Posted on January 31, 2014
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!
Posted on January 27, 2014
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.
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.
Posted on December 16, 2013
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.
Last year, we got caught under the mistletoe.
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?
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?