Otterday! And Open Thread.

My weekend mornings look a bit like this…

2 Asian Small-clawed Otters cuddled together fast asleep in a log, their heads upside down

[photo shared on flickr by Mr T in DC]

How’s your Saturday going? 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. Had a lovely walk this morning along the cliff-tops of South Head – past the playing fields by the Lighthouse and down to The Gap, then back. Lots and lots of dogs wanting pats (or to play fetch). Fantastic sun gleam on the ocean, blue sky and a brisk breeze. Bliss.

  2. A gratuitous signal boost for Sisters Inside, who support women in QLD prisons, and whose $120 000 per annum funding has just been cut by the new Campell Newman government in Queensland. (For comparison, it costs about $70 000 to keep one woman in prison for a year.)
    ABC News has a good article up about them, and there’s an online petition currently running. Please share around your networks if you can. Queenslanders might also consider writing some letters/emails to appropriate politicians.

  3. I’m puffed up with research nerd pride right now. I just finished an enormous pile of journal articles* – 2 or 3 days’ worth of sifting – in one day. I can’t guarantee the quality of the essay right now, but the bibliography will be epic!
    Also, this made me laugh more than I was expecting to:
    *Half the research for a 2500-3500 essay.

  4. Told MyNigel this morning that the house needed to be cleaned from one end to the other. “That’s what I did yesterday” he said (yay for procrastination cleaning) “then the kids came home”. We’ve pretty much managed that today. I have also read book 2 of the Hunger Games and am not letting myself start on book three until I knock over some ironing or perhaps some vaccuuming. Then it is mine.

  5. After much agonising over whether or not I was up to it, I went to Blacktown Medieval Fayre with the family today. Did some tablet weaving for the first time since October. Had my brains picked by several fellow reenactors, did trouble shooting on weaving that wasn’t working for someone (all fixed now) and gave lots of people my card so they could either check out the tablet weaving tutorial on my blog or possibly, maybe, might even think about one day maybe paying me to weave for them. It was nice and I’m glad I went. But now my back hurts from an even more pronounced lack of comfy seating than we have here at my lounge room-less home.
    I’ll probably go again tomorrow 🙂

  6. What going on with state governments being big meanies lately? Our Lib government cut games grants funding to Screen Victoria, which we were kind of hoping to apply for. Not like funding the arts is important or anything. And the guy who was running the games grants was fired, and he was lovely and had a beard and liked my group’s student project. And they’re building a big new $500 million prison, where all the digital artists can go because they don’t have any jobs. Thinking of moving to Iceland.

  7. I went to my first rally/march today, the Brisbane SlutWalk. It was pretty small but very fun and positive! Hopefully my friends with cameras will send me some photos soon so I can put them up on my blog.

  8. Leaf fights with a three and four year old are very fun even for adults. Then we collected pinecones,too. (Tyrant’s best friend and her Mum came to visit, which was a lovely ending to a hellish week for me)

  9. Haven’t done much housework yet, must pull the finger out (or off the keyboard, to be more accurate 😀 ) Spent 4 hours yesterday in a practice studio with Tess and the Shapiros including our new guitarist whose partner gave birth last week. He had the tiredz but survived.
    For Melbourne people, we’re playing 9-11 pm at the Union Hotel in Brunswick, Saturday 26 May, Sat 9 June and Sat 16 June same time. Double bill with the Blackeyed Susans which is very exciting!
    I’m so happy Tess yanked me out of retirement 🙂 🙂

  10. The news today in Queensland is that our wonderful premier has decided to axe all funding to Queensland Association for Healthy Communities, a major community organisation for GLBT health and HIV/AIDS awareness, education, and drug and alcohol services.
    Please join the facebook event protesting this, and consider emailing the premier and minister for health asking them to revoke the decision. Their email addresses are and
    Spread the word among your networks! Not cool, people.

  11. My lovely niece has excellent taste

  12. Good taste indeed, Helen!

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