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Cover of "Men Who Can't Love"

One of my Link Love picks talks about this book. Cover of Men Who Can't Love

*I must warn you; this will be a bit of a long post, between all the links and things for you to look out for from this blog. If you’re looking for links to great writing posts, please visit Copywrite1985, my writing blog.

Thank God it’s Friday! This week has been a ROUGH week for me, which is why you haven’t seen any new posts from me. I will definitely post for those missing days, and I’ll link to all the posts I add in when I post the next FF.

So what have I been doing this week? Making money! Until the blogs I have can make some money, I have two jobs: an 8-5 M-F, and I do consulting on documentation for group homes in the Central Florida area. I used to work for my aunt, Pink Susie, and an Adult Day Training program. Now I work for a different group home provider. Anyway, they changed the system of reporting (again), which necessitated new reports for several people I work with (again), causing me to have nearly TRIPLE the amount of work I have in an average month due within the past TWO WEEKS! Eek!

Add to the stresses of a regular job and a now work intensive side hustle the college preparatory workshop ideas I have to present to the Education Committee at church at 9 a.m. tomorrow, the book club book I had to read, and the two writing deadlines I have before my birthday next Thursday, and you can see my brain is a little fried. So please bear with me.

Someone asked me about what other things were on my blog about Independent Women/Independent Attitude besides Brian’s post and my post titled Real Independent Women. After doing a little digging (I have over 350 posts here!), I noticed that I also addressed independent women and commitment phobic men in the Gender Roles Post Series I did (find posts here and here). I also addressed Independent Women with my minister in his marriage kit interview (found here).

Speaking of the marriage kits, I have several to get out to you guys. I’ve been crafting introductions and selecting topics from those conversations to discuss individually. The marriage kits I’ve done thus far will be up very soon (as soon as I have time to finish typing them.)

There were so many, many links I wanted to give you for this week! I’ve noticed there are some blogs where I just love every post. So I’ll mention the posts I like here, but I’m also going to get to work on the new page for a blog roll of what I’m reading, so you can always keep up with their quality content. *Note: I didn’t have time to do the non-wordpress.com links, so look for those tomorrow.* So, without further ado:

This week, of course, was heavy on love and marriage. Two very different post surfaced about men and women and marriage that were interesting. One was from Tracy McMillan, “Why You’re Not Married” (the irony did NOT escape me), and the other was Hugo Schwyzer’s “Why Some Men Don’t Want to Get Married.” Kemelp wrote a response to McMillian’s article, “I’m Not in a Relationship and I’m not Surprised.” Researches have determined exactly how long the “honeymoon period” is in marriages; it’s not long. MissMitten’s “I Got Married Without A Manual. And That’s My Excuse” was funny, but true. Nadine Harts explores her relationship with her spouse (from whom she’s separated)in raw detail in “No Differences.” Justmarriedgirl ponders impending motherhood and 127 hours in her post, “Don’t Look. It’s Terrifying.”PonderAnew posted the cutest marriage announcement I’ve ever seen. But enough about marriage.

I read a great post, “Desiring Purity” by Good Girl Gone Home that, along with some other conversations I’ve had, inspired me to write an upcoming post. Coco had a realization that there were indeed “Slim Pickings” when it came to what she was looking for in a relationship. Catherine hosted Petunia Johnson for an informative post on”Men Who Can’t Love.” I think this is truly the worst.date.EVER. Hindsight Letters wrote a wonderful letter to her 19 year old self, “The Trouble with Fairytales” (I’m so thinking of guest posting with them! Looks fun. :D). Finally for the love arena, there was the Happy Singles Awareness Day post over at Dear Future Hubby.
SS4BC wrote a great post about budgeting from her Financial Peace University Week Three experiences. On the yoga front, I really enjoyed “Yogi Got Back,” in which the practice of yoga resurfaces some old issues for Danielle. Speaking of Yogis, Amy really inspired me this week. First, with her post exhorting us to go “Back to Basics“, then with her post “Stubborn Enlightenment that included this nugget of wisdom:

In a moment of clarity, I let go of what I thought I knew, which then allowed me to let go of the struggle.  Once I let go of the struggle, I found that I could move more easily in the direction of opening.

In a class all of her own, Cordelia tells us why she stopped giving in to the blogging machine in her post “I’m Not Supposed to be Telling You This (Or, Cordelia, Unplugged).”

Finally, in the just for fun category, BigSheepCommunications mentions some other days we should be celebrating in “Move Over Valentine’s Day.” Whew. That’s some list for this week. Happy reading!