I forgot about Caturday until the next day again πŸ™ˆ At any rate, here’s Gidget, incensed that the magpies are dropping by regularly again after a couple of months in which we hardly saw them. Don’t these magpies understand that this is CAT territory! 😀

Relative close-up of a tabby cat's face as she lies on a red blanket on a bed, looking leftwards with one ear very sharply positioned so as to hear all The same tabby cat on a different occasion, perched on her cat tower, looking left again with an expression of shock on her face

Romance? In MY Doctor Who?!

Since the start of December, I’ve been doing a rewatch of post-2005 Doctor Who. Today, I watched the finale of Series 2, the one where Rose is finally written out of the show (…but only temporarily, as it turned out).

When this season first aired, I was 13 years old and a huge Doctor Who fan. I read lots of fanfic, and even wrote some (having never been a really big fanfic person …

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We’re having an unscheduled internet outage today. Every time I see posts about “internet of things” crap, I think about how common these are, and am relieved that all the basic infrastructure of my home is strictly offline πŸ˜†

It’s Caturday! Here’s a pic of Gidget from earlier today, after she successfully convinced Viv to let her outside not on her leash, then promptly jumped the fence to the construction site next door 😩 When he went to look for her, she snuck back. Satisfied with a job well done

a tabby cat lying very relaxedly on a bed, awake to keep an eye on what the human with the camera is doing

Sometimes I go through phases where I’m really excited to cook different things and seek out new recipes to try, and other times I’m just like, “Ughhhh, I have to work out what’s for dinner AGAIN?! How does this happen EVERY DAY?!?!?” Definitely been going through one of the latter kinds of phases lately… πŸ˜”

Had a really productive writing day yesterday, and then we were charged with babysitting Viv’s nephew, which meant hanging out with Gizmo’s parents, Beautiful and Patches! πŸ˜‚ They claimed lots of pats, scritchies and belly-rubs, as we watched five hours of The Simpsons πŸ™ˆ

A white-coloured Maltese-shih tzu cross resting on a black leather couch, looking nervously at the camera
A scruffy Maltese-shih tzu cross with tan patches on whitish fur, looking to one side The scruffy dog with patches, now looking up at something just above the camera

Yesterday when we were taking Gizmo on his weekly beach walk, we encountered this ADORABLE puppy! It may have been overwhelmed by the amount of activity on the beach, or else just overdue for his nap, but he first collapsed between Viv’s feet for a nap, and then on Emma’s foot 🀣 Gizmo was VERY unhappy about this interloper, and whimpered jealously about his humans fussing over dogs that aren’t him…

A tiny golden retriever puppy, curled up to sleep between the legs of a man wearing tracksuit pants and runners on a sandy beach The same puppy, having now fallen asleep on the sneaker of a young woman wearing long black socks with cherries on them

I know it’s been really quiet on this blog lately, and I haven’t done a Caturday post in like a month, so why not address both issues in one go? πŸ™ˆ Here’s Gidget, chillin’ in one of her favourite spots (on a cardboard box). 🐈

A tabby cat curled up on top of a cardboard box, staring at the photo taker as in β€˜what do you want?’ The same tabby cat on top of the cardboard box; she hasn't moved, but has fallen peacefully back to sleep

I meant to point this out the other day, but I’ve finished series 1 in my Doctor Who rewatch, so my series 1 wiki page is now complete with my thoughts on every episode! πŸ˜‡ I also went back and added star ratings for each episode now I’ve watched the whole thing. Next up: The Christmas Invasion

Viv and I saw the second “Avatar” movie today (The Way of Water). We liked it, it was good, very beautiful visually, well-made… but 3h12 is too long for a movie. Thankfully it also has a lot of excessively long action sequences, so I had time to sneak out for a toilet break without missing a single plot development 😜

IDK. I also felt like the plot was less ambitious than the first one (I mean, in the first one they send an entire mining company packing! in this one, one family just goes into hiding then at the end they destroy a boat!!), and I also felt the lack of a real Grace-like character (even though Sigourney Weaver did return to play a different character in this). In fact, there were a lot of characters and as a result I felt like none of them got much by way of development… but I was interested in the world-building, again, I felt for the whale-analogues, and as mentioned the world was very pretty to look at.

One minor thing that confused me – after Kiri had her seizure, these two scientist characters turned up out of nowhere to declare she had epilepsy, then disappeared again? They were two of the scientists originally working in the forest, right? So… did they, like, follow the family to Beachtown just out of shot? (Considering we got footage of the family en route, and the scientists were not with them then.) Then where did they go after that scene ended?? They didn’t seem to still be in town when the climactic confrontation loomed. Am I crazy or does it genuinely not make sense what happened there?

a cartoony avatar of Jessica Smith is a socialist and a feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.