What goes around comes around: TOLT

No big theme today, I’m back to Thinking Out Loud. Let’s dive right in with Lola, shall we?

She is getting older; going on 11

Lola is driving me crazy
She’s such a sweet dog, she really is. But she came to us at 10 months old with no training whatsoever, after having lived in several homes.

She is housetrained, but once in a blue moon she’ll have an accident. In fact my pet sitter said she was having accidents when we were in Seattle, and that’s the first pet sitter who’s had that problem.

She’s definitely not sick, in fact she’s suddenly decided she doesn’t want to use our backyard much. She won’t go out until almost 10 am in the morning (and she typically goes to bed around 8pm, even earlier than me!). Then she won’t do anything for many hours after our walk, either.

Keep in mind she’s a 10 lb chihuahua, so think small bladder here.

It would all be fine and dandly if I felt I could trust her, but after the pet sitter incident, I don’t think I can . . . despite all evidence to the contrary.


Giz, just cause
I keep thinking it’s time to get rid of that box and packing paper. It’s been a couple of months, after all.

But he’s still having fun with it. Cheap toys.

Time travel fascinates me
Not that I actually think you could time travel, but give me a book or movie about time travel, and I’m all over it. Two of my favorite books are The Time Traveler’s Wife and Outlander (affiliate links), both of which deal with time travel.

For the longest time The Time Traveler’s Wife (which I read long before it was a movie) wan’t available on Kindle. I just couldn’t understand. But now it is! So I bought it and reread it for the tenth time (not actually keeping track, but I’ve read it a bunch of times).

And then decided to just immediately reread it. Because I can never seem to keep track of all the back and forth, and I always think if I just pay better attention I could . . . probably not, but it never disappoints me.

Speaking of Outlander
Not long ago I read all the reasons it’s all so highly improbable and illogical.

I don’t care!

It’s also a great love story, a page turner, and yes, there’s that time travel again.

It makes me very sad that I don’t have any cable channels. Maybe someday I’ll have to do one of those free Starz trials so I can binge watch it.

Anyone watching it? Is it worth it?

Time after time
When I was a kid, I read books so many times I swear I almost had them memorized. The Hobbit. Lord of the Rings. Watership Down. Little Women. The Prince of Tides — obviously I didn’t read that one when I was a kid, but I’ve read it quite a few times.

We didn’t have kindles (or computers) back then, and we didn’t have online shopping, so not nearly as much instant gratification. And yeah, we had to get up to change channels on the tv too!

Anyhoo, I’m still a fan of revisiting old friends — books and movies. Maybe it’s because I don’t have the best memory. Maybe it’s because there’s always something new to discover.

A “quick” word on weight loss
As in, it isn’t quick and there ain’t no shortcuts.

I see/hear/read it time and again — and heck, I think it sometimes too: I only lost 1/4, 1/2, 1 pound . . . we want it to be quick. It doesn’t work that way, and if it does, most likely you’re not going to keep that weight off.

Slow and steady wins the race. Seriously! 1-2 pounds a week is normal. It will be more in the beginning, glacial at the end. If you’re smaller or older, it’s more likely to be even less.

Don’t forget you’re creating a healthy lifestyle, and that takes time. Slow gives you time to adapt to the changes and make them permanent, which helps you to keep the weight off. Forever.

Eyes on the prize, people!

And speaking of a healthy lifestyle . . .
Mr. Judy has been slowly making some healthy changes over the last couple of years. He’s decreased his portion sizes. He actually eats some salad and a vegetable or two now.

He even came home from work the other day and showed me he put an app on his phone to track his steps.

They are small steps, but they are a step in the right direction, so to speak. You can’t overhaul your life all at once and expect it to stick. Making small changes that don’t feel like a huge effort are the way to go.

WTG, Mr.Judy!

Speak to me, peeps. Answer a question in the comments or let me know what you’re thinking out loud this Thursday:


Do you reread books or watch movies multiple times (and which ones)?

What’s your thoughts on time travel?

How long do you keep boxes around for your animals/kids to play with?

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

Thursdays are for thinking out loud

19 thoughts on “What goes around comes around: TOLT

  1. WTG Mr. Judy!! Yes, baby steps all the way!! Is there possibly something that frightened Lola in the back yard? And maybe she was stressed when you were in Seattle as Chester wasn’t around to comfort her? Just thoughts.

    Now, as for time travel… I could write a whole post on my beliefs of different planes and parallel universes and worm holes… but I fear I’d lose some people in the process, lol!

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    1. I would think that about the backyard, except we’ll go out & sit there when I go get the mail & she’s perfectly content to lay in the sun.

      This wasn’t the first time she’s been to the pet sitter without Chester, although this was the first time the pet sitter picked her up — usually we drop her off.

      And I did consider that. Did she think we were abandoning her? We’ll never know. My holistic vet mentioned an animal communicator, but that’s a little too woo-woo even for me. Not to mention we already spend enough money on her, although she isn’t the money pit Chester was, thankfully!

      I think you should write about time travel. I bet I’m not the only one interested in your thoughts!

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    1. I love everything by Pat Conroy.

      And I think they did right by the book with the movie — a rarity! Not so much with The Time Traveler’s Wife, but I really ought to watch it again . . .


  2. You sweetie at 11 may be getting on in years but she is so cute still. And Gizmo? What can I say. I am a cat person and embrace them all. He is gorgeous.

    Even though it got mixed reviews, I loved The Time Travelers Wife and would definitely re-read. I didn’t see the movie. I could not get into Outlander. I love time travel stories, but found it to soap-opera-ish for my taste. I don’t watch much t.v. so didn’t bother. Do you have Netfliks? It may be available there. Good luck. Binge-watching a program you love is so much fun!

    Yay for Mr. Judy! My better half has started walking with me after many year of not. I am happy for both of us.

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    1. I love a good trashy romance novel, and while I wouldn’t call Outlander that, at its heart that is kind of what it is. The show isn’t available via Netflix, unless you do the Starz option, which obviously is an additional charge.

      That’s wonderful that your husband is walking with you. That still mostly takes wheedling from me.


  3. I agree that we live in a world of instant gratification – what would I do now without my smartphone and immediate access to books, emails, blogs? Weight loss? I’ve been trying for nearly 4years and it’s been going up and down but thankfully the overall trend is down. (1 st in 4 yrs but half of that in the last 6 months). It is a lifestyle thing and I’m pleased to be working out what works, but who wouldn’t want quicker results? It’s all part of getting to grips with enjoying the journey rather than focusing on the destination.😊 I love to read and sometimes when you come back to a book (or film) after many years you see something completely different in it. I love old films sometimes just to giggle at the fashion and technology 😆😆

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    1. I used to really love old films, but it’s kind of the same thing with books — so much to see & read!

      I plateaued at basically the same weight for many, many years. And I’m kind of in the same position now, only now I’m at a healthy weight. It’s definitely harder as you get older!

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  4. I’m an absolute movie buff…I watch loads of movies and some of them, loads of times 😀 Of the ones I watch over and over again are Pretty Woman, The Illusionist, Pursuit of Happiness, etc…there are so many others…couldn’t possibly fit all of these in this tiny comment section!
    Hope you are having a beautiful day 🙂


  5. Yes, I do reread books and rewatch movies….you’ll know some of the movies based on the RMQotD. Books….Dune, Brave New World, 1984……hmmm, perhaps I should reread some happier ones 😉 I always put the packing paper out for the kitties….they love it. Oddly, they really aren’t into the boxes. Callie likes to destroy them sometimes but neither of them hang out in them. Go, Mr. Judy!!!!

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  6. I’m CONSTANTLY rereading certain books, and I LOVE coming across people who do the same thing. There’s just something so comforting about it… and there are even certain books from my youth that I’ll turn to when I’m going through tough times. The Hobbit and LOTR and a few of them 🙂 And mad props to Mr. Judy for making healthy changes! Small, sustainable steps are always the way to go 🙂

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  7. Thoughts on the Outlander TV series: I am SO MAD at the casting for Claire because her eyes are the wrong color and she’s much too thin, but overall I think it’s really well done and the costumes and accents and scenery and hot men are just divine 🙂

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  8. I have a couple of movies that I’ve watched and rewatched more times than I can count: Ocean’s 11, Coming to America, Pretty Woman, The Italian Job, Kindergarten Cop… I’m also rereading some of Judy Blume’s books that I first read as a child. It’s amazing how much you don’t understand the first time around that you pick up on later and think, “Ohhhhhhhhh!!!!!”

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  9. Yeah for Mr Judy, small things add up.
    If you like time travel, you might like the book Replay. Its an older book but I LOVED it.
    I never read a book twice but I will watch a movie over and over. We love pitch perfect, probably seen it 25 times with my girls. We sing all the songs at the top of our lungs and I even downloaded the music and run to it once in a while.

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    1. I’ll have to take a look at Replay — thanks for the recommendation!

      I only saw Pitch Perfect once. I wasn’t really impressed with it, but you never know, it might just have been my mood on that day.


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