594th Friday Blog Roundup
It has either been raining or in a state of pre-rain for… weeks. At least, it feels like it has been weeks. Baseball has been cancelled a bunch of times, and I’ve been using up the cheaper hair gel because why bother with the good stuff when my hair is going to frizz anyway?
I’m not a big fan of rain (see above: frizzy hair), but I didn’t realize how much it affected my mood, especially since I consider myself immune to needing outdoor time. Josh always says that when we need to crawl into underground bunkers because zombies are roaming the surface of the earth, I will thrive because I am perfectly content never stepping into the sun.
But we may need to rethink this because every time I wake to another day of greyness, I want to curl up into a ball and sob.
Are you affected by the weather or indifferent toward rain?
My friend and I took our sons to an arcade that had an original Super Mario machine. [Quick trivia question: Mario made his first appearance in this arcade game before showing up in Super Mario Bros. Don’t Google. Put your guess in the comment section.]
I haven’t played in at least 24 years but probably longer. It was amazing to feel the muscle memory kick in the second my hands grabbed the joystick. I wasted a game getting accustomed to the controls, and then immediately started sailing through the boards. I remembered the location of every hidden coin, every portal.
I coached the boys, telling them where to squat down and jump up. The only thing I was missing was a track suit and whistle as I prowled behind them, critiquing their technique. That’s what I want to be when I grow up: an arcade coach.
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:
- “#StartAsking for Recognition” (No Kidding in NZ)
- “NIAW: #StartAsking Yourself” (Unpregnant Chicken)
- “Perfect Imperfections” (Lavender Luz)
- “#StartAsking About What Causes Infertility” (Searching for Our Silver Lining)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Family Build With a Twist has a post about life long after resolving infertility. As you’ve probably guessed, resolving infertility doesn’t wrap up the experience in a neat package that you can set in a storage box, never to look at again. As she writes, “As the mother of a tiny human well into childhood as opposed to babyhood, I should be over all this infertility stuff, right? I’m not.” Clearly this resonated with me because I feel the same way. (And, yes, I am a glass half empty person, too.)
No Kidding in NZ has a post highlighting the Joy Olympics — the exact opposite of the Pain Olympics in which the person is told that they have no right to be happy (instead of no right to be sad). It’s a bizarre idea; that people believe there is only one path in life in which you can feel joy. And it made me stop and think about all the other places we play the Joy Olympics in life: you can’t be happy if you don’t get married, own a home, go on vacations. It’s a really thought-provoking post that will have you recheck the way you view the world.
Lastly, do you ever get that feeling where you think you should do X without really knowing why, and then by doing X, you end up being in the right place at the right time? Hello, Universe? Our Wish has a post about a day when she was considering taking a day off of work, and what happened when she decided to go in anyway. Trigger warning: a miscarriage is discussed in the post.
The roundup to the Roundup: The rain is bringing me down. Super Mario muscle memory. 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 29th and May 6th) 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.