459th Friday Blog Roundup
My old yoga teacher used to talk about the monkey mind, which jumps from thought to thought, never settling down to tune in to the moment. My brain has gone totally simian.
In a 20-second period, I jumped from “I feel like a sad blob” to “maybe I should pick up the kids early from school so we can read Harry Potter” to “I think I’m getting my period” to “let’s go to the Faroe Islands.”
I’m not entirely sure why the Faroe Islands. It was one of those things where an article mentioned the place and my monkey mind made me Google it. And then I saw pictures. No, wait, I saw these pictures. And then I watched the video made by a travel service.
And then my monkey mind went wild, like a golden lion tamarin who has found an untapped treasure trove of unblemished fruit. How could I focus on anything like… work… when the Faroe Islands existed? And for that matter, how could I focus when I had to think about all the other places I’d love to visit: how I want to get to Mingulay one day. And ever since I saw a pictures of the Azores in my National Geographic Kids book when I was eight, I’ve wanted to go there too. And Iceland — I need to get to Iceland at some point.
Then I Googled airfare to the Faroe Islands and came back to earth like a sad monkey.
There are a lot of places we want to go, and a few places we should go to before we go to all of those places. Israel, for instance, trumps the Faroe Islands. I have a feeling I will get there at some point if I want to put it at the top of my wishlist. But not now.
Where would you love to go?
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:
- “Time Out” (Two Adults, One Child)
- “He’s a Watcher” (The Little Grape)
- “Little Red Hen” (AndMom)
- “Childfree – the Life for Me” (a guest post)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Here We Go Again has the most brilliant, simple idea in her post. I’m not going to ruin it by telling you it here, but suffice to say, when you read her post, your mouth with drop open and you’ll say, “daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn, that is really really smart.” Feel free to tell her that in a comment.
The Medicated Momma has a tale of two baby showers. She writes, “I hate that I can’t get a baby shower invitation in the mail and not just stick it on my fridge and move on with my life without weighing my options with best case and worst case scenarios about the state of my uterus.” Sending her a lot of good thoughts that today brings her good news.
Mellow in the Midwest has a post unpacking everything on her mind before her second baby arrives. While she rationally knows that it will all work out since things have a tendency to work themselves out, she also admits that “All of this physical stuff I’ve checked off the list, but I still feel utterly unprepared emotionally and know that there’s no way to feel differently. There’s no way to prepare for the change that’s coming.” It’s a great post about feeling off-kilter, not knowing what to expect, but also knowing that cool things are about to happen.
Lastly, Searching for Our Silver Lining has an incredibly helpful post about the NICU that you should bookmark and pass along to any friend or family member who ends up with a child who remains behind at the hospital. This advice would have been invaluable during our NICU stay. It’s a must-read.
The roundup to the Roundup: Where do you want to go? And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between September 6th and September 13th) 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.