A Failure as a Girl Scout: TOLT

That moment when you think you got a head start on something and you realize you really didn’t? That’s just one thing I’m Thinking Out Loud about today.

The title refers to a Girl Scout and always being prepared — clearly, I am not! Although I was a Girl Scout. Right up into High School.

Blogger was really bugging me
I kept writing comments, pushing post, and then I’d get an error page that told me to reload. And of course my comment had gone up to the big comment hole in the cloud. This was happening on multiple blogs.

I took to copying my comment before hitting post in precaution.

Of course it stopped happening.

And could someone please explain to me how to get my avatar to show up on blogger sites? I’m signed up with Gravatar, but it doesn’t seem to work with Blogger, although as far as I can tell it works with everything else.

I thought I gave myself enough time
I’ve started the process of gathering up everything I need for my next half. Not clothes, because I won’t have any clue of weather until we’re a lot closer (and probably not even then), but food, supplements (for me & Lola, because we’re bringing Lola with us — her second half!), any running gear I don’t need between now and then.

That moment when I realized that we’re actually taking a bit of vacation time before the half . . .

I’m still feeling calm about getting ready, but we’ll talk again next week. I’m always calm about it . . . until I’m not.

I can definitely dream about this!


Color me happy
Another part of my preparation for my half is researching restaurants. We’re staying in a relatively small town close to the half, and Maine is known for its lobsters, lobster rolls, and fried everything beach food.

So I was very happy to find a sushi restaurant that got decent reviews right in our little town. Sushi is my preferred pre long run/race meal. It’s fueled a lot of long runs and races!


Usually I’m in workout clothes or pjs

Speaking of color . . .
Cute outfit of the week! Yes, I was in a dressing room at the time, but this was what I was wearing that day and I just thought I’d share (none of it was new, either!). It was an oddly neutral outfit for me –not an odd outfit, mind you, but I like to wear color usually.

So you’ve probably heard that stripes are not your friends. The truth is that’s not always the case. Since these stripes go in a lot of different directions, they’re very flattering. Vertical and diagonal stripes can be very flattering, too: it all depends on the angle.

Horizontal stripes? Rarely flattering, but there are exceptions, again, it’s all about the placement.

I so rarely wear heels anymore, but I needed a bit of heel to pull off the midi skirt without looking like a little person. Those shoes are really comfortable, though! And the nude color helps make my legs look longer.

And finally a faux leather moto style jacket to give the outfit a little edge.


Giz loving the extra daylight

Is a quiet house unsafe?
We lost our guard dog when we lost Chester. Seriously, Lola will bark if she hears another dog, or she’ll growl a bit when she sees another dog on our walks.

Inside? She almost never barks. Twice in the last week I forgot something and had to come back in after leaving. Not a peep. In fact, she never came out of the bedroom where she was busy demolishing her kong to even see just who had come into the house!

Chester took his guard dog duties very seriously. Heck, he always barked when we left or came home! Lola is always waiting for us when we come home, and she might whine to let us know she was lonely, but there’s no barking.

That’s a good and a bad thing.

I didn’t take any photos of her this week, so I gave you Gizmo enjoying his heated bed instead.


What’s your favorite pre long run/race meal?

Is your dog a good guard dog?

I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her:

Thursdays are for thinking out loud

21 thoughts on “A Failure as a Girl Scout: TOLT

  1. Sushi has often been long run fuel here as well! I love when they fancy it up with flowers like that. Very cute outfit! My dogs are blind and deaf so their watchdog abilities are long gone. My husband jokes that this is a canine assisted living center.

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      1. The whole hospital is cold….I feel sorry for the patients. It doesn’t need to be that cold. At least you can snuggle up with a blanket.

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  2. I don’t think I’ve ever had a dog that barked when people came into the house. Ours now doesn’t (she’d probably welcome burglars and follow them around with her tail wagging), and none of our previous ones did either. Thankfully we’ve never needed them to be guard dogs, but still! And I don’t think Blogger blogs work with Gravatar. If you want your picture to show up, I think you need to make an actual account with Blogger – but that doesn’t mean you need to have a blog with them.

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    1. Chester & Lola were our first two dogs since we got married (more than 30 yrs now).

      Chester would lick anyone that came in to death, and he wouldn’t scare anyone being a 10 lb chihuahua, but he still took his guard dog duties very seriously. Sometimes annoyingly seriously.

      He was pretty quiet outside — and that is where Lola tends to be noisy!


    1. Oh, Chester was the same way. Except he didn’t really sound like a great guard dog, you could tell he wasn’t a big dog, although he did actually drive some kids away late one night back in TX. I need to write about that!

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  3. Great outfit! I always feel the need to wear a heel (comfy heel) when I wear a skirt that length too.

    We lost our guard dog last summer. Our Labrador barks at random things but the one time someone did come into our house uninvited, she just slept right through it.

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    1. Lola likes to bark outdoors. At other dogs.

      When we got her (a rescue) we were told she didn’t bark at all, and it was true. But living with Chester, she found her bark.

      Just no longer indoors . . .


  4. Sushi unfortunately is not filling enough for me. I usually eat pasta.

    I don’t wear heels anymore. (That darn ankle.) As a result, I wear short dresses. I agree heels look better with a longer skirt. I still like flats with a very long skirt.

    I admire that you plan your outfits even though you’re not going to work. Maybe hat’s why I work. To have to dress nicely each day LOL.

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    1. See now, pasta isn’t filling enough to me! Usually I have a salad & a couple of rolls and it works for me.

      That particular pair of heels is really, really comfortable.

      I was wearing that to my WW meeting. I tend to dress up for it because it’s the only time I do get to dress up, except sometimes when we go out to dinner.

      I wouldn’t spend all day at home in that, although in the summer, I might wear a skirt or a dress at home. Not when it’s cooler.


  5. That outfit is so cute!! I love the top especially.

    That sushi looks way too good. Now I want some!

    Blogger never lets me post from my phone. I have to copy my comment if I’m on a device in case it doesn’t post the first time, but it seems to be working okay on my computer and iPad.

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    1. I’m usually posting from our desktop. Even though it’s just a hobby (aka I don’t make money from the blog), I try to treat it like a job — some day I’d like to make some money!

      I always want sushi. Always. 🙂


  6. You always look so fashionable in “real life” clothing. Love your outfit. Pre race food can be tricky and I usually stick to a relatively plain pasta and some grilled chicken. It was hard in London to find exactly what I wanted but most restaurants were willing to accommodate me. Lobster rolls in Maine are always wonderful. I must admit I am kinda jealous!

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    1. I’m LOL at you being jealous of my ME half when you ran LONDON! I mean, seriously?

      I get it though, I often have race FOMO. If only we were all independently wealthy and could just jet around doing all the races we wanted to, whenever we wanted to, right?


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