October 19 08

…relax, i kid. my blog posts are NEVER lousy (well, with the exception of everything i wrote in the first year…because oh.my.god. never go through your archives. ever). honestly, though, i don’t even know how to sum up my trip to Chicago as a McDonalds Mom Quality Correspondent (mouthful, eh?)…so i’ll likely be talking about it until y’all are all “shut up, Ali. We get it. you want to make lots and lots of babies with Oak Brook, Illinois. and not just because there’s an Anthropologie AND a Hamburger University there!” 

McMoms. Naomi, Ali, Corrine, Laura and Kathy by you.

Meet the McMoms. We are McAwesome. (and no, i’ll never get tired of putting the Mc in front of my words. mmm…McDreamy…wait, where was i?) I spent three fun-filled days with these other moms learning the ins and outs of McD’s. and trust me, there’s sooooo much to tell. just wait until i tell you about the people who spend all day every day placing orders in the Innovation Center (because ohmigod! awesome!) and being followed around all day and night by the two most awesome camera dudes ever. seriously. we even had to do america’s next top model-type confessionals! i tried my best to sound normal and keep my eye-rolls to a minimum…we’ll see how that works for them in editing. apparently, i roll my eyes even when talking about happy things….because this trip? ALL HAPPY. heh.

there are so many things…

things like…did you know that the first Ronald McDonald donned this hideous thing? That tray, guys? it’s a HAT.

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poor, poor Willard Scott. nowadays he looks a lot more like this dude, who, sadly, was irresponsive to my advances. perhaps he’s a one-woman kind of guy.

My Boyfriend Ronald. by you.

things like…did you know that they keep Happy Meal toys here, in this here warehouse??

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(i know, right? INSANITY)

things like…did you know that McDonald’s has a Chef Dan?

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and he’s all kinds of awesome? and he let us play around in the test kitchen and create our own smoothies? i was outvoted when i’d said we should keep it simple…(strawberries, bananas, yogurt and ice i say!)…and my partners added a gaggle of ingredients…coconut milk? honey? yeesh!

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things like…did you know that the best view from the John Hancock building is from the bathroom?

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also..i wouldn’t recommend saying what i did to some random man…which was an embarrasing “i hear there’s a really great view in the women’s bathroom!” it’s probably a good way to get arrested and to NOT get asked back to the next McTrip to Edmonton.

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  1. Welcome back! You were missed.

    Did you bring back dome Happy Meals toys for the kids? ;)

    Angellas last blog post..NaBloPoMo for November?

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    Comment by Angella on October 19, 2008
  2. That smoothie photo is still my favorite.

    I won’t mention the fact that the best part of the trip was SEEING ME!

    Because that’s just too obvious.

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    Comment by Kristabella on October 19, 2008
  3. Quite the adventure!

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  4. Crap! I should have asked you to steal the complete set of Wizard of Oz dolls. Not that we need them in our sea of junk.

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    Comment by gorillabuns on October 19, 2008
  5. That Ronald really needs a push button box that makes it say, “It puts the lotion on the skin.”

    YIKES!

    Mr Ladys last blog post..Rate the Hate the Sous Chef Edition

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  6. Yes but did you fix the iced cream, er, coffee for me? THAT WAS YOUR MISSION! Did you deviate from your mission?
    So fired. ;)

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  7. Ow! That is so freaking funny – confessional? OK so I cannot wait to see you on TV McMommy and all McMommies. Love the view photo heh-heh

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    Comment by monstergirlee on October 19, 2008
  8. The Happy Meal warehouse looks like that final scene from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    Glad you’re back!

    differentkindofgirls last blog post..i’d give my panties to a geek for a chance at free stuff

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    Comment by differentkindofgirl on October 19, 2008
  9. Welcome back! Looks like you enjoyed Chicago.

    I wish I had known about the view from the JH buidling women’s room on my visit. Of course, getting in there would have been a problem…

    Did you find out about how they keep the apples from browning? Enquiring minds want to know!

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    Comment by IrishGumbo on October 19, 2008
  10. Welcome home! Now I kinda want to go check that place out…

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  11. McEdmonton? After McChicago? I think you should have done that the other way around.

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  12. I’m sorta McJealous, I guess.

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    Comment by anna on October 19, 2008
  13. Looking forward to hear about the ins and outs of McDonalds food….

    Jenn

    Jenns last blog post..Things That Have Me Laughing All Week

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  14. I want a test kitchen.

    And depending on who the random man was, that might get you asked back with honors.

    LiteralDans last blog post..Important Questions: Paper, Liner, Hover, or Madness?

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    Comment by LiteralDan on October 20, 2008
  15. Well hello yellow sweater with the hood that I just bought from Anthro YESTERDAY! We are so sisters.

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    Comment by Charna on October 20, 2008
  16. That looks like so much fun!!

    How much do you think it costs to install a test kitchen in my life?

    Also, the tray on the head makes me nervous – I think if I saw it in person I might freak. Just sayin.

    Sarahs last blog post..Happy 22nd to Me!

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    Comment by Sarah on October 20, 2008
  17. God, you’re cute!

    I LOVE YOU!

    Though I am not a huge McD’s fan, like I used to be, it seems like a really fun trip!

    And Chef Dan? He’s kinda YUM!

    sam {temptingmama}s last blog post..iTouch Myself

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    Comment by sam {temptingmama} on October 20, 2008
  18. Love the pictures! Too funny about the comment to the random man, hahahaha!

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    Comment by Ashley on October 20, 2008
  19. You forgot half the picture!

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com.....e534_o.jpg

    (damn – I wish I had mad Photoshop skills. Or even just had Photoshop period.)

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    Comment by Giblet on October 20, 2008
  20. wow thats a lot of happy toys!

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    Comment by LAVENDULA on October 20, 2008
  21. So how many happy meals toys did you get to bring home?

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    Comment by Beck on October 20, 2008
  22. Looks like a lot of fun! When will you be on TV. I can’t wait!!!!!!

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    Comment by Haley-O on October 20, 2008
  23. You are sitting REALLY close to Ronald, like first base close.

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    Comment by Rhi on October 20, 2008
  24. Awesome bathroom view. That first photo though, the McDonald bovine? Really creepy. Nightmare creepy.

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    Comment by Rhea on October 20, 2008
  25. Can’t wait to hear more about it! When will you be on tv?

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    Comment by Dianna on October 20, 2008
  26. McSo Mcwhat Mcis Mca McMcnugget Mcanyway?

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    Comment by Hockeyman on October 20, 2008
  27. I’m really interested in this McInformation.

    That is one impressive view, but good thing that dude wasn’t a cop.

    Kylas last blog post..Let’s just pretend it is (wordless) Wednesday.

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    Comment by Kyla on October 20, 2008
  28. Did you count hidden Ronald McDonalds? Like how they have hidden Mickeys all over Disneyland?

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  29. My sister hate’s McDonald’s. It only makes me like it more.

    moosh in indy.s last blog post..From the Archives: Is your punk son missing his shoes?

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  30. You are too cool.

    Even if you do look like Kirsten McDunst.

    Matthews last blog post..Silent Night

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    Comment by Matthew on October 20, 2008
  31. Do you get free McDonald’s? That’s it, I’m moving in.

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    Comment by Maria on October 20, 2008
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