This is a repeat cartoon, but it’s one of my favourites. In case you missed it the first time, I hope you like it!
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.
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.
At 8.5kg (almost 19lbs!) it’s the largest turkey I have been able to find since I moved to Sweden.
Oh, how I have missed the monster, American super-sized turkeys! Okay, so we’ll have lots of leftovers.
I think we’re going to have lots of help finishing those leftovers, too.
Combined, Alfred, Lorelai and Zak weigh 10.6kg…so the turkey weighs more than any two of them put together.
The size difference didn’t stop them from investigating its edibility.
Zak was especially interested in the big bird.
Rory, without the boys flanking her, did seem a little more intimidated by it.
She is our smallest cat. The last time I weighed them all, she clocked in at 2.6kg.
I think she thought it wasn’t really dead!
She tentatively approached the bird. I’m sure she’ll be a lot less tentative once it comes out of the oven!
I love the randomness of Hipstamatic…
Even though we ended up not having any guests, everyone got dressed up. The boys all wore their leather bow ties.
Rory wore a festive red bow.
Freddy can’t ever keep his tie on straight.
Regardless, when the turkey came out of the oven it. Was. AWESOME.
Easily the best turkey I have ever cooked. And, ironically, I have been cooking them since 1999.
But yeah, in 20 years of cooking turkeys, this was one of my best.
Someone else thought so, too.
Of course, his opinion is slightly biased…he's never had a whole cooked turkey before in his life.
Izaak tried so hard to eat off that big turkey…but it was too hot.
Since it was too hot to eat, Zak tried smacking it with his paw instead.
It was still too hot…but it wasn’t too hot when I put it on a tray for everyone to share.
Everyone seemed to enjoy their bits of turkey.
As you could probably tell by the general swarming going on.
Björn and I also did some Incredibooth selfies…enjoy!
On New Year’s Eve, Björn and I hosted a dinner party with our friends Karin, Roger and Martin.
Mini-Jacoby, as you saw last week, was also there.
He wasn’t exactly invited…he came for the venison and stayed for the booze.
We had a glorious side of venison for dinner.
Our friend Martin hunts, and he brought the meat as his contribution to the collaborative meal.
Not only that…
…he cooked it for us, too! And it was wonderful.
Mini-Jake was fascinated by all the food, as you can see.
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.
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.
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.
I did not take these photos! I’m not sure how they got on my camera.
That was a brand-new bottle, though, when I brought it from Boston…now look at it!
Well, here it is: New Year’s Eve.
Interestingly enough, it was Jacoby, not Angel, who was on the ledge in front of the TV as we got closer to midnight.
He seemed unimpressed with Carson Daly’s rockin’ New Year’s Eve.
In fact, he was really sleepy.
He could barely keep his eyes open!
With two minutes to go, Jake was actually dozing sitting up.
And then, a New Year’s miracle occurred: Angel joined Jake and he gave her kisses!
Apparently, she was just waiting for the countdown.
And, of course, for the ball to start dropping.
Happy 2013, everyone!!!
(And no, I’m not telling who I kissed first at midnight!)