anyhoo, on a whim i went to my order status page today and the thing i ordered doc was listed on there with a delivery date.
the only tangle left is that they don't have, so far as i know, our apartment number, but i'm still going to keep hope alive.
the delivery date is 1.04.06 . . . by then i will have forgotten all about it and if it gets here it will be a big surprise.
ETA: i figured out how to add the apartment number . . . more bliss.