Aby-a-Day – 31 December: Happy New Year’s! (Hipstamatic

For the past three years, Björn and I have hosted the New Year’s party for our friends. This year, due to a number of random circumstances (ours and our friends), we ended up being a party of seven – us and the cats.

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Of course, we didn’t know it was going to be just us when we were preparing everything in the run-up to Jul and New Year’s, so I managed to find the largest turkey I could to cook for the party.

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At 8.5kg (almost 19lbs!) it’s the largest turkey I have been able to find since I moved to Sweden.

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Oh, how I have missed the monster, American super-sized turkeys! Okay, so we’ll have lots of leftovers.

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I think we’re going to have lots of help finishing those leftovers, too.

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Combined, Alfred, Lorelai and Zak weigh 10.6kg…so the turkey weighs more than any two of them put together.

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The size difference didn’t stop them from investigating its edibility.

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Zak was especially interested in the big bird.

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Rory, without the boys flanking her, did seem a little more intimidated by it.

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She is our smallest cat. The last time I weighed them all, she clocked in at 2.6kg.

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I think she thought it wasn’t really dead!

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She tentatively approached the bird. I’m sure she’ll be a lot less tentative once it comes out of the oven!

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I love the randomness of Hipstamatic…

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Even though we ended up not having any guests, everyone got dressed up. The boys all wore their leather bow ties.

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Rory wore a festive red bow.

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Freddy can’t ever keep his tie on straight.

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Angel wore her sparkly sequin collar I got ages ago at a Seacoast show. Next year, I want to see if Arja can make the girls feminine festive collars, perhaps with flowers instead of bows.

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Regardless, when the turkey came out of the oven it. Was. AWESOME.

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Easily the best turkey I have ever cooked. And, ironically, I have been cooking them since 1999.

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But yeah, in 20 years of cooking turkeys, this was one of my best.

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Someone else thought so, too.

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Of course, his opinion is slightly biased…he's never had a whole cooked turkey before in his life.

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Izaak tried so hard to eat off that big turkey…but it was too hot.

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Since it was too hot to eat, Zak tried smacking it with his paw instead.

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It was still too hot…but it wasn’t too hot when I put it on a tray for everyone to share.

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Everyone seemed to enjoy their bits of turkey.

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As you could probably tell by the general swarming going on.

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Björn and I also did some Incredibooth selfies…enjoy!

Aby-a-Day – 17 December: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (Hipstamatic Monday)

We finally have our tree up.

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This is absolutely the latest I have ever set up my Christmas tree (except for the years I didn’t put one up at all, of course).

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Björn says that Swedes usually put their trees up later than in the States…even later than this. But given the ordeal that is putting up all the decorations, I would rather put them up as early as possible – the day after Thanksgiving. Maximum result for maximum work, if you know what I mean.

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But whatever. The tree is up. And it’s Lorelai’s and Izaak’s first tree ever. And it’s Alfred’s second.

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You would think, based on all the memes about cats and Christmas trees, there would be no way on Earth that a tree would survive with four Abyssinians and a Singapura.

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But the truth is, the cats are, generally, unimpressed by the Christmas tree.

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(Gotta love the randomness of Hipstamatic…)

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Björn was trying so hard to get Freddy and Rory interested in the tree, he was plying them with ornaments…glass ones, no less!

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The ornaments were still more interesting than the tree itself.

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One Björn stopped swinging the ornaments around enticingly and hung them on the tree, Rory and Freddy’s interest was gone.

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Jacoby couldn’t even be enticed to pose with the tree. This ain’t his first Christmas tree rodeo.

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Izaak, however, was at least a little impressed by the tree.

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But even he respected the tree and merely posed for me next to it.

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He was interested in the tree…but at the end of the day…

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…He was more interested in posing next to the electric window candles.

Aby-a-Day – 10 December: Evening commute (Hipstamatic Monday)

On the train ride to Göteborg for this past weekend’s show, Lorelai and Izaak were being extra cuddly with Björn.

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Zak insisted on being against Björn’s chest, and Rory…

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…Rory wanted to hug Daddy’s arm.

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Björn was trying to read something on his phone. They were making it as difficult as they could.

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In the cutest possible way, of course.

Aby-a-Day – 3 December: A little holiday cheer (Hipstamatic Monday)

Usually by this time, I have all the Christmas decorations up. But because we have to get some new wiring installed in the wall where the Christmas tree is meant to go, we have only put our Swedish Jul candles in our windows so far.

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Tonight, Jacoby was sitting in the window next to the candles washing his face, and it looked so festive, I thought I’d take some Hipstamatic snaps just for fun.

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Since I always take the Hipstamatic photos on the randomizer (you shake your phone and the app randomly selects the film and lens), there’s always a chance of getting black and white film…which is kind of a downer when you’re trying to get a festive holiday shot.

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But sometimes, it really works.

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Then there are the miraculous happy accidents betwixt film and lens. This one looks like the Northern Lights are shimmering in the night sky outside the window.

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And in this shot, Jake looks like he’s in a snowglobe. Now that’s festive!

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I love this one…not sure why, but I find it entrancing.

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It’s rather magical, some of the things that you capture with Hipstamatic.

Aby-a-Day – 26 November: Bothering napping cats (Hipstamatic Monday)

Even though we have five cats living with us, there are moments where you wonder where all the cats are.

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There’s a time of day when all the cats are napping. Sometimes you see them…sometimes you don’t.

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Izaak usually naps close to me…although maybe not so much when I start taking photos of him.

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Alfred tends to nap on the sofa with Zak on the sofa.

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Freddy is a simple cat with simple needs.

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Mostly, he just needs a good place to nap.

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Angel loves the little brown bed.

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She naps in it almost everyday.

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Even though a certain Singapura tries to nap in there with her.

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Meanwhile, Lorelai has discovered the radiator bed.

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She spends a lot of time there.

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Can you blame her? It’s comfy and it’s warm.

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Who wouldn’t want to nap in a warm radiator bed, though, right?

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Last, but obviously not least, we have Jacoby. He loves to sleep on our bed.

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He usually digs himself a nest under our comforters…but today he decided to nest on top of the blankets.

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Even so, he usually sleeps on my side of the bed. How does he know that?

Aby-a-Day – 29 October: National Cat Day (Hipstamatic Monday)

Today is National Cat Day in the States…and, having no ideas for a post today, I thought I’d just go round and take photos of the cats being themselves, with the Hipstamatic camera.

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Alfred, napping on the sofa next to me, was the first.

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Start with what’s close at hand, right?

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Freddy was cool with whatever…

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Next we have Jacoby, sleeping on our bed.

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Hipstamatic makes that fun.

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A lot of fun.

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Next, we have Izaak in the kitchen.

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He’s so much more food-oriented than Logan…

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Freddy and Lorelai joined us in the kitchen.

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Rory was so cute today…

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She is so pretty.

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And…just a little bit goofy.

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Angel, meanwhile, was up in the cubby part of the cat tree.

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She really loves it in there.

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But it’s one of the few places in the world where she feels safe and secure.

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Angel is an amazingly strong girlcat.

Aby-a-Day – 22 October: Funny Freddy (Hipstamatic Monday)

Almost every evening, Alfred comes for a cuddle with Björn.

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Freddy sits right up next to Björn whilst he uses his laptop.

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The thing is, he looks a right goon when he does it.

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Of course, Freddy looks like a right goon most of the time. That’s just part of his charm.

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Ultimately, he’s just a big lovable guy.

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We love him so much.