630th Friday Blog Roundup
I am sitting here, feeling a vague wave of nausea, waiting for everyone to wake up so we can face this day together. We will not be watching the Inauguration. We don’t normalize hate in this house, and unlike our local Girl Scouts, we don’t participate in events just for history’s sake. We make mindful decisions based on the facts we have on hand, and those facts point us directly in the opposite direction of this administration. Where they hate, we’ll help.
We’ll start by not participating in today’s event. It’s a small step, but it’s an important one because if we don’t take this first step, that normalization paves the way for a lot of other small steps that lead nowhere good.
Wishing everyone a deep breath today.
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:
- “The Other Side” (Searching for Our Silver Lining)
- “Just a Normal Day in the Backyard” (Persnickety Chickadee)
- “Wordless Wednesday” (Persnickety Chickadee)
- “Nicht Mein Problem” (Elaine Ohne Kind)
- “Adoption on Screen: ‘This is Us’ and ‘Lion’ Give New Focus” (Lavender Luz)
- “IVF vs Adoption Waiting” (My Path to Mommyhood)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Biogirl’s post on keeping (or not keeping) resolutions cracked me up, especially the part about her journal from childhood. Yes, you will need to click over to find out the diary entry because it’s too brief to write about without ruining the punchline.
Notes from the Ninth Circle brings in a baseball analogy when she gets bumped down to the fertility minor league for a cycle while her body recuperates. I kept returning to this line: “But it feels weird to have a new plan and be waiting to implement it.”
My Path to Mommyhood reassures all good-hearted people that yes, she has considered it; “it” being whatever is about to come out of their mouth. She points out: “That question feels like it is a judgment on our choices, which were difficult beyond measure and individual to our circumstance.” It’s a great post, and one that people should read before they pose the question.
Lastly, Lavender Luz has a post about adoption reform. She states: “Reforming policy and law is one necessary step, but it’s not the last step. Not until ideas of respect, empathy, and inherent value of others also take root in people’s hearts can true and enduring change happen” while drawing a line between reforms that brought about equality in regards to law but not full application in every facet of society. The post begins in the link above and continues to a second space.
The roundup to the Roundup: Abnormal times call for an abnormal response. 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 January 13th and January 20th) 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.