417th Friday Blog Roundup
Has anyone seen Magic Mike? Could somebody ruin it for me?
I was waiting in line on Wednesday morning, and the cashier and the woman in front of me were discussing male stripping. I was invited into the conversation, even though I have never seen a stripper perform. (Is that unusual? Am I really in the minority here that I’ve never been to a strip club?) The cashier recommended that I run, not walk, to the Red Box and rent Magic Mike. Why? I don’t know. I mean, I just wanted to purchase some aluminum foil; I wasn’t actually expressing any sadness over having never been to a strip club.
But the cashier intrigued me when she turned to the other woman and said, “you know how there’s the first part that you totally know about, and then that thing happens, you know what I’m talking about, that thing happens which changes everything. It was just such a surprise. That’s why she needs to watch it. For the second part.”
I was not aware that Magic Mike contained such intense plot twists.
Okay, so ruin it for me. What is this thing?
And am I really the only adult female who has never been to a strip club?
A 2012 Creme de la Creme update: we now have 109 entries on the list. We’re trucking towards that December 15th hard deadline of being on the list.
For everyone who has already submitted early, thank you. For everyone who has already blogged about it or tweeted about it or Facebooked about it or Pinterested it or Google+ed it or emailed about it… THANK YOU.
For everyone who hasn’t submitted a post from 2012 yet, what are you waiting for? Take some time this weekend to skim your archives and then carefully read this post and learn how to get on the list. I want every single person in the community on it.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
- “Ending Fertility Treatment Equated with Madness” (Silent Sorority)
- “Will it be Fate or Destiny” (Silent Sorority)
- “My Visit to the Psychic (Part Two)” (Stirrup Queens) — thank you, Kathy and Lori!
- “A Perfectly Spooky Moment Monday” (The Infertility Voice)
- “An Honest Discussion of SET” (Miss Conception)
Okay, now my choices this week.
No Kidding in NZ has a story about a barren lioness she saw while on vacation. She writes, “But that said, it was charming to watch the cubs gather arround their barren aunt, play with her, lie next to her, show tactile affection. She had a very comfortable place in this family, a place perhaps that some of us (the human barren aunts) don’t always find.” It made me think about the roles we all play in our families; the ones we’d like to play and the ones that others allow us to play.
An Unwanted Path has a fabulous post about being in this no man’s land of primary infertility with children, pointing out the obvious that a word needs to be created since when she tries again, she is neither experiencing what she experienced before kids nor does she fit the definition of secondary infertility. She explains, “There’s a lot out there on how it feels to suffer from primary infertility, and secondary infertility, parenting afterward, and even about the decision to live child free. I don’t see a lot about the in between. It feels a bit like no man’s land.” Plus it has this brilliant line: “So, it’s true that infertility doesn’t define me; but it did help create me.” Seriously, read the whole post.
It is What It is (or Is It?) has a very interesting post about pregnancy after infertility, and how her own fears are affected by the off-hand remarks of others. Common pregnancy commentary on things such as how the woman is carrying the baby as well as everyday questions become tied into all of her thoughts about the pregnancy itself and what it took to achieve it.
Lastly, Flamingo House Happenings has a post that is so fantastic about the passion we bring to non-passionate topics. It is understandable that when you bring up a hot-button issue that you get a hot response. But she dissects the experience of putting up something non-controversial and receiving an inflamed response regardless. She writes, “In today’s hyper-active internet, no topic is safe any more. Post a recipe, someone’s going to have something negative to say about it. Post a list of favorite things, someone’s going to call you out for missing something. Misuse a comma and you’re fucked. An apostrophe out of place and you’re even more fucked.” It is such a great post; you need to read it in full.
The roundup to the Roundup: Am I the only person who hasn’t gone to a strip club? Update on the 2012 Creme de la Creme. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between November 2nd and November 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.