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435th Friday Blog Roundup

So I’m still trying out other RSS reader options.  Netvibes would be great if it consistently pulled in my feeds.  I’m holding off judgment for right now since I’m sure they’re swamped and weren’t prepared for the deluge of new users.  I’m also trying out Feedly, which pulls in feeds as quickly as Google Reader BUT I’ve only used it on the phone.  Currently the app pulls in the feeds via Google Reader, though they say the site will switch over to their own replicated RSS feed grabber once Google Reader closes permanently.

I’m glad I’m not alone in still caring about blogs.  I like Twitter and Facebook, and they definitely fill a niche.  But blogs fill a very different niche, one where I like to spend the bulk of my online time.

More than one person wrote to ask if the closing of Google Reader would affect producing the Friday Blog Roundup.  Hells no.  There will still be a Roundup week after week after week.  It’s not going anywhere.


I knew this was going to be a fairly stressful week, workwise, so on Tuesday, I picked up the kids from school and drove toward the city in order to restock my stash of Canfield’s Diet Chocolate Fudge soda.  There is one store in the area that still sells it, a place I’ve nicknamed “Island of Forgotten 1980s Food.”  I’m not sure if they are selling food that has been there since the 1980s or food that is still being manufactured and yet no other store has carried it since the 1980s, but I figure that either possibility is fine when it comes to diet soda.  That stuff doesn’t rot, right?

So we drove about a half hour under the pretense that we were picking up other things at the store because who wants to admit aloud that they’re driving that far for chocolate soda?  Still, when we entered, the twins said, “so we should probably get the big cart so you have space for all your soda.”  And then I pretended again that we were there for things other than soda.  And they repeated that we should get the big cart for all my soda.

We entered the soda aisle and it was CRAMMED FULL of Dr. Brown’s.  Dr. Brown’s were EVERYWHERE.  It looked like a virus.  There were six-packs of Dr. Brown’s cherry soda on top of the Diet Cokes.  And there were big bottles of Dr. Brown’s root beer blotting out the Orange Crush.  Everywhere you turned, tucked into every crevice of the aisle, choking out all other soda, were three billion extra bottles and cans of Dr. Brown’s.  Listen, I like Dr. Brown’s as much as the next woman, but you couldn’t see any other drink due to the Dr. Brown’s that was choking out the beverage selection.

I started taking apart the aisle, pulling out the Dr. Brown’s to see if my soda was hidden behind the towering wall of cream soda cans. (I swear, the six-packs were multiplying while we were there, building a soda wall as if we were in Minecraft.)  But the store was completely out of Canfield’s Diet Chocolate Fudge.  And when I asked an employee about it, she told me that maybe I wanted to try something from the Dr. Brown’s selections instead.  They must be popular, the woman told me, because there were so many of them.  This was right before she was crushed by a swelling wave of Cel-ray.

If I am cranky, it is because I am without my soda.

Because someone over-ordered Dr. Brown’s and now they don’t have room for my drink.

We didn’t need the big cart.

What food/candy/drink do you miss most from the 1980s?  I bet you that this store carries 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:

Okay, now my choices this week.

Torthúil has a post looking forward to this upcoming year.  Her workplace asks her to fill out an intention form for the next year, and her post explores the far-reaching side effects of infertility.  She admits, “I want to be a parent and I’m willing to take on ART and its risks, and whatever else the journey might bring. I’m not going to change my mind about that. But still, when it comes down to actually saying that my professional life is no longer priority number one, I feel some discord.”  It’s a situation I know a lot of people in the community have struggled with; how to balance family building with all the other parts of life affected by the schedule and emotional drain of treatments or adoption.

An Unwanted Path has a beautiful post about a baby she lost four years ago.  She writes, “Whenever I mention my losses, it happens. People tell me to move on, remind me how lucky I am, or they ignore my mention, or worse — they get silent as if to say, “You’re not over that yet?”  No. I’m not over that yet.”  It is a post about balancing the idea of life continuing on without forgetting the past.

A Woman My Age has a very moving post about the process of losing her mother.  I cried when I read, “I’m back to that space when she first had a stroke and the first thing on my mind in the morning was her and the last thought I had before going to sleep was her.”  She captured this familiar thought so perfectly, that bookending.   It’s a really important read.

Lastly, The Great Big IF sums up her current state in one word: sad.  It begins: “I am surrounded by good news and other people’s hope. It should wash over me like a contagion and I should revel in the fact that new life is being celebrated everywhere I turn. Except that I am not in the mood to celebrate. Not anymore.”  It contains the vivid image of her 50-pound heart, the simple truth of sadness.

The roundup to the Roundup: Still trying out Google Reader replacement options.  What food/drink/candy do you miss from the 1980s?  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between March 8th and March 15th) 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 Katie { 03.15.13 at 8:48 am }

I’ve heard good things about Feedly. I’m going to play around with a few options over the weekend and see what I find. I agree that Twitter and Facebook aren’t enough (and I also agree with your comment on my post that they move too fast – I miss a lot that way, too). I’m glad that there are some of us left who love blogs!

2 Kate (Bee In The Bonnet) { 03.15.13 at 10:02 am }

Cel-Ray! I LOVE, I mean, LOVELOVELOVE Cel-Ray soda. Our local fancy store used to carry it by the can, but they quit. I feel your love-of-obscure-soda pain. At least I have the chance of finding mine on occasion in a more mainstream store. I can’t say I’ve ever even heard about chocolate fudge soda in a can, much less DIET chocolate fudge soda. Best of luck with finding your Soda Grail.

3 Jendeis { 03.15.13 at 10:29 am }

My guess is that they were stocking up on the Dr. Brown’s for Pesach purposes. I’d kill for some cream soda, man.

4 Adrienne { 03.15.13 at 11:26 am }

I so miss Crystal Pepsi for when I was young. I remember it being so much better than regular Pepsi.

5 Sharon { 03.15.13 at 12:15 pm }

I’m still so angry about google reader being discontinued. I have yet to find a suitable substitute. I tried Feedly on my iPhone a while back, and I didn’t like, and I started setting up Netvibes a few days ago and initially didn’t like it either. 🙁

6 a { 03.15.13 at 12:17 pm }

I’m mostly just mad that M&M/Mars made the Mars bar into Snickers almond. Why can’t it have its own name?

7 nonsequiturchica { 03.15.13 at 12:42 pm }

I really miss Sunsations candy. It’s like Spree, but tropical flavor. I have been searching for it FOREVER so if you do find it let me know!!

8 Amanda { 03.15.13 at 1:02 pm }

Erika at Something Beautiful wrote a beautiful guest post about how infertility changed/ruined/delayed Plan A and how she’s coming to see her current life be redeemed.

Here’s the link to Erika:

Here’s the link to the guest post:

9 Shelby { 03.15.13 at 11:53 pm }

Hmmm…I love myself some overly processed, overly dyed food, but quite honestly, except for girl scout cookies, my mom limited my intake of any glorious ‘junk’ when I was a kid, so I missed the 80’s food completely. The definition of neglect, no?

Thanks for the roundup shootout. It feels nice to be in this community at a time like this. 🙂

10 Tiara { 03.17.13 at 8:05 am }

I am still in denial about Google Reader closing down…hoping the petition I signed will save it, those things work, right?!!

Wait, Chocolate Fudge Soda?!!? Why have I never heard of this before?!!? You guys have the best stuff in the US! Aside from ketchup chips, we’re pretty boring up here. But celery flavoured pop? That sounds gross!!

11 Elizabeth { 03.18.13 at 11:51 am }

Lessons from an Infertile Social Worker (aka Becky) had a lovely post, really Creme de la Creme worthy, about the significance of roses for her in the context of her struggle to achieve motherhood:

12 Siochana { 03.18.13 at 11:03 pm }

Hahaha. Laughing at your post about the hunt for pop. Although I grew up in the 80s, it was in a junk food free household. There was no pop or candy at home. Ever. I am not exaggerating. I am also very thankful to my parents, because in the long run I think my junk food free childhood was one of the best things they ever did for me. I have no craving for any of the stuff as an adult, though I don’t mind if I drink/eat it occasionally. (We did have cookies/cake/ice cream growing up so we were not totally ascetic and deprived, for the record.)

The only time we were allowed to have pop was at the ballet or opera during intermission. I think it was a bribe so that we would attend these high culture events and not misbehave. (My parents didn’t believe in babysitters. Anywhere they wanted to go, we went too.) I always had orange crush at intermission. I’ll still drink orange crush at the ballet or opera or theatre (if I’m not drinking wine).

We were also allowed to have a box of Glossettes (peanuts) during the show, although it was against the theatre rules. Also a bribe? We were supposed to eat it quietly but of course I emptied my entire box on the floor at least once.

My other favourite junk food memory is from my cousin’s wedding. After the ceremony and banquet we were hanging out at her house. The grown ups were all upstairs getting drunk. The kids were downstairs drinking pop. OMG there were crates and crates of pop and there were no rules about how much you could drink. I drank and drank and drank and felt the most person in the world.

Thanks for the shout out to Torthúil. I was away for the weekend (and offline) and when I came back there were all these comments on my blog! I had no idea how nice that would feel. When I went away Torthúil was an island, and now it’s part of an archipelago. Looking forward to checking out the blogs of all the people who left a comment.

13 Alicia { 03.19.13 at 5:41 pm }
14 Battynurse { 03.20.13 at 8:56 pm }

Candy I miss is Willy Wonkas Oompa Loompas. They were like peanut butter m&ms only better.

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