Toward the end of my awkward phase (providing that it's over...?), this song exploded. I have very vivid memories of listening to it all summer long in 1995, particularly at Calvary Camp. I had to go back through all of my Afternoon Commute posts to make sure that I hadn't used it already, and I was surprised to find that I hadn't. Anyway... Don't go chasin' waterfalls yinz guys. Please stick to the 3 rivers and the lakes that yinz are used to n'at.
March is my birthday month and happens to have the birthstone Aquamarine, which I find to be quite lovely. It's also the month when we spring ahead the clocks, convince ourselves that the March 21 actually means that winter is over, gamble on college basketball, and wonder why Target tortures us with its swim suit display.
February was an eventful month. True Detective blew my mind, Lone Survivor had me on the edge of my seat, Endless Love reminded me of the beauty of young "love," high school swimming season came to an exciting end, being able to speak on a panel of bloggers at the Green Tree Public Library was fantastic, and History Uncorked: Poptastic! was a total blast.
Note: If you enjoyed Explosions in the Sky's musical contributions to Friday Night Lights (including the opening credits theme), you will enjoy their presence on the Lone Survivor soundtrack. Check ahhhht "Waking Up"...
And here we are in March.
In addition to enjoying MAB's return from Georgia for UGA's spring break, I will be attending an Everything But The Book (Club) meeting, starting the junior high track & field season, seeing Divergent, sipping the grape for a good cause at the Pittsburgh CLO Ambassador's 17th Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction*, cheering for the Wichita State Shockers during March Madness, and celebrating my birthday with the girls at Ten Penny.
Note: I have been waiting for the Divergent movie since I was a mere few chapters into the book. I am more excited about this than I was for The Hunger Games. If you haven't read the book(s), I suggest that you do. Here's the trailer to peak your interest further...
As always, thank you for reading (and [hopefully] passing this blog along). We are over 161,000 hits and we aren't slowing dahn! We are also in the top 5 on urbanspoon (#2 to be exact)! As always, thank you for "liking" The Steel Trap on facebook and following @The_Steel_Trap on Twitter. I've linked up with bloglovin', which is another way for bloggers and readers to network and share their writing. Lastly, if anyone has anything that they would like me to cover, or a restaurant that they would like me to review, please send me a message. I am always open to suggestions (just as SAA because she calls me with them at least once a week)! Helloooo March!
*If you prefer silent auctions with fabulous items (i.e. a walk-on role in a CLO production, Fluhme cosmetics, autographed memorabilia, tickets to plenty of shows and sports events, etc.), the Duquesne Club's famous macaroons; seeing yours truly in action as the MC, sampling as much wine as you possibly can, and taking your chances on an incredible raffle (for a trip to Paris, a Henne gift card, or dinner and a show), or most importantly supporting the CLO 's education and outreach programs, then you must come to this event! Tickets are still available!
It's February 28th. And for some reason, I am thinking that ending the month on a post that rambles about everything and nothing is necessary. Thus, here are 28 facts about yours truly (that are unsuitable for the About HGB page):
I have engrossing, engaging (one-sided) conversations with my dog and I am fine with that.
I was in a beauty pageant and I didn't want to win the title.
I drove a golf cart off of a cliff and jumped off only to find myself dangling from a tree as the golf cart landed elegantly on its side.
My body has an aversion to salmon, walnuts, and venison.
I can draw the floor plan of a home or building after walking through it one time, and I can even do it for places that I haven't visited in over twenty-five years.
I make the best grilled cheese.
I am pretty sure that I would make an excellent detective based on what I have learned from Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, Sherlock Holmes, Robert Goren, Shawn Spencer, Jessica Fletcher, and Father Dowling.
My car is named Vega$.
I scored abnormally high (as in I scored the highest in the county out of any female) on the Automotive and Shop Information section of the ASVAB test in 1996.
Large homogeneous groups annoy me.
My hip has gravel in it from a 1995 incident involving a bike, a boulder, MMR, and Ohiopyle.
No matter how many times I burn my tongue, I still drink hot beverages hastily in cold weather.
Thirteen is my number.
There are some poems that have the ability to choke me up... with every single reading.
I am obsessed with buildings that used to be a Pizza Hut.
My favorite color is red. All shades of red.
I didn't have a cavity until I was 22, and the dentist said that it was partly because the water in Fayette County is actually good for teeth. Ironic, I know, considering the quality of some of its residents' teeth.
I read all of the time. Voraciously.
I don't ever want to be pregnant, but I wouldn't mind being a parent.
I sometimes worry that my awkward phase hasn't ended yet.
My accent is noticeable, yet unrelated to any particular region.
I believe that a kiss on the forehead has special powers.
People rarely call me by my first name.
I won an award in 4th grade for having the "Most Creative Title" on a picture I drew of George Washington's life. It was a terrible picture. Unfortunately, my "artwork" was on display at Ft. Necessity for a month. That's actually losing now that I think about it.
My first concert was John Denver.
I live with regret.
I am addicted to sparkling water, gummy vitamins, string cheese, dry shampoo, and...
I do not believe that everything happens for a reason.
I love Starbursts. However, I rarely eat them because the fact that they are individually wrapped really annoys me. A.) Unwrapping all of those Starbursts is cumbersome. B.) I do not want to deal with the wrappers once I have eaten the Starbursts. C.) First world problems are annoying.
Therefore, you can imagine my excitement* when I spotted Starburst minis in the checkout line! Unwrapped tiny Starbursts in a bag! Hot damn!
Here's the thing though... Starburst minis are kind of waxy and aren't as chewy as regular-sized Starbursts. So that "UNEXPLAINABLY JUICY" quality is actually missing. While I loved not having to unwrap them, I was disappointed in the overall experience. Eh.
Starburst minis are officially flawsome.
*If they start selling packages exclusively filled with unwrapped red Starbursts, I can guarantee that my head would pop off. No joke. Here's hoping...
No matter how we celebrate it, today marks three years for The Steel Trap! That's right. It has been three whole years since the fateful snow day in 2011 when I decided to avoid all pressing responsibilities of real life and dive head first into the blogosphere. I still haven't been able to determine any long term negative ramifications of writing this blog, although the short term rewards have remained quite fun and exciting (i.e. my trip to Cleveland last August, blogger dinners, etc.). Having a creative release for all of my thoughts and ideas remains a critical part of my well-being and a way to manage my stress. I am still humbled and surprised with someone compliments my writing or suggests an idea for a post (perhaps that's when I'll know that I should hang it up, when I am no longer humbled and surprised and when no one bothers to suggest anything?).
When looking over my past 143 posts, it's clear that The Steel Trap still covers a wide array of topics along with a few running series and gimmicks. The top ten posts of the past year are indicative of that variety.
Anyway, here are the top ten posts with my commentary in brackets:
Hold Off On Rumfish Grille (For Now) [This was my first "negative" review so to speak, and I must admit that I feel some type of way that it was my most popular post of the entire year. Yinz know that I have never wanted to achieve popularity through negativity. I can only hope that my constructive criticism helped both the restaurant and diners.]
As Seen On TV: Air Curler [I love that this post has gotten so many views. After writing this post, I met someone who had one and I got to see the results first hand... and it works!]
According To Caulfield... [One of my favorite reviews, this one covered Butcher and the Rye on opening night. I've been back, and still love it just as much. Go there.]
Cleveland Lake-Cation: Day 1 [I am so fond of this post because I am so fond of the experience. It was the first time I received a major "perk" for The Steel Trap, and it was definitely one of the best weekends of my entire year.]
Another Good Cause [Michael Caprara met his goal within a week of this post going live! That's just proof that I have great readers!]
Be Our Guest [While I am not thrilled with the location of my house anymore, I do love some of the interior decorating choices that I made since moving here last March. This post showcased my guest bathroom, and it's still open for business for the time being, so come on dahn!]
Ladies Who Brunch [This review was from my 33rd birthday brunch with some of my lovely girlfriends... with the big 34 coming up in a few weeks, I hope that we can have a repeat experience.]
As I said last February and the February before that, "it looks like I am going to keep on keepin' on." I continue to maintain my current practices of not using profanity in my posts, of keeping people as anonymously initialed as possible, and of writing with sincerity. It's not easy to write with my heart on my sleeve, but if I've learned anything through this experience, it's that there is no other way to write.
Hopefully more and more people will become connected with The Steel Trapby liking it on facebook or by following @The_Steel_Trap on Twitter. Anytime someone shares my posts, comments on my posts, or mentions a post in person, I am filled with a unique happiness that borders on surreal. Knowing that people are enjoying something that I enjoyed writing is a blessing.
Happy Blogday! Happy Blogiversary! Blogseltov to The Steel Trap!
I remain grateful. There's no place like home...