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655th Friday Blog Roundup

I try not to brag about the kids, but this is an accomplishment that affects everyone on earth. The robot the Wolvog designed beat up all the other robots in the robot-fighting ring. His robot was the victor in the robot death match.

Now you may wonder how that affects you. Well, people, when the robots take over the world (and you know that they’re going to take over the world), my son can invent and program a robot that can beat up the bad robots. (Unless, of course, he uses his power for evil and designs the bad robots that take over the world.) So we’re totally safe.  (Unless we’re not safe because he designed the bad robots.)

I told him that I was proud of him because he could protect me from the “toasters” (as they say on Battlestar Galactica) in the same way that he protects Mommy’s face from stray baseballs when we’re at Nationals Park. (Yes, I actually ask my son to wear a mitt so he can catch baseballs that may knock me unconscious. You can never be too safe.) He rolled his eyes and muttered, “That’s not the way things work.”

I have zero clue what that means because this is exactly the way things work. Four teams made robots. Four teams set their robots in a ring and had them fight to the death. Three robots were destroyed by one robot. My kid’s robot. I promise, he has our back and will protect all of us. Unless he doesn’t.

He was particularly tween-ish when I told him that I was letting everyone know that he could save us.  He rolled his eyes and said, “If you must.”  Which I like to think means, “Oooh, I’m so excited to have everyone know that I made a good fighting robot” in teen-speak.


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.

Lavender Luz has an update about a situation she discussed on her blog last year.  An adoptive mother was talking about her adult son moving close to his biological family so he could get to know them better.  A year later, the woman reflects on the experience.  I love when people come back and let you know how things turned out.

Raven Rambling writes about a hard conversation she started with her husband, but once the words were spoken, she learned that he felt the same way.  It’s a post about what you hope happens when you speak your heart — that you are not only understood, but you learn something about the other person, too.

Lastly, River Run Dry has a post about the experiences that shaped her into the person she is now, and how she’ll never know the roads not taken; the person she would have become if life had not unfolded as it did.  It’s really a post about the weight of our relationships; they’re strong enough to pull us in a new direction.

The roundup to the Roundup: The Wolvog will save us from the bad robots.  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 July 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 Karen { 07.21.17 at 10:03 am }

I’m laughing at his reaction.

He TOTALLY means that he’s got our back. Right?


2 Raven { 07.21.17 at 12:18 pm }

First of all – your kids are SO COOL. They do such cool things, way more than I ever did at their age. I’m not going to out myself or anything…but when I was his age I recall a lot more BSB, girltalk, pop rocks and Sunny D than robot building. I wish I was as cool as your kids!

Secondly: Thank you so much for the mention! It was such a hard post to write, but nothing compared to finally having the conversation – and I am so glad we did.

3 Sharon { 07.21.17 at 1:11 pm }

I think one of my sons would LOVE building fighting robots! How did you get the Wolvog into this?

4 St. E { 07.22.17 at 2:21 am }

Congrats Wolvog!

5 Lori Lavender Luz { 07.22.17 at 8:47 pm }

Gee. I wish I could translate teen-speak as well as you do. I need you here! Mine are probably saying lots of nice things to me and I just don’t know it.

Congrats to your son, and thanks for highlighting my post.

6 Different Shores { 07.24.17 at 7:16 am }

Yes I really love Mali’s post –
essential reading I think (http://nokiddinginnz.blogspot.ie/2017/07/negative-thinking-in-infertility-and-childlessness.html)

7 loribeth { 07.27.17 at 6:56 pm }

Great post from Jess on “giving up” and why she dislikes that term:


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