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Pi Day


Today is a day to eat pie and celebrate math.

I went to the grocery store and bought some pie for dinner. But then I swung through the drive through to grab a quick lunch.

And what did I see?!?

It’s also Shamrock Shake season.

Many, many years ago I started a social media campaign to bring the shamrock shake to north Texas.

Success tastes delicious.


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oops! Penny pinching…

So… we are one month in – and 5 days into February (for the Superbowl) I messed up our food budget.

I bought what I thought was going to be cheaper pizza since I had a coupon.  It wasn’t. In part because I bought an extra medium due to wanting a little more variety than just meat pizzas, we ended up with WAY too much pizza at way too high a price.

So now we are stuck eating a lot of cold pizza – that is no longer yummy, and penny pinching for the rest of the month.  I think If we have a low grocery bill for the upcoming week, we might be back on track, and I’m still going to do everything I can to get us there, but it’s going to be tight.

You see – at the beginning of the month, I have to project out and plan around events in the month (family in town two different weekends and Valentines Day). Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t going to go hungry due to a Superbowl party slip-up, and we still have a little space for our ‘semi-fast food Valentines Day dinner’ plans, but we do have a lot less wiggle room.

So let this be a lesson to myself, I’m not a budget expert yet. 🙂  And moral of the story – just because there is a coupon or sale does not mean I should buy it – nor does it mean that gives me the freedom to buy more of the sale item.

But I am learning.  I am saying “no” to myself – I did not go out this week to McDonald’s to get a Shamrock Shake. That took a lot of will power.

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USA Today Mention

USA Today online ran an article that appears to mention the Shamrock Shake Revolution.

I say “appears” because they listed a Facebook fan page, but they added and extra space and didn’t link up to the Revolution page (like they did other web pages in the article). But they did quote someone that “Likes” the revolution.

I’m still trying to get my membership confirmation email, so I can comment on the article.

Have you had a shake today? Did you like us on Facebook?

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I have a consultation with a client today. We will be discussing their goals and objectives to best plan how they should implement social media to better engage with their customers.

I’m also planning on drinking Shamrock Shake which will then require me to brush my teeth extra well before my afternoon dentist appointment.

PS don’t forget to finish your bracket. They close at 12 pm EST. Still looking for a group to join? Play on Yahoo with: “Win Troy’s Stuff”

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Tomorrow is the Big Day!

for the Shamrock Shake!

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Shamrock Shake Revolution!

To my utter shock and delight… Yesterday a friend texted to say “The Shamrock Shake has arrived in Dallas!”

Wait, What?

That’s right friends after two years of work, twitter campaign, radio story, facebook page and many submissions to McDonalds, The Revolution has succeeded!

To see the plight of the Texas Shamrock Shake, see past posts here.

They are not at all McDonalds in the DFW Area (I went to two yesterday, but only found the shake at the second stop) but they have arrived.

Thanks for all of the help friends.  Keep spreading the word. More people should learn about and enjoy the shake. Plus, we want the shake to do well so we don’t have to worry about next year. 🙂

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2 months

so… the posts become more spread out. 🙂

Today, on our second month anniversary, I can happily report that thank you notes have all been written. *phew!*

Also, not sure if how much I’ve mentioned this, but at the end of last year, I transitioned to a new position at work. I’m now a Web Developer. It’s been a challenge (and occasionally, easy), but also fun.

This last week I’ve been making huge progress forward in learning and working with PHP. We had a training class (where I got 100% on the worksheet) and a practice project. The practice project is not completely done, but it did give me an opportunity to use “Pennies for Debra” as my ‘client’. (The current count by the way is 9252.)

Other than that, I’m busy looking forward to the Mariner’s baseball season starting. Less than a month until Pitchers and catchers report.

Lastly, no, I haven’t finished War & Peace yet. I did however start reading book 13 in the Wheel of Time series.

OH. one more thing – don’t forget the Shamrock Shake. It’s almost that season again. Please contact McDonalds and help us get the Shake in Texas.

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wow. burnout?

It’s been a while. I don’t know if I have had a longer ‘no post’ time in the last 5 years…

Not too much happening here. Or rather, too much happening here.

Lets see. Here’s a list of what’s been going on:

*Search for the Shake ended for 2010. We’ll pick it up again in 2011

*I’ve been playing lots of games, Settlers, Speed Scrabble, Ticket to Ride, Puerto Rico, and just learned a new one today Carcassonne. Oh, and I purchased ‘Bang!’ (a mafia type card game) on ebay.

*Got two new tires for the front wheels of my car.

*Enjoying the final season of LOST.

*My roomie & I planted a garden. Tomatoes, Jalapenos, Snow Peas, Dill, Chives, & Basil. (also strawberries, but no luck with them yet).

*Went to two Dallas Stars Games.  One happened to be an Oilers game, and we were 12 rows up from the glass.

*Started up the grill. Corn, broccoli, chicken, salmon, steak, hot links, brats, potatoes, green beans, kabobs, peppers. Yummy!

*Started a one month trial of Netflix. 2 weeks, four movies watched.

*A friend from Wa State came for a visit. We took a road trip to San Antonio.

*Saw the Alamo. (3/6/1836 – & 10 years later Texas became a state.)

*Said Friend from Wa State, myself, and my roomie went to see the Mariners play on 4/11. They got beat pretty badly, but it was fun to see them play during opening week.

*Also on 4/11 we celebrated “Happy to be Alive” day – the 27th anniversary of my open heart surgery.

*Tried Nutella.

*Accidentally left the sun roof of my car open just a crack all night – while it rained. I was fortunate to not have any water in the car the next morning.

*Learned that people like to talk about PB & J on facebook & twitter

*Learned I’m a “terrible tour guide” which resulted in a driving tour of my neighborhood and surrounding area.

*Stayed up way too late past my bed time on numerous occasions (tonight being a prime example)

*I’m sure there is more but because of the item right above this… I can’t remember. 🙂

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The Search for the shake…

is a no go. 😦

The day before St. Patricks day, we got a tip from McDonalds that there may be one local McD’s that carried the shake. They even called them to double check for us.

So we planned on St. Patricks day, to drive about 20 mins from work to check it out for lunch.  My roomie got there first, and asked about the shamrock shake. She was told “yeah, we have that, but the machine is being serviced.”

When I got there, I order lunch, from a different employee. I too asked about the shake. While I encountered a bit of a language barrier, I was told by a woman that 1. she had worked there for 3 years, 2. she had never heard of the shamrock shake & 3. She could offer me chocolate or vanilla.

This left us to concluded: someone lied to the McDonalds customer service person. Then when some girls showed up the next day asking for the shake, he lied that the “machine was being serviced.”  Because if the machine was broken, the woman who helped me wouldn’t have offered chocloate & vanilla shakes as an alternative to the “Shamrock Shake” she had never heard of.

While it was disappointing, it was  a fun adventure. As the Month of March, and thus Shamrock Shake Season winds down we conclude a partial success. Simply in raising awareness, and spreading the word, we have built momentum for 2011. Right now there are 93 fans on facebook and 119 followers on twitter.

Thanks for the support everyone!

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On the Radio!

For those who missed it, The Shamrock Shake was featured in KRLD’s “The Other Side of the News” this morning.

You can hear it at 3:40 pm (CST) streaming live online.

Or you can listen to the archive that is already up on KRLD’s Site.

Want to get involved in the Revolution? Take these action steps right now:

1. Join the fan page

2. Follow @shamrockdfw on twitter

3. Contact McDonalds

4. Spread the word!

One additional treat for today (my apologies for the quality… it is from the early 80’s):

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