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559th Friday Blog Roundup

So the veterinarian extended the antibiotics last week, but we needed to take a trip.  I mentioned that this was going to be a problem and she stared at me blankly.  “Cancel the trip,” she said.

“Well, I can’t cancel the trip,” I began.

“What were you going to do with him while you were away?” she questioned.

I cocked my head to the side like I was sure there was a right answer to this question and I was not about to give it.  “Um… I was going to leave him for the night.  With food.  And water.  I’ve always heard that it was okay to leave a guinea pig alone for a night.”

The vet just stared at me without speaking.

She finally looked away.  “You’re going to have to get someone to give him the medicine, or you’re going to have to take him with you.”

We took him with us.  Truman is not the biggest fan of long road trips.  He attacked his nemesis, water bottle, taking a running leap at him and batting at it with his little paws.  He would tug it with his mouth and slam it into the wall of his cage.  He took out all of his fear out on water bottle.  We’ve taken to calling it his Moriarty.

He was pretty confused the whole trip.  He especially hated hearing a toilet flush for some reason.  It would cause him to go back to beating up Moriarty.

But you have never seen a happier animal than Truman when we set him back down in the living room at the end of the trip.  He was so happy that he ran around in a circle, wheeking.  It took him about 5 minutes to calm down and eat the lettuce we gave him.


I love my happy boy, even when he gets totally curious and pushes his nose into the camera.



The best part about the road trip?  I got to see Justine.  We drank coffee and walked around her town which has a haunted hotel (which makes it cooler than a regular town) and found one of the keys of Fillory in an antique store.

Her daughter is an awesome photographer.


Even when we start to fall out of the frame.



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.

Gypsy Mama’s Family has a post about going back to work.  It has a great opening thought, “Not much work-related has changed in my absence, but being back has made me realize just how much I’ve changed.”  I just loved this post because you can hear the peace of heart in all of her words.

The Empress and the Fool has a heartstopping post about scattering her son’s ashes.  This line made me hold my breath: “It’s easy to be overcome by a sense of infinity in Montauk, its wild and wind-blown vastness: one understands how it earned its moniker, “The End.” He lives here now, body and spirit mingling in the silt and current, unshackled and omnipresent.”  Please go read the whole, gorgeous post and help her hold the memory of her son.

Lavender Luz has a post about the new book, G-d and Jetfire, about open adoption.  It’s an interesting piece putting open adoption on trial, though she points out that she needs to stop the trial analogy because it doesn’t work even though people often want to see things as black-and-white.  It’s a very interesting, thoughtful take on an emotional issue.

Grumpy Rumblings has a post about perfection coming in the form of Internet trends.  For instance, KonMari method circles through the Internet, and suddenly the measuring stick is how well you tidy up.  She writes, “It’s great to try these things out, but if they don’t bring the solutions you were looking for, that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you.”  It’s a nice balance to the cheerleading out there.

Lastly, Something Remarkable has a series of posts about a book that seems to be making its way through the blogosphere: I Know How She Does It.  She writes the first post in 5-minute chunks, showing exactly how she puts the advice into action.  She writes, “We’ve now entered the third 5-chunk of time in which I’ve written this post, which is one of Vanderkam’s strategies… making use of the ‘time confetti’ and smaller moments.”  I’ve been interested in the book, but sort of more interested in the discussion I’m seeing on it.

The roundup to the Roundup: Truman came on our road trip.  I got to see Justine.  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 August 14th and 21st) 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 Charlotte { 08.21.15 at 8:10 am }

You know, I sometimes think that Vets spend so much time around animals, that they forget how to talk to people and interact with humans. I mean, of course you wouldn’t cancel your trip; that’s just ridiculous. No one else would expect you to do that, let alone entertain that as an option. I mean really. I have a houseful of pets, and I can’t tell you how many times I have been looked at and talked to like I am the worst pet owner on the planet because I wouldn’t spend exorbitant amounts of money on “all the extras” at a vaccine appointment, or the one time when I was just overdue getting their nails clipped, but normally do on a regular basis. It’s like, well, it was me or the shelter so…
I finally switched to a walk-in vet clinic at my local shelter because they don’t treat you that way.

2 TasIVFer { 08.21.15 at 8:27 am }


3 illustr8d { 08.21.15 at 8:32 am }

I love Truman. And those pics are great, both of you, Justine & Truman. This piece moved me deeply about losing her dad.
http://www.laurenkayes.wordpress.com her 8/20 piece called funeral for fun (sorry, on a phone that wont allow me to grab a link.)

4 Ana { 08.21.15 at 9:18 am }

Awww! Great pictures, both of Truman and of you and Justine! Yeah, the judging from the vet is so weird. We get that whenever I want to skip some pricey intervention at the vet (like every 6 month blood tests for our “senior” dog who seems in perfect health or every 6 month parasite exams which involve taking a…sample…in to our vet that is far away). I don’t do every 6 month blood tests on myself, and I’m about as “senior” as she is! I think Charlotte’s right—their perspective may be off a bit after working with animals all day every day.

5 a { 08.21.15 at 9:48 am }

Those are some great pictures!

6 KeAnne { 08.21.15 at 12:11 pm }

Pics of you and Justine!! So awesome! We have a mobile vet we use for our cats, which is great since they are old and crotchety. I’ve turned that responsibility over to my husband because the vet – while great at what she does – can be rather condescending to me about things like animal dental care, etc. It doesn’t bother my husband, but it pisses me off.

7 nicoleandmaggie { 08.21.15 at 2:51 pm }

Thanks for the link!

… one of my friends just quit being a vet because she felt like owners didn’t care enough about their animals and it was really getting to her …

8 Chris { 08.21.15 at 5:20 pm }

Um, I totally on the other end of the spectrum. I won’t go on a trip without taking my dog. Vets don’t like me because I ask TOO many questions. But she’s my baby. So basically I guess they’re never happy….

9 gwinne { 08.21.15 at 5:47 pm }

Thanks for the nod! I’m totally envious of your visit with Justine!

10 Lori Lavender Luz { 08.21.15 at 7:06 pm }

I get Truman’s feeling of coming home. I often feel that way after a trip, too.

It’s the same feeling I’d have if I were in that photo with you and Justine. <3

Thanks for including my post in the Roundup!

11 St. E { 08.22.15 at 4:56 am }


I had been waiting for this RoundUp so that I could post the link. I loved her rogues.

Also, great pics!

12 Jess { 08.23.15 at 2:24 pm }

Wonderful pictures of you and your friend! You can totally see the joy there. Great photography. So glad Truman was glad to be home, what an adventure to go on a road trip! And Moriarty, hilarious. Love it.

I second St. E’s roundup pick — I loved Bloom Where You’re Planted by Lori Lavender Luz, for so, so many reasons.

13 Justine { 08.23.15 at 9:41 pm }

These pictures have made me laugh all week. 🙂 And now everyone else gets to be happy, too!! Win!

I still think you should have wheeked around the room when you got home, just like Truman. You deserved it.

So, so glad you made it up this way, even if the conditions of your road trip were, erhm, less than ideal …

14 Jessica { 08.24.15 at 4:54 am }

Nice closeups of Truman and the humans.

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