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Relaxing capybara break

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I’m too stressed to write a regular post right now, so here are some capybara gifs to help us all relax a little bit.

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Naglfar
Naglfar
21 days ago

I think the capybara in the bathtub with the two birds on their back is my favorite. It reminds me a little bit of a miniature version of those birds that sit on the backs of hippos.

Cindy
Cindy
21 days ago

Excellent.

Tovius
21 days ago

Thanks, I needed this.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
21 days ago

I’m knitting on a hat (using up some homespun) and I’m going to watch a discussion of The Craft movies, because distracting things are distracting.

Correction Automatique
Correction Automatique
21 days ago

Try quokkas, those little furballs are always smiling.

Dormousing_it
Dormousing_it
21 days ago

@Naglfar: Mine, too. I did a double take at it – is that capybara really in a standard bathtub? I guess it is.

I wonder how dirty domesticated capybaras get. Once, many years ago, my mother allowed her husband – my stepfather – to wash his Irish setter in our bathtub. The water was nearly black when he was finished. I think it took longer to clean up the bathroom when he was finished washing the dog, than to actually wash the dog. That was the first and the last time he washed Coco in our tub.

I’m thrilled to be getting a haircut tomorrow. I know, whoop-de-do, but its been nearly 8 months since my last one.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
21 days ago

Try quokkas, those little furballs are always smiling.

Quokkas, when threatened, will throw their children at the predator and hightail it, so I don’t think they are as chill as capybaras.

Alan Robertshaw
21 days ago

A Duffelblog article that some may find amusing; if depressingly spot on.

https://www.duffelblog.com/2020/10/new-female-body-armor-just-pink-more-expensive-regular-body-armor/

ObSidJag
ObSidJag
21 days ago

Cabybaras are *always* welcome. Cabybaras *and* ducklings…definitely needed just now.

I spent the last 2 hours or so getting a new tattoo. Maybe not the wisest choice but it had been literal years since my last one, and I felt the needle would be a safer distraction than drinking just now (though I’m not ruling it out) plus it’s my birthday gift to myself. Gee, think I justified that enough?

I researched the various shops in and around the Metroplex and chose one that’s being Covid responsible. The young man who did the ink work did an awesome job in my opinion.

So now, we just do the really hard part: waiting. Like Victorious Parasol, I will be beyond ecstatic if Texas turns a shade of purple (I dare not dream of blue just yet).

If, however, the Orange Shitstain manages to steal another election, I pray to the Goddess for a blue Senate, the better to aggravate the waste of carbon and have *some thing* willing & able to finally hold him accountable for his many crimes.

You may say I’m a dreamer…

Alan Robertshaw
21 days ago

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Alan Robertshaw
21 days ago

You may say I’m a dreamer

You’re not the only one

Last edited 21 days ago by Alan Robertshaw
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy

The quokka baby-throwing thing is not 100% accurate, but it’s close.

Capys are absolutely the most chill critters, though! Look at them! They’re so soothing 🙂

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Dormousing_it
Dormousing_it
21 days ago

@Alan Robertshaw

RE: The Duffelblog satire. A long time ago, a company put out a line of tools (wrenches, screwdrivers, saws, tool belts, and on and on) designed specifically for women. They were designed for women’s smaller hands, and lesser upper body strength, as compared to men. Of course, the manufacturer made the handles of these tools pink🙄. I thought it was a good concept, but why be so condescending, making the tools pink?

@ObSidJag

I have a bottle of brandy I’ve been saving, if Biden & Harris win.

ObSidJag
ObSidJag
21 days ago

@ Alan Robertshaw re dreamers:
Thank you. It helps to be reminded of this.

I’d like to pose a question to my fellow Mammothers who write (this pertains mainly to fiction, but I wager those who write nonfiction will have valuable comments to share).

What do you do when you have too many ideas? I’m in the middle of working on a novel but find my mind goes off on “what if” or “how ‘about this idea” tangents. I don’t have the time or wherewithal to chase down each and every one of these ideas (not and finish anything before I die).

How do writers decide which avenues to explore, or, conversely, how do you decide “nope, this is a dead end”?

Thanks ahead of time to all who respond.

Last edited 21 days ago by ObSidJag
TB Tabby
TB Tabby
21 days ago

Capybaras have it all figured out, man.

occasional reader
occasional reader
21 days ago

It is not about capybara, but if you want to try a relaxing game – and you are not afraid of birds -, you may try Wingspan : nice illustrations, a sound library of all concerned birds tweets, and quick but clear explanations of them. Still a “competitive” game, but if you like birds, you won’t mind loosing. Bird is the word, indeed.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
21 days ago

Valiant effort, but I cannot repress stress. But thanks for trying !

Herbert West
Herbert West
21 days ago

I should probably start working instead of lingering online for the whole day.
Well, it’s been a slow day anyway, thanks to the lockdown.
And the boss has retreated into her office, so no one’s complaining.

Last edited 21 days ago by Herbert West
Lauren Romeo
Lauren Romeo
20 days ago

Love these sweet guys!

Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Intergalactic Mean
Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Intergalactic Mean
20 days ago

Love the capybara pics. Beeeeg rodents are always fun to look at.

Don’t have any animal pictures to share right now, but here are some places to see awesome rainbows, according to USAToday:

https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/10best/2020/11/03/new-york-new-zealand-10-places-see-spectacular-rainbows/6139248002/

Gwynfydd
Gwynfydd
20 days ago

I love the capybara in the bath too, tho I adore the one in the mini waterfall also!

What do you do when you have too many ideas? I’m in the middle of working on a novel but find my mind goes off on “what if” or “how ‘about this idea” tangents. I don’t have the time or wherewithal to chase down each and every one of these ideas (not and finish anything before I die).

How do writers decide which avenues to explore, or, conversely, how do you decide “nope, this is a dead end”?

@ObSidJag – I often find I have a bunch of ideas for the short stories I write. Generally I put all the ideas down in note form, and based on whatever I’m writing, I pull from what seems to be a good combo of starting points/ key scenes, etc, and generally I find that out of all the ideas certain ones just work or jump out. And those not used handily sit waiting for the story that is ‘theirs’. They don’t go to waste. So the way I decide is kinda by letting the story work it out, and seeing what fits, what feels right and often too the amount of space available!

Hope that helps a bit. Take care everyone.

Numenaster
Numenaster
20 days ago

Those are some happy ‘baras.

ObSidJag
ObSidJag
20 days ago

@Gwynfydd:
Thanks for responding: I really appreciate your input. Will see if I can put it to use.

epitome of incomrepehensibility

@Gwynfydd re @ObSidJag – good advice! I’m in a similar boat and the name of this boat is Trying To Write a Novel While Having ADHD.

I don’t always write every idea in detail either. I’ll make notes or sketch out dialogue (I like writing dialogue). Even then, I find a big part of writing is editing, so I might not end up with what I planned at the start. This process can be fun, but it also takes a while.

Best of luck!

Gwynfydd
Gwynfydd
20 days ago

@ ObSidJag and @Epitome –

No problem and glad to maybe have shared something that might help! Good luck with the writing both of you!

Been good to come on here and think about something else. I hope to work up a couple of poems at the weekend myself.

Luzbelitx
18 days ago

I’ll take this opportunity to introduce you to the Chola, a female capybara who loves to drink mate

Last edited 18 days ago by Luzbelitx
Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
18 days ago

@ObSidJag

What do you do when you have too many ideas? I’m in the middle of working on a novel but find my mind goes off on “what if” or “how ‘about this idea” tangents.

Depends what I’m currently working on.

If I’m writing a novel that is contracted for the idea gets jotted down for later poking, but only if it stays in my head for two days – that’s my touchstone for a decent idea. I got lucky enough to get an in as a house author, and I’m not going to be shorting them or running late with the words they’re paying me for.

If I’m writing my own stuff, well … sometimes I do the same, sometimes I’ll fire up a new doc and follow the rabbit. Depends how much I’m enjoying writing the current work but the diversions always net me something that can be used later, if they don’t pan out on their own.