After checking out our goodies, we quickly donned our outside gear to join in the annual "Race Around the World" event, constituting a 2 mile path around "the world" of the Station and, well, the world, since we crossed all longitudes of the globe. This is a creative event as well-- some get serious about running (the fastest person completed the course in 13:32, about a minute and a half ahead of the next runner...) others walk, jog, ski, drive, sit... costumes optional.
Here's folks milling around at the start, with our Christmas Tree at the marker:
We got a bit frosty after walking around-- Raja seems to always win the frost flower contest.
Brunch and awards ceremony followed, then set up for the big dinner.
I was a wine steward for the first seating, which was really fun to help others enjoy their meal.
The three seatings were done by about 8:30 and there was a "cultural" interlude before the disco dance party started-- a bunch of folks who attend the swing and salsa dance classes had a chance to show off their stuff. It was great fun and I think we recruited a few new folks since we were having so much fun on the dance floor!
Next post, I promise, will show what my work is all about here... my boss from the University of Arizona is here and digging into the chambers electronic controls, troubleshooting and doing the groundwork for firing up the system. We've got wee seedlings growing for many plants that will be in in the hobby system, our production crops will start germinating this week.
Wishing everyone the warmest hugs and coziest holiday season--
love jos :)