544th Friday Blog Roundup
Today is Truman Day in Missouri. We like to celebrate it over here in Maryland as a nod to our guinea pig, Truman. (Though we think our 33rd president was pretty swell, too.) Though Josh claims that every day seems to be Truman Day in our house, today he is getting extra cuddles, extra cookies, and extra time listening to guinea pig videos on YouTube.
We’re caught up on Sherlock and now awaiting new episodes, which won’t come for almost another year. I’m not really a fan of mysteries or crime shows, but I love Sherlock, especially the episode with Irene Adler and the Hounds of Baskerville.
I know we can revisit the characters through old episodes, but we all know that it’s not the same thing as watching it the first time. Am I the only one who misses characters — not the show, itself — when the episodes run out? It feels like two friends have moved far away; somewhere without telephones or Internet. I miss the ritual of spending time with them.
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. Just in case you need a distraction on this most-difficult of weekends, there are a lot of posts in the Roundup. I couldn’t narrow it down to my usual 4 and instead let everything bookmarked land on the list.
My Path to Mommyhood has a post about how infertility has subtly changed her personality, shaping the way she approaches hope. It’s about finding the balance that protects her heart while still allowing her to be herself.
Wild and Precious Life has a brief post about the unfinished nursery that made me cry. These are the lines that gutted me: “I struggle with the urge to finish the nursery. To hang their names on the wall, to reorder the returned cribs. To unfold the handmade blankets.” Please read the whole thing.
Two Kids and Counting… Slowly has a post about hitting the end of the brainstorming road, and not seeing how they’ll ever have another child. She explains: “I am not even numb, it’s just like… a big I’M OUT OF IDEAS flashing across my brain … I’m just out of any other feelings about it. Is it possible to run out of feelings after a long time dealing with something?” I love this description of finding yourself at the end of your thoughts.
The Lewis Note also has a post that made me weepy about doing the laundry while not knowing if the child she is fostering will remain with her or go back home. Every load of laundry brings her closer to that decision, and she holds the tiny items wondering how many more times she’ll get to wash and fold them.
A Separate Life asks an excellent question: how often are you in your photographs? Do you ask others to take a picture of you when you travel? Do you take selfies? I’ll admit, I take many pictures and I’m in very few. Maybe I should change that.
Lastly, Baby-Making Merry-Go-Round has a sobering and important post of what it feels like when you are being tested for cancer. It begins: “In a nutshell, it’s a mixture of feeling sick to your stomach, mixed with moments of shortness of breath, following by long deep breaths. I think that’s the basic feeling.” Please go over and read the whole thing, and then stick around and leave a message of support in the comment section.
The roundup to the Roundup: It’s Truman Day! Do you miss television characters when a show is over/goes on hiatus? 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 May 1st and 8th) 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.