Open Thread with Royle’s Pika

This month an adorable Ochotona roylei from Tungnath, Rudraprayag district, Uttarkhand state, India features for our Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over the next month or so.

a small and cute rodent-like animal sits on a rock

So, what have you been up to? What would you rather be up to? What’s been awesome/awful?
Reading? Watching? Making? Meeting?
What has [insert awesome inspiration/fave fansquee/guilty pleasure/dastardly ne’er-do-well/threat to all civilised life on the planet du jour] been up to?

* Netiquette footnotes:
* There is no off-topic on our Open Threads, but consider whether your comment would be on-topic on any recent thread and thus better belongs there.
* If your comment touches on topics known to generally result in thread-jacking, you will be expected to take the discussion to #spillover instead of overshadowing the social/circuit-breaking aspects of this thread.

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31 comments for “Open Thread with Royle’s Pika

  1. November 20, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I especially wanted to share this great apple pie recipe for Thanksgiving. I figured out this technique a few years ago and it has been providing perfect apple pies for our family ever since. It prevents your pie from being soupy or soggy and instead has a full-bodied apple flavor, great texture, a perfect flaky bottom crust, and apes all the way up to the top!

    Snow White’s To-Die-For Apple Pie

    Please note that it needs to be started 1 day ahead!

    I hope you enjoy it and if anyone makes it for Thanksgiving I’d love to know how it turns out!

    Also on the blog I’ve got the next installments in my Inside Out series:

    Inside Out’s Feminism, and Other Imaginary Friends on the inadequate excuses for Inside Out’s tired gender stereotypes. And part 3 (on bad parenting) is next at the link. Thanks for reading!

  2. pheenobarbidoll
    November 21, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    I’m wrapped in a blanket, with a fire going in the fireplace, while drinking a milkshake.

    That is all.

    • HowIsBabbyFormed
      November 23, 2015 at 11:28 am

      May your milkshake bring all the toys to the yard

      • pheenobarbidoll
        November 23, 2015 at 11:51 am

        It brought all the dogs to the couch. Close enough lol

      • November 23, 2015 at 5:09 pm

        Five years ago, I would have questioned your choice of milkshake over hot cocoa. Now, with my campus experiencing 80-degree days leading up to Thanksgiving, your milkshake seems the logical choice in the face of climate change.

      • pheenobarbidoll
        November 23, 2015 at 9:31 pm

        I have been sickly lately. I was cold, so I wrapped up. But I was also hot, so I wanted a milkshake. And I was feeling pitiful, so it was chocolate :)

  3. AMM
    November 23, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I got pointed to this article:

    WARNING: do not read the comments. Do not read the comments. It’s Lewis’s Law all over again.

  4. Angel H.
    November 24, 2015 at 11:01 am

    An update/rant:

    As of September of this year, I am no longer homeless! :-) I have a cute, little apartment in a crummy building with an apathetic landlord. But, I have an apartment!!!!!

    I had expected to hit the ground running after I found a home – go back to school, work on my career, etc. I never expected that I would have to re-learn how to be a homemaker. I have to re-learn how to organize my things instead of throwing everything in the backseat of my car. I have to re-learn how to eat properly instead of grabbing anything that’s filling. (You should have seen how my face lit up when I was in the store and I realized that “I COULD MAKE PIZZA!”) I remind myself that I don’t have to push myself if I become too ill now that I have a place to rest and recharge. That’s not even getting counting the times when you catch yourself falling back into your old habits – washing yourself in the sink instead taking a shower, for example, and not taking care of your appearance. I was never prepared for this re-acclimation period, and it’s really frustrating.

    So…I’ve started tracking what I eat just to see how I can improve in that way. Since I’ve been transferred to a job in a fancy-shmancy office building, I try harder to look neat. I’ve organized my bathroom (for the most part) and I have a full pantry.

    Now, if I could only get internet access at home….

    ….AT HOME! ^_^

    • HowIsBabbyFormed
      November 24, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Many many congratulations

    • pheenobarbidoll
      November 24, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      HELL YES!!

      Acclamation doesn’t take as long as you think. Spending money acclamation takes longer. It stays with you.

    • PrettyAmiable
      November 24, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      I’m so happy to hear about this!

    • November 24, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      OMG I am so, so glad for you! <3 <3 <3

    • November 25, 2015 at 12:05 am

      That’s fantastic! Congratulations! That’s so exciting.

    • EG
      November 26, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      That’s fantastic news! Congratulations!

    • EG
      November 28, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Fantastic news! Congratulations! I wish you health and happiness in your new home!

      (for some reason my first comment went into moderation, I don’t even know.)

    • November 28, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Excellent news!

    • Scott Cunningham
      December 4, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      Wow! Congrats!

    • trees
      December 7, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      Yah! That’s just wonderful. Best.

    • Angel H.
      December 17, 2015 at 11:57 am

      Thanks for all the love and support! ^_^

      (Sorry it took me so long to reply.)

  5. pheenobarbidoll
    November 24, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Acclimation, not acclamation. Stupid autocorrect.

  6. Zuzu
    November 27, 2015 at 8:13 am

    So I’m not sure if this is the right place to post the following link:
    It’s a a global movement against obstetric violence… . I read some of the stories on the facebook pages and I’m just speechless.

  7. December 7, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Hey girls! How about talk about American Latin women? We suffer a lot of prejudice from the European guys who thinks that our countries just have prostitutes. We want respect, equality. Stop the misogyny! Stop the xenophobia!
    *If you know portuguese, please read my blog:

  8. Nell
    December 13, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Just wanted to say how great it was to find this site, that is so clear on women’s rights and so solidly against victim blaming. I needed to find this right now.

    Over the last few days I commented on some articles about rape in the mainstream media. I was responded to with so much abuse, denial, obfuscation and weird, twisted logic that I became really upset for a few days. I realised that although I do have a right to participate in internet discussions, it was hurting me and life is too short to feel so lousy.

    I closed my commenting accounts (telling the newspapers why) and went looking for media that would make me feel like a human being again.

    And I did. So thank you. I now have a small collection of bookmarks, including this blog, of better media, where I can read about news and ideas without being made to feel like dirt. In fact I am actually feeling good after reading a bunch of articles here :)

  9. Angel H.
    December 17, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Thought this might be interesting to share:

    Juvenile Justice GPS (Geography, Policy Practice & Statistics) is an online repository providing visitors with a sweeping view of the juvenile justice landscape across states and a place to make comparisons and chart change.

  10. Angel H.
    December 18, 2015 at 8:31 am

    You know how around this time of year, local news stations will air holiday greetings from military servicemen and servicewomen who are stationed overseas? For the first time, I saw a young female soldier (who was also a WOC) wishing her “fiancee and her family” happy holidays! I don’t know this woman, her fiancee, or their families; it just made me so happy that she was able to say that in uniform and on television. You should’ve seen the big, beautiful smile on her face!

    • PrettyAmiable
      December 18, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      :) This is really happy – thank you for sharing :)

  11. ludlow22
    December 19, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Hey, I keep having an issue where I get redirected to ad sites about half the time I load Feministe. Usually I end up in some gardening supply website. This happens on multiple different computers and only on Feministe, so I’m pretty sure it’s not malware on my end. Is this a monetization thing? Honestly, it’s much more irritating than just more ads on the main page, if you need the revenue.

    • December 19, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      It’s definitely not anything I’ve set up deliberately, I’ll have to check it out when I get back in front of my computer ( about to watch some star wars with the family).

      • ludlow22
        December 20, 2015 at 12:01 am

        Have fun! I hear good things.

      • EG
        December 20, 2015 at 7:21 pm

        It’s happening to me too, and it’s driving me up the wall. But it’s happening at another site for me, as well, also a blog, for what that’s worth. Maybe it’s the same platform?

    • pheenobarbidoll
      December 21, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Me too.

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