Thursday, April 9, 2009

Here's the Thing

I never intended for this to be a "humor" blog, but since many of the people who are kind enough to read this blog laugh at it, here I am.

But this is a bad week to be funny for me. Because my friend's father passed away on Tuesday, after a difficult illness and Maddie Spohr, Heather and Mike's daughter, passed away on Tuesday, unexpectedly.  

I will not try to be profound, because I don't like to fail miserably in front of an audience. 

I am asking you to click on that link on the left to sponsor me in the March of Dimes Walk in NYC on April 26th.  Or, if you're semi-local, please join me and walk with me.  We'll get coffee  afterwards.  Or something stronger, because I'm certain that we'll be parched.

I know this economy sucks.  Please, I've been scrubbing my own fucking toilet.  But if you're able, please make a donation.

And to encourage you--two people who sponsor me will get to assign a topic for me to blog about.  How is THAT not rewarding? (Disclaimer: it can't be "write a post incorporating your mother's maiden name, your social security number and explaining why you're such a Jew-whore.")  One person I will pick randomly and the other will be the biggest donor.  I may also want to marry those people, so keep some money aside for the wedding. And the divorce settlement.

Thank you.  


Blogger Vodka Mom said...

marinka- we all have our moments, and our days, when our hearts are heavy. We think deep thoughts- question God- and need a moment to re-group.

Sending you a hug.

(And if I had to quarters to rub together, I would pledge some money for you. I just might anyway..)

April 9, 2009 at 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Undomestic Diva said...

You rock.

April 9, 2009 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Scary Mommy said...

It's just the saddest thing, isn't it? I can't get her little smile out of my head. Oh, that face...
I spent the rest of my weekly money on the MOD site, but I'm going to try to get you next week.

And scrubbing your own toilet? That's totally tragic.

April 9, 2009 at 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Andrea's Sweet Life said...

Ah well, no one can be funny 365 days a year, unless that person is completely insane and living in a nuthouse.

That said, I'm all choked up over Maddie too and anyone who complains can just suck it.

April 9, 2009 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger blognut said...

Been there, done it. I wish I could be there for the walk.

Don't even worry about trying to be funny or profound. You're entitled to a little downtime.

April 9, 2009 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Ann's Rants said...

Sometimes life is terribly unfunny.

Another Jew Whore

April 9, 2009 at 8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marinka, mind if I take your idea about the two posts? I don't mind "whoring" myself out for a good cause. :)

Looking forward to meeting you on the 26th.

April 9, 2009 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger *Akilah Sakai* said...

My sympathies.
Sending warm vibes to you, your friend, and Maddie's parents - as well as their close friends and families who will help each of them cope with their losses.

April 9, 2009 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I have always scrubbed my own toilet. It's called being ridiculously underpaid. However, as I've said before, husbands can scrub toilets. FOR REAL.

April 9, 2009 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

My school is a big supporter of several charities - one being the March of Dimes. We will be raising money during the month of May. I promise, I'll be digging deep in my pockets.

Thanks for shouting out about a great cause. Maybe the money you raise can save a child's life.

April 9, 2009 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Marinka said...

Ella--of course, please take it! are you part of a team? Come join us!

April 9, 2009 at 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometime life ain't so funny. Thank you for doing this.

April 9, 2009 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger the mama bird diaries said...

Just horrible. And unfair. And my heart BREAKS for them.

April 9, 2009 at 10:34 PM  
Anonymous peajaye said...

geez, your website really IS like porn - you have to pay for it and everything. well, there goes my lunch money for next week.

April 9, 2009 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I adore you.
you make me cringe and giggle.
You inspire me and make me gasp.

You are the shit. period.

Can't wait to see the Q&A

April 9, 2009 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Stranded in Stepford said...

My heart breaks for Maddie's family because she was a special girl-a gift from God herself. I wish that there were some way that I could be in NYC on the day of the March but I absolutely can't change my prior commitments. I'm so thankful that you can walk in my place Marinka. I've made a donation much smaller than my heart would like but as much as my wallet could afford. I promise to come back and give more next month if the fates allow.
Meanwhile. . . I've got quite a topic for you to comment on should I be your random pick (I'm hoping that I'm not your highest bidder- there has to be someone out there with a little more discretionary cash than me. . .)
Thanks Marinka, you rock and I'm betting this walk won't leave you the least bit exhausted. :)

April 9, 2009 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger ♥ Braja said...

You're a beautiful, generous woman and i love you...i'd walk with you if i

April 10, 2009 at 1:00 AM  
Blogger Deb said...


You truly have a caring spirit and it is so sweet of you to do this. I think we're all feeling low this week.

April 10, 2009 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger SoMi's Nilsa said...

Sometimes absolutely horrific things bring out the best in people. I mean seriously, it's made you into a changed woman (even if temporarily). I can say I've been overwhelmed by how the blogging community has come out in support of Maddie and her parents. It's incredibly touching.

April 10, 2009 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Yes, I come for the humor, but I'm glad to help where I can.

April 10, 2009 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger CSY said...

Oh how I WISH I could be with you on the 26th. My prayers and love to your friend and Maddie's family. Wish it could be more than just love being donated, but when you have 1/2 an army to feed...

April 10, 2009 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Tooj said...

And somehow you still seem to put a small smile on the readers' faces. That could be because we get small satisfactions out of the fact that you have to clean your own toilet. I have to do my monthly budget, but if it allows for a donation, I will be back. Good luck.

April 10, 2009 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger mo.stoneskin said...

My heart goes out.

And you know when times are tight when you have to clean your own toilet.

April 10, 2009 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

Hi Marinka - thanks for still swinging by! I was so sorry to read about Maddie - I had read her dad's blog a while back and remembered her from the pic. It broke my heart. Here's hoping all is swell your way (even scrubbing the toilets) and hope to catch up with everyone this summer!

April 10, 2009 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Phat Mama said...

I'm so sorry to hear this, marinka.

I've mentioned you today on my blog - you bring laughter to so many with your blog & I wanted to give you thanks for that.

April 10, 2009 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger iMommy said...

This is a very tragic week. One we'll not soon forget.

I've donated to MoD and Maddie's personal fund, but I will be sure to find a few dollars to throw towards the walk.

We can eat Ramen one week this month. It would be worth every (delicious) bit.

April 10, 2009 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger ms. changes pants while driving said...

i can't get this out of my head. it is so sad. i'm glad you're walking in NY. i might go to the walk in LA, and i'm going to the service next week.

i feel dumb... we don't really know these people. i never met them, but i feel like they're friends. like friends of mine lost their baby.

the internets are funny things.

April 10, 2009 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Maura said...

It's great that you're walking for Maddie. They did tell you that you have to do it in purple stilettos, right?

Off to pledge on your walk...

April 10, 2009 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Old Dog calls my blogging buddies my "imaginary friends." But it feels like people very real to me just suffered a tragedy.

April 10, 2009 at 5:02 PM  

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