Shannon Stacey

Romancing the Brouhaha

Cigar, anyone?

Proud to be an Angel!

The secret is out!

My reaction as an RTB columnist? :shrug: I don’t care.

I did care for a while. Looking back on some conversations I’ve had/been involved with with people who I now know–or by even the most mediocre powers of deduction can assume–are involved, I feel like a fool. I don’t like being anybody’s fool, and my reaction to that has always been to become instantly pissed off. We’re talking “Houston, we have ignition” kind of instantly pissed off.

But two things have knocked me off the launchpad:

1—The whole Junior High element will blow over in a few days and we’ll be left with RTB, which I still feel benefits–or has the potential to benefit–the romance community. And since I actually like the people involved, it’s not that big a deal in the big picture.

2—I’ve got a four-year-old who has vomited himself dangerously close to dehydration who keeps watching me with his shadowed eyes peeking out from his ashen face, pleading with me to make it go away.

He’s a sad, heartbreaking little reminder of what’s worth my energy. And what’s not.

18 comments to “Romancing the Brouhaha”

  1. Emma
      · April 12th, 2005 at 12:13 am · Link

    Oh, yuck. Hope the four-year-old starts feeling better soon! Sending happy thoughts your way!

  2. Shannon
      · April 12th, 2005 at 12:26 am · Link

    Thanks, Emma! I’m hoping that, like many little ones, he’ll just wake up feeling better.

    And I supposed only the moms in the crowd will appreciate my sniffled tears of relief when the child managed to pee a half hour ago. :oops:

  3. Bron
      · April 12th, 2005 at 2:55 am · Link

    Shannon, I’m not a mum, but as someone who was once severely dehydrated and hospitalized for it once, I can appreciate those sniffled tears of relief. Hope the short kid is better after a night’s sleep – and that you get some sleep, too.

    As for the RTB thing, I don’t know anyone personally, but I confess to a little bit of ‘erk’ over the denials of involvement rather than honesty or just not saying anything, but as you say, it’s relatively small stuff. And I enjoy reading RTB and will still do so.

  4. kate
      · April 12th, 2005 at 6:41 am · Link

    you giving him popsicles?
    if it’s that bad, take him to the DR! NOW!
    they dehydrate very quickly, those little guys.

  5. Jorie
      · April 12th, 2005 at 7:15 am · Link

    I hope he’s feeling better soon.

    I like RtB, as I’ve said a couple of places elsewhere. Not quite so keen on all this secrets stuff though. Not that I’ve been personally affected.

  6. Mariann
      · April 12th, 2005 at 7:26 am · Link

    I, too, hope the excitement over the RTB authorship/ownership issue dies down quickly. As you’ve experienced first hand, there are more important things to worry about.

    Hope your little one feels better soon. :cheesy:

  7. Steph T.
      · April 12th, 2005 at 8:19 am · Link

    {{{Hugs}}} to the four year old!

    *smiles happily and pretends that Shannon rotated the blogskin just for her*

  8. Anna Lucia
      · April 12th, 2005 at 8:45 am · Link

    ((((((hugs)))))) For the short kid.

    I’m not a Mum, but I did run round the house screaming “SHE PEEEEEED!” (literally) the first time Pippi Kitty demonstrated her kidneys were still functioning after her accident.

    Hope he, and you, feel much better soon.

  9. Shannon
      · April 12th, 2005 at 9:21 am · Link

    It was just for you, Steph. :thumb:

    The short kid’s still throwing up, but he’s also still peeing. (And yes, Kate, I promise I’ve talked to my doctor. Several times. There’s nothing they can do unless he gets worse.)

    It’s hard for him because he’s a huge liquid guzzler, as a rule—both of them are. It’s rare to see one of them without a water bottle at hand. (I’m so glad our town water is good and I can just reuse the sports-top bottles, because if I had to buy all the water they drink, I’d have to sell the truck) And he’s still trying to get that liquid, so in a bizarre twist, I’m trying to get him to lay off the liquids for a few minutes.

    And neither of them like popsicles—they don’t like sticky hands.:roll:

    Thanks for all the well-wishes for him! :kiss:

  10. Anna Lucia
      · April 12th, 2005 at 9:58 am · Link

    I was just going to pop on and ask you how he was this morning. :wink:

    I’m glad he’s in better hydration this am. And yay for kids who drink plenty of water! :grin:

  11. Shannon
      · April 12th, 2005 at 10:07 am · Link

    He’s curled up in his Daddy’s chair, cuddled up with Daddy’s sweater, sleeping right now.

    Not surprising considering how many of the wee hours were spent in negotiation. “If you give me some apple juice, I’ll let you go back to bed.” “Yeah, but only until you throw it up, and since we don’t have a 24-hour Walmart Supercenter, you are officially out of bedsheets.”

  12. cece
      · April 12th, 2005 at 11:07 am · Link

    (((Little guy)))) I hope he gets better quick!!!!! poor tot!

  13. Charlene T
      · April 12th, 2005 at 12:52 pm · Link

    Oh, I hope he’s better today. I’m with you, having a short person around is a real priority fixer.

  14. AngieW
      · April 12th, 2005 at 2:25 pm · Link

    Oh, poor little man. I can understand the happiness over peeing. Brianna pooped yesterday after a week of nothing and I text messaged Josh right away. LOL. Life is so exciting when you stay at home with kids. Or without them.

    I suppose that lack of excitement at home is why so many people get up in arms over things like the RTB. It’s kind of like gossip around the water cooler at work, ya know? I haven’t looked any blogs yet today so I’m not following the whole thing. But I can imagine!

  15. Larissa
      · April 12th, 2005 at 5:06 pm · Link

    Hope the little one is better now. Sick kids are scary–for a lot of reasons! :oops:

  16. Shannon
      · April 12th, 2005 at 6:59 pm · Link

    He must be feeling better because he wants pizza for supper.

    He’s not having it.

  17. Jaq
      · April 12th, 2005 at 11:10 pm · Link

    My ds is 17, and he’s still my baby. :baby: lol. Glad your baby is feelin better, Shannon:thumb:

  18. Jaynie R
      · April 13th, 2005 at 5:44 am · Link

    :cheer:Glad the short kid is doing better. I can relate to the dehydration after being hospitalised for it in 2 out of 3 pregnancies – poor little guy.:baby:

    As for RTB – Go break a plate then forget about it. Personally I think the whole thing is :lmao: but I guess that is cos I’m not personally involved. I found RTB through your site, and I’ll keep reading it as I’m sure you will too.


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