Merry Christmas! (P.S. Not dead.)

By Mir
December 23, 2013

Oh, look. I haven’t been here for a week. No explanation or anything, just *poof*—GONE. If it’s any consolation, that week took about three years, in my mind. What? That doesn’t help? Well, now I’m just going to make it worse by saying, “We are all fine (now) but due to the nature of this particular suckitude, I am not at liberty to discuss it at this time.” And now I want to punch myself in the face, so we’re all on the same page, I think.

[I know. I KNOW. Here, let me give you details as best I can: Something Really Scary And Sucky happened, and while we were trying to deal with that, Something Completely Unrelated But Equally Sucky happened. The first thing was no one’s fault but the second one was 100% preventable with my general life mantra of “don’t be an asshole” (which turns out to be really hard for some people). One situation is now cautiously resolved but the other may end up in a lawsuit and have I ever mentioned that I hate everything? Because sweet baby Jesus, I really kind of hate everything. And THEN my work computer died, because the only thing that week was missing was a giant, expensive inconvenience. Not that I was getting any work done last week, anyway, of course, but there you go.]

And how was YOUR week?

The good (?) news is that the dogs have definitely picked up on the recent stress and have decided to put aside their differences in the interests of a nightly snuggle:

If I’d managed Christmas cards this year, I would’ve used that picture. Peace on earth! Or at least peace on our couch. Those two little hairy beasties are helping to keep me sane, which we all know is no small task.

Here’s to a better week all around.


  1. Mamacita

    Love you, Mir. I wish you peace in your house, and a pox on those who would disturb it.

  2. JP

    Sorry for the general suckitude, hopefully everything evens out and you can have a good (or at least passable) Xmas. Love the picture of snuggle puppies! Here is for a better 2014, ’cause I agree 2013 has ended spectacularly badly.

  3. Korinthia Klein

    So sorry. Hope things are better soon.

  4. Katherine

    Merry Christmas Mir and family! I hope that Christmas and the New Year brings peace to you all, just like your cute doggies have found peace.

  5. Megan

    Oh ugh. Also, WHY do electronics always know when things are already beyond sucky, and in their coal-black shrivelled hearts choose those moments to die?

    Very sorry about the suckiness. Hope that there’s a clear space of grace and peace for you and yours on Christmas!

  6. el-e-e

    Oh, no, I am sorry to hear there’s new stress. :( I hope things get resolved and that you can have some semblance of a nice holiday.

  7. Jean

    Darnit 2013 was supposed to be the good year, not ending with general suckitude.

    I am so so sorry for whatever you and you loved ones have been going through. I am hopeful that everyone is at least healthy (or on the road to recovery) and that you are all able to enjoy a bit of peace and love over the next few days.

    Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family Mir.

  8. Beverly

    Damn. I’m so sorry. :(

    Snuggle with those pups as much as you can — that’s always proved the best medicine for me.

  9. Sharon

    Let there be more days of peace on the couch and in your household in the coming days and months. Sending all good thoughts for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for you and your family ~

  10. Hally

    UGH. With less than 2 weeks left in the year, suckitude rears its ugly head into your life?!?! It didn’t get the memo.
    Consider yourself hugged by of us in the shiny box on your now working desk. Gluten free cookies for everyone!

  11. Chuck

    Doggies! Sweet. I just saw a Shih Tzu puppy in the lobby of my condo this last week and he was so cute and friendly I wanted to take him to my apartment permanently. Sorry that your holiday season has been sucking so far but I hope everything gets resolved soon.

  12. RuthWells

    Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with puppies. I trust you will be on the side of the angels in any potential lawsuit? Sucks either way, of course. xoxoxo

  13. Mandy

    Yeah, 2013 was supposed to be the good year!

    So sorry, Mir and family.

    ((Hugs)) from Indiana – and best wishes for a fucking spectacular 2014.

  14. Jenn

    Hopefully everyone there is healthy, if not happy. And I hope everything works out in the end. Enjoy your holidays!

  15. Marissa

    So so sorry to hear you’re having two craptastic situations — maybe this is the final F* U from 2013 so that 2014 will be all happiness and light. As a litigation attorney, I’ll tell you most lawsuits end up settling and threatened lawsuits don’t materialize once the parties realize what it will cost in attorneys’ fees to fight “for the principle of it.” Either way I’m keeping you and your family in my prayers and hope a satisfying resolution comes quickly.

  16. diane

    Oh dear. So sorry to hear this. I hope you’re able to have a restful holiday, at least.

  17. Kyallee

    I wish you peace. Brightest Blessings for better days ahead…

  18. Jean

    May all things improve in your life. Except perhaps the puppy’s, it they got much better the sweetness might do y ou in. Re: the computer. Don’t think of it as a giant, expensive inconvenience (though of course it was)– think of it as a clear-cut, unambiguous excise to get a bright, shiny (expensive) new toy :-)

  19. Kati

    Standing with you, no matter what’s happened. Folks out here care about you and yours – holler if there’s anything your virtual community can do for you.

  20. Brigitte

    Retreating to the couch with pets (and maybe some chocolate and a book) is a good way to temporarily hide from the assholery of people in general. Though I think I spend rather TOO much time in such retreat, it is currently absolutely necessary in your case.

  21. Alison C

    Sending good wishes your way! Hope everything works out

  22. Laura

    Peace on couch to you, Mir! May the coming week bring you many peaceful moments on the couch.

  23. Samantha

    I’ll say a prayer for the swift conclusion of all suckitude. Thank you for making a blog post about not being able to post both well written and amusing (as usual).

  24. Mariya

    I hope 2014 is the Year Without Suckitude!

  25. Rachel

    Hugs to you & sorry for the recent suckitude. Hoping things get better soon!

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  27. Joan

    Sorry things have been so full of suckitude. I hope it ends very soon and that you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  28. Jessica (the celt)

    Here’s hoping 2014 is kinder to everyone (and that people make resolutions — and stick to them! — to to live up to Wheaton’s Law).

  29. Javamom

    Those dogs say it all. :)

  30. Lily

    I hope that whatever your troubles are that they end swiftly so that you can have the joyous Christmas and New Year that you so deserve.

  31. not supergirl

    Mir, so sorry for the crappy three years you’ve lived in the past week. I’m glad the pups are offering some relief from the sucky parts. I hope all is resolved quickly and smoothly.

  32. SarraJk

    I’m so sorry you had such a difficult week. I hope the rest of the year improves for you.

  33. karen

    Ugh, Mir… I’m so sorry to hear that you have suffered more suckitude…

    There’s no question, dogs bring comfort especially during difficult times. Your two are particularly adorable and it’s awesome that they have bonded with you and each other.

    I hope there is some Peace and Joy for you this holiday season – and a happier, healthier, saner 2014 for all –

  34. Alice

    Well, crud. Glad that the pups have done what pets do so well – picking up on when comfort is needed and stepping up to deliver.

    Thinking many good thoughts your way, and hoping that many comforts (canine, familial, and/or sugar based) keep you warm as you all recuperate.

  35. Heidi

    Oh geez. Wishing everyone well, and hoping for happy resolutions all around.

  36. Laura

    Wishing you and yours many moments of grace and peace in your hearts.

  37. KateB

    Good night, girl. You seem to have the worst luck. (((HUGS))) from St. Louis and here’s to a peaceful, non-suckitudey week ahead.

  38. Jenn

    Well, the last few weeks have me almost ready to ask “what else could possibly go wrong?” But we all know that the answer to that is “hahaha, everything!”

    Here’s to a better run of luck for all of us, and soon.

  39. TC

    Here. I’m going to be ridiculously, completely against my nature cheery and chipper and say that this was just 2013’s way of being MOSTLY excellent, and then leaving room for improvement for 2014! (Yeah. I’m not buying it either. But I tried! Hugs.)

  40. Cindy

    WOW! You too? It’s not the suckiest Christmas ever but sure is in the top 10, at least. Sorry your week went awry. Sorry MY week went awry. Here’s praying for a fresh, happy, less sucky New Years.

  41. Brigid

    Sorry to hear this. Hope there’s some time for GF baking. You deserve some sweets.

  42. Bob

    Suckitude – check. (Come January it will be the 1st time in 30 years I will have been unemployed.) Blessing in disguise – check. Come January it will be the 1st time in two years I won’t have to live and work 200 miles from home.

    So – what is your blessing in disguise? A new MacBook Air, or dare I say the new Mac Pro? Or maybe that this Christmas you have all of your family safe and happy around you and with them anything bad isn’t quite so bad.

    You are loved, and with that, the troubles of the world aren’t quite so bad.

    Merry Christmas!

  43. Elizabeth

    Here’s to a less sucktastic continuation of the holiday season. And an even better new year.

    If you need anything from CNY, let me know. We’ll be back to GA soon.

  44. parodie

    Oh, Mir. I hope you get all the awful out of the way in time to enjoy a good year in 2014. May this Christmas bring you peace, lots of reminders that you are loved, and moments of pure joy.

  45. addy

    Merry Christmas Mir. Here’s to a better New Year – oh and puppy love.

  46. Kailani

    Crap! I’m sorry to hear things have been especially sucky lately. No one likes a lawsuit, no matter which side you’re on. Here is hoping that everyone you love is safe and holding on tight. Wishing you peace and all things good – like snuggle puppies, wine, chocolate and BACON!

  47. Arnebya

    Thinking of you and thanking you because at least you helped to make happiness come to my house and its name is Fluxx. I wish I had a magical spell to make everything good again. I wish.

  48. Marcie

    Sometimes life can have moments filled with what seems like cosmic jokes! You just have to laugh back at them (if you can) and say “Whew we survived that” while giving yourself a well deserved pat on the back.

  49. Lara

    Argh! So sorry to hear Mir. Hopefully it’s all just getting out of the way now so 2014 can be your year ;) Seriously though, hope things are boring for a good long while now! And you can get some relaxing in over the holidays.

  50. Daisy

    Best wishes and sending good vibes your way. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying: God only gives us as much as we can handle, but I wish she didn’t think I could handle so much! It’s about time you caught a break.

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