know if I could say the same for anything Mr. Bean had a hand in ……….)

And this? Probably not likely to show up in any museum on this side of the pond:


Credit: Wappsuwapp

2012 => 2013 (A Mama Kat Writing Prompt)

2012 => 2013 (A Mama Kat Writing Prompt)

I have fallen out of the habit of responding to Mama Kat prompts. Surprisingly, no search party or anything was sent to make sure I had not fallen into blogging oblivion. Oh well. Her prompts this week are irresistible and, plus, I have already written posts that sort of respond to them. Easy peasy.

For instance, number 1:  Instead of a resolution, some people choose a theme word to live by for the year. Choose a word for 2013 and tell us why you chose it. I didn’t know I even had a word until I went to write a “closing out 2012” post last night. A few hundred words later, I did have a worddirection. You can read about it here.

Number 2 is:  Share any blogging tips you picked up in 2012. I picked this one up before 2012, but the best piece of advice I was given was from Scott Ginsberg, The Nametag Guy. He advised me to “make a date with the page.” Pick a periodicity: twice a week, weekly, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, every month. Write then, whether you feel like it or not. I don’t think I have missed a Sunday blog in about three years. In addition, I finally switched from BlogSpot to WordPress. That was a long overdue move and it has definitely had benefits.

Number 3 is:   Do you “favorite” tweets you love? Share your favorite tweets from 2012. I do favorite tweets. I have finally given in to favoriting tweets to sort of “like” them as I would on Facebook. That means I do a lot more favoriting than I used to. But my all time favorite is the sequence below. Not to give him a big head or anything, but I think our local meteorologist, Sean Parker, rocks and I always try to give him a Twitter shout-out. So when he tweeted about a local traffic situation only miles away from me, I said, “I’ll never get this kind of personalized news from @samchampion.” (And it’s important to note that I am a HUGE Sam fan; I was just trying to point out the benefits of local news presence.) As you can see below, Sam took exception to that:

2012 => 2013 (A Mama Kat Writing Prompt)

And I have been happy ever since. 🙂

Prompt #4 was: “Resolutions. Love’em? Hate’em? Tell us why. Make one?  Talk about your resolutions or goals for 2013.” Mainly, I still want to achieve my 2012 (and 2011…and 2010) goal of running a 5K in less than 30 minutes. This will be the year.

Lastly, prompt #5 was:  Share your top 10 favorite quotes from your kids in 2012. I have teenagers, so I got nothin’ here. Except this gem that was tweeted by my 16 year old daughter this fall. I can’t find the actual tweet, and she may not know I saw it, but I did. Oh yes I did. And memorized it:

“My parents made me the awkward child I am today, and I don’t know if I can ever forgive them. #SorryNotSorry”

These are the kinds of tweets that could make Sean and/or Sam predict stormy weather ahead……….

 2012 => 2013 (A Mama Kat Writing Prompt)