Shannon Stacey

Archive for December, 2009

Dealing with one star Amazon reviews

I’m sure most of you aware there were two spectacular meltdowns in response to one star reviews on Amazon—one by the author herself and another by an author’s friends. There’s no sense in linking to them as 1) so much unattractiveness on a Sunday afternoon and 2) the author in the first case has already deleted her comments from what I hear.

It sucks getting a one star review. Some of them make you roll your eyes or they’re annoying … Read More »

Dear Mr S(anta): I don't want a Sony Pocket Reader

It occurred to me the other day Santa might think I want something for Christmas I don’t actually want.

How does this happen? You know how sometimes, close to Christmas, you get a little hypersensitive to the things your loved ones spend extra time looking at in stores? Maybe they dawdle over it, or keep going to back to it.

I realized that during our shopping expeditions, my husband has seen me spend a great deal of time playing with … Read More »

The cat, the straw and the Christmas Witch

Hidden deep in the depths of our Christmas tree is the Christmas Witch. If you find a Christmas Witch hiding in your tree, a year of love and joy and peace ahead will surely be.

Our witch was made in school by the Tall Kid back many years ago when he was the short (and only) one, and every year she magically hides deep in the branches. She’s made of paper (and she’s held up remarkably well), but her broomstick … Read More »

The Christmas playlist

I have a few CDs that I play incessantly during the holiday season—Harry Connick Jr, Garth Brooks, Josh Groban, Mannheim Steamroller and more—but thanks to the wonder of digital music, I can carry the Christmas spirit around with me and tweak it to suit my mood.

Today on the Christmas playlist:

O Holy Night—Faith Hill
Warm Me Up—Elliot Yamin
Jingle Bell Rock—Rascal Flatts
White Christmas—Rascal Flatts
I’ll Be Home for Christmas—Rascal Flatts
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen—Rascal Flatts
What Child … Read More »

The annual PSA from Mrs. Sparky

It’s that time of year again when Mother Nature randomly unleashes high winds and heavy ice down on us and there’s very little that sucks more than losing power when it’s cold. That leads us to…generators.

There’s the obvious, though at least a couple of people die or almost die every year of this: the generator has to be outside. It’s an engine and it puts out exhaust. Putting the generator in your basement is no different than running a … Read More »

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