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Archive: 2004

Mmmmmmm…..Trash Bag, or Another PSA

I made a Bistro-Style Steak Salad last night for dinner, and when I took some over to the neighbors, they brought it to my attention that I never blogged the Panera story.
You see, I really, really like the Bistro Steak Salad from Panera. It has all the yummy goodness a salad should possess: steak, bleu cheese, baby greens, and a tangy dressing. Hey, if you’re forced to eat salad, then at least give me some steak and cheese (shut up, Josh). So imagine my….er…..surprise (read: utter disgust) the last time I ordered this salad when I forked a rather large bite of……..ginormous black trash bag into my mouth. Sure, I called the manager. They told me that they would refund my money this one time and that they didn’t use those kinds of trash bags in their establishment. Excuse me?!?!?!? I then calmly placed a call to the District Manager, who took two full days to call me back. He also reiterated the fact that black trash bags were not used by the local Panera. Hmmmm…….I was getting a little tired of being called a liar, so I told him that I had taken pictures of the offending salad. He then offered me gift cards. I respectfully declined, pointing out that the very last” thing I intended to do was dine at the restaurant again (I did tell him that a better option would be to make a donation to a local food bank once he was sure that the food was trash-bag free). My point was this: What if a child had accidentally choked on the bag? Certainly, a need to train Panera employees to be better aware of food prep existed.
All of this led me to create my own at-home version of the salad, which, I might add, was much better than theirs. The moral of the story is this: Save yourself a buck or two, and much digust, and make it your own damn self. Oh, and don’t eat at Panera.

You Can Help

Thanks to Aurora for spreading the word about how to help the victims of the tragic tsunamis that have devastated parts of Asia and Africa. I donated to Unicef, but you can pick any number of charities that will rush aid to the victims and their families. For a list, click here. The UN World Food Programme is also a good choice, as are Doctors Without Borders and Direct Relief International. All donations to these organizations go directly to help the victims.
The next time you turn on your faucet, don’t take it for granted. Millions of people need sanitary water right now, not to mention food and medical supplies. Take some of your Christmas money and give back to the world a little.

Merry Christmas

Another Christmas is here, and I can’t believe how lucky we are. We are blessed with an incredible family, great friends, the best dogs in the world, and good jobs that keep a pretty nice roof over our heads. All in all, we have a fantastic life, and we don’t take it for granted for a minute.
We’re heading off to Fort Worth tomorrow for Christmas with my family, then we’ll be back in the Mound on the 26th. We’ve already had the Coopahue Christmas (Is it Fact or Crap?), and I know Kevin can’t wait to play with his Hot Dog stand.
Be safe this holiday, and be well. Remember to say a prayer for those who aren’t as fortunate as you, and remember to say a prayer for those who can’t spend the season with their families. To our families, and to all of our friends near and far, we wish you the happiest of days, filled with laughter, warmth, and love. Merry Christmas.

I Hope Amazon Is Ready

The sixth Harry Potter book is set for release on July 16, 2005. I can’t really say that I’ll miss working that event again.

It Wouldn’t Be The Christmas Shopping Season….

Damn it! I was just congratulating myself (and my prenatal vitamins) on the fact that I have avoided getting the nasty cold that has plagued everyone else. Sho’ nuff’, I am now the proud owner of a hacking cough and a low-grade fever. Just in time for the holidays. Merry f’ing Christmas.

Christmas Time Is Here

And that can only mean one thing: Fudge. I only make it once a year, and I must say, I’ve outdone myself. That’s right, kids: Not one, not two, but THREE kinds of yummy fudge are now ready to be consumed. Anybody want some?
In other news, I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping. Kev and I only have one more gift. I also mailed our Christmas cards yesterday, and Kevin even helped write and address them! (a Donahue family first. Where was he the year we sent out 82 friggin’ cards?!?!?!? Oh, well. Better late than never!) 😉
Presents are in the mail or already at their intended addresses. Which brings us to the coolest thing about this Holiday season of yule (I don’t have a log…Not in the way you think I said I did): The automated shipping system at your local post office. Yep. The lines were literally out the door yesterday, but there was no one at the automated kiosk. I stepped right up, shipped my shiznit, and even bought stamps. In and out in under 5 minutes while the line for the windows never even moved. Done.
Whew. I’ve got this thing wrapped up tight! Speaking of wrapped, I’ve knocked out the wrapping of Kev’s stuff (that makes it harder for him to peek).

Ten Years Ago Today

I fell in love.

Let It Go

I’m pretty sure that the most annoying anthem of the holiday season is Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer. Really…It was cute for about 5 minutes, but it’s time to let it die.

Read At Your Own Risk

I’ve started a new blog, but I’ve gotta warn you: unless you want to know graphic details of infertility treatments, stay away. How much uterus talk can you take?

Two Scents

I have found the most fabulous place on Earth. Who knew a trip to Sam Moon would lead to such a wonderful find? If you haven’t checked out the Fusion Factory yet, you need to. It’s in the Sam Moon Center off of Harry Hines. You get to create your very own candles, body lotions, scrubs, even shampoo. Best of all, you create a registry while you’re in the store, and then you can re-order online. You used to be able to do some of that at Garden Botanika, but since they don’t have any stand-alone stores here anymore, Fusion Factory has stepped right in. Plus, GB was a little pricey, and while Fusion Factory isn’t cheap, it is more reasonable.
Get down to Harry Hines and knock out all your Holiday shopping in one place. Yes, they do stuff for guys, too.
Oh, yeah. I got a purse and a super fun red hat with feathers for me. Maybe I can talk Kevin into posting pictures later……

Happy Thanksgiving

Well, Kevin is in the kitchen making dressing balls, so it must be Thanksgiving. We’re headed next door in a little while, then back to our house for a little more turkey. Then, we’re off to Rudolf’s for dessert and……well, booze.
Happy Thanksgiving to everybody. We sure are blessed this year with family and friends.

It’s The Most Wonderful Dangerous Time of the Year

Remember the Dan Akroyd skit on SNL about the Bag O’ Glass? Well, the official list of the most dangerous toys was released today. Okay, the Fun Slides Carpet Skates (intended to mimic sliding in your socks over hardwood floors, something which I happen to know a little about) were probably not the best idea. I wholeheartedly agree, however, that the 3-Gun Squad Set—UZ1 Commando Machine Gun (not intended for children under 3 years) deserves to be on the list.
And yes, Josh, I can hear you chanting “liberal hippie” way over here.

Three Little Words

There are three little words (hereafter referred to as TLW) being spoken with alarming regularity in the Donahue household lately. Now, if you know Kevin and me, you probably think you have a pretty good idea of what those words might be. You’re wrong. Sure, we say the traditional three little words eleventy billion times a day, and neither of us ever get tired of hearing them. The words to which I’m currently referring, however, are being used as a form of….well, if not revenge, then let’s just say “public outing”.
That’s right: The phrase striking fear into the heart of couples/friends/co-workers everywhere is “I’m Blogging This”. Now, granted, there have been many times that for the sake of my marriage, I have refrained from sharing (besides, Kevin usually does a pretty good job of outing himself with his “Confessions“. This is because he knows if he doesn’t own up to something, then I will out him).
Sure, this all sounds petty, and maybe a little mean, but you have to know us to appreciate it. Neither of us would ever twist the TLW to suit malicious purposes, but it sure is funny to think about exposing the uber-arm hair (I swear, Kevin has one arm hair that would make some poor bald man a mighty fine comb-over). In the end, I think I’ll just go order one of these, and throw it on when my husband’s antics strike me as particularly funny.

The Answer

Here’s the email I received from WFAA about not airing Life As We Know It. Apparently, they presume that their viewers are unable to change the channel if they think something is offensive. And the FCC argument? Guess what, WFAA? Other markets aired the program and were not subject to fines. It’s just not your job to tell me what is or is not suitable for viewing.

Thank you for writing about our decision not to air an episode of ABC’s drama, “Life As We Know It” on Thursday night, October 28, at 8 p.m.

It is extremely rare that we pre-empt network programs due to inappropriate content, however after much discussion and careful consideration we believed it was necessary.

The program targets and is primarily marketed to one demographic: teens. The storyline contained explicit material about a teenage boy (a minor) having sex with one of his teachers. It was a provocative subject, and featured portrayals that went way over the top. The storyline and visual images were well beyond community standards particularly as it relates to teens.

We have been discussing the content of ” Life As We Know It” with ABC since its premiere, and this particular episode was one that crossed the line of appropriateness.

Being in television news, we believe that the right to free speech is of paramount importance. But, as a licensee of the FCC, we are obligated to monitor content for appropriateness, violence, sexual content and indecency.

We will continue to monitor the program and make decisions on a case-by-case basis.

Best regards,

Kathy Clements

Stunningly Stoopid

How stoopid do you have to be to make international news? Ask this guy.




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