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538th Friday Blog Roundup

The deed is done, the plans are set, the kitchen remodeling is happening.  Like… soon.  Like scary soon.  I thought it would take longer to get underway, but we ended up signing on at the first meeting and making all of our design decisions.  And yes, I will take before and after pictures.  Though… you know… maybe more after than before because really, the kitchen is awful.

I am getting my bookshelf in the kitchen. (Eating next to Harry Potter and Bilbo Baggins?  Yes, please!)  But re-doing the kitchen means taking down the twins’ artwork for the time being and only putting back up a fraction of what is in place at the moment because I’m losing display space.

Every surface in the kitchen is covered with drawings.  Some of it is that I think everything the twins do is wonderful. (Because my kids are perfect, right?)  But the rest of it is that those drawings make me feel as if they’re here with me during the day.  I’m framing some of my favourites and formally hanging them on the new “art exhibit” wall.  I’m designating some frames as the permanent collection (their totally cute babyhood stuff) and other frames as belonging to current exhibits (like from current art classes).  But it will be weird to have the cabinet doors sans artwork.

To make myself feel better, I’m hanging three drawings next to my desk, too.

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This is it!  Last few days!  Life from Scratch was chosen by Amazon to be one of the monthly deals for March. I would love your help in getting word out via social media. Pretty please?

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IComLeavWe list for April opened a few hours ago.  Join along.  Celebrate spring with… comments.

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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.

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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.

Life Begins again gutted me with a post written a week after closing the door on family building.  It’s a raw post about the nevers.  My heart stopped at this line: “I think about names I will never get to use.”  I still think about the names I have tucked away.  It’s a powerful piece.

A Little Bit More has a post about finally finding the courage to let family know that she is infertile, and having the news met with crickets.  Not actual crickets… of course (yikes!), but awkward silence.  It’s about seeking support and finding that it’s not there.  A moving read.

Accio Baby is trying to construct a pyramid of understanding when it comes to infertility.  At the top point are people currently experiencing infertility, and below that are several groups.  It’s an interesting exercise, and the comment section is just as thought-provoking as the post itself.

Lastly, Lavender Luz asks a question that gave me pause.  It’s an interesting question to a common situation (and yes, you’ll have to click over to see the question because describing it would sort of ruin the gut reaction), and the answer probably says more about us than I’d like to admit.

The roundup to the Roundup: Kitchen renovation, full speed ahead.  Last chance to help me get word out about Life from Scratch.  April’s IComLeavWe.  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 20th and 27th) 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.

March 27, 2015   7 Comments

537th Friday Blog Roundup

Updated in the Middle

If you read my blog on your phone, you may have noticed that it looks totally different.  That is because, after many requests (and a nice long wait on my to-do list), I finally got around to making a mobile version of the site.  By which I mean that I called Lori and said, “what is the easiest way to do this?”  And she held my hand and walked me through it because she is a goddess and knows that I have a low tolerance for technical things as of late.  So thank Lori if you read me on your phone.

This year, she didn’t hold her annual Limerick Chick contest for St. Patrick’s Day, but in honour of my beloved Lori:

I once met this girl through my site
I immediately thought she was dy-no-mite!
She helped my blog go on your phone
With nary a moan
That’s because she’s filled with lavender light!

P.S. If you hate the mobile version, you can toggle back to the desktop version via a link at the bottom of the screen on your phone.  But seriously, the mobile version rocks.

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Life from Scratch was chosen by Amazon to be one of the monthly deals for March. It will be on sale the whole month. I would love your help in getting word out via social media. Pretty please?

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Updated:

I saw this in the morning and had to add it.  TOTALLY worth six minutes of your time if you live in US and will know who all these politicians are.  Probably not as funny if you don’t.  It’s Too Many Cooks, election-style.

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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.

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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.

Two Adults, One Child has a post about how she allows fear to rule her life.  Let’s just say that it hit very close to home for me, and I’m sure it will ring true for many more people.  It’s a great read, especially the part at the end where she takes the first step to tell those fears to shove it.

Riding the IVF Roller Coaster has a post about a blogger who stopped writing.  We often hear from people about their decision to close their blog, but there are fewer posts from the other side: the reader.  She writes, “For a time she’d write something, and although our situations were very different, I understood. It’s like there were some facets in our hearts that were the same: shattered, sparkling, miss cut, whatever.”  A good read.

Lavender Luz tried the intimacy experiment this week with differing results from engaging with the three people in her house.  Go over and read her experience, and then go try it with someone.

Lastly, When Agony Met Hope has a post about how we play fertility detective each month with our cycle.  What does that twinge mean?  And could I be a tad nauseated?  She writes, “I feel like I’ve spent the last 48 hours playing Agony Vagina, PI. Gathering evidence for my case to prove that yes, there is indeed a bun in my oven.”  So true.  And her detective work ultimately led to good news, too.

The roundup to the Roundup: I have a mobile version of my site.  Please help me get word out about Life from Scratch.  Too Many Cooks!  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 13th and 20th) 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.

March 20, 2015   14 Comments

536th Friday Blog Roundup

HuffingtonPost had an article about the personality of your state, or the most common character traits that exist in your state, or… something like that.

Marylanders are good at abstract thinking (we are?) and are “hardworking, no-nonsense folks who enjoy the company of others.”  That makes us sound like Ole Golly with Mr. Waldenstein.

And then I thought… I mean… I am sort of pretty good with abstract thinking.  And I think I would describe myself as hardworking, and I don’t have a lot of patience for other people’s nonsense or drama even if I lurve actual nonsense in the playful sense of the word.  But enjoy the company of others?  Unless they’re talking about the people within a very small, designated circle…

How does your personality fare against the personality of your state?

(Hint: Look at both sections.  I found stuff about Maryland at the top, but I also had to look at the maps at the bottom to see which category it was under.)

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It’s Friday the 13th!

Why do I always feel the need to comment on that?

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Life from Scratch was chosen by Amazon to be one of the monthly deals for March. It will be on sale the whole month. I would love your help in getting word out via social media. Pretty please?

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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.

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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.

Life Begins has a post about waiting; just a glimpse into the everyday life of someone doing IVF.  I think these sorts of posts are important — not just for the insider who needs to hear “me too” but for the outsider who wants to understand IVF.  Once the first week is over, a different sort of waiting begins as you round that home stretch towards the beta.  As she says, “This week will be harder. It always is. Always.” Sending her good thoughts, especially for her birthday.

Four Years Later has a post about helping her friend through the loss of her child.  While she has met other people through her support group who have experienced having a baby born still, this is the first time that a friend — someone who knew her when her own child was born still — has experienced the same thing.  They both lean on each other for support though she admits that she thought this moment — the connection with another person — would come much further down the road.

Pages, Stages, and Rages has a beautiful post; an open letter to her daughter’s birthmother.  She had me bawling with: “I think of you as I rock her to sleep, her head cuddled on my breast. It is my heart that she hears now-and you will always be in our hearts. So, in her own way, she is listening to the heartbeats of her mothers.”  Go read the whole post.

Lastly, Popcorn Ceiling Life weaves house and blogging analogies, especially as she enters house repairs.  There is a line in the post that I’ve been turning over in my mind: “I have a doorbell now, not an open door.”  It made me consider, do I have a doorbell or an open door when it comes to my blog?  It’s about owning your space when it comes to homes and blogs.

The roundup to the Roundup: Does your personality match the personality of your state?  It’s Friday the 13th.  Please help me get word out about Life from Scratch.  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 6th and 13th) 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.

March 13, 2015   8 Comments

535th Friday Blog Roundup

Our family went as Doctor Who for Purim.  Josh and I went as the Tardis, the Wolvog as the 10th Doctor, and the ChickieNob as Madame Vastra.  She walked into shul weaing her Victorian dress and hat (with veil, which she wears like the Doctor wears a face… to be accepted.  Boo-yeah!), but carrying her mask.

She was making her way to the sanctuary for the Megillah reading when the rabbi’s son stopped her.  “Are you?  No.  You can’t be.  Is it?  Are you who I think I you are?  Are you Madame Vastra?”

The ChickieNob mushed her face into my side because she’s shy and the rabbi’s son is a teenager.  But it was probably the highlight of her year: someone immediately recognizing her costume.  Madame Vastra is very very important to her.

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Life from Scratch was chosen by Amazon to be one of the monthly deals for March. It will be on sale the whole month. I would love your help in getting word out via social media. Pretty please?

*******

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.

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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.

Res Cogitatae has a post honouring Leonard Nimoy.  I love that he has been the backdrop of a life, and I cried when I got near the end: “But Spock is special to me.  He’s seen so much of my life.  He’s remained constant, unchanging.  It was a real shock to learn again on Friday that he, too, was only mortal.”  Even if Star Trek isn’t your cup of tea, go over and read the post.  It is amazing.

The Elusive Second Line has a post about the different ways two people can process infertility.  It is about the time she realized that her husband “got it” even if up until that point, she didn’t think he understood how she processed things.  A lot to think about in the post.

Lastly, Constant in the Darkness (I know!  Again!) has a post about how they have been working to build their family for 12 years, and after that much time, how does one adjust to the state of NOT building her family?  It’s like being on a ship for 12 years and then finally setting foot back on dry land.  It takes a while to get accustomed to the lack of waves even if you’re relieved to have touched ground again.

The roundup to the Roundup: Recognize a kid’s costume when you can.  Please help me get word out about Life from Scratch.  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 27th and March 6th) 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.

March 6, 2015   12 Comments

533rd Friday Blog Roundup

The very end of the [mouse] tail… tale.

The exterminator found a dead mouse in the attic in the trap that Josh set at the beginning of the week.  And then, that evening, while we were watching the end of the very intense episode of Sherlock, a mouse died in the kitchen.  Josh went to bring our tea cups downstairs at the end of the night, and came upstairs, his hands clasped as if in orison, praying for me to remain calm.

“Melissa, there is something I need to deal with downstairs, so please don’t come down.”

Yes, there was shrieking on my part.

The rest of the week has been quiet, not a scritching to be heard.  Not that I didn’t think I heard the skittering of little feet.  I spent a lot of time with my head pressed against the heat vents, holding my breath while listening.

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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.

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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.

A Separate Life has a post about a moment 35 years ago that changed the whole course of her life.  At the time, she had no clue how it would impact her, but now, in retrospect, she can trace so many life choices back to this one moment.  It’s a cool story, and one applicable to so many moments in life when we can’t know how the here and now will affect the years to come.

Earth & Ink’s valentine took my breath away.  Though she isn’t infertile, she explains why she relates to the infertility community.  And it made me cry.  Because she gets it.  She gets it in a way that you really wish the rest of the world would get it.  And she gets it in a way that highlights the fact that the emotions of infertility are so universally applicable that it defies logic that more people don’t get it.  I love this post so much.  I will return to read it again and again.

Lastly, The Road Less Travelled writes about Family Day.  When I first heard about Family Day, I was a little bummed the US didn’t have it.  We could, let’s say, knock some other holidays off the calendar with it.  But now, reading Loribeth’s post, I’m glad we don’t have to contend with Family Day if family requires one to have children in order to be able to participate.  I hope that next year, as they race to be inclusive of everyone, they actually become inclusive of everyone and include families without children.

The roundup to the Roundup: The end of the mouse story.  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 13th and 20th) 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.

February 20, 2015   9 Comments

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