- Sunday, I served as cantor at church in the morning and got some nice compliments afterward on my singing.
- Tuesday, Susan accompanied me to the annual "President's holiday social" (Christmas party), hosted by the university's president and his wife at the Elks Lodge. At one of the stations of food, we found the largest shrimp I have ever seen--seriously, about the size of lobster tails! So delicious. And it's always fun to socialize with colleagues in an off-campus setting about non-work-related topics.
- Tonight, I accompanied Susan to her faculty Christmas party, arranged by a group of teachers and held at the Eagles Club downtown. We had cocktails and a delicious meal followed by socializing, games, and prizes. We didn't participate in the games (modeled after challenges in the game show Minute to Win It), but it was fun to watch others humiliate themselves! And I won a door prize! I received a basket labeled "Night on the Town":
two T-shirts from Mavericks Saloon and Casino; a gift certificate for two hours of cosmic bowling "for up to one person" at Paragon Bowl; $40 worth of gift certificates to Pizza Ranch; five free drink tokens redeemable at the Esquire Club; and a bottle of Ruta 22 Malbec 2008, a red wine