McDonald’s Is Not Sue’s Salads

Please watch this video (or, rather, listen to the audio). The following is my response. I’m fine with people eating fruits and even vegetables, either for health reasons or because they genuinely find them delicious. I’m partial to a number of delicious fruits myself.

But I don’t want them from McDonald’s. I certainly don’t want to force them upon other customers.

So, my response to the video:

I only rarely got fast food when I was growing up. A toy or a cartoon character is nice but, even as a preschooler, I wanted to eat their food because it is DELICIOUS.

I’m not angry with the nine-year-old. I’m angry at the mentality of adults who should know better who want to ruin everyone else’s happiness.

I’m so grateful that I had long outgrown Happy Meals before they began putting fruits, vegetables, and other food that my food eats in Happy Meals instead of the delicious food. You can eat fruit and vegetables at home—it is not McDonald’s responsibility to have every food that you might ever want to give to your children. You don’t yell at a hot dog vendor for not serving salads. It’s not McDonald’s job to have every food—just whatever delicious food that we want to eat and that they want to serve us that will make money for them and their stockholders.

My answer probably would have been along the lines of: “Well, it’s the job of our advertising department to attract customers of all ages to eat at McDonald’s. It’s the job of many other parts of this corporation to make sure that everything about your experience when you visit a McDonald’s makes you happy and want to come back again–which means making the food delicious but also providing healthy options. It’s my job to make sure that the different parts of this company work together as well as possible. And it’s the job of the consumers–consumers like your parents–to look at our advertising and everything about us, and decide if McDonald’s is a place where you want to go. We don’t want to trick children–or adults–into visiting, because we want you to be happy with what you find when you get here and want to come back.”
But obviously people would raise hell that that was too complex to say to a child or that that was too blunt of an answer to give in front of cameras because parents are the ones with money to spend and they don’t want to be told that they have responsibilities.



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Leslie Knope VS Liz Lemon


First of all, let me say that this is my fiftieth post on Zelda Lily since I first began in late July of this year. I am so happy that I get to write for this marvelous blog. I hope that you have all enjoyed reading my posts as much as I have enjoyed writing them. I love you guys.

Leslie Knope VS Liz Lemon: this is a contest between awesome, hilarious ladies whom I absolutely adore. I do not even mean the actresses who portray them—whom I love so much and probably equally. I mean the characters—the protagonists of the NBC comedies Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock, respectively.

Both shows are wonderful and hilarious, and provide an endless supply of hilarious quotes. But while both have wonderfully comical views of the world, are portrayed by marvelous ladies, and have a fondness for an overabundance of unhealthy food, I have to say that Leslie Knope has the edge—and here is why.

Leslie Knope’s life is much more together than Liz Lemon’s. Leslie Knope has a rising political career, which has its hilarious ups and downs. Liz Lemon’s life as a writer for The Girly Show is in constant crisis.

Leslie Knope embraces her sexuality. While I am not a Reagan fan, I am such a fan of Margaret Thatcher, and she and her dreamy boyfriend Ben Wyatt roleplay (as we have heard in accidental voicemails on the show) as various political figures while in bed. She also really enjoys making out with Ben, where Liz Lemon seems fearful of sex, sexuality, and willfully ignorant of sex itself. That is just not something that I can understand. And while Liz Lemon has many admirable qualities, that alone makes me wonder if anyone should aspire to be her.

Leslie Knope is a much better mentor, and not just because Liz Lemon is surrounded by pathologically insane people while Leslie is mostly just surrounded by goofy people.

Leslie Knope’s office is filled with portraits of marvelous, strong female politicians. Liz Lemon’s office is filled with cluttered sadness.

Both have their home lives as a wreck. Leslie Knope’s home is a suffocating hoarder nightmare. Liz Lemon’s home, while much more physically orderly, is in chaos because Liz is often unsure of what she wants. Despite the fact that every relationship that she has ever had has failed (which is, you know, normal), she is still pursuing love at every opportunity. And while any sane person would date James Marsden when given the opportunity, she sort of reminds me of a much more intelligent, older Taylor Swift in terms of her hopeless pursuit of romance.

Basically, Leslie Knope knows what she wants. Liz Lemon is always looking to others for life advice. I kind of just wish that Liz Lemon would meet Leslie Knope and get advice from her.

Or, if not, settle down and just allow herself to be happy. She already knows that food is the key to that. So she should go for it.



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I’m In Love With Margaret Thatcher

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I’m In Love With Margaret Thatcher is actually a song, you guys. It’s not a great song (and not, I think, sincere), but I like the title.

One day in very early 2009, I was curious about Margaret Thatcher (who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979-1990) because I really only knew bits and pieces about her (in general, my non-American historical knowledge basically gets better and better the farther back in time that one goes; the last several centuries are a little vague). I decided to look her up, and find out why some people spoke of her so negatively. I poured through her Wikipedia page (which, admittedly, gets edited all of the time) and found a lot of awesome information with very little to explain why some people have strongly negative opinions of her. I looked up other articles, wondering if some Thatcher fanatic had edited her Wikipedia page to exclude her 1988 Puppy-Torture Campaign or anything of that sort. Still nothing.

Having been thoroughly impressed by what I had read, I thought that I would look her up on YouTube. You guys, I was positively floored by her speeches and by her delivery. I found recordings of her statements following the (despicable) attack on the Falkland Islands by the Argentinian military junta. I found her warnings about humanity causing global warming and other problems and emphasizing the importance of environmental responsibility. This is a woman who supports universal health care (which the UK has had in place for decades).

I also found videos featuring her sense of humor. I spent hours pouring over YouTube. That evening, I went to see a friend of mine and I introduced him to the same …

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Amy Poehler Makes It Cool(er) To Be Smart

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Oh, Amy Poehler. I love you. See, when Hello Giggles first came on the scene, I was so happy because now there is a female comedy site and it’s a good one. Then I discovered “Smart Girls At The Party” and I pretty much freaked out.

Smart Girls At The Party is Amy Poehler along with Meredith Walker and Amy Miles and it’s about being smart. It’s about how being smart and being you is okay—and it’s attractive, too. I wish I had this when I was growing up. I was always the girl that hated being told, “You’re so pretty” and I would always respond with “I’m really smart,” which I still do to this day.

I’ve been yelled at on more than one occasion that it’s rude not to say thank you when I’m paid a “you’re so pretty compliment,” but I’m not thankful to hear that I’m pretty. So what? I’m pretty. BFD.  Being pretty has its advantages, but it also has a lot of disadvantages, too. I’m not one to brag, but I have a very high IQ. I actually have an IQ that could gain me membership to a very prestigious club if I wanted to pay its membership fees. My brain is very important to me and it’s also overlooked in comparison to physical appearance, and that sucks.

No one cares if I’m smart. In fact, people are downright shocked that I’m smart. I’ve had several (former) friends say to me, “You’re so pretty that you don’t need to let everyone know you’re smart, too.” I’ve had ex-boyfriends say things like “Why do you want to watch this documentary, it’s so boring,” or you’re not fun” or “Why do you read books like that? You’re so weird.” For a long time, I believed that. I thought I had to dumb myself down in order to fit in and get a boyfriend and be popular, and I had to pretend that learning wasn’t fun but now? Well. Now I’m twenty-six and I say, “Screw that.”

My mind works in a very strange and interesting way. I’ve worked with experts that say my mind cannot grasp normal thoughts. To me, what is conventional to most is quite boring and sometimes confusing to me. Generally, I can’t understand why someone would act a certain way, or not be able to understand what I see as so simple. It’s made it very difficult to have long lasting friendships or relationships so I gave up understanding my brain and just became a pretty girl. Easy enough, right?

But like I said before, I’m twenty-six and I’ve finally come to appreciate and love how smart I am. Sometimes I’ll explain something to a friend, co-worker, or my boyfriend, and they’ll look at me with this “wow” face, and my chest swells with pride. I’m also in a relationship where I’m mentally stimulated and my partner is proud of my brain. He’ll often be in a conversation with someone and I’ll overhear him say “Yeah, and she could be a part of (insert name of group I could join but they have stupid membership fees and just because I’m smart doesn’t mean I have unlimited disposable income!)”. It’s finally become about a sense of pride.

That’s where Smart Girls At The Party comes in—they’re smart, they’re successful, they’re pretty, and they have fun. They appreciate who they are. It’s made it okay to be smart and I couldn’t be more excited to be seeing this kind of movement come forward.  Now girls today following this movement won’t have to wait until they’re twenties to get it. Get them while they’re young!



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