Aby-a-Day – September 30: Wordless Wednesday (A Scanner Darkly)

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Aby-a-Day – September 29: Christmastime is here, by golly! (Cartoon Tuesday)

This is the actual illustration for the Christmas card I was talking about last week.

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This is San Francisco, the intersection of Geary and Stockton in front of Union Square, 1996. My then-boyfriend, Eric, and I are doing Harri and Sigrid’s holiday shopping for them. Also, if you look at the background, there is another cat sitting on the sidewalk; that is Fagin and his human Mario, who would panhandle with his lovely blue-point Siamese mix. I used to bring fagin cat food, and Mario liked that better than the money! Mario wasn’t homeless, but he had been a construction worker until he started to lose his eyesight. I wonder what he’s doing now…and if he still has a kitty buddy.

That intersection is completely torn up now for light-rail construction, but here’s how it looked in 2011:

I can’t believe how much time I spent on this drawing! Nowadays, I’d just use a photograph and be done with it. I also used old-school Chartpak shading film on this…oh, man, I do NOT miss that stuff!

Aby-a-Day – September 28: Boston has not forgotten Strollercat (Hipstamatic Monday)

Ever since my bicycle accident a couple of months ago, my bike has felt a bit “off,” so I finally took it to Urban Adventours’ bike shop to get it looked at.

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They have a really great bike shop, and it’s especially convenient for a city dweller. They’re open til 8pm Monday – Saturday, and they’re right on the Greenway near the Carousel, which is wicked convenient.

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They also do repairs for a reasonable price, which is brilliant considering their location and convenience. It turned out, I was right: the rear wheel needed truing and the gears needed tightening. I also got her cleaned and lubed, and the whole thing only cost me $50. But the best part came when one of the young men working there wheeled out my bike. “Okay, I just gotta ask…” he started.

“The front basket? Yep, it’s for a cat or small dog! It’s a Dutch-made – of course! – pet bike carrier.”

“Okay,” he said, “Because I have a cat, but he would just jump out.”

“Well,” I said, “There’s a leash hook right here, so it’s like a seatbelt and they can’t jump out.” He then asked if I’d ever taken my cat for a bike ride in the basket. “No…” I explained, “But he has a stroller, and he loves to ride in that.”

“Oh, okay, so he’s been outside and he doesn’t freak out?”

“Nope, he loves going out. In fact, we got on the cover of the Herald once because we rode the T with his stroller…” I started telling the story of that fateful Tuesday T ride.

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As I was relating the tale, the other guy working at the shop interrupted. “Wait…You’re STROLLERCAT lady!?”

“I…uh…yeah? Yep, that’s me. I’m Strollercat’s mom.” I gave him a blog card with a photo of Jake in his stroller.

“OMG!!! I can’t believe I’m meeting Strollercat’s person! OMG!” Then he texted someone. “I have to tell my friend, she’s going to DIE.”

At that moment, a young woman came in with a bike. “Hey, I just texted you! You know who this is? This is the woman wit Strollercat!” And the girl was also very impressed and happy to get a card.

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It kind of blew me away…I mean, that was almost three years ago, and people still remember it. It’s almost like Jacoby and I have become a Boston urban legend!

Aby-a-Day – September 27: Don’t shoot the Messenger

Björn and I keep in contact via Facebook Messenger when we aren’t on Facetime. Since we reconnected last year on 18 June, we’ve sent nearly 50,000 messages back and forth. Granted, many of these were just emoticons or typo corrections, but it’s still pretty impressive for a 15-month period.

However, it has created a rather unique relationship between me and my iPhone…one that I’m not entirely sure Jacoby approves.

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“Holy crap, are you still Messaging him?”

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“Seriously? Mom, seriously?”

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“Ugh! Such romantic drivel!”

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“Yeah, I’m taking away your phone privileges. Time to pet the cat instead. Or, better yet, how about fetching some treats?”

Aby-a-Day – September 26: “Quaint” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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It’s funny, but when you go to Google the word “quaint,” one of the first things that comes up is “Quaint towns in MA.” The words “Quaint” and “New England” just seem to go together.

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And nothing is more quaint than the little miniature New England town at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, site of the NEMO CFA cat shows.

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Jacoby and I will be going to the third NEMO show in a couple of weeks, and it will probably be our last NEMO show and our last cat show in the United States.

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Of course, Sweden is another place that gets described as “quaint” fairly frequently.

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Wonder if Jake and I will be able to find a cute little cat-sized village to explore over there?

Aby-a-Day – September 25: Angel we have heard on high (Friday Flashback)

I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised at Angel embracing our wall climbing system.

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The very first night I adopted her and brought her to my mom’s house, Angel did this…

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…and this…

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…and this!

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And then the next morning, she got up the nerve to jump the gap and stand on top of the TV cabinet!

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A few months later, we were installing an IKEA Pax wardrobe, and before it was even finished, she was on top of it! I don’t even know how she got up there!

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And she tried to go even higher!

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For such a skittish kitty, Angel really loves to climb.

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I guess this is kind of anti-clime-actic…

Aby-a-Day – September 24: Angel up a wall

Angel has been spending a lot of time up on the wall lately.

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I do worry a little because she’s not got the best depth perception and she’s a little clumsy (although not as clumsy as Jacoby).

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But she seems to do okay. I don’t think she’s ever fallen off.

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But she certainly does seem to take some chances!

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Be careful up there, Angel!

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Oh, so you DO listen!

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Is that some sort of rude arm gesture?

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Ah, yes…the old “looking cute” trick…

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Wait…what?

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I must go, my people need me. Or there’s food. Something.