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Archive: May 2004

Happy Birthday To Me

Well, tomorrow at any rate. Right now, I’m frantically trying to get both Kevin and I packed for our Island Adventure, and trying to tie up all the little loose ends that are always there when you spend a week away from home. The really great part is that I don’t have to be back at work for 12 more days! Hooray!

Tonight is BBQ at dad’s, tomorrow is Buffett, and Sunday is the beach. I can’t wait. This is shaping up to be, quite possibly, the best birthday weekend ever. I sure hope my husband remembered to order my cake…..


I’m way overdue on sending out some love to my husband. On Sunday, he erected (heh heh…I said “erect”) a beautiful arbor over our patio. He suffered mightily, both physically and emotionally, since I suspect that Josh was rather amused by Kevin’s approach to construction. At any rate, with a little help from Rooster, we have a lovely spot on our back porch, which we will landscape when we get back from the islands.
You did great, baby. I’m so lucky to have you!

Somewhere In My Youth Or Childhood

I must have done something good. The thing is, Karma is a mysterious thing. I had a really bad day today, complete with the mother of all headaches (seriously. We’re talking migraine with a capital M). My faith in humanity was tested at every turn, and all of this before 9:00AM. Somehow, I managed to slog through my day. By the time I left work today, I was pretty much done with just about everybody and everything.
Then I got home. There, on my doorstep, was a package. (This in and of itself is not a big deal. We get a lot of packages.) I let the dogs out, then went and retrieved the box from my front porch. Imagine my surprise when I learned that Kevin and I had received a big box of goodies from her. As we speak, I am munching on much needed chocolate covered Macadamia nuts (a personal favorite). You, my friend, are an angel sent straight from Heaven, and your generosity and kind soul have instantly renewed my spirit and restored my faith. Your actions (as well as your words) touch the lives of so many people, and those of us who know you are not only lucky, but blessed. Thank you for all you do. You rock my world!
One more thing: Sorry I didn’t wait for you so we could open it together, Kev. I’ll do my best to leave goodies for ya!

For The Record

Only 10 days till I’m on vacation. I’m not counting, or anything.

Well, Thank God

I guess I don’t ever have anything to worry about, then!

Enough Is Enough

I’ve been conspicuously absent over the last few days. I was trying extrememly hard not to comment in any public forum about the Nick Berg video and its consequences. However, comments keep popping up over at Kevin’s on his entry about the whole thing, and they make me sad.
Let’s be frank: the video was gruesome. It was horrifying. If you haven’t seen it, don’t. It does just what it was intended to do: it incites fear and hatred. Certainly I, along with most Americans, want these killers put to justice. But here’s my dilemma: I don’t agree with the strong (and getting stronger) anti-Muslim sentiment that this has seemed to spark. I don’t even remember there being such a powerful anti-Islam uprising after 9/11. I give you the following examples:
i watched the video of nick berg and was totally pissed, i hate them all and hope they die horrible deaths n rot n hell. I want to join the military just to have the legal power to kill those motherfuckers.

We should let the dog off the leash, sterilize the Earth of all Islamic militant murders. Do it now, swiftly and with resolve.

After seeing the brutal murder of Nick Berg, I am more convinced then ever that Muslims are animals that we must all work together to irraticate. the muslim religion is based on violence and terror and must be destroyed.

Muslim’s are the garbage of the world. This religion is a threat to freedom and democracy. This religion wants to use the sword, then they will die by the sword. Muslim’s have contributed nothing to modern day society. It is a religion that has poisoned the middle east and now they are trying to invade the western world. We must get them first. President Bush clearly understands the issues facing the US and the western world. Let him finish the job.

These are real comments from real people, and they leave me sad and angry, and they inspire one question: What the hell is wrong with you?
Here’s the thing: Timothy McVeigh, Randy Weaver, David Koresh, William Pierce. All Christians. All very bad men who happened to leave a stain on the religion. Should we kill all Christians? I can hear you now (those of you who even know who some of these people are. Go ahead. Go Google William Pierce. I’ll wait). “These guys didn’t do near as much harm as Al Qaeda. Muslims are evil!”. Actually, they did. You just didn’t see the pictures.
Kill ’em all is not the answer. Trust me. Let’s ruminate a minute on that phrase. “Kill ’em all”. Hmmmm. That sounds a lot like genocide to me. Genocide’s okay by you, then? Okay. That puts you in the ranks of Hitler, Charles Taylor, Omar Serushago, or Elizaphan Ntakirutimana. Sure, you know who Hitler is, but did you know that Elizaphan Ntakirutimana lived in…..wait for it…..Texas?!?!?! The real point is this: The names I’ve just mentioned are the names of mass-murderers. You probably don’t recognize a couple of them. With the exception of Hitler, you’ve probably never seen pictures of their (thousands) of victims, you have probably never taken the time to research their crimes, and as such, I’m willing to bet that you have a sense of general apathy. But know this: each of these men contributed to the loss of American lives in addition to the thousands of other lives they mercilessly took. And they were all Christians.
So “kill ’em all” doesn’t really work for me. That would be kind of hypocritical, dontcha think?

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms I know:
To Corey, for being the strongest woman I know. Your children are beautiful, just like their mom.
To Courtney, for making it look effortless. Kailey is lucky to have you.
To Camille. You were meant to be a mom, and Mini really does have your eyes.
To Dana, for putting up with me, even when she didn’t have to. See? I finally outgrew the rebellious adolescent stage! (sidenote: Stepmoms rule. They didn’t choose their stepkids, so for all of you stepchildren out there, be kind, will ya? They’ve more than earned your respect.)
To Pat: You’re everything I could have asked for in a Mother-In-Law.
To JoJo and Virgie, for your generous hearts. I have never seen more evidence of a mother’s love than you show for your children.

To all of the blog moms of the world: How do you find time? Keep it up, though, because I’m getting a lot of good advice for when my time finally comes!
Finally, to my own mother. You’re my touchstone, my best friend, my therapist, my teacher, and the best role model a girl could have. You’ve given me more than anyone has a right to, and you’ve taught me more than I ever thought I could learn. And no, I’m not sucking up. That’s Kevin’s job.

A Rarity

Since Kevin posted this, I thought I’d plug in my own name and see what popped up. Not surprisingly, my name will, alas, never be found on a souvenier license plate, or a keychain, or a coffee mug, since
Merrin is a very rare female name.
Very few females in the US are named Merrin.
Be proud of your unique name!


Is it wrong that I am not that excited about tonight’s episode of Friends? Viewership of the show has decreased dramatically since the third season, and I have to confess, I haven’t actively watched for about 5 years now. Still, though, I’m going to set the Tivo, since I just can’t stand the not knowing how it all turns out. I just don’t care enough to forfeit Survivor. What the hell’s wrong with me?!?!?
Wait. At least I didn’t do this. And I haven’t become Comfortably Numb, like some folks. There. I feel better.

It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

So gorgeous, in fact, that Kevin and I headed down to Waxahachie. After much prodding and poking from me, he finally gave in and took me to Scarborough Faire. I can understand why he has an aversion to the “Renaissance Fair” type of person (you know the ones….they can’t separate reality from their little fantasy world), but it’s fun to go every once in a while and eat sausage on a stick and take in the scenery. Plus, the day was just too pretty to stay inside, chained to the XBox.
Tomorrow, it’s back to work, but that’s okay. Only 4 more weeks till we hit the beach!

Have You Seen This Man?

It appears that I’ve lost my husband. I’ve looked everywhere. There are strange noises coming from his office, but he doesn’t answer when I call him. I think the XBox has sucked him into its green vortex.




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