Otterday! and Open Thread

Lauredhel has had a difficult week spoonwise, so I’m supplying this week’s otter. This river otter on ice comes from a gallery on BBC Online, and is taken by Jack Clegg of Exmoor Photography.

Otter on ice

There’s some interesting notes on the gallery about Clegg’s disability, his assistance from nature park staff in accessing isolated spots for his nature photography, and UK government plans to increase accessibility to nature reserves.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a great book? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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15 replies

  1. I’m sorry to hear about the spoons, Lauredhel.
    Teaching’s finished! Yippee! Hooray!! A break for a few weeks!!! During which I get to do heaps of marking, and start preparing some lectures I’m giving next semester. Though as it turns out, I will miss seeing my students at each tutorial. I had engaging groups this semester, so the teaching was a lot of fun. It was just the daily juggle that was getting, shall we say, tiresome.
    And sooner or later I’m going to have to start thinking seriously about whether I should try to get back into doing some academic work on a more permanent basis, instead of just doing casual work here and there as needed, in the interstitial gaps of my life.

  2. Yay Deborah!
    I should be happy because I got a new job that started yesterday, but the commute means I’m out of the house from 7:30 in the morning till 7:00 at night, and I’m only getting paid for 7 1/2 hours of that. I have so little patience left with anyone right now, I should go live in a cave and write Greek Tragedies.

  3. Hope you feel better soon, Laredhel! May many spoons come your way.

  4. Thanks for ottering – I fell asleep before my automated reminder last night. I love this otter, it looks like it’s dancing. Um, my life at the moment mostly consists of saving spoons to go to another funeral.
    In cheery minor-bits-of-life news, my kid poked his head through the door at around 8:30 last night (we let him stay up on Fridays), said jauntily “Goodnight!” and closed the door again. A short while later I checked on him – tucked up in bed fast asleep.

  5. I did some photography today– and found fungus!

  6. I’m world-building for NaNoWriMo.
    For the first time ever it’s an entire cast of PoC, not a single white person in sight, in a tropical continent. With tapirs. I think I’m boring everybody by talking about tapirs by now. =(

  7. Am still pushing myself to write this Very Big Post on gender&disability. It’s enough to be a series; I have at least four separate “parts” by now, but I’m afraid if I just post what I have, I’ll never actually finish it the way I want to. So instead I keep writing, and when I have what feels like a finished piece, then I’ll post it. But it’s so freaking long, it’s taking for-ev-er.
    Encouragingly, as long as it is, I keep discovering these new little side areas to explore as I’m writing, and the words seem to be flowing smoothly from the brain (for once). It’s a good experience to have, when usually what I am experiencing is frustration and inability to translate thought to word, having to sit back and digest for a long period of time before I can even start to put together a broad sum of what’s going on in my head, etc…

  8. I’d love to read that Amandaw. I find that I’m actually more inclined to finish things after they’re published and therefore up for public scrutiny, if that helps any.

  9. Beppie, that photo is great!
    Amandaw, I can’t wait to see that. I’ve been thinking about gender & disability a lot since that guy was in my LJ telling Lauredhel that his experiences as a Big Guy (he’s 6’6 or so, IIRC) with his leg in a cast were comparable somehow to her experiences as a woman with a chronic invisible illness, and how much of that conversation had a lot to do with gender as well as condition.

  10. I’ve had a fantastic weekend in Sydney so far, and looking forward to meeting some of the Sydney Hoydens tomorrow.
    After spending two hours in the spa this afternoon (the hot stone massage is awesome), I am reminded of how pleasantly surprised I was the first time I went to a fancy spa I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of fathate, though I suspect there are big contributors in class and the fact that I can pass as pretty darn white.

  11. Count me as another one interested in your piece on gender and disability, Amandaw. I’m involved in a gender/sexuality discussion group, and I’ve been thinking of suggesting disability as a topic.
    My week has been a little bit stressful. I’m feeling a bit bruised over friendship stuff, and not quite sure what to do to make things better.

  12. Kristente, there’s (at least one) good book on the subject, if you have time/resources to do some reading on your own. Don & I own The Ultimate Guide to Sex & Disabilities, and it’s awesome. (Warning: Link goes to Amazon)

  13. Kirstente, I have a few refs you might be interested in, too, drawn primarily from a ‘Disability’ week in a course I teach on queer theory – so all about the gender and sexuality. 🙂 IIRC, one is about the intersection of political rights and sexual rights, and the other about the intersections of queerness (in the looser sense, rather than alphabet soup) and disability in contemporary culture. Also, that Australian doco I just can’t recommend enough, “Untold Desires,” which, for serious, should be required viewing for everyone. If you’re interested, drop me a line via the contact page on my blog and I’ll be sure to get back to you.
    Also, sorry about the bruising friendship stuff. I’m doing a bit of that at the moment too!
    Deborah, I am celebrating with you, too, but my celebrating is tempered by the to-do list as long as my arm. Sigh. Journal proposal. Book proposal. Paper. Paper. Review. Conference organising. Marking like silly. And more, more more.
    Anna, sorry the travel time on your job is so long 😦 I do a serious trek for my work, but it’s not 9-5, so I have a lil more space. Sending you space and time and all good things.
    And Amandaw, here’s yet another ‘ooh, yes please!’.

  14. I’ve had a bruising friendship week as well, complicated by the fact that we also had (note tense) a business relationship. It sucks.

  15. Anna and WP – Thanks to both of you 🙂 I’m a bit swamped with work at the moment but I shall certainly have a look once I’ve got a bit more time. The stuff on disability and broadly defined queerness in particular sounds really interesting.
    And Tigtog, yes to the suckiness of bruising friendship stuff. Hugs and sympathy to all.
    Kirstente’s last blog post..Quote of the day.

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