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519 Friday Blog Roundup

After swearing off all refined sugar, I gorged myself on Halloween candy.  Gorged doesn’t really cover it.  Imagine me two-fisting Crunch bars.  I have no willpower.


I cracked myself up this week.  I was prepping Sarah Cottrell’s amazing post about being an Internet troll. (It should be required reading as well as taped near wherever people do their commenting.  We are all guilty of writing a knee-jerk comment from time to time.  Unless you don’t comment at all.  I guess those people are exempt.)  I needed to include an image and made that one.  Every time I see the post, I start to laugh again.


This is COMPLETELY NSFW (curse words abound!), but the other thing I do when I am having a crappy day is watch this clip.

Josh and I borrowed In the Loop from the library, which is the movie length feature they made from The Thick of It, which is sort of the UK version of the West Wing. (Am I right?)

My bullet journal is filled with quotes from that show.  Planet of the teddy bears…


I should probably keep posting reminders through December about the Creme de la Creme.  So… here’s your reminder!

The 2014 Creme de la Creme list is open for entries until December 15th.  No one will be added after December 15th.  Read the post to see how to be a part of the Creme de la Creme, which is open to every member of the ALI (adoption/loss/infertility) community.

Consider that your weekly reminder.


Stop procrastinating.  Go make your backups.  Don’t have regrets.

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.

The Lewis Note has a post in response to people who say that they could never be a foster parent because they would get too attached to the child.  Two lines I loved: “I am not some woman with the super power to love and attach only to the extent that it won’t hurt me.” and then this: “When you guard your heart so carefully that there is no room for them in it … They do not disappear. When you dismiss their plight with a wave of your hand and a quick excuse, they are still without a home.”  This post should be required reading, too.

Invincible Spring says goodbye to England in the most gorgeous moving post of all time.  It’s the boiling down of a life: what we learn and the experiences we take with us when we leave a space.  It’s really beautiful.

Lastly, An Unwanted Path has a post about the busy nature of those early years.  She captures the bone-numbing pace well.  “Work I love and would not trade for the world, but I also feel like I’m imploding. My walls are breaking down, I snap more at everyone, I am physically and mentally exhausted, I’m having trouble putting sentences together sometimes, my reserves are just depleted.”  Yes, yes, yes.  Even when you intellectually know that it will get easier (they don’t stay little forever), it doesn’t really help to get you through the now.

The roundup to the Roundup: I ate Halloween candy.  That picture cracks me up.  Love The Thick of It.  Your friendly Creme de la Creme reminder.  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 31st and November 7th) 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 Tiara { 11.07.14 at 8:11 am }

Oh I have eaten too much candy this week. I convinced myself I was being selfless, taking one for the team as I didn’t want E eating it all so thought I better as quickly as possible…I have come to all new lows of no will power!!

Here’s my second helping:

2 Tiara { 11.07.14 at 8:13 am }

Oops! Now I just see that you posted The Lewis Note…d’oh!

3 a { 11.07.14 at 9:16 am }

See, The Thick of It was too much for me (couldn’t watch more than one episode), but In The Loop was just right.

I ate a couple KitKats, but then I made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, so I’m sticking with those.

Your troll picture was hilarious.

4 Jen { 11.07.14 at 9:31 am }

As a UK civil servant I couldn’t bear the first episode of The Thick of It and didn’t watch any more. My friends had recommended it to me but I thought, “Is this what you think we’re like?!” (We’re really not. Most of us. Most of the time.)

But perhaps In the Loop could ease me back into it. Especially with my new post-Dr Who Peter Capaldi crush.

5 Mrs T { 11.07.14 at 11:12 am }

I loved this post called “Mommy sit” by Elizabeth: http://snips-snails-puppydogtales.blogspot.com/2014/11/mommy-sit.html

6 It Is What It Is { 11.07.14 at 11:29 am }

I miss you and love you and just had to comment to say ‘hi’. I don’t read or write or comment. One day, soon…

7 SRB { 11.07.14 at 12:37 pm }

Looooooove The Think of It. Been trying to get KeAnne to watch that show for YEARS. Clip made my day. 🙂

8 Elisha { 11.07.14 at 4:47 pm }

Finding hope in the midst of hopelessness


9 earthandink { 11.07.14 at 4:49 pm }

I’m not really here. And won’t be for about another week. But I wanted to share a link from Freshly Pressed a couple of weeks ago. (Not this week’s, I know that’s against the rules, I apologize profusely.) It’s good enough that I want to share it with you.

In other news, I have a serious problem with candy. Hello, I am a candy-holic.

Commenting is something I want to write a post about. It’s got that much going on for me. (See what you start? It’s a very nice thing.)

Have a good week!

I so agree with this that I cried through the reading of it:

10 loribeth { 11.07.14 at 5:53 pm }

Nice to see a new post from a blogger who has been in my reader a very long time 🙂 — I love how she writes about her son and how her grief has evolved over the years.


11 Rachel Lewis { 11.07.14 at 7:07 pm }

Thank you for adding me to the round up! I’m looking forward to reading all the other posts mentioned today. 🙂

12 Sadie { 11.08.14 at 4:56 pm }

Thanks for your sweet words Mel, and for inclduing me in the roundup!

I was never a West Wing fan, but I looove Thick of It. Malcolm Tukcer cracks. me. up. You should check out ‘Twenty Twelve’, which is a similarly veined parody of the London Olympic planning committee (minus the delicious Peter Capaldi, mind you.)

13 Mali { 11.08.14 at 9:54 pm }

I loved the Barrenness’ post about two anniversaries – 1) her first loss, and 2) her wedding anniversary.

I love The Thick of It and In the Loop – hence I was thrilled when I heard Peter Capaldi was Dr Who. I certainly don’t think I’d equate it with West Wing (which I also love). One takes itself very seriously, the other mocks and delights!

Finally – I’m kinda glad we don’t really have Halloween here. I don’t think my waistline could take it.

14 loribeth { 11.13.14 at 6:17 pm }
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