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The Week in Tweets – September 9, 2016

T.G.I. Friday and T.G.I. Football! Not only does the NFL regular season kick-off in earnest this Sunday, but Heinz Field will really be rockin’ tomorrow when Pitt squares off against PSU in a college football rivalry that’s been dormant for over fifteen years.

My wife is a Penn State grad, whereas I am a University of Pittsburgh alum, so my three-year old son’s loyalties are split down the middle. Will he root for the hometown Panthers, or curry favor with his Mama by cheering on her Nittany Lions?

My prediction is that he’ll sit through about two minutes of the game before yelling for the television channel to be switched over to Nickelodeon. In my son’s eyes, no real-life sporting event can compare with watching The Adventure Bay All-Stars take on the Foggy Bottom Boomers in the Paw Patrol episode “Pups Save a Basketball Game.” Even though he’s seen it 1,273 times, it’s always a nail-biter!!

Alright, enough football (and dog basketball) talk. Let’s get to an all-new, all-different Week in Tweets!

5 – tie) Sweatpants Cher (@House_Feminist)

a fun thing about being a parent is when people ask “where do you see yourself in 5 yrs?” you can confidently answer “folding laundry” 

LIMEARITA PAPI (@arealgdtime)

Bought a shirt instead of doing laundry

I’m almost to the point of laziness where I eschew shopping AND laundering and just stop wearing clothes.

4) Lurk @ Home Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom)

Establish dominance over the other moms on Facebook by posting 2nd day of school pictures.

The amount of photos taken of kids by their parents these days is astronomically greater than back when I was a child. Personally, I’m averaging about two-thousand pics of my son a year. From birth to high school graduation, I’m going to estimate the number of polaroids taken of me by my parents to be closer to a hundred…total. Does that mean that my parents’ generation didn’t love their kids as much as we do now? Yes. Yes, it does…

3) Simon Holland (@simoncholland)

*tries to wave goodbye to the genie without spilling my 3 giant milkshakes*

If I ever encounter a magical genie who grants me three wishes, I’m definitely asking for (1) a cure for cancer, (2) world peace, and (3) the ability to eat unlimited breadsticks without ever having to set foot in an Olive Garden.

2) beth loves cake, so (@bourgeoisalien)

If I could have dinner with anybody living or dead I’d pick the dead guy. Then I’d order two dinners and eat both. Fuck that guy. He’s dead

I’m now going to amend my three wishes to include “dinner with dead Abraham Lincoln.” Sorry world peace.

1) Sean’s Ramblings (@seansramblings)

I think that my speed and amount of land covered to prevent my son’s wiffleball from going under a car would rival most MLB outfielders.

There should be a Dad Olympics where fathers can compete in such real-life tests of skill such as:

  • preventing balls from rolling under cars
  • navigating a packed Target while pushing a shopping cart full of cat litter and carrying a tantrum-throwing toddler who refuses to sit in the child seat
  • stepping on Legos and not swearing and/or taking the Lord’s name in vain

Go Pitt! Go Penn State! Go Steelers! Go Sports! Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

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The Best of Winter Part IV…Style

Welcome to another installment of our seasonal style guide. With me, as always, is the stylish white female and fashion blog O.G. Terra [Terra: Party on, Alex! Alex: Party on, Terra!]. We’re here to highlight some of our favorite father/son and mother/daughter ensembles that are delightful even when the weather outside is frightful.

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Three words best summarize my approach to winter style – cardigans, cardigans, cardigans! Here I put together a chunky lambswool cardigan with a pair of straight-leg, dark-rinsed indigo denim jeans. Corduroys would have made a solid choice as well but when I have my toddler in tow, I usually default to jeans since they’re easier to clean after he invariably wipes something gross on them.

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Alex – Cardigan and Shirt: J. Crew, Jeans: Fidelity (from Nordstrom), Boots: Wolverine, Scarf: FC Zurich Club store in Switzerland
Finn – Jeans and Spider-Man hat: H&M, Shirt: Gap, Shoes: Stride Rite, Sweater: Crewcuts by J. Crew

Though gingham is typically associated with spring and summer, a darker shade (such as navy) is versatile and wearable all year round. Completing the outfit are comfy cotton socks, cap-toe leather boots, and a colorful scarf representing FC Zürich.

My toddler’s outfit also starts with the basic “sweater over a button-up” ensemble, but is given a shot of panache by the skinny-fit red jeans and stylish sneakers from Stride Rite. And since he won’t leave the house without at least one super-hero adorned piece of clothing, a Spider-Man winter hat provides the perfect finishing touch.

Now let’s turn this over to Terra for her wintery #OOTD selections and a bonus book recommendation!

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Terra – Sweater: Joie, Jeans: Joe’s (from Jack & Jules), Tank: H&M, Shoes: Zara
Stella – Leggings: H&M, T-shirt: Zara, Boots: Zara

Let’s talk some truth – I’m not built for winter. My hometown is a notch in the snow belt, so you’d think I would have the mettle for the cold. The truth is as soon as temperatures dip below 60, I’m wrapped in the warmest clothing I can find and I stay that way until Memorial Day.

While I love to get dressed up for holiday parties, more often than not you’re going to catch me in snuggly sweaters and jeans. So let’s break down some winter casual gear.

If I’m going to wear the same thing day in and day out, it had better not bore me. This Joie sweater looks good with everything. From a simple black dress with over-the-knee boots to my favorite skinny jeans and a white tank, this long, snuggly sweater goes the extra mile. Seriously, I cannot stop wearing it. On cooler days, I grab my black booties. But we’ve had some scorchers this year, so I’ve been grabbing my strappy flats more often than not. They’re comfortable but snappy, so if I haven’t had time for more than a bit of dry shampoo and a swipe of lip gloss, I’m still pretty pulled together.

Now how about that kid of mine. Well, she’s a dress kind of gal. But when I can get her in a pair of pants, these are my (her? no my) favorites. Simple black skinnies with bad ass faux leather knees. The Minnie long-sleeve T keeps everything from getting too serious. Especially when your gaze gets to her feet and she’s stomping around in her patent leather combat boots. Stella means business at all times.

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Are you in a book club? The one I joined earlier this year is not only full of pretty amazing women, but I haven’t been this motivated to read since my Stephen King days (a long time ago). We’ve plowed through several books. “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern is our most recent. I’m in the middle of it so I don’t want to say anything definitive about it. What I can say is that I’ve been entertained thus far. It’s worth a look if you enjoy a plot centered on the impossible.

Between a comfy sweater and a good book, I hope you all stay warm this winter! Believe me and my many years of searching when I say warmth does not have to be frumpy. And when you find something that works, don’t be ashamed to wear it daily.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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The Week in Tweets – September 11, 2015

Alright, I’m heading to a pool party tonight so let’s hurry through this surprisingly political, all-new Week in Tweets so I can get back to doing crunches before I’m shirtless in front of strangers.

6) bittercup (@SMA5EY)

What do dreams about your teeth falling out mean

Sigmund Freud thought that dreaming about your teeth falling out was caused by sexual repression and the desire to be nurtured. I personally think it’s just another disturbing result caused by reckless rollout of Obamacare. #ThanksObama

5) Gian D’oh (@GianDoh)

Straight Outta Toilet Paper

I always preferred this album to the follow-up, Wiperz4Life.

4) Ötto von Gulosch (@Ottogulosch)

If a first date involves food, it should always be pizza. Someone that doesn’t want pizza is someone you don’t want. It’s just that simple.

Just try not to order a large pepperoni because that may be setting expectations too high…

3) Amanzig (@MediaWaltz)

The Knot’s brilliant tip to ensure a fun wedding reception: Play danceable music! Wow, thanks. I was just gonna play dirges all night.

Another brilliant reception tip recommendation – try not to include any poems by Sylvia Plath in the Maid of Honor speech.

2) meatshirt (@prettysadmostly)

tired of waiting to be kidnapped then trained to become the ultimate assassin

#ThanksObamaAgain

1) lauren ashley bishop (@sbellelauren)

in my fantasy football my husband throws the ball to my kid who magically came out of my body without wrecking my vagina

The Vagina Wreckers now joins One Wipe Sh*t, Pumpkin Spice Davante, Gronk’s Badonkadonk (shout-out @BrassyLibrarian) and Wiperz4Life on my list of favorite fantasy football team names for 2015.

Below is a pic of Rachel and Oscar snuggling. Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

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The Week in Tweets – August 29, 2014

Hooray! It’s a three-day weekend! Let’s start it off the right way with an all-new Week in Tweets!

5) rodeo kitten (@rodeokitten)

Is “Beyoncé hangover” an acceptable excuse for being late to work

Yes, and so is “Ariana Grande diarrhea”…

4) Charlie Hauser (@Harold_Skimpole)

The #wedgie factor in these #underwear is off the charts.

I would definitely watch a tv show called the Wedgie Factor over Fear Factor, O’Reilly Factor or The X Factor…

3 – tie) Misstlovestrinkets (@mstluvstrinkets)

A 26.2 bumper sticker but for how many pints of ice cream I’ll eat this year.

Courtney McFadden (@catnjazz)

I have consumed 7 popsicles in the last 6 hours.

That’s an impressive rate 196 popsicles per week! I can barely average a Nutty Buddy per day!

2) Babe Walker (@whitegrlproblem)

What’s Ariana Grande?

I heard it’s a type of diarrhea…

1) Heather Poole (@Heather_Poole)

Was just asked to join a fantasy football league. I can’t even name 5 teams. Dallas Cowboys, Houston Oilers, NY Giants, Pittsburgh Penguins

My fantasy football draft is this afternoon and I’m headed out the door now. I’ve probably researched and prepared more for this event than I did for the birth of my son. Wish me luck!

Below is a pic of Rachel cheering on her beloved Steelers. Yay sports!

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Perfect Pittsburgh Sunday – Steelers Bye Week Edition

Sunday afternoons in Pittsburgh come autumn time are dominated by watching and cheering on dem Stillers. This usually equates to a day full of fun, but special circumstances such as bye weeks and truly horrendous seasons call for other enjoyable activities to keep us all entertained. Check out my post below for some suggestions about what to do to make your fall Sunday perfect, then follow the links to see what a bunch of other awesome Pittsburgh bloggers recommend!

I’m not sure what Susanna Hoffs was smokin’ back in ’86, but Sunday was never my fun day. When I was a kid, Sundays meant that my cartoons were regrettably replaced with the 700 Club and the specter of school hovered over my head all day. When I was a bit older, Sundays more often than not involved horrendous hangovers and hours of engineering homework.

Though Sundays still remain a proverbial Khloe to Saturday’s Kim, they’re still a heckuva lot more fun than they were in the past. This is chiefly due to the fact that our fair city offers a plethora of reasons to get out and have a great time. This is especially attractive in the fall when moderate temperatures allow us to meander al fresco while wearing our favorite cardigans.

The below timeline illustrates what would comprise my version of a Perfect Pittsburgh Sunday. Hopefully a couple of the autumnal activities sound appealing and inspire you to incorporate them into your future Sundays. Enjoy!

5:00am – Wake up and look over at the baby monitor and find Finn still peacefully snoozing.
5:05am – Go back to sleep.
6:20am – Get out of bed and silently sneak downstairs to get coffee started.
6:30am – Wake up Finn, change his diaper (which contains just pee, no poop) and take him downstairs with me.
6:40am – Feed Finn, drink my coffee and watch an OnDemand episode of Beware the Batman.
7:15am – Head out to a Fleet Feet Flyers* group run.
9:30am – Stop at Dunkin’ Donuts on West Liberty Avenue in Dormont on the way home to get a much deserved donut for myself.
9:45am – Shower.
10:00am – Hang out with Finn while my wife goes to South Hills Power Yoga to get her vinyasa-on.
11:30am – Review NFL injury reports and set my fantasy football lineup.**
11:00am – Eat a bowl of Lucky Charms and watch CBS Sunday Morning on DVR.
12:30pm – Get Finn cleaned up and strapped into his car seat.
1:00pm – Drive to Shadyside and find a super-sized parking spot in front of the Gap.
1:30pm – Disregard the cooler weather and grab a delicious Frozacino from Coffee Tree Roasters.
2:00pm – Purchase a bevy of vulgar birthday cards at Kards Unlimited.
2:30pm – Watch my wife try on clothes at J. Crew while I hold Finn with one hand and check NFL scores on my phone with the other.
3:00pm – Walk down to the gay(er) part of Shadyside to grab linner*** at the Harris Grill.
4:30pm – Drive back to the ‘burbs.
5:00pm – Throw the BOB stroller in the trunk and journey to the Montour Run Trail.
5:30pm – Go for a leisurely three mile stroll on the trail while taking in the scenic fall foliage (and secretly checking my phone for NFL scores).
6:30pm – Arrive back at home with a sleepy Finn.
7:00pm – Put Finn to bed.
7:30pm – Rock my wife’s world.
7:45pm – Tune into NBC’s Football Night in America to catch all the highlights I missed.
8:00pm – Watch Breaking Bad on Netflix until I fall asleep.

Now go visit all the other Pittsburgh super-bloggers below to find out what makes up their Perfect Pittsburgh Sunday!

The Steel Trap

orange chair blog

lil’ Burghers

Yinz R Readin

jelly jars

Stylish White Female

BeezusKiddo

* The Fleet Feet Flyers are a running group associated with the Fleet Feet store (duh) in Mount Lebanon. They organize a group run every Sunday morning of various distances and all paces are welcome. Running, especially high mileage training, is one-gazillion times better when you have other people to experience the fun (torture) with.

** In a perfect world, my weekly starting options at running back would definitely NOT be CJ Spiller, David Wilson and Ryan Mathews. Those three have combined for only one (1!) touchdown through the first four games of the season. I would gladly trade them all for Peyton Manning’s jockstrap.

*** Linner is the less-popular brother of brunch. Linner works great for my wife and me now that we’re parents because even the coolest restaurants are fairly empty in the afternoon. This means that we can sit down and have a nice meal without worrying about our little guy disturbing any hipsters.

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Pittsburgh Weekend Activities – November 7

Man, that Pitt loss to Notre Dame last Saturday was a real kick in the balls. This Friday night, the Panthers take on a much less formidable opponent in the University of Connecticut. The Huskies pretty much stink, and the only thing I know about their football program is that it produced Donald Brown. He’s an oft-injured running back for the Indianapolis Colts and is on my personal fantasy football “bum” list. I picked him up off of the waiver wire late last season after he supplanted Joseph Addai. He sh*t the bed for me during the playoffs and caused me to finish in 4th place – out of the money circle. Thanks for nothin’!

The Pitt/UConn game is in Connecticut, but you should still head down to campus and indulge in Oakland’s Chili Contest before cheering on the Panthers at one of the many great area bars. The chili contest starts at 5:00 and the participating competitors are the Garden Grill & Bar, Hello Bistro, Milano’s Pizza, Peter’s Pub, Primanti Brothers, Pittsburgh Pretzel Sandwich Shop and the Red Oak Café. Chile samples are only a buck at each establishment. I have never had chili at any of these restaurants, but I still feel confident in saying that every selection will be much better than the Wendy’s chili I habitually ate when I matriculated at Pitt in the late nineties. Blech!

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Pittsburgh Weekend Activities – August 15

Comedian Jim Gaffigan is performing at the Benedum Center downtown in the Cultural District Saturday evening. His particular brand of standup isn’t controversial or as acerbically challenging as other luminaries such as Louis CK and Daniel Tosh, but his everyday observant humor is hilarious nonetheless. Below are just a few of his best quotes to help convince you:

“I was watching the Animal Planet. Did you know that the male seahorse has the baby? Why don’t they just call that one the female?”

“These aren’t skinny jeans I’m just fat.”

“I think I’m lactose intolerant. I had four milkshakes last night and I felt like crap.”

“There is the vegetarian Hot Pocket for those of us who don’t want to eat meat, but would still like diarrhea.”

“You ever see a photo of yourself and it kinda ruins your day? For a second you don’t even recognize yourself? You’re like “Who’s that fat guy— Oh No!!!! I should call my wife and tell her I love her!! I can’t believe I’m allowed to wear that color!!”

“We wouldn’t know when breakfast ends if there was no McDonalds.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers have their preseason home opener this Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts and I for one am excited! Not necessarily for this game, although it’s the only opportunity for Pittsburgh to see wunderkind quarterback Andrew Luck first hand this season. I’m thrilled that it means that we are another step closer to the kickoff of regular season NFL football. Between contract holdouts, ACL tears and the retirement of Hines Ward, it’s hard to predict how this years Steelers team is going to perform. My unbiased opinion is that they’ll have some rough stretches, but still gut-out a regular season record of 16-0 before hitting their peak during the playoffs. Everything will culminate in a Super Bowl victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in which the Steelers win by three touchdowns and Hines Ward somehow again wins the MVP. Remember where you read it first!!

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Pittsburgh Weekend Activities – February 1

Multiple local movie theaters will be simulcasting the Kevin Smith event Live from Behind this Thursday evening. This experience is an interactive event in which the popular filmmaker will host a live podcast along with his compadre Jason Mewes while answering questions submitted throughout the evening via Twitter (hashtag #livefrombehind). Mr. Smith’s debut movie Clerks was a highlight of the 1990’s independent filmmaker movement and it still holds up today as an incredibly insightful and comedic character study focusing on one messy day in the life of a convenience store attendant. Chasing Amy was another very popular Kevin Smith movie and helped launch the career of Oscar-winner and ex-J. Lo-fiancé Ben Affleck. Mr. Smith’s recent cinematic endeavors have not been nearly as well-received by critics or moviegoers, but he has been able to stay relevant by promulgating his humorous opinions through social media and this event should be highly entertaining to both die-hard and casual fans alike.

Super Bowl XLVI is taking place Sunday and the game features a rematch between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. Both teams have had uneven seasons that have mixed dominant performances with head-scratching losses. Both teams also just barely survived their conference championship games and would not have made it this far without a heaping helping of luck. Predicting the winner is a toss-up, and hopefully the contest is as exciting as their previous Super Bowl encounter. Regardless of what happens in the game, be sure to indulge yourself by consuming as much unhealthy food as possible. Super Bowl Sunday ranks third behind Thanksgiving and Christmas as far as big-eating holidays go, and I for one plan to wake up Monday morning consisting of more wing than man.

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Pittsburgh Weekend Activities – September 8

Football!  Football! Football!  The NFL regular season opens up this evening with the New Orleans Saints versus the Green Bay Packers.  Sunday brings us the rest of the opening games with our beloved Steelers taking on their arch nemeses the Baltimore Ravens in Charm City.  I’m really looking forward to the start of the NFL football season because I’ve barely watched any television all summer because of the dearth of appealing programming.  Last night I couldn’t find anything of interest so I ended up watching the finale of America’s Next Top Model.  Back when I was a teenager we had smokin’ hot supermodels such as Cindy Crawford, Elle McPherson and Claudia Schiffer.  Whereas the girls on this program are cute at best and way too skinny.  My other issue with the show is J. Alexander.  He/she frightens me dearly. I would much rather find myself squaring off against Ray Lewis in a dark alley than him/her anyday.  En Vogue freed my mind back in ’92 so I’m no homophobe, but he/she is just way too fierce for me.

This weekend also brings us the IKEA Montour Trail Half Marathon and 5K in Robinson Township on Saturday morning.  I’m participating in the half and hopefully this is the closest I get to Ikea all year.  I really hate going there because it has way too much stuff and it takes an eternity to make it through the maze that is the store.  I bought the majority of my post-college house furnishings* there and I bet I’ve spent the equivalent of 5 months of my life wandering around the warehouse section looking for the correct furniture box.  The place must have been designed by M.C. Escher because whenever I try to deviate from the winding main walkway I always end up in the rug section. 

If the half (13.1 miles) is too far to interest you, the accompanying 5k (3.1 mile) course should really be fast and flat especially when compared to other races in the area such as the Brookline Breeze and the Great Race.  This event is a great opportunity to burn some calories and help offset all the eating you’ll be doing Sunday during the Steelers game!

* It’s actually a requirement in the state of Pennsylvania that every college student must purchase a Poang chair upon graduation.  

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