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:
- “Blogging Affects My Mood” (Stirrup Queens) — Thank you, Catwoman73
- “Peace in the Storms” (In Due Time)
- “People, on MLK Day” (A Half Baked Life)
- “Our Great Financial Sin” (Not a Wasted Word)
- “On Pandering” (Tin House)
- “On ‘the Terrible Efficiency of Gaslighting’” (Brevity)
- “I Like Mondays” (Infertilityhonesty)
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.