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466th Friday Blog Roundup

I eat my kids’ Halloween candy.  I’m not even discreet about it.  I tell them when they wake up in the morning.  I leave the wrappers at the top of the rubbish bin.  We have a fairly symbiotic relationship in that I like what they don’t (for instance, huge fan of Mounds, whereas no one else in the house likes coconut).  But I also have no shame in taking what they do like.  My feeling is that as long as I am willing to replace said candy by purchasing them more candy in the future, then I should be able to dip into the sweet loot they collected last night.

I do this knowing that I would have been upset if my parents had eaten my candy.

This probably makes me a terrible person.  I would spend some time thinking about that, but I’m too busy eating through their Kit-Kat bars.


I love the creepy haunted doll reading your mind video:


The 2013 Creme de la Creme is trucking along.  There are currently 56 on the list with over a month and a half left to go until the hard deadline (December 15!).  So, are you on the list yet?  Extra love to people who submit early!


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.

Bits and Peaces has a post about the fear that comes at the end of a pregnancy; both for the labour and delivery, but also that time after when you are responsible for this other person’s life and you don’t know if you’ll be up to the task.  Her son was born since she published this post, so it makes for an even more interesting read since she is now in that next stage she feared.

A Little Bit More has a great post about actually rescuing a kitten from a tree — yes, it really happens!  I loved this post just because it’s a really good story well-told with kitten pictures to boot.  Enjoy!

Birds, Bees, and Medicine has a post about her world slowing down during a power outage.  I bookmarked it, thinking, “maybe I should declare certain evenings ‘power outage’ evenings and act as if we have no power.”  And moments after thinking that, I heard a strange snap and then OUR POWER WENT OUT.  This post must be extremely powerful because it cut out power to my entire town for about a half hour…  And guess what? Being without power is really hard, especially when you have stuff you need to get done.  So rethinking power outage evenings.

Cracked up reading Sweetest in the Gale’s post about the art in her RE’s office.   She writes, “Paying out of pocket for my monitoring appointments is so worth it because it’s not just a trip to the doctor–it’s like a trip to the museum. It’s a chance to experience art, people.”  It’s worth clicking over just for the mer-family.

Lastly, I read two posts back-to-back about the same idea: that not every parent has a birth story.  A+ for Effort and Family Building with a Twist both talk about being with other parents bonding over their birth stories and not being able to participate.  Both posts serve as either a great reminder or a brand-new way of viewing that bonding practice, depending on your life experience thus far.  And both are incredibly well-written.

The roundup to the Roundup: I eat the twins’ candy, and I feel no shame.  Love the creepy mind-reading doll.  The 2013 Creme de la Creme opened: is your post on the list?  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 25th and November 1st) 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 Rach { 11.01.13 at 7:54 am }

Mel – thank you so much for including my post in this!!

2 Justine { 11.01.13 at 8:55 am }

I love that you eat the twins’ candy. Our kids actually did a pretty good job last night; they got more good stuff than usual, which means I’m going to have to practice more restraint than usual. Not because I care about them getting upset, but because it’s a slippery slope.

Love the power-outage bit. And thanks to KeAnne for the shout-out!

3 Gail { 11.01.13 at 9:14 am }

I liked the post on Carrie’s adoption retrospective this week. The line, “In my case, days are marked not by a menstrual cycle but by where in the court docket we are. Waiting, waiting, waiting.” really helped tie in the experiences of an infertile to the struggles of adoption.

4 KeAnne { 11.01.13 at 10:26 am }

Thanks for including my and Mrs. T’s posts on not having a birth story! D has nothing to fear from me eating his candy since I don’t eat chocolate LOL (daddy is another story). However, I am in the minority of those who like candy corn!

5 Lori Lavender Luz { 11.01.13 at 11:52 am }

From Mel, the Bringer of Books: https://www.stirrup-queens.com/2013/10/one-more-chapter/

I find candy super-duper avoidable.

Now if neighbors were handing out slices of cherry pie…

6 Lori Lavender Luz { 11.01.13 at 12:03 pm }

Oh, and the idea of Mediocrity Hour from A Half-Baked Life.


7 It Is What It Is { 11.01.13 at 12:08 pm }

I found this post by Michaela at A Single Journey to be haunting and powerful:

8 Mali { 11.01.13 at 7:35 pm }

The Barreness wrote this beautiful post about the anniversary of one of her miscarriages, and holding her newest niece. http://the-barreness.blogspot.co.nz/2013/10/remembering.html

9 JustMe { 11.06.13 at 12:52 am }

I was so surprised to see a link to my blog on your website! What a compliment! I’m also happy to see the post that was chosen because I was trying to be honest with myself in an effort to help others open up as well. I am still in the process of writing up my birth story, but the concept of “fear” plays a big role in my son’s birth. It was a dramatic birth and highlights how emotions can combine with such a biological process.

10 dspence { 11.06.13 at 9:09 am }
11 dspence { 11.06.13 at 3:47 pm }
12 Dspence { 11.07.13 at 11:30 am }


Sorry, I just keep finding great posts this week!

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