Home Sweet Sarah
3Jan/17Off

2016 review

I guess I'm a little late with this one, but oh well, I DID IT. Here's how 2016 shaped up. (I am kind of with my girl over at Life of a Doctor's Wife--it might be time to update some of these questions.)

1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?
Went to improv camp! Went on a week-long family vacation. (Related: Went to New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.) Went to Michigan! Went to Wisconsin! Went to (brunch in) Indiana! Went to Mt. Hood! Went to a lot of new places!

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any. I might for 2017, check back here.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope. (I always feel like I must be forgetting someone. I hope not!)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope.

5. What countries did you visit?
None.

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you didn't have in 2016?
Clarity/direction around what I'm doing with regard to comedy.

7. What dates from 2016 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
November 8th was a real shit day and YOU KNOW WHY.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
I sent my little infant baby off to kindergarten. Towards the end of the year, I made a commitment to do more yoga, and I did something like 30 classes in three months. My teacher said she could tell my practice was improving and that I was getting stronger. I walked/ran 625 miles, the most I've done since I started keeping track in 2013.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I did a lot of thinking about what I'm going to do, instead of just doing.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope. I am fairly certain I didn't get sick once--a far cry from 2013, where I was sick CONSTANTLY. Of course, for the last three months, I've been waiting for the winter cold to make its appearance, so that's fun.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Anything related to our family vacation.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
All of us who stood up for what we believed in.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
YOU KNOW.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, travel, cocktails, dinners out.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Family vacation! Improv camp!

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?
That dance dance dance song by Justin Timberlake.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: A) happier or sadder? B) thinner or fatter? C) richer or poorer?
A) Maybe a little sadder.
B) Fatter. Who even cares.
C) About the same? Maybe a little richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Read books.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Drank booze.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
The three of us spent Christmas at home, just us and a shitton of food. The usual. (I kept this answer from last year because as I said, it's the usual. We're pretty predicable.)

21. Did you fall in love with 2016?
NOPE.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Vanderpump Rules, Below Deck, all the Housewives, Gilmore Girls (old school and reboot), The Americans, Billions, The Night Of (so good, so sad), Shameless, Stranger Things, Ladies of London, The Affair, Homeland.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
NOPE. I HATED HIM LAST YEAR TOO.

24. What was the best book you read?
The Bullet, by Mary Louise Kelly.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Maren Morris!

26. What did you want and get?
A family vacation!

27. What did you want and not get?
Comedy comedy comedy.

28. What was your favorite film of 2016?
I do not think I watched a new movie except for Moana on Christmas Eve. So Moana.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
On my actual birthday, we went to dinner here in town and then the next day we went to Chicago and went out to dinner there. I turned 33.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
IF HILLARY CLINTON HAD WON.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2016?
Work from home running and yoga clothes shower at 4pm and put jammies on chic.

32. What kept you sane?
Running, yoga, my friends, my family, avoiding the news.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
DISGUSTING FLOPPY HAIR.

34. Who did you miss?
My mom and dad.

35. Who was the best new person you met?
Even though I haven't seen them much recently, I did meet fun new improv friends here in Chicago.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
Don't get too comfortable and don't believe what the pollsters tell you.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Last year I quoted Tracy Chapman and I'm doing it again this year. "Don't you know / They're talkin' about a revolution"

17Feb/15Off

What are the odds

This weekend we went to San Diego to relive our youth/celebrate my birthday. I am planning to write a post all about that, including beach pictures (everyone get excited for some true California smuggery!) but before I do that, I wanted to share a quick story.

On Sunday we made an emergency Starbucks stop to use the bathrooms. (In my vast experience stopping to use the facilities, Starbucks are the best because you very rarely need a key and the bathrooms are singles.)

When we walked up to the bathrooms, Chris opened the mens' room door and someone was already in there peeing. "Oh I thought I locked it!" said Peeing Stranger #1 (spoiler alert: there will soon be a Peeing Stranger #2.) I then opened the door to the ladies' room and lo, there was a woman peeing (Peeing Stranger #2!) "Oh my god, I swear I locked it!" called Peeing Stranger #2.

As we waited for Peeing Strangers #1 and #2 to finish up, we were like, "What are the odds we both walk in on someone peeing?!" We had a good chuckle, then Peeing Stranger #1 finished up and Chris went in. (We tested the door to make sure it was locked. It was.)

Peeing Stranger #2 exited (head hung in shame, which was really too bad because I totally wanted to be like, "My husband also walked in on someone peeing! What are the odds?!") and I went in. That's when I saw it. On the door were directions on how to lock the door. "Ah, Peeing Stranger #2 just can't follow instructions," I thought.

After Chris and I were both done, we met outside for a debrief. "What are the odds?!" we asked again. "Did your bathroom have directions on how to lock the door?" I asked. "No!" said Chris. "Here, I took a picture--let me read them aloud for you," I said.

The directions:

The only thing missing is ', you fucking idiots.'

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2Jan/15Off

2014 in review

The last time I did one of these, I called the post, "Goodbye 2012, you and your bitch face" and then I didn't do one at all in 2013, so I guess I had a rough few years? But hey, now that 2015 is here, what better time to recap 2014?

1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
Took an improv class, performed in an improv show, ran 500 miles, watched the Seahawks win the Super Bowl.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I made any resolutions. I did try to drink 80 oz. of water a day and eat one salad a day and I did pretty well at that, actually. I set a goal of running 500 miles, which I achieved. For this year, I'd like to incorporate more yoga into my life. I don't need to be doing headstands and shit, but I've been practicing for over 10 years and I still only go to yoga maybe once a week. I know (and I know enough yoga) I can do more on my own.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! Chris's best friend's wife and Chris's cousin's wife. Two beautiful baby girls (my favorite brand of baby, though I may be biased.)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
None. I haven't visited a country since 2009 and that was just Mexico, so let's go with states. In 2014, I visited Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, and Nevada.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you didn't have in 2014?
A finished kitchen.

7. What dates from 2014 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
I am so bad with dates, I actually forgot Chris's birthday. So. None of them are etched upon my memory, clearly.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
I got into the pay grade I wanted to be in. I ran 500 miles. I enjoyed my marriage (not that I've not enjoyed it in years past, but I especially enjoyed it last year.) I finally figured out a small piece that was missing in my life (improv, although I don't know that that's specifically what was missing, but it's definitely helping me figure out my path.)

9. What was your biggest failure?
I need to put my phone down after, say, 8pm. I really improved on not bringing my phone out during family time, but once LG and Chris are in bed, it's total zombie phone time. No bueno.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No! And considering 2013 was The Year Of Ailments, this was quite the treat.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Airplane tickets to Hawaii.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
LG's! She is always so amenable when we have big life changes going on. Being yanked from school to home with me full time to being back in (a different) school...She just takes it all with ease.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The whole Ferguson thing, and everything stemming from or related to that, was appalling.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage, daycare, food.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Our Hawaii trip!

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?
Oh geez, who knows. Was it on NPR? Then I didn't hear it.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: A) happier or sadder? B) thinner or fatter? C) richer or poorer?
A) Happier!
B) Fatter, probably. Who the fuck cares?
C) Richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Read more at night.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Sweeping the floor.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
My parents came over on Christmas Eve and we ate a big dinner and drank A TON of champagne and then spent Christmas morning watching LG enjoy all her spoils.

21. Did you fall in love with 2014?
Sure, why not? It was a damn good year.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Homeland, Sons of Anarchy, The Americans, The Affair, all the Real Housewives.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nope.

24. What was the best book you read?
I guess Life After Life. That was quite the thinker.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I've enjoyed Sam Baker a lot.

26. What did you want and get?
A family vacation!

27. What did you want and not get?
A finished kitchen!

28. What was your favorite film of 2014?
Preeeeeeetty sure I didn't go to the movies at all and I cannot remember any that I saw, even on tv. We got something out of the Redbox, but I can't remember what. I watcher Her on the flight home from Hawaii and it was WEIRD.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Chris and I went to San Francisco and had a blast JUST THE TWO OF US (as nature intended.) I turned 31.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I really can't think of anything. Maybe a new car?

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2014?
Swans and pineapples. I have also decided to get back into novelty socks. I don't know why I thought giving those up for plain black socks was the thing to do.

32. What kept you sane?
Running, yoga, crossword puzzles, friends, my mom and dad, and Chris.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
I have steered clear of politics this year and it is glorious!

34. Who did you miss?
All my family I don't get to see enough.

35. Who was the best new person you met?
I met some cool people at my job and also some cool people at improv.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"...And this is All Things Considered."

5Dec/14Off

Updates

I survived my improv show. That took up a lot of mental space for awhile there (although not much space here, so you may not know that I was freaking out about it, but I was totally freaking out about it.) Anyway, it was a lot of fun and now of course, three classes into my 201 class, where we learn A LOT more, I'm like hmm why hasn't my eye stopped twitching in two months OOOH GOT IT.

How was everyone's Thanksgiving? Ours was delightful. We went to the Northwest to spend the holiday with Chris's entire family. I ate a ton of food and went on a few runs along the Puget Sound. I drank port and ate fancy chocolates and went to a dive bar. The Seahawks won their game and we all slept in until 7:55am one morning. See? Delightful.

My sister-in-law has a great singing voice and while she was trying to get our girls to nap one day, she asked LG what song LG would like her to sing and LG said, "The ABCs!" Chris and I have joked that that has always been LG's favorite song, but, uhh, I guess it really is.

LG's Christmas gifts are bought and are currently squirreled away in Chris's restoration car in the garage, the downstairs closet, and our bedroom closet. We got all her gifts at the greatest store in America. I don't know if you've heard of it. It's called Costco. Here's what she's getting:

- A baby stroller (like, FOR her babies)
It comes with a little removable carrier thing. I actually remember having almost the exact same thing when I was her age.

- Two different art kits with approximately 1.2 millions stickers each
One is Doc McStuffins themed and one is various Disney princess themed. One also comes with stamps and stamp pads. That should blow her mind.

- Giant stuffed Olaf
So maybe two days after we bought her a giant stuffed Olaf, LG told us, "I'm getting a stuffed Olaf for Christmas!" and we were like, "What! No!" and then to one another we were like, "How the fuck does she know that?!" The only thing I can think is a few weeks before, LG and I were at Bed Bath & Beyond, where she saw a similar Olaf, and maybe I said something like, "If you're good, maybe you'll get one for Christmas!" but that's not usually my style, so who knows. Maybe LG has a touch of the ESP like her ma.

- Two puzzles
The girl loves puzzles.

- Socks
She also likes/needs socks.

- As yet to be determined stocking stuffers
Whatever I find at Target the next time I'm there.

- She told me last night that she wanted Frozen pjs, so dammit, that may also make it in there. I am a sucker.

If I run 47 miles in December, I'll hit 500 miles for the year. It's five days in and I've run none so far. It's looking good, I'd say.

Chris and I are having my parents over for Christmas, so we're currently discussing Christmas menu options. We didn't get to do this for Thanksgiving and as people who like to plan their next night's dinner while they're eating their current dinner, you can imagine this has been quite the topic of conversation.

I went on a shopping spree recently and bought a ton of new clothes. Clothes that actually fit! I also went through my closet and got rid of everything ill-fitting, even items that are so soft and cozy they're hard to part with. Done! Adios, too-big t-shirt!

I got a handful of new sweaters/cardigans, a blouse with swans on it, a pair of jeans, t-shirts (one of which I ruined THE FIRST DAY I wore it. No more white tees for me), leggings, ankle boots, leopard print sneakers, and I think that's it. I'd still like a new pair of colored pants (red?) and a new blazer/jacket, but I can probably put that off until springtime. Ooh I also got something called a "cocoon" sweater from Old Navy that is fleece (god bless ON fleece.) It has a pouch in the front and a loose turtleneck-like neck and it covers my butt, so I can wear it with leggings. It's the best.

That's basically all that's new with me. How are you?

28Oct/14Off

Stuffing

Snagged this from K. Here's some stuff I've been doing and thinking...

Making... Like a tree and getting out of the office for a lunchtime walk.

Cooking... Breakfast for dinner tonight.

Drinking... Water and tea and sparky water. I like choices.

Reading... Best Friends Forever, by Jennifer Weiner.

Wanting... A Clarisonic.

Looking... Like it's going to rain on Halloween. Boo. No pun intended.

Playing... The "Scottish Traditional" station on Pandora. I blame Outlander.

Wishing... For a vacation.

Enjoying... The crisp mornings. So crisp.

Waiting... Patiently for daylight savings time to be over. I'll take dark at 5pm over dark at 7:30am any day of the week.

Wondering... What my next job will be.

Loving... My improv class! It's super fun times, even though every time I think about five weeks from now (the student show), I have to all of a sudden run to the bathroom.

Hoping... We can make a trip to San Diego sometime soon.

Marveling... At my kid! She sang me a song in Spanish this morning. Like, when is she learning Spanish how is this even happening etc.?

Needing... Some new clothes. (Not wanting to do the shopping, though.)

Wearing... A shirt and boots my mom gave me. Also a scarf that made my cube mate ask me if I'd injured my neck. Soooo, not a great look, maybe?

Following... Everyone from three years ago and finally checking out Bossypants from the library.

Noticing... That recently my tum hurts after I have dairy. Say it ain't so!

Knowing... As much as I want to see Gone Girl in the theater, it'll never happen. KIDS, man.

Feeling... A little blue finding out today that my yoga studio is changing ownership. I had an actual nightmare the other night that my favorite teacher moved to Oregon (I spent the entire dream sobbing), so I feel like I must have had a touch of the ESP with this one. (I don't think the change in ownership will affect the class schedule/my beloved teacher, but it still makes me a little on edge.)

Bookmarking... The Serial podcast. I hear it's all the rage, but I'm waiting to tune in until Chris and I can listen together--gathered around the iPhone, 1930s-old-timey-radio style--which at this rate should be sometime in 2017.

10Sep/14Off

Please, have a seat and look at slides of my summer vacation(s), Part IV

This is the last installment of look at all the places I went this summer. We took an impromptu trip to Santa Cruz a few weeks ago. Neither of us are very big beach people, but we wanted to beat the heat and the best place to do that is at the coast. The trip can be summed up such: Eat, drink, read magazines, eat some more, drink some more, play in the pool, go home. It was a good trip.


How cute.


How...something.


I once had a bloody mary with to-order filet mignon as a garnish. It's kind of hard to beat that. Oh, you put a green bean in your bloody mary? A hunk of beef jerky? MEH. This bacon-wrapped prawn, though, was tops.


Sand in all the places.


Seriously, sand everywhere.


Yup.


Bathtime in the pool!


LG dug her "new bed!"

And then we all went to bed at 9pm watching 20/20. We really know how to vacation.

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5Sep/14Off

Please, have a seat and look at slides of my summer vacation(s), Part III

My aunt and grandma coordinated some professional pictures to be taken of the entire family when we were in Hawaii in May/Jun. Here are a few favorites (I would like every picture of me ever to be Photoshopped, please and thank you.)

More here.

(P.S. TAKE ME BAAAAACK.)

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2Sep/14Off

Please, have a seat and look at slides of my summer vacation(s), Part II

In July, we went to Vegas to celebrate my friend Kim's 30th birthday. It was a great time, but just about one day too short. I needed an extra day to lounge by the pool/drink cocktails/people watch/all the other stuff Vegas is ripe for.

Here are a few pictures from the trip. Thanks for turning 30, Kim!


I now use this 20oz. cup at work to keep six-packs of bee---- water in. (Mojitos were more fun.)


It was perfect Vegas weather. Hot and cloudy.


This was the view from Kim's room at the Cosmopolitan. Our view was...Not so pretty. I mean, I dig a parking lot as much as the next person, but, ya know.


I really channeled LG here with the HIGH PONY! Give me a HIGH PONY!

(Sigh. Can we go back to Vegas? Quick, someone have a birthday and invite me.)

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28Aug/14Off

Please, have a seat and look at slides of my summer vacation(s), Part I

My webmaster (Chris's cousin) (happy belated birthday, Brant!) updated my Flickr plugin so now I can post pictures to this here blog again. I thought I'd go ahead and post the pictures from our summer vacations here, in case you couldn't be arsed (as my friend Hillary would say) to click the links in my other post. I often cannot be arsed to click the links in posts, so, you know.

First up, Oregon! We traveled on Oregon on the 4th of July for a family reunion/anniversary/birthday celebration with Chris's extended family. When I say "birthday," Chris was included in there too, as his birthday is on the 5th. Guess how his birthday went down. Here, I'll tell you. We woke up, LG said she'd pooped, so Chris got up with her and I sat around in bed on my phone and then when I got on Facebook, it informed me that it was Chris's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! YOU GET TO CLEAN POOP! (I am such an asshole. Sorry, Chris.)


Happy birthday! Let's go on a 4-wheeling ride! Please don't accidentally on purpose throw me off.


LG's first 4-wheeling ride.


Swinging.


Napping.


After I apologized for being an asshole, I went on a run by myself! The selflessness just continues!


The brothers!


Cousins (middle left in the picture above is this one's dad.)


Oregon sunset. C'est fini.

14Aug/14Off

A bunch of unrelated stuff

1. I'm rewatching The L Word from the beginning. Showtime is replaying it two episodes at a time on Thursday nights and I'm finding it quite enjoyable even though I have seen it all before. Shane continues to be the hottest. Jenny continues to be awful. Kit continues to be my favorite.

I've also started watching Tyrant and Outlander, am on the second season of Masters of Sex, and made the executive decision to give up on Ray Donovan. I couldn't even get through last season, so eeeeeh. I think it goes without saying I am watching all the Real Housewives right now. I am LOVING Jerz this season (Amber and Jim are AWFUL) and Orange County, with the addition of Crazy Shannon, has been great too.

2. I was in desperate need of new makeup and didn't have time to head to the M.A.C. counter, so I hopped on over to Sephora's website and ordered some stuff. I must say, I think my beloved M.A.C. PowerPoint eyeliner has a new replacement. I bought Benefit's They're Real! Push-Up Liner and I love it. I also bought NARS blush (in the famous color I refuse to type because I don't want to get any more spam) and an Urban Decay eyeshadow in Foxy.

3. Mealtime in this house is pretty fluid. I feel like every time I get a handle on things, our schedules change again and we're adapting to a new routine. For now: We are doing A LOT of prep/cooking on the weekends. But, it's paid off. Since Chris started his job a year ago and I started mine four months ago, neither of us have purchased lunches out (with the exception of Chris's occasional team-building burrito day, of course.) That feels pretty nice, I'm not gonna lie. I hate wasting money on food I could make better and I feel like most lunch places fall into that category. $20 salads that are mediocre, etc. Anyway, I was going to post pictures of some meals I've cooked recently, but my Flickr plug-in isn't working, so go here if you're interested. It's pretty low-brow stuff, but when you get home at 5:30pm and the majority of your family goes to bed at 7:30pm, you make do with what you can. If I can work in a salad a day, then I consider that a win.

4. With high hopes, I bought a Soda Stream and I am returning it tomorrow. The CO2 cartridge that came with it said it was enough for 60 liters. I made maybe 10 liters total and the thing crapped out this morning. I also could never get the machine to make fizzy enough water. And I never heard the LOUD NOISE! everyone said I would hear. So. back to the Targs it goes, where I shall then buy several cases of La Croix and call it a day. I of course would like a Soda Stream (sparky water anytime, less waste, etc.), but not if I am going to have to run out and buy a new CO2 cartridge every week. Also, the thing felt really plasticy and cheap from the get-go. I expected more.

5. A few LG updates:

She moved up to the big kid room at school. They are called Busy Bears, instead of Caterpillars. I think the main difference is they have more Legos in the Busy Bears room, although I really wouldn't know because...

...Tonight at dinner we asked her what she did at school today and she told us she'd tell us, "Maybe later." Maybe later is a very big thing right now. Like, "Are you ready for bed?" "Maybe later." (Mom and Dad are less thrilled with "maybe later," obvs.)

She can spell her entire name and is in the stage where she "reads" books (that she's memorized.) One of her favorites is Wacky Wednesday (which happens to have been my favorite growing up yaaaaaaay) and upon the recommendation of Diane, we taped a shoe to her wall last Friday night. I was giddy when I woke up Saturday morning, so excited to see what she thought of the shoe on the wall. Chris went in there and...No shoe. "Was there a shoe on your wall?" he asked her. "Yeah, I put it away." Ever practical, that one.

6. I've been trying to workout at lunch more—two mile walks with my work walking buddy—because I feel like a slug every night when I get home after sitting most of the day (what I wouldn't give for a stand-up desk.) Ideally I'd go on runs, but when it's 90 degrees at noon, yeah, no thanks. I have high hopes of getting in a yoga class once a week (in addition to yoga church on Sundays), but that hasn't happened yet. Prioritizing my time, etc.

7. We've gone on a lot of fun trips this summer. Hawaii, of course, then Oregon for the 4th of July, Vegas for my friend Kim's birthday, then Santa Cruz this past weekend. After many years of no trips, it's been fun to go on many trips. Pictures: Oregon here. Vegas here. Santa Cruz here.

Well, that's me! What's new with you?