421st Friday Blog Roundup
Y’all realize we’ve reached the final week to submit to the 2012 Creme de la Creme. On December 15th around 11 pm EST, I’ll close the list to submissions. I put that in all red so you can’t miss it. The entire list will go up on January 1st. This is also your last chance to help spread word so no one feels left out of the list.
My heart goes out to Princess Kate who has been hospitalized for severe vomiting during pregnancy. Actually, my heart goes out to all the non-famous women who are also experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum. (Was the Princess diagnosed with this? It seems a bit early for that diagnosis.) With the twins, I began vomiting around week 8, and I didn’t stop vomiting until the day I delivered them. In between, we were able to get the vomiting down to a few times per day with the help of Zofran and Nexium, though I lost my voice for a bit. (I liked to think of it as my sexy bedroom voice instead of a raspy, raw-throated, vomit-induced voice.) While it was hellish in the moment, I have to admit that in retrospect, I am very pleased with myself for my ability to vomit and drive at the same time. Thank you, Starbucks, for making two venti cups the perfect size to hold a car ride’s worth of vomit, and Saturn for providing two drink holders to hold said cups of vomit in each of their vehicles.
So yeah, no good advice beyond avoid spaghetti for the time being (truly, nothing is worse coming up than pasta). But my heart goes out to you.
Silas House had a brilliant piece in the New York Times called “The Art of Being Still.” I read it to the ChickieNob, who immediately understood exactly what he meant. It is literally one of the best pieces of writing advice I’ve ever read. Not that you should be reading it. Because you should be writing instead.
While getting to the Hobbit is my top film-going concern this winter, Les Miserable is a close second. Having forgotten chunks of the story (such as Javert’s death), I suggested that we bring the kids to see it since we know that Tolkien will be too intense. “Uh, I don’t know, Mel,” Josh said to me. “The war? Lovely Ladies?” Pish-posh! How bloody can the war be? And the lovely ladies are just really friendly girls who want the boys to take them dancing.
So to prep them for the movie, I sat the kids down and gave a 15 minute, very emotional explanation of the entire plotline of Les Miserables. Every character, descriptions of relationships, bits of song. I freakin’ sang “One Day More” for them with tears in my eyes. And at the end, in a moment of stunned silence, the ChickieNob asked a perfectly reasonable question:
“Why didn’t Jean Valjean go to his sister’s house when he got out of jail?”
Uh… because then he wouldn’t have stolen from the bishop and changed the course of his life! For the love, child. Because it’s been 19 years. His sister has starved to death.
“Wow. That’s really sad. But her kid must still be alive if it’s only been 19 years. You know how he stole the bread to feed his sister’s child. Where is that kid? Why don’t you see that kid in the play?”
Uh… dead too?
“Didn’t they have any neighbours? I mean, that seems a little unlikely that he’d get out of jail and his parents would be gone and his sister would be gone and her kid would be gone and all the people he went to school with as a kid were gone. This play doesn’t seem very realistic at all.”
Thanks for ruining the story, kid.
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:
- “The Wind in the Trees” (Tesseract)
- “Scars” (From IF to When)
- “Emotions of a Minute” (Will Carry On)
- “Two Years Ago Today” (Ksirahsirah)
- “PSA: Freeze Your Eggs” (Yo-Yo-Mama)
- “Leaven Through” (Mrs. Spit)
- “Our Invisible Travel Companion” (Stirrup Queens) — thank you, dspence!
- “Sparkle and Fade” (By the Brooke)
- “Did Kate’s Happy News Make You Sad? You’re Not Alone” (Mamamia)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Sunny in Seattle has a post about healing from infertility and the role her son’s birth played in that healing. She admits, “And I remember sitting across from DH at the dinner table, silently berating my body for failing to give my beloved husband the baby that he so desperately wanted too. I won’t ever forget those moments, and I don’t really want to. On days when life is particularly stressful, when the kids are testing my limits for the umpteenth time, I do recall how terrifying it felt to face the real possibility that I would never become a mother.” It’s about what comes after you get the family you want. Wonderfully honest post.
Lastly, My Lady of the Lantern has a brief post that packs a punch, relaying a conversation between two children that gets to the heart of child loss. It’s about how the gratitude for what she has doesn’t erase the pain she feels when she thinks about her first child.
The roundup to the Roundup: The 2012 Creme de la Creme list will close for submissions soon. My heart goes out to Princess Kate. Great essay in the NYT on writing. The ChickieNob questions the realism of Les Mis. 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 30th and December 7th) 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.