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462nd Friday Blog Roundup

The calendar has flipped over to October… at least we still have one of those paper, flippable calendars on our wall.  It’s a freebie from a funeral home, which feels a little macabre (remember that time is passing, people!) but their squares are so big and empty.  Anyway, back to the original thought: October.

October is traditionally the kick-off for the annual Creme de la Creme list.  This will be the eighth list in existence.  (You can peruse old lists: such as 2006 or 2007 or 2008 or 2009 or 2010 or 2011, or last year’s, 2012.)  As always, I like to give people a heads up that I’m going to open the list on October 15th because I know there are those who like to get high up on the list.  The list is posted in the order in which the entries are received.  In other words, if you want your post to be the first one everyone reads, make sure you submit it right as the list opens on October 15th.

Submission collection will end again on December 15th.  Which means you have two months to choose a post.

Can I get a show of hands to gauge how many people plan to submit this year?  Want to make sure we have a critical mass before I plow ahead with plans.

In other words, now would be a good time to speak up and say hells yeah to an 8th year.  A simple “yes” or “me” is enough to let me know that you’re planning to submit.  A “reading but not submitting” is enough to let me know that there are additionally those out there who will read/support the list if I put in the work.


Thank you to all who suggested the friendship pin as a good alternative.  Don’t get me wrong; we’re mastering that rubber band loom since I shelled out the money for it.  But I also dug out my old seed beads and some safety pins.


Want to be my friend?  I’ll trade you…


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.

Tales of a Batty Nurse has a post about being a homebody that struck home for me (pun intended).  I could have written this line: “as much as there are places I’d like to see, I’m also very content to spend the majority of my time at home.”  I also just like being at home.  Which is a problem for someone who also likes to travel.  But there is something so nice about being in my own space.  I related to this post a lot.

The Maybe Baby (Babies) has a gorgeous post about a friend who has aged with her over the years, and they shared a “can you believe this really happened” moment bringing together their children.  Perhaps it’s knowing how long in the making this moment took.  Perhaps it was just the happiness the post contained.  It’s knowing that the next generation is finally here to carry on the troublemaking.

Lastly, From IF to When has a post about becoming unstuck.  It’s about that adult tendency to worry about change rather than embracing it.  It’s about the safety in the monotony of everyday life.  She’s pushing herself outside her comfort zone at least once per day.  Safety is in numbers, so if you want to join her in shaking things up, raise your hand in her comment section.

The roundup to the Roundup: Eighth Creme de la Creme is starting soon… right?  Bring back the friendship pin.  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 27th and October 4th) 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 Katherine A { 10.04.13 at 8:04 am }

Planning to submit and looking forward to reading. Thank you for all the work you do on these projects. It’s a lot of time and effort on your part, and I very much appreciate it.

2 Nonsequiturchica { 10.04.13 at 8:53 am }

I’m planning on submitting and reading!

3 loribeth { 10.04.13 at 8:56 am }

Yes, I will submit. 🙂 Exactly what, I’m not sure at this point, but you can expect something from me. Love to read too, although I never manage to work my way through the entire list. :p But what I do manage to ge to is always excellent & thought provoking. Can’t blame you for taking a poll; it’s a huge amount of work, but much appreciated. : )

4 Kathy { 10.04.13 at 9:07 am }

Hells yeah, for the Creme!

And seeing that picture of a friendship pin is nostalgic for me. I would love to trade with you.

5 HereWeGoAJen { 10.04.13 at 9:17 am }

I will. I always love the Creme.

6 Katie { 10.04.13 at 9:17 am }

Yes from me! Thank you for doing this each year.

And thank you for the mention, as well. I’m feeling good about the progress I’ve made just in the first few days. 🙂

7 Gail { 10.04.13 at 9:24 am }

I don’t have a blog, so I won’t be submitting, but I do plan to read.

8 Dspence { 10.04.13 at 9:25 am }


9 Arwen Rose { 10.04.13 at 9:34 am }

Submitting and reading!

10 Mina { 10.04.13 at 9:44 am }

When the when did this year go, how could it be Creme time already? My head is somewhere back in May-June, I think. Must go retrieve it. Urgh.
So, yes, looking forward to reading, as always, January is very boring, and Creme de la Creme makes it better. And I am starting to look at what I wrote so far this year, to see what I can submit. I bet I wrote pisspot worthy two jumbled nonsense, and I will have nothing to chose from. I have the feeling I will never catch up with things ever again…

11 Lisa { 10.04.13 at 10:06 am }

I’ll definitely be reading.

12 Delenn { 10.04.13 at 10:43 am }

oh yes, please!

13 Erika B. { 10.04.13 at 11:43 am }

I plan to submit and read! Thanks!!

14 It Is What It Is { 10.04.13 at 11:58 am }

I will definitely be reading and hoping to pull my sh*t together to submit this year.

I LOVE that friendship pin. So many ‘girlie’ things I miss out on as a mom to boys (braids/pigtails, having them rummage through my closet and marvel at my shoes, jewelry crafts etc). I love this pin.

15 Amanda { 10.04.13 at 12:00 pm }

Submitting, reading… excited!

16 Liz { 10.04.13 at 12:03 pm }

I’ll be submitting and reading! Love the friendship pin. I made one and put it in our daughter’s hopes-and-dreams box (on her first bday), with a wish that she may have lots of friends as she grows up.

17 loribeth { 10.04.13 at 12:08 pm }

As for second helpings — I have a feeling this may find its way into next week’s roundup regardless 😉 but for what it’s worth: http://bloodsignsblog.com/2013/10/03/self-contained/

18 Ana { 10.04.13 at 1:15 pm }

yes to both

19 Finding My New Normal { 10.04.13 at 1:39 pm }

I plan to submit and read!

20 GeekChic { 10.04.13 at 1:39 pm }

I have enjoyed reading past Creme lists and would love to read another. As I don’t blog, I won’t be submitting anything.

21 missohkay { 10.04.13 at 1:43 pm }

I will submit and read! Thanks for all your efforts!

22 missohkay { 10.04.13 at 1:51 pm }

My submission for the Roundup is SRB’s “I didn’t make it into the newspaper” – a beautiful analogy about blogging. http://littlechickennugget.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/i-didnt-make-it-into-the-newspaper/

23 KeAnne { 10.04.13 at 2:30 pm }

Submitting and reading!

24 Sarah { 10.04.13 at 6:33 pm }

I will definitely read and I hope to submit. Have to do some serious soul searching to find just the right post….

25 Battynurse { 10.04.13 at 7:08 pm }

Thanks Mel!
I will be reading.

26 Lisa { 10.04.13 at 8:12 pm }


27 Pam/Wordgirl { 10.04.13 at 8:29 pm }

I definitely will be reading — I continue to be in awe of the community you’ve built and sustain — largely by heart alone — its amazing Mel.



28 Catwoman73 { 10.04.13 at 8:32 pm }

Submitting and reading here, too!

29 Jo { 10.04.13 at 8:36 pm }

I’m in.

30 Aramis { 10.04.13 at 9:57 pm }

I’ll be both reading and submitting (for the first time)!

31 Justine { 10.04.13 at 10:40 pm }

I loved jjiraffe’s “I Took A Walk” this week. She often amazes me, even though she worries that she won’t. http://jjiraffe.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/i-took-a-walk/

32 Slynn { 10.05.13 at 12:54 am }

Count me in! (Creme de la Creme). I missed it last year, but am excited to join in this time.

33 St. Elsewhere { 10.05.13 at 1:46 am }

You can count me in. 🙂

I too have the flippable calendar in my house. I like to read my dates from the wall calendar, and I will use a PC or cell phone only when the wall calendar is not accessible.

34 Betty m { 10.05.13 at 2:23 am }

I will be reading.

35 Rachel Lewis { 10.05.13 at 3:25 am }


36 Jamie { 10.05.13 at 8:31 am }

Reading, might submit a post.

37 JustHeather { 10.05.13 at 1:49 pm }

I would love to trade friendship pins! 🙂

I’ll be submitting (and reading) to CDLC, but no idea what yet..time to get thinking or writing something amazing!

38 Kasey { 10.05.13 at 5:18 pm }

Definitely will be taking part 🙂

39 Isabelle { 10.05.13 at 5:27 pm }

I’ll be submitting and reading. 🙂

40 Amber { 10.07.13 at 11:41 am }

Helps yeah to submitting and reading

41 Amber { 10.07.13 at 11:42 am }

Okay. Auto correct – HELLS yeah, not helps yeah 🙂

42 fifi { 10.07.13 at 1:32 pm }

Reading but not submitting

43 Erin { 10.07.13 at 1:44 pm }

Submitting. Reading. Finding inspiration. Thanks for all of the effort that goes along with putting this together every year.

44 Aislinn { 10.08.13 at 11:01 am }

I’d love to read and submit. This will be my first year participating!

45 FKA Denver Laura { 10.08.13 at 10:12 pm }

Officially retired blogger, so will be reading, not posting this year. Honestly, this is how I spend my New Year’s Day.

46 Lori Lavender Luz { 10.09.13 at 2:29 pm }

Justine beat me to it. Yes, this: http://jjiraffe.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/i-took-a-walk/

And yes, Creme.

And yes, I’d like to trade friendship trinkets with you 🙂

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