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Why Does it Always Seem Like I'm Looking for a Swimsuit Out of Season?

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Long title, but it pretty much sums it up. For some reason, every time I need a new swimsuit it's July or August and there's nothing left! Which makes no sense, in a way. This is Texas! Sometimes swimsuit season lasts until October here, but still, by mid-July, the stores are starting to put the swimsuits on clearance as they break out the back to school supplies.

I need a new swimsuit because I'd like to continue to swim once I move (which is less than a couple of weeks away now). There's a big pool at my apartment building and one in the activity center at my school, and I'm planning on making extensive use of both. I might even take swimming lessons, so I can start swimming in the lap pool without looking like an idiot who doesn't know what she's doing (I can swim in my own "freestyle" way, but as far as form goes, I never really learned it - I even had someone ask me if I was okay once!).

I actually have five swimsuits right now, but I only have one that I would even consider wearing in public - the rest are the wrong size or don't have enough support in the chest area (I think one of them I've had since middle school - still fits well enough to wear in my backyard, but not in public!).

I went out earlier today to try to find one, but no luck. I tried Belks and J.C. Penny. Both had swimsuits on clearance, but very little was left and even the sale price seemed expensive to me. I admit, I'm cheap - usually I shop at discount stores like Ross. I only tried the department stores because they're closer to my house.

I'm thinking of trying to order one online, but that seems a bit risky as I'm guessing that that's one of those things you can't return. Maybe the sport supply stores still have them right now? Competitive swimmers must need suits year round, so someone must sell them.

Since I decided to go shopping before work, I ended up going through the drive-through at McDonalds to get lunch (a hamburger and a side salad with ranch dressing - I only used half the dressing packet) and a snack for the afternoon (fruit and yogurt parfait! Yum!). It's been a while now since I've had any white bread, and I could definitely taste the added sugar in the hamburger bun...I know that some people say they don't like that after switching to whole grains, but I have to admit I liked having it as a treat ^_^;; The salad was kind of icky, unfortunately. The lettuce looked old and the tomatoes had a flavor that rendered them inedible...but the fruit and yogurt parfait, which I hadn't tried before, was awesome. The yogurt was super creamy, and it actually reminded me of the soft serve parfaits I used to get at the snackbar at Costco!

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    After I wrote this blog, an ad appeared on this page for a website called I ended up checking it out and I just bought two competition style bathing suits on clearance ^_^ And it looks like at this site I CAN return them if they don't fit, as long as they haven't been in the water!

    Okay, before I thought that particular bit of technology (the one responsible for ad placement based on things you've typed into the browser/content of pages you've visited/your email) was annoying, but occasionally it does prove useful and right now I'm liking it...

    The swimsuits were so inexpensive too that if they do work, I'll know just where to go to get more when I need a smaller size. The only problem is that after exploring Swim Outlet, I now want a waterproof MP3 player. Before, I was blissfully unaware that such a thing existed...
    2362 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/3/2011 1:28:15 AM
    I feel your pain when it cones to the stores not having bathing suits when I need to buy them! I live in GA and we swim until like October! So you'd figure they would keep them in the stores longer! I actually both a freaking $79 bathing suit earlier this year and it's too big in the chest now that I've lost this weight! Freaking A. I was so upset. You better believe the next suit i buy will be from Ross where I can save a few pennies and still look awesome. Good choice with the parfait! I love those things! They can be better than ice cream sometimes!
    2362 days ago
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