402nd Friday Blog Roundup
It’s the anniversary of the Roundup this week. For six straight years, every single Friday, I post a handful of blog posts that have stuck with me long after closing the screen. These are not the only posts I read worthy of extra attention. I keep a running list over the week and then pluck 4 or 5 out in order to keep the Roundup from running 20+ posts long. I try to spread around the love; though I’m not always successful at remembering who has been honoured recently (and I am guilty of also thinking that I have honoured someone only to discover that while they make my personal list frequently, I’ve never posted them into the Roundup). I have never taken a submission for the Roundup; it’s just my personal opinion of what grabbed me while I was clicking through the ALI blogosphere.
So happy birthday, Little Roundup. May you keep getting written for many many more years.
I don’t know why, but these Where is Matt videos always make me cry.
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:
- “What We Owe Each Other” (Unglamourous)
- “The Pursuit Happiness” (Quasi-Momma)
- “Expectations” (Stumbling Gracefully)
- “Believing in the Unbelievable” (From IF to When)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Bereaved and Blessed has a post on something her daughter says. It’s such a moment of sweetness, but it also ends with a thought-provoking question, one that scared me shitless when I thought about the ending to Max Tivoli. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts over there.
Why Not Us? has a beautiful post about the knowledge baggage we bring with us. From the way she watches a pregnancy storyline on a sitcom to a conversation with a friend, she knows too much now about infertility to not have it colour the way she sees the world. And she wishes she could let it go, even if just for a short while.
My Lazy Ovaries has one of those if you don’t laugh you’ll cry moments as one more thing goes wrong with her cycle. She writes: “For my next trick ladies and gentlemen, I will fail – completely and utterly – to bleed. Or I should say rather, I HAVE failed. For the first time ever (excepting the nine weeks I spent harboring the blighted ovum).” She manages to bring humour to an incredibly sucky situation.
Glitter & Rainbows has a goodbye to fertility treatments: “It’s still hard, but I accept it now. There are so many things I want to do, to focus on, to put my mental and physical energy into. I know it’s not going to be a clean break, I’m still going to mourn a little, but the infertility fog has lifted and I am busting out of that tunnel of shittiness.” It’s a brief post that packs a punch.
Lastly, the Infertility Voice has a post about how her Reader has changed, both with the quietness of summer and the fact that many of the people she started blogging with have moved on to parenting while she’s still in the trenches. It’s a beautiful analogy of how we affect one another with our stories.
The roundup to the Roundup: It’s the sixth anniversary of the Roundup! Where is Matt always makes me cry. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between July 13th and July 20th) 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.