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Geeks and Christmas

Posted by barb on Dec 16, 2005 in Pictures, Random Thoughts

When I went into the office on Wednesday, this is what greeted me on my co-worker’s desk:
My office-mate's Christmas display
Note that those are Star Wars, Star Trek, and NASA lit ornaments.

Not to worry. My desk had this:
Einstein in Dr. Bunson's lab decked out for Christmas

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Fun with the camera and the Christmas tree

Posted by barb on Dec 13, 2005 in Pictures

Christmas tree lights     Christmas tree lights

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Busy, busy, busy

Posted by barb on Dec 12, 2005 in Pictures, Random Thoughts

Between outreach activities last week and Christmas, I’ve been very, very busy for the last couple weeks.

Last Monday, Andrew and I trekked out in the evening to the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, which has a free show every evening at 6PM. Monday’s show was Merry TubaChristmas, where a number (not sure how many) of ubas, euphoniums, and sousaphones play a Christmas program. I’m glad we went once (it’s an annual event at the Millennium Stage), but don’t think I’ll go back again, unless we have family in town.

Tuesday, I stayed at work late to have dinner with a group of Girl Scouts who are coming to Goddard regularly to participate in space-themed activities (and, by the end of the school year, probably earn their space exploration badges). Anyway, the organizer has been asking scientists and engineers from the space exploration and earth sciences labs to come and have lunch with the girls.

Pooh and Piglet watching the stars

Cat Ornaments

When I got home, I dragged Andrew off to pick out a tree.

Wednesday evening, I decorated the tree (a few of my favorite ornaments are pictured to the right, but I haven’t gotten a good picture of the whole tree), and made spritz cookies.

Thursday I was busy all day at work, preparing for two meetings in the afternoon and my Teacher Thursday presentation at the Maryland Science Center in the evening. The talk went fairly well (though not quite as well as the one I gave at the UMD Observatory a couple weeks ago). The weather forecast called for snow after 10PM, which kept many people away from the museum. But, my talk was being webcast to a few other sites in West Virginia, Maryland, Mississippi, and New York, and one of the guys helping with AV said that he thought we had about 100 people call in for that. So, even though the audience I could see seemed fairly small, my overall audience was more than decent (and about twice what the organizers had originally estimated).

I worked from home on Friday, but can’t for the life in me remember what we did that evening. Saturday we did a bit of Christmas shopping in the morning, and then I baked Christmas cookies all day. Sunday we braved the grocery store and Michael’s, and then I finished up my Christmas baking (though I may still make divinity, because I have some left-over egg whites from the Spritz cookies).

Sugar Cookies   Sugar Cookies

This week isn’t looking any less busy, either. But, I’m having fun, which is all that matters! Hope everyone else is having a great Christmas season, too.


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Ares Hearts Christmas Trees

Posted by barb on Dec 7, 2005 in Cute Pets, Pictures

Ares settled under the tree

Ever since he was a kitten, Ares has loved curling up under the Christmas tree (though, in his first couple years with me, it was a Christmas tumbleweed). The tree hasn’t even been in the house for more than a day, and the tree skirt has only been on for an hour, and he’s already settled. He’ll be in heaven when we add some wrapped boxes and Christmas stuffed toys. Silly guy.

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