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404th Friday Blog Roundup

I actually wrote this on Thursday before I left and scheduled it to run today, so I have no idea how the conference is going.  I don’t even know if I’ve remembered to pack pants at this point.  Only time will tell.

I feel like I should take this opportunity to write something to my future self; to all the future versions of you.  Which is actually the current version of you because you are reading this in my future.  Blowing my mind.

Except I can’t think of anything profound to say.  What is life like on August 3, 2012?  Is it very different from August 2, 2012?  I have to imagine it is since things change on a daily basis.  Perhaps Facebook has folded and Twitter is now passe.  Maybe you’re reading this on a new device, one I can’t even begin to imagine on August 2nd but will be commonplace in the future such as on August 3rd.  Oh my G-d, it just hit me that YOU know the results of the Olympic events that I’m going to watch tonight.  Don’t spoil it for me; don’t tell me a thing!  I don’t want to know what is happening at the Olympics on August 2nd.

In all seriousness, fill me in since I’m at the BlogHer conference, and I know from past experience that I will have no clue what is happening in the world beyond this windowless room.  What is life like for you?  In other words, what are you up to today?


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.

Hobbit-ish Thoughts and Ramblings has a post about being thankful that she’s not living her life in the public eye with all the pressures a princess goes through to produce an heir.  She writes: “As someone who dealt with years of questions, even before I was married, about when I would begin having children, I take offence on the Duchess’ behalf.  She has only been married for a year and a bit, and she’s still adjusting to her new role within the royal family.  Cut the woman some slack!”  I mostly just loved her hypothetical questions, even though I had no potential answers myself.

My Bum Ovaries has a great post depression and infertility.  She explains her fear: “We started by talking about how I’ve been depressed. I told him I’m worried that this depression isn’t just a phase and that being infertile is actually re-wiring my brain to be different. I know I’ll never be who I was before, but what if I don’t ever get back to being a happy person?”  It’s a beautiful post about trying to find yourself as you are losing yourself, and the ending brought a huge smile.

Lastly, Quietly Southern has a very moving post tying in a memory of almost drowning as a child to how she feels going through her recent loss.  She writes: “For the last month I’ve felt like I’ve been drowning.  Instead of water filling my lungs it’s been loss, despair, sadness, anger, depression and frustration.  Immediately after the miscarriage there were times where I literally couldn’t breathe.  There simply was not enough air on the face of this earth to fill my lungs and push out all the raw hurt I was feeling.”  It is a heartbreaking post; a must-read.

The roundup to the Roundup: Fill me in: what is life like for you today?  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 27th and August 3rd) 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 Elizabeth { 08.03.12 at 7:53 am }

I missed submitting to last week’s round-up – so this post is just outside the window but I’m going to link it anyway, because it was so good:
musing on the complexities of life, layers of conflicting emotions.

And this one from Outlandish Notions about August:
“We will eat cake and drink beer and swim in pools and laugh and open presents and stay out too late and deal with cranky babies who should have been in bed an hour ago but we are having too much fun to leave.”

Hope that’s how BlogHer feels to you this year – too much fun to leave 🙂

2 Delenn { 08.03.12 at 11:53 am }

I have a reverse future one: 17 years ago on this date my father in law died. It is remarkable to realize how much has changed in our lives and in the world.

17 years ago, we were young newly married. We had moved many miles away from our families and at times was regretting that.

Certain things would have been different if he had lived. (He died at 51 of heart attack). For one thing–my son would not be named after him. And that brings a lot of questions concerning would my son be MY son or would he be a different version of my son with a different name?

3 Keiko { 08.03.12 at 12:49 pm }

Mo’s brief post at Mommy Odyssey about baby loss through a Jewish lens left me speechless and grounded. It’s just gorgeous, moving and so delicately beautiful: http://mommyodyssey.com/2012/08/01/holy/

4 loribeth { 08.03.12 at 12:49 pm }

Today is our younger nephew’s 20th birthday. : ) 20 years ago last night, all dh’s mom’s relatives were at an engagement party for his cousin, & SIL had some of his uncle’s spicy sausage, and everyone was teasing her that it would bring the baby on. Sure enough, next morning the phone rang & I heard dh say, “A baby boy??” lol And now he is 20, and something like 6’5. eeeekkkkk

We’ll be going there to celebrate tomorrow… doing the housecleaning today. And watching the Olympics, of course. ; ) Have fun at BlogHer! Will look for some posts to share later…

5 a { 08.03.12 at 10:29 pm }

It’s very strange here in the future. I’m on vacation and yet I worked my ass off all day. My daughter rode the waves at the pool this morning – the ones she’s been afraid of all week. My reflexes are faster than my 12 year old nephew’s most of the time. And the Marshall’s near my sister’s house is open until 9:30. I just can’t deal with all the strangeness…

6 Lori Lavender Luz { 08.06.12 at 12:29 pm }

August 3 was one of my favorite days ever 🙂

Thanks to St Elsewhere for nominating my post! XO

Loved this post: http://knockuout.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/why-2/

And this one: https://www.stirrup-queens.com/2012/07/the-weight-of-having-it-all/

7 St. E { 08.09.12 at 1:30 am }

On August 3, I was packing to a trip I was about to take…I was hoping my father’s surgery would go well, among other things.

8 St. E { 08.09.12 at 1:45 am }

Keiko has already listed Mo’s post that I really liked from that duration. Besides that one, a couple of posts that were fabulous for me were:



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