Aby-a-Day – 16 May: Photographer’s assistant (Hipstamatic Miniature Monday)

When I was taking the photos for last week’s Hipstamatic Miniature Monday, I had a little help.

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Well…perhaps the assistance was somewhat driven by jealousy..?

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But I was taking photos of mini-Jacoby…

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…real Jacoby decided he needed to be involved.

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“Involved” as only an Abyssinian can be.

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Jake had to distract the attention – and my camera – away from his Mini-Me and onto himself.

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Jake, you do realise you’re competing with an inanimate object, right?

Aby-a-Day – 9 May: Nueve de Mayo (Hipstamatic Minature Monday)

When Björn was here, we had all-you-can-eat Taco Tuesday at Tavitas in South Station.

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While we were there, the “Corona Girls” were going around handing out free bottles of beer, all dressed up in an adorable Corona serape.

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Well…of course you know what we had to do with that, right?

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The little serape was just about the right size for Mini-Jacoby!

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So, okay, maybe Cinco de Mayo was a few days ago, but apparently Mini-Jake is still celebrating.

Aby-a-Day – 18 April: The Honeymoon Crasher (Miniature Monday)

Today Björn and I were married in Manchester, NH!

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We got a lovely room at the Manchester Radisson which included Champagne along with a cheese plate and chocolate-covered strawberries.

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We weren’t able to bring the real Jacoby along (he’ll come to the wedding we have in Sweden), but mini-Jake crashed our little honeymoon.

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He tried to act like he was helping us open the Champagne.

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And he swore he wasn’t interested in the strawberries or the cheese…

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…He just thought the decorative orchids made lovely hats.

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He wanted to check out our rings, but of course they weren’t in the box anymore.

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They were on our fingers!

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My friend Mary sent me a “lucky sixpence” for my shoe.

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It’s a 1965 sixpence – the same age as Björn and me!

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Our friends Molly, Kelli, Meg, Barb and Donna were all able to to come to Manchester to help us celebrate. It was a simple, yet moving, ceremony at City Hall…but it was wonderful! Thank you all!

Aby-a-Day – 11 January: Venison for New Year’s (Miniature Monday)

On New Year’s Eve, Björn and I hosted a dinner party with our friends Karin, Roger and Martin.

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Mini-Jacoby, as you saw last week, was also there.

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He wasn’t exactly invited…he came for the venison and stayed for the booze.

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We had a glorious side of venison for dinner.

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Our friend Martin hunts, and he brought the meat as his contribution to the collaborative meal.

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Not only that…

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…he cooked it for us, too! And it was wonderful.

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Mini-Jake was fascinated by all the food, as you can see.

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It was a real, grown-up dinner party, too. Everyone dressed up and everything. It was one of the best New Years Eve parties I’ve ever been to.

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And, finally, after so many years of calling each other on New Year’s Eve – usually at the wrong time, because we’d messed up the time difference – Björn and I were finally in the same room at midnight! And we finally got our New Year’s kiss.

Aby-a-Day – 4 January: Party on! (Miniature Monday)

While going through my photos from the New Year’s party Björn and I threw, I discovered these photos of mini-Jacoby and the bottle of Canadian Crown I’d brought Björn for Christmas.

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I did not take these photos! I’m not sure how they got on my camera.

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That was a brand-new bottle, though, when I brought it from Boston…now look at it!

Aby-a-Day – December 28: Christmas in Jönköping (Miniature Monday)

Björn and I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at his parent’s house in Jönköping.

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Of course, Mini Jacoby came along.

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The Christmas tree was absolutely lovely.

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Björn’s mother made the paper heart decorations in the 1960’s. They’re wonderful.

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She also had a little display of Dalahastar (Dala Horses) around a bowl.

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Mini-Jake had to join them, of course.

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He had to also ride the largest one, a tech geek one with glasses from IKEA. That kind of got him kicked out of the Dala Horse party.

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So he went to play with the Jultomten instead.

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One thing we did while we were there, Björn and I, was build a puzzle map of Sweden that his mom had in the living room.

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It was fun and quite educational.

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Mini-Jake is studying the location of Jönköping on the puzzle map.

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But then (just like the real Jake) he got hungry.

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So he went into the kitchen to look for a snack.

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He finally found the Julost, the Christmas cheese ball. And no, he didn’t eat it all!

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Björn’s mother has a lot of awesome little cat sculptures scattered around her house. These lovely glass cats are typical Swedish glasswork.

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She also has this adorable little pottery cat from Kalmar, a city in southeastern Sweden known since the Middle Ages. Kalmar Castle was one of the most important in Sweden. Kvarnholmen (“Mill Island”) is the location for the city center. The eastern part of Kvarnholmen is called “Kattrumpan” (“Cat’s Butt”) for unknown reasons.

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So, this little cat from Kattrumpan has a little heart on her butt. How cute is that? Evidently, Mini-Jake thinks it’s pretty adorable, too.

Aby-a-Day – November 30: Dive right in (Minature Monday)

My Thanksgiving pheasant turned out so well…and was so small…that I decided to cook an actual turkey on Thanksgiving Saturday.

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I mean, pheasants are tasty and all, but as it happens…I really missed the leftovers (Note to self re: living in Sweden).

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While I was able to keep the real Jacoby away from the turkey, I wasn’t so fortunate when it came to MiniJake.

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He was all over my turkey! I’m pretty sure he drooled on it, too (ewwwww)!

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He was ready to eat any part of the turkey…

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…even the wings!

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But of course, his most favoured part was…

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…the great white expanse of the breast meat!

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Nom nom nom…