Before, During, and After

One of the spare rooms in my house was previously home to a sticker-happy little girl.  There were stickers everywhere.  Little. Flower. Stickers.  They were on the walls, above the closet, on the blade of the ceiling fan.  I have no idea how a little girl could even get to some of these places.

Before- Bright crayon ORANGE

Before- Bright crayon ORANGE

Kilz is the only thing I could come up with that even had a chance of covering this crazy color.  You can’t go wrong with something called Hide-All.  Worth a shot anyway.  I’d say that it did a pretty good job.  This is after just two coats of primer.  I’m impressed with it.

During- Two coats of Kilz primer covers almost all of the orange nightmare

During- Two coats of Kilz primer covers almost all of the orange nightmare

I attempted to paint over the already poorly painted trim but it didn’t go well and I ended up stripping the whole room.  Not really fun… even for a picker like me.  But I like how it turned out and I’m glad that I decided against pulling the carpet.  Now, onto the next project.

After- A nice work space that won't blind the senses

After- A nice work space that won’t blind the senses

Frozen Butt for Charity

I’m on a Polar Plunge team through school. This is such a good cause I can’t wait to help out! There will be a costume involved but you’ll only get to see it if I meet my fundraising goal. And trust me when I say that it will be worth it. ;)

The event will be held January 25. And for those that were asking, it really does take place outside in a cold-ass Kansas lake. There’s even rules. Think you can just walk in far enough to wet your ankles? Nope! There’s a line of firefighters that make a ring and you have to give a high five before it is considered complete. One high five is all it takes. Is that good enough for my crazy team? Hell no! We’re getting a high five from every single one of those firefighters!

The funds raised go to the Special Olympics. How can you say no?
Polar Plunge Donation


Foodie Pen Pals- August

The Lean Green Bean

I’ve hinted over the last few weeks about something called Foodie Pen Pals.  I remember having to write to a pen pal in school.  I think mine was from France.  He loved to tell me all about going on holiday to any number of countries in Europe.  Yah, I can totally relate to that dude.  Needless to say I didn’t keep in touch.  Take that concept and mix it with a box of tasty goodies and you better believe I’m interested!

The idea is simple and elegant in execution.  Fill out a form with your info, on the 5th of the month get assigned a pen pal to send stuff, send email asking about any dietary restrictions/allergies to new friend, shop/make stuff for new friend, send box-o-luv by the 15th (Helloooooo flat rate boxes!), send email with package tracking info like any good OCD person, wait for response.  In there somewhere is “stalk webpage of new friend” and “stalk page of person sending stuff to you”.

With all things awesome there are a few rules.  The dates are important!  The box-o-luv has a $15 limit! And posting of the findings are due on the last day of the month on your blog.  The official rules are on Lindsay’s blog.  And here’s a link to see what everyone else got this month too!

What did I get?

My new friend is Jay Travis from New York and I got a lovely collection of goodies from his neck of the woods.

Note from Jay. Love the carrot!

Instantly reminded me of “brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things!”

Maple Barbecue sauce, Saffron Aioli, and Miss Sydney’s marinade.

I’ve got some big plans with this haul.  The marinade was used with scalops and veggies in a stir fry (WOW!), the maple barbecue sauce has pulled pork written all over it, and I will be using Jay’s suggestion for the saffron aioli as topping to a chicken cutlet sandwich.  I might just sneak a few french fries into the aioli too but don’t tell.

Overall this was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to do it again next month!  Thank you Lindsay for creating such a fun program!  Thank you Jay for all of the goodies!


In an effort to be fully open about my issue with McDonalds yesterday I will let you all know that I did get an email back from corporate.  I take it as a blanket form letter but it’s a response at least.  I do look forward to seeing what else they have to say.

Hello Vickie:

I want to thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience at the McDonald’s in Kansas City, KS with me. Your feedback is very important to us as it allows us to better understand how we can improve our service to you.

I am sorry for the unsatisfactory experience during your recent visit. Please be assured that we want to provide you with an exceptional experience every time you visit us. From your email, it is clear we did not meet your expectations. Again, I am truly sorry we disappointed you.

I want you to know that I have already taken action on your feedback. After reading your email, I immediately shared the information you brought to our attention with the local franchise owner of the restaurant you visited. Additionally, customer feedback is reviewed with our regional McDonald’s consultants as part of our ongoing commitment to improving our restaurants’ operations.

Again, Vickie, thank you for sharing your feedback. We appreciate your business and we hope to have the pleasure of serving you soon.

McDonald’s Customer Response Center

I Wanna Go

Have you ever gotten an email that just made you sad?  Every time I see that there’s a new email from Groupon Getaways it makes me want to go somewhere exciting and do some serious relaxing, or sightseeing, or experience some new fancy foods, or…  Yah, you get the idea.

I need a lottery win.  Not a huge one.  Not a record setting GIANT one.  But enough.

Why McDonalds?

Like many other people I follow various coupon and deal sites.  One of these sites led me to McDonalds’ promotion site for a coupon for a buy-one-get-one-free summer drink (Frappe, Frozen Lemmonade, etc).  I filled out the coupon info that it requested.  Simply my name and my email address.  Ok, I get it.  I printed the coupon off on a printer that only has black ink and went on with my day. 

Fast forward a few weeks to this morning when I tried to use this coupon.  Well… here’s the email I just sent to McDonalds Corporate office via their web page:

I had printed a coupon from the McDonalds site for a buy one get one free summer drink. I pulled up to the ordering menu at the drive through and told the person that I was talking to that I had this coupon and that I’d like two medium mocha frappes. I didn’t get a total but was told to pull to the first window.  I did as was asked. I hand the coupon to the woman at the window and she calls for a manager but apologizes for my wait. It’s fine. I understand that coupons sometimes have to be verified.  The manager comes to the window, looks at the coupon, then proceeds to tell me that it’s a copy and they will not be taking it. I told the woman that I was NOT a copy. That I printed it off the website MYSELF. She then tells me that it’s black and white and therefore is a copy and she will not be taking it. I pointed out that on the bottom of the coupon was my name and would gladly show her my ID. I actually had to hand over my drivers license to prove to her that I was indeed the person on the coupon. She shoved my license back at me, mumbled something in Spanish, and walked off. The cashier then said that it was fine and told me the total. I paid but as she was handing my change to me she told me that the last time she took a black and white coupon it came out of her paycheck. I am not mad at her. The treatment I got from the manager was appalling!  I don’t have access to a color printer! The coupon NEVER said it had to be in color to  be accepted.

If you’d like to try this coupon out for yourself here’s the link and good luck to you.  Remember to have your ID ready if it’s in black and white… oh and be prepared to be treated like you’re stealing from them.