(Melissa finishes polishing off the bar with a shammy, snaps it, and tucks it into her apron waist. She takes several glasses down from the hanging rack and inspects them before filling them with the French martini she just mixed in her shaker. Melissa startles, suddenly remembering that she (1) has no knowledge of how to actually mix drinks and (2) rarely drinks alcohol herself. She straightens up, looks around in confusion for a moment and then remembers that this is a virtual bar, therefore, there are virtual drinks and virtual drunks vomiting at regular intervals in her virtual restroom. Order in the universe is restored.)
It has once again been a month since we met, bitched, cried, comforted, and caught up each other on our cycles and lives. As always, pull up a seat and I'll pour you a drink. Let everyone know what is happening in your life. Maybe you have good news to share and we'll all toast you with an imaginary glass of wine. Or maybe you just need to vent about your RE. Or a terraversary has just passed. Or maybe you just need to have a good, long cry. My only request is that if a story catches your eye, you follow it back to the person's blog and start reading their posts. Give some love, give some support, or laugh with someone until your drink comes out of your nose.
I have a ton of assvice in my back pocket and as a virtual bartender, I will give it to you unless you specifically tell me that this is simply a vent and you do not want to receive anything more than a hug.
So if you have been a lurker for a while, sit down and tell us about yourself. Remember to provide a link or a way for people to continue reading your story (or if you don't have a blog--gasp!--you can always leave an email address if you're looking for advice or support. If not, people can leave messages for that person here in the comments section too). If you're a regular at the bar, I'll get out your engraved martini glass while you make yourself comfortable. And anyone new, welcome. I'm glad you found this virtual bar.
For those who have no clue what I'm talking about when I say that the bar is open, click here to catch up and then jump into the conversation.
Drink specials this month for all stirrup queens or sperm palace jesters who just personally took a first step on a new path (whether it is a new protocol with treatments or treatments themselves, adoption, third party reproduction, pregnancy-or-parenting-after-infertility-or-loss, or living child-free).