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633rd Friday Blog Roundup

Linus has been in our family for about two weeks now.  He has settled in nicely, and isn’t shy about his likes (kale, shredded carrots, romaine lettuce) and dislikes (carrot chunks, sugar snap peas, apple).  He is mad for barley cookies, enjoys rolling around in his hay bowl (eating is a full body experience), and will nibble his dry food.

He wheeks nonstop when the twins come home from school.  He gets himself worked up, frantically jumping until they pick him up.  He wants to be held pretty much 24/7.  He’s happy enough to sit in my lap while I work, but he prefers for one of my hands to be stroking his back.

I love this pig so much.

I miss Truman, but it is nice to have a pig to cuddle while I miss him.  It helps that his personality is so different from Truman’s personality and that the two pigs look nothing alike.  Look at that little piggy face:


Has anyone ever tried (or know someone who tried) NaProTECHNOLOGY?  That’s their capitalization… not mine, just in case you thought I was shouting that last bit at you through the screen.  I was speaking with a journalist who is looking to connect with anyone who tried it.


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.

Grumpy Rumblings has an interesting post about whether you should go broad or deep when it comes to activism.  Is it better to spread yourself out over many issues, or to focus all of your energy on a single issue?  There’s a benefit and drawback to each approach, and the comment section is just as interesting as the post itself.

ANDMom has a moving post about feeling overwhelmed.  She writes, “I’m empty, and I don’t know exactly how one goes about filling back up again – and even if I did, I’m not sure I have it in me to try.”  It’s a gorgeous post about how even once things get better, it can be difficult to return to filling yourself when the care has flowed out towards others for so long.

Lastly, My Path to Mommyhood has a post about an offensive text from another person who states that she feels like she needs to tiptoe around them due to their infertility.  She writes, “And now apparently all we’ve done is make her feel like shit for her life and her job and she has had to tiptoe around us, and she basically equated scrolling past an offensive political post to SCROLLING PAST OUR PERSONAL TRAGEDY.”  Being kind is not that difficult.  Following someone’s lead to the best of your ability doesn’t remove your happiness.  I do not buy the argument that being sensitive towards another person is a hardship.

The roundup to the Roundup: Linus is settling in.  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 February 3rd and February 10th) 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 Cristy { 02.10.17 at 8:38 am }

I’m so glad Linus is settling in and helping with healing. He’s quite a handsome pig.

It’s been a quiet week in the blogosphere. This one from Jess really hit home for me. http://mypathtomommyhood.blogspot.com/2017/02/because-i-dont-have-kids.html?m=1

2 torthúil { 02.10.17 at 1:08 pm }

Well in the past 24 hours 3 posts appeared in my blogroll that formed a trifecta of positive energy for me.

1) Isabelle’s story of seeing her twins’ heartbeats for the first time

2) Jess’s post about the things she enjoys and values doing, NOT only because she doesn’t have kids. It’s a reminder to consciously include things in your life that are meaningful to you.

3) Caroline’s post “Your win is my win.” A celebration of celebrating others at a time when it feels like an international spectator/participant sport to knock people down. I read her words and thought: “I was STARVED for this positive energy/message and I had no idea”.

“Your win is my win.” I want that to be the take away message from every blog and comment I write. Wouldn’t that be AWESOME!

3 KeAnne { 02.10.17 at 2:29 pm }

Welcome, Linus!

A childhood friend of mine wrote this, and it is breathtaking and so true, even if you aren’t religious yourself but find yourself on the receiving end of “well-meaning” religious friends and family https://medium.com/@imarealwoman/prayers-for-the-body-7be09ce4188a#.3ag5y4ift

4 Lori Lavender Luz { 02.10.17 at 4:20 pm }

Linus is sooooooo cute!

5 ANDMom { 02.11.17 at 4:48 pm }

Thanks for including me! I hadn’t blogged in awhile, and it’s kinda nice to dip my toes back in the water.

Congrats on the new pig. We’re also “grieving is easier with a new furry thing to snuggle” people. Which is why, after losing 2 dogs last year, I still have a puppy snuggled on my lap right now.

6 Cynthia Coleman { 02.12.17 at 2:36 pm }

Linus is such a cutie. It’s always hard to lose a pet, but then we have room in our hearts for new ones. We have had our Yorkie mix Ziggy for over 3 years, but he had belonged to a former neighbor. I had not blogged in a while, but started a post series today on one and scheduled a Valentine one for the same blog. I’ve got 1 scheduled for April for my other blog.

7 Freebel { 02.16.17 at 6:17 am }

I just found a link to your blog while on a 7 hour train journey across Europe and I’m hooked! Love it!
As for Napro – I’ve been with them for over a year now. I’ve mixed feelings about the approach – I like the way they work with your body, they try to find the problem and fix it rather than going straight to the solution. I like that you have hope every month and that the emphasis is on the couple, not the clinic.
I really dislike the undelying religious/ pro life aspect, some of their dismissiveness towards other treatments/ conditions and the slowness.

8 Jess { 02.16.17 at 9:49 pm }

I really liked Mali’s post about the stage of acceptance in the decision to say, I really wanted kids, but that’s just not going to happen. I really liked this part: “This way of thinking is a betrayal of of the decisions I made and the decisions and situation that were forced on us, of the pain I’ve been through to get where I am, and of the babies we lost on the way, and mostly it is a betrayal of me, my life now, and my life with my husband, my family and my friends.” That those questions become a betrayal of the very carefully thought out decisions that lead to where you are. I felt that very deeply, and it helps to be reminded of the importance of decisions made based on circumstances beyond our control.

Also, thanks for including my post about the horrible situation with our friend who turned on us. It just kept getting more horrible — she blocked and unfriended us (and Bryce’s mom)… but at the same time, true colors, you know? So painful, but new awareness of internal conflicts that aren’t really so helpful to us. I guess that’s helpful, right?

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