Otterday! And Open Thread.

This sea otter on the west coast of Galiano Island, British Columbia, Canada was photographed and shared by David Stanley on Flickr.

a whiskery sea otter peers at the camera in still, seaweedy seas.

And, as a bonus, via @christianmunthe on twitter and jennifergearing on tumblr, this newborn baby gorilla having a checkup at Melbourne Zoo.

two photos of a tiny baby gorilla on a white blanket. In the first, it looks like it's grinning. In the second, the stethoscope is on its chest and it is making a surprised-looking 'Ooh!' face.

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. An overgrown plant knocked a bit off my house yesterday in the gale-force winds, but I got out there with my hacksaw and then when mr tog got home we were able to work together to get the bit back where it is supposed to be.

    How did other Sydneysiders fare?

  2. Wow, sounds really scary tigtog. Glad to hear you are safe. Last winter (your summer) I was home alone with my dogs, in the redwoods during one of the biggest windstorms in Santa Cruz County in decades. In pitch black I could hear huge branches flying every where for the entire night…when dawn broke, it was a disaster area. Trees down everywhere, branches skewered into the roof, and one tree hanging on our power line to the house. And the power was still on. It took them three days to reach my house and pull that off, I didn’t sleep for days.
    Now, it’s summer here. It’s been bone dry and we are at peak fire season. In Boulder Creek, eight miles from here, there’s been a fire. It could happen here easily. I’m going to check the emergency kit and reserves one more time.

  3. An already rotten bit of our verandah roof fell off, and our compost bin lid blew half way across the lawn, but that’s about it. The kids had a lot of fun playing with all the bits of umbrella tree that blew down.
    I’m over it now though – enough with the wind already. I need the weather to start supporting my efforts towards motivation, not to be sending me to bed with a book!

  4. We’re pretty sheltered down in the gully here, but there were tree branches down in amongst all the parked cars at work when I left on Friday afternoon. Amazingly they seemed to have missed all the actual cars apart from a knocked bumper bar or two.
    My cats have been engaged in a cooperative campaign to kill my laptop. They haven’t quite succeeded yet but the trackpad has just about given up the ghost and when my husband was trying to use it last night to hook it up with our new NAS for backup purposes a decision was made. I now have a new shiny toy and Mr10 can have the on its last legs hand-me-down machine.

  5. TT, was the hacksaw for revenge on the plant or house-fixing? 🙂
    I adopted a pair of cats this weekend! They are very cute. Even the shy one is already spontaneously smooching me, so I think we’re doing ok. I am now making pom-poms instead of working …

  6. Did far too much housework, finished Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides and The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. Now reading Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch. Considering turning off the puter and going back out to my seat in the last of the afternoon sun.

  7. “I wanna watch TV” said cranky Miss 6. I almost said “and I want a pony” then realised this would have been a huge tactical error.

  8. Does anyone else really hate this ad for the Fiat 500 Abarth?
    I hate the way it portrays the woman’s behaviour, because that’s not what happens in real life. And lets men be creepy gawkers because after some initial yelling, the woman is bound to sexily show you how she really likes it. Just UGH.

  9. An epic medical rant follows, so content note for that and assumptions about what female patients are for.
    An update on my medical issue that my specialist initially didn’t want to fix, as the problem may arise again when I am obviously going to be pregnant, which I obviously (obviously!) will be because…obviously!
    I had medical contact with half the problem and had to wikipedia the procedure to find out that it actually constituted a removal. This should not have to be done. No-one explained what that actually meant – I just got the ‘fluids, fibre and exercise’ talk.
    The other half of the problem was not even addressed in the “surgery” – although they told me it would be. Clearly that’ll only need to be addressed when (not “if”! that’s foolish talk!) I fulfill my sole purpose in the eyes of the state, obviously. Praise be.

    • Blargh. I had a pleasant family weekend away where I deliberate minimised my time online to basic email checkups, so that I wasn’t just always tapping away, and now I’ve come home to exhaustion and evil gastro. With a side order of fuzzy brain. Yuk.

  10. Hope you are feeling better TT.
    I’m having one of those days where you daydream about how easy your job would be if you didn’t have to deal with people. Now I’m wondering if they daydream about not having to deal with me. I kinda hope so. I can see a time in my near future where my tongue is going to have bite marks right across it. I hope I don’t draw blood.

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