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546th Friday Blog Roundup

My car needed to go in for service this week, which meant that I had to drive Josh’s car for a day.  Josh’s car was my car, once upon a time, but when we got a new car many years ago, I took the new one and he took my old one.

Because I am an adult with 25 years of driving experience under my belt not to mention the former owner of the aforementioned car, it shouldn’t have been that difficult to slip behind the wheel again.  But it was.  It felt so strange.  It was like cooking dinner using someone else’s hands.

It is such an odd experience to drive an unfamiliar car.


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.

Lavender Luz responds to Dear Abby’s flippant advice to an adoptee.  Instead of telling the teenager just to forget about her feelings until later, she gives him/her concrete advice on dealing with his/her complicated emotions.  It’s a great post.

Happiness and Food has a post about the yin of life; those moments when you’re not trucking along, you’re not engaged in forward movement, you’re not seeing your hard work pay off by moving you closer to a goal.  It was sort of the perfect post to read when you feel like you’re not moving forward, and honouring the importance of the space you are in at the moment instead of wishing to be someplace else.

Popcorn Ceiling Life has a post about the loss of her brother on his birthday.  She explains, “Sometimes I feel it all at once. Sometimes I don’t feel it all.”  It’s a moving post about experiencing a moment when she notices the gaping hole his absence has created in her life.

Lastly, Me Plus One recounts an exchange with her daughter that is both sweet and heartbreaking at the same time.  In a game of pretend, her daughter talks about missing a beloved family member.  She says, “I know she’s gone, Mommy. Let’s just pretend she’s not. Let’s pretend she just went away. Let’s pretend she’s in S’awaii & she can come visit.”  Go read the whole post.

The roundup to the Roundup: Driving an unfamiliar car.  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 15th and 22nd) 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 shilpa { 05.22.15 at 8:17 am }

Hi Mel, just came across your Friday bloghop, its interesting ,keep up your good work,
The other day I wrote snpoem on my daughters play area tantrums using the prompt DARK , I felt this was one of my best poem till date with a cute mom daughter conversation. Here is the link for it ..https://shilparya.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/1571/

2 Lori Lavender Luz { 05.22.15 at 10:00 am }

I completely get what you’re talking about when you say it’s like cooking dinner with another person’s hands. And I feel like that when I return to something that was once super-familiar.

Thanks for including my post in the Roundup!

For second helpings, I loved this by JJiraffe, as she focuses on the quiet ones in the blogosphere. https://jjiraffe.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/the-quiet-ones/

3 gradualchanges { 05.22.15 at 10:12 am }

Until a couple of months ago I hadn’t owned a car in 16 years. Living in NYC you don’t really need one. We did however, rent or borrow cars at least a few times a year for travel etc… so every car we drove was different. The first few miles of each trip was spent figuring out how much acceleration power the car had and how sensitive the brakes were. Learning to navigate in different autos became part of the driving experience for me. Now that we bought a car it’s a little strange for me to keep driving the same one!

4 Ang aka WhiteKhocolate { 05.22.15 at 8:57 pm }

Oh lordy, the backups. My computer black-screen-of-deathed me on Wednesday, in the middle of writing mid-year school reports, and I panicked. I backed up everything, even the things I backed up at the end of last term. I’m starting to think I need to make it a weekly thing.

5 Amber { 05.23.15 at 10:44 am }

I agree! Driving a car that is not yours, feels so weird! Funny how that happens even with a car you USED to drive yourself!

6 Parul { 05.26.15 at 7:24 am }

Oh wow! I did not my post was featured. That’s an honor. 🙂 Thank you Mel!!

7 Tiara { 05.29.15 at 11:44 am }

I’m a week behind & just seeing this! Thank you!

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