Hello and Happy April Fool's Day! For the second year in a row I am participating in the Pittsburgh Guest Blogger Event where local bloggers write a guest post for each other. Today, I'm happy to share a post from Sean who writes 'Sean's Ramblings'! My post can be seen on Elizabeth's blog 'Try it and You May'.
I know that Sarah writes a lot about running, and while I'm doing a 5K in a few weeks and haven't done any training yet (though that didn't seem to be too much of a problem last year - ), I thought I would write about everyone's favorite topic: Fashion. Please don't click to another Pittsburgh Guest Blogger Event just yet. This won't be a typical fashion post since I don't even know what that means. I'm not a very fashionable person. Jeans and a T-shirt or sweater works fine for me. However, I lost some weight several years ago and never really updated my wardrobe. I can (and will) blame my two young kids for this as I don't have as much disposable income as I used to. Plus, I don't enjoy going shopping. Anyway, all of my jeans are too big and all except one is frayed (though not stylishly intentionally). Many of my shirts are also too big. While I wait for TLC or HGTV to contact me for a fashion makeover, I finally decided to go shopping myself. So I packed my bag and drove to Pittsburgh. Tax free shopping!
Sunday morning 8:14 AM
I opened my suitcase to find a hole in one of my socks. Fortunately, I was smart enough to bring a pair of black socks that happen to be 11 years old. Why do I know the age of a pair of socks? I forgot to pack "dress" socks for a wedding in the summer of 2004 and ran by Marshall's to get a 3-pack. Did I mentioned that I don't like going shopping?
Sunday morning 10:00 AM - Eat 'n Park.
You can't go shopping on an empty stomach, right? Plus, I needed to buy Smiley cookies for my office.
Sunday 11:30 AM Macy's Waterfront - Homestead, PA
My top priority for this shopping trip was to buy jeans, so I went straight to the Levi's section. There must have been 1,015 different types of styles (give or take 1,000) including 501, 505, 511, 514, 90210, and 8675309. I completely lost track of what I tried on and which ones were better than the others. Another problem is that I'm not very tall. Actually, that's not the problem. The problem is that Levi's and other jeans manufacturers don't seem to like making clothes with a 29" length. Well, except for 36" waist which is no help to me since I searched for 32-29. (32-29 was the original line in Sir Mix-a-Lot's Baby Got Back.) I easily tried on 20 pairs of jeans and learned a valuable lesson: Skinny jeans are very tight.
During this process, I sent pictures to my wife and Aire to get their opinions. I'm sure the Macy's staff and other customers were puzzled by my constant texts and pictures. Anyway, here's me in action.
I'm pretty sure this is how Heidi Klum started in the fashion and modeling industries.
I ended up buying three pairs of jeans which is a really big deal for me. I don't think I've purchased three pairs of jeans since my oldest son was born, and he starts high school this fall (well, kindergarten, but that's still 5 years). It turns out Levi's 541 athletic style fits well on me. So when you think of athletic, think of Antonio Brown and me!
The next step was buying shirts, but I was already exhausted. Seriously, shopping and trying on clothes is hard. Yes, I realize that this sentence may wind up on a future edition of The Steel Trap's First World Problems. I grabbed two shirts, actually smiled in one of my pictures, and with that I was done.
Check out the other Pittsburgh bloggers participating in today's event!
Harvest + Bloom // Yes, Wear That! // jelly jars // Glam and Graffiti // To The Streets // In Pursuit // Pittsburgh & Pearls // Beezus Kiddo // Goodness Madness // Last Minute Panic // Steel City Intrigue // Crank Crank Revolution // Amanda Narcisi // Pittsburgh is Beautiful // From Cats to Cooking // Yum Yum PGH // Breelicious Bites // Parmesan Princess // Coffee & A Blonde // The Steel Trap // Wavy Alabaster // everybody loves you… // Eat with Emily // Don’t Forget to Eat // Sloping in the Sky // From Farm to Turntable // Secrets in the Wall // Red Pen Mama // Feedback Soup // The AP Collection // Blog Or Die PGH // Pittsburgh Happy Hour // Friendly Fitness Foodie // Small Town Dad // Josh’s World // Geeky Sweetie // Sean’s Ramblings // Lunges, Long Runs and Lattes // Try it and You May! // lil Burghers // Orange Chair Blog // Ya Jagoff // Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents // Melissa Firman
It's really hard to believe that March is already here! Even though February had an extra day this year it seemed like it flew by! We've been pretty lucky with weather so far this year in Pittsburgh compared to the past two years, it's been a very mild winter and I've only had to take my running indoors once because of the cold temperatures. I am very happy about that!
I've also been trying to take writing more seriously and transition myself from blogger to an author. I must admit that it hasn't been the easiest transition and I've certainly made plenty of mistakes along the way. But I'm learning and growing as I carve out my own path. Two weeks ago I was fortunate to be featured on Dan Buri's website Nothing Any Good. Dan has developed a website to help other indie authors and I was very excited to have my article featured! I've been finding a lot of helpful tips from his website. If you are an indie author I highly suggest that you check it out!
Looking ahead, half marathon training will soon be getting into full swing. It's kind of hard to believe, but this year's Pittsburgh Half Marathon will be my 10th half marathon! I have also decided to run a as charity runner for the American Heart Association. I have already reached my fundraising goal but would like to continue to raise as much money as possible! You can still donate if you would like!
If you are also training for a race, I hope that you are enjoying the process, no matter what the distance you are planning to run. Remember, if you get overwhelmed break your training into smaller portions and tackle those smaller goals instead of looking at the goal in it's entirety. Sometimes looking at the big picture can feel overwhelming. Achieving one large goal is really the process of just achieving many smaller goals that add up to one big accomplishment!
Author: Sarah Warman
I like to run, take pictures and write. I've combined all three in this blog.