521st Friday Blog Roundup
So I kept checking the IComLeavWe form daily, but I never saw anyone to add. Which was odd, but I thought maybe people were caught up in Thanksgiving plans. But then I started to get emails from people wondering why they weren’t being added, and I kept saying, “well, because you never added yourself to the list.” Finally, I got enough emails that I tried the form myself and realized that my entry wasn’t showing up, either.
I Googled around and saw a piece of advice to scroll down on Google forms if you’re not seeing entries. Sure enough, there were dozens of entries about 200 spaces down on the list. I would have never seen them if I hadn’t scrolled down.
So thank you to everyone who wrote!
I am so cold. I’m sitting in the living room wearing my Ravenclaw robes. Not because they help me think but because I am so cold. Did I mention that I’m cold? And that we had the windows replaced so there is no draft? And I’m hugging a hot water bottle, which is giving me terrible posture while I type? And that the heat is up as high as Josh will let me take it before he starts rolling his eyes and talking about my wimpiness.
Maybe I am a wimp. I wear jeans all summer. And sometimes long sleeves, too. I am perpetually cold, even in summer.
And then we have a frigid November and my body whispers, “I’m giving up, okay?”
This is just the start, people. Just the start. 5 more months of coooooooooold.
We are under one month away from the Creme de la Creme list CLOSING.
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:
- “Three Ways Adopting Prepared Me For Future Life Experiences” (Portrait of an Adoption)
- “Come Sit with Me” (Waiting for Baby Bird)
Okay, now my choices this week.
No Baby Ruth writes about how things are different this time around with her second child. She reaches the same milestone — 9 months outside the body — and she looks down at the words she wrote years ago when she had reached this point with her first child. While she honours that she felt that way at the time, she can’t believe that was what she thought when she was in that moment. It’s a wonderful post about reflecting and how things are not always as we fear.
Infertile Girl in a Fertile World has a post about not being able to cry and wonders if she’s saving her tears for something else. You’ll have to click over and read the whole tiny post to find out what that is…
Lastly, River Run Dry has a two–part post about teaching her child what to do in case of an emergency at his school. While his school is leading them in drills, she worries that he doesn’t get how far he needs to take hiding. Sure enough, she writes, “So I ask him, neutrally, what he’d do if a stranger came into his classroom during lockdown – not a teacher, not a fireman, not a police officer. I think, he says, I’d whisper to him. He has no idea what could happen.” Is it a difficult read? Yes. But it’s an important read about talking to your kids about what to do if the worst thing happened.
The roundup to the Roundup: Happy IComLeavWe. It is so cold! 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 November 14th and 21st) 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.