Aby-a-Day – January 31: “Cube” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

I got in on the Petcube Kickstarter back in September 2013, and it arrived just before the holidays. The original delivery date was supposed to have been May, but I liked getting it as a Christmas gift.

It’s a pretty nifty little toy. I can see the cats from anywhere, and I can talk to them and play the red dot game with them using a built-in laser pointer.

Jake may be too smart for it, though…he’s more interested in looking for me inside the Petcube than he is in playing with the laser.

I also tried it in the art room. You can see me in this shot, testing it out. This was the cube on the windowsill.

I moved it to the bookshelf, since that gave a better view of the room.

You can also capture any naughtiness happening while you’re away. Jake, stop biting my laptop cable!

Okay, now you’re too close! (You can see the laser pointer dot on his neck, though.)

This is one afternoon at work. Jake’s napping on the big cat bed.

Or was he just waiting for me to talk to him through the cube again?

Tessie is the only one who isn’t intrigued by the Petcube. I managed to capture Angel on it. She looked at the laser for about two seconds, and then jumped up to sit on the nce warm cable box, just out of camera range.

Kylie also thinks it’s very interesting.

Especially the laser pointer!

Aby-a-Day – January 30: First snow (Friday Flashback)

The blizzard we had this week reminded me of the first time Jacoby ever saw snow.

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Jake’s first snow was a Nor’easter on 20 December 2009.

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He was still a kitten then, just 8 months old.

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So it was a pretty big deal.

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Even though our view in the old apartment wasn’t that great, Jake was fascinated by all that white stuff.

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He’d never seen anything like it!

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He even tried to catch the falling flakes.

I even made a little video of him watching the snow. He was such a cute little guy!

Aby-a-Day – January 29: White out

So we’ve had a bit of snow here in New England…

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Jacoby was very interested in watching the flakes fall on Tuesday.

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One great thing about our apartment is that is has a lot of windows.

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It was really odd to see our normally busy intersection completely empty save for the occasional snowplow or maintenance vehicle.

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Oh, yes, and the poor dog owners, who had to take their dogs out in that blizzard so they could go to the bathroom.

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Jake and I had a good chuckle at their expenses, I have to admit!

Aby-a-Day – January 28: Wordless Wednesday (Watching Juno)

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Aby-a-Day – January 27: Sympathy Pains (Cartoon Tuesday)

Kind of a quickie this week, I’m afraid…On Friday, I woke up at 2am with fever and chills. Then I had some blood in my urine, and ended up in the ER on Saturday morning.

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I was somewhat amused that I had the same thing that Jacoby gets. It’s like now, I really know how he feels when he gets a UTI flare-up. And for his part, he stuck by me the entire time I was home sick. It really seemed like he could tell what was wrong with me…and he empathised completely. And if he was the type to share his food, I’m sure he’d make this generous offer.

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I actually got the idea for this week’s cartoon while I was waiting for my test results at the emergency room, and sketched it out on my iPad.

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

Aby-a-Day – January 26: I’ll be by your side (Hipstamatic Monday)

The last few days, I’ve been sick with a urinary tract infection.

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Jacoby has been stuck to my side like glue since Thursday night, when I first started feeling ill.

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Since I’ve been sick, it’s been him, my iPad, and CSI.

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I don’t know if Jake knows why I’m sick…

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…But I really do think that he knows I have the same thing he gets.

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He really does seem to feel my pain.

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He’s been my little buddy, stuck to my side…I think he can tell what’s causing my illness. And he knows it’s the same thing he gets.

Aby-a-Day – January 25: This shelf isn’t big enough for the two of us…

Angel is very fond of the wallclimbers we have installed.

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She seems to feel very confident when she’s on one of them.

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Well, that is, until…

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Wham! A wild tortie appears!

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Angel uses ignore.

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It’s not very effective!

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In fact, it seems to have the opposite effect.

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It seems like the more Angel ignores Tessie, the pushier Tessie gets.

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Luckily, this isn’t one of the higher shelves.

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Otherwise, I’d have been worried that Angel would have been knocked off.

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Tessie doesn’t seem to appreciate the fact that she has an audience. Wonder what she’d be doing to Angel if I hadn’t been there?

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I don’t really know what Tessie wants. There are, after all, three other shelves she could go sit on.

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This is what Tessie does, too…she just sort of looks at Angel…

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…And Angel just cringes.

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They have such an odd dynamic, these two.

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Well, that escalated quickly.