Friday in 7
Last night, after a long day of work/mothering/nose-wiping, I was sitting at the ‘ol laptop reading the most vile and troll-y comments on some article about something hosted somewhere on the internets and my blood pressure was rising steady, steady, filling up my ears like our stove-top espresso maker and then suddenly, epiphany: why am I reading this shit? My sweet sister Hillary, also a journalist, sagely pointed out that reading comments on any given article is equivalent to sitting in a public restroom and reading all the graffiti on the stall. What. What indeed, have I been doing, and why?
Blogging exempted, the written word is not generally intended to be a correspondence as it is a proclamation, and, therefore, is by its very nature not a 2-way discussion. Mind blown. I knew I had a problem as early as a year or so ago when I was indulging in a very infrequent (perhaps too infrequent) pasttime: reading an actual print newspaper. Probably while waiting in an airport somewhere. And as I finished the piece, my eyes automatically traveled down the page to see what ape_69_mofo thought about what I’d just taken in, in case his sage and worthy opinion might sway my own…what the WHAT.
Occupational hazard up in here, y’all. But I solemnly swear, from this day forward, that I will not – I repeat, NOT – be reading comments on any article that is not my own. And hell, maybe I won’t even read those comments, either. Part of the joy of writing, and the mystery of it, is that you’re creating something to present to the world, and it’s not a collaborative effort that deserves to be shaped by random feedback from strangers. Can you imagine if artists worked that way? Or architects? Or dentists? Imperfect analogies, but do you see what I mean? (And obviously this doesn’t apply to blogging, which by its very nature is ordered toward discussion. Different animal.)
I’d say something, but if you’re not even gonna read it… 😉
I’ve just mastered the alton brown pretzels recipe and just this week i was looking for the perfect bagels recipe. Thank you – you must have been reading my mind. I’ll definitely try these – yeah. have a good weekend.
LOVE the Duggars book. I could not agree with your statements more. I do not agree with every decision (or reason for the decision) but I can find no fault in parents who have strong beliefs about holiness and an even stronger desire to raise their children under that mantle. I hope that God is not calling me to 20+ children (hear that God, I said NOT!) but if He does, or even if it is just 2, I could learn alot from Jim Bob and Michelle. 🙂
Um, I mean, those look really delicious. 🙂 And a lot easier to make than I would have anticipated. Hmm, might have to give that a shot.
I’m afraid I just give in to the pregnancy exhaustion by sleeping whenever possible. I only have one little to contend with so far so I sleep when he sleeps. (Or watch Netflix while he sleeps, amidst piles of unfolded laundry and dirty dishes.) I’ve actually just added caffeine BACK into my diet and it works wonders for me, at least for a few hours.
USAFA is so beautiful! how awesome that she gets to have HS graduation there!
Also will be checking out Heroic News…sounds awesome! Maybe I will make some bagels and then eat while I check it out 😉 Found a recipe for copycat cinnamon crunch ones I’m dying to make
Its nice to know I’m not the only mama-to-be staying strapped into my seat on the caffeine train. What can I say, I have a toddler 🙂 I’m almost done witht the first trimester and I still haven’t figured out how to squash the fatigue. No advice from me, but lots of solidarity. This post made me laugh out loud. Thanks!
Um, those bagels. Do you ship overseas?
And you are so right about comments on articles- it’s not a 2 way discussion. I always KNOW it’s a big mistake, but somehow can’t keep myself from peeking just to see what people think. And I always regret it!
IRON! For your exhaustion, just make sure you’re taking a supplement. Those bagels looked divine and congrats on your baby sister!
Nichole @ Yackity Shmackity
I am drooling. I’ve never made bagels, but I think I might try now.
I am going to have to try the bagels! I have never tried to make my own! They look yummy.
Those bagels look fantastic!
For pregnancy fatigue the only advice I have is to give birth. But, I did find white tea helpful at other times. I would do a cup of coffee first thing and then white tea every 90 minutes-2 hours. I found it gave a nice, steady energy boost rather than the up and down of coffee. For pregnancy fatigue, there was a great deal of allowing the children to rot their brains and hoping good genetics would see them through.
Also, my favorite thing about pregnancy is that you are always being productive! Even when you’re sleeping, you’re growing a person!
I agree..IRON is vital for pregnancy and helps with exhaustion. Floradix is the best, but Garden of Life make an iron supplement that is cheaper and still quite good.
I love the Dugger book also and completely agree that it is so great to read their strive for holiness.
Ditto whoever said it above…get your iron checked!!! Supplements can make a huuuuge difference!
I am so going to give that bagel recipe a try. Now that I feel as if I have mastered pizza dough my next two attempts are cinnamon buns and bagels. I heart everything bagels too much so it may be a bad decision, but it would SOOOO very nice to have a bunch in the freezer!
And the rec on the Duggar’s books sound great! I may give that a try this summer. I never really watched their show but now that I’m preggo with #6 I’m starting to get those ridiculous comparisons to… the Duggar’s. (I didn’t start early enough to even come close! LOL)
I may have done something weird on this computer and published a half-written comment. Disregard the half comment.
What I was GOING to say: I’m seriously impressed by those bagels!!! I need to try it. I’m sure I’ll be utterly unsuccessful.