We’ve talked about personalizing our holiday card for many years, but never bothered. It seemed a little narcissistic to put our own mugs on the card without having kids to show off. Pets are another option. Who doesn’t like a dopey dog or a haughty cat on their holiday card. Only, we have a tortoise.
One evening, I sewed a teensy Santa hat out of scraps of felt. The next day, I bribed our tortoise to sit still with one of his favorite meals–sweet potato. (He didn’t realize he was being bribed; I believe he thought he was having lunch.) I set my camera to high-speed and clicked away. The hat dropped off every time he dipped his head for another beak full of sweet potato goodness. Guess I forgot to measure his head properly before sewing his chapeau.
More than a month later, I decided to clean out some photos and saw the many photos of Hermes (did I mention our red-footed tortoise is named Hermes?) in action and decided to accomplish a small but long thought-about goal: Learning to make an animated gif. So, in honor of the holiday season–which apparently lasts until Groundhog Day–I present Hermes the Wonder Tortoise chowing down on sweet potatoes. Merry Tortoisemas!