515th Friday Blog Roundup
I lost a lot of weight about two years ago, which necessitated buying several new pairs of pants and jeans. I was dumbfounded when I saw the size on the pants. It was much lower than I had worn in the past. And I’m going to admit this: I was between two sizes and I went with the smaller one ENTIRELY OUT OF VANITY FOR WHAT WAS WRITTEN ON THE TAG.
Yes, I needed to shout that because it is now two years later, and I have put back on some of the weight. Just enough so that if I had bought the larger size, I would still be smoothly sailing through winter. But I didn’t. I went with the smaller size. Because I was short-sighted and vain and waaaaaaaay too proud of myself. Like stupidly proud. As in forgetting that I always bounce back up a little bit to settle in this weight range.
So my pants are snug.
I dug back out MyFitnessPal… who is really MyFitnessFrenemy… and I am attempting to eat better so I don’t need to buy new pants.
I am considering getting a tattoo on my upper leg so I’ll see it every time I go clothes shopping which reads: buy the larger size.
Ann from Tragic Optimist wrote a board book for kids, and I got to see it this week. It’s called Glasses, and the book has its own site. It’s exactly what you think: a very cute book for getting kids comfortable with their glasses. (Or, I’d argue, a good book for ALL kids to read, especially when they start noticing differences between kids.) The rhyme is upbeat, the photographs colourful, and the glasses all cool. (Yes, these kids are cooler than you are.) In getting a copy to read with your child (or for a family member or for your school, etc), you’re not only opening them up to being comfortable with their glasses or their friend’s glasses (not to mention opening up a discussion on any external device that helps a person get through their day such as a hearing aid or wheelchair), but you’re supporting a member of the ALI community. Double plus.
Glasses wearers unite!
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:
- “Ellora’s Cave Sues Dear Author: Hello Steisand Effect” (Smart Bitches Trashy Books)
- “More Closure” (Serenity in Chaos)
- “He’s Not Scary. He’s a Little Boy” (Jameson’s Journey)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Serenity in Chaos has a post about parallel universes playing host to our unmade choices. I love her description of what it felt like to have her reality and her dreamworld merge inside her mind. She writes: “I gasped within, because at that exact second, there was no difference between my reality and my parallel universe. There was no need for the parallel universe anymore. It was breathtakingly beautiful and surreal at the same time.” Isn’t that gorgeous?
Hope Floats Amongst the Cherry Blossoms has a post about the far-reaching effects of infertility; namely, the other people affected when you can’t have a child. She writes about observing her father at the pool looking wistfully at some kids splashing around in the water. She wonders aloud what will happen if she can’t give him a grandchild: “If I can’t give him one, will he ever get to be in that moment again… to experience the joy of a child that is part of your family, your inner circle and play? Has the moment passed? Has it passed for me? And for him?” I had a lump in my throat reading the post.
Earth & Ink has a post about why she continues to blog even though she cannot write about the largest thing happening in her life. She explains: “In offline life, I’m in the middle of something I can’t write about. So I am chilled. Quieted. In multiple ways, silenced. It is distressingly similar to being Ariel and having had someone has put my voice in a box. Although granted, a bit more subtle. And lots less fairy dust.” I like this post because I could not only feel the weight of having something huge closing off your voice, but I could also sense the light at the end of her tunnel, ensuring she can speak again.
Lastly, in the microblog world, More Than a Mom has a very moving post about the presence of her mother being with her as she runs. It was so quiet, so brief, that it almost felt like a sigh. A sigh of a post.
The roundup to the Roundup: My pants are too small. (Or I am too large.) Glasses! 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 October 3rd and 10th) 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.