501st Friday Blog Roundup
I am not a fan of applying sunscreen. I’m a fan of sunscreen protecting our skin, but the application process sucks. If I could hire someone to follow us around and rub in our sunscreen, I probably would. I don’t like touching sunscreen, and you’re supposed to rub in even the spray sunscreens. But the bigger issue is that my hands are so large and the twins’ faces are so tiny. It’s hard to rub that sunscreen in when your thumb is the size of their entire cheek.
I use it because the alternative is so much worse than the annoyance of having white goop on my hands that won’t wash off. I use it even though our skin is such that we’ve never gotten a sunburn. I use it, but I don’t like it. So I’m going to complain about it.
I am such a fan of long sleeves, long pants, and no sunscreen. I am also unfortunately a fan of the beach. They don’t always go hand-in-hand.
Happy 4th of July if you live in America!
Or if you’re American but don’t live in America.
Or if you’re visiting America today.
I love watching fireworks, though I’m not a fan of big crowds or being too close to fireworks. But we’ve found this hill where we can sit and watch them go off without needing to be around more than a handful of people. It’s cozy. It’s pretty. And the sound doesn’t line up with the fireworks making it feel like a bad lip-sync. I love it.
DON’T SKIP THIS SECTION, SLACKER!
Time for your weekly nag:
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:
- “Guest Post: Jason’s Take” (The Long and Winding Road… to Parenthood)
- “Coming Out of the (Broom) Closet” (The Empty Cookie)
- “Slowly” (The Polka-Dot Umbrella)
- “How to Respond?” (Constant in the Darkness)
- “Decade” (Searching for Our Silver Lining)
- “Body Image” (Searching for Our Silver Lining)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Persnickety Chickadee asks whether the family building journey will be worth it in the end. She asks: “Am I over idealising the idea of children? Or at this point child?” It’s an impossible question to answer because everyone will process it differently. The reality of children for the most part fits my pre-thoughts on children. For other people, the reality of children doesn’t fit their pre-thoughts on children. And others claim to know how the reality of children is without experiencing children based on things they’ve observed or read. And others came in with no expectations and therefore have no point of reference for what they thought before they had children. And all of this adds up to the point that no one can help you decide or know what is best for you. Which means anything people tell you about whether you’ll be happy or sad having children (or happy or sad having more children) is simply assvice that usually speaks more to their mindset than yours. As I said in her comment section: “it really is a ‘your mileage may vary’ situation. What is true for one person isn’t true for another. I don’t see children as a hassle, but that is ME. Other people see children as hampering their personal needs/wants. And both are completely valid viewpoints.”
Constant in the Darkness has started the adoption process again, and it feels different this time around. There are a lot of people’s feelings to consider beyond the usual three that come whenever you add to your family and already have one child. She writes, “So once again, we’re wide open to what life is ready to throw at us. It’s kind of scary. It’s kind of exciting. I’m trying not to think about it too much, really.” Great post about how it is different the second time around.
A Woman of My Age has a post about watching her child ride a bicycle for the first time. It’s a post about needing breathing space AND not wanting your child to grow up too quickly at the same time. I think it will resonate with a lot of people.
Lastly, Muddy Boots and Diamonds has a post about Climb Out of the Darkness, an awareness campaign for perinatal mood disorders. I love the symbolism of an upward climb paired with coming forward to talk about something difficult. A beautiful post.
The roundup to the Roundup: I’m not a fan of sunscreen application. Happy 4th of July! 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 June 27th and July 4th) 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.