Aby-a-Day – 29 Maj: Wordless Wednesday (“Life is short. Running makes it seem longer”)

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Aby-a-Day – 20 Maj: It’s not as easy to make a 29 second video of a cat running down a hill as it looks…(Movie Monday)

So I am pretty proud of my Little House on the Prairie spoof with Izaak running down the hill that I posted yesterday. Mainly because it looks so perfect…but it wasn’t as easy as it looked.

Someone on Facebook asked me why I put Zak in Slo-Mo. Well…the reason is…he runs too fast when he gets going. This is the first part of what I ended up using…a whopping five seconds.

Here’s the ending bit. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it. So yeah, you can see why it was slowed down.

But it really took a lot more work than it looked. We had Lorelai and Alfred out there, too…my original thought was to have Rory and Zak running together down the hill. That just didn’t work out. Here are all the takes we did…with the original sound.

Aby a Day – 19 May: Little Cat on the Prairie (Singapura Cinema Sunday)

Since I moved to Sweden, I have absolutely fallen in love with Family Guy. Something about the razor-sharp New England sense of humour and the pitch perfect spoofs of pop culture…what’s not to love?

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Recently, we happened to see Seth MacFarlane’s spoof of the iconic closing credits of the classic 1970’s television show Little House on the Prairie. Then a couple of days ago, whilst outside with Lorelai and Izaak…I got inspired.

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It’s been rainy and grey the past few days, but today it was sunny and not windy and just…perfect for what I had in mind. It took us a while to get it just right…but at the end of the day, I am pretty proud of myself.

Aby-a-Day – 18 Maj: “I think I’ll go for a walk outside now, the summer sun’s callin’ my name…” (Swedish Summer)

In both New England and Sweden, a pleasant sunny day is like a special gift, not to be squandered. One must go out and enjoy the good weather while it lasts…because, in both places, wait five minutes and it’ll change.

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Take today, for example. It was raining so hard that it woke me up. Anyone who knows me, knows what a difficult thing that is to do.

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But a couple of weeks ago? It was gorgeous outside, and we absolutely needed to get outside and enjoy it.

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And oh, how Lorelai and Izaak enjoyed it.

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The way they interact outside is so different from the way they interact inside. They are best buds, the two who grew up together, the cat show team, the “kittens.”

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They play chase games in the house, but it’s taken to a whole other level when they’re outside. They are pretty evenly matched: Zak is older and heavier, but Rory is faster and sneakier.

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I know we don’t have a subway to ride, or a city to explore, but we can run around free outside…and that’s a fun option to have.

Aby-a-Day – 28 April: “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon” (Swedish Singapura Sunday)

As I posted yesterday, Lorelai loves to run, and when she does, she practically flies. She is incredibly graceful, sleek and aerodynamic.

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…Izaak…not so much.

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He can get up some momentum when he gets going, but look at the concentration on his face. It’s not quite as effortless for him as it is for Rory.

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Zak kind of bobs along like a three-day old helium balloon.

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It’s almost as if his back half goes faster than his front half.

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It’s really adorable to watch.

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Still no matter how he tries, he’s just not built for speed the way Rory is.

Aby-a-Day – 27 April: “You can’t put your feet on the ground until you’ve touched the sky” (Swedish Sunday)

Lorelai loves to be outside where she can run free. At times, she very nearly becomes airborne!

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Part of the reason we’ve been training Rory and Izaak to go outside offleash but stay close to us is because we would like to take them out with us when we run simple errands, like taking out the trash.

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That way, they get to go outside and run around, we get to take out trash and have fun with our kitties. Win-win, really.

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Especially for Rory. When she runs, joy radiates off of her.

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She truly is happiest when she is galloping at full tilt.

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She really does almost become airborne when she runs!

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This is one case where youth is not wasted on the young. Rory is savouring every second of her age and abilities.

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Zak, whilst being a little more earth-bound than Rory, still has his moments…as you will see tomorrow.

Aby-a-Day – 7 April: “Spring is here, A-suh-puh-ring is here! Life is skittles and life is beer” (Swedish Sunday)

Continuing from yesterday’s post…after the kittens run down the hill in front of our building, they run back up to the hill to the back of our apartment.

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Lorelai hurries to cat up to Izaak…

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…who is already under our balcony, with Alfred above on the ledge.

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I know, Freddy, but you can’t be trusted off leash, and we have an actual chore to get done.

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Oh! Look who it is! Angel’s come to join us!

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In the past few months, she’s actually been not only friendly with the younger cats, but she’s actually started to play chasing games with them!

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As you may recall, the kittens really love the sandy area around the swingset.

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Especially Rory.

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She loves to dig holes in it, roll in it, play with it…she just loves sand.

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Zak tries digging a hole…but he doesn’t really see the appeal in it that Rory does.

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Oops! Time for a bit of chase!

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Finally we get to our destination: the garbage bin.

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Or, well…we went to the garbage bin to take out the trash…the kittens just ran around the adjacent lawn like mad things.

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Rory, as always, especially. She really loves to run free outside.