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671st Friday Blog Roundup

Meghan Markle, I feel like I know you.  The ChickieNob delivers dozens of little tidbits about your upcoming nuptials throughout the day, including commentary on your ring, choice of church, and how Prince Harry proposed.  My brain used to be filled with other information, but now I only have room for royal wedding facts.

The one nice thing about her engagement is that the ChickieNob is jumping out of bed in the morning to (1) check the news and (2) sometimes write a blog post.  The ChickieNob is not a morning person and usually requires much cajoling and a few threats to move from her bed, so this has been a welcomed change.  I want to ride this new morning routine straight to that May wedding date.

My world is full of exclamation marks right now because this! is! so! exciting!


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.

My Path to Mommyhood has a post about a truly baffling phrase and a question: “Is your death sadder if you have children?  Is your life worth more because of it?”  Yes, I’m going to make you read the whole post to understand the questions because I’m sneaky like that.  But the answer is no.  (Though I totally wish she had delivered the snarky response at the end.  Mwaaaah ha ha.  That was my typed of version of the laughter.)

Countingpinklines has a post about friendship.  She writes, “the only people I’m capable of maintaining a friendship with these days are those who listen to me” but she also unpacks an interesting situation with a friend that she has pulled away from after the friend’s pregnancy.  Plus there is plenty of food for thought on pausing friendships.

Lastly, The Road Less Travelled made ME cry with her post about crying over the royal engagement.  There is a little hop of the heart when you think about how far we’ve come.  But it’s also that other side of watching a young couple come together and hope that they get to have a lifetime of happiness with each other.  Sniff.

The roundup to the Roundup: An American is marrying into the royal family.  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 November 24th and December 1st) 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 dubliner in deutschland { 12.01.17 at 9:54 am }

I liked this one; http://unpregnantchicken.com/2017/11/dont-make-story/ about how she doesn’t want her unicorn pregnancy story to be shared as a way of giving “hope” to women in the trenches.

And this one for some thoughts on the “pain olympics”;

2 Lori Lavender Luz { 12.01.17 at 11:31 am }

I was just at the grocery store and when I saw all the magazines at checkout, I thought to myself “I heard it from The ChickieNob first!

3 Lori Lavender Luz { 12.01.17 at 12:32 pm }
4 loribeth { 12.01.17 at 3:20 pm }

Thank you for including me in this week’s roundup, Mel! 🙂 (From the comments I’ve been getting, we’re not the only ones who needed some kleenex, lol. 😉 )

Jjiraffe’s post (mentioned by Lori above) gave me all kinds of food for thought.

And Brooke had a gorgeous post about what grief feels like, coming up to 7 years since the loss of her daughter, Eliza.


5 JustHeather { 12.02.17 at 8:08 am }

I learned several new things from this post. I had no idea who Meghan Markle was (however, I have seen Remember Me) and had no clue about the engagement (yay for them) and I ready some nice blog posts.

6 SallyB { 12.02.17 at 6:29 pm }

It’s been awhile since I was blogging, and your site continues to be relevant and fresh! I love Meghan too. Imagining never expecting to be a princess and becoming one is so ‘Princess Diaries’ and awesome.

7 loribeth { 12.06.17 at 8:29 pm }

I loved this post from Still Mothers.
(My next pick for a blog name, after the one I settled on, was going to be “Childless Mother.”)


8 Jess { 12.07.17 at 10:31 pm }

Thank you for the most awesome evil laugh and mysterious write up… 🙂 Love it! My favorite post was actually yours, “Taking Other People’s Bad Days”: https://www.stirrup-queens.com/2017/11/taking-other-peoples-bad-days/. I loved how it took something that is often belittling to others’ pain and turned it into an interpretation I’d never thought of and is much more empathetic.

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