464th Friday Blog Roundup
The 2013 Creme de la Creme list opened for submissions this week and we already have 40 on the list. Thank you to all who submitted early. It makes writing the blurbs that much easier. Off to do a lot of reading this weekend…
And if you haven’t gotten in your post yet, just know that the December 15th hard deadline sneaks up on you. (No one will be added after December 15th. When the list goes up on January 1st, it’s complete.) Put a note in your calender to remind yourself to submit so you don’t miss out having your voice included. I’d love to have everyone on the blogroll (or could be on the blogroll) represented.
I’ve been struggling with my Halloween costume this year. I am difficult to dress because I will only wear costumes that are warm and comfortable if I have to be outside. No dresses. No masks. No makeup. No crazy hairstyle. Usually I just wear a sweater and jeans, and then I tell people that I’m a substitute teacher or a college student.
But this year I came up with something that only requires me to wear a hat.
That’s what the fox says!
Thank you, Ylvis, for my cozy costume. And for including so many animals in your song. If I can’t make the fox hat happen, I have many backup plans.
What are you being for Halloween?
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:
- “Surviving Hospital Bedrest” (Home Grown Love)
- “An Anniversary of Sorts” (Family Building with a Twist)
Okay, now my choices this week.
The Road Less Travelled has a thought-provoking post on expectations and how they impact our happiness. But she also asks the all-important question: if those expectations are ultimately detrimental when they aren’t fulfilled, how do we enter something as hugely emotional as family building without expectations?
And then a different The Road Less Traveled (this time with a single L) has a post about waiting and looking for an answer. It’s about reaching that point where her infertility just is: “I equate it to a little kid who has asked for a toy for Christmas and 37 Christmases have passed without that toy appearing under the tree. At first it was frustrating, then it was disappointing, then it was depressing, and now it just is.” It’s a wonderful piece about reframing how she views the wait.
The Barreness admits that she was thrown off by kind words left because it’s pregnancy loss awareness month, touched that someone else remembered her losses. She revisits who she was back then and who she is now. I love the end: “As I see that girl who was, I embrace her and whisper in her ear… you did not do this to yourself. This was never your fault. You were never meant to carry that weight.”
A Good Mother has a post about restarting blogging. I cracked up over the opening: “I debated deleting the handful of posts preceding this one and starting fresh, but I’m a notorious packrat and the thought of throwing anything away, even data, makes me feel…twitchy. So, I’m going to leave them there and just ignore them.” But it’s really the meat of the post; what this new blog is about after a long time writing about her journey. All I can say is welcome back.
Thinking Miracles has a lovely tradition of remembering everyone else’s babies on October 15th too. She takes the act of remembering — something so inward and personal — and extends it outward like a hug. I love that she does this.
Lastly, Riding the IVF Roller Coaster has a post about how surfaces may not reveal much about the contents below. Though her life looks perfect on the outside, she’s falling apart on the inside. It’s a good reminder that we rarely know how much a person is dealing with that they keep tucked away.
The roundup to the Roundup: The 2013 Creme de la Creme opened: is your post on the list? What are you going as on Halloween? And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between October 11th and October 18th) 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.