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643rd Friday Blog Roundup

We signed up for Hulu for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  The show went off Netflix, and we went through several days of the ChickieNob’s mourning before we gave in and said she could visit her vampire-stabbing gang on Hulu for two months.

This was before I discovered they would be releasing The Handmaid’s Tale over the course of 10 weeks.  (I mean, if we have Hulu, I might as well use it, too, right?)  So… maybe she can visit Buffy for three months?

I am so excited to see this.

It’s one of my favourite books; one I carry with me at all times.  I didn’t love the movie they made in the early 90s, but it looks like Hulu nailed it.  At least on the surface.  I guess we’ll know more next Wednesday.

Who else is watching next week?


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.

Torthúil has a post about emotional sinkholes, those moments where you suddenly don’t feel like your whole self or know what you really believe.  She explains, “I’m going about my day, doing things I ordinarily do, and it suddenly feels like… a piece of my identity, my self, isn’t there. I feel vaguely like a liar, when I try to talk about myself to someone, because I don’t know if what I’m saying is true.”  It’s such an interesting way of explaining the phenomenon.  Go over and read the whole post.

Countingpinklines wonders why it’s easy to play with some babies and others push her to the brink of tears.  Is it tied to where she is in her process?  The difficulty the person had in building their family?  Older vs. younger kids?  It’s a familiar situation; one I think will resonate with a lot of people.

Raven Rambling has a post about how she thought life would look at 30 vs. actuality.  She writes, “I am trying to focus on saying good bye to things I am not, and focusing on the things that I am. If any of those things from the ‘not’ side are able to come over to the ‘am’ side, then I’ll be happy as a peach – but right now, they’re not on the am side and I need to make peace with that.”  Yes to all of this, a thousand times over.  Brilliant post.

Lastly, Ms. Infertile has a post about being in a chronic state of adjustment.  The perfect line: “And you wish someone would ask you how you’re doing and mean it.”  It is a beautiful and moving post.  Read it.

The roundup to the Roundup: Handmaid’s Tale!  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 April 14th and 21st) 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. { 04.21.17 at 9:26 am }

My recommendation: http://bythebrooke.blogspot.com/2017/04/and-now-quiet-grief.html
As a newly bereaved mother, Brooke’s writing is a lifeline for me. I am so grateful she has chosen to share her family’s story.

2 Different Shores { 04.21.17 at 11:23 am }

Thanking you Mel.
I loved Ms Infertile’s post, Adjustment, I thought it was beautifully written.

3 Jenny { 04.21.17 at 2:43 pm }

I am completely ashamed to say that I am only just now getting around to reading The Handmaid’s Tale, but I’m loving it so far. Can’t wait to watch the series!

4 Mali { 04.21.17 at 11:54 pm }

I think this is what you and ChickieNob can agree is a “win-win” situation. And I’m jealous you get to watch the series. I don’t think I can get it on the streaming service I’m signed up for – but will have to check now. Enjoy!

I loved Ms Infertile’s Adjustment post too, and was coming in to flag it, so I’m very glad that you beat me to it.

5 Lori Lavender Luz { 04.23.17 at 9:10 am }

I really want to see it, but I don’t want to sign up for another service. Dilemma…

6 Jess { 04.24.17 at 9:20 am }

I am SO EXCITED for “The Handmaid’s Tale” series. I am terrible at watching TV shows (I have very few lately where I’ve finished a season) but this one I am thrilled about. And I will probably dedicate serious time to watching it, for real, all the way through.

Ah, you picked all my favorites for the roundup! So many great posts this week.

7 loribeth { 04.24.17 at 5:00 pm }

We don’t get Hulu in Canada, but “The Handmaid’s Tale” will be shown here on Bravo (which we do get as part of our TV package). As I read someone saying online somewhere, it’s only appropriate, since it’s based on a Margaret Atwood book & filmed in Toronto. 🙂 I’m sure it (like the book) will scare the crap out of me, but I will be watching. The advance reviews have been huge.

P.S. Lori LL, I’m with you… it bugs the heck out of me that you have to sign up for/pay extra for a dozen different streaming services or channels to see the one or two shows you really want. We don’t have Netflix (& the Canadian version is supposedly inferior to the US) — OK, I’m old, I really don’t quite understand how it’s an online service but it appears on my TV set?? — but I am seriously considering it because I am dying to watch “The Crown.” 😉

8 loribeth { 04.25.17 at 6:57 pm }

I second Melissa N.’s nomination of Brooke’s post on quiet grief. I don’t often cry over blog posts these days, but it had me reaching for the Kleenex.

9 Brooke Knapp { 04.27.17 at 10:13 pm }

I am really hoping someone can help me here. I previously struggled with fertile issues and follows all the blogs religiously. I somewhat dropped off after having my daughter in August 2015. There is one girl I think of often and can’t seem to find her blog. She was from Illinois, I want to say around Joliet, her and her husband had recently built a home, she had gotten several tattoos (a sleeve I think). She had tried IVF several times and last I had read from a doctor in Springfield Il. It’s driving me insane not being able to find her blog to see how things are going. Just one of those that stuck with me. Does any of this sound familiar? Thanks so much!

10 Geochick { 04.30.17 at 10:38 pm }

I have Hulu and last year rewatched Buffy. I love that show even after all these years! I haven’t read “The Handmaid’s Tale”, but think I’ll check out the show.

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