Monday, January 23, 2017

Weekend Highlights : The weather rocks

The weather this weekend was the best. Seriously, 60+ in January!? All I wanted to do was be outside. Mission accomplished.

Saturday morning started with a long run. I joined ProBike+Run for 7 miles, wearing shorts! I was seriously sweating by the end of the run, and wished I had worn a short sleeve shirt too.


I would have tacked on another mile or two, but I had plans to meet my friend Stef, her husband, and the pup, Tuck, for a day at Ohiopyle. I headed to their house to clean up and grab a bite to eat before we got on the road.

En route we made an impromptu stop at Gene's Boots and Candies for some hiking fuel. AKA candy!


We headed on towards the park and made a quick stop at the visitors center for a bathroom break and a waterfall picture before heading towards the Kentuck Trail trailhead.


None of us had ever hiked the Kentuck Trail - and wanted to see the Tharp Knob Overlook. And it didn't disappoint. The trails were surprisingly deserted so we were able to let the pup off the leash.



We headed for a delicious dinner at the Stone House Tavern before we headed home.

Sunday was another 60+ degree day - so Mr. Sass and I headed to two local parks to do a little exploring. We enjoyed short hikes at Bellevue Memorial Park & Avonworth Community Park before he headed off to work.



How was your weather this weekend?
Are your pups okay off-leash?
What's your favorite old school candy?
I love me some fruit slices.

Linking up with :Holly & Tricia for Weekend Highlights

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Five #55

I feel like this week escalated quickly. Monday dragged on, so did Tuesday, but then all of a sudden BOOM, WednesdayThursday and now it's Friday. Fine by me, I'm ready for the weekend. Compared to last weekend I have "nothing planned" - but that is a-okay by me. I'll head out for my long run Saturday morning - but other than that? The world is my oyster...aka I'll probably go grocery shopping, read a book & go for a hike. Per usual.

Either way, I hope you're up to something good this weekend, and I hope you'll tell me about it in the comments. Now on to some Friday Five. :)


one // You guys. I went hard on the wedding 'ish this week. Mr. Sass & I sat down side by side on Tuesday night and double-teamed our registry (see my mini rant from Monday about dishes). And while it's still not chock full of the recommended # of gifts I do feel good about the fact that it's all things we will genuinely use and have a place for in our house // kitchen. If we decide we need a $45 cocktail shaker we can always go buy one. Though I'm trying to picture such a scenario...

We do plan to register for some starter kayaks - just have to read some more Amazon reviews and find some that are low cost, but high quality - anyone have any ideas?

two // I did a thing. My company usually offers a discount code for the Pittsburgh Marathon. I've never taken advantage of it, because I've usually long since registered by now. I actually wasn't planning to run the Pittsburgh Marathon at all this year. Well, the email came out about the code & I jumped on it. It took the cost down to free, so I said what the hell and registered. And that, friends, is the story of how I'm running a half marathon 6 days before my wedding. God help my tan lines - should I run in a tube top?



three // Ciara convinced me to meet her Thursday night for an EFX (Enhanced Functional Exercise) class after work. I did, but it definitely kicked my ass, and I predict that as you're reading this I will be sorer (more sore?) than I already was from lifting weights on Wednesday.


four // I tried this new to me energy bar thing on Thursday before I met Ciara. It literally tasted like a foot. And smelled like soy sauce, so naturally I made my co-workers all try a nibble before I put it straight in the trash can, which is a bummer, 'cause it was like $3. But I just couldn't.



five // A few funnies to round it all out...



Hmm, but apparently by a "few" I mean two - slacker status this week. My B, y'all.

What are you up to this weekend?
Do you like buying a physical gift for a wedding - versus shopping online?
Any kayak recommendations?

linking up with Heather, Amanda, AndreaTifDella & Katie

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 Goals : Blogging

For whatever reason these blog goals are scary to put out there. I'm not sure if it's because I started this all for fun, as a visual way to keep track of my training and my life - but now it's more. Maybe it's because I care more than I'd like to admit, about page views, and comments, and Instagram followers. I thought I didn't give a fuck, but I do get a little excited when I see someone new is following me on Instagram. No sense in lying about it.


I think these other reason these goals are scary is I'm not necessarily sure how to make them a reality. Sure, if I want more pageviews I can work on pinning more of my own content on Pinterest, joining linkups or commenting on others blogs, but, at that point, I've done what I can do, and it's up to folks to stumble on back here.

Blogger Babes, I hope you'll share some of your blogging goals with me, or, if you've got a whole post on it, drop yo link in the comments! I love to see what other bloggers are trying to make happen & how they plan to do it. Because, if nothing else, I'm learning that it's a lot more about the plan & the work you put in than the end result.

Give The Sass a facelift | Pretty self explanatory, I'm rockin' a free little template that I changed some colors on and added a Canva header to. I feel like after 1 year + of blogging I've proved to myself that I plan to make this a thing, and am now willing to invest a little bit of money (But not a lot, 'cause I'm still a frugal bastard).

Consider buying .COM | I say consider because, more $$$. I can't really come up with any cons other than the $. But, still want to see what sort of work would be involved. I am the least tech-y person ever. Like, can I just buy it an all of a sudden people will be redirected there instead of .blogspot.com? Who knows. Actually, if you do know, also please comment and tell me.

Hit 5,000 monthly pageviews (or 15,000 on blogger) | I'm torn on how to represent this goal. Blogger displays my stats in terms of monthly & daily pageviews, but I also have Google Analytics which displays similar statistics. BUT, the numbers they provide are dramatically different. So, I would love to see 5,000 unique monthly visitors via Google Analytics, and 15,000 monthly pageviews via Blogger.

Reach out to 3 brands for collaboration | This is a scary one. But, the worst that can happen is someone says no. I'd love to find some smaller brands, things that fit with my blog // lifestyle and reach out about collaborating. I would love to even do a product give away on the blog!

Grow my Instagram | I have right around 445 followers right now on Instagram. Not too long ago though I had somewhere in the 200's. I wasn't consistently and actively using Instagram until I started blogging, and even then it wasn't until the end of summer that I began consistently posting and using good hashtags. I want to continue to work on posting and hashtagging posts. And work to grow my following to 1,000+ by the end of 2017. I feel this will also help me as I try to collaborate with brands.

Bloggers - what are some of your goals this year?
What's your favorite social media?
What brands would you love to work with?

Linking up with Amanda

Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekend Highlights : I'm a social butterfly

Are you ever just chugging along one day & something hits you like a ton of bricks. Last week it was the realization that Mr. Sass and I get married this year. 117-ish days according to The Knot who won't stop sending emails about all the tasks I should be busy getting completed. Sometimes I'm all rah rah - go us, shit is booked, we're awesome! And other days 5 minutes later I'm like, NVM, let's call everyone off and elope, we have nothing done and no time to do it. Right now we're pretty focused on getting wedding bands picked out and our registry completed (so people will stop pestering us about it)!

I personally find both of these tasks fairly overwhelming. I pride myself on being a solid decision maker. I don't mind that role, and play it often at work and in life. But, deciding what to eat for dinner, or what color to paint the kitchen seems way less permanent than picking a wedding band that I plan to wear forever, or dishes I plan to keep forever. I guess considering I picked out a person to be my forever, dishes shouldn't be scary. Which, when I type it out like that I'm like Jess, just buy new fucking dishes if you hate the ones you register for. Okay, good talk Internet.

All that to say we spent a few hours looking at wedding bands this weekend + reading online reviews of random ass household shit all to end up not buying bands and not adding anything to our registries.

The rest of the weekend though? I crammed in more social-ness in 24 hours than in the past month. I met my former roommate in Southside for dinner and drinks on Friday after work. We tried two new to me places, Wingharts + Beehive Coffee.

I loved the vibe at Wingharts - where I tried the falafel "burger". There's no picture because I scarfed it down in two minutes flat. The food was good, the drinks were good & I liked the atmosphere. My gripe? The burgers don't come with any side, and the server made no mention of it when ordering. Plus, for the price, you would think they could fry up a potato to toss on the side. I digress.


After dinner we headed a few blocks down to Beehive Coffee, a local coffee shop known for their boozy coffee cocktails. I oped for a Toasty Almond with Kahlua and Amaretto (and lots of it) all in some coffee & topped with whipped cream. The coffee was good, but I would describe the vibe as don't leave anything unattended and take a shower when you get home. This place looked like it hadn't been wiped down since it opened, and some of the clientele seemed better suited for the inside of a mental hospital.


We chatted 'til almost 11pm before our desire for bedtime got the best of us. Just in time for me to head home, sleep, and wake up to drive back to Southside for a run with ProBike + Run. It took a few miles to get into the groove, but once I did, this run felt effortless. I cranked out 7 miles at a perfect 9:30 average, my longest run in quite some time. I won't start official half marathon training for a few more weeks, but this run got me excited!


I tossed on an extra sweatshirt while I waited for Ciara - we had plans to grab coffee around the corner. We headed to ANOTHER new to me place, Delanie's Coffee. I snagged a coffee and bagel to tide over my post-run hanger.


I loved the vibe here as well. We headed upstairs and were able to grab two comfy chairs and small table. We chatted for 2+ hours before I got a few "Hello, where are you?" texts from Mr. Sass who was finally up & at 'em for the day. So I rushed home to shower & head to look for wedding bands.

After wedding band shopping - I headed to the grocery store, which was a total mad house, before meeting Gretchen for appetizers and a drink at BJ's Brewhouse. I ended up with a flight and loved their Jeremiah Red beer - an Irish style beer.


After all that socializing it was time to head home and veg out on the couch. We spent a few hours yesterday helping Mr. Sass' sister & her fiance move into their new house before it was work time for Mr. Sass and blog time for me.

Unlike pretty much everyone I hung out with this weekend, I don't have MLK Day off of work, so as you read this, I'm busy putting in a full day at the cube farm.

How was your weekend?
Are you a good decision maker?
What's your go-to coffee shop order?

Linking up with :Holly & Tricia for Weekend Highlights

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Five #54

First of all - I am so overwhelmed & excited about all the folks who entered my giveaway. I know you're only doing it to win free stuff, but it's still such an exciting thing to be able to report back the success of a giveaway. If you haven't already entered, head over to my post from Monday. I'm giving away a $25 Dick's Sporting Goods gift card, and it's open through Monday.

Second of all - we made it to FRIDAY! This week seemed particularly long, maybe because it's the first 5 day week I've had in 3 weeks!?

So let's get on with some Friday Five - and then on to the weekend!



one // I talked about intentional monthly date nights in my 2017 personal goals. Let me just put a little check mark next to that January date night box. Mr. Sass & I headed to a new to us Mexican restaurant on Monday night - and lucked out. It was $1 taco night + $3 margaritas. Turns out, I'm a cheap date. ;)


two // Yesterday it was sixty degrees. In case you're not familiar with January in Pittsburgh, that's not normal. So you best believe I had on sandals & used my lunch break to take a walk on some of our campus trails.



three // All week I've had avocados & bananas in a brown paper bag on the counter so they would ripen faster. Every morning I would wake up and the bananas would be out of the bag & on the counter - so I'd put them back in. I finally asked Mr. Sass the fuck he was doing taking the bananas out of the bag every night - he told me he thought they were in there 'cause I'd been too lazy to take them out after grocery shopping. Really. But was putting them back in the damn bag every morning? Hmph. I about died laughing.

four // I'm a Legend Compression Ambassador (again) for 2017 - so look for a (long overdue) review coming soon + a coupon code. If you want to buy in the meantime you can use this link for $15 off your purchase! I get some credit if you use my link - but it doesn't change the price any. I have the sleeves & love them!


five // Funnies.


Me - constantly afraid when I order something off the Internet with mixed, or zero reviews.



Enjoy the weekend & I'll see you back here Monday. :) I have plans to see a few friends & squeeze in a long run. Nothin' crazy, but just the way I like it.

What are you up to this weekend?
What's your favorite cheap date night?
Did you enter my giveaway yet - if not, GO NOW!

linking up with Heather, Amanda, AndreaTifDella & Katie

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

5 ways you know you're an adult

Originally I was going to share my 2017 blogging goals with you all today - but I decided to hold off. The internet and social media are filled with optimism right now. People are sharing goals and their successes too. Not to rain on your healthy eating, gym going, new year-new me parade, but what about the folks in a weird limbo. The ones who are like, umm, my New Year's resolution is to not have to google how to do basic household shit, or to finally clean the bathroom in my apartment, since I moved in 4 years ago. I've definitely been there. How can you be focused on eating healthier when your first goal is to not screw up boiling water?


So instead of more goals, though I do plan to share those eventually, I'm sharing a quick "checklist" if you will. There are just some things that seem distinctly adult. Like getting excited about a new dish washing sponge.


Or having preferences about trash bags. I mean, they're trash bags. I never thought I could have such a strong opinion about scents, or tie options. But I do. And, my friends, we at the Sass house, are a house divided.

We all know I've bumbled around when it comes to this adulting bit, and wrote all about how to adult when you don't feel qualified. As well as 10 ways to fake it 'til you make it, followed by another 10 ways to fake it. But here are a few ways I know that no matter what, I'm a real grown-up!



1. Buying household supplies
When I go to Target, spend $50 and got nothing from the Dollar Spot to show for it. Instead my cart is filled with toilet paper, laundry detergent and garbage bags.

2. Two words. Open Enrollment
I think we can all agree that for the most part, the Affordable Care Act is not quite so affordable. Nothing less fun than choosing between bad & worse, rock and a hard place, or one bad insurance plan over another.

3. Ordering more checks
You grow up, you get a checking account, you get a big stack of four check booklets from your bank, and you think to yourself, there is no way I will EVER use all of these. WRONG. That's how much adulting I've been doing. I used up all my checks & actually do need to get more. Instead, I'm riding it out until after marriage since we may combine accounts or change some names. So, no, I can't write you a check.

4. Going to a party that isn't BYOB
What? Yeah. That's a thing. One day, you'll just get a party invite & you'll ask what you can bring and the answer will be NOTHING. Or something mundane, like a salad. This is a huge adulting milestone. No longer to you need to pack a bag full of wine bottles or toss beer bottles into a cooler. It's provided. And you, in turn, will do the same some day.

5. Sleeping in (until 8AM)
I run most Saturday mornings. But, when I can, I like to save Sundays for "sleeping in" except that usually ends up being 8AM. Or, once in a blue moon, 9AM. I mean seriously. Even if I fight it, and roll around in bed for a while I'm up and moving by 830, max. That's adult as hell.

What are some of those moments that just make you go, yup, this is adulting.

And shameless plug - if you missed it, check out my giveaway from Monday, $25 Dick's Sporting Goods GC! It's easy peasy to enter & open through Monday, 1/16/17.

Linking up with Amanda.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 Goals : Fitness + Giveaway from XShadySide Pilates

If you missed it, I shared my 2017 personal goals last week. For the first time ever I'm breaking out my 2017 goals into several different categories. Today I'll be talking about my fitness goals - and I'll be back with my blogging goals & financial goals soon! And, don't miss it, at the end of the post I have a fitness related giveaway!



Take 4,000,000 steps in 2017 | I made it my goal most months at the end of 2016 to get 80,000 steps each week - and for the most part I was successful. It got me up and moving during the work day and made sure I continued to move after my runs each weekend. To make it to 4 MILLION steps in 2017 I'll need to average 76,923 steps each week, and while it's a lot, I think I can do it! Luckily my FitBit makes it easy to track. P.S. If you wanna be Fitbit friends, holla at.

Track my 2017 running mileage | I tracked my mileage old school back in 2011 when I was training for my first two marathons. I had pretty much no idea what I was doing - did 99% of my runs on the treadmill and insisted on writing everything down to 2 decimal places, which made adding it all up such a nightmare. I'm so curious to know what kind of mileage I'm running in a year. I'm not ready to make a mileage goal yet, I would guess I'll run around 500 miles next year, my first step is to track it all & see where I come out. I'll track via GoogleSheets so I can access it anywhere - and I'll use this to keep track of my weekly steps too.

PR in 2+ distances (HM & 5K) | I'm trying a spring training plan totally different than anything I've tried before (more on that to come in the next few weeks) so I am expecting big things. I've picked a spring half that I think will increase the chances I have good weather. And y'all know I am still chasing that sub-25 5K time - but 2017 is my year, I know it.

Race another TRI | I raced a sprint triathlon in 2015 & I LOVED the process. The training was so much fun and it made me such a strong runner. While I'm not 100% sure I would re-race my first tri, since the RD can't seem to pull it together, I'm excited to tri train again. I mean, talk about built in cross training!

Now it's giveaway time! I'm partnering with XShadyside, Pilates in Shadyside to host this giveaway! One lucky reader will win a $25 Giftcard to Dick's Sporting Goods - which you can use towards whatever gear you need to make your 2017 fitness goals a reality. It's simple to enter with the widget below, plus there are a few ways to earn additional entries for even more chances to win.

Giveaway will run through 1/16/17 - and winner will be randomly chosen.


What are your 2017 fitness goals?
Local folks - any TRI recommendations?
Runners - do you have a 2017 mileage goal?

Linking up with :Holly & Tricia for Weekend Highlights + Marcia x Patty x Erika for Tuesdays on the Run