Wednesday, December 24, 2008

christmas 2007 and 2008

christmas card no.20--2007


well, as you can see, sharon moved in. and kayla.
truthfully, had it been even a year earlier, i would have said that there was no way that jake could live with a cat without chasing it constantly and, when he was younger still, probably killing it. he was pretty rambunctious. but he is older now and, as i described it once without knowing what i was saying, "blind in one eye and deaf in the other." we're all getting older and that includes my little boy. so kayla has learned which is his good side and which is his bad and tends to sneak past him on the right whenever she can. but she's also become more brave in the past few months, waiting to see how close he can come before he realizes it her. as for jake, he thinks we have a ghost or a ninja--or maybe a ghost ninja--running around.

of course, while sharon's moving in had been the definite highlight of the year--2007 is not one of my favorites for obvious reasons. (i don't wanna get too sad here, i don't wanna make matt cry.) mike and craig and i had one of our most fun and most bonding conventions ever at heroes con that june. we were having a great time, very in synch, throwing around ideas for new characters and comics and making plans that would hopefully get tellos and the perhapanauts some more exposure and give us the time to work on some of these other projects. it felt like the beginning... and then in august, mike left us.
not cool, 2007.

he's still here though. he talks to me. and watches tv with me. and whenever they get catalina into her little 'jumping' outfit on my name is earl, i can hear mike going, "daaaaaaamn!" sharon and i say it with him now. he liked that catalina.

merry christmas, brother!


christmas card no.21--2008

well, merry christmas eve, everybody!
i came up with this little gag a couple of weeks ago, but held off on starting on it 'cause i was hoping to maybe come up with something more traditional and unique. and so, holding out, things got later and later. the cards didn't get done until friday and not in the mail until saturday. that's cutting it close.
maybe i should start next year's card in september.

going out today to get two small gifts that i need to do a little traveling for. when i was young and stupid and a bachelor, my roommate, dennis, and i had a credo that if we weren't in the mall at closing time on christmas eve, we had planned too well.

i will be posting some nonsense tomorrow and friday, so if you're home and bored, stop by. if not see ya on monday...

i can't tell you how nice it is to keep this blog, to get a chance to talk to all of you, to count you all as friends.

may i wish all of you the happiest of holidays--happy kwanza, happy hannukah, merry christmas. and peace and love and understanding in 2009!

smell ya later!


Matt Wieringo said...

Well, you did anyway, but that's okay. I think there'd be something wrong with me if I didn't.

Those cards are awesome and I'm sorry this series you've been doing is done. I've looked forward to each and every one.

That closing time at the mall tradition sounds like a lot of fun. We're usually on the road on Christmas eve so we miss out on a lot of stuff like that (including the party at our LCS) but we make up for it by spending the night with Suze's family. The smile on her face is worth all that and more.

Merry Christmas, Todd, Sharon, Jake and Kayla! (And Hank and Gretchen upstairs.)

Anonymous said...

Hey Todd,
That was an awesome series. Enjoyed everyone of those cards. I didn't get to stop in too regularly, so I would do a catch-up read when I did.

Merry Christmas (and/or Happy Holidays) to you & yours (& everyone else who reads these).

Christian D. Leaf said...

I, too, say, "Daaaaaaamn!" whenever Catalina is in that particular outfit.

Merry everything, Todd. (That goes for the rest of your gang, too.) Thanks for sharing the holiday memories.

Brian said...

A great wrap up to your cards and a lead up to the Holiday Happenings.

Todd, thank you for sharing both your talent and your stories with us.

A very merry christmas to all and to all a good night.

Heywood Jablomie said...

Great stuff man!!

I love this years card!

Nice posts too, I loved hearing the little things you shared for each year, both happy and sad. Thanks for sharing them dood!

Everyone have a merry 'insert holiday here'!!!

Unknown said...

Those were great Todd, thanks for sharing those with us that don't get to see them all. I think I can say for all of us, thanks for opening up and sharing your memories and life.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Cooper said...

Just wanted to join in on the chorus of "thanks for sharing," and wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

~ Wendy ~ said...

Happy Holidays to Todd & Sharon and the "kids" and to one and all who visit here...

It's been wonderful getting to know you through your cards and stories and I look forward to even more TMI in 2009! :-D