476th Friday Blog Roundup
Do you know what doesn’t go together? The polar vortex and my muscle relaxants. People kept asking me all week if the cold was making my back feel worse. My back already feels like hell, so no, once you’re already at too-painful-to-breathe, there isn’t a big difference between terrible and horrible.
But the muscle relaxants made my mind so fuzzy that every time I heard the term polar vortex, my limbic system would send out a warning siren as a mental image of a slow-motion cloud of swirling polar bears descending over our town, sucking all the houses into its core, popped into my brain. And then I’d have to remind myself that there is no swirling cloud composed of polar bears, just as there is no Sharknado. My brain would calmly turn off the alarm until the next time I heard the term polar vortex and my brain silently screamed at me to take cover!
Other things to avoid while on muscle relaxants: beat poetry, lava lamps, and strobe lights. Oh, and Sharknado. Wait, did I also mention polar vortexes…
Polar vortex [gasp]
For anyone keeping score at home, no, my back isn’t better. We’ve tried massage, muscle relaxants, painkillers, stretches and heat. I think I’ve actually been throwing too many solutions at the problem, making my back feel even worse. So I’m going to take the weekend to try to heal just by lying still.
And playing Hay Day.
But mostly lying still.
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:
- “It’s Not Envy; It’s Absence” (The Unexpected Trip)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Torthúil has a post about finding happiness, though the reason I loved this post is for her description of the opposite: “During the quieter times of the day and night I found myself feeling heavy. Not only because of the yummy food. I felt like I had a hollow empty space right at my center, and every day a drop of something liquid and weighty would fall into it, like a big dollop of cement.” Isn’t that beautiful? You need to read the whole post to catch lovely moments like that one.
My Scar Smiles at Me has a post about blogging and conversations. Or really, reading the blog post after having a conversation via some medium with the person. Getting to process their words on two different levels. And how reading a blog post aligns closer to having tea with a friend. I love this.
When Did I Get Like This asks if blogging is dead? She writes, “The notion of diminishing returns is also self-fulfilling, of course, because I have less motivation to post when it feels like no one is reading. But why would anyone keep checking my site when I no longer post with any regularity?” She’s going to keep writing as long as she reaches one person who values her words. There’s lots of food for thought in the post, even though it’s non-IF.
Lastly, Fruitful Furbishing has a post about recent nosy, thoughtless questions. I love how the song “Let it Go” from Frozen has been applied to so many situations, and I imagine there are a lot of women walking around right now with it playing in their heads.
The roundup to the Roundup: The polar vortex is not a swirling cloud of white bears. My back isn’t better. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between January 3rd and January 10th) 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.