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356th Friday Blog Roundup

Currently, I’m a little apprehensive with the report of the specific, unconfirmed threat on New York and D.C.  I actually had to read the alert twice when it came into my email from CNN because at first skim, I thought it was saying that officials knew 10 years ago that there was a specific, unconfirmed threat.  I was about to go onto the next email when I read it again and then said, “oh!”  Or maybe it was more like, “oh.”  It was sort of between an oh. and an oh!

We’re supposed to go about our lives but be alert, so it doesn’t really sound different from any other day.  But on other days, there aren’t headlines in the newspaper telling us about a specific, unconfirmed threat.  So it doesn’t really feel like any other day either.

It’s sort of in between everything and sort of nowhere at the same time.


To ease that tension, on a side note, Cozy has taken to doing a daily urination handstand.  Now it feels a little bit like showing off, like he’s silently saying, “you have to sit down to pee, but check out what I can do.”

Apologies for the graininess of the image.  I took it with my blackberry because it was the closest camera.  And it’s not like he gives me a heads up when he’s about to saunter over to his very public bathroom.


There is a second REI card giveaway over here.  BlogHer is taking care of choosing the winner from the first one so that person should be contacted soon if they’re not already in possession of a “you won!” email.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week as well as the week before.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Still Kicking Your Collective Ass: Okay, 11 is much better.  Let’s make sure we do it again this week.  There is a whole world of blog posts out there worthy of a little extra attention.

Okay, now my choices this week.

I loved Three Little Birds post about grieving enough.  She is trying to make sense of the different ways she is grieving the loss of her husband and the loss of her mother, and the post literally walks the reader through a path in her brain, explaining how she is coming to accept that not all grieving will look exactly alike.  It’s an emotional, beautiful post.

My Lady of the Lantern has a post about people who pretend they weren’t infertile after they are parenting.  She is frustrated with a friend’s rewriting of her own personal history and the story she is presenting to the world.  She asks a thought-provoking question: “Do you wish you could deny your infertility? Seriously, I want the truth. If given a chance would you do it? If you could wipe the memory of your friends and family clean, would you reinstall the infertile status in their memory?” Well, would you?  Go tell her.

I featured it on BlogHer this week, but I literally love this post that much that I need to also post it here.  Tales of a Batty Nurse has a post called “Loving Who I Am?” and it is about the struggle to truly love yourself.  My favourite part was this: “It also annoys the hell out of me to be feeling melancholy over this. I don’t want to feel like my life is only complete or happy if I have a significant other, or a baby, or whatever. I spent too many years like that. I’ve enjoyed the last year or so being happy with what I have and I want that back. ”  Go read the post in full.

Lastly, there were so many good posts this week on the fake pregnancy Facebook meme.  I just wanted to highlight two of them.  Too Many Fish to Fry has a brave post stepping out of the infertility closet (with an explanation of why she is doing it).  Family Building with a Twist has a powerful post about the various ways cancer has touched her life, and she implores those who participated in the meme or those who want to understand more to read The Emperor of All Maladies to understand the facts about cancer.

The roundup to the Roundup: Feeling a little nervous and a little not about the specific, unconfirmed threat for Washington, D.C. and New York.  Distracting myself by grabbing the camera every time Cozy does one of his handstand pees.  BlogHer is giving away a second gift card to REI.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between September 2nd and September 9th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 Denver Laura { 09.09.11 at 10:16 am }

I think Cozy is marking his cage. The higher up he goes, the harder it is for another guy to mark over his. Plus, it makes him appear larger to predators (you know, to the slithery ones in your front yard).

2 loribeth { 09.09.11 at 11:08 am }

I too am feeling slightly uneasy as The Day approaches — for all the emotions it is stirring up (fear being one of them). Dh is already switching channels whenever another “10 years later” news item comes on — he says he just can’t watch. (((hugs)))

Mrs. Spit is working some very long, very busy hours away from home lately, but found time earlier this week for an amazing post on how she does it:


3 HereWeGoAJen { 09.09.11 at 11:35 am }

Now teach him to do back flips. 🙂

I will add my own post to the second helpings: http://herewegoajen.com/that-facebook-thing/ It’s my take on that stupid Facebook thing.

4 Battynurse { 09.09.11 at 11:45 am }

Cozy is so cute. Even peeing up a wall in the corner.
Thanks Mel for the kind words and the links. Found some really good stuff today.

5 Trinity { 09.09.11 at 1:33 pm }

OMG, the urination handstand is HILARIOUS!

6 Tigger { 09.09.11 at 4:07 pm }

Yay for more posts to add to the ever-growing “angry with facebook” post I started. 🙂

My heart just aches for ThreeLittleBirds – I’ve been there, done that, and it sucks, and nothing anyone can say will make it better. *hugs* all around!

7 Lori Lavender Luz { 09.09.11 at 5:23 pm }

I don’t want you or Cozy kicking my patooty, so I’ll submit Keiko’s post:http://www.hannahweptsarahlaughed.com/2011/09/the-first-year-in-our-house

A little history, a little celebration about growing up, a lot of compassion.

8 Hope { 09.09.11 at 7:38 pm }

I have two posts to nominate.

Elphaba and Yolk has an excellent post on how a fertile friend or family member can be supportive and understanding of a person going through infertility. http://eggsandsperm.com/2011/09/06/so-whats-a-fertile-to-do/

Kelly at The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow has a very touching, almost heartbreaking post about what she never thought would happen in her life, including finally having her rainbow baby, and losing friends because of that. http://suntomorrowihope.blogspot.com/2011/09/i-never-thought.html

9 Julie Anita { 09.09.11 at 11:03 pm }

I love love love Port of Indecision’s post. I’ve been reading her blog since I first created my own over a year ago, but I found this post particularly well-written and smart.

10 kh99 { 09.11.11 at 8:02 am }

Mel, thank you so much for linking to my post. I am honored!

11 Lori Lavender Luz { 09.11.11 at 11:15 pm }

I’m not sure this qualifies, but this post just came to my attention today, even though it’s from earlier this year. It took my breath away.


12 Keiko { 09.13.11 at 2:26 pm }

Lori has a rather informative post about frankenfoods (with a bonus giveaway) at her blog last week that was simply fascinating to read: The Unhealthy Truth (with giveaway) and why I’m on alert for frankenfood.

13 Vee { 09.14.11 at 8:19 am }

Thank you Mel x

14 Belle { 09.14.11 at 8:58 pm }

Hey Mel! Thanks for the link! Somehow I missed this while traveling, but I am super honored 🙂 And, the handstand is cracking me up!

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