505th Friday Blog Roundup
i09 had a post about the personality test that came in The Pigman — which, yes, I read in middle school. You are given a brief situation and then need to mentally debate the actions of the characters. Ready?
A husband and wife live on one side of the river. They have a good marriage and genuinely love each other BUT the wife has a lover on the side. She hates this fact about herself and tries to resist the relationship, but she goes to this lover every time her husband goes away. The lover lives on the other side of the river.
One day, the husband needs to leave on a business trip. The wife begs him to take her along, but he tells her that she’ll only be in the way. He leaves without her and she goes to her lover’s house.
One morning, she is leaving her lover’s house, trying to beat her husband home so he won’t know about her infidelity, when she encounters an assassin on the bridge that spans the river. She knows that if she tries to cross, he will kill her. She doubles back and goes down to the water where she asks a boatman to take her across. He agrees, but asks for a great deal of money. She doesn’t have the cash, so she goes and asks her lover to give her the money so she can get home safely. He tells her that getting across the bridge is her own problem.
So she tries to cross the bridge, and she’s killed over the river.
As i09 writes, “The cast of characters in this little drama is – husband, wife, assassin, lover, boatman. List the characters in order you consider them responsible for the wife’s death.”
Scroll down and put your answer in the comment section. Then come back here to read the rest of this post and click here to see what each character represents.
Yes, this is your weekly reminder to back up your blog, social media accounts, and email.
Seriously. Stop what you’re doing for a moment. It will take you fifteen minutes, tops. But you will have peace of mind for days and days. It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.
And if you don’t know how to back up your blog, read this post on BlogHer that talks about manual backups and plugins.
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:
- “On Living with Ghosts” (Inconceivable!)
- “Mine” (MissConception)
- “Dreams and Reality” (Invincible Spring)
- “The Weight of Weight: Women and Body Image” (Lavender Luz)
- “Should You Be an ‘Open Book’ in Adoption” (Creating a Family)
- “At the Playground” (Baby, Borneo or Bust)
- “The Closing of Bones — Part One” (Schrodinger’s Catbox)
- “The Closing of Bones — Part Two” (Schrodinger’s Catbox)
- “My (Ongoing) Journey with Secondary Infertility” (Runnin’ in Circles)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Searching for Our Silver Lining has a post about feeling silenced. She so eloquently points out: “There’s a problem that emerges when one is silenced. For most humans, voicing worries and frustrations is a way to process what is happening. A form of problem-solving … Silencing takes all of that away, leaving the person instead involved with a growing shapeless form that tortures and torments. It also instills a sense of shame and guilt, all the while destroying.” Go read her post in full.
Tales of a Batty Nurse has an emotional post about searching for and finding her birthmother’s name. It’s a brief post, but it summarizes so well why children should always have access to their birth records.
Inconceivable! has a post about her tattoo, and I love this sentiment: “When I first started considering getting a tattoo, I wasn’t particularly serious. I was worried about the permanence. I worried about making marks, about forever altering myself in any way. Then infertility hit and I realized something: life was going to put marks on me, whether I willed it or not.” The ink she chose is pretty too; prettier than infertility and loss and stomach bruises and surgery scars.
Lastly, Amateur Nester has a post about weight gain and infertility. She writes of the extra pounds: “It’s all due to a combination of fertility drugs, not being able to exercise during treatment cycles, poor eating habits, and not feeling motivated to exercise during non-treatment cycles.” Infertility, the gift that keeps on giving! As someone who had to buy new jeans (and cried hard doing so), I stand by her in solidarity.
The roundup to the Roundup: How did you rank the characters? 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 July 25th and August 1st) 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.