miscellaneous


I’ll admit: I refuse to decorate for Christmas or even listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving weekend. And I won’t do any Christmas shopping that weekend, if I can help it. To my mind, the best possible way to spend the Friday after Thanksgiving is to eat a big piece of pumpkin pie for breakfast and then enjoy a relaxing day at home.

But now that we’re into December, I wanted to share this adorable Christmas ad we saw on TV this weekend. If you’ve already seen this on the CAA’s Facebook page, I apologize for the dual posting, but it’s worth it! 🙂

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I’ll be designing a new set of CAA decals / stickers soon, and I have three vehicles to choose from.

Which one would you vote for: the private Omnibus, the commercial vehicle, or the Omnibus with the luggage rack on top?

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So far this week, I haven’t shown you any of the photos that will be featured in the print catalog. But this one is just too clever / funny / adorable not to share. Everybody horse wants a 2014 carriage-driving calendar!

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And here’s the uncropped, behind-the-scenes view of how we got the horse to focus on the, um, carrot. My favorite part is the look on the other horse’s face …

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Continuing with our brief tour of photo-shoot outtakes featuring volunteer models wearing CAA-logo apparel, today we have CAA rain ponchos.

We all decided that it’s really rather difficult to pose convincingly in a rain poncho on a bright, sunny day.

First, we tried having Mindy and Todd stand under a roof, looking out. Is it raining out there? Of course, one of them looks sad about the “rain,” and the other looks happy …

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Then, toward the end of that segment of our photo shoot, I couldn’t stop laughing, and they couldn’t stop laughing …

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… and we had to move on to something else. (I’ll share the final installment from our photo shoot tomorrow.)

I’ve gone through the “finalists” from the photo shoot we had a couple of weeks ago for the CAA’s holiday catalog, and have selected the ones that will be featured in the catalog. Here, then, for the next couple of days, I’ll be posting a few that didn’t make the cut, a behind-the-scenes photo, and a couple of silly shots.

I actually really like this one, but decided not to use it in the final layout of the catalog …

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And I also like this one (although the sun’s a bit too bright on Mindy’s and Todd’s faces), but decided not to use it, either …

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And this one just makes me chuckle because they’re both, but Todd especially, trying so hard to, you know, pose …

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I’m busily working on the CAA’s annual (printed) book & gift catalog, which needs to go to the printer soon so that it can get to members’ mailboxes by about the middle of November.

This year, for something different, we took a pile of CAA gift items to a member’s nearby farm (thanks, Misdee Miller!), enlisted the help of several volunteer models (thanks, Mindy and Todd!), and had a proper photo shoot.

In addition to the “serious” catalog photos, we also — of course — got a few silly ones. Here’s one of those (I’ll share more tomorrow) …

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I just realized that (eeek!) Christmas is only three months away. Some of us, then, may be needing one of these fairly soon …

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