Aby-a-Day – 7 Juli: My first visit to a cat cafe…in Paris! (Special Sunday(

As I mentioned yesterday, whilst we were in London, we took a daytrip last Tuesday to Paris.

catcafeIzmirAthena_7782

Our first stop was Le Café Des Chats, my first ever cat café!

catcafeSimbaAthenaGavroche_7724

I know, I know…cat cafés are a thing…but this is the first one I’ve ever been to.

catcafeNames1_7769

catcafeNames2_7770

They had laminated cards with photos and backstories of every cat. Those came in wicked handy.

catcafeSimba_7771

One cat, Simba, decided it was his job to manage the front desk.

catcafeSimba_7767

Simba was up there, managing, most of the time we were there.

catcafeSimba_7766

It was so adorable, how seriously he took his self-appointed job.

catcafeZan_130950

Then there was Zan.

catcafeZan_7779

Zan spent almost the entire time we were there (from the café’s opening at noon) up on his shelf on the wall.

catcafeStairs_7780

The café has an ingenious system of steps, bridges, and old furniture mounted to the wall to create a “cat superhighway” (™ Jackson Galaxy). Seems like it’s working.

catcafeSalem_130703

The resident cats clearly knew that they were in charge. The only rules were “don’t feed the cats” and “don’t wake a sleeping cat.”

catcafeSalem_7778

This is Salem, owning his chair.

catcafeAlaska_120848

Here’s Alaska.

catcafeAlaska_7725

According to his bio, he was born in the street to a neglected housecat. Not sure why he’s called Alaska…but it suits him.

catcafebook_7775

The table we sat at had books that patrons could read. This book, “Secrets of the Cat,” was one of them.

catcafebookspread_7772

It had a two-page spread dedicated to the “indefatigable players” – notably, the Abyssinian and the Singapura.

catcafebookAby_7773

Abys’ playfulness needs no explanation…

catcafebookSinga_7774

…But the part about Singapuras is particularly adorable. It says, “The Singapura is an expert in clowneries.” Sounds about right.

catcafeFamousFelines_7723

The café also has this brilliant poster featuring famous felines.

catcafeFamousFelinesJake_7723

And it really is complete. Look at #62: It’s Zunar J-9/5 aka Jake the Cat From Outer Space!

catcafeOldprint_7730

Then there was this old print in the washroom. That “wild cat” looks a lot like an Aby, don’t you think?

catcafeIzmir_7732

But the best part about the café was this lovely lady.

catcafeIzmir_7731

Her name is Izmir.

catcafeIzmirCoco_122319

At first, she looks like a white longhair…but she isn’t. She’s a lilac Turkish Van; you can barely see it in photos, but her tail is lilac, not white. She also has one yellow eye and one blue one.

catcafeIzmirCoco_122342

catcafeIzmirCoco_122325

Izmir was a very polite cat. She came up to me and sat on the table, waiting for permission before engaging.

catcafeIzmirCoco_122317

Then, a gentle headbutt.

catcafeIzmirCoco_122434

Then she decided to crawl onto my lap.

catcafeIzmirCoco_122452

catcafeIzmir_7751

She has the longest whiskers I have ever seen on a cat.

catcafeIzmirCoco_122942

She settled down and made herself comfortable. The leather couch was rather slidey, so I was half sitting, half lying on it when Izmir settled. It was a bit awkward.

catcafeIzmirCoco_123039

But how could I move? She was so comfy.

catcafeIzmir_7741

And she was purring!

catcafeIzmir_7746

She stayed on my lap, purring and kneading, for the longest time. I didn’t really get to interact with many of the other cats…but after almost a week of not having any kitties to cuddle, she really made my day.

Happy 14th Birthday, Kylie!

Today is Kylie’s 14th birthday. She was such a tiny kitten when we got her…

kylieparade_5810

…and here she is on St. Patrick’s Day, ignoring the parade.

Aby-a-Day – 23 April: Release the Flerken! (Cartoon Tuesday)

Warning…this post contains spoilers for the film Captain Marvel. However, if you have read the comics, it’s not really that much of a spoiler.

I am not a huge fan of superhero comics (I’m more of an Archie’s Gang kind of girl) or the “Marvel Universe.” I enjoy Deadpool (because he’s funny) and I love Big Hero 6 (because Disney animation and because San Fransokyo is awesome). And it’s kind of cool for me that I used to work with Chris Evans’ mother’s sister (she lived in Somerville) and now he’s Captain America…but by and large the who Avengers/X-Men/Spiderman movie monopoly just leaves me feeling…meh.

Until I discovered Captain Marvel. Of course, I had heard of her, but didn’t know much about the comic. Then I discovered that she’s a Red Sox fan and she has a cat. So of course I had to see this movie, right? Well…in the movie, she’s in LA and the desert and someplace in the South, and there is no mention of baseball or the Red Sox, so it was a bit of a let-down on that front. But the cat…oh, the cat more than made up for it!

Goose the cat (a female, but played by four cats, mainly a boy tabby named Reggie, along with Rizzo, Gonzo, and Archie) is easily the best part of the film. Goose even has her own poster!

zakgooseinboxC07413

zakflerkeninboxC07411

For years I avoided Funko Pop! figures when I saw them in stores, because they are a) cute, b) have something for EVERY fandom you can think of (I am not kidding…they even have a figure of Joey wearing all of Chandler’s clothes!), and c) they are exactly the kind of thing I could get totally addicted to. But after seeing The Last Jedi, I had to get a Porg figure, because the Porgs in the movie reminded us so much of Logan

gooseflerkenC07421

And now, I have Goose the cat and Goose the Flerken figures.

freddygooseflerkenC07429

Aren’t they cute?

flerkenglow0

But wait, there’s more! The Flerken version is swallowing a blue glowing cube called the “Tesseract”…which glows in the dark! There’s also a third version I like to call “The Slurp” with Goose retracting her tentacles. I haven’t gotten that one yet…but I will.

One last thing…movies like this almost always have a special extra scene after all the credits have rolled (and which most people miss because they leave to early). About halfway through the film, I knew what the bonus scene would be…and if I was wrong, Marvel would have missed the best opportunity for a joke ever. I was not wrong, and I was not disappointed. Here it is if you would like to see it (yes, it’s sideways, but it’s apparently the only one on YouTube):

Aby-a-Day – 15 January: Tattoo foxers (Cartoon Tuesday)

This is only tangentially related to Abys, or even cats, but I thought you might find it interesting.

snaketatt_5969

I had this snake tattoo…and I really didn’t like it. I got it for the wrong reasons, it hasn’t aged as well as most of the other ones I have, and it really doesn’t go with the other tattoos I have.

foxtatt_5975

So I finally decided to do something about it. I decided to get the snake covered up with a traditional Japanese fox design.

foxtatt_5976

Today was the first session. We got the outlines done, and then we coloured in the fox. I am not going to lie…this was the most painful tattoo I have ever gotten.

foxtatt_5979

Instead of a red fox, though, I wanted a North American grey fox. I have always loved the grey and orange colouration of these foxes.

freddybalconyC08993

Also, the colouration of the grey fox is quite similar to Alfred’s…I call him my grey fox.

foxtatt_5978

When I got home, I was drained and exhausted. I was lying on the sofa and Jacoby instantly came and lay on top of me…and on top of the tattoo. But it was nice, actually. Soothing. We’ll finish this tattoo up next month.

Aby-a-Day – 13 November: Cat Mob (Cartoon Tuesday)

Okay, not exactly a cartoon, but I see this sticker grafitti stuck to a wall-ashtray everytime I go to Commerce downtown. It’s just so happy! I mean, I know it’s grafitti…but it’s adorable.

CatMob-Mailbox

They also hit a postbox with a Sharpie, and this time Cat Mob has a friend. I really love his tail. I have no idea what or who Cat Mob is, but I appreciate their mascots.

Aby-a-Day – 14 August: Pining for the fjords (Cartoon Tuesday)

Whilst working on a new project for the upcoming NEMO show, I came across an old drawing I did for Iris five years ago for the National Norwegian Forest Cat Breed Club’s show catalogue (the show was around Columbus Day, as I recall). I’d forgotten all about it, but considering where I live now, it was too funny not to share.

wegieship-colour

Seeing it again also reminded me that I had always wanted to colour it. So, it being a rainy Tuesday, I figured, what the heck?