Aby-a-Day – July 31: Jake’s first ArtBeat (Friday Flashback)

Jacoby went to his first ArtBeat in 2010.

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He was amazing. He was just over a year old, but he hadn’t been with me a year yet.

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We didn’t have a stroller yet. We used his Snoozer Rollaround carrier. But it was partially because of ArtBeat that I decided to investigate getting a stroller for Jake.

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Jake took to ArtBeat like a natural.

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The best interaction was with a boy named Jason.

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Jason was developmentally challenged, and he was a sweetheart. He loved Jake and even gave me a big hug. It was the moment that I knew that Jake would be a good therapy cat, and that we’d be a good therapy team. I’ll really miss going to ArtBeat…it’s really a very special event.

Aby-a-Day – July 30: Art Beat Loops

As we do every July, Jacoby and I went to Somerville’s ArtBeat festival. This year’s theme was “Loops.”

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As always, we stopped to visit our friend Kim at Stella Marie Soap.

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She’s always so happy to see me and Jake.

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We also stopped to look at the M.U.S.C.R.A.T. bus.

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With its ears, it reminds me of the Cat Tank in the webcomic Stand Still Stay Silent.

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This year, there was a lot of sidewalk chalk art. Some that you were allowed to touch…

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…And some that you weren’t.

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All in all, we had a really gerat time, the two of us.

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It was a little bittersweet, though, since we probably won’t be able to go next year.

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And our unbroken string of ArtBeat dogcat tags (16 for me, 6 for Jake), will have to come to an end.

Aby-a-Day – July 29: Wordless Wednesday (“1.21 GIGAWATTS!!!”)

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Aby-a-Day – July 28: Kitty cut-up (Cartoon Tuesday)

Another work of art from my childhood:

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This is a paper cut-out collage. I think I must have done this in preschool or kindergarten when I was four or five years old. Something tells me I ran out of time making it, because it seems to me I’d have done the back legs in green, too.

Aby-a-Day – July 27: Face-off (Miniature Monday)

Here’s the slightly creepy side of ball-jointed dolls:

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Their faces come off! They’re actually held on by super-strong magnets.

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This is done so that, if you want to, you can change your doll’s facial expressions, or have open- and closed-mouth variations. So while it may look a little…weird…it’s actually pretty cool!

Aby-a-Day: July 26: Home sweet T station

cats are known for their homing sense. And Jacoby’s is as strong as any cat’s.

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As I’ve mentioned many times, he knows which T stop we live at.

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Not only that, he knows the stop before our stop.

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Once the doors close on that stop, he’s all ready for it to be our turn.

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“Open, open, open!”

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When we do get off at our stop, Jake knows exactly where we’re going.

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Of course, we don’t take the escalator anymore, especially with his stroller.

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But he knows where the elevator is.

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“Why do all these doors take so long to open!?”

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Jake is such an city cat. Riding in an elevator is just everyday routine.

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And, like any urban dweller, he’s quite impatient with how long the ascent takes, no matter how quick a trip it is.

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“Are we there yet?”

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“Seriously? How is it possible that we are still on this elevator? Plus, it kind of smells like pee in here…I didn’t think you humans did that?”

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Finally, the door opens!

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Jake knows we have to take a second elevator to the street level.

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As we approach the elevator to the street, he gets excited and stands up in his stroller.

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I think he does that to make it feel like he’s going faster.

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He waits impatiently for the doors to open.

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Another (shorter) ride up and…

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At last! The doors part and he is outside on the street!

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The traffic and noise of Dorchester Ave. don’t bother him at all.

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In fact, I think it bothers him less than being stuck in the smelly elevator did!

Aby-a-Day – July 25: “Stop” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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And here is the famous Strollercat at the Davis Square T stop.

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Just doing what Strollercat does…

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…waiting for a train…

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…so he can go for a ride!