Has Anyone Seen My Formal Sweatpants?

fashion, stay at home, humor, Modern PhilosopherI know someone, Modern Philosophers, who once explained to me that he always wears a suit to work because he dresses for the job he wants.

Apparently, I really want to be a writer (or maybe an eccentric recluse), because all I wear lately are sweatpants, a tee shirt, a fleece or sweatshirt (gotta change it up a little bit!), and sneakers.

In other words, I’m not exactly a lock down fashionista, but then again, I’ve never really had much fashion sense.

I much prefer the casual look.  As soon as I get home from work, I peel off my dress code appropriate outfit, and slip into something much more comfortable.  That’s usually a tee shirt with either shorts or sweats, depending on the weather.

So this part of the whole stay at home process has been a joy.  In fact, when it’s time to go back to work, I might “forget” about the whole dress code thing and report to the office in sweatpants and a tee shirt.

Obviously, I’ll wear my formal sweatpants, which are the ones with the least amount of stains.  And maybe I’ll even compromise and put on a collared shirt.  After all, I am a reasonable man.

fashion, stay at home, humor, Modern PhilosopherBut it is going to be hard to go back to a world of buttons and zippers.  Drawstrings just make life much easier, and shouldn’t life be about reducing stress as much as possible during these challenging times?

Truth be told, reacquainting myself with my old wardrobe won’t be the hardest part of the transition back to the real world once the stay at home order is lifted.

I’m really going to struggle with giving up my daily writing sessions.  Perhaps you’ve noticed that I’ve blogged every day since I was politely asked by the governor to stay inside and not cause any trouble.

What you don’t see, however, is the amount of progress I’ve made on my novel.  I’ve edited the first six chapters, completed chapter seven, wrote chapters eight and nine, and started chapter ten.  I’ve also gone back and edited chapters seven through nine.

In other words, I’ve been a sweatpants wearing writing machine and I’d hate to give that all up again.  I’ve always said I wish I had the time to write like this, and now that I do, I don’t want to stop.

writing, humor, Modern PhilosopherSome people say they’d write every day, but then don’t follow through when presented with the opportunity.  I’ve made the best of the situation, and there are still so many stories rattling around in my head that need to be told.

I’m just finding the silver linings in a really dark and somber situation.  I enjoy lounging around The House on the Hill all day in my sweatpants while I pull the silly stories out of my head and put them down on the page.

That sure beats the alternative of sitting here all alone, watching the news, and slowly driving myself mad with worry and stress.

What adjustment are you least looking forward to having to make once everything “goes back to normal”?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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6 Responses to Has Anyone Seen My Formal Sweatpants?

  1. Lori says:

    The traffic. Especially as a runner it’s been nice to not have all of the street traffic. Now when I go to the store and score a package of tp, I feel like I won the lottery. It’s a good feeling! Some day that will end, I hope.

    • Austin says:

      Excellent point. The roads have been easier for running because of fewer cars. I really want to be able to go to the grocery store again without being afraid I could get sick…

  2. markbialczak says:

    I’m not much for fashion either, Austin. Going out in the world to the library building, I actually have work jeans vs. the ones I slip into when I get back home and on weekends, off-duty jeans. After a couple of years, I have to buy a new pair or two, and the more worn work jeans become off-duty jeans. You get the drift. And the moment I know for sure I’m not venturing from the house into the world, the off-duty jeans give way to the lounge pants Oh, in the summer, I will wear khakis to work and shorts off-duty, definitely.
    In this work-at-home time, I wear any jeans I want during my on-duty hours, then go right to the lounge pants. I’m looking forward to the warm-enough-for-shorts weather to arrive!
    There’s way too much information for you.
    I’m glad your writing is giving you so much satisfaction, good sir. I hope we all get to experience it upon publication/production.

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