Aby-a-Day – 10 April: A sketchy packing job (Cartoon Tuesday)

While I was at the Winners Show, I found this sketch I had done on my (then new) iPad Pro with the coordinated Apple Pencil. I am not sure where I was going with this, but it had something to do with packing to move to Sweden. I wish I had put in the conversation Angel and Jacoby are having.

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

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Aby-a-Day – 25 March: The first time Strollercat went to the Apple Store (Friday Flashback)

The very first time Jacoby went to the Apple Store was back in 2011, when we went to get our brand new iPhone 3. It was a Massachusetts sales tax holiday, so everyone was trying to get a phone to save money, and we had to stand in line for a while.

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That was his first, tiny stroller.

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He seemed to enjoy himself.

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And then, just for comparison, here we are on our most recent trip.

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He still enjoys coming out on errands with me!

Aby-a-Day – 24 March: Pulling up a stool at the Genius Bar

When you need to go to the Genius Bar at the Apple Store, you’re experiencing a multitude of emotions.

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Of course, you’re totally stressed out and worried about your machine isn’t working right.

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It’s almost like worrying about a sick loved one. Perhaps worse, since apart from AppleCare, your machine hasn’t got health insurance…which means it’s probably going to cost you.

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Admittedly, there’s a certain thrill when you get to the Genius Bar.

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And then, when you’re met and greeted by an Apple Store concierge, you feel so special.

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But, once you’re checked in, you wait.

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And wait…

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…and wait…

Aby-a-Day – 21 March: Apple Over Boylston (Hipstamatic Monday)

Of course I had to play with Hipstamatic while we were at the Apple Store.

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I love the randomness of it.

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It’s like in the old days, when I had a little Instamatic and used 126 Kodapak film.

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Except, you know, you don’t have to pay for the film and the processing.

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But the funny thing is, the same number of good photos come out regardless of whether you take 24 shots or 2,400.

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I thought I would miss using film…but you know, I really don’t.

Aby-a-Day – 15 March: Playing with Pencil (Cartoon Tuesday)

So I broke down and bought myself an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil to go with it. I haven’t had much time to play with it yet, but I did do this quick sketch of Jacoby.

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It’s so much better than trying to draw on my Wacom tablet, but I still need some practice…

Aby-a-Day – 13 March: Stairway to Genius

One thing the Boston flagship Apple Store is known for is its 3-story-tall spiral glass staircase.

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And it is gorgeous. A bit treacherous if you’re on the small side of the steps, but it’s pretty. Apple has even patented this glass cylinder staircase design.

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Jacoby thought it was pretty interesting.

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He seemed to really enjoy watching people go up and down the steps.

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Although I always try to remember not to wear a skirt when I go there…because reasons.

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Of course there’s an elevator, too. How do you think Jake and I got to the Genius Bar on the third floor? I don’t know what I’ll do in Sweden, though. The closest Apple Store is in Helsingborg; the other two are in Stockholm and Malmö. No more walking to get my machines fixed…

Aby-a-Day – 12 March: “Zow” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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I’m not even sure that’s a real word.

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Jacoby calls shenanigans.

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“‘Zow’ isn’t a real word!”

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Yeah I had no idea how to illustrate this. So here’s Jake at the Apple Store, standing tall in his stroller.

Aby-a-Day – 5 March: “Night” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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Every night, Björn and I talk to each other on FaceTime. Sometimes Jacoby joins us.

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He loves to hang out while we just spend time together. And one of his favourite things to do is rub up against the edge of the screen.

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Jake and Tessie both love to rub their jaws against the corner of the screen especially. Sometimes they also bite it, so I’d like to warn everyone who has a MacBook Pro with a Retina screen that they are NOT impervious to cat teeth. They have left bitemarks on my screen! Actual bite marks! So be very careful. I’m actually getting a screen protector to help keep them from damaging it any more. I haven’t had a chance to put it on yet (that is another story entirely, which I will eventually tell), so I can’t vouch for it personally, but it has pretty decent reviews on Amazon.

The people at the Apple Store had no idea that the screens were softer than cats’ teeth though, so I thought I’d let you all know. This has been a public service announcement. 🙂

Aby-a-Day – 1 March: Zen Brush (Cartoon Tuesday)

At the Apple Store this past Sunday, I played around with Zen Brush with an Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro.

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It’s pretty nifty…but you can only draw in black or red.

Aby-a-Day – February 28: Out and About with Strollercat (Selfie Sunday)

So the display on my MacbookPro was acting up…and, as any owner of an Apple product knows, this can mean only one thing…a trip to the Genius Bar!

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Since it’s been crazy warm in Boston lately – especially for February! – I took my buddy Jacoby with me to reacquaint Boston with Strollercat.

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Here we are on Boylston Street…in February…without even a jacket on!

Aby-a-Day – December 16: Wordless Wednesday (So…this happened)

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Aby-a-Day – December 15: Lust in my heart (Cartoon Tuesday)

Over the weekend, I had to go to the Apple Store on Boylston Street. While I was there, I had an awesome and fun conversation with two Apple Store guys, Max and Dan. We had an absolute blast talking about everything – especially cats.

At one point in our chat, Max took me over to see the new iPad Pro. Now, I just got an iPad last year, and I really can’t afford one now…but oh…there’s more to it than just the iPad itself. There’s the Pencil that goes with it. And Max also showed me a sweet little app by Adobe called Photoshop Sketch. He quickly showed me how it worked, and then invited me to try it out.

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So, of course I drew Jacoby. Max was impressed, but as you all know, I’ve been drawing cats for a few years now.

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Then, Max had me do a quick watercolour background. Neat thing about watercolours in Sketch: the pigment will spread, just like on paper, unless you turn on this little fan and dry it out.

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Once we had Jake and the background, Max showed me how to put them together…in Pages, a word processing program that reminded me a LOT of my old friend