Open Thread by John Cole| August 9, 201010:16 am| 49 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailA little early in the morning for cute overload, but what the hell: Looks like I’ll have to make the bed later.
It’s three in the afternoon where I am, so it’s just the right time for some of Teh Cute.
What a sweetheart is Lily!!
a nap sounds good… she does like to get snuggled in doesn’t she?
Awwww-dorable! And she’s not flattened, either.
(Great duvet, too!)
The colors of the bedding set off Lily’s coat nicely. You chose well.
Cute li’l girl.
I am still reeling over yesterday’s Tunch picture. He is one huge cat.
You need to set up a cam so we can watch the tucking-self-in process. I admit to being as curious as you are about that.
I just want to note for the record that when you take an entire week away from blogs and news and such and such to spend it on the beach building sand castles with your kids or talking with folks at restaurants and at bait shops and at museums (Wright Brothers!) etc., and then return to your computer, you become immediately aware that the blogosphere is engaged in a constant barrage of doomsaying with this sort of overwhelming soul-crushing dismay being volleyed about that tends to heighten its own effect.
Here’s the news, distilled from my time talking with people in Meat World and hanging out with friends and family and strangers and talking with the guy at the local Quick-E-Mart and the manager at the Food Lion and hanging out with the family from Virginia (to the physical right of my rented beach house) and Illinois (to my physical left):
No one is talking about Michelle Obama’s trip to Spain. No one knows about it. Nor, I suspect, would they care.
Everyone is complaining about the economy out there in Meat World.
Gay marriage came up once, and that was when the decision was announced and the guy from Winchester, Virginia, with the McCain sticker on his car in the house next door said it wasn’t any of his business who married whom. And then he went back to grilling chicken.
And a guy in my beach house who is pretty solid Republican said, “I’m no tree-hugger, but you would think they would have recycling down here, and it pisses me off that they don’t.”
The day-to-day news is horrifying and terrible. The blogs tell you that. But the arc is bending inexorably towards a more progressive country, at some fundamental levels. Meat World — non-political Meat World, the Meat World most people live in — shows that.
Just a perspective.
Is it FYWP or something else that is consistently causing the text to run off the right margin? Can something be done about it? As things stand, it is very difficult to read this blog.
It is a testament to my level of (largely self-induced) stress that Lars’s comment actually brought tears to my eyes
I had to drop my dog off for a teeth cleaning this morning. Like last week, she knew something was up, and she was very reluctant to come out of the house. She was a little better when she got to the vet, but very, very nervous when she was in the exam room. She’s not bad with the vets (or groomers, if she’s being cleaned up), but I always feel like she worries that she’s being taken away when we leave her. Plus, she wasn’t allowed to have anything to eat or drink from midnight last night, and if you saw how fat she was, you’d realize what a sacrifice that was.
Thanks for that report. Much appreciated this monday morning.
The border breakage happens for me too. I bring it back in line by deleting my cookies a couple of times. I have no idea why this works but it does.
All together now, at the count of 1… 2…3… AWWWWWWWWWWWW.
Cute overload is good for the soul.
If she’s like my dog, she probably goes in nose first, turns around under the covers and sticks the head back out.
@gbear: Just tried it; no luck.
@QuaintIrene: That’s what I figured. Noses/mouths are the hands of our canine friends. It’d be funnier if she got as flat as possible and scooched her butt backward under the duvet, though.
Zombie Orange Person Alert
Quite the change from the stressed-out beastie she used to be, no? John, I’m surprised you didn’t climb in there with her to snorgle. That’s what I would have done.
@Lars Thorwald: Thanks for that. A few weeks ago, I was talking with a woman I know who watches nothing but Fox News and regularly spews their talking points when any political discussion comes up. I mentioned that by today’s standards, Reagan and Nixon would be considered too liberal to be Republicans and that they would be trashed by the tea party. Wonder of wonders, she said “I never thought about that.”
One baby step at a time.
Paul in KY
The ‘comments going way out beyond border’ hadn’t happened to me here for 3 or 4 weeks. It is back in force today, though (sigh).
Hope everyone had a nice weekend. That’s one satisfied looking dog right there :-)
Awwww!! Made my morning!
@LarsThorwald: Did you go down to Ocracoke?
” you become immediately aware that the blogosphere is engaged in a constant barrage of doomsaying with this sort of overwhelming soul-crushing dismay being volleyed about that tends to heighten its own effect.”
Good for you and yours getting away, and I agree totally, which is why I have eliminated the vast majority of my blog tabs and no longer watch MSNBC in the evening.
The strange thing is that when I am away and don’t have access to any of it, I don’t miss it. But then I come home…
So full of win….
Love the photos.
Jay in Oregon
Of all the ladies you could wake up next to, John, you could have picked far worse.
Dear Roseto, PA: No You Can’t Shoot the President…
Too early to try for crabapple jelly? I’m gonna go for it.
@General Stuck: How does he get it so even? It’s right up into the hair follicles. The skin looks like he’s hennaed. He should do his hair too, that’d be a treat.
Awww, what a precious baby, now her Person is back, all is right with the universe.
My aunt had a rat terrier named Sweetie Pie. At night, when my aunt said “Bedtime!”, Sweetie Pie ran to her puppy bed, dragged her blanket off the bed, jumped in, turned around exactly three times, hauled the blanket back in, tucked herself in, shut her eyes and dropped right off to sleep.
The Learning Channel signing Sarah Palin to a contract is sort of like Gandhi or Dick Gregory getting their own show on the Food Network.
Thanks for that, Lars.
In other good news, Poopyman (the real one) almost doesn’t stink of skunk anymore. Eight days ago we got a good whiff of skunk from inside the house, and I let the boy in a little later. He clearly was in some distress, and it didn’t take long to figure out why. He’s a Norwegian Forest Cat, and he got hit in his bib, right where he was going to be smelling it for a long time.
Efforts to actually bathe him failed (appears I will have no permanent scars, thanks), but I got most of it washed out by pouring the water over him and scrubbing repeatedly. At first it was so strong it didn’t even smell like skunk, so I didn’t think to try the tomato juice method.
So anyway, that episode seems to be over. I think the skunk comes for the bird feeder spillage, but the cat never really seemed concerned with it. Not any more.
Science says don’t.
[email protected]shortstop: Hey girl, as I was scanning the commments, your entry (this) had me dizzy until I realized it was a ‘T’ and not an ‘F’.
Now I need a drink.
It’s never too early for cute overload – especially for a Monday.
Bring on the squeeeee!
@Keith G: Sure, I’m flattered, Lily, and maybe a little bit curious…
@Gina: Nah, the hair has to be green. He’s already got the skin in Oompa-Loompa territory…he might as well go all the way!
One of my beagles loves to snuggle under the covers and the other *hates* to be covered up. Go figure.
On vacation in the SE as well, Lars. Heading to SC eventually – sending this from my RV in a nice rural park in NC, will be curious to see if we have similar experiences. Spent many summers on the Outer Banks when the kiddos were little.
Oh, and we bought the RV years ago largely because we wanted to bring the dogs along with us on trips- they love their house on wheels.
So, from all available evidence, Tunch only ate half of Lily.
I think we need proof of life (Lily, I mean; for Tunch, may be, um, too much to ask).
Oh yeah, I think your examples depict what is really going on in most americans lives and thoughts than what our sucky media pretends. Of course, media keeps telling us that we overwhelmingly prefer hearing every detail of Lindsey Lohan’s life and Michele Obama’s vacation over jobs, health care and boring stuff like that. I caught the tail end of Morning Joe and heard Michele’s vacation being dissected. I’m guessing they spent most of the show on that. I have to wonder if any of the cable news show regulars ever think, “I’m going to hurl if the producers make me talk about this nonsense again….but I love my paycheck”.
I like the republican guy crabbing about no recycling.
You’re making crabapple jelly? Be still my heart. Best stuff in the world.
The ads, ach, I’m drowning in Bachmann over here!
Some dogs have all the luck.
licensed to kill time
The doggiez, they r in ur bed, sawin’ de logzzzzzzzzzzz…..
that’s pretty damn cute, Lily-wan-kenobi
@LarsThorwald: Thanks for that report. Much needed on a Monday morning, especially after reading the MoDo ToDo YoHo all day yesterday.
I wonder if Lily ever suffers flashbacks of her previous life, and realizes she hit the doggy lottery?
Oh boy – how I love this place. Between Lily’s awesome cuteness and LarsThorwald’s report from the hinterlands, my mood is greatly improved. I also enjoyed the turning of the cheek post – talk about karma.
@LarsThorwald: Thank you for this. Much needed and much appreciated.
Cole, Lily is a beautiful princess, indeed. Just precious.