What I’ve Been Up to – December, part 1

I have some downtime, so time to play blog post catch-up!

Selfie time! With my new fav Starbucks drink. They came out with some new latte this year, chestnut praline. Sounds terribly trendy but I love it like whoa. Some Starbucks still have it even though the holidays are over, but I don’t know for how long. I will be sad when it is gone!

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Kitty!
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Our upstairs gang had a poker night:
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Joe’s girlfriend made this cool-looking themed dip:
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Alex’s wife’s little brother was there – he isn’t yet 21. So young! I did pretty well and won some early hands, but then didn’t do much the rest of the night. The host ended up wiping up and winning ALL the money.
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I went to a 10th birthday part for the Swift satellite. There was this cake, it was delicious:
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Band!
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Our first snowfall:
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Heading to Pittsburgh for Doug’s family’s progressive dinner. Really nice to see the family.
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We went to that pizza place we went to last time before we headed home. I’m in love with their cheese pizza with onion!
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Also, pretty sunset on the way home:
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It’s semi-official – we’re going to plan a visit in July! So excited!
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Hit the jackpot at work – I asked if there were any new stickers or such and in the closet of communications materials there was a giant box of 90s shuttle mission stickers.
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On the way back from the Library of Congress I couldn’t resist hopping out of the metro at Eastern Market, since I was passing by, for cupcakes and macarons from The Sweet Lobby, which is my fav place for both things.
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Willow, like most cats, likes being “on.” Doug left his bag on the sofa:
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Bandmade and ex-officemate Joe was in town. He stayed over a night or two and also we spent a Saturday jamming for fun. He brought over his new pedal steel guitar so we could play with it.
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That’s when we did this little cover of a Fleetwood tune. Which I already posted, but here it is again.

Christmas tree shopping:
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This is not our tree, but this ginormous tree took 3 guys to wrap up:
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Apparently the UK is not “Fo Evah.” Alex trashed the flag he made last month during the Scottish vote.
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Alex is also the one who alerted me to the dotNET Rocks podcast because they mentioned JWST. I got Amber booked on it and invited the guys, Carl and Rich, out to visit for a tour. They were able to come and Alex came along on the tour since he’s a fan of their podcast. It was really fun and they were both super nice.

Here’s Alex getting all Star Trek Borg movie with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3’s packing case.
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Carl and Rich interviewing a guy from the MMS mission:
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They had some cool Xmas ornaments in our gift shop at work:
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Office christmas decorations:
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At an office Xmas party – Dave was happy they had meatballs. (They sometimes have Swedish meatballs at the cafeteria, which he is fond of – often on Mondays, which started us tracking the occurrances of Meatball Mondays.)
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They had super cute snowman cookies:
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Our Christmas tree – we were really happy with the one we picked out:
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A beautiful sunset – the pics do it no justice – the whole sky was on fire!
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Dave and Ricky joined me for this one. Sunset selfie!
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DC!
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We were on our way to the Kennedy Center to see Ballet West do The Nutcracker. We were excited since we watched the Breaking Pointe reality show and so were familiar with some of the dancers – and the performance we saw had a lot of them too, so it was really cool to see them dance. Also we had front row seats!

They had some costumes on display:
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I bought some of those ornaments I mentioned:
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Willow only looks slightly murderous here:
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Ok, enough for part 1