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533rd Friday Blog Roundup

The very end of the [mouse] tail… tale.

The exterminator found a dead mouse in the attic in the trap that Josh set at the beginning of the week.  And then, that evening, while we were watching the end of the very intense episode of Sherlock, a mouse died in the kitchen.  Josh went to bring our tea cups downstairs at the end of the night, and came upstairs, his hands clasped as if in orison, praying for me to remain calm.

“Melissa, there is something I need to deal with downstairs, so please don’t come down.”

Yes, there was shrieking on my part.

The rest of the week has been quiet, not a scritching to be heard.  Not that I didn’t think I heard the skittering of little feet.  I spent a lot of time with my head pressed against the heat vents, holding my breath while listening.


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.

A Separate Life has a post about a moment 35 years ago that changed the whole course of her life.  At the time, she had no clue how it would impact her, but now, in retrospect, she can trace so many life choices back to this one moment.  It’s a cool story, and one applicable to so many moments in life when we can’t know how the here and now will affect the years to come.

Earth & Ink’s valentine took my breath away.  Though she isn’t infertile, she explains why she relates to the infertility community.  And it made me cry.  Because she gets it.  She gets it in a way that you really wish the rest of the world would get it.  And she gets it in a way that highlights the fact that the emotions of infertility are so universally applicable that it defies logic that more people don’t get it.  I love this post so much.  I will return to read it again and again.

Lastly, The Road Less Travelled writes about Family Day.  When I first heard about Family Day, I was a little bummed the US didn’t have it.  We could, let’s say, knock some other holidays off the calendar with it.  But now, reading Loribeth’s post, I’m glad we don’t have to contend with Family Day if family requires one to have children in order to be able to participate.  I hope that next year, as they race to be inclusive of everyone, they actually become inclusive of everyone and include families without children.

The roundup to the Roundup: The end of the mouse story.  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 13th and 20th) 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 Peg { 02.20.15 at 11:22 am }

I had a weird panic in the middle of the night that one day I might lose my blog and all the words I’ve written. I woke up this morning and immediately (after cup of coffee) went to your blog and followed the directions to download and save my blog on my harddrive. I have no idea why I haven’t done it so far. I have no idea why I had the urge last night. Just felt like I had to report that it’s done and I feel very relieved.

Hope all the mice are out!

2 apluseffort { 02.20.15 at 11:33 am }

I appreciated this post about parenting after infertility by Whitney: “Being Real” http://www.whitneyanderick.com/being-real/

3 Jess { 02.20.15 at 11:50 am }

I loved this post that was short and sweet and had a beautiful quote about healing from No Kidding in NZ: http://nokiddinginnz.blogspot.com/2015/02/microblogmondays-healing-quote.html
It applies to so many different situations.

I also loved Whitney’s post shared by apluseffort above!

4 earthandink { 02.20.15 at 1:46 pm }

Thank you for including me in your roundup. I feel touched and honoured.

I also loved the quote in No Kidding in NZ so I’ll echo Jess on that one. It really hit home for me.

This has to do with social media, but I found it fascinating. It extrapolates out in to what happens with eBooks, and what happens with all e-Content, and who are the gataekeepers at this point. http://patriciahandschiegel.tumblr.com/post/111507054117/interesting

5 Lisa { 02.20.15 at 4:33 pm }

I thought Natasha Metzler wrote a beautiful piece on how to be a mother even if you don’t have children. http://natashametzler.com/how-to-be-a-mom/

On my own blog, I shared about how my husband and I talked about our infertility story at church. http://www.amateurnester.com/2015/02/infertility-in-church.html

6 Infertile Girl { 02.20.15 at 7:25 pm }

I loved “A Letter to Me” written by Lilee at Stuck in the Waiting Room, it’s probably something every woman soon to have an infant in their lives should read, or write one of their own. https://wordpress.com/#/read/post/feed/21713374/633101828/

Also, the Common Ostritch’s Body Shoptalk discusses the paradoxes she’s finding with pregnancy and body image. Very relateable to women of all sizes (I think). https://thecommonostrich.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/body-shoptalk/

7 Infertile Girl { 02.20.15 at 7:27 pm }

Crap, sorry, I put the wrong link for the first post! Here’s the right one; http://lileedaveystuckinthewaitingroom.blogspot.ca/2015/02/a-letter-to-me.html

8 Mali { 02.20.15 at 11:51 pm }

What a lovely surprise to see my post from A Separate Life (not really an ALI blog at all, though written by an IFer) on your list. I guess it’s testament to the fact that we never know when something might just change our lives.

The ones I wanted to mention this week were the others you picked – Loribeth’s, and Earth and Ink’s beautiful post.

Thanks too to Jess for mentioning my little quote on No Kidding. And to you for inspiring me to do it through your #MicroblogMondays initiative.

9 apluseffort { 02.21.15 at 11:24 pm }

Today I was researching what to do about the stray cats that think they live in our yard and I discovered these ultrasonic sound things that are supposed to drive the pests from your walls. Given that you have a rodent that lives in your house on purpose, this is not a good option for you but it made for an interesting mental picture of the mice packing up and walking out. I might be picturing Stuart Little here.

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