Monday, April 30, 2007

Rave: Stranger Than Fiction

So Natalie recommended that I check out the movie Stranger Than Fiction and I did so this weekend. It's a dramatic role for Will Farrell, and it went off about like Jim Carrey in The Truman Show or Adam Sandler in Punch Drunk Love - quite good! Other cast members include Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhall, Emma Thompson, and Queen Latifah (she was quite good, also, in a dramatic role). The premise is of an accomplished writer struggling to finish her latest novel, but she can't figure out a way to kill off the main character, Harold Crick. Turns out, however, that Harold Crick actually exists! He hears the words of her novel being written in his head as if it's narrating his life, and it makes him think he's schizophrenic, but obviously he's not... I won't say anymore, as I recommend actually seeing the movie! The conclusion is quite thought-provoking, and explores some interesting themes of humanity. I liked it!

Some days I feel that I appear crazy to everyone around me, and I wonder myself if I'm just different than everyone else on the planet, or if perhaps there's a novelist penning the events of my life - creating the most jubilant as well as tragic events that could happen to a person, and that I live a life which is also stranger than fiction... That would actually make sense of my existence!!! If I start hearing voices, though, I promise to ask for help... ;)

Well, happy Monday, everyone!

Love, Mer

Saturday, April 28, 2007

The World According To Baci

1. EVERYTHING is a chew toy. Get in my mouth!

2. The world is my bathroom.

3. I'm pretty sure everyone adores me! Why wouldn't you? Hello?!

4. Scared of what?! I ain't scared o' nothin'!

5. But Mommy, I WANT it!

6. Who's that furry bitch in the mirror? I'm not sure if I want to play with him or kill him...

7. The best way to get what I want is to whiiiiiiiiiiiine like a baby. Works every time!

To be continued... Some of the aforementioned are subject to change,
based upon the outcome of my tough love and disciplinary tactics.
Meanwhile, I'm so hopelessly in love with this furball, I can hardly stand it!!!

Love, Mer

Friday, April 27, 2007

Friday Horoscope

Check out my horoscope today:

A chance to increase your income, perhaps through a temporary enterprise of some sort, could come your way today, Meredith. You just might decide to go for it. It'll mean working a lot harder for a while, but the money will open up a few doors for you that you hadn't counted on. Consider all your options, think about them all, then decide what you want to do. Whatever you decide will probably be very beneficial.

As I've been looking into such endeavors, I really hope this materializes! Stay tuned...

And have a wonderful weekend, friends.

Love, Mer


Thursday, April 26, 2007

Saturday Night's Soiree

Cool photos from our sushi party last Saturday night. Lauren popped down for the weekend, so we had a little dinner soiree. Good times! Too bad I fell asleep at like midnight, in the middle of everything. I'm old! :)

And Little Baci DOMINATED Mike's stuffed dog! His embarrassed face after getting busted is the best part... HAHAHA!

I'm sorry, was that inappropriate? I just think it's hilarious!! HAHAHA

Love, Proud Mommy



Hi guys! I've been feeling altogether uninspired this week, but it's time to regroup and refocus on living life just for ME! Not to mention get back on track professionally! So that's been taking up the majority of my thoughts and energy this week - figuring out a new gameplan for The Mer Show.

However, despite my lack of energy, I ran into someone I know today, and she inspired me to write today. It was her blog that did the trick. Check it out: Sarah and I met through professional networking, but it turns out that she lives in my building and went to school in Texas. Small world...

Being inspired, I have decided to make a top ten list of the blessings I have in my life. So here goes!

Top Ten Blessings of The Mer Show

1. Friends like family that tell me like it is, give me support, love, and advice, and are always there for me when I need them:
Natalie, Kerry, Lauren, Roni, Libby, Shannon and Petri, Gina, JK, Nicole, Mary, Chris and Gedetch, Anna, Nancy, Diane, Ruchi, Asila, Matty What, Sheridan, and Shayne. Not to forget Keith Pesta, who drove my ass around for 6 months after I crashed my car! I haven't forgotten that, Keithie!
2. I have the cutest dog on the PLANET, Baci; and the cutest nephew EVER - Finley Darby
3. I live with a great roommate, Prasad, and his doggie Jasmine in a great place; we're like a little family!
4. I got a great education from a great university
5. I've had many experiences and travels which have taught me how to appreciate, love, adapt, and accept those that are different from me
6. Family, even though we're not super close, who is dedicated to taking care of me when I need them and gave me a lot of opportunity in life and taught me darn good manners and grammar. Oh yes, and helped me buy a car - that was huge!
7. I have an acute ability not to let anyone give me any crap, and to get myself out of bad situations. I really dig that about myself!
8. My resume is pretty solid, thanks to Diane Craver taking a chance on me right out of college!
9. Overall, I'm very healthy.
10. I have the freedom and independence to do whatever I want, anytime I want! :)

Wow, that feels great. I highly recommend making a similar list for yourself.

HIGH FIVE! Love, Mer


Monday, April 23, 2007

Doggie Update

Hi guys! Just wanted to give an update on the doggies in my life. My little Baci ball is doing great. He hurt his little foot last week jumping up on a stranger to say hello - he slipped and fell backward and has been limping since last Tuesday. But he's starting to walk, run, and operate like a normal, hyper puppy again. He got spoiled by sleeping in the bed with me two nights in a row, but was a total brat this morning when I tried to leave for work, so it's back to the crate tonight!! Poor baby! ;)

Peepers got a haircut this weekend and it got... well, botched. They shaved her body and legs (Nat requested a 1/2 inch trim!) and she looks like a totally different animal! So in an attempt to dress her up and distract from the horrendous haircut she got this weekend, we dressed her up in her new fuzzy white hoodie sweater, and gave her some pink bangs. What do you think?

Love, Mer

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Someone asked me today a very intriguing question and it relates to the aforementioned movie. It is one of my most favorite flicks, so the query struck me deeply. Especially today!!

For those of you that haven't seen the flick, the premise is that a guy decides to have the memories of his ex-girlfriend erased (a fictional procedure) after she's had him erased from her own memory. However, midway through the procedure, he changes his mind so that he doesn't forget all the good times (even though more of their relationship was bad than good). In the end, he's not able to hang on, and the procedure does block any memory that she ever existed in his life. In the end, however, they meet again, and fall in love ALL OVER AGAIN! The way I like to explain it to people is that it's a really twisted love story. :)

The question asked was... would you have a procedure done like that to erase someone that hurt you in your past? Or would you prefer to have the painful memories of that person?

My answer was NO WAY - I believe that the experiences that we have in life make us who we are. Each relationship we have, good or bad, helps us determine our priorities, needs, or dealbreakers. As I get older, I feel wiser, and I've certainly had my share of failed relationships - friends, lovers, and even family. However, it would be a shame to erase the life experiences that makes me a fuller human being. Pain sucks, but on the other side, I always become a little bit better person.

Forgetting the pain short term is what red wine is for! :) I'll stick to that while going through my breakup. But forgetting long term? I definitely wouldn't erase my memory of an ex, if I had the chance.

How about you? Love, Mer

Friday, April 20, 2007

Second Verse, Same As The First


2007 - 2007

(It's really over this time!)

Earth Day - Sunday, April 22nd

Hey guys! So Earth Day is on Sunday, and all over the U.S. there will be celebrations and festivals with the purpose of bringing awareness to the conservation and preservation of Earth's natural resources. Obviously, global warming, the damage of the ozone, and many other environmental factors have been degrading the earth and environment, threatening the health of people, animals, plants, and all living beings. If everyone can make small changes in our habits, maybe we can help slow the damage to our Earth and remain healthy and safe for generations to come.!

I hope to see all my San Diego pals at Balboa Park on Sunday afternoon to celebrate Earth Day, learn more about what I can do to help protect and heal our environment, and check out all the exhibitions. Should be fun if it's not 58 degrees and raining, like today!! But anyway...

What can we do to help preserve the Earth?
  • Recycle your plastic bottles and grocery bags, aluminum cans, newspapers, and glass bottles; or at least find a second use for them in place of something else (using grocery bags for dog poop bags, newspapers for moving and wrapping valuables, etc.); just DON'T throw them out!
  • Buy recycled products - particularly paper products
  • Set up a paperless office - use email and electronic storage
  • Use conservation with driving - run errands at the same time, and in planned sequence to use less gas and preserve fossil fuels and emissions
  • Opt for paperless billing for your accounts and eliminate paper bills
  • Plant a tree - CO2 that plants emit absorbs fossil fuel emissions
  • Turn off water and electricity when you're not using it (water off when you're brushing or in between rinses when washing your car or dog; use the off switch on your electronics)
  • Encourage others to be Earth friendly! :)

Think what a difference we could make it everyone made these small changes? I hope you'll consider and implement some of them to do your part!

Have a great weekend. Love, Mer

Thursday, April 19, 2007

A Question of Choice

A Question of Choice is the title of the book written by Sarah Weddington, chronicling her experiences as a reproductive and gender rights crusader. Sarah is a lawyer, former House of Representatives member in Texas, former counsel to President Jimmy Carter in the White House, professor at The University of Texas at Austin, and in 1973, at the age of 26, argued Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court, and WON. In college, I worked for Sarah in her office, helping her with office stuff, editing a book on leadership she was writing, and helping her with her university duties. Working with Sarah, I learned and experienced so much that I still value today - the value of networking, being organized, that the early bird always gets the worm, and that if one works hard and smart, goals can be attained. I also had the opportunity to meet some amazing individuals through Sarah, as well, such as Ann Richards, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Jordan, and Lady Bird Johnson. It was a great experience and it shaped many of my ethical, moral, and political beliefs as an adult. I'm very appreciative of that experience and am lucky to consider Sarah a mentor and friend.

The recent Supreme Court decision upholding the ban on partial birth abortions this week has certainly made me think a lot about my beliefs regarding a woman's right to make reproductive decisions for herself. I have always supported wholeheartedly a woman's right to choose and always will. Honestly, knowing the particulars about the partial birth procedure itself makes me uncomfortable. And at this point, as a woman with means and interest in having a child, should I become pregnant, the prospect of terminating a pregnancy is actually no longer interesting to me.

HOWEVER, the preservation of all womens' right to privacy and make medical decisions for our own bodies, to me, is paramount. For teens, rape victims, those without means to support a child (mentally, emotionally, or fiscally), those with medical or physical limitations that can't be effective parents, abortion must be kept legal (at any stage), regulated, and safe. Adoption is always cited as a viable alternative, but will there really be a demand for that many unwanted babies? Will their mothers take care of themselves, while breeding an unwanted child? Defects, diseases, and addictions upon birth are a serious problem; will those babies get adopted? I just don't think that adoption is the right decision in every case!

We may be too young to remember the dangerous back alley and self-induced abortions that women used to undergo, pre-Roe, in order to exert control over their own reproduction. Abortion is a similar issue to gun control - people will figure out a way to materialize the choices they've made. If one really wants guns, he'll make, smuggle, or produce them; if women feel trapped with their reproductive choices, they will resort to drastic measures, and the results could be deadly! We MUST keep abortion safe and legally regulated (at all stages) to protect women, girls, and our families.

I'd also like to add that Planned Parenthood and like-mind organizations have come under attack for making $X of profits through the "business" of providing abortions and I want to publicly condemn this criticism. These groups are non-profit organizations - in addition to providing abortion services, for example, PP subsidizes birth control for those that can't afford it, provides sex education to teens, emergency contraception for those who were raped, had a broken condom, or want to avoid abortion, screening and care for STDs, and more. The profits those clinics obtain are used for promoting sexual health for both women AND men, as well as preventing abortion, unwanted babies, and disease.

There have been times that I've been between jobs, without insurance (the health care crisis in our country is a whole 'nother topic!), and Planned Parenthood helped me with my annual exam, birth control, and more. For others, clinics like PP help others diagnose HPV early and prevent cervical cancer, etc. These organizations are not designed for profit; they're designed to help and from my experience, I truly believe their interests are genuine. Additionally, on a personal level, these organizations have saved me when I needed help the most and I am grateful.

To find out more about Planned Parenthood or to sign the petition against the Supreme Court's decision this week, please take a look at the PP website:

Yikes!! Gun control and abortion this week on The Mer Show. Next week - recipes and stupid stories, I promise!!! :)

Love, Mer

Public Service Announcement

Hi everyone! Please let me preface my public service announcement with a story.

As you know, I adopted little Baci last week. Since then, my world and schedule has been seriously modified (in a good way!) and I'm still trying to figure out how to carry a purse, gym bag, dog crate, dog, laptop case, etc. etc. etc. at the same time; I'm a mess. With that, on Saturday afternoon, I dropped my cell phone somewhere between my therapist's office, Rite Aid, and KT's house; for the life of me, I couldn't find it for about 48 hours! I went back to the store TWICE, I looked in every nook and cranny in my car and KT's house several times, called my phone, text messaged my number... all to no avail.

I haven't lost my phone since I moved to San Diego 5 years ago (I've gotten new phones, but was able to transfer the numbers). I use my phone for work as well as my primary form of contact, so it has countless numbers and contact information stored. It was very important that I find this darn thing!

Meanwhile, Sunday night, KT ran into a neighbor in front of his house, asking if we lost a cell phone that he found in his front yard (still don't know how it got there; must have dropped it on the way inside). Turns out the neighbor had it the whole time! All those times that I was calling the phone, hoping someone would answer it and alert me regarding my phone's whereabouts... well, the neighbor found it annoying, so he turned off the ringer! I eventually got the phone back, but that was lucky!

Now here's the part I want to share with you all; and I hope you'll tell a friend! You ready?

If you ever find a cell phone, and you have the inclination to return it to its rightful owner... Please either ANSWER THE PHONE when it rings so that the person calling (most likely a friend or family member) can alert the owner to its location, OR call the last number used in the call log to try to reach the owner through his contacts!!! Doesn't that make sense? I've done that for people before, and the owner had their phone back in minutes! Simple.

Not sure why KT's neighbor didn't think of this ingenious (hardly!) idea, but if we can spread the word, perhaps someday it will be empirical knowledge for those who lack common sense.

So please, PASS IT ON!

Love, Mer

Monday, April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech Shootings

I can’t stop thinking about the tragic insanity that occurred at Virginia Tech today. Without doubt, this terrible tragedy will provoke debates about the merits of gun laws and the rights of Americans to own firearms. Perhaps THIS tragedy will finally shake some sense into our leaders that the protection of our nation, along with health care, education, and environmental protection are more important than looking for WMDs that don’t exist and stirring up trouble in the already sensitive Middle East, tax policies, banning gay marriage, landing Americans on Mars, and other agenda items that don’t impact our lives every single day. Perhaps this is the tragedy that will wake up our lawmakers and encourage them to make the right decisions regarding gun ownership to protect us in our schools, workplaces, places of worship, and homes.

I, personally, am terrified of guns and additionally see no positive purpose for firearms to exist. In my Utopian world, I would love to see the extinction of such weapons, so no one could ever harm any of God’s creatures – animals or people, whether it’s hunting, homicide or self-defense. However, tragically, that’s not the case and it never will be - Pandora’s box of firearms got opened many centuries ago.

On a daily basis, I see and hear stories of murder; shots fired in the process of other crimes; accidental shootings (our illustrious Vice President of the U.S. Dick Cheney even shot a friend in the face while hunting); thugs who kill for material things; and the killing of animals, which makes me sad and angry… Where are the positive, uplifting stories where guns provide value, heal the sick, help the poor, or educate our youth? I jest when I suggest such things, but really – where’s the positive value? To me, firearms seem more like instruments of death, revenge, and hate and are only useful for protecting ourselves from other gun-toting individuals!

Our American forefathers implemented the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which included the civil liberty of Americans to keep and bear arms. The Libertarian in me wants to uphold the unalienable right to use weaponry responsibly and for its intended purpose as long as it does not harm others; but the human being in me disagrees that it should still be implemented in modern society. The Second Amendment was implemented during the time when buffaloes and bears roamed the land freely, laws were not fully established and implemented, and hunting was necessary to survive. Perhaps firearms were more necessary during that time in history; but I really don’t believe that in today’s world, they are (except like I said, to protect us from other gun carriers).

But is it realistic to abolish guns and rid our criminals, police, military, home owners, protective fathers and husbands, hunters, and psychos that enjoy such weaponry? Absolutely not. The Utopian world that I dream of doesn’t exist. Therefore, I’m sure that the abolition of guns is NOT the key. But what is the key? This is the $100000000 question! And I certainly don’t know the answer.

Could it be more severe punishment for those that break gun laws? Tighten the ability for individuals to obtain weapons? Stricter enforcement of permits and illegal possession of guns? What about gun education – should it be taught to EVERYONE in society, and not just those that want to use them legally (in the hopes that those that want to use them illegally will at least have had exposure to training and education re: gun safety and responsible use)? What about teaching conflict resolution in schools, so that people learn how to manage conflict healthfully from an early age?

I don’t know what the solution is, but what we’re doing ISN”T WORKING and banning all firearms ISN”T REALISTIC. I hope someone smarter than me, with more energy and passion than me, figures out a solution… Maybe, I don’t know… our government leaders??!! What do you guys think?


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Puppy Announcement - Meet Baci!

Everyone, I would like to introduce the newest member of my family!!! Baci (Italian for 'kisses', pronounced 'boch-ee') is a 3 month old Maltipoo puppy that I have adopted. His father is a Maltese and his mother is a Poodle. Not sure how that worked out logistically, but who cares - he's soooooooooooo cute!

Baci is pretty mellow and loves to cuddle, but also loves to play with other doggies and his chew toys. Right now his favorite toys seem to be my shoes WHILE on my feet, so we're going to have to put an end to that! ;) But he has been a very, very good boy since I got him, has already figured out that he's only allowed to peepee outside or on his puppy pad in the bathroom, has figured out how to walk on a leash, and discovered the full-length mirror this morning (that was pure entertainment!).

I'm sure I'll have more intriguing stories about my little Baci ball soon. Meanwhile, please help me welcome the newest character on the cast of The Mer Show!

Love, Mer

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Boiling Points Moments

Do you guys remember that show on MTV a while back called Boiling Points? It's the show where contestants are unknowingly subjected to objectively irritating and stressful stimuli, such as bad service or exorbitantly rude people, to ascertain each person's breaking point. If a contestant makes it past X amount of time, they are offered $100 as a reward. The reactions are pretty funny to watch - some people are doormats, some are hotheads, and some pass the test with flying colors.

Sometimes I feel like I have boiling points moments in life. I had one today at the gas station! Here's what happened:

I've already had a shitty day, and one of my least favorite things to do is fill up my gas tank, but I'm nearing empty, and there's a "cheap" gas station in front of me (if you call $3.13/ gallon cheap; it is, in comparison with $3.39, which is the cost at the station near my house). So pull in, procure a spot, and decide I want to buy $20 of gas, in cash. I go inside to the cashier, wait in line for about 5 minutes (it's crowded because it's a cheap gas station), and irritatedly hand over my bill; much to my dismay, I had only grabbed a $10 bill from my purse. UGH!

So I go back out to my car, grab a $20, go back inside, cut in line, endure dirty looks, and hand over the bill to the cashier. I get back out to my car, and finally see the sign that pump #12 is out of order. Crap.

So I go back inside, and tell the guy to please move my $20 to pump #10 (in front of my car) and will wait for the girl there to move. He does so. I go back out, get in my car, and proceed to watch the girl at pump #10 clean out her consoles, wash the windshield, talk on the phone ("ohmigod, I was sooo wasted last night! Like, really? Like, ohmigod, no WAY!" This was in PB.). This girl took forever! I finally get the bitch out of my way, and I'm pulled up to pump #10.

I punch in my telephone number so that I can accumulate points for the loyalty program, and then the pump tells me I need to pay inside. I already paid inside!! So I go inside, ask the kid to please apply my $20 to pump #10, and he says sure. I go back out, punch in my number again; same result. Go back in, same result. Get back out to my car, and I now see the guy waving through the window. I'm thinking, "What the F are you saying??!! I can't see from this F*ing far away!!!" I'm getting irritated. I march BACK up to the cashier's station and ask him "yes?!" and he said "you have to hang up the pump before I can put the money in". I'm. Going. To. Kill. Someone!

So I get back outside, hang up the pump, punch in my telephone number AGAIN, and the pump finally acknowledges that I'm ready to buy the STUPID $20 in STUPID gas. I pump the gas and drive away. And as I was driving away, I realize that I probably should have cleaned my windshield and emptied my console... I just can't win today.

This whole experience took an irritating 20 minutes. I think I deserve at least a $100 prize to make up for it; what do you think?

I hope you don't experience any 'boiling points moments' anytime soon.

Love, Mer

Easter Weekend Update

Hey everyone! Hope you had a nice Easter weekend. I had a nice one. Sunday, I joined Kerry, Natalie and her grandmother, and a couple of her grandmother's friends, at a very old school San Diego haunt called Hob Nob Hill. It was a favorite with the... more mature crowd in San Diego. The old ladies there were fabulous. I noticed that every single one of them had fully done up makeup and hair, which I thought was adorable, and most had these fabulous vintage Chanel purses and Dior sunglasses. I need to start saving and collecting nice things now so I can be that fabulous in 30 years!

Otherwise, I attended the opening day of the Padres playing in Petco Park on Friday night. As always, I ate like a piglet, screamed like a maniac, and had a great time. On top of getting Chick Fil A on the way to the game, I also had two beers, half a Kosher National beef dog topped with nacho cheese, Padres super nachos (complete with chili and the works), and a slice of pizza. Serious indigestion, but it was SO worth it! And of course, the Padres LOST, because I was there. I am the Padres 'cooler', because I've been to probably 15 games, and they have won ZERO of those, where I attended. I'm grounding myself from Petco Park!

So has anyone heard of a Lee Middleton doll? Apparently they're a collectible doll that has very lifelike features. Anyway, apparently my nephew was out and about recently and a little girl and her father approached Finley and Shannon, wanting to hold and cuddle him. They were oohing and aahing over the beautiful Finley (I don't blame them), but it turns out they felt really connected to him because he looks like their Lee Middleton doll. Check out these two pictures. Is that so... crazy?!

In other news, Entourage is back on for the summer on HBO!! I love this show!! For those of you that aren't familiar, the premise is the rise of a young Hollywood star, Vincent Chase, who brings his brother and two best friends out from New York along for the ride. As they navigate the crazy, glittering world of L.A., they learn, see, and experience a lot. It's a well-written, exciting and fun show, loosely based on the experiences of the Executive Producer, Mark Wahlberg (feel the vibration!). I highly recommend checking it out if you haven't seen it - Sunday nights, 10 p.m. EST and PST, HBO.

And lastly, I'm going to meet some puppies over the next couple of days, and hope to add a new member to my family very shortly. I'm very excited!! I hope to have an announcement in the next week, so stay tuned!

Well, I hope all of you are doing great. Have a great week!

Love, Mer

Monday, April 09, 2007

Elsie Rocks!

I love this story!! I'll write a recap of my weekend tomorrow. :)

Love, Mer

102-year-old Calif. woman hits hole-in-1

CHICO, Calif. - Elsie McLean thought she might have lost her ball on the par-3, 100-yard fourth hole at Bidwell Park. Instead, the 102-year-old Chico woman became the oldest golfer ever to make a hole-in-one on a regulation course.

Because of the slope of the green, McLean and her partners couldn't see where her ball landed after she teed off.

"Where's my ball?" McLean asked.

Her friends, Elizabeth Rake and Kathy Crowder, found it in the cup.

"I said, 'Oh, my Lord. It can't be true. It can't be true.' I was so excited. And the girls were absolutely overcome," McLean said.

It was McLean's first ace.

"Well everybody wants a hole-in-one, and I said, 'Why can't I have a hole-in-one?' I came within inches once," McLean told television station KNVN.

McLean, who used a driver, broke the age record of 101 set by Harold Stilson in 2001 at Deerfield Country Club in Florida.

McLean, who has been featured in golf magazines before, will appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on April 24 to celebrate her accomplishment.

"For an old lady," she said, "I still hit the ball pretty good.";_ylt=Ah9x1jtAPcIpSb6shivrVYwuQE4F


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Circa 1984

So I was listening to the classic rock station on the way to work today and heard an oldie but a goodie. The Scorpions' "Rock You Like A Hurricane". Damn, that's a great song.

Picture it - it's 1984, Mary Lou Retton just won the Olympic Gold Medal in gymnastics (we've already covered this), I'm 9 years old and sassier than I ever have been. School's out for summer, it's Cassie Whats-her-face's birthday party at the skating rink, and it's time for the individual roller skating races.

We all get into position and off we go! "Rock You Like A Hurricane" is blasting in the background, we're all racing our hearts out, and I took an early lead. Excellent. Down to the wire, in the last turn of the rink, it's Jada Whats-her-face and me duking it out. At the last second, down she goes, and I sailed through the finish line, winning... I can't remember what the prize was, but definitely pride! That was a great moment in my childhood.

Years later, in high school, Jada insisted that I pushed her down, but I think she's making that up. Would I ever do such a thing? (Crickets...) Well, maybe. If I did, can I blame my mother? :)

Anyway, just thought I'd share that little ditty with you all on this fine Wednesday.

Love, Mer

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

On Love, from The Prophet (Kahlil Gibran)

Then said Almitra, "Speak to us of Love."
And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said:

When love beckons to you follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.
But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, I am in the heart of God."
And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

Why is love so bittersweet? It is my life's bane and sweetest treasure at the same time.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this passage from The Prophet - my most favorite book.

Love, Mer

Monday, April 02, 2007

Did You Know?

Do you know what a buckeye is? Given that The Ohio State University Buckeyes recently competed for the national championship in football, and are doing so again tonight in basketball, I recently made an inquiry with a bonafide Ohioan. Or is it Ohioite? Or Ohioman? Whatever. We'll call him a Buckeye fan.

So a buckeye is actually a nut-like seed of a particular tree that resides in Ohio. And apparently it's POISONOUS! Scarily, KT went to Columbus for the Michigan/ OSU game in November and brought me back a chocolate covered buckeye... Was he trying to off me?? I guess I have a stronger stomach than I thought, because I'm still kicking and screaming (much to his chagrin, sometimes, I'm sure)!

Who do I think is going to win the big game tonight? For some reason, I'm thinking Florida. Sorry Club Felspar - I know you guys are rooting for OSU, but I'm just feeling Orange and Blue. Plus, I'm still pissed that OSU blew out my Horns in football last year! So I guess we'll see in a few hours...

Love, Mer

(4/3/07 - I love it when I'm right! MM)