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535th Friday Blog Roundup

Our family went as Doctor Who for Purim.  Josh and I went as the Tardis, the Wolvog as the 10th Doctor, and the ChickieNob as Madame Vastra.  She walked into shul weaing her Victorian dress and hat (with veil, which she wears like the Doctor wears a face… to be accepted.  Boo-yeah!), but carrying her mask.

She was making her way to the sanctuary for the Megillah reading when the rabbi’s son stopped her.  “Are you?  No.  You can’t be.  Is it?  Are you who I think I you are?  Are you Madame Vastra?”

The ChickieNob mushed her face into my side because she’s shy and the rabbi’s son is a teenager.  But it was probably the highlight of her year: someone immediately recognizing her costume.  Madame Vastra is very very important to her.


Life from Scratch was chosen by Amazon to be one of the monthly deals for March. It will be on sale the whole month. I would love your help in getting word out via social media. Pretty please?


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.

Res Cogitatae has a post honouring Leonard Nimoy.  I love that he has been the backdrop of a life, and I cried when I got near the end: “But Spock is special to me.  He’s seen so much of my life.  He’s remained constant, unchanging.  It was a real shock to learn again on Friday that he, too, was only mortal.”  Even if Star Trek isn’t your cup of tea, go over and read the post.  It is amazing.

The Elusive Second Line has a post about the different ways two people can process infertility.  It is about the time she realized that her husband “got it” even if up until that point, she didn’t think he understood how she processed things.  A lot to think about in the post.

Lastly, Constant in the Darkness (I know!  Again!) has a post about how they have been working to build their family for 12 years, and after that much time, how does one adjust to the state of NOT building her family?  It’s like being on a ship for 12 years and then finally setting foot back on dry land.  It takes a while to get accustomed to the lack of waves even if you’re relieved to have touched ground again.

The roundup to the Roundup: Recognize a kid’s costume when you can.  Please help me get word out about Life from Scratch.  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 27th and March 6th) 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 Lori Lavender Luz { 03.06.15 at 12:40 pm }

I shared the Amazon special for Life From Scratch on Twitter and Facebook. Congrats!

2 Moira { 03.06.15 at 12:53 pm }

I loved Unpregnant Chicken’s post about the times during infertility when you are in utter despair and all you can do is wait it out. So helpful knowing I’m not the only one that gets stuck there.

3 Cristy { 03.06.15 at 3:07 pm }

I second Unpregnant Chicken’s post. Very powerful and so important. And so glad to see Trisha’s and Northern Star’s posts too!

Congrats about Life From Scratch!

My second helping is from Lori about Happiness vs. Contentment:

4 Turia { 03.06.15 at 3:14 pm }

Thank you so much for the mention. I really appreciate it- you write so well and it is lovely to hear that something I wrote touched you.

I’m not on twitter but will put out the word about your book on my f/b feed.

5 JustHeather { 03.06.15 at 3:52 pm }

I third Unpregnant Chicken’s post. Her words hit home, reminded new (again) of my times feeling like that and had me in tears. Powerful emotions.

6 apluseffort { 03.06.15 at 6:01 pm }

I enjoyed, and NEEDED, this epic rant by Jen http://jenrutner.tumblr.com/post/112813968442/its-not-me-its-you and I was also going to nominate Unpregnant Chicken’s post too, but I see that one has been taken care of several times over 😉

7 Northern Star { 03.06.15 at 6:57 pm }

I second Cristy’s vote!

Thanks Mel. I am so thankful I have this space where I can openly process the shitty hand infertility has dealt. And the moments of beauty too, but recently the shit.

8 Kaeleigh { 03.06.15 at 7:33 pm }

WOW! Thanks all for nominating my post this week. I am so glad it touched you so deeply! You ladies are my JAM!

I wanted to give a shout out to an older post from “Screw You Stork” I swear to god any time she writes about her acupuncturist, the dragon lady, I about piss myself and die. — http://screwyoustork.com/2015/02/05/the-dragon-lady-wants-me-to-burn-myself/

9 Northern Star { 03.07.15 at 9:44 am }
10 JoAnne Applebaugh { 03.09.15 at 2:12 am }

I love Doctor Who so much. Madame Vastra is a really fantastic character too. 🙂

11 Elisha { 03.12.15 at 8:56 pm }

This post is for all those out there who wonder if their prayers for a child even matter anymore…or if they ever did.


12 Kasey { 03.26.15 at 11:20 am }

I really want to see a Madame Vastra pic if the ChickieNob is ok with you sharing. I was looking forward to it at Halloween and then kind of forgot.

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