Aby-a-Day – December 31: Wordless Wednesday (I want the one with the Aby on it!)

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Aby-a-Day – December 30: Nipped Nog (Cartoon Tuesday)

Disclaimer: Do not give cats alcohol.

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Of course, there is no alcohol in this eggnog. It’s all catnip.

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – December 29: Snuggle buddy (Hipstamatic Monday)

One of the best thing about taking a few days off from work is napping!

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Especially when every time you feel like taking a nap, you have a loyal napping buddy who is all too willing to join you.

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Sometimes, Jacoby is already napping on the bed, and I have to kind of curl up around him.

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He doesn’t mind when I join him. This nap-buddy gig is a two-way street.

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And it actually isn’t just naps.

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Jake also cuddles up with me like this when I go to bed at night.

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Granted, he does it more during winter naps than he does for summer naps…but that’s okay.

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It’s funny that he doesn’t want to sleep under the covers. He just wants to sleep up against my stomach, on top of the comforter.

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He slept with me like that on his second day home…and five and a half years later, he still sleeps in the same place!

Aby-a-Day – December 28: Walking home

Since we haven’t gone on therapy visits for a while, I think Jacoby has missed going out for walks. On our way home from seeing Santa at Petco, he got so excited when we got to the Broadway Bridge.

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He recognises the bridge as part of his “territory” – which seems to be defined as the area outside that he knows how to get home from. This is where he’ll hop out of the stroller and start walking.

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The bridge is definitely part of his self-defined territory. Even when we’re in a car, when he sees it, he starts getting antsy.

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He knows he’s close to home and he wants to walk!

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Luckily, it was a warm, almost 50° day, so all he needed was his fleece hoodie and his feet didn’t get cold on the pavement.

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Jake seemed so happy to be out walking. Look at his happy tail!

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After a while, Jake decides he’s tired of walking, and he hops back into his stroller.

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He especially likes riding down the ramp at the end of the bridge.

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He doesn’t mind sharing his stroller with a shopping bag, either.

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As we get closer to our building, he’ll decide he wants to walk again.

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You can tell he knows where he’s going! He even knows how to cross the little side street next to our building (not that I let him actually cross the street – he gets carried)!

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He actually stopped right below our living room windows. He knows this is our building, but I doubt he knows that he was standing right underneath the window where Angel was napping.

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Okay, Jake…let’s go back home and take off our coats.

Aby-a-Day – December 27: “Smooth” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Smooth.”

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Jacoby got a new Tiny’s Tie from Sherry for Christmas.

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As you can see, it’s a Boston’s Bruins Tiny Tie.

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And, as you can also see, Jake’s looking pretty smooth wearing it.

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Cue the dramatic lighting!

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Whoa! Where the heck did that come from?!

Aby-a-Day – December 26: Gun-Hee’s first Christmas (Friday Flashback)

I know I post this nearly every year, but I love these photos so much I have to share them again.

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Pretend Gun-Hee is Rudolf…a holiday tradition!

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We got Gun-Hee on December 15, 2006, so I always called him my Christmas kitten.

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This was Christmas night, after all the presents were opened, and my future husband and I were in the kitchen cleaning up after dinner when we heard a sound from the front room of my old apartment.

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And there he was, Gun-Hee. Up the tree.

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We extricated him from the faux branches and put him back down on the floor, but as soon as we let him go he scrambled right back up into the tree like he had magnets in his feet.

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This went on for a while. I was afraid he was going to break the tree – the wiring between sections was already kind of iffy.

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As it turned out, this old tree only had one more year left in it. Had we known that then, we probably would have let Gun-Hee play in the tree more.

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When he was up in the tree he just looked so serious.

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It was like climbing the tree was his job, and he was a very diligent worker.

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He was such a little kitten compared to Jacoby. It’s probably a good thing that we got Jake in the summer, and by Christmas he was 8 months old and too big to really consider climbing the tree. Jake just played underneath it. A lot.

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Yes, Gun-Hee is looking at the curtain rod to see if he can get any higher.

Aby-a-Day – December 25: Behind the scenes with Santa

Here’s some photos of yesterday’s photo being taken:

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I was a little bit amused that the photos were just taken with a little digital camera. Ah, progress.

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I really liked the manager’s commitment to the Santa outfit. I mean, really, he only needed to wear the top half of the suit, right?