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Not all followers are created equal

I know that in the world of blogging numbers are important.

sums up my thoughts on social media notoriety. amazing.

You want stats to be high. You want clicks to be high. You want strangers to follow you.

Especially if you are blogging to make an income (however small) those things matter.  You want the number of people who follow you to be high, because it shows that people want to see what you have to say.  It shows the companies, where your potential income might come from, that you will be able to get their product information out there.

I still feel great every time I get a new follower, and it makes me a little sad when I lose one.

MSS_Instagram Profile

Every once in a while I will get a notification from Instagram that I have a new follower.  Every time I click on that person’s profile.

Yesterday this is what I saw:

I blocked this user from my account

I blocked this user from my account

Now, maybe I am judging.  Maybe I’m jumping to conclusions.  Maybe I’m just turning into a ‘old lady’.  But nothing about that profile seems legit to me.  I didn’t click on the link, I was afraid to.  To me this looks like an ad for porn.  I don’t know if that profile is real, but I don’t want to know.  Pictures like that don’t belong in my life.

I put up pictures of my crafts, my life and my family.  I am OK with normal people following me and seeing those pictures, even if they are strangers.  I am not OK with profiles like that having access to my pictures.

So I blocked it.

I blocked it by clicking on the square with an arrow in the top right corner.  It gives me the option to block user, or report inappropriate.

This is not the first time I have blocked a profile like that.  Once I had to report an ‘inappropriate’ profile so it could be removed.  This also won’t be the last time I block one.  But it reminds me again how scary the internet can be.  It takes time to go through all the profiles that might like my pictures, or follow me, but I do it.  And so should you.  I know it brings my numbers down, but it is worth it.


Dawn Marie

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Menu Plan Monday Nov 24th

‘Tis the week of Thanksgiving. Which means I had to find simple recipes to make for the rest of the week.

I really wanted to use the roasts (pork & beef) I had in the freezer and my slow cooker, but didn’t want to have two roast in one week.  So I’m gonna try a pork taco recipe.

I am also participating in a 12k race this weekend, and Ian is doing the kid’s fun run.  So I think some nice white fish would be great after the race, but we shall see if I really cook or just order pizza. *wink, wink*

Yesterday we went to take some Christmas Card pictures and I had to bribe Ian with a cookie so he would participate.



Menu Plan 11/24-11/30

Mon: Slow Cooker Balsamic Pot Roast with vegetables

Tues: Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon and noodles

Wed: Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos

Thr: Thanksgiving Dinner; turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole & couscous

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Kitchen is Closed!

Sun: Heavenly Halibut with wild rice pilaf



Happy Cooking


Dawn Marie

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Happy Hug a Runner Day


Today is Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day (GO HARD).

A couple of years ago some friends wanted to get some runners together to recognize what they do and that has now turned into a running holiday that keeps getting bigger and better.

This year the folks from Run the Edge (the people behind GO HARD) decided they wanted to raise money for the charity Girls on the Run.  This is a wonderful charity that I heard about this past year and I hope to be a part of next year.


GO HARD is hosting a virtual run, and all the proceeds go to Girls on the Run, plus you have chances to win some cool prizes.  You can join the virtual race for a mere $5.95 and run any distance you want, just sign up for 5k, 10k or 13.1 miles.  You then post your times and see how you placed.  You can run outside, inside, on a track or treadmill.  You have till Nov 30th to post your times.

You can also register for the race and get a medal and/or shirt (with a higher registration fee.

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Once you register you can download and print out your bib.  Take a picture of you with your bib and post it to the Hug a Runner Facebook group.

If you are not a runner but want to support one you can send them a hug.  Or you can just actually hug a runner that you know and support.

I registered for the virtual 5k race and got the shirt. I have to run on the treadmill at the gym because I run either too late at night or too early in the morning for outside runs this time of year.

Go ahead, hug your runner.


Just. Keep. Running.

Want to find out what races I’ll be doing next year?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie


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Running Log ~ Race Recap

Mustache Dache

Before we talk about my experience with the race, let’s talk about the name of the race and the what the race is fundraising for.

The Mustache Dache takes place in November (mostly), because it is also Movember.

 But what is Movemeber you might ask?  Don’t worry, I’ll tell you.

About a decade ago some Bros in Australia decided to challenge other men to a Mo* contest.

*A MO is a mustache, short for the English spelling of Moustache.

The Bros decided that during the month of November they would grow their mustaches for a cause, after some research they decide their cause would be prostate and testicular cancer, as well as depression.  After a couple of years donating their proceeds to local charities they ended up creating a charitable organization of their own.

Fast Forward to now:  Movember is a world-wide charity raising money and bringing awareness for men’s health.  You can go to the Movember website and donate, or participate in the Mo growing contest during the month of November.  You can also find tons of information on men’s health issues and look at pictures of men with awesome Mos.  You can also read the whole story behind the campaign.

Us women have October as breast cancer awareness month, and the men now have Movember because these guys wanted to change the face of men’s health.

picture from race site, click image for link

Now that the history lesson is done we can talk about my race.  (OK, maybe not yet)  The race was put together as one of the ways to raise money for the above mentioned charity.  It is a fun 5k, there are lots of costumes, booze, fun prizes, kids race, humor, awareness and mustaches everywhere; the real ones and fake.  This race is held in various location across the country.  It is a fun good time.

MSS_Mustache Dache Team Pic

I thought ‘5k (3.1 miles), easy peasy’ I could do that in my sleep.  In fact I do that on multiple times a week.  I wanted to get my 5k time down to (and below) 3o minutes, giving me a 10 min/mile pace.  In my last treadmill work out prior to this race I ran a 10.07 min/mile 5k.  So, I was ready.

MSS_Mustache Dache

I read a race recap and looked at the course map, and so I knew there would a hill.  But I didn’t really comprehend what that meant.  The course is a 3.1 mile loop with over 400 feet (435 ft gain, to be exact) of elevation gain in the first 1.7 miles (aprox.).  That is about a 5% pitch for this race.  At times, I seriously thought I could reach forward and touch the road in front of me with my hand.  Remember when I was complaining about the hills in my Wine Country Half Marathon?  Well during that whole 13.1 mile race there was only a 328 foot elevation gain.

Yep, you read that right.

So I will confess that I did not run a 10 min/mile.  In fact, there was a great deal of times that I didn’t even run.  And I was questioning my ability to even walk up those ridiculous hills.  It wasn’t one big hill though.  The first 9/10th of a mile had ups and downs with a couple of flats.  After running too fast up the very first hill (I was running 8:30 min/mile) I realized I need to walk up the hills.  So I would walk up and run when it was flat or down.  You get caught up in the moment, everyone was running fast, I felt great, so I did too.  So the first mile I clocked in at about 11:30.

The last hill though, that one was the killer.  At mile 0.91 were were at an elevation of 372 ft; at mile 1.73 we were at 660 ft.  That is 288 ft in less than a mile! It was anything but ‘fun’! Oh and did I mention it was a balmy 30°F out that day too?  Have you ever had your lungs freeze while you were breathing?  The second mile took about 14 minutes.

But what goes up must come down.  I could have made up a bunch of time on the downhill but I didn’t want to lose control and fall.  Cause you know, I would be the one that rolled down the hill to the finish line.  So I ran and I tried to keep my pace to a manageable one, on both the down hill and the flat part.  I ended up completing third mile in about 9:30 minutes.


I had a chip time of 0:36:46, giving me a 11:50 min/mile pace.  I finished 360/827 overall and 119/321 for my age.  Pretty good under the circumstances.

These are the friends who did the race with me

These are the friends who did the race with me

Even with the deadly hill the atmosphere was fun and enjoyable.  Everyone was having a good time and wearing mustaches.

Finishers all got these awesome medals (which is also a bottle opener),

MSS_Mustache Dace Medal

a free beer and a free tequila drink;

MSS_Mustache Dache Reward

you also received a shirt with registration.


MSS_Mustache Dache Shirt

However, if the race is in the same local next year, I might have to pass.



Just. Keep. Running.

C25K interval information can be found here

Want to find out what races I’ll be doing next year?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie


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