Shannon Stacey

Walking zombies

If you should happen to have business with anybody in central NH today, I’d talk softly and avoid any sudden movements. What a 24 hours! Yesterday, the weather was so oppressive and the pollen count so outrageous that even those without allergies suffered.

Then last night, about 4 am…BAM! The husband and I shoot upright in bed like waking vampires on crack. I’ve never seen lightning like it before. So close it burned the retina through the curtains, and faster than a fireworks display finale. And the thunder! Torrential rains helped, of course. Our neighbor, who was trying to save the tomato plants on her porch from being pummeled wisely chose not to rescue the short kid’s Spider-Man ball as it floated down the river. There is gravel and dirt everywhere, and at least one road washed out. Heaven help you if your driveway wasn’t paved.

I said “I hope the power doesn’t go out and shut down the AC.” The power went out. Luckily, only for a few seconds, though. Just long enough to unset all the clocks. My poor husband had to reset the alarm clock so it could go off in an hour, without his glasses. And my microwave is scrolling instructions on resetting the clock. In French. Yeah, that’s gonna help.

Imagine half a state having PMS at the same time. That’s what we’ve got going on today.

I guess I’ll go wander the blogosphere and see if I can find anything fascinating to talk about. I’ve noticed that my bloggage suffers when I’m editing, so maybe the writing feeds the blogging even more than the blogging feeds the writing.

Or maybe I need a nap. :neener:

Oh, and guess what my little town’s getting? A Starbucks. :rant: I will glare evilly at them from my usual place in the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru. Next thing you know they’ll be stocking Manolo’s at Bootlegger’s.

I’ve been to a Starbucks once. It was…horrific. I kept saying “I just want a coffee. Just a plain coffee with a little cream in it.” Can’t. Do. It.

15 comments to “Walking zombies”

  1. Alison
      · June 14th, 2005 at 11:42 am · Link

    Oooh, I can’t drink Starbucks straight coffee AT all. It’s like diesel oil! The dh can guzzle it. And I’m not a fan of all their caloric whip cream topped ‘drinks’. But a big giant latte and I’m good to go! Of course, for the price of one I could get a full meal deal at Burger King, so what’s a girl to do!

    Hugs on the storm! Larissa would’ve loved it. Heck, we have that sort a lot, but it’s still no fun to lose the power – my biggest worry!1

  2. PBW
      · June 14th, 2005 at 11:48 am · Link

    Coffee (shudder.) I used to love it, but it gave me a wicked case of acid reflux. Now I’m a mostly decaf tea junkie.

  3. Charlene T
      · June 14th, 2005 at 12:06 pm · Link

    Mmmm. Dunkin’ Donuts. Chocolate honey dipped, with a cup of Joe…:coffee: Actually, I used to order the whole wheat donuts all the time on the grounds that it was nutritious. :nod:

    Glad your house is still standing after the storm and your power loss was minimal!

  4. kate
      · June 14th, 2005 at 12:41 pm · Link

    :rant::rant::rant::rant: not that it’s appropriate for YOUR blog, but I want thunder and rain. I want a break from the heat. They sent my kids home early cause it’s too hot. :wtf:

  5. Steph T.
      · June 14th, 2005 at 12:51 pm · Link

    Ah – I sympathize. We lost power last week for a couple of hours. I hate losing power. Mainly because I lose the internet and that makes me want to cry.:cry:

    And I’m with the hating Starbucks crowd, mainly because I’ve yet to taste any coffee from them that’s not bitter as hell – I love Dunkin’ Donuts. In fact, I might have to go get some right now…:crazy:

  6. Shannon
      · June 14th, 2005 at 1:29 pm · Link

    Oddly enough, we very rarely get doughnuts at Dunkin Donuts. (Or would that be donuts?) And usually they’re for the kids. Just the coffee, m’am.

    I might try one of those fancy latte drinks from Starbucks, but I don’t even know how to order one. “I’d like a half-skim, half-fat, half-decaf triple espresso latte thing, no nutmeg, extra cinnamon, half non-fat whip cream.”

    What the hell is THAT?

    “I’d like a large iced coffee, cream only.”

    *sigh* Yes, those words are my friends.

    Ugh, Kate. That’s just mean of them. Hey, the kids are hot and cranky. Let’s send them home to their mothers.

    One added down-side to this meteorological horror show is that there are an estimated 400,000 bikers pouring in for Bike Week, and it’s pretty hairy two-wheel driving with acres of sand, dirt and gravel dumped all over the roads. :oops:

  7. Karen Scott
      · June 14th, 2005 at 1:44 pm · Link

    So are you now in the mood for your ‘self-righteous bitches who hang on authors they give zero respect to in a transparent bid for traffic.’ rant now? I was really forward to that (g)

    Sorry about the power cut.

  8. Karen Templeton
      · June 14th, 2005 at 4:38 pm · Link

    “…shoot upright in bed like waking vampires on crack. . .” :lmao:

    Did you end up with short people in bed with you? Or did they sleep through the whole thing?

    And yeah, you can’t tease us with self-righteous bitches and just leave us hanging. Rant, for godssake, woman, rant! :wink:

    Karen T.

  9. Cece
      · June 14th, 2005 at 6:58 pm · Link

    Ok so now it works….sigh….I was kinda looking forward to that rant too LOL but I totally get it.
    Starbucks–grande non-fat, wtih whip, toffenut latte or venti black tea with valencia……Yeah I got the reflux thing to PBW but quitting smoking helps that more than quitting coffee (or so I tell myself) :hide:

  10. Shannon
      · June 14th, 2005 at 9:11 pm · Link

    Rant-thirsty wenches. :eyebrow:


    Okay. I’ll try to get that rant together.

    I would give up cigarettes before coffee. :nod: And the acid reflux only bothers me if I lay down. If I have enough of both, it’s not a problem.


    The tall kid slept through the entire thing. I think he’s like one of 3 people in a 100-mile radius who did so. The short kid cried until Daddy went in. They talked about the weather, closed up his window, and turned the fan up.

    The tall kid slept in our bed for about 4 hours when he was 2 weeks old. The short kid’s ended up there for a total of maybe 12 hours in his entire life. (When you have a family of restless sleepers, none of whom can tolerate being touched while sleeping, that whole family bed thing doesn’t work. And Mom snores. Really loud. :crazy:)

  11. Cece
      · June 14th, 2005 at 11:30 pm · Link

    LOL you poor thing. I hope ya’ll get some rest tonight. My ex was a snuggler. he got kicked a lot. :thumb:

  12. Kitty
      · June 15th, 2005 at 8:19 am · Link

    Ooh sounds like fun :eyebrow:

    I’m not a coffee person at all but my first time on hols in canada I discovered the nectar of the gods, also known as an iced cappucino from Tim Hortons. I think it’s 110% cream or something equally hip-enhancing :nod: I drank at least one a day the whole time I was there :crazy:

  13. Shannon
      · June 15th, 2005 at 12:18 pm · Link

    Oh, those are evil. :devil: When we went to Nova Scotia, I despaired at the loss of my beloved Dunkin Donuts, and was quite unhappy to find that Tim Hortons had nothing comparable. In a snit, I ordered one of those iced cappucinos.


    Instant addiction. I had so many of them I’m surprised they didn’t make me declare the extra pounds at Customs. :dance:

  14. SandyO
      · June 15th, 2005 at 12:35 pm · Link

    OMG iced Cappucinos at Timmys! I hated iced coffee thingies until I was on vacation in Michigan about 3 years ago. I go so hooked on the iced cappucinos, Most definitely nectar of the Gods

    And I’m envious, Shannon, I want a massive thunderboomer storm. I love them.

  15. Shannon
      · June 16th, 2005 at 7:48 pm · Link

    I’ll send them your way, then. :dance:

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