Shannon Stacey

Peeking out from under my rock

I must now be an official Navy SEAL since I feel like I’ve survived Hell Week. And how come no matter which direction a family member turns to sneeze or cough, it’s MY direction?

In lieu of real content, a short list of questions I’ve been asked in the past couple of days:

Can we decorate the tree? Can we decorate the tree? Can we decorate the tree?

So our tree is up and decorated. We went with an artificial one because we were tired of having a Charlie Brown tree after a mere four days in the house. It’s a wicked nice one, though, and prelit! Love that. Also love our eclectic ornamentation style. I might share a few of my favorite ones over the coming month.

Can you transform this?

I don’t have the words to properly express my hatred of the new generation of Transformer toys. Horribly cheap crap. Bad directions. (Payload has instructions for vehicle to robot and Jazz has directions from robot to vehicle. Neither has the vice-versa. And no, working backwards doesn’t cut it.) When they make a reasonably intelligent, mature parent sit in the middle of the floor with her thumb in her mouth, rocking and humming, they’re junk. Halfway through transforming Payload last night I considered whether or not it was made in China and if so, if I could just lick the damn thing until I achieved comatose status.

How much to ship a snowmobile from NH to Saskatoon?

Huh? Where is Saskatoon? How would I know? And the USPS says shipping smoke-making devices to Canada is prohibited. If you’ve ever stood behind a 2-stroke snowmobile fresh out of storage, you know there’s no better smoke-making device to be found. It also weighs more than 13 ounces. Sorry.

Can we get a PS3?


Can we get a PS3?


Can we get a PS3?


Can we get a PS3?


6 comments to “Peeking out from under my rock”

  1. Karen Templeton
      · November 27th, 2007 at 12:59 pm · Link

    Snort. Funny how eerily similar your house sounds like mine. :crazy:

    #5 suggested we get a fake tree this year (his brothers would keel over from horror). And we’re THIS CLOSE to agreeing with him, even though I would definitely miss the hour spent inspecting every single tree in the Lowe’s lot. And the Husband’s grumbling. And the fragrance. However, since we still have shreds of last year’s tree out in the back yard, clearly we have what-to-do-with-the-dead-tree issues. And the idea of simply hauling the thing out of a box and setting it up whenever definitely appeals. Especially as the Husband and I rapidly approach retirement home status.

    However…there’s the problem of where we’d put the damn thing off-season (#5 said, “The garage!” and I said, “Have you looked in there recently?”), not to mention the fact that we can either spend $$$ on a decent fake tree or on presents.

    That pretty much ended the discussion.

    He hasn’t asked for a PS3, mainly because he knows that will go nowhere. Just Guitar Hero III. And every freaking model car in Motormint’s catalogue. :doh:

  2. Charlene
      · November 27th, 2007 at 6:28 pm · Link

    We bought a fake tree last year. :thumb:

  3. kate r
      · November 27th, 2007 at 9:42 pm · Link

    Can we get a wii?
    Can we get a wii?

  4. Shannon
      · November 28th, 2007 at 9:05 am · Link

    We didn’t have tree disposal issues last year because by the time I’d dragged it through two interior doorways and the exterior doorway there were no longer needles on it. A stick is easy to get rid of.

    As for fragrance, Yankee Candle’s “Mistletoe” scent is the most amazing Christmas tree scent ever. Smells more like a tree than even their tree scent does. Love it!

    Ah, love that PS3. Now that I’m off the front page…

    Walmart had a Saturday morning special on the 80gb PS3—$499.99 and it came with 10 free Blu-Ray movies (up to $30 each). So I called over there Friday night and the girl says they open at 7.

    My poor husband gets up at the butt-crack of dawn and gets there at like 5 minutes of. They’ve been open since 6. He figures they’re gone (the kid had said they only had 8 in stock the day before). Nope, they’re not gone. But THAT sale doesn’t start until 8 am. Knowing if he wandered around the store for an hour, a crowd would sweep in and grab the PS3’s, he hung around electronics for an hour. :rofl: He now has memorized every bit of info on every item description plaquard in the dept.

    My children will be very surprised as they were told flat out we weren’t stupid enough to pay $500 for a freakin’ video game system.


    So not only are we suckers, but now we need to get a second controller, a memory card converter to get saved data from the 2 to the 3 and miscellaneous other crap.

    But here’s what we figured: 1) My husband’s buying himself an LCD HDTV for Christmas. Now we don’t have to buy a Blu-Ray player. 2) Ten free movies at $20-$29.99 each plus a five free by mail offer.

    Mostly, it’s about cutting down on the amount of crap. We would have spent that much anyway, but on miscellaneous toys that would be added to the overwhelming piles they already have.

    Or…we’re just stupid. :rofl:

  5. Karen Templeton
      · November 28th, 2007 at 8:28 pm · Link

    Okay, so we saw this really, really nice tree at Sam’s today — 1500 lights, 7.5 feet by 5 feet at the base, looked like a real tree. Seriously considering not eating for a week so we can buy it. Of course, the box is the size of a coffin…

    And of course, again, if certain young men bearing our last name would come get their crap out of the garage, coffin-sized boxes wouldn’t be an issue. Not as much of one, anyway. :lmao:

  6. Shannon
      · November 29th, 2007 at 10:15 am · Link

    That would be an awesome mini-mystery for Woman’s World—how did the detective know the missing spouse was dead and in the house? Because he’d seen the Christmas tree box, heavy enough to sag a bit, in the garage, but the tree was broken down and put on the shelves in the basement. Hubby’s shoved in the box, waiting for a trip to the dump. Voila!

    Or maybe it wouldn’t, but I had fun with it in my head. :rofl:

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