Sunday, November 14, 2010

Six On Sunday - Sneak Peeks

First of all, am I the only one who finds it terribly unfair that "sneak" and "peek" rhyme, but use different vowel combinations? I become deeply troubled in instances when the English language makes no sense.

My beloved former boss once told me that he and his wife had concocted their own method for teaching spelling and reading, based primarily on the fact that there are "very few cases where phonics do not make sense". As I am prone to do, I took that as a personal challenge to prove him wrong. (Now you're glad you don't know me in real life, ain'tcha?)

Inked for posterity in the journal that I theoretically keep, and have theoretically kept since 2003, (even though it's not even a third full) I made a list of "Words That Don't Make Sense". It is dated 2/24/04. It has exactly two damning pieces of evidence against the theory: Who and Woman/Women. Apparently I felt that it was only right to include both woman and women, but I did not feel inclined to include all of the other "Wh" Words that Don't Make Sense.

I really should call him up and throw this inflammatory list right in his face. Except he's the smartest man I know. And my list includes only two State's Exhibits.

And I have no idea why I'm telling you this because it has nothing to with a sneak peek. Except for those pesky vowels.

As I was saying, I'm a huge, huge fan of surprises, clues and anticipation. I also have a list of things - earth-shattering things - that I keep forgetting to tell you. So, because I just returned from a smashing out-of-town weekend with my family (our third in a row), and because I have the tiniest sprout of a headache creeping up from the bridge of my nose toward my eyebrow, and because I served Cookie Crisp for dinner, and because I am wearing jeans when I should be wearing sweatpants, I have opted for a dual-purpose post tonight.

Number one: I will have a reference list of things that I need to tell you.

Number two: You will see teasers for all six of them, in one fell swoop.

Don't come barking up my tree if you are unable to sleep tonight.

1. A very handsome, maintenancy person took this fantastic photo. I love it. And the taker. He has agreed to guest post for me sometime in the very near future on cameras and photography and other techie things like that.

2. Heavens to Betsy. This fellow has plum worn me out for nearly one week straight. I think I'm ready to talk about it. (ps - Mr. Park has a tiny freckle on his inner eyelid. Swoony, right?)

3. I won this giveaway oh, about 8 months ago. This fantastic girl created a custom logo for me, as seen above. I loved it at first sight. I have big plans for it.

4. I bought a new necklace. That's all I can say about that.

5. A friend found something super cool for me. That's all I can say about that.

6. We recently painted. Scratch that, it wasn't really that recent. But it's certainly deserving of a spin around the ol' blog.

And speaking of "spin", I will leave you with this conversation, between myself and one, Mister Lee, whilst driving to dinner Friday night to meet up with his best pal, cousin Jake.

ML: Can I please sit by Jacob?
Me: I'm sure you can.
ML: Because we really need to talk about some things for our band. Like...will we have beat box? Will we have an electric piano?
Me: I like both of those ideas.
ML: We also might have this really cool machine in our band. It plays these really big CDs, only they're black and shiny and they spin around and make cool sounds.

Moral of the story: My kid does not know the proper name of a record player. It pains me.


  1. I have two words for you, "warranty" and "guarantee." Now...what is up with that??? Also, my friend's wedding coordinator brought a vintage typewriter to her house as a prop for her nephew's harvest wedding. One of her little chitlins saw it and said, "This is like...what people used to use for computers, right?"

    Happy freckles!

    : )

    Julie M.

  2. That is so sad about the whole record thing...but then again, my kids don't know about tapes either...

  3. And what about there, their and they're? Or now and know? Or all the words with 'ph' in them that actually make the 'f' sound.

  4. I am laughing out loud of here, seriously, about your conversation with "Mr. Lee" (I love that you call him that). That is so cute! You've now sparked my interest with your sneak peeks. You know what I always wondered...why isn't baked pronounced like naked? See what I mean? Or why isn't naked pronounced like baked? :D

  5. sounds like our kiddos are strangely alike, including the fact that Gib can throw down a mean beat via beatbox.
    your sister's name isn't familiar, but it looks like we've got a few mutual friends on fb from Apex!
    *cue creepy, "its a small world after all"*

  6. EEk, the record player makes me feel a tad old. :)

  7. I can't wait to learn more on the sneak peeks. I still frequently reminisce over the Kool-Aid painting post and you're offering up another one! I can't even walk by those little packets in the grocery store without wanting to rip one open and paint something.

  8. Your children are priceless! haha! Hoping next week is a GOOD week..

    That logo is AWESOME. Is it going on your book? Did I just say that....:)

  9. LOGO!? Love it. Can't wait to hear more about everything!

  10. sleigh/sleight
    and so forth.

  11. Gnat. Gahnat is how I pronounce. Not because I'm ignorant but because it's ridiculous that somebody put that letter in there and it doesn't get used so I'm just gonna use it. Plus I have a terrible time with all words with ee and ea. I always have to check with Jim to see if I'm spelling them right. It's a mental block. P.S. Beatbox? Really? Why don't yous how him an 8 track to really mess with him.

  12. Sitting here in my pj's laughing out loud, for real. Once again, too cute. (or to cute, or two cute... this pesky english language)

    Years ago (like 18 or 19 years) my daughter, who will soon be 23, received an LP record from my husband's aunt for Christmas. When she opened it she exclaimed "Look Mom, a really big CD!" Obviously we didn't own any records either.


  13. Love the logo and number five is definitely going to keep me awake tonight.

  14. I really like your custom logo. Your package FINALLY went out this week...sorry for the delay. I hope you love everything!!!

  15. Love the picture. Love the new logo. Love the necklace. Love the chippy, rusty find. Love the painting. Do not love the toddler wearing you out. (I do love the freckle in the eye however.) My youngest must have heard me triumphantly proclaim that we had officially made it out the terrible two's last week when he turned 3. Dude brought his A-game this past week. I'm praying this week he remembers he's now 3 and the 2-year old shenanigans need to stop. I'll be praying for you & Silas too. :)

  16. Can't wait for more details! Love the new look!

  17. Wow what a fancy new blog look! I almost didn't recognize you! Love the header. Spelling was always my thing until menopause and now I am becoming dumber by the day. I can rarely spell niece right anymore... what is up with that?? I have a problem with tear(cry) and tear(rip). I mean come on. Saying I am going to tear up can be touching or frightening depending on how you read it! And I am with Jen forget those stupid silents... knife, gnome!
    OH Calvin! and his smart little self makes me happy and then that little eye of Siley Pie is too cute. My Stu-manchu has a freckle by his eye. Love it!

  18. Love the new look of your blog! And Calvin soooo looks like a mini rocker! Very cute!

  19. Records! My kids wanted to know what side the record should be on to play the side they wanted. Isn't that sad too?!
    Love your new look and can't wait to read your future posts re peeks!

  20. The look of your blog is SWOONY with a capital SWOON. :) I think I may have actually gasped when I opened it up... and showed a few people :)

  21. um. wow. your blog is super fancy. and amazingly beautiful. seriously.

    second. cheat sheet.

    that is all.

  22. ps, our start w/silas here at home was ROUGH. yikes. we still have our moments actually. so if you ever want to vent, i'm a non-judgemental ear :)

  23. Shannon I LOVE YOUR NEW LAYOUT! I am just in the process of trying to explain to a designer what I want, and this is it, except with my picture in the box, and a different title, and different kids, and different colours. So it would be well... different. Think it is about the classiest blog template I have seen in a good long time.
    Congrats. It suits you to a T!

  24. I am IN LOVE with the new look + style of your blog!!

  25. Love the new logo!! Your such a great writer!! I always look forward to your posts.

  26. You have a brand! I love it! And I love the new look of the blog! Very grown up!

  27. So excited to hear more about these things. I love your blog. We are currently trying to get the adoption process going. Thank you for sharing your stories.

  28. Your blog looks awesome! Can't wait to hear about all 6 things!!

    Happy Monday.

  29. Love the new layout and logo! Also, love the convo with Mr. Lee. It makes me happy to hear he's concerned about whether or not they'll have a beat box in their band.

  30. Shannan, Your new logo and layout is super cute! Thanks for making lay awake tonight wondering what is in store for us! Traci

  31. so happy to see you're pleased with your
    fabulous logo from Ms. Mandy!

    everything looks just beautiful! yay!


  32. I love the logo! When I was about 8 years old I became concerned with the way words are spelled. Like if I looked at a word over and over, the spelling started to look funny to me. This first happened as I was watching the local news station and the newscaster's last name was Wall and I started to find it very funny. Nevermind that his first name was Ducky. Yep, Ducky Wall. Many years later and word spellings can still bother me (apparently even when they make perfect sense.)

  33. I never get tired of looking at those priceless big brown eyes!!!!!!!!