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638th Friday Blog Roundup

So we got a snow day, but we lost our Yayoi Kusama exhibit tickets.

There were three scenarios that could have happened: (1) The storm was smaller than anticipated so we could get downtown and see the show, (2) The museum closed due to the snow and we could use the tickets on the proposed snow date, (3) The museum opened late due to the snow and they wouldn’t honour the tickets on another date.

Guess which scenario happened?

We couldn’t safely get downtown — the roads were too slick — and the Hirshhorn said they wouldn’t honour the tickets on their proposed snow day.  It was use them now or lose them forever.

We had a moment where we asked ourselves whether or not we were willing to risk our lives in order to use the tickets and see some art, and then realized that was a horrible idea.  The Hirshhorn stating that our only option was to traverse unsafe roads in order to see the exhibit made me feel like the point wasn’t really the people seeing the art.  I mean, if it’s about the audience — the human beings giving their attention to the piece — you try to keep them safe.  If it’s about the museum, you tell people to get on unsafe roads or miss out.

So we let the tickets go.  We may try again to get tickets, but not sure if we’ll end up seeing it after all.


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.

Searching for Our Silver Lining has a post about trying to get back into writing again after being away from her blog for a bit.  I’ll be honest: The reason why I never take a break from my blog is that I know how hard it would be to get started again.  This post confirms it.  She writes, “Originally the break in writing was meant to be temporary; a hiatus to focus on all the turmoil. Coming out of that required more activation energy then I anticipated.”  Plus I really love the ending of the post.

Bent Not Broken has a post titled “Struggle Bus” that I loved for its name and simplicity (though not the situation).  I latched onto the title because it immediately conjured an understanding of those times when your feelings are at the wheel, moving you through life, and you’re not really the one in control of getting from Point A to Point B.  Plus this: “This is grief.  It’s not pretty.  It’s not always logical.  It always sucks.  But I always get through it.”  Sending a hug.

Lastly, Infertilityhonesty has a post about emotional labour, an idea that has been bouncing around the blogs a lot for the last few weeks.  There is a longer definition in the post (and a roundup of some of those posts I mentioned), but emotional labour “includes the things we do to support people emotionally, the willingness and effort to enter into another’s world view, the ability to acknowledge another person’s pain and attentiveness shown to another person’s experience.”  It is a long post but an important post.  Read it all the way through and then think about it a lot.

The roundup to the Roundup: Not seeing Yayoi Kusama’s exhibit.  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 March 10th and 17th) 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 Melissa N. { 03.17.17 at 8:45 am }

I just read Bent Not Broken’s post and it resonated with me. Seven months post-Evelyn’s death and I’m scared shitless that Plan A (having living children) will never, ever come to fruition, after 9 long years of hell…because grief is hard, hard work. Seemingly impossible work at times. Though we are in different places, Bent Not Broken’s feelings of struggling to just exist as we are and really trying to keep her shit together and, as she says, at least appear like she does, are how I’m feeling too — I wrote about it myself this week (http://infertilemyrtleme.blogspot.com/2017/03/seven-months.html) and called it feeling like wearing my “functioning-human” mask for everyone else’s benefit. Thanks for this list, as always.

2 Lori Lavender Luz { 03.17.17 at 12:27 pm }

I’m so sorry the Hirshorn wouldn’t make this work for you! I agree with your assessment about their focus not being on people seeing art.


3 Jill A. { 03.17.17 at 6:54 pm }

I’m sorry you were treated poorly by the museum. There is a letter posted in The Washington Post; someone was turned away and not allowed to buy a ticket to see the exhibit during the snow day, either. Just another place that puts their bureaucratic, made up rules above people or kindness. If I had a Twitter account, I’d tweet it. That sometimes gets a response.

WP link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-african-american-museum-treated-me-infinitely-better-than-the-hirshhorn/2017/03/17/a0e13c0e-0a77-11e7-bd19-fd3afa0f7e2a_story.html?utm_term=.282a58e45f9a

4 Jess { 03.18.17 at 11:04 am }

Oh, I’m so sorry — that stinks. It really does seem like if public safety is involved, the museum should honor the art and the people who wish to see it over the bottom line. Sigh.

I loved three posts not already mentioned here this week that made me think about attitude:
And short but sweet meme resharing:

All great reminders to acknowledge negative thoughts, go with the ebb and flow of luck, and move on forward without giving yourself too hard of a time (for long anyway).

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