Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Year of the Girl

I don't often take pictures of people. It's only because I'm chicken to ask. But these Girl Scouts made it easy.

You've probably seen the Girl Scouts out and about, selling cookies in your neighborhood or at the grocery store. It's that time of year and as the sign behind them says, "some things should never change." This group was at the back door of Vroman's Bookstore on Colorado Blvd.

Because I love cookies I was glad to see them. But because I don't need cookies, we struck a deal. I bought two boxes and the girls let me take their picture (with permission of available parents and a scout leader, of course). Then one of the girls told me I could donate my cookies to American soldiers overseas. Perfect! Now a few lonely soldiers know the Girl Scouts and their patrons are thinking of them.

The Girl Scout Cookie program is huge; it supports many worthy programs, from leadership projects to summer camp. Did you know the Girl Scouts organization is 100 years old this year? Yep. It's The Year of the Girl.

You can buy your cookies from these very girls this coming Saturday, outside Vroman's.

21 comments:

Gunn said...

What a HAPPY DAy you caught here.
They are cute, and doing something nice and important! Well done!!

Petrea Burchard said...

Aren't they darling? Thank you, Gunn.

Bellis said...

What a fantastic photo! What's your favorite kind? Mine is Thin Mints, yummy.

Petrea Burchard said...

I like the shortbread. But they've got some new kinds this year I wasn't familiar with.

Denise said...

I love the idea of donating them to American soldiers overseas. Now to find some Girl Scouts.

Petrea Burchard said...

Denise, if you're in Pasadena you shouldn't have any trouble. I've seen them at Ralph's in Hastings Ranch and of course these young ladies at Vroman's (they return Saturday). There are even some next door to me!

Linda said...

The epitome of girlpower! All so bright and hopeful.
I don't think our equivalent, Girl Guides, have their own biscuit mix. It would be heavy on the shortbread.
Yes, Blogger is even more frustrating than usual at the moment.

Linda said...

The epitome of girlpower! All so bright and hopeful.
I don't think our equivalent, Girl Guides, have their own biscuit mix. It would be heavy on the shortbread.
Yes, Blogger is even more frustrating than usual at the moment.

Petrea Burchard said...

Linda, I don't want to give the impression that the Girl Scouts make these cookies themselves. They are manufactured for the Scouts to sell, although I don't know who does the manufacturing.

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one frustrated with Blogger.

altadenahiker said...

Each one has a distinct personality. (The girls in the photo, not the cookies. Although, the cookies too, I guess. I like the peanut butter -- is it Samosa?)

Margaret said...

Peanut Butter sandwich cookies are Do Si Dos. The peanut butter cup type is a Tagalong. The Samoas are chocolate, caramel and coconut. The Samosas are delicious Indian empanada-type things. Did you know I am a Girl Scout Leader? We are going camping in June. Help me.

Petrea Burchard said...

Denise, I'll bet Margaret can tell you where to find some Girl Scouts.

Katie said...

I love the joy and energy in this photo. Yay girl power! I always buy a box of Do Si Dos and a box of Thin Mints and scarf them down in a very healthy manner, but it's only once a year and for a good cause (especially since when I was a Brownie I learned to use chopsticks which alone was worth joining Girl Scouts). I like the idea of donating the cookies to soldiers overseas, as I can imagine that being a very welcome package. [FYI, I can't access Blogger comments in Firefox on my Mac, but I can on Safari. Not sure what's up, but maybe Blogger could ask a Girl Scout to fix it.]

Ms M said...

I love this photo, too. We've already got 2 boxes on order from a local Girl Scout; I need to find out about donating them to soldiers (so the cookies go on a trip and not on my hips :-))

On Blogger, I've noticed problems commenting on others' blogs, too. I use Firefox with Windows 7. If I set it up NOT to accept 3rd party cookies (which prevents annoying pop-ups), I find I can't comment on Blogger blogs. I have to go into the settings and enable the 3rd party cookie setting (and I'm not talkin' Thin Mints here).
You know, maybe there's something to Katie's suggestion that Blogger ask a Girl Scout to fix it....

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, friends, I'm glad you like the photo.

Blogger has three different commenting formats from which the blog owner can choose. Up until recent changes, all three of them offered the option for the commenter to follow the conversation by receiving notice by email when more comments came in. That is no longer the case.

The choices (under settings/comments) are:
Full page
Pop-up window
Embedded below post
The embedded form, which I'm currently using and which I think is clunky and slow, is the only one Blogger currently offers where one can follow comments. For instance, if I comment on Margaret's blog and I want to know how or if she responds, I have to keep checking her blog to find out. The responses don't show up in my email.

I've complained on the Blogger "help" forums, but they don't seem to have any interest in our user experience.

Bellis said...

I like your embedded form. Karin's (Altadena Hiker) comments section now looks different, all to the left side. I didn't realise Blogger ever could tell you that someone's replied to a comment. It would certainly be useful. At the moment I keep revisiting all the blogs I've commented on, which is time-consuming. Facebook can do it, and it's nice to keep up with the conversations. Is there a Bring Back the Old Blogger Facebook group?

Petrea Burchard said...

I don't know. Good idea!
Do you see the "subscribe by email" link at the bottom right of the comments screen here, Bellis? That's how you follow comments in this format. In the format Karin uses, there used to be a similar option but it has disappeared in the last couple of weeks. I don't know if blogger is going to bring it back or not.
I follow a lot of blogs and it's impossible to remember which ones to check to see if anyone's replied to my comment!

Susan Campisi said...

Go, girls! Love the bright colors and their excited expressions.

Susan Campisi said...

I'm glad you mentioned the "subscribe by email" link. I hadn't noticed it.

TheChieftess said...

Ahhhhh...Girl Scouts!!! I don't think I've ever missed a year buying my Girl Scout cookies...I used to really like them...at this point in time...they're great to have around the house when you're dying for a munchie!!! My favs used to be the thin mints...although before that I preferred the mint sticks...waffle cookies with minty cream and chocolate covering with corn flake crunchies...(I'm really dating myself with this memory) But nowadays...give me those Samosa's (which are no longer called Samosa's but I can't remember their new name!)...that would be a bit of coconut, caramel and chocolate!!! I bought four boxes and sent two to the troops...what can I say...I'm a sucker for a girl with a badge sash!!!

Petrea Burchard said...

Yeah, Susan, it's all so small I can barely see what I'm typing, much less the "subscribe" button. I need to stop complaining and figure out what to change.

Chieftess, I think the Girl Scouts must love you!