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680th Friday Blog Roundup

The Olympics kicks off tonight… or… I guess they’ve already kicked off?  I’m a little fuzzy on the whole time difference thing since we only watch the prime time coverage.  I know you don’t see everything if you only stick to the nightly coverage, but I really miss how we used to have television “events” where you and the rest of the world were watching the same thing at the same time.  It still happens from time to time with things like the State of the Union or the Super Bowl, but it feels like those moments are few and far between.

Like I remember watching the season finale for Friends when Ross said Rachel’s name at the wedding.  Our windows were open, and a collective shout went out across the apartment complex at that moment.  We ended up spilling outside, laughing with our neighbours once we realized everyone in the complex had been watching the same television show at the same time.

But I digress.

We’re watching the Olympics at night, and we’re so excited.  So even though you can watch the Opening Ceremony early if you go online, we’re sticking to waiting and seeing it at the end of the day.  Because we’re all traditional like that.  Top favourite events: figure skating, skeleton, and luge.

What are your favourites?


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.

Carolyn Hax gave cryptic adoption advice this week, but Lavender Luz filled in the missing information, including the point that kids take their cues from adults, so if the adults are on-board with openness, the kids will usually follow suit.  As always, I love this point that Lori often highlights: “Just because you’re showing pictures and having the occasional visits doesn’t mean you’re open. It means you offer contact. But understand that contact ≠ openness.”

The Road Less Travelled discusses a spot that infertile and fertile women often find themselves in when they enter a different stage of life; eager for someone else (a family member or friend) to have a baby, though infertile women know that you cannot put pressure on another human to build their family.  In this case, it is her nephew and his wife who would like a baby but believe that it isn’t a good time for them to try.  She points out that she knows first hand how terrible it is to deal with outside pressure, “It was hard enough to deal with then, when we assumed we would be parents someday, at a time of our choosing. It became excruciating once it dawned on us that parenthood might not be a given after all.”

Old Lady and No Baby has a funny post about her twins and their imaginary friend.  Their individual imaginary friends share the same name — Papa — and are, of course, awesome.  The ChickieNob and Wolvog both had imaginary friends, and we still reminisce about Bronner from time to time.  I mean, I miss Bronner (and her imaginary friend, Ursula, since the ChickieNob’s imaginary friend had an imaginary friend), and she wasn’t even my imaginary friend plus she made my life very complicated.  But, you know, imaginary friends rock.

Lastly, I love Slaying, Blogging, Whatever’s letter to her children who are going through a difficult time.  Her words squeezed my heart and also make me feel calm, and her kids are very lucky to have such a thoughtful mum: “Things you think should be easy are not and things that are hard are harder than you thought. Growing up is hard. No matter what we have done to prepare you, it is never enough… especially if you see and react to the world differently. It can seem like an endlessly, rough road.”

The roundup to the Roundup: Olympics are starting!  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 2nd and 9th) 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 Jenny { 02.09.18 at 9:53 am }

I love to watch figure skating, of course, but I’m also one of those lame, boring people who likes to watch curling. It’s actually very strategic and I really enjoy that about it.

2 loribeth { 02.09.18 at 10:36 am }

Thank you for the shout-out, Mel! 🙂 I love the Winter Olympics. 🙂 Figure skating is my very favourite and always has been, but I enjoy watching almost all the winter sports. I’ve always harboured a secret desire to take a ride in a bobsled 😉 (although I think the luge is absolutely insane). Hockey, of course (I AM Canadian, after all, lol — although I’m not really that interested until it gets closer to the medals). 😉 And yes, I know some people love to make fun of it, but I love watching the curling too. 😉 Both my parents curled when I was growing up and while I’ve never played myself, I was amazed how much I was able to pull out of my memory to explain the game to dh when it first became part of the Olympics.

3 Sharon { 02.09.18 at 1:20 pm }

I love the figure skating! Having grown up in the desert Southwest, I don’t do any winter sports myself.

4 Charlotte { 02.09.18 at 8:00 pm }

I used to love figure skating, but it’s been a long time since I have known any of the names so it feels less fun to follow. I’m not a huge fan of the olympics in general (either season) because of the way they show them on network tv, I just don’t have the patience to try and figure out what comes on when. I remember when I did follow skating and such, and hate that they only broadcast a few select skaters, etc so I always get like I was missing half of the action. Like I wouldn’t watch a ballgame when they only showed every other inning, you know? So I won’t be watching, except from what I happen to catch if someone else has the TV on.

5 marieke { 02.10.18 at 3:10 am }

I am dutch so Speed Skating! I am so looking forwars to that. First race at noon here. Live there is no other way! Go Sven Go Irene. Shorttrack tomorrow…

6 Lori Lavender Luz { 02.11.18 at 10:58 am }

I, too, miss the days when virtually everyone you knew was watching the same thing. We have so many more choices now for content and it feels so splintered. Plus, people can watch their shows whenever. It was kinda cool last week to watch the long-awaited This Is Us episode all at the same time, since it wasn’t time zoned (it was instead tied to the end of the Superbowl).

Thanks for including my post in the Roundup!

Like so many others, I think figure skating is so beautiful, so daring, so incredible that humans can do such things.

7 Jess { 02.12.18 at 9:07 pm }

I am the worst…I’ve only seen a little Olympic action at a sports bar this weekend where a bunch of us teachers had dinner before seeing a coworker’s son as Peter Pan. I am woefully out of the Olympic spirit. I love figure skating, and also speed skating (which is weird but hypnotic), and the curling makes me think of Ice Bocci. I love crazy ski things but they make me so nervous, and the luge looks like fun. Skeleton is just straight up a death wish. That might be too stressful to watch. I hope I haven’t missed all the figure skating!

I loved Loribeth’s post about “I’m Doing It For My Daughter:”

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