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628th Friday Blog Roundup

Justine (who has a very good story to tell about an epic win and should definitely blog it so bother her a lot until she writes it down) and I drove at each other for an extended lunch this week.  I took mostly back roads instead of highways, and listened to podcasts as I drove through farmland.  (Be prepared for an onslaught of posts processing said podcasts.)

We met at an indoor market.  It was sort of like if 50 food trucks decided to gut their trucks and set up shop under the same roof.  We both ended up with crepes, but it was the sort of place that is perfect for a graze-y meal; talking for hours and getting up from time to time to sample another dish.

Next time: the hot pretzel booth.

It is just so good to be with someone who gets you, and you get her, and it’s all just good connection.


Massive thank you to Persnickety Chickadee for teaching me about drop bears.

Don’t know what they are?

Go Google like I did.


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.

I like that Anabegins does quarterly goals.  That seems a lot more realistic than a yearly goal.  She breaks down the goals into different actions for various facets of her life.  I am going to do this, too, because I can imagine April a lot more than I can imagine next December.  If you’re struggling with the idea of a year, break it down into chunks.

Torthúil writes about the world’s greatest fortune cookie message.  Being prepared to modify your plan begins with the plan itself: Is there only one decent outcome?  If there is, then maybe the plan needs to be restructured.  It’s a brief post with a lot of food for thought.

Lastly, Bereaved and Blessed has a moving post about her daughter processing information about her sibling that died before she was born.  It begins, “I overheard Abby tell her friend (who was over for their first playdate, at our home) that she wanted to talk about her sister in Heaven.”  She recounts the conversation between the two girls and the conversation she had with her afterward.  Go over and read the whole thing.

The roundup to the Roundup: I got to see Justine.  Drop bears.  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 December 30th and January 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.


1 torthuil { 01.06.17 at 8:41 am }

Thanks, both to Mel and to Jess. I’ve been feeling a bit down lately and it does help to know people are reading. I like your point Mel about asking whether there is only one acceptable outcome to a plan. I will think about that with regards to future plans. I found a lot to relate to in this post by Our Misconception: http://ourmisconception.com/infertility-doesnt-just-go-away/

And while I do not share my posts on social media, as I protect my anonymity (at least in theory) I felt like I could share this one and it was sort of disclosure by proxy of a lot of complicated feelings I generally try not to share.

2 Sharon { 01.06.17 at 9:12 am }

I woke up to some very sad news today: a friend who I first “met” through her IF blog (http://eggsinabasketcase.blogspot.com/?m=1) lost her son, who was not quite 5 years old. I am so sorry for their loss and felt like I knew this little boy through my friend’s writing on her blog and on Facebook about him.

3 Kathy { 01.06.17 at 11:36 am }

I wish I lived closer and could meet up with you and Justine for that hot pretzel booth. The crepes sound pretty great too!

Note to self: Google Drop Bears and back up everything

And I am all about quarterly goals! I recently read and highly recommend the book The 12 Week Year about that concept and why the urgency of short term goals helps keep us motivated to take action.

Finally, that you for sharing my post here. I am always amazed how these moments pop up, often when I am least expecting them. And it felt so good to write about and process it on my blog. Looking forward to writing, processing, and sharing more there over the next 12 weeks. 🙂

4 Kathy { 01.06.17 at 11:37 am }

PS – That should say thank you, not that you, for sharing my post! 😉

5 Ana { 01.06.17 at 2:07 pm }

Thanks for the share, Mel! off to google Drop Bears…

6 Justine { 01.06.17 at 2:40 pm }

Very sneaky. 🙂 But yes: so good to be with someone who gets you, and vice versa. I wish we’d been there longer, because there were at least three other places I needed to try, and I could have talked with you for at least three more hours.

OK, OK, I will tell the story of my epic win. 🙂

Thanks again for driving up my way … <3

7 Lori Lavender Luz { 01.06.17 at 4:28 pm }

That sounds like a wonderful extended lunch.

Looks like I don’t have to bother Justine after all.

8 em { 01.07.17 at 12:10 pm }

There’s a place in LA called The Grove and it’s exactly like that: lots of little places to eat and small shops like a shop that’s nothing but hot sauce. It’s quirky, but fun. (It’s also across the street from the Writers Guild of America West building, so on the very, very, very rare occasions that I have business there, I go to The Grove afterward.) That luncheon sounds fun.

9 Persnickety { 01.09.17 at 5:44 am }

Thanks for the reference! Did you look up hoop snakes as well? And bird eating spiders? Sadly one of those is very real!

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