Aby-a-Day – 1 Januari: “For breakfast she makes coffee that tastes like Cham – poo…” (Cartoon Tuesday)

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!

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 – 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 31: When the clock strikes 13 (Hipstamatic Monday)

Well, here it is: New Year’s Eve.

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Interestingly enough, it was Jacoby, not Angel, who was on the ledge in front of the TV as we got closer to midnight.

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He seemed unimpressed with Carson Daly’s rockin’ New Year’s Eve.

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In fact, he was really sleepy.

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He could barely keep his eyes open!

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With two minutes to go, Jake was actually dozing sitting up.

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And then, a New Year’s miracle occurred: Angel joined Jake and he gave her kisses!

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Apparently, she was just waiting for the countdown.

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And, of course, for the ball to start dropping.

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Happy 2013, everyone!!!
(And no, I’m not telling who I kissed first at midnight!)