Thursday, January 28, 2010

The new cookie on the block....

One of the many mom hats that I wear is that of Girl Scout Leader. So it should be of no surprise that my daughters' and their troop are selling Girl Scout Cookies! Each year the Girl Scouts adjust the cookie lineup and this year the Girl Scout Councils that offer cookies from the Little Brownie Bakers are offering a new cookie.....

Thank You Berry Munch

This is a cranberry cookie which contains dried cranberries. The cookie had a slightly nutty or oatmeal like hint to it, but the ingredient list does not contain nuts or oatmeal. While I'm located in the Girl Scouts of the Green & White Mountains Council, I had the opportunity to receive a complimentary box from the Girl Scouts of Nassau County.

Since I think reviews of food items are really very subjective, I brought the cookies to my troop meeting in early January. I figured just because I liked the cookie, it did not mean that everyone else would. So how did everyone like them?

The grownups liked the cookie. We agreed it tasted good and was not too sweet. It wasn't our favorite, like Thin Mints or Samoas, which meant that chances are good that one person won't eat the entire box in one sitting. But we did like the cookie. I personally think that they taste very good with tea or cocoa.

The girls didn't like the cookie so much. They thought it didn't have enough flavor like a Tagalong, Lemon Chalet Creme or a Samoa. Out of the six girls who came to the meeting only one had more than one cookie. So this definitely was not one of the girls favorites.

As far as the rest of the cookie line up there is one other change... The Dulce de Leche cookie has been updated. It is a little smaller and does not have the carmel icing on top. I really like the new version as I thought last year's cookie was way too sugary-sweet for my taste. This update has more flavor and is not as sweet.

Girl Scouts throughout NH and VT are taking orders for Girl Scout cookies. Mid-February the cookies will arrive and our famous Cookie Booth Sales will take place until mid-March.

Girl Scouting allows girls of all ages to learn and try new activities in a supportive environment. Activities are girl-planned and girl-led. The annual Cookie Sale allows Girl Scout Councils and Troops to provide programming and activities for the girls. For my troop it has afforded us the opportunity for camping, field trips and to purchase supplies for our different troop activities.

I'd like to thank the Girl Scouts of Nassau County for the opportunity to review the cookie for them. You can find the Nassau County Girl Scouts on Twitter and of course can follow my odd tweets there as well.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Not the brightest bulb in the prank call business

Last night I got a prank phone call. I haven't had one in years. This was on my business phone from some man who wanted to talk about scheduling a CPR class. At first I thought it was a legitimate call, but when he talked about his own mannequin and then made a few poorly worded racial comments I politely hung up on him.

I am by nature a really sarcastic person who finds humor in things that other people don't. I've worked as a part-time dispatcher in law enforcement for over 20 years, it takes more than this to upset me. I don't find his call funny, but what I'm laughing at is that this wasn't made by some teenage clueless kid. This was from someone whose driver's license states that he is a grown up in the year 2010 - the age of caller ID. Yup, my highly intelligent prank caller tried to prank me with some borderline adult themed call from his cell phone which promptly displayed on my phone. Any other recipient of this call would probably call and report him to the police.

But since I have a warped sense of humor, I'm blogging about it. Yes Mr. Clueless at 603-XXX-7246 in Dover, NH - I'm blogging about your pathetic attempt to give yourself a thrill at someone else's expense. Again THIS IS 2010, I have caller ID on my TV for goodness sake! Grow up.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A really nice email

Today I was going to write about my kids, but then I received this email which I thought was much more important to share:

Hi, Gail,

Just thought you'd find this interesting...

I took your CPR and FA classes in Sept....and in October my husband's life was saved by a bystander who knew CPR (I, of course, wasn't thinking straight, and it never occurred to me that it was a CPR-type situation). The bystander did CPR for about 7 minutes until the ambulance arrived. The EMTs shocked him twice before getting him on the ambulance. It was his heart. He's now fine!

You who are and train lifesaving techniques are truly appreciated!!


This is why I teach CPR and I love to hear that it is used successfully! I am so thankful that her husband is fine and feel honored that several months later she sent this wonderful email.

Take care,


Friday, January 15, 2010

Help for Haiti

There are many organizations raising money and supplies to help the victims of earthquake in Haiti. But keep in mind that while the work of many to help is good, the coordination and shipment of all these supplies can be difficult or overwhelming. I watched a brief interview with former President Clinton on TV the other night and he said something that made a lot of sense. He said if you want to help out, please donate to the Red Cross. They can purchase & ship supplies, they can mobilize aid. By focusing donations on one organization that is one large group that can make a large impact rather than having many smaller groups all trying to ship smaller supplies that will have a smaller impact.

Please don't interpret this to not support other very worthwhile organizations. But the quickest and largest impact can be made by pooling resources to one large group that has the skills and training in disaster services.

I know times are tight for many of us, believe me... I do know. But any donation helps. Consider donating your time or talents to an organization that supports the work of the Red Cross. It is the collection of many small donations that makes for a strong support network that can fund needed supplies and aid.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


This may sound odd, but we live in NH and we don't ski. There are many beautiful places to go skiing, but yet we don't ski. So today I thought I'd try to change that.

On my other blog I posted that January is Learn a Snow Sport Month. As part of this many ski locations are offering fabulous deals. Today, 1/9/10, was Winter Trails Day. So I thought I'd take advantage of the free rentals and free skiing to take the kids. Oh, did I mention I was taking 4 kids, ages 2 to 11, by myself?

It actually went somewhat well. It could have been worse. I rented a Pulk - a special cross-country sled - for my youngest to ride in. The rest of us had skis. I got a lot of exercise trying to get 3 kids into the skis and froze my hands in the process. In hindsight I should have bundled my 2 year old into the sled last, not first. By the time we were all set she had been in sled for a while and just lost patience with it ... especially when we had to wait our turn for our ski lesson. When I had a chance to really get skiing she was upset and kept pulling her hat off. It was too cold for her to go hatless so at that point she & I were done. My son was having fun, but couldn't go very fast or he'd fall over and his older sisters were a bit ahead of him, so I rounded him up and the little kids and I got to camp out in the car.

The girls loved it though. They were out on the trails for a lot longer than I thought they would be. My biggest regret about the whole outing was I never got a picture of the kids on the skis.