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550th Friday Blog Roundup

I may have been sucked into the hype about Fallout Shelter and downloaded it to the iPad.

I’ll admit that I don’t totally get what to do.  This game hasn’t clicked with me like other games where I instantly get it and want to keep playing.  I followed all the steps and set up my underground lair, but now I’m sort of looking around and thinking, “and…”  It took me a while to figure out how to see a player’s stats, but I still don’t know if I’m using a player well.

It’s sort of like post-Apocalyptic Hay Day, only more complicated and less straightforward.

Anyone else playing?

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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.

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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.

Torthúil is returning to work in the fall.  She writes about trying to make the decision: “I’d turn things over in my head one hour, and think I’d made up my mind, only to feel completely the opposite about the matter the next hour. Wake up at 1am with one idea of what I could live with, wake up at 5am with a different one.”  This is my process, too, with huge decisions, so the post felt familiar and comforting.  I know I’ll return to it the next time I have to make a decision and feel less alone.

Hope Floats Among the Cherry Blossoms has a post about life shifting like a kaleidoscope.  It’s a wonderful philosophy about following your heart, making plans with the information you have on hand, and knowing “that plans are just plans, and they will bend, evolve and change.”  Something I needed to read (and take to heart) this week.

Infertile Girl in a Fertile World has a post about returning to the pharmacy where she always got her fertility drugs, only this time she is visibly pregnant and going for prenatal vitamins.  A post about noticing life changes and reflecting on where you’ve come from.

The making and breaking of plans is a theme this week in my feed reader.  No Kidding in NZ talks about coming to a place of acceptance with life plans changing.  She finally gets to leave the unknown of family building, but when she arrives at a place of knowledge, it isn’t where she expected to be.  She writes, “But finally the certainty that I had craved had arrived. But it wasn’t the certainty I wanted. Getting that certainty in the knowledge that we would never have children – well, it was very difficult.”  It’s a great post about letting go of control and embracing the fact that plans change.

Lastly, Edenland has an emotional, raw post about a very difficult time in life.  She so eloquently writes, “It’s my blog and there will be tumbleweeds blowing through here if I want to. Some days everything is wrong and I want to punch inspirational quotes in the face, rage at the state of the world out there and the world in my heart. I don’t even want to be happy – just ok. I just want to be ok. I fight to be ok.”  It is the perfect post to read if you need to howl.  And yes, at some point Life takes all of us down to our knees and we just need to howl.

The roundup to the Roundup: Anyone else playing Fallout Shelter?  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 June 12th and June 19th) 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.

6 comments

1 SuzannaCatherine { 06.19.15 at 9:35 am }

On the topic of Games, I read your post about 1010 and took it to heart. I LOVE it, too, and I also sprang for the 1.99 ad free version. You were correct – it’s so much better!

About Fallot Shelter. No, I don’t play it. In fact, I had never heard of it. Just the name of it gives me that awful upset stomach feeling. I grew up in a military family during the absolute height of the Cold War (read 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis). Our house was directly under the flight path of the B52 bombers taking off from Eielson AFB, near Fairbanks, AK. I will never forget that sound and the accompanying terror that filled those days. A fallout shelter was a real place and my Dad was not convinced it was a good thing. He tried not to scare us, but he was a realist and we were aware that survival was not likely as close as were to a high stakes military target. It was simply a fact.

Sorry for the real life tangent. But no, I won’t be playing Fallout Shelter. Besides, I’m too busy playing 1010!

2 Elisha { 06.19.15 at 4:49 pm }

This post was written by my daddy and I might be partial, but I think he hit out of the park. He wrote these words from his heart for all those who feel like their dad’s just “don’t get it”, for those dads who just don’t know how to “get it”, and for those of you ladies who might be feeling a little hopeless or just “blah” about their circumstances related to infertility.

http://waitingforbabybird.com/2015/06/16/my-daughter-is-infertile-a-fathers-perspective/

3 Lindz { 06.19.15 at 10:20 pm }

Here I was blaming Mommy brain. My DH leaned over yesterday as I tried to figure out what to do in Fallout Shelter and said “You’re doing it wrong” and helped me fix things. I expected the tutorial to walk me through all the things I’d need to do and get me to a good starting point. Instead it seemed like it walked me through things once, stopping at the deep end of the pool and shoving me in. As a reference, I’ve been playing similar games for a while and never had this problem. That’s why I’m blaming the tutorial.

4 Jamie { 06.19.15 at 10:55 pm }

Thank you, Mel! I’m glad my post was helpful for you, as well. As you may have noticed a theme in the posts you highlighted this week, I felt a theme in the posts you had picked for last week, which helped to inspire my post for this week. So thank you for helping to shake a couple of cobwebs for me. 🙂

5 Mina { 06.20.15 at 10:06 am }

Fallout is one of the best games ever. My husband played it on xbox, and I loved to watch him play, and listen to the fantastic soundtrack. Plus the nerdiest of jokes! Usually I get bored out of my skull watching someone play games, but this game is really something special.
But I am afraid that unless you already know how Fallout pans out, the Shelter is just not going to be what it could be.

6 torthuil { 06.20.15 at 11:14 pm }

Aw, thanks Mel. Glad my conflicted thoughts were even remotely helpful to someone – I know it helps me to put it out there and have people say they understand. I liked Persnickety Chickadee’s post on conflicting identities http://persnickety-chickadee.net/wordpress/2015/06/self-identity-and-perception/ and Searching for a Silver Lining’s post First Kiss 😉 http://searchingforoursilverlining.blogspot.ca/2015/06/microblogmondays-first-kiss.html

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