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510th Friday Blog Roundup

Today is the day: Apart at the Seams is the Amazon Kindle Daily Deal.  You don’t need a Kindle to download Kindle books — I personally just use the Kindle app.

As I begged yesterday, please help me spread word today via your blogs and social media.  And a massive thank you to everyone who has already Tweeted, Facebooked, and blogged the news.

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I may be a little in love with Jennifer Aniston at the moment based on thoughts on the Today Show about people pestering her with questions about motherhood.  She expands on the conversation she had about feminism with Gloria Steinem at the Makers Conference.  The discussion starts around 2:30 into the 4:50 minute clip.  She states:

“It’s always such an issue of like ‘are you married yet?’ ‘are you having babies yet?’ It’s just constant.  I don’t know.  I don’t have this sort of checklist of things that have to be done and if they’re not checked then I’ve failed some part of my feminism, or my being a woman, or my worth or my value as a woman. Because I haven’t birthed a child.  I’ve birthed a lot of things, and I feel like I’ve mothered many things. And I don’t think it’s fair to put that pressure on people.”

Good interview, right?

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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.

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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.

The Adventures of Mona Darling has a post about taking chances and daring to fail.  She begins: “I started this blog with no end goal. A place to vent about IVF, some horrible dental stuff I was going through and my job as a dominatrix. I had no idea what it was bring me other than relief from the writers itch I’ve suffered with my entire life.”  Her blog has now entered part two; that part two she had no clue existed when she started her space.  The one that is going to change the way we think and talk about women.  I love the eight steps of her revolution.  I hope you’ll join her since these things need a ripple effect.

River Runs Dry has a perfect, tiny post for the first day of school.  It is the perfect prayer.

Good things come in small packages.  There were two I wanted to highlight from #MicroblogMondays: “Maybe It’s Time” by More Than a Mom and “If Only” by Life According to Johnny.  Both are about loss, and both highlight the way tiny posts pack a punch.

Lastly, Infertile Girl in a Fertile World has a post about terrible IVF timing.  It’s the familiar story (that the fertile world doesn’t really consider when they think about infertility) of how much the disease impacts your ability to make plans.  Or you can make plans, but you have to understand that you’ll be up against hard choices: lose out on something for infertility, or add another month of infertility to your life to attend the event or trip.  We’ve done it both ways — gave up a cycle to take a trip, and gave up a family Bat Mitzvah for a cycle.  I also love the complexity of her last thought about getting pregnant unassisted at this point: “Plus I would be livid if that happened! Is that weird, that an infertile would be irate at getting pregnant naturally? I have babies, they’re frozen and waiting for me!”  There’s a lot to chew on in this post.

The roundup to the Roundup: Apart at the Seams is the Kindle Daily Deal.  (Please help spread word!)  Great Jennifer Aniston quote.  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 29th and September 5th) 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.

4 comments

1 Mijk { 09.05.14 at 7:30 am }

My harddisk crashed wednesday ididn’t backup also my phone fell kaputt wednesday no back up. Listnen to mel

2 Cindy { 09.05.14 at 9:43 pm }

When you hit my age (58), you get the grandchildren crap. Total strangers, people who are cutting my hair, all wanting to know how many grandkids you have. Umm, zero, but do you know any nice girl for my son? People can be so damn irritating.

I’ll never forget having a big family dinner at my grandparents and Sean was about 3 and my aunt asked me if I was pregnant yet and when was I having another. I wanted to crawl under the table.

3 fifi { 09.06.14 at 4:51 pm }

The media seem to have this story of “poor Jennifer”. Never mind that the divorce was 9 years ago and she’s in another relationship and has a successful career. She’s stuck in this constant nightmare comparison with the sultry and fertile Ms Jolie. The fact that she handles this with humor & grace is to her credit.

4 Infertile Girl { 09.07.14 at 12:25 am }

Thank you so much for the shout out this week Mel! I nearly died when I saw it. I’ve always hoped something I’ve written will have resonated enough with someone that they would mention it in the open comments thread comments, but to have been chosen by you, a true honor, as I’m sure you read a ton of blogs. Thanks again, the roundup is one of the highlights of my week!

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