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I forgot to post about the United Way holiday party last week. We didn't go last year because MB was in Morocco, so this was the first time I'd met many of MB's colleagues. It was a pretty fancy affair - DJ and dancing, open bar, dinner buffet - and it was a lot of fun to see people getting funky, as it were. MB told me that on the following day the few people who came to work looked "tired."

One of my non-traditional (for me) Christmas activities was to see "The Nutcracker" on film at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring. I'd never been before, even though it's one of the big venues for film festivals and other events. Since it was a 2pm viewing on a Thursday, I think I was the only person who literally snuck out of work to attend; everyone else looked to be retired or school-aged. I'm not sure if I should talk more about "The Nutcracker" the film or "The Nutracker" the ballet as staged by the Bolshoi Theater. Of course it was a gorgeous, extravagant production, and I especially liked the "snowflakes" that I believe were points of light projected onto a black mesh screen. But I think I was spoiled by watching "Fantasia" multiple times at an early age.

We had originally planned to see ZooLights on Thursday night but it rained heavily so we went last night instead. I'd forgotten how disappointing the National Zoo is generally - we watched a few bored turtles swim lazily around and MB saw a snoring simian at one point. But we'd gone for the lights and we saw plenty of them. It was just as well that I hadn't brought my ice skates with me, because the new-fangled ice-less skating rink was about the size of our living room.
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