What I was up to – December 2016

I know – this is like ancient history at this point, but what the hell. Here are highlights of my December 2016 – including some pretty sunsets, lots of food, and a kitty.

A pretty sky:
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We were randomly in Rockville for lunch (don’t go back to Rockville!) and we went to Kino Spoon and had a great meal – this is a mango coco and sago drink.

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This is Fried buns (sweet), beef donburi and volcano ramen:
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My friend Dane’s amazing art book about scientists:
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http://monkeyminion.storenvy.com/collections/3360-books/products/18548788-eureka-the-art-of-science-artbook

My pins from Aimee:
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https://www.etsy.com/shop/aimeekitty?ref=pr_shop_more

Susan gave me these cute little gifs for hostessing her for the JWST art event!
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Munchkin:
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A work cake:
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My most popular instagram posts from 2016 – costumes and Norway!
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A spectacular rooftop sunset:
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It stretched across the whole sky.
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Doug watched the live action Jungle Book, and apparently Willow was into it.
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She still likes her morning cup of joe.
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A cold winter walk at a new pond I hadn’t tried before.
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On Capital Hill in DC:
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A Christmas care package from my friend Unni in Norway! Chocolate, cheese, and coffee!
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I also bought two pair of mittens from her (one was for Mom for Christmas) – Unni is an amazing knitter. Willow took an interest:
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My fab JWST dress that my lovely friend Holly had made online and gave me as a gift.
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Astronaut Mike Massimino gave a talk at work that was quite good!
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This is the snoopy astronaut doll he had as a kid:
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He brought it into space with him!
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Don gave us fancy books for Christmas:
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Amber made JWST cookies for the holiday potluck. They do not contain beryllium.
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Willow wasn’t too excited about Christmas hat pikachu climbing on her!
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My mom made this cool card:
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We saw Rogue One and loved it!
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I was published in the 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide!
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Ice
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Some of my fav pics from the month – this misty park at sunset.
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Mexican food and a large drink:
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Another cold winter walk at a new-to-me park:
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This might be the single best thing I’ve caught in the wild in pokemon?
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Doug took these at work, but I thought the light was gorgeous.
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New winter hat:
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Steve and I after a raffle at a work holiday party.
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A Great Blue Heron at the local pond:
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Our tree had kind of weak branches this year so we went with a lot of light/paper ornaments:
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Willow was all ready for Christmas dinner:
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My mom was sick and so my parents weren’t able to make Christmas, unfortunately – and we had a few other cancellations, but John Mather and his wife Jane were in town so they joined us, which was super fun. Also Kevin and Ed. Smaller crowd that usual, but we had a great time!
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Amongst the selections for dinner – a beet and feta watercress salad:
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Squash soup from scratch:
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Spaghetti squash with chick peas and Brussels sprouts:
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Mushrooms with shallots and onions (they went too fast to get a pic of the full bowl):
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And we also did a beef tenderloin and sauces. And I think we did gnocchi from scratch too.

Union Station in DC:
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We met Mike & Gloria for dinner at Bantam King – Doug had the fried chicken which was amazing – they’ve since changed the recipe, and while it was still good, this one was better.
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I had spicy ramen. Also good.
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Portrait Gallery:
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Navy Memorial. I made Doug stand near Oslo:
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We finally got to see my parents after Christmas – and had seafood in Delaware!
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My mom and I played with her crafting stuff after and I made this:
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A cold walk on the last day of the dumpster fire that was 2016.
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