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14 responses to “Otterday! And Open Thread.”

  1. Aqua, of the Questioners

    Off to vote today. It occurred to me yesterday, watching the news, that Anthony Green isn’t getting any younger. I think he should take on an apprentice, who can come along with him, so we get to trust a new name and face before the inevitable happens.

  2. Aqua, of the Questioners

    PS: for non-Aussies, this is pretty much what election night looks like in Australia (Anthony Green sort-of appears in the second half).

  3. Jennifer

    Voting day, plus I’m happy because Stephen’s been in Canberra for two weeks and gets back in *looks at clock* about half an hour.

    Honestly, I’m much less nerdy about this election than I usually am, because it just makes me feel slightly ill and angry and sad all at the same time.

    Also, um Hi! *waves* I’ve been slightly terrible at blogging and commenting and such. Am trying to be better at stuff at the moment, including meeting new people and being sociable, which seems to be working.

    In exciting things, a friend of mine has started teaching me how to sew, and I finished my very first skirt this week! I am wearing it now and am rather proud of myself. It’s simple, but it’s a start. :D

  4. Jo

    I am also voting (for the first time) today – because I am a proper citizen now and have more rights!

    But it is all predicted to look very sad indeed. :(

  5. blue milk

    Voting today, me too. We’re having a little election dinner party/wake tonight.

  6. Mindy

    Thinking of all my Qld friends tonight who probably wouldn’t choose to live under and LNP Government. I hope it isn’t as bad as feared.

    Yay for sewing Jen, I did some long overdue stuff today too [hemming trousers] it does feel good to fold it and put it away so I don’t have to look at it anymore.

  7. Bri

    Iā€™m currently in Perth doing an intensive teaching block for my Grad Dip in Sexology.
    I spent the day in Fremantle seeing the sights. Now I am sitting down with a nice glass of Brown Brothers Zibibbo and kicking back.

  8. Jennifer

    I was out watching roller derby last night, so I had that to mostly distract me, but looking at the results this morning is just feeding the horrible sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.

    Bri, I love the Brown Brothers Zibibbo! Hope your teaching block goes well!

  9. Jo

    Last week’s horrible week seems to have run over into this week’s horrible week. My share house has fallen into a huge feud and I am looking for a new place to live but not finding anything. I am so sick of feeling terrified every time I read my emails!

  10. Julie

    I got promoted a month ago, and this week I’ve discovered that I think I love my new job. I already knew I really liked my coworkers. The fact that I’m being made permanent from temp possibly this week is just the icing on the cake.

  11. Mary

    Jo: boo. Housing-related conflict is awful because it can take away home as a safe place.

    We’re in gastro land at the moment, which should pass as these things do. It still makes me sad though: the first time (a couple of years ago) we got a giant illness cluster as a family with a baby a lot of parenting support group people online made soothing “your friends and family love you and want to help, just ask them and they will come running.” After we asked and got very little help from anyone (reality: say you have gastro in particular and everyone flees to the hills) I kept reading this stuff as “you don’t have loving friends and family, good luck with parenting on your ownsome!”

    Anyway, this is just a few days worth and we’ll be fine, but I guess be careful when promising sick people that their family and friends are about to leap in!

  12. The Amazing Kim

    Yay Julie! Sympathies to Jo. I’m right there with hating the place you live but not being able to find a new place. Any advice you need from a person who’s in a similar situation, just ask.

    Having a part-time as well as a full-time job is getting to me. There is too much to do, and I know I can’t keep going at this pace. Not sure what I can do about it, either, except plan for a burnout in the next few months.

  13. mimbles

    I don’t think I can take much more of Adam doing the home handyman thing. Listening to him say “oh fuck” half-way through sawing or drilling things is doing my head in.

    Tonight he’s having to cobble together a patch for the end of the eaves where the possum had been getting into the roof. The patching became urgent when the bit the possum had displaced became dislodged all together and left us with a gaping hole open to the rain.

    Meanwhile Tom’s bedroom ceiling is still only partially fixed after it fell in 2 weeks ago because the tiles above it had been shifted and the insulation had finally collected enough water to collapse the gyproc. And Tom is sleeping in our loungeroom.

    Renovations? What renovations? We’re just barely holding our ground against the house disintegrating around us. (We’re moving walls around downstairs and getting new bathrooms and kitchen.)

  14. Krisca Te

    I just wanna say that Mindy’s post on 15 things about the vajayjay is pure entertainment. :) I cannot help but smile and snicker as I read through every item in the article.

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