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563rd Friday Blog Roundup

I’m locking my door earlier this week when I see something brown near my hand.  I pull back and discover that it is an enormous cricket, hanging out above the door knob, just waiting to kill me.

Yes, the cricket was thinking murderous thoughts.

I looked up and down the street, but no one was outside.  So I did what any self-respecting 41-year-old woman would do.  I went and knocked on my neighbour’s door and asked her how she felt about crickets.  As in, could she save me from a murderous cricket.

I talked to her new baby while she went to my house and saved my life from a cricket who was pretty much plotting my demise while he clung to my door, dreaming up ways he would dismember my corpse.  My neighbour came back into her house holding a cricket in a tissue, claiming that my cricket must have hopped away because all that was there was this tiny, emaciated cricket.

Um… no.  That was the cricket.

The best part was that I kept telling her son that his mommy was a hero, and every time I said “hero,” he would give me this gummy smile like he totally knew his mother was a stone-cold-cricket-killing saviour.

I love my neighbour.  I love her with all my heart and soul.


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.

River Run Dry has a post about fall that stuck with me all week.  She writes, “I left my sunroof open a few days ago, when I parked at the pond for my swim. It was a short swim – only a half hour – but it was gorgeous and amazing and totally changed my mood. And when I got back, there was this little present waiting for me, right on the driver’s seat.”  Her post made me feel hopeful for each season.

Obsessivemom has a non-infertility post that I love about how our kids may seem grown up, but on the inside, they sometimes still want to be babied.  It was a lovely little reminder that I stored in my mind all week and took out whenever I panicked that the twins felt too mature, too independent.  They are still kids.

Waiting for Baby Bray talks about how the experience of infertility becomes something you cling to and think about when there is nothing else there to distract you.  She writes, “…sometimes it feels like it it is all you have.  All that defines you.  It’s not like we have pictures of our kiddies at dance recitals anyway.”  This post made me want to reach through the screen and give her a hug.

Lastly, Constant in the Darkness talks about how adoption is still a part of their lives, but it’s fading backwards into the rest of life as her child ages.  She explains, “I am finally coming to terms with the idea that there is way more to Moonbeam’s story than her adoption.”  It’s a great perspective on how living life adds to the story.

The roundup to the Roundup: My neighbour saved me from a cricket.  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 September 18th and September 25th) 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 Northern Star { 09.25.15 at 8:48 am }
2 a { 09.25.15 at 11:58 am }

Sigh…your cricket phobia is out of control. You could just get a stick or a piece of paper or something and sweep it away from the door, you know. Then YOU could be the hero – saving your whole family from the murderous cricket.

3 Amber { 09.25.15 at 4:28 pm }

We had a killer bee/wasp thing that somehow got inside our house last week! I was feeding my kiddos dinner and it suddenly started buzzing around. I tried to smack it with a shoe, but that didn’t work. The thing was HUGE and I was shaking in my socks. I got the vacuum out and sucked that thing up. It’s a Dyson, so we could totally see it buzzing angrily around inside the vacuum. I got the shivers right now just thinking about it! *Shudder*

I highly recommend Jane’s post about not being just another mommy blogger! http://minetocommand.blogspot.com/2015/09/not-just-another-mommy-blogger.html

4 Sharon { 09.25.15 at 7:51 pm }

Ugh, I, too, hate crickets. I joke with my husband that one of the major “pros” of being married for me is having someone to kill my bugs, esp. crickets. 🙂

5 Jendeis { 09.26.15 at 8:08 am }

Becoming a single mother has been the making of me with respect to bug killing. (Not that I’m advocating my particular extremely-contentious, crime-involved divorce path, just this was an unexpected perk).

At my house, bugs are killed with rage, screaming and lots of profanity (garbled unintelligibly when little people are present).

Proud of you for asking for help when you knew that you needed help. ?

6 torthuil { 09.26.15 at 4:43 pm }

First, belated thank you to Jess for adding my post to the open thread last week – I didn’t even realize it till now. 🙂 I am really enjoying following Jess’s adoption journey on her blog and it’s very interesting. As for this week, I second Amber’s recommendation of “Not Just Another Mommy Blogger” from Mine to Command.

I also enjoyed “Transitions” from When Why How Baby because it’s a topic I can identify with: returning to work, pondering aspects of identity, feeling good at one role or not so good at another, etc. All the messy stuff, basically.


7 Lori Lavender Luz { 09.27.15 at 12:18 am }

I have to say, I get a kick out of your cricket stories 🙂

8 loribeth { 09.28.15 at 6:21 pm }

Go wish Mrs. Spit a belated happy birthday, and read her eloquent birthday post while you’re there:


And Carmody has a short but beautiful post about resilience:


9 loribeth { 09.28.15 at 7:14 pm }

This is a newspaper column/personal essay vs a blog post, but I thought it was beautiful. Written from a bereaved dad’s perspective, 9 years post-loss.


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