It's been a long time since I ranted and raved, and since I have some stuff to
*RAVE--I love the photos in my new header, but my favorite is actually one that I did not take. My friend Camille took it from her back porch one morning. Isn't it gorgeous?!
Thanks, Camille, for letting me borrow the shot, but also for touching my heart with it in a way that makes winter seem very gentle.
*RANT--This probably stems from my days as a loyal McDonald's employee, but it drives me nuts when I ask specifically for "one ketchup, please," and I get a fist-full of them at the window. It partly ticks me off because I know employees are trained to give one packet of ketchup (and one sauce thingy, for a 6-piece nugget) and obviously, they don't care. This bothers me, because I feel for the business-owner side of it. I mean, think about it---McDonald's probably spends twice what it needs to on ketchup and sauces because minions hand it out like it's free. Yes, I know McDonald's can afford it, but that's beside the point. The second reason this bothers me is that I hate wasting things, and I hate wasting money. It's against my conscience to throw the ketchup away, so therefore, I end up with a glove box full of ketchup!
Not-so-surprisingly, when researching this topic (Stop laughing. Yes, Lisleman does inspire me with his research examples), I found Jason's Blog McDonald's Rant about the opposite complaint--Not enough packets!haha
RAVE--This is so cool! Last week, in Green Bay, the Visitor & Convention Bureau sponsored a "Mystery Man" contest. Find the Mystery Man (wandering around town), and you'd win a package including two tickets to the Super Bowl. Read Homeless Couple Wins Free Super Bowl Tickets. This package is valued at $25,000. It will be interesting to see what the winners do with the tickets. Tough call--Put a roof over our heads and eat for ten years, or see the Packers play in the SuperBowl? Decisions...decisions....
RANT-I noticed creases in my earlobes this weekend. Yes, I'm serious. I spent a long while researching what it means, and so far, all it really means is that I'm getting wrinkly. Damn. Guess I should listen to my Re-Thinking Wrinkles audio post again, so that I could turn this into a RAVE.
RAVE--My spec ed department recently purchased a Livescribe Echo pen for me to use. I'm having fun figuring out how to use it. Yet another technology tool that I can't explain, except to say, "I think it's magic!"
RANT-"Nothing gets the party going like McNuggets." Really? When is the last time you were at a Super Bowl party and said to yourself, "Hm. There's nothing good to eat here. What this party really needs is some McNuggets!" So, yeah, the commercial is silly, but yes, it did cause me to go buy some nuggets for lunch today (where, yes, I received not one, but TWO sauce thingies, and from a manager, no less.)
RAVE-I've got three contacts now for a lesson I'm working on that relates to global awareness. I'm getting excited about it, and I would love to have more contacts. If you have any connections to middle schoolers in other countries, I would be very happy to hear from you.
Ranting and Raving is very satisfying; I highly recommend it!
[Update: LittleMsBlogger doesn't appear to be ranting and raving these days, but I still want to credit her for the post!]