September 28, 2014
Unfortunate Lobsters on Ice

I don’t shop the meat or seafood department, however when I shop at Wegman’s in Wilkes-Barre, I run into it going through the aisles of the natural foods department. Yesterday at the end of the soup aisle, I saw people gathered around a display in the seafood department. A man was poking at something and children were giggling. I became concerned when I heard a child scream, “It’s moving!” and as the family moved on, the sad situation began to reveal itself. 

At first I couldn’t bear to get closer.. and I contemplated leaving my cart and walking out. Many years ago, it’s what I would have done. But I know that it wouldn’t make a difference. It’s possible I was the only person in the store that had a problem with live lobsters forced to perch on a bed of ice.

I have sent Wegman’s positive feedback several times for carrying brands and products I love like So Delicious, Amy’s,  a fabulous gluten free department so convenient for my dad, and others - so I thought I would try to make a difference by letting Wegman’s know my shopper thoughts on this too.

Wegman’s engages customers well through social media, and before I was to the checkout I had a reply.

So I did DM.

And here I sit, the next day….. not holding my breath, still thinking about those poor lobsters. They’re doomed, and the next step for them is a pot of boiling water. 

September 22, 2014
Planning NEPA’s Blogging and Social Media Conference: NEPA BlogCon | Rooted

Seriously - Something for everyone… don’t wait to buy your ticket if you want a t-shirt, supplies are limited, first come first served!! #NEPA570

April 27, 2014
Sign the TRACE Graduation Card!

 
I work with young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities / autism at The Arc of Luzerne County - who are graduating a 2 year work readiness program at Luzerne County Community College. Would you please take a moment to sign their graduation card? Your support will mean so much to them! — It just takes a second, then please pass it on TYVM!

October 1, 2013

My partners and I at NEPA BlogCon got together to talk about our blogs before the big day October 5 and Michelle edited it all together for us. What strikes me most is how very different we all are, and that reflects how blogging is for absolutely anyone… 

September 29, 2013

September 23, 2013
darlingstewie:

I just got a sneak peek at a most fabulous picture of me and @karla_porter for promotional fun and frivolity for @nepablogcon #OMG

This is awesome! ~Karla

darlingstewie:

I just got a sneak peek at a most fabulous picture of me and @karla_porter for promotional fun and frivolity for @nepablogcon #OMG

This is awesome! ~Karla

September 2, 2013
Beating the heat in the city - Washington Square NYC

Beating the heat in the city - Washington Square NYC

September 2, 2013
Wonderful treat in Washington Square NYC yesterday after walking around Art in the Village

Wonderful treat in Washington Square NYC yesterday after walking around Art in the Village

August 19, 2013
Ixnay on Veggie Burgers at McDonald’s

Last week I blogged about the odd circumstances that motivated me to contact McDonald’s, a $5 Klout Arch card - hoping they might throw a veggie burger my way. If you didn’t catch it, just scroll down a post or click here.

Well… I received an answer back from Sara at the McDonald’s Customer Response Center. It was timely, arriving the following day. I just didn’t have time until now to post it:

Hello Karla:


Thank you for your interest in McDonald’s and for taking the time to write regarding our menu.

At McDonald’s, we’re sensitive to the special dietary requests of our customers. We’re always reviewing our menu, developing new products and searching for ways to satisfy the many tastes of the nearly 50 million customers we serve each day. Ultimately, however, it’s our customers who choose what’s on our menu. And, we’ll continue to offer those products that are most popular with a majority of our customers.

Please know that we have tested several veggieburgers and other vegetarian menu options in different parts of the United States and, at this time, have chosen not to offer them on our national menu. We will, however, continue to look at these products and make decisions that make sense from a customer interest and sales perspective.

Lastly, it’s important to know, we gladly accommodate customer requests to custom-order items without meat (i.e., without beef, chicken or fish). As one example, customers may order the Caesar Salad without chicken and topped with Newman’s Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette. This combination contains 130 calories, 7 grams of fat, 10 mg of cholesterol and 3 grams of fiber. In addition, the salad provides two servings of vegetables and is an excellent source of vitamins A and C.

Again, thank you for contacting McDonald’s. We look forward to serving you for many years to come.

Sara
McDonald’s Customer Response Center
ref#:10272222

 

It’s a polite and oh so caring response. Having worked many years in a contact center, I also know it’s a copy paste job from a script. It’s not Sara’s fault - it’s what they pay her to do. If her name is even really Sara. I am aware I can order a salad sans the animal flesh TYVM Sara. The thing is I don’t want a cold salad, I want a hot filling compassionate veggie burger from a convenient burger joint - since they are liberally sprinkled throughout most towns and it just makes sense. 

 

#fail 

 

August 12, 2013
darlingstewie:

The squirrel girls and networking about @nepablogcon #nepa #nepa570 #nepablogcon

darlingstewie:

The squirrel girls and networking about @nepablogcon #nepa #nepa570 #nepablogcon