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509th Friday Blog Roundup

I just watched online the pilot for a very cute new show on NBC this fall called A to Z.  It’s essentially 500 Days of Summer, with an online dating site swapped in for Joseph Gordon Levitt’s greeting card career.

And you can watch the pilot too!  It’s 26 minutes long.  So… maybe a lunch break viewing?  Or save it for this weekend?

A nice break from having my mind chewed apart by Doctor Who, or feeling increasingly depressed over the state of the world by watching the Daily Show.  This is a show I can actually relax into while I watch.

And I cracked up over Lea Thompson at the end.


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.

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.

No Kidding in NZ has been writing a series on the gifts she received from infertility (and no, that’s not sarcastic).  The one that resonated with me the most so far is the one on friendship because I too have made quite a few friends that I would have never met otherwise if not for infertility.  She writes, “We got to know each other from the inside out; raw, hurting, with open wounds.  Friendships that first developed on a message board, moved to more informal online chatting, and then blossomed in real life.”  Yes, you could say blogging brought me friendships, but I may not have started a blog if I didn’t have something I needed to talk about — infertility.

If You Don’t Stand for Something has a raw post about both wanting to give up and knowing that she also doesn’t have it in her to walk away from trying to build her family.  It’s the sort of post that I want to point people toward and say, “that’s what infertility feels like.”

A Woman My Age has a post about growing into her blog title.  I especially love her comparison between a mid-life crisis and peri-menopause.  It’s a post about being true to your own needs and meeting them.  While I’ll miss her if she doesn’t post as often (or at all), I really respect her for taking care of herself.

And I have to highlight this brilliant trick by Journeys of the Fabulist, which is about saving money for travel, but the same trick can be applied to saving money for anything you want.  I have to admit that I often do things on my to-do list just so I don’t have to recopy them again, and I could see myself not making purchases if I had to take out a book and write down the purchase in black and white.  Suddenly, I would lose the urge to purchase coffee drinks out of the house.  And then put that money in the travel/IVF/whatever-you-want-to-save-for fund.

The roundup to the Roundup: I’m watching A to Z this fall on NBC.  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 August 22nd and August 29th) 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 fifi { 08.29.14 at 9:52 am }

Richard Dawkins caused a flurry on Twitter after his “abort it and try again” reply to a question about Down Syndrome. Here’s a response from an IF mother:

I’m beginning to think that Dawkins is becoming to atheism what Fred Phelps is to Christianity: the public face of a belief system to outsiders, an embarrassment to many who would otherwise share his beliefs.

2 Peg { 08.29.14 at 10:07 am }

A to Z just brightened my morning…thanks 🙂

3 Keiko { 08.29.14 at 7:35 pm }

Repro Renegade has closed her blog, and she’s written an inspiring post. She’s moved all of her content to a free WordPress space and let her domain expire. It’s a really powerful post outlining her journey in the community and in her life. “The End” at Surviving Recurrent Miscarriage (formerly Repro Renegade): http://survivingrecurrentmiscarriage.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/the-end/

Esperanza celebrates her 1400th (!) post and 5 year blogoversary by coming to terms with the need to write, breathe and flex in a new blogging space, in an effort to be more authentic. While the new space is still under construction, she shares with us why she started blogging in the first place, why she needs it, and how her journey has grown and changed over the years. “Is This Thing On?” from Stumbling Gracefully: http://esperanzasays.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/is-this-thing-on/

4 Bronwyn { 08.29.14 at 10:33 pm }

Thanks for including me, Mel! I was amazed how much difference that made me – and I thought I was pretty good with controlling my spending.

I just read the article fifi linked – it’s very well written and thought-provoking. I’ll second the recommendation.

5 Mali { 08.29.14 at 11:54 pm }

We all need something we can relax into as we watch. Like you, I find the news (even the Daily Show) is so depressing these days. Add to that the fact that we have a national election here in three weeks, and you can imagine how much I just want to watch something light and easy and fun.

Thanks for including my friendship post. I’m only up to #5 in my series on gifts for infertility. I have 15 planned! (And no, that’s not sarcastic either!)

6 Lauren { 08.30.14 at 7:38 pm }

A good post about all the things you never though you could do until you had to. http://noralafata.blogspot.com/2014/08/baggage.html?m=1

7 loribeth { 09.03.14 at 8:24 pm }

Mrs. Spit ponders her bucket list — and gives the rest of something to ponder too:


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