Aby-a-Day – 29 May: The Jake and Coco Show (Selfie Sunday)

You remember when you were a little kid, and you would put on “shows” to entertain family and friends? Some of us did them live in the living room, others (like me) would record “radio shows” on tape, and today they’re making mp4 movies and loading them onto YouTube.

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But I think we all did it at some point. And lately, in our nightly FaceTime sessions with Björn, I feel like Jacoby and I have been putting on the “Jake and Coco Show.”

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“Come on, Jake…do you have anything to say to the nice people out there in FaceTime land?”

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“…Hmmm?”

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“No? Nothing? What, has the cat got your tongue?”

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“How about a kiss, then?”

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“No? Okay well I wouldn’t kiss me either after that joke.”

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“Better now?”

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Then I got up for some reason, and Jake didn’t want to be alone onscreen without his sidekick.

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So he followed me.

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But don’t think for a second that he doesn’t know where the camera is at all times.

Aby-a-Day – 15 May: Me and my boys (Selfie Sunday)

Jacoby loves to hang out with me while I FaceTime with Björn.

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Sometimes I grab him and make him interact with us.

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As you can see, he’s a big fan of that.

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More often, though, he just meanders into the picture, asking for pettins.

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“Oh, hey new dad. Didn’t see you there.”

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Annnnddd…back to rubbing on mommy.

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He does that a lot.

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He also comes in for random headbutts.

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Headbutt, rub, roll, repeat.

Aby-a-Day – 8 May: Hotel FaceTime (Selfie Sunday)

Last weekend at the Seacoast show, Jacoby and I hat a hotel room all to ourselves.

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So of course we FaceTimed with Björn.

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Because why wouldn’t we?

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I tried to get Jake to wave to his dad.

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Jake was not into waving.

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I tried to convince him that it would be a cute thing to do.

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He was having none of that.

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Look at his face: “Mom…come on…seriously?”

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And then later, after I was sound asleep, Björn captured this shot of Jake tromping around the room.

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 – 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 – 10 March: Happy Birthday, Björn!

Today is Björn’s birthday! He’s 83 days older than me, something I have been reminding him of since he turned 30 before I did.

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This year, we celebrated the way we celebrate everything…via FaceTime. But next year, I hope to have a more personal birthday party for Björn. Plus, it’ll be on a Friday 🙂

Grattis på födelsedagen älskling!

Aby-a-Day – 6 March: “It is in their eyes that magic resides” (Selfie Sunday)

Silly me, thinking I could eat a meal in peace.

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I was sitting with Björn, trying to eat lamb and rice.

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With Jacoby in the same room.

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As if I could eat in peace with a glowing-eyed piranha trying to steal the food from my fork.

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He’s still not as bad as Angel, though…

Aby-a-Day – 2 March: Wordless Wednesday (This is my life now)

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Aby-a-Day – 25 February: Just TRY to eat meat around Angel…

I was eating some beef and potatoes while FaceTiming with Björn.

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I was trying to eat it in the living room.

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I should have known better.

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This is what happens.

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Angel always swoops in from the back of the sofa and tries to steal my food right off the fork

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Missed it that time…

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Really Angel? Really?

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Next bite, she’s right back at it, grabby Aby hands in action.

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She’s really relentless.

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Jacoby and Tessie wanted some, too, and they were sitting in front of me watching hopefully.

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Not Angel, though.

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For a cat who’s as skittish in so many situations as she is…it’s really amazing how aggressive a beggar and food snatcher she is.

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Since my hands were full, I tried to push her away with my head.

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That did not work.

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She came right back!

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She even went so far as to try to fake me out. Here, she tried to make me think she’d given up.

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Nope! Abys never give up when there’s food involved!

Aby-a-Day – 21 February: Awkward…(Selfie Sunday)

Jacoby often drops by while I’m FaceTiming with Björn.

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Just an ordinary lazy Sunday, spending time with my best boys…

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…one of whom, frustratingly, is 5800km away…

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…and the other who apparently can’t sit still.

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Ow! Watch where you put those paws, Jake!

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What is this I don’t even.

Aby-a-Day – 14 February: Valentine’s Day

So today is Valentine’s Day. And it’s a bit rough…my human Valentine is in Sweden while I am here in the States.

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I sent Björn a package for Valentine’s day…

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…and he sent me one, too, of course.

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We opened our packages today together over FaceTime.

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And of course, Jacoby helped.

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Despite us being 5800km and six hours apart, this was the best Valentine’s Day I’ve had in a very long while. Jag älskar dig, Björn!

Aby-a-Day – February 3: Wordless Wednesday (Facetime with Björn)

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Aby-a-Day – 24 January: Someone to watch over me (Selfie Sunday)

When Björn and I FaceTime, we try to keep our connection going as long as possible.

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Usually either my wifi or his will crap out overnight, but we try to fall asleep “together” whenever we can. Since we’re six hours apart, we generally manage to do this most often on weekends.

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Of course, Björn wakes up before me, and yesterday morning he captured these shots of Jacoby sleeping on me while I slept.

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I have no idea why Jake likes to sleep perched on my back or shoulder instead of nestled up in the blankets behind my knees or along my side.

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He purrs when he sleeps on me like that, though. It’s very comforting.

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And even though he weighs 4.5kg and he’s lying on my ribs, it doesn’t seem to bother me at all.

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Do you think Jake knew that Björn was taking his photo?

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Oh, yeah. He knew.

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Buh-bye.

Aby-a-Day – 10 January: Sympathetic selfies (Selfie Sunday)

I have to go back to work tomorrow. So not ready. This was the longest vacation I’ve ever taken in almost ten years…

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…and it doesn’t help that I’ve basically been living in pajamas, watching Law & Order and sleeping erratically since I got back on Wednesday. Luckily, I have my one-cat ruddy cheer-up brigade.

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These are just some selfies I took of myself and Jacoby last night while Facetiming with Björn.

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Jake is very hard-headed when it comes to snapping people out of funks. He was purring (and drooling) a lot while I was taking these.

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“Come on, Mom! Cheer up and pet me!”

Aby-a-Day – December 27: Reverse FaceTime Date (Selfie Sunday)

While I’ve been in Sweden, Jacoby has been moping.

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He’s been hanging out in the bedroom. He’s started building a mancave in the comforter on the bed.

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He goes into a fold and then scoops out a tunnel by rolling in place. And then he just sleeps there. All. Day. Long.

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So, I decided to FaceTime with him.

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At first, he didn’t react much. I’d woken him up and he was a bit groggy.

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Jake just wanted to sleep until I come back, I guess.

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But hearing my voice seemed to perk him up.

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He reached his paw out to touch the phone.

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And then, he rolled over!

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He actually left his quilt fort and sat up.

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He gave me his opinion on my being away…

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…but then he really perked up.

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Jake does understand the concept of FaceTime.

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He knows it’s me, and my voice.

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It might be better if he’d been “talking” to me over an iPad or a Mac, something with a larger screen than just an iPhone 6…but it worked pretty well. He seemed to be much happier after our call.

Aby-a-Day – December 13: My two men (Selfie Sunday)

Being that I am in Boston and Björn is in Sweden, we spend a LOT of our lives talking on FaceTime. And Jacoby, of course, loves to help.

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Every so often, Björn will capture Jake and I at the other end of his iPad and send it to me. This was a couple of weeks ago. I was unhappy with my haircut, so I was hiding behind Jake.

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This one was taken a couple of nights ago. Jake sees no difference between walking on the mattress or walking on my face, apparently. As you can see up in the lefthand corner, Björn found this highly amusing.

Aby-a-Day – December 6: This is MY food! (Selfie Sunday)

Today’s photos come courtesy of Bjorn, who watched me trying to eat some Thanksgiving pheasant over Facetime.

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“Trying” being the operative word here.

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Hey, you try eating while being tag-teamed by two voracious Abys!

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Jacoby is very impatient. He’ll take the meat right off your plate if you aren’t careful!

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Angel is a little better; she waits up by my shoulder for me to share. But she has been known to try to grab it right off my fork!

Aby-a-Day – October 25: Have WiFi, Will Facetime (Selfie Sunday)

The MBTA Commuter Rail system is not the greatest in the world, and its infrastructure could use an overhaul…but it does have free WiFi on most trains.

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So, on the way home from the NEMO show last week, Jacoby and I FaceTimed with Björn while we rode the rail.

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FaceTime is a huge part of our relationship. I shudder to think what we would do without it. Thank you, Roberto Garcia.

Aby-a-Day – October 11: Live from the NEMO show (Selfie Sunday)

The third New England Meow Outfit (NEMO) show was this weekend, and of course Jacoby and I went.

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There was wifi in the show hall, so on Saturday, I FaceTimed with Björn. He got to meet many of my friends, virtually, via FaceTime.

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While we were chatting, he took these screenshots of me and Jake. So here you can see what we look like – candidly – at a cat show!

Aby-a-Day – September 20: More FaceTime with Björn (Selfie Sunday)

Just TRY to have a FaceTime date with your fiance with an Abyssinian in the house!

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It’s like having a chaperone!

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Yeah, thanks Jacoby. I do have a dad already, you know.