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532nd Friday Blog Roundup

It’s Friday the 13th.  I don’t know if there’s much more to say about it than that.


I’m sort of surprised that so many people who answered the meme put the unicorn before their most prized possession.  They were prepared to resent the unicorn for the rest of their life, but they weren’t prepared to murder it.  Is it because it’s a unicorn?  Would you answer the question the same way if it were a different animal?  (Since unicorns are totes realz.)

10. What is your most prized possession? Would you kill a cockroach in order to save your most prized possession?

10. What is your most prized possession? Would you kill a snake in order to save your most prized possession?

10. What is your most prized possession? Would you kill a stray cat in order to save your most prized possession?

Is it size or is it the magical qualities of unicorns or is it the fact that it’s a mammal?  Or do you just not want to be a killer?  Or do you not like your prized possession enough to smush something to keep it?


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.

Something Out of Nothing has a moving post about returning home after being gone for her father-in-law’s funeral.  It is about finding a comfortable space to call home, about being in flux and not knowing what comes next.  It’s a quiet, little post.

Searching for Our Silver Lining has a post about resurrecting the Bitter Infertiles podcast and using her experience to advocate or aid others.  In other words, that idea of sending the elevator back down that I talked about a few weeks ago.  It was interesting to read that idea wrapped inside something concrete.  And, of course, it’s about advocating when you’re no longer ensconced in the experience — advocating from a place of calm after the storm — so she raises many good questions in the post about how to do this well.

A Little Bit More has a post about her friend’s semi-sexless marriage and her ability to get pregnant.  She breaks it down for the reader: “But, the most important piece of this puzzle, is that they have four children in four years. That means in the (approx) 48 times they’ve had sex, they managed to conceive 4 of those times.”  It’s about the effort not matching the outcome.

After an absence, Mojo Working reaches out with a wonderful little post about the different types of friends we all have, and whether anyone is receiving her words as she sends them into the universe.  She writes: “I’m picking up the figurative phone and I’m sending you a quick text. A beacon, if you will. Let’s be that third type of friend, the ones for whom time and distance are relative. I’ve got a few moments to spare, and I’d really like to hear your voice.”  It made me smile.

Lastly, A Half Baked Life has a post about control and how procrastination and planning ahead are all about how we rub up against the universe.  This post resonated with me a lot as someone who regularly tries to control the universe by doing things well ahead of time to make sure that all deadlines are met.

The roundup to the Roundup: It’s Friday the 13th.  No one will kill the unicorn?  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 February 6th and 13th) 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 Rachel { 02.13.15 at 8:57 am }

I don’t have any possession I treasure that much to kill something for it. I mean, I have things I love but nothing that can’t be replaced…and I would do anything I could to avoid having something’s death on my hands -although, I know I wouldn’t hesitate to kill a cockroach (double standard, I know). Now, if we’re talking about a person or animal I love, then I think I’d be more willing to fight to the death for them!

Thanks for the mention!

2 earthandink { 02.13.15 at 9:54 am }

I thought about double standards having to do with this question. Only because if I had termites, I would tent. And that is killing many lives in the name of a possession. I wish there were a different way, any way, to move them on their way. I wish they didn’t take down entire neighborhoods when untreated. So here’s my line: if I can get them outside , if I can get them outside, they live. I do wonder how Buddhists deal with termites.

But if you were an evil nemesis, and you had captured a cockroach, a snake, a poor wee lost cat and you also had my mother’s paintings and you said, “I will throw your paintings on the fire unless you kill one of these” I would tell you to throw the paintings on the fire. I would be upset. It would hurt my heart that my mother’s irreplaceable paintings were burning. But I would not kill for them. No.

Break in to my house and I’ll have my dog eat your knees, though. (I know I don’t have a dog at the moment. But I will when/if I ever have a house.)

The biggie post for me this week: https://www.stirrup-queens.com/2015/02/the-quest-you-get/

3 GeekChic { 02.13.15 at 9:46 pm }

Two moms remember their boy lost to cancer with a breathtaking story written for his funeral: https://cisforcrocodile.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/thirty-days-of-caemon-day-five-caemons-story-explaining-the-impossible/

4 Buttermilk { 02.14.15 at 1:27 pm }

Only this blogger could be so compelling and call it a word barf: https://threegeminis.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/word-barf/

5 Justine { 02.15.15 at 7:57 am }

Thanks for the compliment, Mel! The multitasking post that someone else found is a good companion … I’m so guilty of that, too, doing MORE things in the less time I have. Maybe we all need a three day retreat. 🙂

6 loribeth { 02.16.15 at 6:30 pm }

Earthandink responded to your Bloggy Valentine post with her own nominations — and an explanation of why she is drawn to our community. Reading her words was incredibly heartening:


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