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663rd Friday Blog Roundup

Once upon a time, maybe one or two remarkable newsworthy things happened in a week and Josh and I would text about them during the work day.  For instance, a news story would break, one of us got an alert about it, and we’d comment back and forth via text.  The evening news would be consumed with that news story.  Maybe it would even hold court as the front running news story for a few days.

We’ve mostly stopped texting each other about the news during the day.  We cannot keep up.  It feels like most of it is bad.  What is there even to say at this point that hasn’t been said or thought the day before or the day before that or the day before that?

I don’t know if the world feels more tumultuous and chaotic because it actually is or if I’m viewing it through a skewed lens.  But it feels awful.  The world just feels awful.


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.

Different Shores has a post about not writing as much about not having a child; that the subject has mentally moved to the back burner as more current thoughts crowd into place.  She explains: “Caring about my childless state has dropped right to the bottom of the list, faded into insignificance.”  It makes sense; I think of the things that occupied my thoughts at other times in life and all have faded or changed over time.

Inconceivable! has a post about their frozen embryos.  I love this line: “What – as the dust settles – we’re only now truly starting to account for in a meaningful way is how much the whole journey has taken out of us.”  And yet the decision twists and turns until she ultimately reaches a place of peace.

Non Sequitur Chica sums up eight years of anniversaries.  Infertility looms large, and she wonders how life will be different now that family building is behind them.  We’ll have to check in this time next year for another update.

Lastly, Look No Tubes has a pregnancy update, wondering about people who go to scans for fun.  What is it like to go to the sonographer with happy anticipation instead of a heart full of dread?  She writes, “Anyway, I’m still not feeling entirely relaxed about the pregnancy – I don’t think I’ll ever get to that point. But it does feel as if we’ve gotten over some hurdles today. Hopefully, eventually, I will unclench enough to be able to plan beyond my next scan.”  Congratulations on reaching that milestone.

The roundup to the Roundup: It all feels wrong.  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 September 29th and October 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.


1 Jane { 10.06.17 at 8:34 am }

“It all feels wrong” is exactly right. Like a weight slowly pulling you down into the water. It’s hard to believe how the US is using its tremendous influence in the world in this way.

2 Cristy { 10.06.17 at 3:44 pm }

I hear you on it all feeling wrong. It feels like it gets piled on more and more as of late. BnB sent me this: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/03/555316521/that-time-ramona-made-everyone-smile-for-a-few-minutes
And you know what, I agree with needing more of the good. I think we could all use it.

Here’s my pick for second helpings.
I missed Sarah C’s post, but Mali covers it nicely too: http://nokiddinginnz.blogspot.com/2017/10/what-adds-dimension-to-my-life.html

3 Nonsequiturchica { 10.07.17 at 11:29 am }

Thanks for the mention!

I hear you on not wanting to talk about the news these days when I get home from work. I do talk about the news with coworkers because sometimes it affects our work, but by the time I get home…I’m tired and I want to spend the little time I have with my kids before they go to bed.

4 Different Shores { 10.09.17 at 6:46 am }

Mali’s piece is inspiring and lovely (http://nokiddinginnz.blogspot.ie/2017/10/what-adds-dimension-to-my-life.html) . I find it pretty disgusting that someone actually said to Sarah at Infertility Honesty ““Children add dimension to your life” after she told them she didn’t have kids (see her story at https://infertilityhonesty.com/2017/09/14/worldchildlessweek-day-4-words-that-hurt/). I think having children can be so all-consuming that people do actually believe that non-parents are profoundly missing out (I don’t believe it myself), but to say it to our faces: not cool.

5 katherinea12 { 10.11.17 at 9:08 am }

Thanks for the mention, I’m honored!

I totally hear you about everything feeling chaotic and wrong. It seems like every day there’s a new outrage or something I never thought I’d see happen happens. It does feel awful.

I know I’m running late on this, but I honestly have been thinking on the series of four blog posts you wrote about Mastai’s book. They just keep popping up in my head and seem to be really timely to stuff that I’ve been processing…the potential accident you bring into your life when you seek something, how grief can make you both stronger and weaker, and adding adjectives to your description of people.
Also, despite the fact that I am terrifically late on this as well, the guinea pig socks are SO cute!!!!

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