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313rd Friday Blog Roundup

The Creme de la Creme opened this week, and it’s already trucking along with 65 participants in the first 4 days.  And hopefully, a lot of people (hint, hint) will take the weekend (hint, hint) to look through their archives and choose their favourite post from 2010.


I will probably not update the IComLeavWe list between this morning and Sunday night because I’ll be busy with the Resolve conference.  Rest assured, if you add yourself to it between now and then, you will be uploaded the next time I sit down at the computer.  You don’t need to sign up again.  In fact, please don’t sign up again.  It causes all sorts of problems with updating the list when there are duplicates.


I am in a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad mood.  And it is making all food taste horrible.  Have you ever had that happen?  Where everything just seems disgusting all of a sudden based on your mood?  Which, did I mention, is absolutely foul?


The Weekly What If: Think of your least favourite food.  Now what if you were promised that eating 4 ounces of this food daily would put you always in a good mood.  Not that bad things wouldn’t happen to you, but you’d be able to approach them with this great frame of mind.  And when things were the status quo, you’d feel exceptionally cheerful.  The catch is that you need to keep it up every day to have this effect.  So would you eat your daily 4 ounces, and what is your least favourite food?


And now, the blogs…

Mutemockingbird’s Blog has a post about jealousy as well as what she does to cover up her overwhelming feelings of jealousy.  And how those actions have now backfired terribly.  In the vein of “no good deed goes unpunished,” poor Mutemockingbird is now drowning in baby reminders.

The Inadequate Conception has a wistful post about Halloween.  She writes, “I know that behind the scenes not all of these families were leading the charmed lives that appeared in that two-hour moment at the Halloween festival, but it sure looked nice. And, we were a little jealous.”  I loved how she caught that moment — that even if it wasn’t perfect behind the scenes, the moment she was observing “sure looked nice.”

Yolk has a post about distractions.  She explains, “These days all those things: exercise, my job, my hobbies, etc. all just serve as distractions to fill time while I wait for the only thing that matters to me anymore.”  Go cheer her on as she explains the two distractions that are keeping her going at the moment.

Find Joy Now describes how it feels to be part of two different worlds.  She doesn’t want to hurt the readers who have stuck by her by talking incessantly about her child, but she also doesn’t really relate to other parents.  That isn’t the part that struck me though.  It was this: “This was what I was ultimately working towards.  This was something I could control.  I couldn’t control when a baby would come, I couldn’t force myself to become pregnant, and I certainly couldn’t force a birth mother of father to choose me to parent his or her child.  I could only control my outlook on life and my attitude.”  It’s sort of one of those times where you come to read about the situation, but you walk away thinking about how you approach life.

Lastly, Relaxing Doesn’t Make Babies has her take on Halloween through the lens of loss.  She explains, “Graves and ghosts and horror all take on a different meaning when you have lived through a horror story, when a grave marks the body of your child. I pass houses that have fake graveyards in front of their house and I frown. Not that I think it is wrong that they do that, but I see it from a different perspective now.”  Please go over and read the whole post — it will change the way you look at the world.

The roundup to the Roundup: The Creme de la Creme is now open.  I won’t be on the computer much this weekend.  I’m in a horrible mood.  Answer the Weekly What If.  And lots of great posts to read.


1 Heather { 11.05.10 at 9:02 am }

I ate a bag of skittles for dinner last night. I’m blaming it on this east coast crappy weather and rain and cold and stuff.

Hugging you. Wish I could listen to you be awesome!

2 Delenn { 11.05.10 at 9:13 am }

What if: well, I HATE green beans, but I have been a good person and ate them dutifully the last 2 years…I suppose I could do it every day–if I can plug my nose! (and have CHOCOLATE afterwards!)

Hope your mood improves! We will give you a good cheering up if we can tonight! 🙂

3 wifey { 11.05.10 at 10:53 am }

hmmmmm….. I’m kind of a voracious and adventurous eater, and I don’t think I have a least favorite food. But I’d eat 4 ounces of icky canned dog food everyday if it would guarantee a good perspective on life.

4 jrs { 11.05.10 at 12:05 pm }

but i think eating them would put me in a bad mood. i suppose i would give it a shot if that was the only way i could be in a good mood. i hope your mood improves, let me know if beets do the trick. if not i would suggest a rootbeer float. yum

glad u enjoyed my post

5 Sarah N { 11.05.10 at 4:29 pm }

Sign me up for 4 oz of anything if it grants me that perspective and outlook. Without a doubt. Dog food. Cat food. Oysters. Foie gras. Pate. Overcooked broccoli. Raw potatoes. I’d eat it.

And yes, to answer your question, foul moods consistently take away my appetite. This is new since Otis died. Prior to that, bad moods = lots of eating of junk food. Now, it’s like anything I put in my mouth is sawdust. Bleh.

6 Yolk { 11.05.10 at 7:50 pm }

Hey there, thanks so much for the inclusion in your list today!

My least favourite food is raisins. I love all food, but that’s the one thing I won’t eat. Yes, I’d eat 4oz if it could grant me the ability to be happy.

7 HereWeGoAJen { 11.05.10 at 8:05 pm }

Nope, Mel, you will not make me eat cilantro. Maybe with a different incentive, but I am ALREADY in a great mood nearly all of the time. I am chronically optimistic. (For proof of that, when I read this question, I thought “well, probably if I had to eat it all the time, I’d learn to like it!” See, it is impossible to un-optimistic me.)

8 a { 11.05.10 at 10:22 pm }

Like jrs, I think eating my least favorite food would put me in a bad mood. And 4 oz is kind of a lot. But, as my mother can attest, I have been known to simply swallow the disgusting food with milk, so I could probably do it. I’m not even sure what my least favorite food is, though. Probably a vegetable of some sort.

Sorry you’re in a bad mood. I hope you enjoy the Resolve Conference!

9 Rebecca@ The Mummy Grapevine { 11.06.10 at 1:59 pm }

My least favourite food is a drink – aloe vera juice – the full on version. I tried drinking it as part of a detox (silly me) and it was so utterly disgusting that I couldn’t finish it. Have to say it did help with joint ache though so I might be tempted to have another go as I get older!! The other food I find disgusting is offal. I think if drinking or eating one of these each day would put me in a great mood it would be worth it because there is nothing worse than feeling grumpy and rubbish all day.

10 coffeegrl { 11.06.10 at 3:56 pm }

Nope. I would not eat it. I’m not even sure what I could say such a food might be. But I wouldn’t rely on it to improve my mood. I’d much rather take my chances.

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