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394th Friday Blog Roundup

This story, about how her blog domain got hijacked and how she got it back?  Freaked. Me. Out.


Speaking of which, I am working on a tutorial for self-hosting; the freaky post above notwithstanding.  I look at self-hosting as an insurance policy for your blog.  Which it usually is.  Freaky situations aside.


It was my Bat Mitzvah-versary this week.  My 25th anniversary of becoming a woman (in the non-menstrual sense).  By which I mean I chanted from the Torah 25 years ago.  One of my best friends shares the same Bat Mitzvah-versary as me so she called me on the day to remember our Torah portion together.  Which I can still sing.  And I’ll do it for you if you can get me drunk enough at BlogHer.

It made me feel really old to think that 25 years had passed.

Happy Bat Mitzvah-versary to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.


We went to see the Nats play last weekend.  It was such an amazing game.  They started out three runs down with some of our favourite players injured.  And then Jesus Flores hit a home run.  And immediately afterward, Stephen Strasburg hit a homerun.  And we were on our feet and screaming like crazy, and I literally wanted to go run home and bake a cake for my boys to celebrate (but I didn’t want to miss the rest of the game).  I was just so incredibly proud of them.  I was so proud that Bryce Harper is on our team.  That Clippard is such an amazing pitcher.  I still can’t get over how much I love our team.

And then they had this little boy who came out to do a contest between two innings.  He had thirty seconds to run to second base, switch out the base with a new base, and take second base back to the finish line.  So the little boy runs out to second base and fumbles a bit with the base in trying to pry it out of the ground, so he has under 15 seconds to get back to the finish line, which is a ribbon held by two people.  So he’s trying to get back, and you can see he’s losing energy and the clock is running down, and the adults start running the finish line towards him.  And you will understand completely when I tell you that I got my period the following day, but I started bawling for this child.  I was so happy for him that he won the contest as well as the fact that these adults so subtly moved towards him so he could achieve that.

So… yeah… I was a big hormonal mess.  But I really do love the Nats.  As their superfan.

P.S. If you Google “Nationals, superfan,” I come up on the first page.  Which I believe means that I really am a superfan.  Isn’t it only really real when Google confirms your superfandom?


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.

The Stork Diaries had a post last week that I didn’t find until after I wrote the Roundup.  So I’m including it because it’s that good.  In “A Barren Woman,” she heartbreakingly states, “I am not merely grieving over another failed cycle.  I am grieving because I realize that hope is nothing more than my own fabrication.  It only exists because I created it.”  It is about finding yourself at the end of the line with the final answer, and staring at it with the intensity of all your grief.  It’s a must-read for anyone hoping to understand infertility.

Follow Every Rainbow has a fantastic post about her Granny Sam.  It’s a story of loss and love, of a granddaughter learning from her grandmother’s story.  It’s just such a gorgeous recording of a history.

Lastly, Adventures in Infertility-Land has a knee-jerk reaction to a comment followed by a more measured answer: “If he is the villain, then I am the victim – it is much easier role to play, in my opinion.  But, I am losing a big part of the story here.”  I think the pivotal moment in the situation is when she gave him an out… and he didn’t take it.  And hopefully that speaks volumes to finding that middle ground between angels and demons.

The roundup to the Roundup: Freaky tale of a hijacked blog.  Working on a self-hosting tutorial.  It was my Bat Mitzvah-versary.  Effusive moments at the ballpark.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between May 18th and May 24th) 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 Emma { 05.25.12 at 9:30 am }

Happy Bat Mitzvah-versary to you!!

2 a { 05.25.12 at 9:49 am }

I can no longer watch baseball, because my husband is so annoying. He gets so emotionally involved in the game that every “mistake” is like a personal affront. He yells at the TV, criticizes everyone, predicts bad ends…it’s awful. Maybe we should just stop watching his team, but they don’t televise my White Sox in our area.

Happy Bat Mitzvah-versary!

3 loribeth { 05.25.12 at 9:54 am }

Happy silver Bat Mitzvah-versary! : ) And TGIF! ; )

I’ll see if I can dig up some second blog helpings later… but for now, while I think of it, there was an article in this morning’s Globe & Mail that reminded me of our earlier conversations about what’s appropriate online to post about your kids:


4 Lacie { 05.25.12 at 10:07 am }

Happy Bat-Mitzvah-versairy to you, Mel!!! CHEERS!

5 KeAnne { 05.25.12 at 10:52 am }

I loved this sentence: “My 25th anniversary of becoming a woman (in the non-menstrual sense)” LOL.

Belle Boggs, the writer who appeared on Diane Rheim recently, has an amazing essay in Slate on the science of IVF and where she is in terms of TTC:

6 Chickenpig { 05.25.12 at 10:53 am }

Wow, you’re REALLY a woman now 😉 After 30 years, do you have to go through it again? Congrats!!! And I would pay to hear you sing your Torah portion, at least the cost of a good drink.

7 loribeth { 05.25.12 at 11:56 am }

Angie has started Year 2 of her “Right Where I Am” project. Have a look at her beautiful post, & then start reading some of the other survival stories from parents who are living without their babies — and add your own, too. Last year, an amazing 179 bloggers took part.


8 Justine { 05.25.12 at 3:06 pm }

I saw that hijacked blog tale and thought of you immediately … you’ve become the cautionary voice in my head. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, by the way. 😉

9 Emily @ablanket2keep { 05.25.12 at 7:20 pm }

Happy Bat Mitzvah-versary!

10 Deborah { 05.25.12 at 10:01 pm }

So exciting to find myself on this list! Thanks (and thanks to Marwil, who nominated me).

I’m impressed that you can still chant your Torah portion. I definitely can’t do mine, and it’s only been 20 years.

11 Lori Lavender Luz { 05.25.12 at 11:32 pm }

Hey, Supahfan…Happy Bat Mitzvah-versary to youuuuuuuu!

I’m so glad I found Justine’s blog.

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