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560th Friday Blog Roundup

Despite not being a fan of crowds or noise, I love amusement parks with the passion of a thousand suns.  Disney is at the top followed by those off-the-beaten-track-seen-better-days amusement parks where the paint is chipping from the fiberglass mascots and the rides have a look of questionable safety.

I am debating whether this park in Romania would be the best place ever to visit, or whether I’d feel as if I was suffocating being so far below ground.  Salina Turda is an underground park built in an old salt mine.

If I was in the UK, I would be going to see Dismaland. The art installation is only open until September 27th. It is everything I love in an amusement park and more. Mostly I want to go on the merry-go-round.

A delightful ride.

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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.

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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.

A+ Effort finds her line in the sand when it comes to comedy.  In this brief post she recounts a trip to see Book of Mormon and the places where she couldn’t bring herself to laugh.  It was interesting to step back and think about the places where comedy can’t go on an individual level.

There were a lot of back-to-school posts this week.  Much Ado About Nothing has a stream of thoughts about the return to school.  I like this post because it is just a day-in-the-life; the segment of parenthood that you rarely think about when you’re trying to build your family, the happily-ever-after where life is a balance of too many schedules and too little time.  It captures well the reality of parenting, much better than the grinning first-day-of-school pictures that lined Facebook.

POF and Now What? has a post about a job interview.  I think so often we’re given a lot of advice that amounts to “don’t be yourself,” so it is nice to read the opposite of that.  And yes, infertility comes up in the interview.  And yes, I am going to make you click over to read whether or not she got the job.

Lastly, Infertile Fantasies is donating her embryos and writing about the process.  Even if you don’t have plans to donate your embryos, it’s an interesting series of questions you need to consider as well as how the act of donation ties into the act of de-mothering every parent will need to go through in the future.

The roundup to the Roundup: I love amusement parks.  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 28th and September 4th) 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 { 09.04.15 at 7:57 am }

So I am reading the round up and I stop and go hey, wait…that’s me! Thanks for picking my crazy swirl of thoughts post! Made my day, and it’s not even 8am yet!

I used to love amusement parks like that too…especially the older ones with the rickety roller coasters. Now because I am older, I can’t handle rides and the crowds drive me nuts. I developed a serious motion sickness issue, so even watching the merry-go-round makes me feel ill.

2 Northern Star { 09.04.15 at 9:05 am }
3 illustr8d { 09.04.15 at 10:54 am }

Yes, I agree with Northern Star. The Last First Day for sure.

I, too, love amusement parks. I’m not sure how much they are in my future, but I love them. The last thing I did, before leaving LA, was go to the Santa Monica pier, and ride the ferris wheel, way above the beach. A pelican flew past so close I could have touched her.

And I adore Banksy. Adore. So I, too, would go to Dismaland. It’s been fun reading about it. There is no way on earth I would go to something underground, however. IF I had been a witch, and had money at Gringotts, I have no idea how I would have managed.

4 Ana { 09.04.15 at 10:55 am }

Like Charlotte, I used to love amusement parks but almost all the rides make me sick/dizzy these days. Its a bummer! And I feel more scared-scared then thrilled-scared on roller coasters. I did not anticipate this particular quirk of aging and its annoying.

5 Lori Lavender Luz { 09.04.15 at 12:32 pm }

First, I’d have to get past the name “Salina Turda” before I’d want to go there. Salty Poop?

Dismaland sounds intriguing. I’d go with you.

Thanks to the person who served my post for 2nd helpings!

6 Mina { 09.04.15 at 1:51 pm }

Turda means City Tower (tur= tower, da= dava which means city). Salina has been restored, and it is quite impressive. It is a nice surprise to find out you’d want to go there, to my home country. ☺️

7 loribeth { 09.04.15 at 7:12 pm }

A couple of recent posts I keep going back to:

Kinsey (BnB) expressed her appreciation of the blogging community in welcoming her and accepting her story, even if it didn’t have a conventional happy ending:


From the Still Mothers site:


Deathstar has a post full of fabulous advice for prospective adopting parents:


8 Bronwyn { 09.06.15 at 10:06 pm }

Honoured to be mentioned here, Mel. Thanks for continuing to do the roundup after all these years!

9 Amber { 09.06.15 at 11:25 pm }

I love amusement parks and am pretty much game to try anything, although the thought of the underground one is a little intimidating. Thanks for your weekly recommendations of blog posts! I always enjoy them.

10 Tiara { 09.15.15 at 9:49 am }

I love love amusement parks too! Not so much the crowds though. The one in the salt mines scares me. The thought of being underground is intimidating

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