Aby-a-Day – October 12: California Angel (Friday Flashback)

Four years ago Wednesday, I flew out to California to visit my mom and pick up my new little red Aby Angel.

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My friend Tap and I drove out to Pleasanton to pick her up on a really nice Friday afternoon.

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Angel is still a bit skittish even now, but when I first met her, she was very shy.

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It didn’t take long to draw her out, though…

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…and start to bond.

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She and I stayed at my mom’s house in Davis for the weekend before flying to Boston the following Monday.

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Angel started out with her usual hiding-under-things approach when we got there (this is actually the first photo of Angel my husband saw after I got her; we had just gotten our first iPhones and this is also one of the first photos I took with it)…

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…but it didn’t take long for her to come out and explore.

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My mom has one of those “open plan” 1960’s California houses, and a super-tall, floor-to-ceiling cat tree.

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In case there was ever any doubt as to Angel’s Abyssinian-ness, she was up to the top of that tree within 24 hours, and looking higher.

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I’m pretty sure my mom’s boycats haven’t ever gone up there in the years they’ve lived there.

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I’m also pretty sure that her pawprints are still up there, too…assuming my mom dusts the same way I do 🙂

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We flew back cross-country on Columbus day from Sacramento to Boston, but we had to change planes in Denver. I tried a potty break with Angel in the ladies’.

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She didn’t like my makeshift portapotty and declined to go. I remember she was quite the talker when we were on the ground; people were looking at me while we were waiting to board like “OMG I don’t want to get stuck sitting next to her!” I tried to take advantage of the “if you are travelling with a child or have other special assistance needs” pre-boarding thing, since for the first time in my life I actually qualified, having a screaming cat and a laptop with me…but I was told I couldn’t because I was seated on the aisle. Um…what? I have never heard of that being a thing before, but I guess that’s United circa 2008 for you.

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This is another early iPhone photo, taken not long after Angel and I got settled in back home in Boston. For the longest time, Angel wasn’t comfortable on our hardwood floors and stayed on that sofa or on our bed for seven months – she was just like the “Teh Floor is Lava!” cat.

Happy anniversary, Angel!