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580th Friday Blog Roundup

I did not put on real pants from Thursday to Thursday.  That probably wasn’t necessary, but how often in life are you healthy but get to wear pyjamas for 7 straight days?  I mean, I changed them each day.  I showered.  But then I’d slip into a fresh pair of pyjamas and start anew.

It felt really odd to put on real pants on Thursday and leave the house.  I’m not really a fan of leaving the house on a normal day, but when you’ve been inside for 7 straight days, it makes everything sound too loud and look too bright.  On the other hand, I got confirmation that if we had to live underground, we could totally manage.  We’d even thrive.  The twins and I are indoor door kids.  We’re stay-at-home kids.  We’re don’t go anywhere for many days or breathe fresh air kids.

We had a good time being off of school this week.  It was like summer.  Except it was winter.  So not really like summer at all.


If you haven’t yet signed up for the Random Act of Kindness Day, it’s creeping up on March 9th.  You can head over and sign up on Facebook.  Last year over 11,000 joined along, many of them fellow bloggers from the ALI community.  It would rock to do this together again.


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.

I usually shy away from featuring huge sites, but Huffington Post had a beautiful piece about infertility this week.  Colleen Berge writes, “What have we really lost? What words can we use to do justice to this thing that knocks the air from our lungs?”  I love her unpacking of the “at leasts.”  It’s a really good read.

The Road Less Travelled has a post about suddenly realizing a connection between Katie and Malia Obama within the timing of the two daughters.  It’s a beautiful piece about two families in two different places feeling two huge waves of emotion as a milestone is reached and unreached at the same time.

Searching for Our Silver Lining realizes that she often waits for other bloggers to say what she is thinking, and decided this time to step forward with an article she read and express her feelings.  It’s a brief post, just introducing an idea tied to an article, but the post itself speaks volumes: do you wait for other people to say things, or do you start typing your thoughts as they come into your brain?

Lastly, Anabegins has a post about turning 40 that spoke to me.  If you remember that I was dragged kicking and screaming into my 40s, you will understand why I loved this line so much: “A birthday is just a date, not a magic gateway into a more enlightened state.”  I love the energy she is putting into getting over her can’ts.  And I’m cheering her on as she meets the milestone and sprints past it, changing her life and becoming better and better.

The roundup to the Roundup: We had a snow week instead of a snow day.  Do a random act of kindness?  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 22nd and 29th) 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 Ana { 01.29.16 at 9:25 am }

awww man! Thanks Mel, for the shout out on here but even more for the cheering on! “better and better”, well, we’ll see…but I love the feeling of forward motion, even if its followed by some back steps later on.

2 loribeth { 01.29.16 at 1:49 pm }

Thanks for the shoutout, Mel! 🙂 As I’ve said before, a mention in the Friday Roundup is like winning an Oscar in my books. 😉

Since my enforced retirement 18 months ago, I have more or less lived in yoga pants. I do put on jeans if I’m going out in public, though. 😉

3 JustHeather { 01.29.16 at 2:08 pm }

I just saw the Huffington blog post today and it resonated with me much!

I found this blog post this week. I love Adele and this made me see her song “Hello” from another view point. https://awaitingautumn.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/hello-from-the-other-side/

4 Amber { 01.29.16 at 6:19 pm }

Funny I read this in a day that in still in my pj’s, and it’s after 3:00 in the afternoon. I love days we don’t have to go anywhere! However, I couldn’t do it a full week. My kiddos love to be outside way too much and we all get cranky if we’re stuck inside too long.

5 Amber { 01.29.16 at 6:20 pm }

*I’m still. Not in still.

6 Lori Lavender Luz { 01.29.16 at 6:59 pm }

Pants, schmantz.

7 Charlotte { 01.29.16 at 9:01 pm }

“We had a good time being off of school this week. It was like summer. Except it was winter. So not really like summer at all.”

Yes. Exactly this. What an unexpected break.
Especially with the kids basically just going back from Christmas break, and then off for MLK day.
It sort of reminded me of 6 years ago (if I am doing the math right. My oldest was in 3rd grade then) I was room mom and we were planning the Christmas party. One mom insisted we needed homemade gingerbread people, so I recruited my mom to help and we made them. They ended up being off the entire week before Christmas break and into the break. By the time they went back to school they had been off over 3 weeks. And we never did use the gingerbread people because they never had a make-up party.
Glad you enjoyed your week in PJs!!! We sure did too (mostly. We did venture out quite a bit for little things just to break the monotony as it started feeling like Groundhog Day.

8 Beth { 01.30.16 at 2:32 pm }

My girls and I are inside kids too (in the winter). We had several pj days during our holiday break and had another two in a row this week – no school, husband traveling, nowhere to be. It was glorious. And it made it less difficult somehow to get it together and get out of the house Friday, though it felt so good to come home after school pick up and know we did not have to leave again. And we haven’t. It is saturday afternoon, we are all still in pjs with no plans to do anything different. Ah…glorious.

9 Infertile Girl { 01.31.16 at 11:27 am }

I love a lazy day, or two but then I get bored. Especially now that I have a baby to entertain. If I could just veg at home snoozing and watching tv all day I would do that but since I have a little person who needs my attention I can’t bask in that level of sloth anymore. So we go out and do things so mummy can keep her sanity!
I loved Karen’s microblog Monday post this week;

10 Katherine A { 02.01.16 at 4:21 pm }

I really liked the Saturday post you did (www.stirrup-queens.com/2016/01/your-life-as-a-video-game) about the video game levels. I just keep thinking about that concept and coming back to the post, especially the last paragraph.

I also really enjoyed Mali’s No Kidding Microblog Monday post (http://www.nokiddinginnz.blogspot.co.nz/2016/02/withdrawing-after-loss.html) about withdrawing after a loss and healing.

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