Otterday! And Open Thread.

Today’s little smooching otters are coming at you via The Daily Squee.

grey-furred adult otter bumping faces with baby otter. Another baby otter is in the foreground.

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 good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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  1. We had our first open home for our house today. It is now very, very, very clean, and very decluttered. I’m very nervous about the whole process, partly because we had a horrid non-sale process when we left NZ, and I really don’t want to go through that again. Nor do I want to end up still owning a house in Australia when we are very unlikely to move back this way again. #firstworldproblems

  2. I’ve had a really frustrating last few weeks. Mainly due to having two coworkers be randomly off for 90% of the last three weeks. (that and really really annoying customers) There are only four of us, and two people running a shop is a bit stressful. I’m not sure someone didn’t shoplift something last week, and it’s really bugging me. But this weekend has been relaxing so far 😀 And I am actually feeling refreshed enough to go back to work on Monday.
    And strangely, I had 42 visitors to my blog at 6am(ish) this morning. Primarily from Germany and Latvia for some reason O.o

  3. Fingers crossed for you, Deborah! And Julie, that sounds unpleasant; is that the flu season coming late like they promised?
    I realised that although I feel like I’ve been announcing it everywhere, the Hoydenizens haven’t yet been updated! I’m going to the Netherlands! For two years! For a postdoc! With a salary! With amazing colleagues who do things like take photos of my office (with my name already beside the door) and my pigeon hole and email them to me!
    There are lots of exciting things about this, but part of my excitement is feeling like I’m being treated like a grownup, rather than part of an extended student-youth (PhD students and grads will probably know what I mean!): so, the salary (I can’t imagine being paid regularly!), the relocation costs being covered, the fact that they will handle my immigration stuff for me, the fact that they will pay someone to find me a place to live, that they will pay for me to do Dutch lessons when I arrive, that I’ll be teaching and supervising a little bit, thus increasing my CV-friendly skills etc etc etc. Also I’m cheering because I’m going to Groningen, and the city is, apparently even *more* designed for bikes than other Netherlands cities (which are already pretty bike-friendly), with the inner city blocked off to cars, and bike paths everywhere. I plan on getting a nice, comfy sit-up-and-beg style bike, and sailing around. I’m also very happy because the city has lots of green patches in it, and my office is two doors away from the biggest park… and opposite a yoga centre, as it happens. I feel ridiculously grateful to my life right now!!
    Other things to say about this: Skype interviews are really really weird, I’m going to be disappearing from summer into freezing winter so my first purchase will probably be a ridiculous-looking long parka thing, and Europe is way more supportive of my area of study than Australia! 🙂

  4. Awesome news WP! Congratulations! I bet you going to be having some wonderful adventures in The Netherlands, that really is fabulous news.
    Deborah – Keeping my fingers crossed for you with the open house.
    Last day of the school holidays and I’ve got a to do list of eleventy billions things to get through before normal routine resumes tomorrow. #firstworldproblews indeed 🙂

  5. I’m going to the Netherlands! For two years! For a postdoc! With a salary!

    *claps furiously*
    Don’t forget us! And mail over some ice-cream once in a while.
    *trudges back to work*

  6. That’s brilliant news, WP. Congratulations!
    Feeling faintly envious about the bike thing, except the town we’re moving to in NZ is comparatively bike friendly, so I’ll be getting a bike again. Best place I’ve ever lived for bikes was Canberra: I loved all the bike paths there. I would sail down the hill to university in the morning, arrive feeling fresh and revitalised, then grind my way back home in the evening and have a lovely shower. It was the fittest I’ve even been. I loathe exercising, but if I can work it into the routine of my day, I do very well.

  7. WP – Congratulations! That all sounds wonderful. As a new grad student, it’s nice to hear that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Light with a salary attached!

    • Wow – business abounds! I’m in Barcelona now and finally have reliable WiFi again (it appears they understand it not in the Pyrenees – what good is WiFi only in the reception area when Reception shuts at 1800hrs each night i.e. just when people are getting back from their day out and *wanting* to get on the Net – hmm, I ask you, hmmmm?)
      Anyway, great news WP! Good luck, Deborah. Julie, I do hope things improve.

  8. Great news WP. Sounds like you will have lots of fun living there.
    @ Deborah – I am convinced that someone will fall in love with your house and want to buy it. I’ve only seem some pictures and I think it is lovely.
    @ Julie – I hope your workmates get better.
    @ Raydish – about all I did to get ready for school to start again was heave a huge sigh of relief!

  9. Oooh, Barcelona! That close to that much Gaudi! I’m jealous (but in a ‘what are you thinking, WP, you’ll be up that side of the world soon enough your own self’ kind of a way). I hope you’re enjoying Spain. It was one of my favourites, and, interestingly enough, entirely reconfigured my sense of my body… but that’s a whole other story. 😉
    And thanks everyone! I really appreciate your kind wishes. My brother tells me that internet access in Europe is really good (“WP! They don’t have download limits! You just pay for the speed!!”) so yay for that!

  10. Congrats, WP! Very happy for you and very envious too. 😀

  11. WP: yay, a grownup academic job! And moneys! When do you leave?
    Just bringing something in from another thread: Beppie (provisionally?) proposes a Sydney meetup for the Marriage Equality rally Nov 27. I’m going to an unequal marriage that day so couldn’t go 😦
    Does a Sydney Silly Season meetup (in addition, not instead of!) sound good? Should I see what I can do?

  12. @Mary

    Does a Sydney Silly Season meetup (in addition, not instead of!) sound good? Should I see what I can do?


  13. I have another Hoyden for you: Dorothy Levitt.
    From futility closet:
    * In 1903 she became the first woman driver to win an automobile race.
    * Also in 1903 she also won Britain’s first international powerboat race, at a cool 19.53 mph.
    * In 1905 she drove from London to Liverpool and back, establishing a women’s distance record (205 miles in 11 hours).
    * In 1906 she broke the ladies’ land speed record, becoming “the fastest girl on earth” at 90.88 mph.
    * In 1909 she started flight training in France.
    She sounds like a very groovy lady.

  14. Congratulations to you WP! And I’m sending house selling vibes to you Deborah.

  15. I’d just like to point out that not only have they spelled my name wrong (two ‘ells’, please!), but I have been misrepresented in this story.
    New Zealand museum bans pregnant women from attending exhibit
    I’ve got what I actually said up at my place, and it’s much more nuanced.
    On the inconvenience of periods and pregnancy. It’s also cross-posted at The Hand Mirror, where there is a very long comments thread.

  16. Deborah, I wanted to read what you wrote at your place, but the link doesn’t seem to be working?

  17. Here’s the link, Rebekka:
    On the inconvenience of periods and pregnancy.
    There’s also a very long discussion on The Hand Mirror. I’d link there, except the spam filter doesn’t like lots of links.

  18. Thanks Deborah, interesting piece, interesting to get the whole of what you said, as opposed to the tiny bit the media chose to report – and some interesting comments too.
    Clearly I have no adjectives today except interesting…

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