It’s Friday, I’m in love

Tian Tian hanging out

Tian Tian hanging out

I’ve had an incredibly busy week, but these frigid temps have left me uninspired to do anything except curl up under my blankets for weeks at a time.  Lucky for me we are supposed to have a bit of sun over the weekend and I plan to be outside soaking it in.  Hope a little good weather makes it your way, too.

Here are a few photos from the week.  Have a great weekend!

I love peeling a clementine in one unbroken strip

I love peeling a clementine in one unbroken strip

Starting to feel like I will never be warm again

Starting to feel like I will never be warm again

Fancy pretzels at District Commons

Fancy pretzels at District Commons

PJs, slippers, and mini quesadillas

PJs, slippers, and mini quesadillas

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Hello, tiny panda

Mei Xiang and Bao Bao

Mei Xiang and Bao Bao

Ever since we moved closer to the National Zoo, the Mister and I have become total zoo fans and frequent visitors.  Like the rest of DC, we were pretty thrilled when the Zoo’s giant panda, Mei Xiang, gave birth to a tiny healthy panda cub this past summer.  We’ve eagerly followed all the news updates about her and watched her exploits (mostly sleeping and snuggling) on the zoo’s panda cam.

Last weekend, her exhibit finally opened to the public, so on Saturday, I woke up early, threw on my warmest layers, and walked over to the Zoo.  This week’s frigid temps and piles of snow seemed to keep the crowds at bay, at least for a little while, and I was able to walk straight into the exhibit and get my first in-person glimpse of the little cub.  All of last week’s troubles melted away as I watched the tiny panda scramble all over her mother, nurse, cuddle, and generally tumble around.

Mei Xiang and Bao Bao

Mei Xiang and Bao Bao

There were sort of a reverent hush among the early morning crowd, all huddled together and snapping pictures while wearing an amusing array of panda paraphernalia.  Children would enter the exhibit and say, “Bao Bao?,” in their tiny voices, and the crowd would part to let them stand in front and have a peek at the tiny panda.  What is it about pandas that inspires so much awe in people?  Probably the extreme real-life cuteness, but still it was almost as interesting to watch the people there as to see the cub herself.  I have a feeling I’ll be visiting the Zoo even more often this year.

Bamboo Storage

Bamboo Storage

Mei Xiang and Bao Bao

Mei Xiang and Bao Bao

Our holiday cards, featuring the DC Panda Cub

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Christmas cards are pretty much my favorite part of the holidays.  I love getting them in the mail, especially photo cards, and especially especially, the slightly irreverent ones some of our friends make.  We like to have a bit of fun with our holiday cards.

Two years ago we had fun “baking” with a little Maker’s Mark.

2011

2011

Last year, we got caught under the mistletoe.

2012

2012

This year we decided to express our excitement about our newest neighbor, the panda cub born at the National Zoo this summer.  I love Cardstore for Christmas cards.  They have so many great options and are super affordable.  Isn’t their packaging adorable?

2013

2013

While I hate that so many of our friends and family live so far away, when I’m filling out mailing addresses on the cards it’s fun to think about all the different places they’ll be going.  This year our mailing list includes Ann Arbor, Austin, Berkeley, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Durham, Hoboken, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merrimack, Milford, Monmouth, New Orleans, New York City, Norwalk, Philadelphia, Portland, Richmond, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and a dozen small towns in Texas and Massachusetts where we have family.  Do you send out holiday cards?

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