591st Friday Blog Roundup
Happy Tax Day. Actually, I’m sure you’re NOT happy about Tax Day, but hopefully your taxes are done and filed. So there’s that.
Josh made me recycle Old Minty. Old Minty is… was… my laundry basket. I got him before I started college. I filled him with my dirty clothes and dragged him down to the basement laundry room. Old Minty followed me to grad school, where he helped me take my clothes to the sketchy laundromat. Old Minty was there for me at my first grown-up apartment, my first job, my second job, my engagement, my marriage. Old Minty gave rides to the twins around the living room.
And then Josh started saying things like, “Don’t you think we should replace the laundry basket?” And, “Don’t you think I should be able to carry clothes to the laundry room without getting my hands cut up by the jagged remains of your basket?” And, “Melissa, it doesn’t even look like a laundry basket anymore.”
I allowed myself to be swayed by his arguments that 23 years is a long life for a plastic laundry basket.
He placed Old Minty with the recycling pick up. He was taken away from me and churned into plastic bits. I bought a new basket. It has zero personality.
I miss Old Minty. I ask the other family members if they miss Old Minty, too, and they stare at me blankly while saying, “What?” Old Minty loyally served this family for decades, and now they’ve all forgotten about him and attached themselves to the new laundry basket. “Oh, new laundry basket, you’re so great because you don’t collapse under the weight of a few pairs of underwear.”
New laundry basket is NOT so great. He doesn’t even have a name. But Old Minty does… did.
I clearly have not mastered the Kondo method.
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:
- “Four Hours Out of the Cloud” (A Half Baked Life)
- “Who Tells Your Story” (Stirrup Queens) — thanks, Jess!
Okay, now my choices this week.
Bent Not Broken has a post about being stuck between two expectant grandmothers in an unexpected place — her own living room. She writes, “Two expectant grandmas. In my living room. Talking about their excitement about becoming grandmas. About planning and throwing baby showers. About buying things for their new grandbabies. I had no escape.” It’s about the pain of infertility still stinging, and also the ability to rebound faster from these moments as time goes on.
Bereaved and Blessed reveals the 9 words that she has used to define her year during each of her 9 years of blogging. I love the idea of setting one ahead of time, though I’m terrible at (1) figuring out my word and (2) sticking to it, but even more, I love the idea of looking back and summing up the year. Go wish her congratulations on almost a decade of blogging AND see the word that defines her 9th year.
Lastly, as much as blogging has made life easier, allowing us to pool our collective knowledge as well as give comfort from afar, Non Sequitur Chica points out the other side: that sometimes we worry needlessly based on what we’ve read on other people’s blogs. It’s a story about moving her daughter to her big girl bed, but it’s also a good reminder that YMMV (and all those acronyms the kids use these days).
The roundup to the Roundup: It’s Tax Day. I miss Old Minty. 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 April 8th and April 15th) 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.