What I Was Up to – January 2018

January – look, we made it to 2018! There was so much food this month!

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Conley came down for a visit in January and she was kind enough to babysit for us, so we could go to my company holiday party. This is the party that has the scavenger hunt that gets increasingly serious every year, with people bringing bags of crap in hopes of finding something on the list of stuff. I am one of those people.

Maybe it was because I hadn’t seen my friends in a while (we didn’t go to our normal new year’s party because we didn’t want the baby to be exposed to extra germs, though I did stop by for a bit), but I had a great time. I look happy in all the pics. :-)

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Scavenger Hunt!
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Our table has all the things! We actually won this year – and I’d never managed to be at the winning table, so I was pretty excited.
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One of the nicest surprises, besides winning the scavenger hunt, is that I actually won an award!! For my JWST art show. I was pretty happy because that thing was so much work, even though it was super rewarding, it nearly was the death of me.
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Willow asleep on my scarf again:
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Willow loves when we do laundry:
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Icy windshield
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Angela sent me this lovely gift – it’s a repro of a real piece!
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Willow also enjoyed sleeping on the baby’s clothes, and car seat pads.
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We had lunch with Doug a bunch of times at National Harbor.
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Lotta river ice!
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We washed the guest sheets – and look where I found the cat:
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This baby snowsuit is comfy!
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I think it was Janine and Ron who babysat for us so we could make it to China Chilcano for dinner for the Odd Night Out. Love the food there! They have yellow lighting so my food pics suck. Sorry!

Pisco Sour:
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Siu Mai:
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Fried Yuca, with an asian twist:
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Sushi:
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Er, a noodle dish I don’t remember but it was amazing.
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Soup
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Group pic
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Dessert!
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What is it with DC and bizarre coffee cups?
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This lighting is why all my pics are weirdly colored – however! I love the Nazca Lines – very appropriate for Asian/Peruvian fusion.
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The bathrooms are covered (purposefully) with graffiti. I liked this one from the March for Science.
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The Valors got together for the first community day, at the Pond. The featured Pokemon was Dratini. It was a nice day! And the baby came for a short time. She is missing a sock in this pic.
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I started sewing a gown for the Francaise dinner. Willow approved.
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We also managed to make it to restaurant week with Mike and Gloria – I think Mindy and Meredith babysat for us this time. Either that or I mixed up restaurant nights. We went to yet another Jose Andreas restaurant – Zatinya. They had a limited tasting menu for restaurant week, with four items in each section, and you were supposed to pick one thing from each section. Since there were four of us, we enjoyed saying, “we’ll take one of everything on the menu!” It was delicious.

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These giant beans were actually reallyamazing.
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Willow getting a taste of sunshine
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Poor thing still has a bald tummy – BUT January 2018 made 2 years since her near total heath collapse and she is still (as of May) doing great.
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I bought a cool lover’s eye from Queen & Cavendish:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/QueenAndCavendish?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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Doug’s old 90s jacket is pretty well worn out – but Willow still loves to nap on it because it is soft and smells like him!
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I bought a grab bag from Kuma Crafts and it came in this super cute plastic bag.
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I also got this:
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Dinner at Neo Pizza.
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They have the best specials – this was a cannelloni and it was awesome.
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