473rd Friday Blog Roundup
It has gotten veeeeeery quiet in the blogosphere as people get ready for Christmas. The blog post reading is thin.
For the first time ever, we’re not volunteering on Christmas. We’ve declared it a day of Nothingness: no commitments, no running around, no getting dressed, no stress. We’re going to sleep in and then lounge about in our pyjamas watching movies and reading books. Okay, fine, and play Candy Crush. I’ve been looking forward to this all month.
But it’s very odd to not celebrate Christmas and yet have to navigate Christmas regardless since it’s everywhere you turn. For instance, nothing being open. That doesn’t phase me on Thanksgiving because I’m ensconced in hanging out with family at Thanksgiving. But on Christmas, we sit there, twiddling our thumbs and saying things like, “we could… well… no… we probably couldn’t because I bet it’s closed… maybe… no… that’s probably closed too…”
So we’ll plan ahead, stocking up on milk and bread as if it’s a snow storm. And then we’ll settle down inside the house.
So… what are you doing for Christmas?
I have a question for all iTunes users. I suddenly have over 6 GB of “other.” This has been since updating to iOS7. I’ve deleted my Safari cache, deleted old text messages… what else can I do? Have you ever had this happen and how did you reduce the size of the “other” column on the phone?
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:
- “Dam. Open Adoption is Hard” (Lavender Luz)
- “Then. Now. Always.” (Mrs. Spit Still Spouting Off)
- “Adjusting to a New Sound: The Voices of Childless & Childfree Women” (TheNotMom.com)
- “The View Through the Windshield” (A Crack in Everything)
- “Fertility Privilege, Part One” (Schrodinger’s Catbox)
- “Fertility Privilege, Part Two” (Schrodinger’s Catbox)
- “A Change in DH Helps a Change in Me” (An Unexpected Trip)
Okay, now my choices this week.
The Bickerstaff Blog has a post digging down to the roots of the argument between working and stay-at-home parents; namely, “There is no rank or betterness to one way or the other, yet because of the judgement and strong opinions of others, we always feel the need to defend what we do.” I really loved the post because it spoke more to our personalities than to benefits or detriments to either situation.
Not an IF blog, but definitely worth a read through an IF lens. Sassymonkey has a post about situations where words fail us. It begins with her admitting: “I’ve had a difficult year with words.” And it continues with the question of what happens when writers can’t find words beyond the overused “I’m sorry” when they hear bad news. “Shouldn’t I know something better, something less cliched? Something more meaningful? You rail against your lack of mastery of language because there’s got to be something better to say.” I especially love the thought she comes to in the end.
I held my breath through a post about loss on Inconceivable! Intuition tells her something is wrong with the pregnancy, and a visit to the doctor confirms a lack of heartbeat. It is a heartbreaking post; a gut-wrenching post. And just as the fall from the jungle gym took her breath away, she took my breath away with her retelling of the death. Sending a hug to her.
Lastly, Stumbling Gracefully writes about the happily ever after… and what comes next. After achieving the family she wished for, she wonders about setting a new life goal. She writes, “I wonder, what does one do with her life when has everything she ever hoped for? What do you work for when it’s all been achieved?” She sets patience as her goal for 2014. It’s really a lovely post.
The roundup to the Roundup: What are you doing for Christmas? How do you reduce the “other” column on the iPhone? And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between December 13th and December 20th) 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.