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485th Friday Blog Roundup

Letting the last of the comments trickle in on the party posts, and then I have one last thought I’ll post this weekend.  Just waiting until everyone else has their say first.

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I recently started drinking almond milk, and I love it.  I’m not really an almond milk sort of person.  I’m not sure what sort of person is an almond milk sort of person, but I’m fairly certain it isn’t me.  But my sister coached me on a brand to try, and I started eating it over cereal.  It’s amazing.  I don’t know if I’d want to drink a whole glass of the stuff, but over cereal?  It’s like dessert.

Why am I telling you this?  Because a friend told me about it, and then I asked my sister about it.  And… look at me… now I’m drinking almond milk.

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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.

It’s Baby Day for MoJo Working.  Any time you’ve followed someone’s family building path for so long, you can’t help but be awed with them that the moment has arrived that they’ve been waiting for so many years to reach.  She admits, “I’m both terrified and excited, while in a suspended state of disbelief. I’ve just never really allowed myself to ‘go there,’ at least not in many, many, years. It’s been a decade of ‘one step at a time’ and living moment to moment, trying to just make it to the next milestone. The last milestone is here, friends.”  Congratulations!

Life and Love in the Petri Dish has a post reflecting on her experience with infertility.  It’s an interesting post (and a lively discussion in the comment section) about the chiasm that occurred for the author between reaching that lowest point in the journey and the gratitude she feels today.  I like the comparison she makes to the stages of cancer and surviving a life-threatening illness.  Very thought-provoking post, and all who know me well know that I always fall hard for a palistrophe.

Lastly, it’s cryptic and I was very intrigued by My Lady of the Lantern’s post about her dream connection with her mother.  She writes, “I have never stopped myself from hovering over those months ever. But it appears to me that I automatically skip tracks. I don’t plan to tell my mother over the perspective I have developed lest it hurt her. Dreams are therapy.”  The writing in the post is dream-like, lending an unreal quality to the words as if you’re about to wake.

The roundup to the Roundup: One more thought on birthday parties coming soon.  I love almond milk.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between March 7th and March 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.

10 comments

1 Audrey ✄ TheIdeaGirl (@Squirkling) { 03.14.14 at 12:07 pm }

So I started drinking Almond Milk last summer because the babe was demonstrating milk allergy symptoms like squalling all night with gut pain. It is quite delicious. I dare say I didn’t even miss cow milk. Drinking it straight is just “okay” though. I tried chocolate-ing it up with some syrup… big mistake. Totally gross. But it was great for cereal, tea and even mashing potatoes.

2 It Is What It Is { 03.14.14 at 12:51 pm }

Palistrophe? I had to look it up!

Please share the brand of Almond Milk. I have been considering using it in my coffee (instead of creamer) but have heard that not all brands are created equal. And, is their a lower caloric benefit over regular milk? I have an intolerance to the lactose in cow’s milk and I am tired of being so congested in the morning.

3 Elisha { 03.14.14 at 3:00 pm }

i love almond milk!!!

4 Holly E { 03.14.14 at 3:13 pm }

Blue Diamond or Silk are my almond milks of choice. Both are good in the regular, unsweetened, chocolate and vanilla! I use the vanilla to just drink, the regular in my shakes in the AM and the unsweetened to cook with! I’m an almond milk kind of person 🙂

5 Tiara { 03.14.14 at 3:50 pm }

I, too, am curious what brand of almond milk you prefer. I have been tempted to try it but haven’t wanted to buy a whole carton in case I don’t like it.

6 SciChick { 03.14.14 at 11:45 pm }

Hmm…because I’m insanely curious about everything, I went and read up on almond milk: it sounds very nutritious. However, some almond milk brands (but not all) use carrageenan as a stabilizer, and that is not a good idea if you are drinking large quantities because this one may be inflammatory and has been linked to colitis and cancer. Food companies suck.

Here is a good link to pick the carrageenan-free brands
http://www.cornucopia.org/shopping-guide-to-avoiding-organic-foods-with-carrageenan/

7 St. Elsewhere { 03.15.14 at 2:01 am }

Thank you for the mention, Mel.

I have never tried almond milk. I must put it on my must-try-when-I-can list.

8 Rachel Lewis { 03.17.14 at 3:14 am }

Loved the infertility post. Can’t say I’m where she’s at — not grieving each miscarriage. I am definitely still grieving each one. But I thought the cancer comparison was really good and thought-provoking.

BTW — if you haven’t tried it yet, I LOVE the Almond Breeze Coconut Almond milk blend. If you mix chocolate syrup in it, it tastes like drinking an almond joy. 😉

9 fifi { 03.18.14 at 12:50 pm }

I hesitated about whether to include Abigail Rieley’s post, because some of it is specific to Ireland, but I think that much of what she says about isolation and privilege is universal:
http://abigailrieley.com/wordpress/index.php/2014/03/10/a-bleak-choice/

Choice quote:
“There seems to be an assumption in a lot of quarters that money in some way equates virtue. When it comes to adoption and fertility treatment it can often feel that if you baulk at the cost you are showing yourself to be unfit parent material.”

10 Amber { 03.25.14 at 12:59 pm }

I’m curious about the brand of almond milk also???

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