Crispy, new tricks: TOLT

I don’t have any crispy new tricks for you, that was just my way of Thinking Out Loud and trying to lure you in. Did it work?

Just give me crispy!
Apparently if a menu item has crispy in the description — sweet or savory — I’m all over it. I love my sushi with “crispy” in it (that would be panko flakes).

My new favorite treat at the chocolate shop? The Peanut Butter Crispy Bon Bon. Swoon.

Except fried foods. I’m not really a huge fan of fried chicken, for instance. It’s not that I don’t like it — it’s that it’s not worth it to me. Give me some nice roast chicken any day.

If I didn’t run, I’d have more time to bake
Except if I didn’t run, I wouldn’t be able to consume as many baked goods! Just another of life’s little ironies.

And speaking of life’s little ironies
I really do enjoy learning. And yet sometimes learning new stuff makes my head feel like it will explode. And the thought of going back to school? There are interests I think sometimes I should pursue, even if only for my own knowledge.

Yet I feel as though I already have more than I can handle. Of course I also know if you want to get something done, you give it to a busy person. Just another irony.


You can still run Utah with me
And maybe meet a few of your favorite bloggers. I don’t have any more entries up for grabs, but code crj15 will get you 15% off your race entry (register here).

Come for the mostly downhill Boston Qualifier course, finish for the 10th anniversary jacket. Don’t forget to let me know if you do register — I’d love to meet you! It’s gonna be a party.

Bandit gets comfortable

By Jove, I think he’s got it!
Down, that is. Chester learned down very quickly — although we did have a problem with him and cold floors initially. That dog would do most anything for a treat.

It took Lola a while. No dummy, she wasn’t quite as quick as Chester, and of course she was older, too. Well, Bandit is a lot older than either one of them was when we started to train them. Down has been hard for him, too.

He learned it — as long as you were luring him with a treat. He had to see that treat, too. But this week I got him to actually do it, without a treat in my hand (although nearby) not once, but twice.

We’re teaching an old dog new tricks.

And just yesterday when the UPS truck drove up, and I told him to stay in his bed, he actually did. Of course I went down to the door before the UPS guy had a chance to ring the door bell, but it’s still progress!

And if you like cute cat videos (and who doesn’t?), check out the one I posted to Instagram (follow me here) of Gizmo eating with his paw.

Talk to me. Tell me in the comments:

How do your furkids react to the doorbell?

Have any of them ever reacted to a doorbell on the tv?

Is there a certain food texture you love?

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

Thursdays are for thinking out loud

14 thoughts on “Crispy, new tricks: TOLT

  1. “Smooth and creamy” gets me every time. I’m not big on fried food, either. As you say, not worth it, but for a different reason. It’s not the fat content, it’s the heavy feeling I’m left with.

    How old is Bandit? Good dog. Good dog. Every baby step is a huge step forward for this little guy.

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    1. Smooth & creamy has its place, too, although I do tend to gravitate to stuff I can chew . . . which is why smoothies are no my go-to, although I started adding them back in recently.

      We’re not completely sure how old Bandit is, as he has 2 different birthdays about 6 months apart on his old vet records — somewhere between 8-9 yrs old.


  2. I loved going to school. That’s why I have so many degrees. I may take more courses when I retire. But I guess when you work, you are always learning (but not necessarily what you want to learn.)

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  3. That picture of Bandit looks like he wasn’t too keen on having the camera aimed at him, lol! Granted, I don’t have a dog who will bark, but a lot of time when the doorbell rings, Meep runs for cover. Poor thing… he’s not a brave cat, kind of high strung actually. I don’t know how that happened, haha.
    I like crispy too… the cooked kind of crispy, 🙂

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    1. Bandit is not the ham all my other furkids have been. 🙂

      Gizmo is also afraid of the doorbell, an opening door in general . . . which works to our advantage — no worries about him trying to escape.

      His brother was a totally different story & escaped on more than one occasion!

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  4. Your pup is so cute and video of your cat on IG was hilarious! I’ve never seen a cat eat with it’s paw before! My pup goes nuts when the doorbell rings, even if its on the TV. Old dogs can totally learn new tricks 🙂 That marathon looks like it would be such a beautiful course!

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  5. My fur kid hears people coming before the doorbell rings. He knows the sound of my husband coming home and is up and off the couch and strait to the door before my husband’s keys are in it. Too funny. So happy for the Bandit progress ! I would love to runic UTAH but WAY too far for me.

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    1. One of my previous cats was always waiting in the sliding glass doors when I came home from work.

      The dogs are definitely anxiously awaiting my husband prior to his return.

      And he tells me they get kind of anxious when I’m out, too, only they never know when I’m coming back. Poor pups.


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