Aby-a-Day – 11 Januari: Serious cuddle puddle (Hipstamatic Monday)

The other evening there was a pretty serious cuddle puddle going on at the end of the sofa involving Dashiell, Izaak and Lorelai. The whole his was pretty adorable.

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But the absolute cutest thing was Dash’s leg over Zak’s back.

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I mean, isn’t it just the sweetest thing?

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At least, it is until you realise that Dash was probably sleeping on the bed all by himself until Zak wormed his way in there.

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Rory joined them afterwards.

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However it happened, it still makes for some super cute photos.

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All right, Rory…you can go back to sleep now.

Aby-a-Day – 14 December 2020: Christmas candles (Hipstamatic Monday)

We’re putting up our Jul/Christmas decorations gradually this year, starting with the easiest things first. So first the wreath goes on our front door, and then we put the Julljusstaken in the windows.

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And, as always, it leads to some incredibly festive photos ops.

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Pair the candles with Hipstamatic’s holiday-themed films and lenses, and you can have a lot of fun. This film is called “Vixen-chan.”

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And this film is “Donner.”

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This last one isn’t one of the holiday films…but it feels Christmassy, don’t you think?

Aby-a-Day – 7 December 2020: What’s the first thing you see in the morning when you wake up? (Hipstamatic

Me, it’s usually a cat.

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Or two.

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Usually, it’s Alfred and Dashiell.

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Many mornings I waked up with my arm around Freddy, like he’s a stuffed animal.

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Dash likes to purr at me, bump his head on my hand, and pat my face with his soft little hands.

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Unfortunately, both these boys are drooly purrers.

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Still, if you have to wake up, I can’t think of a better way to do it.

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Oh, and if you’re wondering where Izaak is, he’s on my legs, under the comforters, licking the insides of my knees.

Aby-a-Day – 30 November 2020: The no-tell hotel (Hipstamatic Monday)

So, as I posted on Saturday, Lorelai met a boy in a hotel. At first, she didn’t like him at all.

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On Saturday night, Rory was grooming herself suggestively…and Ritchie was watching appreciatively.

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Then Rory caught him watching her.

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Ritchie instantly looked away. “Who, me? Nope, I was looking at this suddenly very interesting ceiling.”

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Then, at approximately 07:48 am on Sunday morning, I was awakened by a thumping and cat noises (and a need to pee). The thumping was due to rolling around the shoes underneath our suitcase, but yeah, when I woke up, sexy times were happening under our bed.

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Bow chicka bow!

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After their tryst under our bed, the lovebirds went to the space under our suitcase, where the shoes had been, pre-all the rolling that woke me up.

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I actually watched a mating cycle, including dismount, and there were at least two others that I didn’t see, so I think we may have touchdown this time!

Aby-a-Day – 23 November 2020: Half-brothers from another mother (or something) (Hipstamatic Monday

Hipstamatic jusr released a new a new Hipstapak with a new film and lens. I thought I would try them out on the “NOT brothers from another mother,” Alfred and Izaak.

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It’s not a terribly exciting combination, to be honest.

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But seeing Freddy with Zak reminds me of Freddy and Logan. And I wonder: what would they be like together now?

Aby-a-Day – 9 November 2020: Bed thief (Hipstamatic Monday)

The brown dome bed is Angel’s. That’s a fairly well-respected fact in our house.

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Except for Izaak. Singapuras have zero boundaries.

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Well, what have you got to say for yourself, young man?

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Oh. All righty, then. As you were.

Aby-a-Day – 26 Oktober 2020: Undercovers Dash (Hipstamatic Monday)

With the cooler weather, Dashiell and Izaak have been sleeping under the duvets on our bed. It’s so cute to see him sleeping under the blankets.

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Dash is all of us waking up…especially on Monday morning! His face is a mood.

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A waking-up blep…

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…and Dash is ready to start his day.

Aby-a-Day – 12 Oktober 2020: The best of friends (Hipstamatic Monday)

Izaak was the first cat who befriended Dashiell when he first arrived, and they both eat all their meals together in our bedroom.

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As such, these two boys have a very special bond. I was walking past the bedroom yesterday and saw these two snuggled up together.

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It wasn’t after a meal or anything…they were just hanging out together on the bed.

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They are so cute together…and this is way easier to get photos of than when they’re chasing each other through the house at top speed!

Aby-a-Day- 28 September 2020: Snuggly Freddy (Hipstamatic Monday)

Alfred is the most cuddly cat I have ever known.

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He’s like a living, purring (and occasionally drooling) teddy bear.

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This is Freddy cuddling on the sofa with Björn the other night while we we watching television.

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It’s hard to tell, but he’s wedged between us, with his hands on my leg, soaking up all Björn’s pets.

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He may be our “extra” cat, but I love him and his purr.

Aby-a-Day – 14 September 2020: An Izaak on an IKEA stool (Hipstamatic Monday)

I took some really nice portraits of Izaak in the kitchen, but they were kind of…Meh. So I took to Hipstamatic to spice them up. The above is my favourite.

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I like this one, too…something about the melted film effect appeals to me.

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I really like the “shattered” effect on this photo, and the way it focuses on Zak’s eyes…but I cant decide which version I like better. What do you think?

Aby-a-Day – 10 Augusti 2020: Happy Gotcha Day, Dashiell!

One year ago today, Dashiell arrived in Finland. As you may recall, it was an insane day, and we didn’t actually “get” him until the next day, so I guess we have a two-day Gotcha holiday.

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But we were in the same country at the same time, so today counts.

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But even once we had him…we still had to get him home.

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First by ferry…

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…then by train…

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…And finally by taxi.

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Little did Dash know when they met that Izaak was destined to be his best friend.

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There really weren’t any real problems integrating Dash into the family.

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…Well, okay…maybe there was a little bit of hissing.

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We also introduced Dash to the outside world, including Markis.

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Look at him now! He’s still a little skittish, but he’s getting braver every day.

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Happy Gotcha Day, Dash!

Aby-a-Day – 27 Juli 2020: Turning garbage into gold (Hipstamatic Monday)

Even with the impressive camera on the iPhone 11 Pro, it’s still possible to take a bad photo. Despite the auto-focus and auto-lighting technology, the camera still occasionally makes a mistake. The other day, the lenses somehow centered on the wrong thing, and some photos of Dashiell came out dark and underexposed.

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This is something Hipstamatic is great for. Look at how much clearer Dash is now. You can actually see his eyes!

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These two shots of Lorelai running almost look like they were taken with bad film! I have no idea what happened, but the auto-correct didn’t work at all.

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Hipstamatic doesn’t magically make them good photos, but it makes them better, and it turns them into art. Which is better than just having a bad photo, I guess.

Aby-a-Day – 20 Juli 2020: Still more photos of Lorelai and Io (Hipstamatic Monday)

Since it was fun last week, I thought I’d post some more Hipstamatic photos of Lorelai and Io from this past weekend.

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I love the variety of styles in Hipstamatic. Of course, I have been using it for over ten years now, so I’ve amassed a large collection of films and lenses.

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You can also edit regular photos after the fact in Hipstamatic now, and turn a photo you might trash into something artistic.

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I love this one. It changed all the greens to red, and desaturated everything else. I really like how this one turned out.

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You can get some fun effects.

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In the Hipstamatic app, you can apply more than one film and lens, and get results you could never get using the Hipsta camera.

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I like this one, too. Nice shade of green.

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Rory saying goodbye to Io. I hope they made kittens.

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This was a blah photo of Rory on Björn’s shoulder. Now it’s cool and interesting.

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This is another of my favourites in this batch.

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It’s interesting that one combination turns greens red, while another filter turns the reds green.

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Rory and Angel when we finally got home. My girls.

Aby-a-Day – 13 Juli 2020: More photos of Lorelai and Io (Hipstamatic Monday)

Lorelai is still with Io, so I thought I would share a few Hipstamatic shots from our trip.

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Here she is, before she knew all the firsts she was about to experience…

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…like her first kiss…

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…and her first…um, whatever this is.

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“Oooooh…isn’t he dreamy?

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Okay, Io…now get busy getting busy!

Aby-a-Day – 6 Juli 2020: “Sorry about that, Lorelai” (Hipstamatic Monday)

Lately, I have been showing Björn one of my all-time favourite television shows: Get Smart. This series debuted the year we were born and it’s been one of my favourite shows since junior high (They showed it on independent channels after school).

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Lorelai enjoys watching with us….but she can be a little annoying.

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Barbra Feldon and 99 were such a HUGE influence on me when I was young (Brunette! Short hair! Flat shoes!)…I’d name a girlcat after 99, if 99 had an actual name (and no, her her name is not Susan.

Aby-a-Day – 18 Maj 2020: Pink is for boys, too! (Hipstamatic Monday)

Dashiell and Izaak eat together in our bedroom. Breakfast, chicken neck snacktime, and dinner, those two always dine together. This is because, for whatever reason, Dash doesn’t try to steal Zak’s food (the way Alfred or Lorelai would), and since Zak only eats raw, he won’t try to eat Dash’s meal.

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This is one of the reasons this pair are such fast friends. When the other three cats are done eating, and I open the bedroom up, I often find them cuddling together, sometimes on our bed, and sometimes in this fuzzy pink cat bed we won at a cat show.

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It’s pretty girly. We thought it might be good for Rory, but she never sleeps in there. Angel does sometimes, but it’s mainly Zak and Dash who nap in that bed. The bed also has the white blanket that was in Zak’s crate when he came here from Poland, so that may be part of the attraction.

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Who says boys can’t rock the pink?

Aby-a-Day – 11 Maj 2020: Glam-o-Rama (Hipstamatic Monday)

The fun thing about Hipstamatic is that they’re always releasing new films and lenses. This weekend, they released the Glam-o-Rama SnapPak with the Disco Stu lens and Funktown film. The samples they showed in the email looked pretty cool, and I wanted to try it out.

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The problem with this film/lens combination (and I have no idea why) is that when you look through the viewfinder…all you see is a blur. This hasn’t ever happened with any other Hipstamatic combo before. Not being able to see what you’re taking a photo of is a bit challenging, to say the least.

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This film/lens combo is glamourous, though. It even makes an ordinary yawn look sparkletastic.

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I love the glow it added to these ordinary photos of Alfred.

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Izaak gave me this pose…but that’s just because it was time for his chicken neck.

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So we repaired to the kitchen.

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I love these photos of Dashiell. He looks like he should be on the cover of an 80’s compilation of soft rock ballads.

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Not being able to see what you’re photographing lends itself to some interesting compositions.

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Although I have to say, I really like this action shot of Freddy trying to grab his neck.

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Meanwhile, Angel waits patiently for her crunchies.

Aby-a-Day – 27 April 2020: So much for THAT Hallmark moment (Hipstamatic Monday)

It all started so innocently…

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…Alfred and Izaak were cuddling on the sofa, and Freddy lazily started to groom Zak.

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And then Zak started grooming Freddy in return.

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It was so sweet. It reminded me of Freddy with Logan.

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I mean, okay, they are a year apart in age, so not quite “brothers from another mother” the way Freddy was with Logan…

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…but at least Freddy still has a Singa pal who’s fun to be with.

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Zak, of course, loves all the Abys in the house. He happily cuddles with everyone.

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However, all of a sudden things took a turn. Freddy started to groom Zak a little…

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too enthusiastically.

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Zak had had enough! He way weigh around three pounds less than Freddy does…

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…but with true Singapura stubborness, Zak can stand up to anyone when enough is enough!

Aby-a-Day – 20 April 2020: Dash is a smol bol (Hipstamatic Monday)

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, one of Dashiell’s favourite afternoon napping spots is at the end of the sofa.

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He’s a big, gangly yearling, but he manages to get his legs rolled up in a tight ball.

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…And, the camera woke him up. Sorry, Dash!

Aby-a-Day – 13 April 2020: Nap distribution (Hipstamatic Monday)

Working on various Photoshop projects today, at one point I looked over and noticed that all the boys were piled at one end of the sofa.

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Alfred, Izaak and Dashiell were all napping in a heap at the far end.

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It was pretty adorable.

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I mean, look at them1

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Totally a band of brothers.

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Meanwhile, Lorelai was napping on the right side of the sofa.

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Pretty much as far away as she could get from the boys whilst still being on the sofa.

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But she was happy on her “no boys allowed” side of the couch.

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Nice teeth, Rory!