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536th Friday Blog Roundup

HuffingtonPost had an article about the personality of your state, or the most common character traits that exist in your state, or… something like that.

Marylanders are good at abstract thinking (we are?) and are “hardworking, no-nonsense folks who enjoy the company of others.”  That makes us sound like Ole Golly with Mr. Waldenstein.

And then I thought… I mean… I am sort of pretty good with abstract thinking.  And I think I would describe myself as hardworking, and I don’t have a lot of patience for other people’s nonsense or drama even if I lurve actual nonsense in the playful sense of the word.  But enjoy the company of others?  Unless they’re talking about the people within a very small, designated circle…

How does your personality fare against the personality of your state?

(Hint: Look at both sections.  I found stuff about Maryland at the top, but I also had to look at the maps at the bottom to see which category it was under.)


It’s Friday the 13th!

Why do I always feel the need to comment on that?


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.

Life Begins has a post about waiting; just a glimpse into the everyday life of someone doing IVF.  I think these sorts of posts are important — not just for the insider who needs to hear “me too” but for the outsider who wants to understand IVF.  Once the first week is over, a different sort of waiting begins as you round that home stretch towards the beta.  As she says, “This week will be harder. It always is. Always.” Sending her good thoughts, especially for her birthday.

Four Years Later has a post about helping her friend through the loss of her child.  While she has met other people through her support group who have experienced having a baby born still, this is the first time that a friend — someone who knew her when her own child was born still — has experienced the same thing.  They both lean on each other for support though she admits that she thought this moment — the connection with another person — would come much further down the road.

Pages, Stages, and Rages has a beautiful post; an open letter to her daughter’s birthmother.  She had me bawling with: “I think of you as I rock her to sleep, her head cuddled on my breast. It is my heart that she hears now-and you will always be in our hearts. So, in her own way, she is listening to the heartbeats of her mothers.”  Go read the whole post.

Lastly, Popcorn Ceiling Life weaves house and blogging analogies, especially as she enters house repairs.  There is a line in the post that I’ve been turning over in my mind: “I have a doorbell now, not an open door.”  It made me consider, do I have a doorbell or an open door when it comes to my blog?  It’s about owning your space when it comes to homes and blogs.

The roundup to the Roundup: Does your personality match the personality of your state?  It’s Friday the 13th.  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 March 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 { 03.13.15 at 8:37 am }

Well…I’m Canadian but I’m closest to Michigan so I thought I would see what that state had to say. Welp….apparently I’m also a hard working no-nonsense folk who enjoys the company of others. I am hard working and no nonsense, but I definitely prefer my pups and hubby to others. As a matter of fact, social outings are stressful for me and I can’t stand to sit around and chat with more than two people….I much prefer to do things than sit around and chat. So I’d say it’s 66% accurate. Also….for some reason it isn’t mentioned on the 5 personalities thing so I guess it didn’t rate? Ah well, I’m not really a Michiganian anyway!

2 Kaeleigh { 03.13.15 at 9:15 am }

I’m also Canadian but I’m 6 hours from the Montana border. Says Montana is Extroverted, Cooperative, Resilient, Focused, Hard working and no nonsense. I’d say its pretty close really, except I like non sense lol. Also How had I not realized it’s fri the 13th! I start all the stims today. Usually the 13th brings me good luck. Hope that holds true today.

3 Lori Lavender Luz { 03.13.15 at 9:16 am }

Let’s see…. Coloradoans are: competitive, concrete, and critical.

Doesn’t resonate.

Gonna tweet about Life From Scratch now. Because I’m COLLABORATIVE and a CHEERLEADER.

4 SRB { 03.13.15 at 10:52 am }

Surprised to see myself here! To clarify a little, by ‘doorbell’ I mean that I now use the WP feature whereby I manually approve each comment. I recently declined to publish a comment and was publicly dragged for it – the very reason I installed the doorbell in the first place. It is a boundary that makes me feel comfortable in my own space at this time and I have no qualms about that.

Curious to hear some of your thoughts – feel free to email 🙂

5 a { 03.13.15 at 4:15 pm }

Concrete thinkers who are flexible and like to argue. That sounds like me. 🙂 I’m not very competitive, though. And I never knew we had so much in common with Colorado.

6 Chon { 03.14.15 at 7:18 am }

I feel like I have received a student of the week award with this little shout out after five years of blogging

7 Jessica { 03.17.15 at 12:51 am }

My Friday the 13th was thankfully uneventful.

8 loribeth { 03.18.15 at 8:18 pm }

Also Canadian, but I was born on the Manitoba/Minnesota/North Dakota border, with family roots in Minnesota, and spent most of my growing up years within a few hours’ drive of both states. North Dakotans are on the lists for being cooperative and concrete thinkers. They are “friendly conservatives — open, warm and straightforward… community-minded and down-to-earth.” Minnesotans are noted for being focused. They are “producers” — hardworking, no-nonsense folks who enjoy the company of others.” I would say that’s mostly accurate. I don’t think of myself as “no-nonsense,” although I can think of a few of my relatives who are, lol.

Karen/Serenity had a post about her struggles with body image that left a lump in my throat:


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