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Many months ago, I teasingly told Kristin that I was going to serenade her at BlogHer, though in the end, I didn’t schlep a laptop much less a guitar.  But that does not mean that I can’t mortify her AND myself by serenading her from afar.  I told her that I would do this when she least expected it…

So Kristin, pretend that we are standing in the hallway of the lovely Marriott, perhaps by that Golden Gate Bridge made out of Twizzlers, and I am on one knee, holding Bob Jackson.  I am wearing cords, my Superman t-shirt (but with a long sleeve grey t-shirt underneath because it’s cold in here!), and my chucks.  I have somehow carried not only a guitar but an amp down to the lobby.  And there you are — so I start to warble.

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Forgive me for choosing “Good Riddance” — it was the last song I “mastered.”  I use air quotes liberally there because I think we can all see what I mean by “master” by that performance.  I also apologize for the sound quality — Josh’s computer was acting up. And I was trying not to laugh while I sang.  Just in case you were wondering, I am embarrassed about my singing voice, but I figured that you already heard it before so you can’t actually be shocked by it.  Plus, the beauty of doing this online is that I don’t actually need to see your face, to process the horror spreading over it as you listen.

I’d also like to take this moment to apologize publicly to my teacher for not practicing as much as I should.  I know it must annoy the crap out of you when I show up to the lesson and admit that I still haven’t really mastered the song we’re working on because I haven’t given it my all.  I’m saying I’m sorry, but I need to temper this with an admittance that I’ll probably do it again.  Though I hold the kids to a totally different standard when it comes to practicing for their music lessons and then tell them that I practiced at night while they were in bed.  So I guess I’d also like to apologize to the kids for fibbing because while I do that sometimes, I don’t actually do it all that often.

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This is the absolute last call to contribute a prize to the 2011 Creme de la Creme (scroll down to #5 on that post).  No prizes will be accepted after October 19th at 11 pm EST.  For a prize to be included, you need to add it as a comment on that post.  In doing so, you’re making the commitment to come through with that prize.  Have no idea what I’m talking about?  Click over and read that post because the Creme de la Creme list for 2011 opens on October 20th.

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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:

Okay, now my choices this week.

My Pathway to Motherhood has a post about Yom Kippur, jumping between three Yom Kippurs.  I loved meandering through these three different memories, especially since all three had a very different flavour.

I love The Road Less Travelled’s post about going online for the first time 15 years ago.  It is such a great trip down memory lane — punch cards, Intellivision, dot-matrix printers.  I remember the first time I heard about email when I was 16 — I didn’t believe the boy because it sounded too strange to be true (letters?  That could arrive moments later on someone’s computer?  Over telephone lines?).  Sort of crazy to think about today when hundreds of emails come and go from my inbox daily.

Lastly, Better Full Than Empty has a post questioning why she stepped back on the trying-to-conceive path again when she thought she had escaped it.  She explains: “I want another baby, and this renewed insurance is my chance to make that happen. I have tried all my life to live so I will have as few regrets as possible. When I was rethinking my life’s plan, back when we still didn’t want kids, I came to the conclusion that parents don’t regret having children, but that I would most certainly regret NOT having them.”  Yet trying again means putting herself emotionally back in the throes of IVF again.  She finishes the post with a question, one that many could apply to themselves and their own, personal double-edged sword.

The roundup to the Roundup: Embarrassing myself and Kristin in the process.  LAST CALL FOR CREME DE LA CREME PRIZES.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between October 7th and October 14th) 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.

18 comments

1 Hope { 10.14.11 at 10:40 am }

Mel, you may be self-conscious of your singing voice, but it sounded fine to me. 🙂 Quite nice, actually. And, just a tip, if you ever perform, don’t tell your audience how bad you think you are. You’re better than you give yourself credit for! And most audiences won’t notice the mistakes that seem glaring to you. 🙂 I think it’s super cool that you are learning the guitar and sticking with it well enough to make recognizable recordings with no hesitations. I’ve tried to record music and, boy, was it hard. So kudos to you!

2 Sarang { 10.14.11 at 11:04 am }

It was a smile, not horror, that spread over my face as I listened. That was lovely.

Thank you for sharing your serenade.

3 Eggs In A Row { 10.14.11 at 11:30 am }

You are so talented! I happen to like your voice…I listen to “My Aunt Jane Knows More Than My RE” whenever I need a pick me up. Seriously. Because I have like 1000 Aunt Janes. 🙂

4 Chickenpig { 10.14.11 at 2:06 pm }

I think you have a great rock n roll voice. And you are seriously rocking the guitar!!! I love that song and I think you did it justice. Don’t sell yourself short, lady. 🙂

5 Lori Lavender Luz { 10.14.11 at 3:39 pm }

I am going to play that serenade over and over. I adore it. I’m pretending I’m Kristin.

Off to donate!

6 Lori Lavender Luz { 10.14.11 at 3:42 pm }

Now I love that song even more.

7 Lori Lavender Luz { 10.14.11 at 3:42 pm }

Can we sing it together with your guitar the next time we’re together?

8 Michaela { 10.14.11 at 5:59 pm }

That was an AWESOME serenade!!

9 Mo { 10.14.11 at 8:23 pm }

Wow! Secret talents revealed. To quote Randy Jackson: Dawg, you can wail!
And, here’s a beautiful post by a blogger who just lost her little boy deep into her second trimester. She could use some support: http://supposedtobemysymphony.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/time/

10 JustHeather { 10.15.11 at 7:53 am }

I think we’re all harder on ourselves than we need to be. I love that you recorded yourself and shared it! I’m not sure I have the guts to do that.
I hadn’t heard “My Aunt Jane Knows More Than My RE” and it is great! I was torn between laughing and crying, but that is just because of hormones.
Thank you for sharing!

11 Dresden { 10.15.11 at 8:27 am }

LOVELOVELOVE that the Moxie piece from Aiming Low is here because that totally spoke to the 13 year old girl in me.
Also – when is the next concert??

12 Michaela { 10.15.11 at 3:52 pm }

I actually found this blog googling about 5 day transfer and stumbled upon this beautiful post on adoption.

13 a { 10.15.11 at 9:25 pm }

I never knew that song was called Good Riddance. Excellent performance – and if nothing else, you should be impressed with yourself because you can play and sing at the same time. When I’m (very poorly) playing piano, I can either keep track of what fingers are supposed to be on what keys or I can keep track of the words. But not both at the same time, unless I’ve played the song at least 5 million times, and then it’s still a toss up. Because I never practiced!

And here was an awesome post:
http://writemindopenheart.com/2011/10/son-processes-his-adoption.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WriteMindOpenHeart+%28Write+Mind+Open+Heart%29

And this is a really cool website:
http://www.100abandonedhouses.com/

14 {sue} { 10.17.11 at 9:08 am }

That was amazing! Seriously!

15 Gail { 10.17.11 at 9:33 am }

It’s not a blog, but it is an article about a mom facing the unfaceable and it touched me this week so I wanted to share it. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/opinion/sunday/notes-from-a-dragon-mom.html?_r=1&src=tp&smid=fb-share

16 Eggs In A Row { 10.19.11 at 12:20 pm }

This post at the 2 Week Wait was amazing…
http://the2weekwait.blogspot.com/2011/10/calling-all-infertiles-i-want-to-hear.html

The blogger, Jay, was responding to a comment that basically said “Your pain isn’t as bad as mine because you are pregnant…you haven’t suffered like me”. Jay’s response was fabulous, and the comments were amazing as well.

17 Eggs In A Row { 10.19.11 at 1:22 pm }

Oh, wait, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, that was written on the 18th…I apologize! EEK!

18 Kristin { 03.09.12 at 12:55 am }

OMG, how did I miss this? Thank you Thank you Thank you

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