Mariah Carey is not dead

My sister (Lisa) just called me from California and after talking for a few minutes she was all “Okay, mom said I’m supposed to talk to you for 45 minutes before I break this to you but I don’t have anything to talk about so you have to entertain me” and I’m all “Crap.  I don’t have anything interesting to say either and now I can’t concentrate so what is it because you’ve totally freaked me out?” and she’s said “Aunt Karen died”, which was sad because she was awesome even though she was so eccentric she made me look rational and normal.  And also it was sad because she was really quite young and I asked what she died from and Lisa said she was afraid to ask so I assume she just died from crazy, which seems crude but honestly I take after her side of the family so probably that’s how I’m going to go too so I’m allowed to say that.  Like how black people are allowed to call each other the n-word.  Except I don’t think “allowed” is the word I’m looking for here because it’s not like I would want to use the n-word even if I was a black person and was “allowed” to.  Also, I don’t know why I’m writing about the n-word in a post about my dead aunt but I blame the grief.

Also, while I was still on the phone with Lisa, Victor could tell I was upset so he asked what was wrong but I didn’t want to interrupt Lisa so I mouthed “My Aunt Karen just died” and he yelled “MARIAH CAREY JUST DIED?” and I just kind of looked at him like “What the hell is wrong with you?” and he was all “I didn’t even know she was sick” and I’m like “My Aunt Karen.  Not Mariah Carey.” and then he was all “O-o-oh” and then he just walked out of the room.  And then Lisa heard me talking to Victor so I tried to explain it and Lisa’s all “Mariah Carey’s dead too? and I felt bad for accidentally making a mockery out of my aunt’s death but then I figured Karen would probably think it was all pretty funny too so it was fine.  And right then my sister saw a spider in California and I saw one AT THE EXACT SAME TIME and I’m all “Dude.  That’s totally a sign from Karen” and Lisa agreed and then Victor walked back in and he’s all “Yeah, ’cause what are the odds that there’s more than one spider in the world?” and then I started to give him a go-to-hell look but then I just felt sorry for him because he never gets signs from spiders about anything and that probably sucks.

PS.  My aunt Karen was truly one of the kindest and gentlest people I’ve ever met and she battled anxiety to a degree that even I can’t imagine.  Without knowing it, she was actually the person who taught me that the best place to hide from people, and life, and the world was in the bathroom. And (also without knowing it) she inspired me to walk out of the bathroom as well.  And for that I will always be grateful.

Comment of the day:  Man, that’s horrible. My sincerest condolences to you and yours. It’s times like these that test all of us, but take solace in knowing that Mariah Carey will eventually die. Also, sorry about your aunt. Sounds like you got a double dose of bad news today. At least we all know she’s in a better place. A Mariah-free place. That’s how I would begin describing heaven. Of course, she may be a bunch of spiders now which would totally kick ass.  ~ MayoPie

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  1. I’m so sorry…. Would love to meet someone eccentric like that.

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    The Original Lisa

    Holy Hell, you DID learn hiding out in the bathroom from Karen!!! I never made the connection. It’s amazing that they haven’t called you to speak at the funeral yet. In fact, I think they should just forgo the obituary and print this instead. Oh, and I squished my spider. Next time she should come back as a daddy long legs since I think they are cool and always let them live.

  3. Wait, Mariah Carey died?

    I may or may not have just skimmed this post.

    ps, sorry.

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  4. So sorry for your loss and so happy that you could commemorate her in this awesome post. I’m sure you aunt is smiling while sending spiders to do her bidding.

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  5. So sorry for your loss.

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  6. I’m sorry about your Aunt.

    I like crazy – I had a crazy aunt – Irene. They probably would have been friends.

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  7. Sorry to hear about your Aunt. But the Mariah news? Priceless!

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  8. I’m so sorry Jenny and what you learned from Aunt Karen makes you an amazing person, so she was definitely happy and proud of you. Why she chose a spider to deliver that message is confusing but maybe it was to make you feel a wee bit anxious therefore you’d think of her.

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  9. Sorry about your Aunt Karen, Jenny. Everyone should have an eccentric aunt in their life. I’m pretty sure that I’m that in my family…

    My condolensces for your loss.


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  10. I saw a spider this morning too-maybe Aunt Karen and my mom met somewhere in the great beyond!

    Truly sorry for your loss.

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  11. oh thats so sad. May she rest in peace.
    my condolences.

  12. i’m so sorry about your aunt! but i think the spiders were totally a sign. pshaw, victor. he knows nothing.

  13. The bathroom, eh? NOW YOU TELL ME.

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  14. oh thats so sad. May she rest in peace.
    My condolences.

  15. You’re amazing. Very sorry for you loss and inspired by your expression of it.

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  16. I’m sorry about your Aunt Karen. But I would rather have signs from squirrels. Squirrels are fuzzier and cuter looking than spiders. Plus they don’t bite and give you big welts.

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  17. We always tease my sister for enjoying being the bearer of bad news and blurting it out as soon as someone says “Hulloh” – she never calls otherwise, so as soon as anyone sees her name on the caller ID it’s like, “Doh, who died?” It was nice that your sister attempted the small talk. Really sorry about your aunt. Really happy she taught you what she did.

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  18. My condolences to you and your family for your loss, it sounds like Aunt Karen taught some great life lessons.

    Messages from spiders? Priceless. Victor is missing out.

  19. So sorry about the loss of your Aunt Karen. And don’t let Victor phase you. He’s just jealous about whole not getting signs of insects.

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  20. You made me tear up at the end! A first – for your blog anyway. I’m always emoting at other blogs…..

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  21. My condolences on the loss of your aunt.

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  22. Sorry about your aunt. I know Mariah Carey isn’t dead, but has anyone checked the pulse on her career? It should have been called a while ago.

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  23. My condolences. I probably spelled that wrong but I too have “the crazy” so its ok.

  24. I’m terribly sorry that you’ve lost someone. That said, I think “Coming Out of the Bathroom” would be a fantastic book title.

  25. Your aunt would have loved this.

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  26. So sorry about your aunt, but I cannot stop laughing at the whole “Who’s On First” dynamic!

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  27. Your aunt will be waiting for you in the big bathroom in the sky.

    I don’t mean that in a bad way, but in a sweet loving way. Because when I get to heaven I think all my exes will be in a bar and I will totally have a choice whether I go in there and see for myself what awful choices I made when I was still alive.

    I hope the bar has a bathroom.

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  28. Your aunt Karen sounds like an amazing person. I bet she’s loving this post. In spider form.

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  29. P.S. I hang out in bathrooms a lot too only not for the drugs anymore but because since giving birth to a Blue-Ribbon sized baby eight years ago I have to pee all the time, and also because I have social anxiety too. Except before reading you I just thought it was me being chickenshit and weird. So thank you.

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  30. “..what are the odds that there’s more than one spider in the world?” Heh. Victor totally rocks.

  31. I’m really sorry about your aunt. Also, I’ve been wondering if it’s all black people that are approved to use the n-word, or only African-Americans. Because I have this friend from Africa, and I think if he went all “n-word, please!” up in the Wendy’s with his Ivory Coast accent it might not get the reaction one would expect.

  32. If only we were all fortunate enough to have someone trailblaze the crazy for us. I was almost 30 before I realized that I came by my crazy quite honestly. I agree with your sister – this should be the obit and if you speak at the funeral, you should try your speech out on us. We’ll be nice.

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  33. I think I read you because you sort of inspire me. I suffer from social anxiety, as did many members of my family. I had an Aunt who after her husband died basically never left her home except to walk down and get her mail. I fear I fear i will be that aunt someday, i appear to get closer and closer everyday. So, when I read that you took a trip on an airplane and landed on a ship I cheer you on, I basically say don’t let the bastard take your life away from you. I think you have a natural inclination to survive and to beat your demons, even if sometimes you have to hide in the bathroom from them, because you know demons never have to piss or shit or anything like that.

  34. thanks so much for sharing. i appreciate your aunt, your moment with the spiders, and your hiding in the bathroom… i’m right there with you.

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  35. I sure hope I die from crazy. Your aunt sounds like an awesome person.

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  36. My mom is an Aunt Karen. She’s not in the proverbial bathroom, as it were, but (she might be in the physical bathroom, and) she’s an aunt, and a Karen, and awesome like your Aunt Karen was. Losing is never fun, but having awesome family totally is.

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  37. It makes me the most sad when a good crazy bitch dies. I feel like non-crazy people should die instead. I like for my kind (the crazies, obviously) to thrive. I mean, I feel as if instead of a crazy kicking the bucket, a lady with a stick up her ass should instead have to die. I mean, not that I think anyone should have to die, per se. but yeah. I think I’ll stop.

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  38. I am sorry for your loss and not sure how I feel that MC isn’t dead..

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  39. Sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences.

    And I completely understand and agree with your claim that crazy people are ‘allowed’ to call other crazy people crazy. It’s like a comradery thing; like you’re in the same club. That’s why I don’t take it personally when people call me retarded……i just give them high fives.

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    The Original Lisa

    Becky Mochaface,
    Obviously you’ve never had a camper full of squirrels. I’ll stick with spiders TYVM.

  41. You made me tear up and laugh — all at the same time. Great release. My condolences to your family. 🙂 M

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  42. I’m sorry for your loss.

  43. I’m sorry to hear about your loss. I hope I’m going to be considered the crazy aunt someday.

  44. My college roommate went to high school with Mariah Carey…back when she was a skinny white girl who lived on Long Island.

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  45. So sorry for your loss, Jenny.

    I am the crazy aunt in my family, and I’d love to think that one of the kiddos in the family will memorialize me in such an awesome way.

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  46. Sorry to hear about your loss!

    That TOTALLY sounds how conversations in my family happen….

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  47. I’m so sorry to hear about your aunt’s passing. If she was anything like you, I’m sure she was awesome!

    But I am very glad to hear Mariah Carey is not dead, because my gay friend Worky would be absolutely devestated.

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  48. I think this story is funny. It could even work if you used Mariah Carey everytime you mention Aunt Karen and vice versa.

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  49. My Aunt would have had me see a bottle of scotch. And then drink it. That’s how we roll.

    Sorry for your loss.

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  50. Next time I get on an elevator , instead of hollering “wolverines” I’ll yell “Aunt Karen.” You know, in tribute. Or something.

  51. What a gift you have for filling even moments of grief with humor, and in such an offbeat way it works and works well.

    I’m sorry for your loss.

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  52. I’m shocked that your eccentric Aunt Karen died before mine. Mine is 400+ pounds. GREAT lady, but I’m still amazed that her body is even working!!!!

    I’m sorry for your Aunt. When my Aunt Karen dies, as long as she doesn’t come to me in the form of a mouse, she’ll likely get to live on.

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  53. I’m sorry for your loss, Jenny. the world needs more crazy, not less. I mean the good kind of crazy, not the psycho kind. We could all do with less of the bad crazy. I think Mariah Carey is the good kind of crazy, and I am therefore glad for confirmation of her live status. Good for her.

  54. i feel seriously guilty for laughing so hard at post that talks about losing a family member. it’s totally your fault.

    oh, and i’m sorry your aunt died & mariah carey didn’t.

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  55. “Crazy” people are the spice of life. I’m glad she taught you so much, and I hope you pass it on. Please pass along my condolences to the Carey family as well. I assume you’re having some sort of joint service.

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  56. I’m sorry for your loss.

    But seriously, what’s up with your mother? 45 minutes of small talk before you get to the big thing that happened? Now THAT’s crazy! I don’t even talk to my mother for 45 minutes a week, and I probably talk to my sisters 45 minutes a year! I’d never get to the news.

    Tell Victor that spiders tend to hide out when there are people about, so seeing them at the same time is definitely a sign.

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  57. So sorry to hear about your aunt, Jenny.
    When you said you mouthed “My Aunt Karen just died,” and Victor read, “Mariah Carey,” I mouthed it too, to see if it was really possible to make that mistake.
    And it was.
    Thanks for the laugh.
    May God give you guys peace during this difficult time.

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  58. Sorry for your loss, Jenny.

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  59. What a bummer, so sorry to hear your sad news. None of my aunts have died yet and I hope they never will. When my grandma T. died my sister and I were in her bedroom with her holding her hand. It was sad but somehow peaceful which I can’t quite explain, but made it me less afraid of dying. A half hour later the nurse said maybe we could go back in and fix her up a bit because my aunts were arriving to pay last respects. So we smoothed grandma’s hair and figured we should probably put her false teeth back in. For appearances. ‘Cause seeing a dead person is bad enough, but a dead person whose false teeth are in a glass by the bed instead of in their mouth? Totally not cool. But my sister and I weren’t really used to dealing with dead people, and we weren’t so used to false teeth and how they work either. So the whole process got sort of funny. Like, really funny and we started giggling and couldn’t stop but we had to do some serious laugh stifling because our poor aunts were crying in the other room and it just seemed to be goofing off with our dead grandma’s teeth. And stuff. Finally the nurse came in to help us get the teeth back in. We apologized for laughing at our dead grandma and her teeth. She said everyone grieves in different ways and that maybe we should go eat some cake that the neighbor brought over. So we did. And then we brushed our teeth because we’re hoping we never have to get false teeth.

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  60. My condolences on your loss… great tribute… very unique and very loving…

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  61. Man, that’s horrible. My sincerest condolences to you and yours. It’s time like these that test all of us, but take solace in knowing that Mariah Carey will eventually die. Also, sorry about your aunt. Sounds like you got a double dose of bad news today. At least we all know she’s in a better place. A Mariah-free place. That’s how I would begin describing heaven. Of course, she may be a bunch of spiders now which would totally kick ass.

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  62. I’m very sorry for your loss.

    And also, Mariah Carey is dead?!? (This is how rumor’s get started!)

  63. Sorry to hear about your Aunt Karen. Because a friend of mine who practices Native American Spirituality has a spider as his totem, I looked it up for you. Check this out:

    Maybe Karen *was* sending a message.

  64. Thank god, because you could have been that lady who grew onto the toilet seat. But also because it’s a nice tribute to your dearly departed aunt, so long as you washed your hands.

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  65. Please post a photo of your go-to-hell look. I’ve been working on perfecting mine, but really, I need a role model. Mine mostly looks like I suspect someone swapped my coffee for Sanka. Annoyed, but not really searing. Please help.

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  66. And I’m very sorry for your loss. Your post is a great tribute to her.

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  67. i absolutely LOVE this post! especially, “Okay, mom said I’m supposed to talk to you for 45 minutes before I break this to you but I don’t have anything to talk about so you have to entertain me” that is so my family as well.

    i’m sorry for your loss. i hope my aunt sends me a sign 🙂

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  68. So sorry for your loss, but *totally* jazzed for you that you had a formative aunt like that. Aunts can be things that moms can’t (or if they can, it’s a much finer line) – cool, eccentric, “crazy” – and we end up learning loads from that.

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  69. Jenny — I’m sorry you’ve lost your Aunt Karen – I have one, too, and don’t want to think about losing her. I hope you have some great memories of some great times & conversations with her to hang on to. And some great pictures!
    I’m the “cool aunt” for my niece [I taught her how to ask for her favorite 29-word Starbuck’s drink when she was about 2] and I totally hope she saves up a lot of fun memories of us.
    And LOL to the guy who mentioned the lady who grew to the toilet seat! I’m a native Clear Lake-ian stuck in KS [for now] and that was BIZARRE even by Texas standards.

  70. First, my condolences for your loss. It really sux when someone you like dies.

    Now, can you come explain to my coworkers why I fell out of my chair laughing! That whole exchange about Mariah with Victor just hit me as the funniest thing I’ve read in a lonnnnng time.

    Its was shaping up to be a really shitty day at work, thanks for making me laugh. =D

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  71. So sorry for your loss. I started to cry, but your blog made me laugh. Then it was happy tears mixed with sad tears and my eyes got very confused. Then you said Mariah Carey was dead and then she wasn’t and I cried with anger. Tough blog for my eyes (and my heart).

    I wonder if there is an exchange program somewhere because I would gladly give up Mariah Carey for your Aunt Karen. The world needs more awesome & eccentric & kind people like her.

  72. I’m sorry about your aunt. And also that she is sending you spiders, because if I had a dead relative sending me spiders, regardless of how beloved they were, I would sorta think they were creepy.

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  73. I’m sorry for your loss, Jenny. and for your husband’s inabilty to read lips. lets hope he never looses his hearing. dude’s gonna be FUCKED! also – I just saw a spider and I live in Maryland. I also just squished an ant. I should maybe clean my kitchen. Deepest sympathies for my assine way of saying “sorry for your loss”.

  74. Dead?————How do people know she’s not just hiding out in a bathroom somewhere?

    Did she leave a note saying that she wants her ashes flushed?
    That would seem reasonable. In an unreasonable way.

    I had a woman like that in my life too. . . very kind, very gentle, a great sense of humor.
    I miss her.

  75. Jenny, I’m very sorry for the loss of your Aunt because losing anyone you love, crazy or not, bites the big one. But I have to admit, knowing you, Lisa, and Victor, I could totally see the conversation going on and I had to laugh. It is kind of like the episode of Mary Tyler Moore when the clown died and they all laughed at the funeral….okay, so I aged myself there, but hey, you could have seen it in a repeat or something. Anyway, take all the good parts of your Aunts personality and continue to honor her in your own special way.

  76. I’m sorry to hear about your aunt. 🙁

    I do hope, however, that something like that happens when I die – ’cause my ghost totally wouldn’t be offended. I imagine it would be like when I worked for Home Depot and I kept hearing “Tracy from Cash” whenever someone called for “Kitchens and Bath.” The first forty seven times, it was hilarious. Then I had to change my name at work.

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  77. So sorry Mariah Carey’s not dead. No, wait. Something about spiders. Don’t spiders hang out in the bathroom? Thank Chuck you didn’t both see Sasquatch at the same time, now that would be awesome! Because I’m pretty sure there’s only one sasquatch in the world, except where do baby sasquatches come from? Maybe it’s a hermaphrodite?

    Which is to say, sorry for your loss.

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  78. I’ve always wanted to start a rumor like ‘Mariah Carey is dead’ and see if I can make to Access Hollywood.

    So sorry about your aunt Karen.

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  79. Wow… That was surprisingly inspiring.

    Now every time I see a spider, I’ll be thinking of the Aunt Karen that I never had; and possibly mourning her.

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  80. I’m so sorry for your loss, Jenny. Truly.
    Now, if I see a spider, and think of Aunt Karen, and then kill it, does that make me a bad person?
    Also, I find myself hiding away in bathrooms these days when I’m nervous or sad, just now realized that may or may not be your influence….hmmm.

    Back to me feeling sad for you and hoping you are doing okay.
    Much love!

  81. Damn, Jenny. I am really sorry about your Aunt. I am not much of a fan of Mariah Carey, so truly, that was the world’s loss that your Aunt Karen was the one to go instead.

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  82. Wow Jenny, your family sounds so totally awesome. I would have loved to have met your Aunt. She sounds so totally cool from the little bit you’ve posted here, and I’m sorry that she’s gone. However, I will take care with spiders carrying messages from the other side from now on. No matter how ugly they may be. Just in case. Drop a bee in Aunt Karen’s ear at the funeral and tell her to look my mom up when she gets there. They can do crazy together and liven things up. It’ll be a blast.

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  83. in your grief that you can still be funny is amazing and i love it.
    your aunt sounds like she was a lovely person.

    ps – your “ps” made me teary

    pps – i want you to write my eulogy… is that weird?

  84. Sorry for your family’s loss. My deepest sympathies.

  85. Mariah Carey doesn’t seem like the bathroom type at all. Pity.

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  86. I’m sorry for your loss. Crazy runs in my family as well….and in me, so I can totally use the word too. I’m in your club *fist bump*. Aunt Karen sounds like one cool chick. I’m sorry, again.

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  87. Sorry for your loss. This post just triggered the realization that, in my family, I AM THE CRAZY AUNT, although I’m probably not going to die from it since the kidney failure will probably beat out the crazy in that race. Not by much though. Stupid kidneys.

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  88. My condolences on the loss of your Aunt. It’s sad whenever anyone dies but one who influenced your life in such a manner is always worse somehow.
    Not sure why but there seems to be a spider thing going around this week…’s a long story that involves half waking the husband from a dream!

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  89. I’m sorry for your loss. You honored her memory well.

    In our family, my sister is the crazy aunt. Because she won’t have children. I don’t even have the opportunity to earn that title. What an asshole she is.

  90. I’m so sorry to hear that. You just made me want to make sure I visit my crazy aunt this week.

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  91. I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Your aunt sounds like a wonderful woman, and I’m sure she’s happy to be remembered with such love.

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  92. Jenny,
    My condolences on your loss.

  93. I’m sorry for your family’s loss.

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  94. Dear Jenny. I’m sorry about your Aunt Karen. Coming back to say goodbye to you as a spider is quite nice.

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  95. I woke up with a spider bite on my cheek … it’s SO a sign.

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  96. seriously sorry to hear about your aunt. is it bad that i was almost hoping mariah carey died??? her voice is enough to kill me . . .

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  97. I am honestly sorry to hear about your aunt. I know how hard it is to lose someone who was a role model.

    P.S. How cool is it that now she can send you and your sister spiders at the exact same moment?

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  98. I don’t have anything clever to say except that now I will think about your Aunt Karen before I kill another spider. They totally scare the piss out of me.

    I am truly sorry for your loss.

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  99. One time my friend told me J-Lo died while I was on a break while I was working at this stupid call center. Well of course I told EVERYONE I worked with and I told almost all of the customers I talked to that day.

    When I got home I realized that J-Lo was totally alive and then I murdered my friend. Okay maybe I didn’t kill him, but I totally should have.

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  100. I’m really sorry to hear about your aunt. I really wish your blog post had been about something less tragic, because now it makes my comment look really offensive, but basically I just wanted to say I finally read the comment you left on my blog TWO WEEKS AGO and I wanted to tell you I really appreciate you even reading it, much less commenting on it. I’ll go away now. I hope you feel better soon. And don’t feel too bad about your aunt. Like that poem says, she did not die. She’s still here in the grain of wheat or the rain, or… oh hell. I forget how that goes. I’ll shut up now. ((((awkward hug))))

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  101. I just wanted to say that I am sorry for your loss.

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    Just A. Reader

    In your own special way, you wrote a beautiful tribute to your aunt. May she rest in peace, without anxiety and spiders.

    Wishing you comfort and love,

  103. I’m so sorry about your Aunt. It’s always the crazy relatives we miss the most. At least they’re never boring.

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  104. Sorry to hear about your Aunt. I get that she was a great person who suffered greatly.


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  105. So very sorry about your aunt. Once my sweetheart kept saying “Mariah Carey” over and over until I yelled at him “DON’T EVER SAY MARIAH CAREY AGAIN!!” and after a few seconds he said, very quietly, “mariah carey” and I screamed “WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY!?” and he said, louder, “I SAID MY EYES ARE HAIRY!”
    So yeah, I’m very sorry about your queen-of-the-spiders aunt.

  106. *hugs*

  107. I’m making a mental note to have you write my obituary (actually, if I really want that I should make an ACTUAL note somewhere) because this is the only time when I’ve ever laughed about anything involving death and I want to go out like that. Seriously, though, I am really sorry about your aunt… and grateful she made you come out of the bathroom, ’cause it’d be hard to blog from there.

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  108. Sorry for you loss, also sorry about the Maria Carey news, now we have to still hear her sing!

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  109. i’ve got GAD and i prefer a closet. it’s womb-like.

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  110. You made me laugh despite your sad news. This is going to sound odd, but the next time I see a spider, I’ll think of your Aunt Karen.

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  111. I’m sorry about your aunt. And about Mariah. I mean that she’s still with us. But mostly about your aunt. Wouldn’t it be nice if the only people that died were very old happy people who had lived a fulfilling life? Then it wouldn’t suck so much.

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  112. Sorry to hear about your Aunt Karen. It’s never easy news to hear even when it’s expected. I’m sure she would laugh at your crazy conversation with your sister and husband about her, Mariah Carey and message spiders (that part is seriously creepy).

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  113. I am so sorry about your aunt Karen!

    And tell Victor is he’s not more sympathetic he might get a spider as a sign too, except his may be creepeir and maybe poisonous because that’s just the way karma works. Well, kind of.

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  114. I’m sorry about your aunt, but how awesome to be able to control spiders. I hate spiders and would love to be able to control them. I would totally scare people to make them think of me too.

    I am glad she taught you how to come out of the bathroom. I managed to marry the only person that makes me come out of my bathroom (books).

    I also agree with Fargo, “Coming Out of the Bathroom” *would* make an awesome book title.

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    Thank you for this. It’s good in so many ways.


  116. I’m sorry, Jenny.

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  117. Crazy aunts rock. Spiders do not rock. Very poignant, funny post – I’m sure it made your Aunt Karen smile.

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  118. Sorry about your aunt. Although I’m glad you had such a wonderful relationship with her!
    But, Dude!, your Aunt Karen is totally hanging over my sink right now! I read the post to her, and she seemed mildly amused. At least, she just kept hanging there motionless. Sorry to say, though, that she’s only got till hubby gets out of bed to keep hanging around like that. She is a Daddy Longlegs, so, to make your sister happy (per her earlier comment), I’ll try to get him to humanely throw her outside. You’re welcome!

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  119. That was seriously the funniest thing I’ve read in a very long time. About Mariah Carey, not your aunt. I’m very sorry about your aunt.

  120. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    The spiders will always be your sign now.

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  121. This was a lovely post; my condolences for your loss.

    Also, could you maybe hold a seance or something to ask Aunt Karen how she’s doing that spider thing? Because I *totally* want to have dominion over spiders after I kick. It’d be nice to get some pointers now.

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  122. I’m sorry for your loss. And I totally believe in signs – even when they are spiders!

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  123. Um, I think your aunt is accidentally sending spiders to my house? I have found 6 in the last three days, could you tell your Aunt’s spiders to call their friends over here, they must have made a wrong turn.

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  124. I’m so sorry about your aunt. I recently lost a very wonderful aunt myself so you have my deepest sympathies.

    But the spider was totally a sign.

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  125. We have a sister like that. Brother calls her “Black Linda,” because she’s always calling not only with deaths but with horrifying illnesses/mishaps befalling people you barely know.

    Black Linda: Do you remember Jackie Peterson? From down the block? Her mother was Cousin Cindy’s babysitter?
    Me: No.
    Black Linda: Eye cancer.


    Black Linda: Carlos Manypenny? He was in chorus with me in 7th grade? Moved to Alaska to mine silver?
    Me: No.
    Black Linda: Eaten by wolves.

    That kind of thing.

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  126. Aw. Your post made me cry.
    Battle, battle. I would like you to post a mini-saga about battling anxiety like in an actual battle with light sabers and toilet seats and Kill Bill kind of martial arts and fake blood.
    Just a lil’ ol’ request for some day when you can’t figure out what to write about.

  127. I’m really sorry for your loss. Your aunt Karen sounds like she was an awesome person, even though sending spiders as a sign from beyond is kinda creepy- I’m just sayin’…

  128. I’m so sorry for your loss…and I’m sorry I laughed more than half way through reading your post…but not about your aunt, though, I hope that when I die, i have someone who can make others laugh when talking about all the silliness of me.

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  129. Not that I should at all compare the loss of your Aunt to the loss of my dog but well I’m going to . If it helps any we’d had him for 9 years and he was a huge part of our family. Ahem, but anyway. So after we put our dog to sleep I was talking to him and telling him he’s in a better place and tried to sit down so I could be eye to eye with him on the table. Anyhoo I totally missed the chair and almost fell on my ass. I was lucky my husband caught me. Barely.
    We laughed for a while. It was nice to be laughing instead of crying.

    Ya know sometimes that kind of comic relief is needed. Death is a heavy enough subject. Sorry.

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  130. You can die of crazy? Crap, I’m doomed.

  131. Many people give credit for someone teaching them to hide in the bathroom, although most seem to think they gained the strength to walk out of there all by themselves. I think you will find yourself in the bathroom less often…

    Thank you. First time visitor. MacArthur.

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    Mariah Carey

    I am not dead. I am not dead. I am not dead.

  133. Whoever just left the comment above me? Rocks my socks off.

    I’ve had a spider WAVE at me. Now, what the hell am I supposed to do with that? Is he just saying hey, or is my Nana trying to warn me about my impending doom? COME ON, spider, you can do better than that!

    (My condolences to you and your family.)

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  134. I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending you and your family healing thoughts.

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  135. OMG, I just watched a Discovery Channel show about the funnel web spider, which is scary as hell and can kill someone with their fangs. They live in Australia. Is that a sign I should never, ever fist the Land Down Under?

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  136. I have to ask… WTFUCKITYFUCK is going on in the universe this week? I had news of 3 people I know or kinda know that DIED on june 16th. One was a dear friend who lost her battle with ovarian cancer. But HAYZEUS was the quota low in heaven or something?

  137. I am sorry for your loss – you and yours will be in my prayers.

  138. Crazy is the leading cause of death in my family.

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  139. Yeah, Karen’s all, “damn you for mentioning me and Mariah Carey in the same conversation!” Then threw spiders at both of you. She was probably a cool chick to hang out with – sorry for your loss.

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  140. OMFG I was throwing my head back cuz I was laughing so hard at something you wrote (obviously not in this post cuz that would be insensitive) and THERE’S A FUCKING SPIDER ON MY CEILING!!! Right after I read this post I see a spider. Its a sign.

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  141. So, let me get this right… you and Mariah Carey are going to go into the bathroom, where she will dye you with spider juice.



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  142. Wow. I needed to laugh today. The Mariah Carey comment did it. I am so sorry about your aunt. One of my favorite people ever, my Grandma, died a few months ago as well. Some days it just feels so messed up. Anyway, I hope that your heart recovers and that those wonderful eccentric things that made Aunt Karen crazy, always stay with you!

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  143. Let’s trade Mariah for your aunt.

    Also, I’m really looking forward to the hate mail you get for even mentioning the N word. Please be sure to share with your legions of fans.

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  144. Ooooh, I’m just going to go ahead and put this out there in case any of my near-death relatives are reading: Don’t come back as a spider. I will freak the fuck out.

    Sorry about your aunt, and your husband’s concern over Mariah Carey.

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  145. i am sorry for your loss , i also know what you mean about the crazy family i live in one twisted world .
    its a sham your man does not get messages from spiders they could fill him in on what your faces mean.
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    I’m sorry for your loss, but I’m kind of glad I didn’t know your aunt. I fucking hate spiders. Creepy bastards, always sneaking up on you.. If I get messages from dead people, I hope they pick a bunny or something. I think squirrels were already mentioned, they’d be okay too.

  147. I guess that is one way to handle a death in the family. Humor is always preferable to tears.

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  148. Mariah is a two dollar mess!! Someone submit a SLAM and we will lace her.

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  149. Sorry about your aunt. I have an awesome crazy aunt too, the are the best. But I did laugh my ass off about mariah, only because I thought she was shot after Glitter, or at least she should have been. not that I have ever seen glitter late one night when my daughter was up sick.

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  150. Hi, I am a new reader…. plugged by IslandBlue.

    I am so sorry for your loss, however you are really freaking funny. 🙂

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  151. Hey! I also blogged about aunt-related stuff! Love your blog!

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  152. I mean I also blogged about aunt-stuff today 🙂

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  153. You know what I just figured out? You remind me of Douglas Adams. I mean if Douglas Adams was alive and was a slightly sassy blogger. I mean, bloggess.

    It’s just that sometimes I read your stuff and laugh and I’m like, wait, did I laugh because that was random, or because it was funny? And I think, no, it was funny because it was random! And then I think, wait, WAS it? (funny, I mean, because it’s always random.)

    Just like not forgetting your towel.

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  154. I’m so sorry about your aunt but this post did give me a chuckle. Ive been on a news strike this week so I have no clue what is going on in the world. When I saw the title I thought o my gosh what happened to Mariah I need to cancel the strike to read what happened:) Darn strike still on.

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  155. My kids have a crazy Aunt Robin who is my young sister and I learned a lot from her too… like how you can totally pin someone down in a fight even if they are bigger then you just because you are the older sister. My husband used to tease me that my sister was crazy and think that I was crazy too because I totally let my children call her “Crazy Aunt Robin” when she calls, but then his grandmother passed away and his aunt flew in from North Carolina and he’s all tell our kids how she is kinda, sorta, really crazy and I looked at him and sang, “You have a Crazy Aunt Jean! You have a Crazy Aunt Jean!” Then we challenged our three kids to see who would be the crazy aunt or uncle for the next generation. Their working on it with great enthusiasm!

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