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577th Friday Blog Roundup

When Page, Stages, and Rages wrote to let me know that the Hamilton lottery would be going digital for a few months, I ran around the room in excitement. Until I read this tweet:

Um… 50,000 entries? I guess we’re back to having zero chance.

I am not smitten with Hamilton, but the ChickieNob is obsessed. She loves American history. This is a great thing because I know next to nothing about American history, and so without having to do any work, I now have a satellite brain that knows all the facts and can spit them out at the appropriate moment when asked. I have always called the ChickieNob the “brain for my brain” because she is this wonderful sponge that remembers everything. And since I take her everywhere with me, it’s like carting around a little extra brain that I can use as external storage.

So she is obsessed with Hamilton, which means that I am obsessed with trying to get her to the play. Though this is looking less and less likely. Sniff.


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. (Well, two weeks ago.)  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

A lot of people talk about what they’re reading, but I haven’t seen as many posts talk about how they’re squeezing reading into a day.  So I loved Anabegins post about where and when she is reading.  If nothing else, it will make you realize that everyone has times in life where they don’t get a page read and other times when they devour books.  If nothing else, she has bumped Max Barry’s Lexicon towards the top of my to-read list.

Non Sequitur Chica leaves her husband to spread news about her pregnancy.  And what happens is… well… a lot of confusion.  It’s a very funny post.

Something Remarkable has a post about setting goals for the new year.  Without a large goal in front of her, she writes, “Nothing is urgent, which makes everything feel urgent.”  What happens when you enter the happily ever after?  I like her idea of keeping the goals small rather than setting them for a year, especially because she’s right: how do you know what life will look like next fall?  This post is a nice take on grand resolutions, and how at some points in life, smaller goals work better than larger ones.

Lastly, please hold Torthúil in your thoughts. Her father died this week, and she memorializes the moment with an achingly beautiful post about loss and love and what life looks like when boiled down to its core elements.

The roundup to the Roundup: My brain for my brain is never going to get to see Hamilton.  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 January 1st and 8th) 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 Lori Lavender Luz { 01.08.16 at 9:06 am }

She loves American History? Yet another reason for me to wanna hang out with the ChickieNob.

I submit this one for second helpings: http://searchingforoursilverlining.blogspot.com/2015/12/grateful.html

2 Ana { 01.08.16 at 9:36 am }

Thanks for the mention, Mel! I would submit your post: https://www.stirrup-queens.com/2016/01/how-to-limit-looking-at-your-phone/
because its actually really wonderful advice that is helping me step back and think about my habits

3 torthuil { 01.08.16 at 10:27 am }

Thank you Mel. I am so glad I have the solidarity of people who read the blog. So many times I have been grateful for this place of honesty and community and very much now.

4 Infertile Girl { 01.08.16 at 10:51 am }

I was going to suggest torthuil for next week, but you beat me to it. Such a beautiful post.

5 Elisha { 01.08.16 at 11:32 am }

There are some really great suggestions in there that go far beyond the normal “diet and try to reduce stress” resolutions.

7 New Year’s Resolutions for the Fertility Challenged: http://news.recombine.com/2016/01/07/seven-new-years-resolutions-fertility-challenged/?utm_content=buffer4189a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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