446th Friday Blog Roundup
Josh really wanted to join 2013 and get a DVR. We… uh… still have a VHS. When a deal came up through our television provider, he asked if we could take one home, much in the same way little boys ask for puppies. So we got a DVR. And he set it up. And then I stopped sleeping.
You may think that I stopped sleeping because we suddenly had all of these amazing shows to watch. No, that wouldn’t be the case. The first night after he set up the DVR, it took me about two hours to fall asleep. This isn’t that unusual, and I blamed it on Candy Crush (shouldn’t we blame everything on Candy Crush?) getting me frazzled before bed with level 34.
The next night, I was sleep deprived, so it shouldn’t have taken me long to fall asleep. But it did — an hour — and then I couldn’t stay asleep. I woke up three or four times.
The next night, I was ill and sleep deprived, so sleep should have come pretty much immediately. But again, long time falling asleep and then I couldn’t stay asleep.
Finally, on Wednesday night, I was still awake at 4 am. I hadn’t been able to fall asleep yet. I woke up Josh, close to tears, and asked him to do something about the awful DVR which was casting this bizarre glow over the room. The light from the number display had been keeping me awake for days. So he threw a towel over it for the time being and fiddled with the brightness setting.
The glow from all of these devices is killing me.
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:
- “What Do Teens and Elderly Women Have in Common Beyond Commentary about their Uteruses?” (Stirrup Queens)
- “Conflict Online” (Lavender Luz)
- “Dear-Me-from-999-Posts-Ago” (Stumbling Gracefully)
- “The Reality of Breastfeeding” (PAIL Bloggers)
- “Not Riding the Roller Coaster” (Stirrup Queens)
- “Dealing with the Naysayers” (Too Many Fish to Fry)
- “On Defining Myself” (Sprout)
- “Mother” (Baby Smiling in Back Seat)
- “Our No Kidding Lives” (No Kidding in NZ)
- “Deep” (Cullen’s Blessings)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Notes from the Ninth Circle has a post about a viral Huffington Post piece that mentions that the author is parenting after infertility. In fact, he even links to a post about infertility in the original version on his site. But when the post was reprinted on the Huffington Post site, that link got stripped. It’s the frustration that this big part of the story is being left out.
Serenity in Chaos has a very powerful post about how her infertility experience inadvertently affected a friend who came after her. She writes: “Unfortunately she experienced a miscarriage and because I had sort of “silenced” them through my experience to say nothing more than those words above, my friend got quite angry at the lack of support at that time. She told me afterwards that she felt robbed of the sympathy.” The post highlights the unique way we deal with (and seek comfort) when facing infertility.
Lastly, Something Out of Nothing has a post about encountering an infertile woman in literature: “It once again left me wondering, where is the real story, our story, in popular media? We are the strong, brave women, who live every day outside the bounds of what is considered “typical” to pursue our dreams of a family. Aside from our blogs, which seem to be read mostly by people in similar situations, who is writing (and reading) our stories?” It also has a cool side story about two sensory activities.
The roundup to the Roundup: The glow of electronics is keeping me awake. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between May 31th and June 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.