Updated at 8:53 p.m.:
Still pouring drinks at the Virtual Lushary, albeit slowly. If you still haven't gotten your order, it will come today. A life lesson: free bars sometimes don't have great service... But we always go heavy on the imaginary alcohol.
Meanwhile, the book tour voting booth has closed and the results have been tallied. These next tours are not set in stone in the sense that if another great book comes along and everyone wants to read it, we can shift things about or if an author says that they can participate in a tour of their book but they are only free in the moment, we can move things around.
These books received the most votes so I placed them in a non-fiction/fiction order. Just to reiterate: these are not set in immovable type, but I wanted to get out this list so you could put yourself down on waiting lists at the library or feel solid ordering these from Amazon (or like Beagle's traveling book, if people wanted to share a copy, they could read ahead and have enough time to pass it along). The next few tours go as follows:
Tour 5: The Kid by Dan Savage
Tour 6: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Tour 7: Inconceivable by Julia Indichova
Tour 8: Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman
Tour 9: Happiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston
Which takes us into the winter. Wow. Winter feels very far away right now especially with the general muggy weather and the ceremonial breaking out of the flip flops.
Interesting new thoughts are springing up on blogs as well. I missed a few posts towards the end of last week and I've included them here because it's my roundup and I can break the rules. As they say, it's good to be the queen. Actually, it really sucks to be the Queen or to be any stirrup queen. I set up a date with the new hematologist for the beginning of June. When I made the appointment, the nurse agreed that he'd want me on Lovenox. And the needlephobe in me awakened. She had been dormant for a bit. She's pretty good with denial. But Needlephobe Mel roared into action once I made that appointment.
I really hate injections.
And blood draws.
And as Es eloquently said this week, it seems most unfair that in a process that is pretty damn painful and uncomfortable regardless (pregnancy and delivery), that the pain and discomfort should be front-loaded and back-loaded for some.
So enough of my bitching about needles.
First of all, how freakin' cool is this? And this? (hint: click on the hyperlinked text)
I missed Lisa P's birthday last week. The title of her blog--More Than My Share--has never been more apt--she is definitely DEFINITELY getting more than her share right now. In the middle of trying to get pregnant, she has had another setback since she has recently started chemo. Her birthday, this small date on the calendar, sparked a post thinking through choices. And I loved the final line: "I just hate these reminders that come via dates on a calendar." You can still stop by her blog and wish her a belated birthday.
Hopeful to Hateful in 28 Days has a great post this week chronicling the thought process during the two week wait--from "wheew, I did everything I could" to "fuck--I have to do that again next month?" Head over and read the whole post. I especially love Dr. Jaded and Mrs. Hope!
Trisomymommy has a great post (okay, okay, so it was technically last Thursday) about this past FET cycle which worked--she is currently pregnant. Unlike her first go at IVF where she did everything "right," this time around, she had a more relaxed cycle--sipping her coffee and having a transfer on Friday the 13th. It has a bittersweet ending: "I’m happy but not celebrating. I’ve long since passed out of the blissful naiveté that allows me to assume that being pregnant means having a baby. It is merely a prerequisite, necessary but not sufficient. Still, I’m hopeful." May it be an easy pregnancy and delivery, Trisomymommy.
On the topic of bittersweet posts, Artblog has a post where she talks about infertility and loss as she tries not to talk about infertility and loss on Healing Arts. It is a brave, heartbreaking post and I cannot even do it justice with words over here. Please go over and not only read it for yourself, but send Artblog some comfort. Her heart is really hurting.
Lastly, it would not be a pre-Mother's Day blog roundup without a post that discusses this weekend. Andrea-Jennine has a post on Entrusted about her retrieval this weekend and the many reasons they want it on Sunday rather than Monday. Though I am not Christian, I really loved the end of her post and think it applies to many women (though change the ending to reflect your own religion): "And this Mother's Day, I ask you to remember those for whom the day is painful - those who don't or can't have children, those who have lost their moms, those who are estranged from their moms, and so on. I know those ladies (myself included) will need the comfort of Christ this weekend." Sending good thoughts to everyone--those who are celebrating for the first time or celebrating through tears or waiting to celebrate in the future.
For those who tried Guess-That-Blogger last weekend...
Co-winners of the blog guessing contest? Megan with six and Tina with five. I designed this lovely little question mark icon for your blogs... If people didn't find it too annoying, I'd like to do the Friday Blog Roundup like that once a month or so. We can come up with more exciting prizes. Bahamaventions and the like. Or if people found it too annoying, I can stick with the same format as above. Your thoughts?
I know, I know, DD, I still have to make my icon for the Friday Blog Roundup. What should it be? What says, "I was in the Friday Blog Roundup" in so far as pictures I can draw in Microsoft Paint?
I'm flipping the tour order because Ayelet Waldman can participate in the tour of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. So it now falls after Dan Savage's book as tour #6 and The Handmaid's Tale is #8. Hope no one minds--I just think it's fun when you get to hear the author's reaction/thoughts/ideas.