Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Just Like Riding a Bike...

The old adage that you never forget how to ride a bike is a load of crap.  I know this first hand.  Last year, I had a bit part in my school's production of "The Wizard of Oz". As a teen I was entirely too shy to audition for plays, but when they opened auditions for teachers in the spring productions I decided to face my fears of being in front of an audience, so I auditioned.  I was actually in two plays- both "Oz" and I played Mrs. Webb in the production of "Our Town". It was equal parts of terror and joy. The plays truly were life-changing experiences for me.



Back to the bike. So, rather randomly, Curtis's grandfather collects old bikes (among other curiousities) and the play used one of his bicycles for Ms. Glutch's scenes. After the play finished its run, I was responsible for getting the bike back to Paw. I packed it up and brought it home with me. After watching teenagers cruise around on that bike for weeks, I couldn't resist giving it a shot. Now granted I was in a maxi dress, and it had been twenty years since I had been on a bike, but how hard could it be?



Just like riding a bike, right? Yeah, right! I mounted the bike and it immediately toppled over, scrapping my arms and legs and severely bruising my pride. I was so embarrassed. And so happy I was home with just my husband and son as witness to my humiliation. Plus, Sean is terrified to even try to ride his bike after seeing me fall.






Now that I've shared that humiliating story with you, I need to share something else a little embarrassing with you. A month ago my sweet sister-in-law persuaded me to enter a "HomeTown Model" contest through the clothing company Maurice. This is the first competition I've ever seen where there was no WEIGHT, AGE, or HEIGHT requirement. But I was still hesitant. Then she reminded me that each of the winners gets to donate $7.500 to the organization of her choice. I immediately though about my local library. Last year the library was damaged by a tornado that killed several people in the community. I know that they could really use the money to update their Young Adult reading selections. So I decided to enter.



You may be annoyed with me over the next three weeks. Heck, I know I would be! And I promised I would never enter a cheesy popularity contest and then beg daily for votes, but it's not just about me! It's for the children!! If you can find it in your heart to not be totally annoyed by me, then I ask you to vote for me today. Here's my link! It's really easy, I promise. On the plus side, if I win, I'll totally owe you for helping me out.  I'll even let you watch me fall off a bike. If you are into that kind of stuff ;)


19 comments:

Annie said...

I am loving this outfit - the pattern mixing looks awesome! Annnnd I just voted for you :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Bright and Sassy said...

great casual outfit! I love your scarf!!

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Alicia said...

I voted! I love the bike! I never "forgot" how to ride a bike but now it is a little scary at times. I used to jump ditches, ride down the porch steps (our porch was about 3-4 ft off the ground), and do other crazy stuff. Now I am MUCH more cautious and afraid of falling.

Feathers & Freckles said...

You look adorable! I love this outfit on you - you look awesome in red.

I really like the idea of collecting vintage bikes like this one... although I guess finding a place to keep them would be difficult, especially when I live in an apartment.

Totally voting for you, good luck!!

Thetinyheart said...

I love the stripes and floral pattern mixing in this outfit! And I voted for you! Good luck, Katie!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

tashia graham said...

This scarf and shirt combo is fantastic! Good luck and kudos to you for putting yourself out there for a good cause:)

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Ariana said...

I LOVE your stripes and florals! Adorable!

When I was in Amsterdam last summer, I rode a bike for the first time in years! And let me tell you, there's nothing like hopping back on it on busy, cobblestoned, crowded streets to really give you a heart attack! But after a few minutes it was like I had never stopped biking - You should give it a try again :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Gosh, that sounds terrifying! Yet, it was probably a great way to see the city!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you so much! It seems really silly, but I would love for the library to get that money!!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Sharon, I love you! You are always so sweet! Thank you for voting! I really hope I don't get annoying!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Once you have a house those, how cool would it be to hang a couple of vintage bikes on the wall.. awesome decor!

Thanks for voting- you know how I feel about "popularity contest'. If I get super annoying please tell me- I know I'm going to be annoying :(

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thanks for voting! I used to do all kind of crazy stuff when I was younger, but I am much too scared now!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thanks for voting! I hope I don't get too annoying over the next three weeks!

Laurel Walker said...

I VOTED.

Tairalyn said...

That scarf is sooooo spring. I LOVE IT.
Great shots... <3

XO
Tairalyn

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Carrie said...

As a future librarian, I understand how important a well-stocked public library can be. I voted! :) Love the stripes + florals and the boots, too. :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thanks, Carrie! I know our library is desperate for some good YA lit!

And thanks for the outfit compliment!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you!!

Marissa said...

Well what kind of bliend would I be if I didn't vote for you?! Good luck!
PS: Love the scarf!

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