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497th Friday Blog Roundup

I had a sobering realization my first week being 40.  I wasn’t entirely sure of the sex of all the Kardashian-Jenner children.  Or, rather, I should admit that there was one I assumed was a boy based on the name, and then discovered was a girl, and… well… the whole thing made me realize that I’m doing a terrible job keeping track of the Kardashian family.  You could even say that I can’t keep up with them.  I am not keeping up with the Kardashians.

This made me feel very old.  Like walking corpse old.

I told Josh that we need to keep on top of this.  We need to start watching more reality television.  We need to know what the kids are talking about, and no, they’re not talking about Wicked Tuna so those are wasted viewing hours.  We need to put our precious viewing minutes into things like Teen Mom and I Want to Marry Harry and one of those Real Housewives shows.

I feel like I’m pretty solid with good television.  We started Silicon Valley, which is really funny.  We’re watching In the Flesh because… you know… zombies.  And I’m super excited about seeing A to Z this fall, which sounds a little bit like a 500 Days of Summer-like show.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I need to up my bad television watching minutes this summer.  I’d like to know how to use them in the best way possible to keep up with Kardashian-like entities.  So if you have any recommendations for bad television, I would like to party my eyebrows off like the Rich Kids of Beverly Hills.


Time for your weekly nag:

Tip of the week: Find an email client that will allow you to see emails while offline.  The reason?  You can use this email client as a space to back up your email.  Lifehacker had an article this week about email clients for Mac, though some, such as Outlook, also work on non-Mac computers.  Try Googling email client, work offline; a bunch come up.

This is just your friendly nudge to do your weekly backup.  I know, I know, who has the time to create backups on a weekly basis?  No one.  But you still need to do it and forgo ten minutes of something else, once a week.  Right now, before you do anything else, use this post to roll through a quick backup of your email, documents, images, blog, social media accounts, and mobile devices.  Reading the Roundup on the go and don’t have the ability to do your backup right now?  Email yourself a copy of the Roundup so that the email will serve as a visual reminder to get this task done.  Ten minutes of your time once a week may save you a major loss of time and data down the road.  Don’t have regrets.  So, on your marks, get set, back up!

As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.


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.

The Infertility Voice has a post about the embryos being stored at her clinic and making the decision on what will become of them.  It’s not as simple as sticking to the ideas they had back when they started down this road.  They now also have information from their pregnancy to consider and maternal health — two factors that they couldn’t have known when they created and stored the embryos.  It’s an interesting look on this idea of making decisions before you know all the information, and how we make choices after the fact.

Inconceivable! often slays me with her gorgeous writing.  This week, she had a post about life after loss.  She writes of the figurative shoreline: “In the life I live in front of other people, I am fine. I get up each morning. I bathe, brush my teeth, arrange my hair. I laugh. I talk with people. I go to work. I’m a normal, functioning adult.  But when, inevitably, I find myself in the quiet spaces between the motions, I’m there on that lonely stretch of sand.”  I cannot do this post justice; especially when she melds life after loss with the idea of those first immigrants.  This post made me hold my breath.

Darling Propaganda, IVFer and sex worker, has an eye-opening post on #YesAllWomen which brings into play the hazards of her job.  But it’s also a thought I’ve heard echoed many times since the hashtag started making the rounds: that talking about it is just as hard as living it.  That sometimes it’s just as difficult to sit with all of those stories and think about them as it is to walk down a deserted street alone at night.  It’s a thought-provoking post.

There were a few controversies in the community this week, one of which is referenced in one of the second helping posts above.  But I really loved the post on  Today’s the Day! about the quality of our comments and the moderate button.  It brings into question who owns the comment box — the blog writer or the blog reader?  Is there an unspoken, loose contract between reader and writer, where both get to speak their mind as long as they’re being respectful?  If you’re going to have a comment box, should you have to accept all comments that fit your commenting guideline?  It’s an interesting conversation, especially since it took days for her comment to finally appear on the post.

The roundup to the Roundup: I would like to keep up with the Kardashians and welcome your television recommendations.  Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between May 30th and June 6th) 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 loribeth { 06.06.14 at 8:30 am }

Does it really matter whether you are keeping up with the Kardashians (or not)?? I had absolutely NO idea who they were for the longest time… I kept seeing their names in the news & on magazines, but who the heck were they (& why should I care)? I finally learned who they were and that they had this reality TV show (how they merited that, I am still not sure…) — and I’m STILL not sure why I am supposed to care about them, or why other people are so fascinated, other than that they are rich and famous for being famous. I do understand your desire to keep tabs on what your kids are watching & talking about, though. And I suppose my lack of children, combined with my age, is one reason why I am definitely not “up” on these things — or all that interested. 😉 To each their own, I guess!).

2 Mel { 06.06.14 at 8:41 am }

Ha — we don’t have a television in the regular part of the house, so my kids don’t watch television. I’m talking about the Kids, the young’uns, the ones who count as I schlep my corpse-y body past them on the street. The youth of America.

3 Ana { 06.06.14 at 9:41 am }

I wear as a badge of honor my utter and complete lack of knowledge or caring about pop culture.
I do want to watch Silicon Valley while we still have our promotional cable package. I’ve heard only good things. Good TV is just SO GOOD and there is no way I can keep up with both good AND bad TV.

4 Cara { 06.06.14 at 10:24 am }

Why did you link to all the posts left in the open comment thread last week apart from the one I listed? Which was this one – http://www.tenaciousmama.com/no-such-thing-as-infertility.
It’s a valid post, that raises some questions and assumptions that could cause upset to anyone in our community who stumbled across them.

5 Mel { 06.06.14 at 10:29 am }

Hey Cara — tried to email you, but the email you listed didn’t work. Apologies — I thought you were throwing that out there as a post to generate discussion. The second helpings are posts that people add because they are either beautifully written or moved them in some way. You listed it as something that could cause upset, so that doesn’t really fit with the feeling of the list.

6 Linda { 06.06.14 at 10:38 am }

If you want can’t-look-away reality TV, watch Big Brother! So good-bad it’s good! Starts in a few weeks on CBS.

7 Sharon { 06.06.14 at 12:14 pm }

Please don’t start keeping up with the Kardashians. I still can’t figure out why anyone is interested in these people or cares what they do. The sooner they fade into obscurity, the better, IMO.

8 a { 06.06.14 at 12:14 pm }

I keep up with pop culture by reading the Fug Girls at gofugyourself.com. I get all the interesting bits, without having to watch any of that crap on TV! And I get to see cute and/or horrible clothes too…

9 andy { 06.06.14 at 12:39 pm }

Thanks for the mention! I had given up checking to see if my comments ever made it on the blog, so I am pleasantly surprised to see that they finally did, and that other not-so-rosy comments have made it up too. It’s nice to be heard.

As for trash TV, my 4 years of seniority on you must be showing because I haven’t heard of a single show that you mentioned… that or it’s a plot by the Canadian government to prevent me from watching them. My guilty TV pleasure is “Sister Wives”. I think I secretly want to live a polygamist lifestyle (minus the husband……) just so that we can have one Mom who likes laundry, and one who likes to cook, and one who likes to play with the kids outside. Either that or I need to hire some support staff!

Happy Friday!

10 It Is What It Is { 06.06.14 at 12:40 pm }

I dare say then that your beloved People magazine (one I am STILL on hiatus from) is failing you. I think the Kardashians have an account with them to keep them at the fore. So, I think a letter to the editor is in order.

11 Keiko { 06.06.14 at 3:31 pm }

Thank you for including me in your roundup this week!

As for recommendations, the trailer for Sharknado 2 just dropped this morning.

12 Justine { 06.06.14 at 11:07 pm }

I’ve been told that I can’t be culturally literate and connect with students if I don’t watch TV. Honestly? I’m not sure how I fit that into my schedule …

13 Battynurse { 06.07.14 at 11:55 am }

Heck, I still can’t figure out why the kardashians are so freaking popular or how they got there. Kinda like Paris Hilton, I could never figure out why she was such a big thing all those years ago. Speaking of, wonder where she went.

14 Katherine A { 06.08.14 at 9:51 am }

Thank you so much for including me in the Roundup this week! I’m honored.

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