And So It Was Blogged (II)

Friday, April 2, 2010

How can it be April already? It was just December … 2007. And yet here we are, a third of the way through this brand new year. Well, before we start lamenting about days gone by and all the girls we’ve loved before, let’s get to the matter of the moment: Best of the Blogs—my rundown of what I thought were the prime bloggy cuts from this 13th week of 2010.

1. Hold It
The good people over at Shutter Sisters—this fantastic collaborative photo blog for women with a passion for photography—have chosen the word for this month’s “One Word Project,” and it’s delightful: HOLD. Think about it for a minute. What does the word “hold” mean to you? How would you interpret it, visually? A photograph of an elderly couple holding hands? Or a picture of a meaty hand outstretched, holding a tattered baseball? Maybe it’s a woman, a mom, lovingly holding her young child in her arms like this. Or perhaps it’s a shot of a big red hold button, as in, “Can we pause this whole warp-speed thing? How can it be April already?” OK, clearly I’m tad hung up on this. Move on, woman!

2. Home Turf
Maybe it’s because our lease is up this summer, but “house & home” has been on my mind a lot this year. And, clicking around the blogosphere, it looks like I’m not alone on this. I came across a few personal blogs talking about searching and finding a house after living in apartments/condos/lofts/studios/dorm rooms for much of adult life, like this sweet story from author (Rockabye) and blogger (Girl’s Gone Child) Rebecca Woolf. You almost wish this post were an indie flick (one with a proper ending, to be clear) so you could share in this couple’s journey to happy home.

3. Not Tonight, Honey, I Have Headache … for the next 10 months
This one isn’t a blog, but a good piece all the same. It’s a health story from that sheds light on an important topic in New Mom world: postpartum sex or, more aptly, the lack of it.

4. Making Work Work
The White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility had lots of people talking. Not health-care-reform level talking, but there were those who felt the forum was not quite the success story. I’m just glad there was even a platform created to have this important discussion. Thank you, Mr. President! I also definitely appreciate the fact that President Obama and his Administration have put the changing needs and concerns of American families on the front burner. See the President speaking here about “how both men and women need flexible workplace options to help balance the needs of family and work.”

My experience with flexible workplace options have been … well, I’m an author and freelance journalist, so just call me Flexie Lexie. This all brings me to why this post will be on the shorter side. My work plans were shelved midweek after QB got sick. (Nothing too crazy. A stomach thing that seems to be turning the corner. Poor Li’l Peanut.) I’m just happy that on top of being worried about my baby boy I didn’t need have to scramble to get the day off or call in sick to take care of QB. Just a couple e-mails—sent via BlackBerry typing with one thumb, essentially—and I was able to shift some things around. No awkward confab with the boss, supervisor or senior manager of blah-blah-blah needed. (Mind you, the work from home/be you own boss thing has its own set of not-so-up sides, too. But that’s a story for another day.)

5. QB
What would a Friday at MMM be without a fun photo of the wee sweetie, right? Here ya go:

Happy Good Friday. See you next week, yes?


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    Wow! Thank you so much for your kind words! Your babe is gorgeous. Love your blog! A beautiful weekend to you. xo Bec

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      Ms. Mack says:

      Thanks, GGC! I’m always so pleased when other bloggers read my stuff. I will take your kind words, too, as a high compliment. Keep telling those wonderful stories, and I’ll keep reading ’em.