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481st Friday Blog Roundup

Everyone in this house made me sick.  The ChickieNob contributed her drippy nose and eyes.  (Thanks, sweetie!)  The Wolvog gave me his hacking cough.  (You’re a dear!)  And Josh gave me the aching joints and sleepiness.  (I owe you!)  This was not a week to be sick.  Not that there is ever a week to be sick, but I already lost three work days taking care of other sick people, and now I’ve lost the rest to my own illness and the snow.

Not to be Captain Obvious about it, but I am not happy.


Oh!  And it’s Valentine’s Day.  Happy Valentine’s Day.  We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Though I did tell Josh to pick up chocolate hearts for the kids before the snow came.  And then I not so discreetly hinted that I would also love to eat chocolates in bed while we watch the Olympics.  But I only wanted him to get crap chocolates because I don’t want to spend money on the good stuff.

What I love are those boxes that come with the diagram to tell you what is inside every option in the box.  I like the ones that have a raspberry or cherry creme.  I also like various nougats.  I do not like chocolate with more chocolate.  Oh, and I definitely go for the coconut ones first in case someone else tries to take them.  (They don’t.  I seem to be the only person in this house who loves coconut.)  In fact, I am of the “eat the ones you love the most first” because with boxes of chocolate, people tend to leave the crap ones behind instead of saving the best for last.

Do you eat the best chocolate choices first or last?  And which one is your favourite choice?


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.

An interesting debate is taking place on The Road Less Travelled about using the phrase, “I can’t imagine.”  Is it hurtful or helpful or something in between?  The answers have been as interesting as the post itself.

Inconceivable has a post about Harry Potter that bypasses JK Rowling’s statements this week and points out a much less realistic line in the book.  I’m not going to say what it is because if you haven’t read the series, clicking over to this post will ruin it.  But if you have read the series, you should definitely hear her thoughts on scars.

Lastly, Nuts in May’s post about the dinosaurs she grew up with and the one she found in her house right now is brilliant.  It is one of the best things I’ve ever read.  I just really wish she didn’t have to write it at all.

The roundup to the Roundup:  I am sick.  How do you eat your chocolates?  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between February 7th and February 14th) 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 a { 02.14.14 at 9:05 am }

Yes, but do you have hives from your neck to your knees, concentrating especially on your hands? I’ll take your drippy nose and cough and aches, if you’ll take my hives! (It’s either an avocado allergy or an antibiotic reaction – not sure which).

Why would you not eat the chocolates you love first? Leaving them for last just gives someone else the opportunity to snatch them up before you can get to them! Don’t let opportunity pass you by – that’s the philosophy in our house.

Mrs. Spit addresses common courtesy in something that stuck with me this week:


2 Elisha { 02.14.14 at 9:54 am }

I eat the good chocolates first 🙂

3 sushigirl { 02.14.14 at 10:43 am }

Forget Harry and Hermione. I think the big missed opportunity for romance was between Luna and Neville. I SO wanted them to get together and they never did.

I didn’t get any chocolate, but did get smoked salmon bagels for breakfast and a bottle of gin (not for consumption at breakfast!).

4 Heather { 02.14.14 at 11:54 am }

Wait, you share your chocolate? Hmmm, I don’t do that. I still eat the favorites first. I save the least favorites for when I’m in chocolate withdrawal a few weeks later. You know, when any chocolate is good chocolate?

5 Elizabeth { 02.14.14 at 2:39 pm }

I know I’m asking you to bend the rules, but i got confused about when I can link up second helpings so this one is from February 1, an exceptionally thoughtful and lovely retrospective reflection from Outlandish Notions:

6 May { 02.15.14 at 8:31 am }

Thank you very much for choosing my post to share. The support I am getting from the online community is amazing.

7 Lori Lavender Luz { 02.15.14 at 9:57 pm }

I hope by now you are feeling better.

If I am alone I save the best ones for last. If I am with people, I eat my favorite first.

I like chocolate and coconut, too. Yum!

8 Katherine A { 02.17.14 at 5:37 pm }

Ugh, that sickness sounds miserable! I hope you are feeling better.

Thank you so much for the sharing of my post.

I eat the good chocolates first (and like you, love the coconut ones 🙂 ).

9 Esperanza { 02.18.14 at 6:15 pm }

These two posts came to me in two very different ways today, but both about the same thing: the ache of not having another child, whether your family feels complete or not.



10 Elisha { 02.19.14 at 6:03 pm }


Often times I I feel like my husband and I are in the same boat, but I am doing all of the rowing while he is enjoying the scenery. Or I am the one on the front lines taking all of the hits from the enemy and I turn around to look for him and I see him just hanging back cleaning his gun, not worried about all of the bullets flying through the air. So I decided to write him a letter. I never intended to post it, but felt other women felt the same way.

11 Esperanza { 02.20.14 at 12:11 pm }
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