576th Friday Blog Roundup
It’s Christmas day. I hope if you’re celebrating that you’re having a wonderful time with all the festivities. And if you’re not celebrating, that you’re having a wonderful time having a day off. And if you don’t have a day off, that you’re at least getting a good piece of chocolate into your body. And if you hate chocolate… well… a particularly satisfying carrot?
This post has zero spoilers for The Force Awakens.
I got to see it on Wednesday. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I would rank it third for Star Wars films (Empire is 1st, New Hope is 2nd, and Force Awakens is 3rd).
I cried four times — big, gasping, shaking crying jags that freaked out the elderly woman next to me. I’m happy to tell you where if you want to know. I just don’t want to post it here and possibly ruin anything for anyone.
But the best part for me was seeing it with my dad. I saw Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi with him in the theater, so this was our third Star Wars movie together.
Now the hard part: the ChickieNob doesn’t know if she wants to be Leia or Rey for Purim this year. Decisions decisions.
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:
- “Being Up to the Task” (A+ Effort)
Okay, now my choices this week.
We’ll kick it off with the best Christmas post I read this week. A Half Baked Life has a beautiful post about being okay with the darkness and even finding the benefit to sitting with the unknowns that creep out when we’re without light. I loved this line: “It was like coming home, almost, to people who didn’t judge me for leaving.” We should all find spaces like that in our lives.
Infertile Fantasies donated her embryos, and the recipient is now pregnant. This is a gorgeous post about the ambivalence she feels, swinging between extreme gratitude that the embryos burrowed in and implanted and the grief in knowing the embryos burrowed in and implanted. I especially loved this thought: “Suddenly my heart was lighter, like it just then realised it didn’t have to go through it all that night, because it would in any case be going through it piece by piece each day.”
Today’s the Day has a post about her word of the year. I love this post because while I see lots of posts in January about a person’s word of the year, I rarely see posts in December that reflect on how the word served them over the 12 months. So it was nice to hear how the word kept her company, goaded her along, or sometimes made her feel guilty over the course of a year.
Lastly, One Step at a Time has a post about a negative right before Christmas. Days of nausea convince her that she’s pregnant, but after she gets the beta results, she writes, “I just could not believe it. I was sad, but I was also angry about all the nausea I was having. I was fine with it if it meant I was pregnant but now it just seemed like a cruel joke.” It’s a post about being grateful for what you have and missing what you don’t at the same time.
The roundup to the Roundup: Merry Christmas. Happy Force Awakens. 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 December 18th and 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.