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621st Friday Blog Roundup

About once a month, my cousin and I meet for lunch at a vegan restaurant.  Excellent company aside, I love going there because I can order anything off the menu.  Maybe this isn’t a big deal to you because you can do this at every restaurant.  But I generally have one or two choices at most places, or if I have more, they’re all sort of variations on the same thing.  Do I want my grain, tomato, and cheese in pasta form or pizza form?  And if I’m going to have it in pasta form, do I want it with spaghetti or penne?  See, that isn’t really an exciting choice.

But when we go to this vegan restaurant, the menu is wide open save for food allergies.  I never have to ask if the broth is made with chicken stock.  I never have to look longingly at a dish that could have been made vegetarian but for some inexplicable reason has been made with bits of bacon.

But, damn, it’s hard.  It’s hard to look at all the choices and pick just one.  Do I go with what I loved last time, or do I try something new?

This week, I got “chicken” and biscuits with collard greens, smothered in vegan gravy.  It is what I imagine Thanksgiving food tastes like.  I wanted to moan with each bite.  The ChickieNob stole my leftovers when I got home.


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.

Infertilityhonesty has a post about how infertility has prepared her for the difficult moments in life; such as a Trump presidency.  She writes, “Wishing deep in my heart of hearts that Trump does a good job is much like wishing for a pregnancy on the heels of multiple failed fertility treatments; you want it more than anything but know on a level it’s probably not going to happen.”  Moreover, she gives you 9 ways she (and likely, you) are actually prepared to get through this.

Magpie Musing has a post that gives me hope.  An unofficial memorial created in the Union Square subway stop 15 years ago for September 11th has become a wall of post-it notes following the election.  The pictures make the post ten times more powerful.

Lastly, Hapa Hopes has a letter to her biracial daughter.  I love this part: “I will stand up for you, your dad, and others whenever I can.  I’m not entirely sure what that looks like right now, but I hope that by the time you are reading this you can tell me I’m doing a good job.”  Lots of tears reading it.

The roundup to the Roundup: I love going to vegan restaurants.  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 November 11th and 18th) 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 Working mom of 2 { 11.18.16 at 3:56 pm }

Yes. It’s so wonderful to be able to order ANYTHING without asking what’s in it.

2 Lori Lavender Luz { 11.18.16 at 8:12 pm }

I came to collard greens later in life. When you mentioned them, my mouth started watering.

I’m glad you got to (a) be with your cousin and (b) have a smorgasbord of yummy choices.

3 Beth { 11.19.16 at 6:10 am }

What a fun monthly meet up. I love vegan restaurants. I am not a vegetarian but I don’t eat dairy because of an allergy. It is so freeing and exciting that I can eat anything at vegan restaurants.

4 Cristy { 11.19.16 at 6:45 am }

The idea of having multiple options after only having a couple is eye-opening. Most people tend to do best (read less stressed) when their options are about 3-4, but you have other things to content with regarding food (like making sure the dish is actually vegetarian). This restaurant sounds like an oasis.

You beat me to Hapa Hope’s post. It’s a lovely one. Following up with Magpie Musings is this news article about a Facebook Page that contains letters from kids to Donald Trump. The continual theme asking him to stop with the hatred is powerful. http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/dont-send-them-to-the-wall-kids-write-letters-to-trump-on-seattle-moms-facebook-page/

Finally, on that theme of curbing hatred, Lori’s post was very powerful.

Balanced with your thought-provoking post about whether people are inherently good:

5 Jenn P { 11.19.16 at 7:33 am }

I have celiac disease so in the last 10 years I have been able to have Anything off the menu three times. And now I’m on a diet called AIP, so I have eaten out 4 times in the last 6+ months.

I don’t know much about backing things up. I save my pictures from my phone to picasa, or whatever they call it now. I will do that now.

6 dubliner in deutschland { 11.21.16 at 12:05 pm }

I’m lactose intolerant so I also love going to vegan restaurants as everything there is dairy free! I especially love all the desserts

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