I get annoyed when I get a notification of a new Twitter follower, and I click over to see that they have already unfollowed me — even though there hasn’t been a new tweet to bore or offend them. In other words, they could see my stream, decided to follow me, and when I didn’t follow them back quickly enough, they unfollowed. Which means they never had any interest in what I had to say. They just wanted me to follow them back. And that is the worst reason to follow someone on Twitter since… you know… you’ll have to read their blatherings even if they do follow you.
Sometimes social media doesn’t feel very social at all.
I am constantly annoyed when there are two lines of cars, and they are supposed to alternate to combine into one line. But rather than wait for ONE MORE CAR to go ahead so we continue the pattern, a car tries to dart forward from the same line, throwing off the rhythm. And it only puts them ONE CAR LENGTH forward. Being a dick to save minutes of time, sure. But being a dick to save exactly three seconds while you potentially cause an accident and force everyone else to slam on their brakes?
For what amounts to one car length worth of driving time?
That pisses me off.
Facebook invites are the bane of my existence. Every few months, I remember they exist and I go into Facebook to discover that I’ve been invited to a dozen events, some of which I would have liked to attend. I know Facebook invites are easy. I know they work for some people. But despite my notifications box being checked, I do not see Facebook event invites unless I go into Facebook events. Therefore, I rarely find out about them before it’s too late.
I’m totally down with the electronic invitation. While I still love to receive a paper invitation because it goes up on the board in the kitchen, I can understand why people choose the environmentally-friendly evite. But please, we’ve gone from the ultra personal (paper) to the personal (evite to your inbox) to the totally impersonal (Facebook). I need things to come directly to me if people want me to see it; not to languish somewhere on my Facebook page. And I’ll be honest, even if I were to ever time it properly and see the invite on Facebook before the event, I doubt I’d RSVP on there. I don’t need my Facebook friends to see what I’m doing that day. I don’t need Facebook to know what I’m attending. I would really like my attendance at events to be between myself, the host, and maybe the other guests.
Those are my pet peeves. What are yours?
March 3, 2014 25 Comments
I am often accused by the twins of having a tricksie glint. Mostly because I am constantly teasing them.
A day or two before Josh’s birthday, I was sitting with the Wolvog and mused aloud, “we should have cake for breakfast.”
“Really?” the Wolvog asked since cake for breakfast isn’t really my style. Not because I don’t believe in junk food for breakfast but because it is so difficult for me to get up in the morning that pulling my shit together and actually consuming breakfast is a highly unlikely act. “Are you tricking me? Are you just trying to get me excited?”
“No, serious. Let’s make a cake and surprise Daddy in the morning.”
In order to test whether or not I was telling the truth, the Wolvog mentioned it immediately to his sister. He believes the ChickieNob is better at discerning whether or not I have the “tricksie glint” and is therefore called in like a human lie detector when exciting things develop. She stared at me for a long time and then finally informed him that I did indeed plan to make a cake and surprise Josh.
“How are you going to pull this off?” she asked.
“I’m going to pull it off by being obvious about it. And in being obvious about it, it will confound him.”
So I first made Josh PURCHASE THE INGREDIENTS FOR HIS OWN CAKE. “Why do you need heavy cream?” he asked me, obviously suspicious.
I rolled my eyes, “Stupid fudge recipe I still need to try out for Purim.”
See — he thought I was making him a cake, but then I clearly wasn’t making him a cake, BUT I WAS MAKING HIM A CAKE.
Then I waited until everyone left for work and school, and I quickly made the cake in the morning. I then made the icing, and got the whole thing put together by 2 o’clock. Now here was the tricky part: how to hide said cake in a small house. If I used the cake saver, Josh might notice that it wasn’t in its usual spot. If I didn’t use the cake saver, I risked having something hit the icing. Plus, I’m not leaving out an uncovered cake for hours. Not this anal girl.
So like a freakin’ Macgyver, I used the bread baking bowl to rig up a bell jar-like contraption. And then I hid the covered cake in the Wolvog’s closet.
I washed and dried all the equipment, putting it away as if it had never been used. I made a batch of fudge to explain why the heavy cream had been opened. (Note to Josh: there is no heavy cream in fudge.) But I took it even further than that. The ChickieNob pointed out that he might smell the scent of cake in the house. So I made chili to cover up the scent of the cake, since our chili recipe uses chocolate in the spice base and that could account for the faint scent of chocolate still hanging in the air.
And then, to top it off, when Josh got home that night, I asked him to take down the cake saver and put the fudge inside JUST SO HE COULD SEE THAT CAKE SAVER WAS EMPTY.
I may not be the brightest girl in the world. But I fucking have a tricksie glint.
Happy birthday, Josh. I totally got you: with the cake, in marriage, and in understanding a boy like you. I love you.
March 2, 2014 21 Comments
Do you know what isn’t funny? Taking a very serious topic and joking about it for several paragraphs at the expense of an emotional group BEFORE you say, “just kidding, this scientific breakthrough could potentially change the lives of many people!” Thanks, Jezebel, for taking the subject of three-person IVF, a breakthrough that many potential parents who cannot have children without assistance — namely those who are carriers of certain mitochondrial illnesses — have been holding their breath over while debates rage on across the world, and putting forth every stereotype about people who need to resort to assisted conception; all in one article with an incendiary headline:
You Could One Day Have Your Very Own Designer Baby
We’re not talking Vera Wang babies. Child boutiques where parents will order up their perfect offspring. We’re talking about a very invasive, very expensive, potentially life-threatening procedure that the vast majority of the world would utilize only as a last resort. If people truly knew what went into an IVF cycle, what it costs emotionally and physically (not to mention, financially), they would not live in fear that people would abuse this scientific breakthrough. There is no real fear of designer babies; there is only hope offered up to people who — unlike the fear-mongering authors — are faced with the dilemma of potentially passing along a life-threatening illness if they want to build their family using their own genetic material.
[A side note: the first person who offers up adoption as a solution to family building while being a carrier of a genetic illness gets my foot up their ass. Unless you truly understand the logistics of adoption; understand the financial and emotional costs to all members of the triad; AND have a clear understanding of the potential parent's inner psyche, please don't suggest adoption. Everyone knows about adoption. If they didn't choose adoption, please know that there is probably a very good reason, even if you aren't privy to it. And that reason should be respected vs. cavalierly used as a tool of judgment.]
On the other end of the spectrum is The Beast’s coverage of three-person IVF, which cautions why we shouldn’t be freaking out about three-person IVF (thank you!):
Along with the Food and Drug Administration’s two-day meeting this week to discuss “three-person IVF” came the usual freak-outs about slippery slopes, designer babies, and other science-fiction fantasies (or nightmares) coming to life—magnified by the strange thought of three people creating a healthy baby instead of the good ol’ two.
See, Jezebel, that is a way to report on a serious topic without offending your readership or doing damage to the public’s view of a topic they’re struggling to wrap their mind around.
Responsibility: let’s bring some back to the media.
February 28, 2014 7 Comments
So you may have noticed (though probably not if you’re a regular reader of this blog) that I turned on comment moderation. It only affects the first comment you leave. Once I’ve approved your first comment, you should be able to comment without moderation (save for a select few that Akismet always dumps in moderation for whatever reason). But this will hopefully help with the enormous quantities of spam that get past Akismet without changing anything for you. I will still need to deal with the spam, but I’ll get to it in my own, sweet time instead of feeling pressure to be cleaning it up the moment it hits my site. I spend an extraordinary amount of time daily cleaning up spam.
Every real comment will still go up as long as it conforms to my commenting policy which is fairly loose: no hate speech, cruelty, or traffic grabbing. I define traffic grabbing as someone who leaves a comment solely to drive traffic elsewhere. Just want to make that clear: I never delete a comment that links to a personal blog — I want to be able to follow a comment back to someone else’s space and see what they’re writing about. I am not talking about linking to your story. But I do delete comments that write something like, “nice job!” and then link to a site where someone is selling something. They clearly weren’t here to join a conversation.
I know that there is no one out there who likes spam, but I absolutely abhor spam. I hate not having things neat and organized, and spam is like someone dropping crumbs in my inbox or on my blog. It’s just another little mess I need to clean up. Nothing huge, but annoying at the same time.
Early bird pricing for BlogHer ends today. If you were considering going, now is the time to buy your ticket because you can get $150 off.
The Americans started back up again. That show freaks me out so much. And it’s on late. So I watch it and freak myself out right before bed. But it was so good to see everyone in that first episode. I’ve missed them.
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:
- “Why Miscarriage Matters When You’re Pro-life” (The Lewis Note)
- “Loss of Innocence with Hope” (Oh Baby, Baby)
Okay, now my choices this week.
No Kidding in NZ has a post about the flip side of gratitude and how she hears people processing appreciation for their life. It’s an interesting take on trying to please others which comes to the conclusion that you can’t. Especially not with a blog where your words are directed at a wide range of people vs. a single individual. Go over and read the posts and comments.
A Woman My Age has a post about being a practicing Buddhist for 15 years. She explains, “At the end of the marital struggles, elder care, depressions, job loss, and infertility, I KNEW I had the ability to survive any MOTHERFUCKING thing. Including myself.” It’s a wonderful post about the journey which keeps going and going and going.
Lastly, Serenity in Chaos has a post about the birth of her friend’s child. She writes, “I was HAPPY for her, but also couldn’t help feeling a bit jealous. After all, this is the first biracial baby in my inner circle and it was DIFFICULT not to have any thought of “this could have been ours”. I couldn’t help staring at the cute baby photos on the first day. More than three times a day. On purpose.” I loved this post for the deep honesty which covers the gamut from twinges to unbridled happiness. It’s just a beautiful capturing of a moment in time.
The roundup to the Roundup: Trying to combat blog spam. BlogHer early bird pricing ends today. The Americans is back! 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 21st and February 28th) 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 28, 2014 8 Comments
Welcome back to IComLeavWe. It stands for International Comment Leaving Week, but if you say it aloud, doesn’t it sounds like “I come; [but] leave [as a] we”? And that’s sort of the point. Blogging is a conversation and comments should be honoured and encouraged. I like to say that comments are the new hug–a way of saying hello, giving comfort, leaving congratulations. Here is the vital information, pure and simple (a more detailed set of rules follows below the list):
- The list opens the 1st of every month. It remains open until the 21st. You can add yourself at any point. The list is open to everyone in the blogosphere–blog writers and/or blog readers.
- Add yourself to the list by filling out this form after adding the icon below: March 2014. I will move the information from the form into the post (usually within 24 hours).
- Click here to cut-and-paste this bit of code to add to your sidebar (if you have the old code from another month, remove it and replace it with this one). You need to add the icon or a link to the current list on your blog (see below) and will not be added until it’s up.
- Commenting kicks off every month on the 21st. Please mark it somewhere (calendar, post-it note taped to your computer…), though I will be sending out an email reminder on the 20th. Commenting week runs from the 21st to the 28th. Every day, leave 5 comments and return 1 comment for a total of 6 comments. You are highly encouraged to choose the blogs you comment on from the participants list below, but this is not required.
- I will send a second email on the 28th to remind you to remove the icon from your blog.
- Read below if you want to find out about Iron Commenters.
- The commenting ends on the 28th. We catch our breath and the whole thing starts again the next month on the 1st. Drop in and out according to what is happening in your life between the 21st and the 28th.
The March 2014 List
- Stirrup Queens (twins, books, writing)
- In Due Time (hope, faith, natural)
- kate; unfiltered (motherhood unrequited, life)
- Breathe Gently (new mum, IVF, PCOS)
- The 2 Week Wait (infertility, ttc, humor)
- The M House (adoption, family, parenting after loss)
- Comatised (love, life, survival)
- Desire to Mother (infertility, emotions, poems)
- Moonfish and Buttermilk (parenting, surrogacy, marriage)
- waiting for baby bird (infertility, PCOS, natural)
- Feeding My Inner Child… Hopefully! (parenting; twins; health)
- The Quest for a Tiny Human (infertility, iui, fur babies)
- The Road From There To Here (faith, knitting, infertility)
- Family Of Three (PCOS, parenting after infertility, TTC #2)
- The Empty Cookie (disabled mother, child loss, living children)
- My Lady of the Lantern (parenting after IF, baby loss, TTC ambiguity)
- MissConception (infant loss, life, parenting)
- Amateur Nester (infertility, faith, encouragement)
- A Crack In Everything (loss, acceptance, TTC while single)
- Life of an Army Wife (army wife, donor gametes, pregnancy)
- A Little Bit More (life, PCOS, infertility)
- Hope Love and Family (faith, infertility, ivf)
- Add yourself by filling out the form after adding the icon…
Q: What if I miss a day?
A: Catch up the next day by doubling your comments–12 comments instead of 6.
Q: What if I have two blogs? Can I sign up twice, listing both blogs?
A: Yes, but you also need to double your comments. If you have two blogs listed, you should be leaving 12 comments per day.
Q: What is an Iron Commenter?
A: Not for the faint-of-heart. People who wish to be an Iron Commenter and be entered on the Iron Commenter honour roll need to leave a comment on every blog on the participants list (exceptions are blogs that require you to have a special log-in, such as some LiveJournal accounts or other similar situations). You can spread out this commenting any way you wish over the whole week, but the final comment needs to be left by midnight on the 28th (EST). Reaching Iron Commenter status is done on an honour system. Please email me if you earn Iron Commenter status so I can add you to the wall of honour.
Q: Why do I have to add that bit of code to my sidebar?
A: The code is the latest icon (the icon changes colour every month so you know that you’re on the right list). This month, the icon is green, the next month it will be red, etc. The reason is two-fold: (1) it enables more people to find out about IComLeavWe and (2) it gives you easy access to the current list once the commenting week actually begins and better ensures that you’ll use it. Too many times, people sign up and forget to actually do IComLeavWe and this icon gives you a daily reminder (with the dates on it) every time you open your own blog. The icon is linked back to the current list. On the 28th, remove the icon from your blog. A new one will be created for the next month.
Q: It’s the 23rd and I just saw this for the first time on my friend’s blog! I want to join the list–why can’t I?
A: Because IComLeavWe happens every month, once the list is closed, it’s closed. If you’re finding out about this on the 23rd, you can’t join the current month. But leave yourself a note to check back in a week on the 1st and you can sign up for the next month.
Q: You said the list closes on the 21st. Well, it’s still the 21st where I am. Why aren’t you moving my information onto the list?
A: All dates and times are U.S. Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -5 hours). The list closes around 11 p.m. EST on the 21st.
Q: What if no one comments on my blog and I have no comments to return?
A: Well, that really doesn’t happen for the most part, but in that case, simply choose another blog and add an additional comment. The goal is to hit 6 comments daily as a minimum. Going over that is fantastic and encouraged.
Q: Mel, my question wasn’t covered at all. What do I do?
Looking for the comment section? It has been closed on this post. Use the form in the directions to add yourself to the list.
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