478th Friday Blog Roundup
The ChickieNob asked me a question I couldn’t answer, so I pass it along to you. Who is this?
It’s a playing card from her Good and Evil Harry Potter set. I’ve seen all the movies six dozen times, but I am completely blanking on ever seeing this actor in any film. And beyond that, that he’s an important enough character to be included in the deck. I mean, poor Justin Finch-Fletchley doesn’t have a card, and that boy was petrified by a basilisk. But this guy is the three of hearts?
No, really, who is he?
By the way, this set is the worst idea ever. We’re only on book five, so the cards are a bit of a spoiler. And anyway, the whole point of the series is that all of us have these good and bad impulses, and it’s up to us to decide which way we’re going to go. And that it’s never too late to do the right thing. I’m looking at you, Narcissa. To mark them as good or evil flattens out dynamic, complicated characters.
So… right. Anyway, who is this guy? I’m guessing someone at the Ministry? Or in the Order?
Finally started Mockingjay. Unlike the other two books, this one hasn’t grown on me yet. It may be because the setting is so dreary. Whereas in the other two books, the setting added interest to the plotline. I’m sticking with it to the end, but I’m not devouring it like I did the first two.
I’ve heard that kids hate Mockingjay and adults appreciate Mockingjay because while it isn’t the satisfyingly happy ending we crave, it’s the more realistic ending. Trying to figure out where I’ll fall on the likey/no likey spectrum.
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:
- “Anger” (The Adventures of Chicken and Ham)
- “How far along were you? IT DOESN’T MATTER. (And neither does a BFP.)” (The Unexpected Journey)
- “Narrative therapy and neuroscience: Blogging and the storying of infertility” (The Unexpected Journey)
- “Mother” (The Empress and the Fool)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Only Nuts in May could make life going ass-over-teakettle sound both amusing and horrifying at the same time. As they wait to start their FET, her hormones mess with her mind in a way that only hormones can. Sending her good thoughts on her FET as well as a tongue lashing to Cute Ute to stash its vile personality as they embark on the cycle.
River Runs Dry has a post about marathon training that could soooooo easily be a stand-in for cycling in general. How that failed cycle can throw off your confidence, make you second guess your next decisions. She writes, “Because the fact is, running a marathon is an exercise in happiness AND pain. It hurts and you ache and you wonder why you’re doing it in the first place. Distance running is about how you get through discomfort to find a place of contentment.” Could we not say the same thing about assisted family building? Love the honesty of this post. She needs to know we are cheering her on.
I didn’t see the movie but The Road Less Travelled made me wish I had seen Inside Llewyn Davis in her post tying the film into living child-free after infertility and loss. She writes: “I know a little something about loss & grief, about not achieving your dreams. I know that my story doesn’t exactly shout success and hope, at least in conventional story terms and triumph-over-infertility narratives. But that doesn’t mean that I consider myself a loser, someone whose life is ‘shrinking, hope diminishing, aspiration dissolving… ghosts and disappointment… not meeting the challenge of life’.” Wonderful post.
Lastly, It is What It is (or is it) has an eye-opening post about searching for her birth-father, which is really about finding herself. I especially love the insight she gives with: “It is really hard to explain the juxtaposition between how badly I want to know who he is/what his life story is and how paralyzed I feel to actually do the searching.” It’s a beautiful post that captures that strong need to know something.
The roundup to the Roundup: Who is that on the card? In the middle of Mockingjay. 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 17th and January 24th) 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.