Aby-a-Day – 11 April: Fie! (Miniature Monday)

I’ve lived in Boston for 16 years this coming May, but I only just yesterday finally went to the Boston Tea Party Museum. It’s really a lot of fun! I didn’t do the tour this time; my friends Ailsa and Stephanie were in town, and we just did the gift shop and the tea room.

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You can see the building I live in from the museum, which is located in the middle of the Congress Street Bridge. I could see the Tea Party Museum from my building, too, if it were larger!

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The gift shop is pretty elaborate, and they actually sell really good quality items along with the usual tourist stuff.

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They sell the types of tea that were tossed off the boat 16 December 1773.

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Mini-Jacoby was interested in checking out the replica ship.

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“Man the boats! The Wrecking Ball is aboard!”

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They also had these little colonial mice which he found quite interesting.

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After the gift shop, we visited the Tea Room, where you can get scones and other baked goods, sandwiches and soups, hot apple cider (with or without rum)…and, of course, tea.

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On the tables, there are period board games like Shut the Box and Nine Man Morris.

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At our table, we had a Nine Man Morris board with the flag of New England embazoned on it. Mini-Jake wanted to play…but he couldn’t quite move the pieces. I didn’t do the actual tour this visit…I am saving it for next week, when we plan to do not only the tour, but also the Tavern Night dinner.

Aby-a-Day – 10 April: Hug it out (Selfie Sunday)

While Jacoby and I were FaceTiming with Björn on night, I impulsively swept him up into a hug.

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Jake, not Björn, of course.

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Hey, you gotta get your hugs when you can! Both of them are very huggable, though.

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“No hugs, mom! I’m a boycat!”

Aby-a-Day – 9 April: “Lunch” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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Jacoby and Angel are always ready for lunch.

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And I do mean always. You may notice that it’s dark outside…

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…well, as Ford Prefect once said, “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” Or as Angel clearly believes, “Hey, it’s noon somewhere!”

Aby-a-Day – 8 April: Angel’s new leash (Fashion Friday)

I finally got Angel her very own leash made by my friend Sally at HiTide Creations.

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She’d been using Jacoby’s old one, but I really wanted to get her a purple one to match her collar.

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Like Jake’s leashes, it has some gorgeous, hand-made beads in colours that match the leather.

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It also has the adjustable handle that I designed, based on a leash I found when I went to Seoul, Korea. As a hand loop, it can be fastened to something, like the stroller’s handlebars.

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And like Jake’s leashes, it can be fastened around my waist for a hands-free leash. This innovation I came up with when Jake was doing therapy work. The first rule of therapy visits is “Never drop your leash” but sometimes that’s harder than you’d think. Having the leash around my waist means I never let go of the connection.

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Angel’s new leash looks so great with her Finnish harness and her new collar.

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She knows she looks great with her new leash.

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I can’t wait to take her out and test it once the weather gets better!

Aby-a-Day – 7 April: House wine

I tend to prefer red wine, but when I drink white I prefer Pinot Grigio. I’ve also taken to drinking wine in boxes because it’s lighter, more convenient, and better for the environment! It’s also easier to store.

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Over the weekend I went to pick up some more, and discovered this Original House Wine from Walla Walla, Washington.

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Well, the moment I saw it, I knew this had to happen.

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Because, seriously, what could be better than opening your fridge and seeing Dr. House glaring at you?

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Of course Jacoby helped me.

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If you’re an Abyssinian, you help. It’s what you do.

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(Sounds like an ad for Geico, doesn’t it?)

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Jake approves of my handiwork! Dr. House, on the other hand, thinks I’m an idiot for drinking wine in a box.

Aby-a-Day – 6 April: Wordless Wednesday (It’s so shiny!)

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Aby-a-Day – 5 April: My first wedding – Part 1 (Cartoon Tuesday)

Despite meeting Björn in 1992, he will be my – gasp! – third husband! My first husband and I were both members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and we got married in medieval garb. Our wedding was held on New Year’s Eve; we had the reception first and then got married just before midnight. The SCA’s big holiday celebration (and dress-up event) is Twelfth Night, and in the West Kingdom it’s typically held the first Saturday in January.

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This was my Christmas/12th Night card to our friends in 1992, and of course I sent one to Björn. He recently found it and, since we’re getting married in less than two weeks, I thought I’d share it because it also shows my Siamese, Harri. Harri actually came to the wedding as Best Cat and had a wonderful time. Harri was actually quite the party cat – I think he and Jacoby would have been great friends.

Aby-a-Day – 4 April: Strollercat rides again (Hipstamatic Monday)

When Jacoby and I went to the Apple Store, I took some Hipstamatic photos of him on the red line train.

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I love how riding the T is No Big Deal to him.

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Jake was so happy to be back in his stroller!

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He could not stop rubbing and head butting it.

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He could do without the really screechy wheels, though.

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He may look like a typical, blase commuter…

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…but he can be as outraged at the T’s service as any Bostonian. This is why we’ll never get the Olympics.

Aby-a-Day – 3 April: Shadow cat (Selfie Sunday)

When Björn and I Facetime, we aren’t always alone.

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Jacoby often participates in our nightly conversations.

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At least he’s not chewing on my laptop screen anymore…

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But he is a bit of a third wheel!

Aby-a-Day – 2 April: “Window” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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So here is Angel looking out the window in the elevator landing on our floor.

Aby-a-Day – 1 April: Remembrance of Fools Past (Friday Flashback)

I was so preoccupied with all the things that are happening in April I completely forgot about April Fool’s Day! So I don’t have my traditional April Fool’s image for you. However, since it’s Flashback Friday, let’s take a look at the last 5 years of foolishness.

The first time I did an April Fool’s image, Jacoby met his namesake on the field.

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In 2012, The Improper Bostonian published an issue with a certain ballplayer on the cover. Challenge accepted.

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But then I also came up with a spoof of the infamous Jake From State Farm commercial, so I had two jokes in 2012.

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In 2013, the foolery shifted to Cartoon Tuesday, starting with a little KPop satire.

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The next year, it was Norway’s turn.

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And then, last year…Three Moon Jake!. I was actually wearing the T-shirt I had made at BlogPaws and ran into the people from The Mountain…and they loved it!

Hopefully next year I’ll come up with something really brilliant to make up for missing this year.