I haven't been around much lately as Mom has been busy doing 'stuff' (when she's not hogging the computer), and I'm apparently not allowed to use the computer unsupervised after I purchased Carl Sagan's Cosmos series on DVD... Sheesh. A girl tries to get a little education, and she's not allowed free access to amazon.com any more. Hey, it's not my fault that Mom has enabled the 'one-click' purchase option...
Anyhoo, when Mom hasn't been off doing 'stuff', she's been working on the 2011 calendar. See, as a Christmas present for all of our relatives, Mom uses the Kodak site to make calendars using a selection of pictures that she's taken over the past year. And no, I'm not spoiling the surprise; Mom has been doing this for the last 6 years - if our relatives can't figure out what the calendar-shaped object in wrapping paper under the Christmas tree is by now, well, I don't think I'll be ruining the surprise now.
So, Mom has been sort through pictures from the last year, and so far, she's only made in into March - apparently there are about 500,000,000,000 ("billyuns and billyuns"... heehee... can you tell I've been watching my Carl Sagan DVDs? At least Mom didn't make me return them...) pictures of Abby as a puppy. I was going to be all insulted until Mom pointed out that she had an entire external hard drive full of pictures of me as a youngster. Anyhoo, Mom has been busy working on the calendar so she hasn't gotten too many recent pictures of me.
But, here's a very slight preview of potential pictures for the calendar...
Heehee. Can you believe that my hippobottomus sister used to be that little fluff ball?
Snow!!! (Apparently we're supposed to have a HUGE storm this weekend. I hope so because this mud is really cutting into my Abby-smackdown time.)
D'oh. Me and TaiChi, doing what we did best!
Heehee. Anyhoo, that is just a small taste of the pictures that might make it into this year's calendar. I say 'might' because Mom picks out about 200 pictures and there are only 12 months in the year...
One final thing; thanks (on Mom's behalf) for the comments about her cross-stitch. She didn't actually intend for them to be direct depictions of us. She does cross-stitch to help her 'unwind' (whatever that means) and she likes doing doggie stitches when she can find cute ones that "aren't too sappy or ridiculous" (direct quote from Mom). However, she did think that the sleeping doggie sort of looked like me... What do you think?
Mom sees similarities in the squeezy-eyes and snooter. At least she knows that my butt isn't that big! ;-)
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus