Otterday! And Open Thread

This weekend’s open thread is hosted by a little otter peering out of a log.

a large hollow stump lies on its side. A little otter stands in the log, peering out, as if it's just woken up.

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. My English teacher from high school invited me to be a ‘success story’ type speaker at an Extension English study day this morning. As of yet, I have no idea what I am really meant to be talking about. Guess I’ll be winging it. It’s been about four years since I last saw him, so it will be nice to catch up and be all ‘look, I’m a proper grown up now!’
    A happy Saturday to everyone else!

  2. I have STILL got bronchitis. Yesterday was a wipeout – I was febrile and lethargic. On waking, the fever seems to have broken, for now at least, but now got the aches and pains. I’m gonna try and spend some time sitting outdoors in the sun and fresh air today, for a change of scene. I’ve been such a hermit.

  3. I have moved on from laryngitis to a sinus infection. I was silly this morning and did things like change the sheets and hang out washing. I am now regretting that.

    I hope the sunlight today has healing properties TT, this being unwell business sucks.

  4. My sympathies to the unwell. I’ve skated around the edges of illness a few times in the last few weeks. I hope your micro nasties bugger off pronto.
    I’m off to watch Joss Whedon’s Much Ado with a bunch of wonderful women tonight, so my weekend’s looking good.

  5. A colleague of mine is about to perform a play she has co-written with a fellow actress based on the memoirs of two 17th Century noblewomen, the Mancini sisters. Short run at the King Street Theatre in Newtown (Sydney). Subject matter of some interest to hoydens generally, but key point is that she’s asked me to step in as caretaker director, all of a sudden. Their director, who is an actor I particularly admire, is scheduled to leave for Melbourne for a gig, and the guy they had lined up to take the show through production week got muddled about his dates and can’t do it (this is what happens when actors actually get work!). It’s just nursing a piece that’s already been created through the tech, but so good to be in a working room again. It’s called Possessions, the run is 27-29 March & 3-5 April. Q&A panel after show on the 3rd.

  6. On the one hand, I had a bit of a win today – bought myself a mattress for a single bed (I’ll be sourcing the frame from my parents – they have a single bed frame to spare) as well as some sheet sets for same. On the other hand, getting the sheets required me to head into a shopping mall on a Saturday, and get reminded once again that the world is designed and built for and by neurotypical people. Those of us who aren’t able to cope with extreme levels of sensory stimulus (and I’m one of these with regards to noise) find these places both overwhelming and terrifying. I’m just coming down from the shakes now, and I’m still feeling somewhat anxious and overloaded.
    It doesn’t help that it’s been a busy week this week – in the past seven days I’ve only had two days where I haven’t been required to be around other people on a regular basis, and I’m really starting to feel thoroughly peopled out at this point.

  7. I do love this. I think it has the makings of a much larger piece.”Not Now. Not Ever” The Misogyny Speech put to music.

  8. Hope the sunshine and the weekend got you on top of your lurgy TT.

    • I’m feeling quite a bit better, thanks Mindy. Didn’t really get the sunshine I had meant to indulge in, only because I was disorganised. However the fever has abated and the lung congestion has eased, so I’m feeling substantially better.

  9. Which of the Mancini sisters is the play about, Orlando? I confess I didn’t know any of them had written memoirs.
    Megpie – gah, shopping malls. I’m neurotypical (or so close it doesn’t matter) and I cannot abide the noise levels in them. Noisy crowds are bad enough, but with the pounding racket of music as well, it’s foul. My complete sympathies in having to go there!
    Sympathy also to everyone who’s sick.
    Nice surprise when I got home tonight (I’ve two weeks left at work): my tabby leggings had arrived, and, wonder of wonders, they fit!
    Now to find a tunic in the wardrobe that a) matches, b) is short enough to show ‘em off and c) doesn’t leave me feeling like my arse is hanging out …

  10. Those leggings are fantastic!

  11. I wondered if that would tickle your curiosity, Kittehserf. It’s about Marie and Hortense, who both published memoirs in their lifetimes, officially to counter the tarnishing of their reputations put about by their husbands after they bolted. That is, Marie and Hortense bolted, and their husbands spent some years trying to force them back. The story is in equal parts grim and exuberant.

  12. Sitting here with my mouth open after watching a white male conservative say in Parliament “in this country people have a right to be bigots”.
    This is what people wanted? Really? REALLY?
    Everyone who is sick, stay in bed. Not even kittehserf’s leggings can save us.

  13. Funny how marriage did end up making the Mancini women’s fortunes: by enabling them to become mistresses.
    Just popping out now to earn some independent wealth.

  14. Ah, I wondered if it would be Marie and Hortense! Hortense is the only one of the sisters I’ve read a bit about (in Privileged Persons: Four Seventeenth Century Studies). Didn’t know Marie had written memoirs – they’d be worth reading.

    Everyone who is sick, stay in bed. Not even kittehserf’s leggings can save us.

    I laughed really loudly then. 🙂
    I need to teach the kitties to beam their powerful Cat Disapproval Thoughts at Canberra.

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