Aby-a-Day: Photobooth memories (Friday Flashback)

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since we took Logan to the cat show in Örebro. We are going with Lorelai and Izaak to that same show next weekend. I wonder if the Agria photobooth will be there again this year?

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We had SO much fun taking photos with Logan!

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Not only is Agria a veterinary health insurance company, they are our insurance company, and when Logan got sick with FIP, they handled everything. It made a horrific time a little less horrific.

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We were extremely lucky to have been benched right next to where the photobooth was set up. If you know cat shows, you know that it’s hard to go across a show hall to do things. The things that are close to you are the easiest things to do. Since we could see when the booth was free, it was easy for us to take Logan up for photos.

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I hope they have it this year…I want to take photos with Rory and Zak!

Aby-a-Day – 31 December: Happy New Year’s! (Hipstamatic

For the past three years, Björn and I have hosted the New Year’s party for our friends. This year, due to a number of random circumstances (ours and our friends), we ended up being a party of seven – us and the cats.

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Of course, we didn’t know it was going to be just us when we were preparing everything in the run-up to Jul and New Year’s, so I managed to find the largest turkey I could to cook for the party.

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At 8.5kg (almost 19lbs!) it’s the largest turkey I have been able to find since I moved to Sweden.

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Oh, how I have missed the monster, American super-sized turkeys! Okay, so we’ll have lots of leftovers.

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I think we’re going to have lots of help finishing those leftovers, too.

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Combined, Alfred, Lorelai and Zak weigh 10.6kg…so the turkey weighs more than any two of them put together.

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The size difference didn’t stop them from investigating its edibility.

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Zak was especially interested in the big bird.

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Rory, without the boys flanking her, did seem a little more intimidated by it.

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She is our smallest cat. The last time I weighed them all, she clocked in at 2.6kg.

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I think she thought it wasn’t really dead!

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She tentatively approached the bird. I’m sure she’ll be a lot less tentative once it comes out of the oven!

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I love the randomness of Hipstamatic…

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Even though we ended up not having any guests, everyone got dressed up. The boys all wore their leather bow ties.

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Rory wore a festive red bow.

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Freddy can’t ever keep his tie on straight.

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Angel wore her sparkly sequin collar I got ages ago at a Seacoast show. Next year, I want to see if Arja can make the girls feminine festive collars, perhaps with flowers instead of bows.

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Regardless, when the turkey came out of the oven it. Was. AWESOME.

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Easily the best turkey I have ever cooked. And, ironically, I have been cooking them since 1999.

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But yeah, in 20 years of cooking turkeys, this was one of my best.

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Someone else thought so, too.

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Of course, his opinion is slightly biased…he's never had a whole cooked turkey before in his life.

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Izaak tried so hard to eat off that big turkey…but it was too hot.

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Since it was too hot to eat, Zak tried smacking it with his paw instead.

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It was still too hot…but it wasn’t too hot when I put it on a tray for everyone to share.

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Everyone seemed to enjoy their bits of turkey.

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As you could probably tell by the general swarming going on.

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Björn and I also did some Incredibooth selfies…enjoy!

Aby-a-Day -21 January: Agria photobooth (Selfie Sunday)

One of the best things about the show in Örebro this weekend was the photobooth.

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Agria Djurförsäkring (Animal Insurance) is a pet health insurance company, and a regular supporter of FIFe shows in Sweden.

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At this show, they upped their presence with a free photobooth.

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Logan was benched right next to the photobooth, so Björn and I took quite a few photos with him in the photo booth. I mean, who doesn’t love a photo booth?

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This is how selfies were done back in the day!

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 – 23 May: Yeah…That’s not what they mean by “Dog-like”…at least, I HOPE it’s not (Selfie Sunday)

Jacoby has been a very snuggly, cuddly boy lately.

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He’s been sleeping with me almost every night.

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Although, sometimes, he’ll settle in an…shall we say…awkward spot.

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And then…boom!

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Erm…Jake? You realise that…oh, I can’t even.

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.