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609th Friday Blog Roundup

The twins now have a locker.  Well, they each have their own locker.  This is a big step up from elementary school when all they had was a desk and a cubby.  Both have a few issues opening said lockers.

But that’s not the point.  The point is that it is very important that we decorate said locker within an inch of its life.  I’ve been tucking away comic books and ripping pictures from People magazine all summer that they can use to wallpaper the walls.  And I’m getting each a dry erase board so they can write themselves important notes.  (But which I know they’ll use to write song lyrics and ridiculous things from autocorrect.)

Here’s the memory I have from middle school/high school, and I’m not sure kids still do this: Did you decorate your friends’ lockers for their birthday?  I remember that after you left school the day before your birthday, your friends stayed behind and filled your locker with streamers and balloons and candy.  If you had a summer birthday, people usually did it during your half-birthday.  Was this a thing where you lived?

I told the kids I needed their locker combo so I could surprise them with something like that one day because I wasn’t sure kids did that anymore.  And it was always the best feeling to open that metal door and have tiny balloons fall out on you.  Though they pointed out that if no one did this anymore, it would look a little weird.  Are kids still doing this these days?


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:

  • None… sniff

Okay, now my choices this week.

Res Cogitatae has a post about worrying that struck close to home.  She worries about a potential non-problem (she just doesn’t know yet) because it’s a situation that has a solution, and it distracts her from the very real problems that currently exist that do not have solutions.  It’s also a post about what it’s like to parent a second child.  Just a really really good read about how we’re all individuals, but there are clearly commonalities, too.

Dear Noah has a post about the fact that had Noah lived, he would have been starting preschool.  She writes, “Owen’s school is incredibly full.  There are wait lists for every class but one.  The one that Noah would have been in.  His spot is there.  But he isn’t.”  Please go over and give her a hug.

Lastly, Riding the IVF Roller Coaster is back with an update.  She muses about whether she should change the title now that she’s not doing IVF, but IVF is still a lens through which she sees the world.  She writes, “I think I’ve been living less deliberately than I should. I’ve been trying to keep my head above water for so long that I’ve come to consider treading water OK.”  As a fellow water treader, I want to start swimming again, too.

The roundup to the Roundup: Did people decorate your locker for your birthday?  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 August 19th and 26th) 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 Beth { 08.26.16 at 8:18 am }

Oh that sounds like so much fun! It was not a “thing” to decorate lockers for birthdays at my school, although lockers did get decorated occasionally for other things. Mostly sport-related things so my locker was not involved. I do for sure remember decorating the inside of my locker and how important that was. I remember feeling a mirror was so imperative, for checking the make up I wasn’t allowed to wear (rightly so) and the hair I could never control. What an exciting time for the twins!

2 Jodi { 08.26.16 at 8:39 am }

Totally remember decorating lockers!

3 swati bassi { 08.26.16 at 8:45 am }

Good for kids these days.
I never had any such privilege during my times.
Good luck and love.

4 Cristy { 08.26.16 at 9:03 am }

I remember decorating my locker and the birthday decorations. Sadly, because my birthday fell over winter break, I never got to experience having my locker decorated (the Beats won’t either due to having summer birthdays), but now you have me scheming for decorating for them to celebrate in general.

Print outs of summer photos are a must for lockers. Pets too. I’m curious to hear about how the decorating evolves over the school year.

5 Sharon { 08.26.16 at 12:49 pm }

I don’t remember anyone decorating lockers at my middle school or high school. Sounds fun!

6 Chris { 08.26.16 at 2:04 pm }

Our middle school didn’t allow us to use lockers. (It had them as it was the old high school but they had blocked them off. Our high school did have lockers and neither the insides nor the outsides were decorated. Nope definitely not a thing where I went to school. And, decorating them isn’t a thing where I live now for birthdays because I know I’d have heard from my niece and nephew. LOL

7 Infertile Girl { 08.26.16 at 11:44 pm }

This post perfectly describes the dichotomy of hope and fear that infertility brings.

8 Lori Lavender Luz { 08.27.16 at 11:23 pm }

Sadly, we didn’t do that to lockers. But back in my day, the lockers were full length and you’d share them with someone else. Kind of like roommate prep.

9 JustHeather { 08.28.16 at 6:22 am }

Decorating lockers was a must, at least in junior high (7-8) but I don’t remember any birthday decorations. Either my friends were lame that way *grin* or my birthday was in the summer and thus it didn’t happen to me. In high school, I must had have some decorations the first 2 years, but by my last two years, at a different school, I couldn’t have cared less for my locker and hardly used it. Especially my senior year. I still have dreams/nightmares about finding my locker and not knowing the combo. LOL

10 MissingNoah { 08.30.16 at 12:32 pm }

We decorated lockers.

And thank you so much for the share. It was three years ago today that we announced I was pregnant with him. It’s the start of a hard season.

11 loribeth { 08.30.16 at 9:23 pm }

I have no idea what kids today are doing re: lockers. 🙂 We didn’t have lockers until we were in high school — and I do not remember decorating them. Maybe a photo or two stuck on the inside of the door, along with my class schedule? Dry erase boards were not a “thing” until I was in university — everyone had one on the door of their dorm room, and it was an important means of communication, pre-cellphones. 😉 Nothing was permitted on the outside of our lockers. Although that didn’t stop some Mean Girl from scrawling semi-obscene graffiti all over mine. :p 🙁

Our lockers were mostly assigned alphabetically — although we could switch lockers so long as we reported it to the office. I do remember in Grade 11, my best friends & I — whose names were close together in the alphabet — wound up having our lockers altogether in a row, side by side. That was fun. 🙂

12 Jess { 09.01.16 at 5:14 pm }

I don’t remember doing this myself, but I’ve been in my classrooms and have witnessed parents (mostly the parents do the work with the direction of the kid, which seems not quite right) carefully installing LOCKER CHANDELIERS in the middle school. Chandeliers! Usually there’s wrapping paper and mirrors and pictures and scrapbook stickers spelling out stuff, and then sports people get their name and number, and when the plays come out the name and part or crew role gets put on the locker. They totally do birthdays, too. I think I had a mirror and that was IT (well, maybe a moldering sandwich or something at the bottom).

I have to come up with a better way to collect my picks for the Second Helpings. I see posts I love and then forget to bookmark them so I can remember when the Roundup comes around… But I loved Mali’s post on whether you should think of others’ sensitivities when you post on your own blog, which really made me think:

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