Otterday! And Open Thread.

Today’s otter is taking a dive at the Seattle Aquarium (photo by James Brooks).

River otter diving below the surface

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?

Note: this Otterday post is a Christmas-free zone. There is a Christmas open thread for Christmas chat. Discussion of current affairs, especially tragedies, should go to appropriate posts or to a media circus thread.

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  1. Well, it looks like summer has arrived in WA (just in time for the festive season). It was forecast to hit about 39C yesterday, and while the records haven’t been updated to reflect whether or not it did, today is supposed to be hitting about 29. Meanwhile, I’m sitting around in just a t-shirt and knickers (I’ve just got out of bed, it’s Saturday, I’m slobbing around for a bit) and the house is at a comfortable temperature, if not verging on a tad warm-ish.
    So far the forecast for the rest of the week is high twenties to mid thirties, peaking at about 35 on Christmas day. I suspect things will start getting ‘orrible heading into January.

  2. Just like last year, summer in Sydney has so far been a lot milder than spring was! Looks like we’re in for another stormy week. It’s been a few years since we’ve had runs of stormy afternoons.
    Was so tired last night I went to bed at 8pm without dinner. Which of course means I was up for the day at 4am, so the problem will continue. I’m not a fan of the super-long solstice days.

  3. As someone whose sleeping patterns lean more towards late nights (although I am more of a morning person than mr a, who is pretty much nocturnal) I am a big big big fan of daylight savings, and I really would like for Queensland to adopt it. Starting tomorrow morning would be nice 🙂

  4. I had planned to go to bed early tonight, but oops, look at that, it’s 1:36am.

  5. I would normally say I loathe daylight savings, but on the other hand, without it my 4am wakings with the first tiny peepings of pre-dawn would be at 3am…

  6. Ah. Here in Perth (no daylight savings) dawn starts prodding everyone with her rosy fingers at around 4am come summer solstice time. I know this because we live close to a major road… and guess what time the traffic starts kicking in! It’s even more noticeable in summer, because I tend to try and leave the doors open overnight to let the cool breeze through. Unfortunately, this means letting the noise of the traffic in as well, which isn’t something I’m overly fond of.

  7. The eastern edge of timezones usually like daylight savings more, because summer dawns are so very very early and summer sunsets not quite as late as to the west of each zone.

    I wish I lived somewhere where I could open the doors at night. Daytime: too much heat. Nighttime: too many mozzies.

    I think 2015 may be a move-house year :-/

  8. New Zealand is a good option for that Mary. Our NZ connection don’t have fly screens on their windows.

  9. Work browser CLOSED. We’re spending a bit of time visiting family this week, but otherwise this is my first holiday-holiday (as opposed to alternative-work-holiday, like learning to ski was) since the end of my maternity leave. Also the first time off I’ve really spent with my husband since the end of his paternity leave.
    Time at home with little kids in the house isn’t fully relaxing, but even so!

  10. Mindy: we also don’t have fly screens on our windows. Which is a PROBLEM where we live.

  11. Yeah that would suck. Your landlord won’t put them up?

  12. Argh, sunburn. I cannot seem to step out the door these holidays without my shoulders getting burned, no matter how I slather them in sunscreen 😦

  13. Our “windows” are actually almost all full sized doors: we are attached on two sides so obviously no windows on those. The doors and windows are all beautiful heritage-y stained glass, so, no, I don’t think they’d put screens on. Or even if they’d be allowed to, on the facade.
    I saw an article about a year ago about Sydney tenants really turning their back on old terraces and thought “no kidding”!

  14. Angharad, if no amount of sunscreen is working, might be time to slather your shoulders in shirt and shade instead?

  15. Arcadia, you are probably right. I hate wearing loose clothing when I am swimming, but the kids hang off my shoulders in the pool and I suspect they are rubbing the sunscreen off. Time to invest in a rashie I think…

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