October 22 08

so…i’m trying to make the switch from Tim Horton’s coffee in the morning to McDonald’s. About a year or so ago, i made the switch from Starbucks to Tim’s, mostly to save money. i was spending upwards of $4 every morning for a latte, because Starbucks actual coffee totally blows. and then i read somewhere that you could save $2,500 a year by cutting down on Starbucks and i was all “awesome! think about how many pairs of shoes i can buy for that much?” (i’m not sure that number really IS true. because 365 days in a year x 4 dollars a day doesn’t equal that much. but i read it on the internet. and everything on the internet is true. don’t you know? yes, even the Richard Gere hamster story. and even the pop rocks and coke story, my personal favorite)

so, anyway, back to my switch at hand. Tim’s to McDonald’s. Since i AM a quality correspondent now, i figured it was a good idea, almost like an undercover operation. and i love those. i’m all sneaky. but also…hello? McDonald’s Monopoly game. (my son and i both love the chance to win things! roll up the rim to win is my favorite time of the year! it’s better than Christmas. well, almost better)


(although i’ve only won Barq’s root beers and i have about 18 St. James Places so far)

so..here’s my problem. McD’s is out of the way in the morning. as in, it probably takes me an extra 12 minutes in the morning, and anyone who has kids and likes to sleep and likes to shower and likes to get to work on time KNOWS that 12 minutes? it’s like a lifetime!

also? Tim Horton’s is so good at getting my coffee right. large. one milk. one sweetener. perfect every time. yesterday, McDonald’s used cream instead of milk. and today, they forgot the sweetener altogether.


AND by golly, my cup is LEAKING all over my desk.


ho hum…oh yes, i DID actually have something of, you know, substance to write about today…

that’s me and Kristin. no, i’m not REALLY a midget. but she’s tall, y’all. like, Dooce tall. and i know this because she and Heather had a lengthy discussion about pants. (ps. i’m even wearing HEELS in this picture. like, 2-inchers) but, this is not the point of my story either. ho hum. no coffee makes Ali lose focus. big time.

anyway, when i found out i was going to Chicago i emailed her and her and was all ROOMIE MEETUP IN CHICAGO. HOLLA! (only if you knew me in real life you’d know that i would never, ever actually use the word holla in a sentence. unless i was mocking something. or someone.)

but then i looked at my itinerary and realized that it was not meant to be. i was going to be BUSY from dawn til dusk. there would be no hooking up for me at all! (PS. Ali needs to stop wearing that damn necklace. i’m actually even wearing it today)

but Kristin was a trooper. she dared to leave the city limits to come and visit me in Oak Brook at the McDonald’s campus. and we hung out in the lobby of the hotel (i didn’t even offer her any libations for her efforts) and laughed like hyenas about nothing. about french fries. about me making a fool out of myself at the John Hancock building. about my corporate coach. and about  Josh Duggar’s wedding registry which oh my good god contains normal registry items like duvet covers and mixers and such but also has SIX kinds of jerky! and snickers bars! and M&Ms! and i want to know who bought them the ONE package of twizzlers when they clearly asked for FIVE??!?! i mean, really, the person couldn’t have sprung the extra 8 bucks and bought them the entire set of twizzlers they’d hoped for??

i’m totally buying Josh and Anna Duggar some twizzlers. anyone want to spring for the skittles?

      Description UPC / Color Price Requested Purchased Qty  
Tic Tac Box Asst
Gum Ouch Multi Flavor
Bar Hershey Mlk
Box Skittles
Box Whoppers 5 Oz
Box Reese Pieces 4 O
Bag Twizzler Strwbry 7 Oz

my point is, i didn’t really think that some of the best friends i’d ever have would be people that i met online. i mean, Gwen DID meet her fiance on TWITTER, so i guess it DOES happen, right? (if you haven’t already read her story, read it…it’ll make you *swoon* i swear) and one of my other McDonald’s Moms Laura met her boyfriend on the internet. i guess saying you “met someone on the internet” is much less “oh my god, you met on JDate?!?!?!” nowadays, eh? (not that there’s anything wrong with that…)

okay. fine. enough incoherence. i’m off to find another coffee.

i may even drive the extra ten minutes to McDonald’s. i’m really hoping for a Tennesse Avenue piece today.

  1. I met my wife on the internet. In 1998! Before there were blogs, twitter or just about anything but porn.

    And I think you get a pass on the coffee thing. Go back to Tim. He misses you.

    Matthews last blog post..Big Boy and Big Girl


    Comment by Matthew on October 22, 2008
  2. If Seinfeld can be on the air for x years about nothing, you can certainly do many posts the same. However, don’t sell yourself short. I found substance in this post as I do all your posts. Even though I am in jury duty, I found it interesting! ;)

    Hockeymans last blog post..Jury Duty Blogging


    Comment by Hockeyman on October 22, 2008
  3. I knew someone who put Twizzlers on their registry and they got like a lifetime supply of Twizzlers because people bought them a normal gift and threw in a pack of Twizzlers for fun. I say that’s a pretty genius plan.


    Comment by slynnro on October 22, 2008
  4. Seriously? I’m pretty sure that he didn’t get much “luxury” items as Twizzlers growing up?


    Comment by Mari on October 22, 2008
  5. whos josh duggar?


    Comment by LAVENDULA on October 22, 2008
  6. I really love your turqouise sweater. And the necklace – in fact, I’m wearing one kind of like it right now.

    And I just love monopoly at MickeyD’s.

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


    Comment by Sarah on October 22, 2008
  7. That extra 12 minutes would cost as much gas as paying a little more for coffee, so if Tim’s is better, stick with them!


    Comment by Jess on October 22, 2008
  8. Girlfriend, you are all over the place this morning. My mind is reeling from coffee talk, meet ups and twizzlers on a wedding registry?! You’re blowing my mind.

    Rheas last blog post..Goats, Pumpkins & Azaleas, Oh My


    Comment by Rhea on October 22, 2008
  9. I think I may have gotten the Tennessee Avenue piece yesterday, but I tossed it. Probably not though, but it WAS an orange one.

    I really like the McDonalds iced coffees.

    Daddy Dans last blog post..What A Difference A Year Makes


    Comment by Daddy Dan on October 22, 2008
  10. If I give you tenessee will you split the prize with me? IDK if I have it though…*lol*

    PS I really like that necklace. Wear it everyday for a week and see if anyone notices.

    KD @ A Bit Squirrells last blog post..Hillbillies, Hackers and Frat Boys, OH MY!


    Comment by KD @ A Bit Squirrell on October 22, 2008
  11. I met my boyfriend on eHarmony. So far, he’s a keeper.

    Rhis last blog post..And So She’s Coming to Portland


    Comment by Rhi on October 22, 2008
  12. OK, I thought the pop rocks thing was true; and I want you to go back to Tim Hortons. God knows what they put in McDonald’s coffee.


    Comment by that girl on October 22, 2008
  13. Go to Timmie’s – 12 min is TOOOO long.
    And you’re friend is my kind of tall – I like to rock out my 6’2″ frame with 3″ heels b/c I’m CRAZY!

    Teris last blog post..What 36 hours of freedom will get ya


    Comment by Teri on October 22, 2008
  14. You know that Josh and Anna have been married for like a month now, right? I figure she’s already pregnant at this point. I just hope she’s finally talked.

    OMG, why can’t I stop watching things about the Duggars!! Why do I use their first names in conversation like I know them personally!?

    Finally, a couple of my friends have met their spouse or significant other over the Internet. Of course, the guy one of my friends is seeing now is married, so there’s that nice side effect. Blech. I bet Josh Duggar won’t pull that kind of crap on Anna! Hell, they probably didn’t ask for a computer on their registry.

    differentkindofgirls last blog post..‘i know this much is true…’


    Comment by differentkindofgirl on October 22, 2008
  15. You know that Josh and Anna have been married for like a month now, right? I figure she’s already pregnant at this point. I just hope she’s finally talked.

    OMG, why can’t I stop watching things about the Duggars!! Why do I use their first names in conversation like I know them personally!?

    Finally, a couple of my friends have met their spouse or significant other over the Internet. Of course, the guy one of my friends is seeing now is married, so there’s that nice side effect. Blech. I bet Josh Duggar won’t pull that kind of crap on Anna! Hell, they probably didn’t ask for a computer on their registry.


    Comment by differentkindofgirl on October 22, 2008
  16. Wow…. From Starbucks to McDonalds. Um, I’m not sure you should be telling anyone this. Unless you work on the TRENDINESS of McD’s cups…. They should up that ante….

    What’s good about McD’s vs. Starbucks, though, is that McD’s has recycling at EVERY location. Starbucks does not (very BAD!).

    You inspire me. Maybe I’ll make the switch after all. Right now, I’m working on switching from chai tea latte to TEA BAG. That’ll save me LOADS (of weight and muleh…).

    Haley-Os last blog post..Cheaty Reads the TAROT Now


    Comment by Haley-O on October 22, 2008
  17. erm, MTM and I met online

    SciFi Dads last blog post..Buddy’s Birth: Day One


    Comment by SciFi Dad on October 22, 2008
  18. please please please don’t get me wrong, people
    (especially the ones of you who emailed me separately)

    i don’t think there’s anything wrong with meeting your spouse, significant other, or friends online!!! it’s GREAT.

    also…YES, i still go to starbucks. i just drink so much damn coffee…that starbucks is for the experience (when i go out with friends etc) but tims or mcds are for the mornings when i need a quick fix.


    Comment by ali on October 22, 2008
  19. I totally should have put Twizzlers on our registry. I would enjoy them far more than the iron we got.

    Angellas last blog post..Photo Blissing


    Comment by Angella on October 22, 2008
  20. I think I have that necklace.

    Miss Britts last blog post..Why you should probably not invite me to your Passion Party


    Comment by Miss Britt on October 22, 2008
  21. I’m on match.com! The funny comes in when you find out that I joined for $60, and I’ve now dated two guys that live four blocks away from me. lol

    Bris last blog post..Naked Mondays #30 The One Where I Duck and Cover


    Comment by Bri on October 22, 2008
  22. Is McD’s new coffee any good? I have to go out of my way for Tim Horton’s because they’re rare in Vancouver, but so worth it.

    Captain Dumbasss last blog post..Fall, Or Whatever You’ve Got


    Comment by Captain Dumbass on October 22, 2008
  23. You totally look like Jordana. Just sayin’…


    Comment by Erica Ortiz on October 22, 2008
  24. First- who is Josh and Anna?
    Second- I look forward to hearing your adventures in McDonaldland.
    Third- I rarely if ever, walk into a store and find a pair of pants Long enough for me. At least you can find cute pants that mostly fit. Being a tall girl myself (5′ 11.5″ flat foot) I long to try on a pair of pants at Macys, that touch my ankles. ahh… some day. Anyway, so the shorties have it tough, the tallies have it tough.
    I love reading your blog. I’ve not been able to read for several days and I miss you!

    monstergirlees last blog post..Art as Photo – Photo as Art


    Comment by monstergirlee on October 22, 2008
  25. If you can snatch this pebble from my hand…

    The Zen of nothing is simple to imagine, difficult to execute.

    You have done well, Grasshopper!

    IrishGumbos last blog post..‘Skinny Love’ & the Panic Hole


    Comment by IrishGumbo on October 22, 2008
  26. Hey! That’s me!

    If there were thought bubbles in that photo, we would probably both be thinking the same thing about the weird front desk man who took the photo with your “film” camera.

    I say stick with Tim’s for 12 minutes. I wouldn’t even walk 2 extra blocks to a better Dunkin Donuts when I word downtown.

    Also, how can these people not know who the Duggars are????

    Kristabellas last blog post..The One Where You All Tell Me “I Told You So”


    Comment by Kristabella on October 23, 2008
  27. I still trying to win a root beer from McDonalds. I do have a friend who won a camera a year or two. She’s got me chasing the dream that I could win something.


    Comment by gorillabuns on October 23, 2008
  28. I’m so glad others share my Duggar love.

    Nics last blog post..They’re a-comin’


    Comment by Nic on October 24, 2008
  29. Man, I’m so glad I found someone else who thinks Starbucks coffee is gross. I can do thier pumpkin spice lattes but that’s about it.


    Comment by Ruby on October 26, 2008
  30. My best friend is an internet friend. Friends for 13 years, met in person three or four times. He’s way on the other side of the continent from me. Heh.

    Starbucks is overrated. Timmy’s, however, is good. Except that I don’t drink coffee. I’m comparing hot chocolate here.

    Courtneys last blog post..Obama Llama


    Comment by Courtney on October 26, 2008
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