Aby-a-Day – 30 Maj: Stroller Rage (Thursday Things)

Yesterday, I had an appointment to take everycat to the vet for a check-up and jabs. Björn didn’t have the day off, so I had to manage on my own. Naturally, I took them all in our new stroller. Our appointment was in the middle of the afternoon (not that Skövde really has a “rush hour,” unless you count when all the kids get out of school), so the bus wasn’t crowded at all.

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We have to take two buses to get to our vet, and the first leg of our journey was uneventful.

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The buses we have in Västra Gotalands have a dedicated space for strollers, with room for two (theoretically, as we will see).

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This isn’t the first time we’ve taken all four in this stroller (we had a trip to DjurMagazinet in April), and it was vastly easier than trying to do it with Jacoby’s old stroller! Still, I did feel a bit like that man in Tokyo who takes his nine Persians out in a stroller.

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As you can see, everyone fit very comfortably in the stroller. We also got lucky with the weather. It was sunny and warm. Today it’s grey and rainy.

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On the second bus (also empty), we started out comfortably.

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And then…it happened. Another stroller wanted to get on the bus.

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Of course, I instantly shifted over as much as I could, but she wasn’t very good at manoeuvering her stroller (it was one of those awkward raised car seat/stroller combo things).

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In fact, she was having so much trouble getting on the bus, the driver got up to see what was taking so long. And he glared at me like it was my fault and told me to let her on, like I was deliberately blocking her. As you can see, I was jammed in as much as I could possibly be.

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And then, on the way home, it happened AGAIN! This time, it was one of those awful double stroller, with one kid who looked about five…isn’t that a little old to be needing a stroller? Again, I shifted over and jammed in, but this woman was a LOT better at managing her stroller, and her older boy (the one not in the stroller, behind me) seemed to really love the cats.

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I understand that people with little kids need strollers, because I need a stroller to schlep multiple cats around. I couldn’t even imagine what it would have been like trying to manage three (we have one that’s a double) cat carriers on my own! And believe me, I am no stranger to controversy about cat strollers. My resentment and annoyance is not anything against parents or children. It’s the attitude I get from people (like the driver, and sometimes the other stroller owner) that somehow their strollers are somehow more important than mine. I have as much of a right to bring my stroller full of cats on the bus as they do with their stroller full of baby or child(ren), especially if I am running an errand that requires multiple cats to be with me. And I always shift as much as I possibly can. Yet, in these situations, the person with the non-humans in the stroller is always the “bad guy” taking the space away from “the person who NEEEEEEEDS it”. (Sidenote, it’s even more fun when we’re on a bus back from a cat show with other cats in strollers and a baby stroller comes on. The entitlement on the baby people and the shade thrown doubles.) Basically, it’s a case of “All strollers are equal, but some strollers are more equal than others,” which really isn’t fair at all.

To that end, I posted a couple of these photos to Facebook as events unfolded, and made a flippant comment that 4 > 1, and then added “Cats Before Brats.” A friend said, “That should be a bumper sticker!” So…

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…I made one. It’s available on Zazzle, and at the moment, you can get 15% off with code ZSWEETTREATS.

Calendars 65% off at Zazzle TODAY ONLY

I just got an email from Zazzle saying that until 11:59pm PST tonight, calendars are a whopping 65% off with the promo code “CYBERTAKETWO”

This is probably going to be their best deal on calendars this year. So, if you were thinking about buying a 2015 Daily Abyssinian Cartoon Calendar, now might be a good time to get one!

Calendar Alert! The Daily Abyssinian 2015 Calendar is Now Available!

Good news! I finally got inspired and made the Daily Abyssinian 2015 calendar.

You can purchase your very own Aby-a-Day calendar on Zazzle – and right now, calendars are 50% off (until 11:59pm PST tonight) with promo code “ZAZCYBERWEEK.” After that, you can still get 15% off until the 31st with promo code “CALENDAR2015.”

Here’s a little spoiler for June. Some of the best cartoons of 2014 (and late 2013) are featured this year (except, of course, “Catatonic”), so check it out!

Okay, now that’s done…onto the holiday cards!

And in the shameless plug department…

the 2014 Daily Abyssinian 2014 Cartoon Calendar is finished and ready for sale on Zazzle!

And, if you order by tomorrow (28 November) before Midnight PST (3am EST) and use the code TDAYPOSTSALE, you can save 20%! Just thought I’d give you all a heads up 🙂

Aby-a-Day – August 16: Finding N.E.M.O. (Fashion Friday)

I’m involved in a new local CFA cat club that was born during and named after the huge blizzard and cat show we had back in February.

We’re the New England Meow Outfit (N.E.M.O.), and we’re having our first show on Columbus Day weekend in the very same hotel in Sturbridge. I designed the logo, and we’ve got it for sale on everything you can imagine in our Zazzle store.

And, to that end…

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…of course there’s a cat-sized version of our iconic T-shirt!

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And of course Jacoby loves his new T-shirt.

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What’s not to love? It’s stylish, it’s comfortable, and it fits nicely. What else do you need in a T-shirt?

Shopping for the perfect holiday card?

Why not Jacoby? I posted one of Jake’s snow photos to the Abyssinian Cat Club on Facebook, and people loved it, so…

…I thought people might like to send it as a holiday card!

I also made a flat version that comes in sets of ten cards, so you have your choice.

And, if you use code PEACELOVEJOY, all cards are 50% off until 25 December!

Aby-a-Day – November 8: Commercial Interruption

We’ll return to our regularly scheduled blog after a few words from our sponsors…

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I got my calendars from Zazzle this week! And I have to say, I’m hugely impressed.

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I honestly don’t have a favourite. They’re both awesome. Since this is the first year I’ve done regular cartoons, this is my first cartoon calendar, and I’m really happy with how it came out.

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Angel seems to prefer the art calendar…

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…while Jacoby seems partial to the cartoon calendar.

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Personally, I love the colourful and unconventional way the date part of the calendar is presented. That’s something that Zazzle offered in the design process. I think it’s wonderful – such a nice change from the usual black-and-white grid.

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I also got my #Strollercat T-shirt, and…WOW. The design turned out AMAZING. It’s bright, and whatever process they used to print it on the shirt is really nice. I can tell I’m going to be wearing this shirt a lot. But what does Jake think of his shirt..?

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He loves it!

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Best of all, Zazzle is having a huge Veterans/ Rememberance Day sale this weekend! They have incredible bargains: 50% off calendars, invitations, greeting cards, photo cards, and postcards; 40% off ornaments; 30% off mugs; 20% off T-shirts (not including screen-printed apparel); and 15% off other Zazzle products from now through November 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST. That’s four days to stock up on all your Daily Abyssinian needs for cheap! So check out my Zazzle store today!

If you want a photo or cartoon on something in particular, drop me a line. I can create a listing for any image on any item; it doesn’t take long at all, but I don’t know what people will find most popular. I can also set custom items up in my CafePress store and I will have a different Strollercat shirt design (and stickers and buttons!) available there soon.

As Sparkle says…hey, a cat’s gotta eat!