Often while I'm working, Miriam is at the computer on the next desk over, also "working" (or "doing a project," as she describes it). She has her own password-protected account on Jeremy's computer with extremely tight controls. In other words, she can only access: 1. her Sesame Street game, and 2. Apple's Photo Booth program. She knows how to wake up a sleep-suspended computer to get to the login screen (or even the switch user screen), click on her username, type her password, and navigate to her two allowed programs.
If you're not familiar with Photo Booth, you should seek out the opportunity. It's basically a really fun, goofy, built-in camera feature with lots of effects to apply to the resulting picture. Miriam loves this application, and calls it "Two Me-mes," after her favorite mirror effect (Me-me is her self-chosen nickname). She has figured out Photo Booth entirely, even how to navigate through old photos and choose new effects.
Here is some of her work from the last month. Remember, she set up, posed, chose the effects for, and snapped all of these photos entirely by herself.
First, I bring you: Artistic Miriam:
(the artistry lies in what you don't see!)
Next is a series of photos, entitled Progression:
Now, I bring you Variations on a Theme:
And finally, Miriam lets her inner and outer child shine through in Goofy Miriam:
It's basically a win-win situation: I get some work done, and Miriam completes a few art projects. Who needs finger paint anymore??