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Two weeks of free ice cream – Tweet for Treats! (It’s a Twitter contest)

After a high-stress day, I came home to a box of ice cream in the mail. Was the universe sending me hate mail or a love letter? I couldn’t tell. I was sent the ice cream so I could sample it and write about it on the blog. I usually turn down offers like these because I don’t want to be seen as a corporate shill. However, she among us who can turn down chocolate fudge brownie is a better woman than I.

Only, the ice cream wasn’t at my front door. It was at the FedEx depot.

All I had was a claim sticker stuck to my door and the knowledge that a box of dry ice was sitting on a shelf somewhere near 90th street and I-69 (the highway of love). So, I drove about 8 miles, missed my turn and got lost in a corporate office park until I finally found the FedEx depot tucked behind a landscaping company that had a sign taped to their door which said, “This is not FedEx.”

When I entered the building a man was at one end of the counter and a woman was at the far end. I soon discovered this was because the man at near end of the counter was KRA-ZEE. I can’t quite describe his particular flavor of crazy, but the dude was off his head. He mumbled to himself incomprehensibly and seemed only semi-aware of what he was doing, like the other half of his brain was stuck in a parallel dimension or he was an alien trying to ape the behaviors of normal human postal workers. I signed for my package, threw it in the back seat, and drove home where I quickly devoured both boxes of ice cream shots because I’d had a hell of a day.

Oh, and I got dry ice too, so now I can pour water on it and film my own 80’s rock video.

I sampled the Popsicle brand Ice Cream Shots, which are essentially Dippin’ Dots or small beads of ice cream. I’d only tasted microbead ice cream at the state fair two weeks ago, and here I was tasting some again in my kitchen. When it rains microbead ice cream, it pours. A rainstorm of microbead ice cream would be great for my 80’s rock video. This stuff was very tasty. I mean, it’s ice cream. How could it not be? I have to admit I dig the odd texture. It comes in Cookie’s ‘N Cream and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavors. Of course, the phrase “Ice Cream Shots” makes me think it should be loaded into paint ball guns. There’s another great idea for my 80’s rock video.

I also got the Breyers Double Churn Light Vanilla and Almond bars. Again, very scrumptious and I liked the texture of the almonds in the chocolate. Finally, I also tasted the Breyer’s Double Churn FREE ice cream in the chocolate fudge brownie and the chocolate cookies and cream flavors. All of which were creamy and delicious, though I prefer vanilla flavored cookies and cream to the chocolate base. I love chocolate, but that’s a bit much even for me. It was also rock hard to start with because of all that dry ice. Thankfully, I was able to eat the ice cream shots right away because the little dots didn’t freeze into a big block like the ice cream.

So, PastaQueen, did you bring enough ice cream for the whole class? Why, yes, I did! I have 14 coupons, each for a free package of any Breyers, Popsicle, Klondike, or Good Humor product which is good for up to $7.00 and expires on 3/31/2009. I will be giving away one coupon a day for the next two weeks as part of my Tweet for Treats Giveaway!

Tweet for Treats Giveaway!

Have you heard of Twitter? That’s ok, neither had I. Then everyone at the BlogHer conference wouldn’t shut up about it, so I begrudgingly got on and now I’m an addict. Twitter is hard to explain. It’s better just to use it. It’s a micro-blogging, instant messanging-esque application that is the hot new thing. It’s also a lot of fun if you don’t get too sucked into it or start to feel too much pressure to be constantly clever and “on.”

To enter my giveaway, you’ll need to sign up for a Twitter account and start following me, PastaQueen. Once a day for the next two weeks I will send out a tweet (a message) describing something I’m eating. The first person to reply on Twitter with the correct guess of what I’m ingesting will win a free coupon. (To reply, you MUST start your message with “@pastaqueen” or else I won’t see it in the timeline.) If you can actually see what I am eating, you are not eligible to win. (Coworkers, this means you. Don’t worry, I’ll tweet some breakfasts and dinners too to give you a chance.) You can enter on as many days as you want, even if you’ve won before. International readers cannot win because the coupon will be of no good in your country (Sorry!), but you can play for fun if you wish. I will announce the winner on Twitter and I will judge the order of entries by the order they appear in the Twitter timeline.

I’m excited to see how this goes. I’ve never heard of anyone holding a giveaway via Twitter before, so I feel like I’m breaking new ground. It’s also a shameless way to get lots of followers on Twitter, so I can make more friends, get more readers and take over the world. But hey, at least my world domination includes free ice cream. I’ll be a benevolent dictator. Happy tweeting, everybody! I’ll post the first entry sometime later today.

Addendum on 8-26-08: The first day of the contest went well, but from today onward I am incorporating an additional rule to ensure fair play. You are allowed ONE guess per hint that I tweet. If you submit more than one guess, I will ignore all your guesses but the first. If no one has guessed the correct answer, I may send out another hint tweet, at which time you may submit ONE more guess and so on.

Yesterday everyone guessed once after the first hint, but after the second hint they started pounding me with lots of answers. Thankfully, the very first guess after my second hint was correct, so the multiple guesses didn’t affect the winner. I want everyone to have a chance to win, so choose your guess wisely!

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34 Comments

dietgirl • August 25, 2008 at 7:52 am

PQ, thou art a marketing genius.

UK marketeers are such tightwads, they never give you nothin’ :P

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Alexia • August 25, 2008 at 8:30 am

I live for twitter. Have you set up a plug-in to automatically post a note to twitter when you update your blog?

Nothing like socially-acceptable stalking :D

Alexia

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Debbi • August 25, 2008 at 8:35 am

The phrase “Ice Cream Shots” makes me think you should slug it back in one gulp.

Love your ’80s rock visuals …

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PastaQueen • August 25, 2008 at 8:47 am

I’ve seen those, but it’s a bit too spam-like for me. I don’t want people to get sick of my tweets just being ads for my blog. I think it’s better if you just do that occasionally or if you have a really good post you want to promote.

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Alexia • August 25, 2008 at 9:32 am

Oh, you think? I like getting a reminder when my stalkees (kidding!) post something. :-)

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K • August 25, 2008 at 9:33 am

Now I want ice cream and I can’t even enter the contest! Waaaah!

I have a feeling that if I Twittered it would be another amusing thing that would prevent me doing any work, ever… is this so? Or does it just sound like it?

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Mal • August 25, 2008 at 10:17 am

“Ice Cream Shots” doesn’t conjure up paintball for me, but sounds like something that should be sold in little glasses at an ice cream bar. Genius! Although, packaging an entire bar to arrive at your door through FedEx could prove tricky — dry ice or not.

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Kyle • August 25, 2008 at 10:26 am

“Of course, the phrase “Ice Cream Shots” makes me think it should be loaded into paint ball guns. There’s another great idea for my 80’s rock video.”

We obviously have different connotations of the word shot. Ice Cream Shots makes me think that if I eat them, I will get drunk and then possibly very sick.

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MizFit • August 25, 2008 at 10:40 am

dang you ARE breaking new ground.

love,

Miz., who is thus far 100% twitter-free

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Natalie C • August 25, 2008 at 11:45 am

I’m like you- very fascinated with Twitter and trying to convert my friends. But I can’t get Twitter to download my address book. I’ve been trying for weeks. Anyway, I’m already following you because I can’t download my address book & you’re my only Twitter friend! :) Hope I win the ice cream later! :)

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Chai • August 25, 2008 at 12:35 pm

ice cream and 80’s rock video…yummm…

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Lilbet • August 25, 2008 at 1:06 pm

mmmm Ice cream!

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Talli van Sunder, DPT • August 25, 2008 at 2:10 pm

I am glad that you are on twitter. Like you I am extremely addicted. I look forward to tweeting with you on twitter. Have an AWESOME day! :-)

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Trishie • August 25, 2008 at 3:50 pm

PQ!

You are so lucky to get a whole bunch of free ice cream! How did they contact you to be able to send you such yummy dry ice goodness? And where can I sign up to be on THAT mailing list?

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Annoyed • August 25, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Jennette – the more I read your posts, the more I realize that you are still just a nerdy little fat girl, looking for attention, trying to be witty. I just wanted to share that, since this is the last time I’ll be reading your blog.

Man… shoulda done this weeks ago…

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PastaQueen • August 25, 2008 at 4:28 pm

With great skin. Don’t forget my awesome skin!

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Isabelle • August 25, 2008 at 4:40 pm

PastaQueen, I realise that this isn’t an original comment, but I’ve just read your book (took me a while to get it but, you know, it’s a long way to here and I’m absent minded so kept not quite getting round to ordering it) and it was really enjoyable and interesting and insightful. You are so sensible and you write very well indeed. It was a great read. I’m sure you know all this. But I just thought I’d say.

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Annoyed • August 25, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Always using humor to deflect criticism. Smart, Jennette. Did your mom teach you that? Or did you pick that up on the school playground, where you hid in a dark corner, stuffing your face, watching the other kids play?

Look, congrats on all you’ve done and for being happy and motivating all these people. Yay for you. But, in case you didn’t realize it, you have become arrogant. The more one reads your posts, the more one recognizes that. If you had stayed that nerdy little fat girl inside, while accomplishing what you accomplished quietly (or at least non-arrogantly) maybe it would have been better. But what the hell do you care about my opinion? I’m just a faceless chick, who, for all you know, is really just taking out her insecurities on you.

All I know is that it took me a long time to lose weight – but I did it quietly, patiently and successfully. I didn’t need congratulations, I didn’t need to share or boast, I didn’t need – and still don’t need – an audience to cheer me on. I have maintained my weight (96 lbs. at 5’2″) for four years. I went from a size 14 to a size 00 and you don’t see me walking around like the rule the earth.

I would have preferred it if you stayed nerdy little fat Jennette inside, while looking great outside.

But again, who gives a shit about what I have to say. Good for you.

I’m out.

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PastaQueen • August 25, 2008 at 4:53 pm

They always promise to leave, and yet they never do.

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Jelly • August 25, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Woah! Check out the beef above – what did PQ ever do to annoy you oh faceless and nameless “skinny” girl??? What is the point in slating someone – jealous perhaps???

I think you rock PQ! (not that I think you are needlessly fishing for compliments!)

:)

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S. • August 25, 2008 at 7:16 pm

I’m sorry to say you are not the first person to do a give away via Twitter. Kevin Rose and Alex A. of Diggnation have done giveaways via Twitter. You may be the first to give away food coupons tho!! yay for ice cream.

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Sara • August 25, 2008 at 8:12 pm

The baseball game was fun and exciting–but the fireworks afterwards were the real show…

*sigh*

I love using the pronoun one. It makes one sound more important that one usually is and one generally reserves it for prounouncements that are meant to trancend one’s personal experience and include the public at large. One can be extremely grandiose that way.

I fear Twitter as I have quite enough to be addicted to right now, but since you’ve upped the ante by combining “free” and Ice cream–two of my favorite things–I might have to take the plunge.

So I might. Or I might not. One never knows…

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cindy • August 25, 2008 at 9:02 pm

Hi PQ,

I already feel like I’ve mastered as much technology as I can handle by learning to post on blogs, so i won’t be joining you on twitter or tweets or whatever it is, as cute as it sounds. I eat enough ice cream as it is—free would just encourage me to eat more. But I, for one, found this post fun and engaging, even if I am “fringe” of your modern, youthful culture (I am 47, so 80’s rock bands are just annoying, tasteless, and loud!). You write with wit and grace and if someone doesn’t appreciate it, they should simply move on… slide mouse, click…and they’re gone. Even I know how to do that!

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anji • August 25, 2008 at 11:03 pm

I love the double-churn ice-cream, not sure why but it just seems a bit more creamy instead of rock hard. I like the chocolate one and I think the butter-scotch ripple or something like that? There was lots of ripples, nice and tasty :D

Glad you didn’t have a postal man on your hands at fed-ex… gotta love those weirdos :)

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Gwendolyn • August 26, 2008 at 10:46 am

I think the nameless skinny girl is just upset because she didn’t get free ice cream. She sounds hungry.

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trishie • August 26, 2008 at 1:05 pm

i think mean skinny girl is jealous. obviously. we all know jenette, and love her, and her comments. and who isnt a dork on the inside, raise your hand. skinny girl is probably still in high school, since thats exactly what she sounds like. and by the way, according to a medical professional, shes too skinny and needs to gain about 15 lbs. to maintain a healthy weight. what a little snot! who does she think she is? I LOVE PQ AND SHOUT IT LOUD AND PROUD!

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Nina • August 26, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Annoyed, is just annoying!!! Go away, if your are not happy here!

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RG • August 26, 2008 at 11:24 pm

Uh, in case you didn’t notice, that wasn’t “criticism” that was just an inaccurate attack. “nerdy little fat girl” – okay, she is female and she is no longer fat but she is not little (i.e. a girl) and nerdy – well, to each his own. At MIT the response was along the lines of “I get [nerdier] things than [Pastaqueen] with my cereal in the morning.”

Admittedly, the twitter thing is not my ball of wax, but oh well. I don’t think that makes her “rule the earth”.

And it’s really not clear to me what the “arrogant” criticism was aimed at. That PQ has a blog? That other people have found that blog and find her funny? That she got a book deal out of it? There are some arrogant bloggers out there, but I have to say that PQ strikes me as one of the most “this is what I think, what do y’all think?”.

Is Annoyed someone who knows PQ in real life and has been rejected by her personally? Or did annoyed just leave some comments that didn’t get a response because, you know, there are a lot of comments on any PQ post? Will this mystery ever be solved?

This is a fascinating experience to me, talking to someone who usually seems normal and fun but who is screaming mad about something. They seem crazy, they’re making mountains out of molehills, things are very Black and White, and they make these claims that are contentless because there’s no objective FACT in it. I have a friend who does this, and only sometimes can I talk her down. Other times, she turns on me. Even much later, I don’t dare bring up the subject because it’s like she has permanent blinders on to any kind of perspective in the situation.

Do most people do this some of the time? I think that I get angry/overtired sometimes, but can find perspective later.

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s • August 27, 2008 at 1:05 am

“Annoyed”, you may have lost the weight but it sounds like you’ve retained the emotional baggage.

ANYWAY. i saw rg mention mit people. are there mit people reading this blog besides me?! that is so exciting! nerds are the best.

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RG • August 27, 2008 at 10:35 am

Yup, I’m a techie (alum). Course 18. You?

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anji • August 27, 2008 at 3:13 pm

And GREAT hair, don’t forget the great hair!

Man, someone was PMSing, hehe…

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Sara • August 28, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Perhaps Annoyed is just upset at your (frequent) penchant to sell out and advertise. It’s like listening to the radio where the DJs try to subtly incorporate a shout-out to the local car wash. That said, I’m used to it by now (comes with living in the 21st century), and I love your blog, PQ!

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PastaQueen • August 29, 2008 at 12:23 am

I’m insulted. If I was going to sell out I could get a much better price than free ice cream :)

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mo pie • September 1, 2008 at 7:01 pm

I love the name “Tweet for Treats.” You are so adorable.

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Jennette Fulda tells stories to the Internet about her life as a smartass, writer, weight-loss inspiration, chronic headache sufferer, and overall nice person (who is silently judging you). She does this at JenFul now, but you can still have fun perusing her past here.

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