Trip to the NIH…check!
Gingerbread house contest at the NIH…check!
Delivery of our Advent food bags to the Food Bank…check!
Christmas treats for our furry friends…check!Time with family…check!
Annual Christmas party with our friends…check!
We are heading out to Princeton to join up with the rest of our family in about an hour…Wishing everyone safe travels and happy holidays!
I came home today to this cozy sight:
I went upstairs to discover that while I was at work, we acquired a new member of our ever growing menagerie…Like Chloe, my husband’s favorite foot warmer, our new pet has big, round eyes. He/She/It (?!) has a wiggly tail. It mostly likes to lounge around, but every once in a while it scampers about. It likes to swim…
Meet our new mudskipper. It’s an amphibious fish who can motor around on land and in water. My son’s friend brought it over to our house, because his mother asked him to find a new home for it as a Christmas present to his father. As you might imagine, I find this to be rather ominous, but I will keep an open mind.
My son is taking suggestions for names. Let me know if you have any by commenting!
In a past life I used to teach Russian literature. One of my favorite former students of all time came by with a special gift:
He made a bust of Dostoevsky with a 3-D printer. It’s so detailed, you can see eyelashes and individual eyebrow hairs!
The view out the window was spectacular today…
We’ve been getting ready for the holidays…Around Halloween time, I was wandering around the dollar bins at Target. In my mind I could hear my mom’s repeated admonition: “DON’T BUY JUNKS!” But her voice was overpowered by the siren call of the best Target dollar bin loot ever! I got three white ceramic houses with holes in the back into which you can insert tea lights. On Saturday I went back to buy more. Tragically, they were all gone. Shoulda bought more junks when I had the chance!
That evening my daughter and I got dressed up for my son’s piano recital and realized our outfits perfectly coordinated. Obviously, a photo was in order! The dogs insisted on getting in on the action:
After the recital we raced back home to welcome some very special guests…I feel very lucky to have a close friend I’ve known and adored since we were just twelve years old. She lives in California, so we don’t get to see each other very often, but as is the case with the very best kind of friendships – time and distance don’t matter. I was so happy to get a chance to catch up with her and to finally meet her fiancé.
Looking forward to going to their wedding next September!
I took a few photos for my friend last Sunday. I don’t want to spoil the surprise by posting the actual photo she’ll be using for her Christmas card, so here are a few of my favorites that won’t be on the card…