641st Friday Blog Roundup
It has been a strangely busy week — travel, work, bathroom remodeling, weekend guests, and hosting Pesach on Monday — which means something had to fall through the cracks, and so far it’s the interactive fiction game I was set to play for my monthly interactive fiction club. (It’s like a book club, but instead of a book, we play a game and then get together and discuss it.)
I’m still attempting to get to it tonight, but it isn’t looking good. That matzo ball soup isn’t going to cook itself, friends. But it brings up a question: should you attend a club (book club, video game club, etc) if you haven’t done the prep work? I’m not bothered by the game being ruined for me. Well, I mean, I am, but I understand that is the risk. But is it obnoxious to show and admit, “I didn’t play this one.”
Um… in case any of the guys are reading: I didn’t play this one. I suck. But I will see you guys this weekend because I’m leaning towards being obnoxious and begging for mercy.
Do you show up for book clubs if you haven’t read the book?
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:
- “Top Ten Things That Suck About Delayed Fertility” (Lady Part Adventures)
- “Sometimes I’m Firing on All Cylinders” (Bent Not Broken)
Okay, now my choices this week.
My Path to Mommyhood runs into her old RE at the grocery store. She writes, “I can revel in the fact that we are friends with someone who tried real hard to get us pregnant and tried to keep it real even as the quest failed miserably, and who still gives really great hugs and truly enjoys our presence, whether at events, the grocery store, or in the mail. Maybe, in a weird way, more so because we weren’t a success story.” It’s a great post about reconnecting with someone who was a big part of your journey.
Too Many Fish to Fry has an important post to read about the death of a friend and a lesson learned. She explains, “Stoicism never pretends life isn’t horrible. It never assumes that challenges won’t rear up and the philosophy won’t promise a perfect life. Instead, the stoics teach us that challenges will happen, terrible events will occur. They advise that the only way to prepare for such things is to count the good things we have, over and over again.” I’ll be thinking about the story inside the post for a long time. (And likely thinking about it every time I climb a long flight of stairs.)
Lastly, Riding the IVF Roller Coaster has a post about telling her child about a loss. This is a post for everyone who worries about talking about pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or neonatal death with a child. My experience has been about the same when the ChickieNob and Wolvog have asked.
The roundup to the Roundup: Showing up for a (book) club when you haven’t read the (book). 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 31st and April 7th) 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.