On Christmas Day I went to the movie theatre to see Avatar. I had not heard much about it before I saw it, but the trailer looked promising (blue people with tails? I’m in!) so I was really looking forward to see it. And I was not disappointed!
The actual theatre experience was rather lame, a bunch of kids (ok, teens) were making noise in the front rows, the temperature was ridiculously hot in the salon and the guy in front of me was circa 3m tall so I had to move from side to side if I wanted to read the subtitles.
But the movie itself…? Stunning!

If you haven’t seen the movie there might be some spoilers ahead. Or not. It depends on how much you know about it already. Anyway, I’ve warned you now!

When his brother is killed in battle, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge’s intentions of driving off the native humanoid “Na’vi” in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland.

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I can’t believe it’s 10 years since we first saw the new millennium!
10 years ago I was 16, living with my dad and step-mum in a teeny tiny village deep in the woods and in the middle of nowhere. I was in 1st year of Gymnasiet and dad had just got us our first computer. With dial-up internet and Windows 95 😛
The big 2000 was celebrated with my then best friend Minna in her father’s house. We made a fancy dinner for everyone in the village (not as much work as it sounds like, the whole village = 8 people. That might give you an idea of what I mean when I say “tiny”) with a silver wax cloth on the table, silver confetti and silver candles. Minna’s sister even had a silver lipstick that we all put on 😀
It may sound like a poor New Year’s party, but it was seriously awesome!
What did you all do on New Years Eve 2000?

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I would probably violate some unwritten blogging law if I don’t write one of these posts, so I better get mine done 😉

So… Christmas.
Me and Markus went to his parents in Örnsköldsvik on the 22nd. Bus ride was crazy, the bus was totally crammed with people and outside we had a full-fledged blizzard going on :crazy: But we managed to get there in one piece anyway.
But other than that, and a minor accident when a kettle boiled over and we got melted fat all over (and behind) the stove, we had a very relaxed Christmas. It was just me and Markus, his parents, his sister and her boyfriend. We had a lovely dinner, exchanged gifts, played games and just generally had a good time.

Zaphod got presents to, he even got to open them himself. I’ve been giving him cardboard boxes with treats hidden in them for years (great mental activity for dogs btw) so he knows how to open packages. He got dried pig ears and a whole box of liver treats. Win! 😀

Christmas dinner, in case anyone’s interested, was made up of Christmas ham, raw spiced salmon (my favourite),

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That’s Oggie, Camila’s shi-tzu. Camila is going to Brazil in January so Oggie is going to stay with us while she’s gone. He needs to get used to sleeping here and such, so yesterday we took him home with us and he stayed the night.

He’s only 7 months old, still very much a puppy, and a little heart breaker in disguise. At first everyone (including Zaphod) was all WTF? What is that!? What are we supposed to do with it? Which end is the front?
But he’s growing on all of us and I’m really looking forward taking him in 🙂 He’s so social and cuddly, he follows us around the apartment and every time someone sits down he wants to come and sit in the lap. Slightly different from Zaphod who once he lays down won’t leave his bed for anything less than fires or the vacuum cleaner…

I think it will be great for Zaphod to have a dog companion and it will be fun for me “trying out” a new breed. I’m not used to dogs that small. Or that hairy *lol*
My biggest fear is that I will accidentally break him somehow,

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I’ve thought a lot about reindeer lately.
It started with an exciting new project at work involving said animal. The project hasn’t officially started yet but I already have a whole herd running around in my head, waving their antlers around and pooping in the corners and what not…

As a result I have an increasing number of reindeer sketches piling up on my desk.

And as a result of that I had to go play in Photoshop.

Before I knew it I had a new layout and even though it’s not really December yet I couldn’t wait, as you can see I uploaded it right away! 😀

Imaginary Karin - reindeer drawing

This is the actual reindeer in the header. I just scanned it and darkened it to a silhouette.

Imaginary Karin - reindeer sketch

Some of my sketches. And yes, that is actually a reindeer furry. -_-;

Where I grew up there are reindeer everywhere (and I mean everywhere!) certain times of the year. And they can be quite a pain in the ass to be honest.

In Sweden all reindeer are owned by the Sami people.

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