Shannon Stacey


So I won’t be spending much—if any—time hunched over the keyboard and mouse today. After Friday and Saturday, I was in agony from shoveling a soggy foot of snow when it was 51 degrees. Then at the buttcrack of dawn this morning, when it was time to take the tall kid to school, I carried the short kid out to the Jeep wrapped in a fleece blanket because we have a standing temperature of -5 degrees, with a -30 wind chill and he was still fresh-from-bed warm. I slipped on a tiny patch of ice, and you know how that goes—I didn’t drop him, but a groggy six-year-old in a bundle of fleece carries some momentum.

The back, she does hurt. And it’s the kind of hurt that you know will be okay if you keep moving, but if you sit still the muscles are going to lock up and then you’re going to suffer. I don’t like to suffer any more than necessary, so I’m going to keep moving.

And after the shoveling debacle, Miz Ferfelabat commented:

I do not understand why anyone would want to live up north. It just sounds miserable to me.

While the list of New England goodness is extensive, I’ll just take one off the top…

We ain’t got no steenkin’ alligators. :neener:

11 comments to “Ow”

  1. Mandy M. Roth
      · March 6th, 2007 at 9:51 am · Link

    We ain’t got no steenkin’ alligators :rulez:

    Uh, I think we’re going to need more reasons why than just this. I mean, its a good one…don’t get me wrong but really…we need more.

  2. Charlene
      · March 6th, 2007 at 10:01 am · Link

    Because Mt. Washington has the worst weather in the world! Um, wait, a good reason…Fall!

    *passes Shan Ibuprofen*

  3. Michelle
      · March 6th, 2007 at 1:15 pm · Link

    Oooh, sorry about your back. I hurt my tailbone a while back and it’s just brutal. But carrying a 6 year old while you fall is not good, especially as I know you were doing everything to make sure said 6 year old didn’t hurt a single bone on his body.

    Take good care of yourself and maybe, when it’s 5’oclock somewhere, slip something nice into your :coffee:

  4. Ferfelabat
      · March 6th, 2007 at 5:49 pm · Link

    Allegators are entertaining as hell. In winter they hang out on the black asphault in late afternoon because it holds the heat. Inevitably some dumbshit tourist gets out of their car to “shoo” them off the road. Allegators do not “shoo” … ever. And. They are VERY fast. Fun for the entire family.

    Next reason?

  5. Natalie J. Damschroder
      · March 6th, 2007 at 6:52 pm · Link


    I know there’s beauty in the south, but beauty in the north has so many varieties, and without the change of seasons, how would we ever appreciate anything?

  6. Ferfelabat
      · March 6th, 2007 at 7:06 pm · Link

    I’ve never lived anywhere where the seasons changed. We have two seasons here: Hurricane Season and NOT Hurricane Season. We know it is winter because the birds from up north come here … because they are very smart little birds and know when to head south.

  7. Shannon
      · March 6th, 2007 at 9:56 pm · Link

    Hmm….more reasons:

    1. Dunkin Donuts (although we did find one in Orlando, but it didn’t taste the same)

    2. When I ask for a Coke, I’m not asked to be more specific.

    3. The Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics.

    (Oh, and the Revolution. Sorry.)

    4. The changing seasons. (Gotta have ’em. Spring sunshine is all the warmer for having had winter.)

    5. My family’s lived here since the 1600s. I don’t like change. :rofl:

    6. Very few natural disasters, poisonous snakes, toxic spiders or Girls Gone Wild.

  8. Shannon
      · March 7th, 2007 at 8:54 am · Link

    Standing temperature of -10 this morning, but the winds have died down. So while it’s 5 degrees colder, it feels much warmer. See? Weather and a head game all rolled into one! Gotta love New England.

    Speaking of alligators, I’ve got to find the pic of the husband and the tall kid from Gator Land. (Yes, we went there. We even bought Gator Land hats. Mock me, Ferfe. Mock me hard.) :rofl: It’s one of my favorite pictures because it also has a funny story.

  9. Shannon
      · March 7th, 2007 at 9:10 am · Link

    Oh, and they had a video on the news this morning (I guess it’s being shown somewhere on YouTube, as well). The brave souls holed up in the Mount Washington Weather Observatory made a video:

    They’re in some kind of lean-to shelter (they have to be, or they’d blow off the mountain and there’s a little bunsen burner fire or whatever. One guy picks up the pot of boiling water and tosses it into the air. Instantly it becomes snow and falls down around him.

    Isn’t that wild? Boiling water to snow instantly. I think they said it was something like -36 degrees up there yesterday.

  10. Nicole
      · March 7th, 2007 at 4:14 pm · Link

    Oh, I much prefer the north to the south. No alligators, no hurricanes, no bugs the size of small birds, no cockroaches (I’ve still never seen a cockroach outside of a zoo), less disgustingly humid days, and we get SNOW. And seasons that change.

    I visited the south once. Never ever will I ever live there. I think it would be grounds for divorce. Iowa is quite south enough for me at the moment.

    Okay, so I won’t live in the NE either. You guys get the ice storms from hell. Ah, the midwest west of the Mississippi truly is the best place to live.

    Shannon, haven’t seen that video, but I saw them do that when I was in college in ND and it got nice and cold. I think it has to be like 40 below for that to work, but it’s mighty cool.

  11. Ferfelabat
      · March 7th, 2007 at 7:42 pm · Link

    I can’t type. The cat won’t allow it. She seems to think I need typos to live. That or she is loving up the emoticons. Shoo cat.!

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