I went to two Christmas Party geocaching events, Holiday Party!! on Tuesday night and NW CT Christmas Party on Wednesday night. The two events were originally not intended to be on two consecutive nights. It only happened that way because "Holiday Party" was postponed from last week to this week due to a snowstorm. It's a good thing it was postponed too because I was in Delaware last week and could not attend. Of course, I went geocaching in icebound Connecticut both days. I knew most of the geocaches would be challenging but I tried anyway and was successful a number of times. Some caches were in hiding spots that were sheltered from the snow, e.g. rock overhangs and tree holes, so they were still findable. As for the rest, success depended on luck, tools, and educated guesses.
"Holiday Party" was at Tailgators in Derby. This was a lively, raucous affair with lots of attendees. I think we filled up more than half the bar/restaurant. We had homemade cookies. I ordered the deluxe nachos after I saw another geocacher eating that and noted that this appetizer was big enough to be a meal. We also collected donations of toys for Toys For Tots. I donated a Gund plush leopard. At the end of the party, there was a raffle. (gift exchange) I won an ammo box filled with goodies.
"NW CT Christmas Party" was at a family restaurant in New Milford. Compared to "Holiday Party", this was a low-key affair, a smaller gathering of geocachers. We had a gift exchange at this event too and Santa made an appearance. I got another ammo box and also an LED flashlight. (because they know how I keep going for geocaches at night :) ) I had spaghetti with sausage. We also shared a bunch of appetizers and ended the dinner with cookies.
Today, I ran a lot of errands that needed to be done. Went to the bank, post office, fruit market, supermarket, drugstore, and Chinese supermarket. I also finally went to Proline Auto Body in Elmwood Park to get the new front shield installed. It was pretty quick because I had an appointment. When I arrived at Proline, the mechanic had the part ready and started work right away. He was done in a few minutes. That should be the end of the deer damage.