Otterday! And Open Thread

Our Open Thread this weekend is hosted by this pensive otter.

black and white portrait of a pensive looking river otter perched on a rock.

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. Been sent on a Cert II in Business Admin course by the Employment Services Provider. Consequently exhausted and all out of cope this week, and probably for the majority of the next four weeks as well. At least the qualification will be useful.

  2. I hope you get your spoons/coping back soon Megpie71 and that your qualification is useful for finding a job that suits your needs.
    I am having to admit that Mynigel was correct when he said that the washing would dry on a sunny 12° day if there was a breeze. But things could be worse and he isn’t home yet so I can put that off.
    I am also in the happy state of discovering that a lovely and fascinating conversation about guinea pigs with the resident Hoyden expert on such things is a wonderful way of getting out of a slight depression I found myself caught in. I hope this feeling lasts. With a bit of sunshine, and plans to get some more sheeps and chooks I am hoping to get through the worst of the cold wet days. Although this year seems to be flying already.

  3. The combination/juxtaposition of meatspace instant aviation disaster experts who are eliding crucial facts to build their conspiracy theories (why doesn’t meatspace have a scroll-past feature? I can avoid these people online) and teh Outraged Machismo brigade online regarding she-Thor (hint fellas – if you were really a comics geek you’d know that superheroes being temporarily disempowered is a recurrent motif and that having Mjolnir held by a woman is nothing compared to the time it was held by that frog) has made me despondent.

    • Just discovered that SBS2 is showing the new TV series adaptation of Fargo. Do yourself a favour and catch it – it will be on the iPlayer if you’ve missed the first episode tonight. The performances in this are extraordinary.

  4. My Tiny Tyrant has decided he wants to be “A Daddy and an artist” when he grows up. I feel gleeful.
    I need to bite the bullet, admit I’m not going to get the study leave I’m meant to be granted at work, and start planning a home schedule that will allow me to get my Cert III soonest. I’m not gleeful about this.

  5. Re Fargo: thanks for the heads up, Tigtog. I wouldn’t have noticed and I’d like to watch it.
    I got home this morning from a three week trip to much warmer places, so I’m feeling the cold today. Snuggly cats help! And I finished the Lymond Chronicles while I was away (got into them thanks to that post a couple of months ago – started reading a few weeks before my trip and took the last two with me). My “all electronics off” reading was a book called “Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia” by David Hunt (I think all that is correct). It’s hilarious. Many literal laugh-out-loud moments. He has gone for cheap laughs sometimes and used sexism, homosexism, transsexism and racism – but he also often goes the other way and gets the laughs out of *attitudes* to women, homosexuality and race, and when he does this well, it’s great. So I recommend it, albeit with a warning.

  6. My weekend has been spent trying to write a graduation speech and figure out how I will deal with the family’s seating and dinner arrangements after the ceremony next week… Not so easy when the two sides of the family are not on speaking terms, there are limited tickets and everyone keeps telling me that if I just didn’t give one to my (dubiously accepted) partner, everything would just work out. *sigh*
    Other than that, I’m busy sewing the dress I’m going to wear. It’s being a pain because the satin is stretchy and the lace is stretchy but in a different way, and nothing can be ironed too hot. But it’s getting there.

  7. Yay for graduating and clever dressmaking (which has just made me think what I need to post next) and yah boo sucks to winter short-day blues.
    In Sydney, Hugo Weaving is opening in Macbeth tonight, which caused me to dredge up some programme notes for a production I worked on a few years back, and to be pleasantly surprised that I still agree with myself.

  8. Haha, I have that same feeling sometimes, Orlando, when I look through older things I’ve written for uni. I can’t really remember writing them, but when I re-read them I find myself being all ‘oh, good point, me!’ (And occasionally ‘hmm, that doesn’t quite make sense…’)

  9. If anyone is interested in how not to do feminism (i.e., call yourself feminist but not do the obvious feminist things), Wiscon is currently destroying most of its goodwill for the sake of a serial harasser. The Geek Feminism wiki has a pretty good summary and links:
    I have some personal baggage, as some of the people who have been stuffing up are Internet acquaintances or even friends, who I am really disappointed by, and causing me to reevaluate some past interactions with them.

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