Year: 2016

My Year in Review: 2016

With 2016 coming to a close, I thought I’d share another recap (like in 2015). It was way easier last time because I blogged so much last year, so at the very least, writing this post was a good reminder that I’d like to document my life more. Good thing I’m starting a Bullet Journal right now. ūüėČ And I solemnly swear to post here at least 48 times in 2017. (Can you tell I’m watching Harry Potter?) Read on for my monthly recap and a list of the places I visited this year. Here‚Äôs a month-by-month recap of what I was up to (as far as I can remember): January:¬†I visited Phoenix¬†for a work team meetup, plus spent a few days of roadtripping around the state, including to Sedona and the Grand Canyon, with two teammates. Cold afternoon at the Grand Canyon. A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Jan 15, 2016 at 6:07pm PST   February:¬†We kicked off our master bathroom remodel. It got demolished (down to the studs and subfloor!), then …

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Instagram Stories, Here I Come!

I leave early tomorrow morning for Automattic’s annual Grand Meetup. (Search “grand meetup” on this blog to see last year’s posts.) It’s a weeklong chance for me to see my coworkers (all 450+ of them) in person. We work on projects or take classes, attend workshops, and mix some fun, work-free stuff in there too. I’m flying into Vancouver Tuesday and then making the trip out to Whistler on Wednesday afternoon to stay for the week. I haven’t used Instagram Stories yet, but I figured this adventure is the perfect time to try it out, so if you want to catch some behind-the-scenes looks at my trip and what it’s like to be at the GM, follow me on Instagram.

Veronica Mars: Iconic Feminist Show and Girl Detective

Veronica Mars: Iconic Feminist Show and Teen Girl Detective

Veronica Mars is one of my favorite television shows, and the title character is a fantastic depiction of a smart, vulnerable, brave, fallible young woman. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend setting aside some time and watching the entire series. (If you’ve got Amazon Prime, it’s available for free there right now or it’s less than $20 per season.) Below I analyze a few¬†episodes from the first season of Veronica Mars, in relation to feminist theory (and just because I love it). About the show In Veronica Mars, the¬†main¬†character, Veronica, attends school while moonlighting as a private investigator. (If you haven’t seen it¬†yet, you may want to come back later, unless you’re one of those people who love spoilers.)¬†Set in a fictional, affluent town called Neptune, California, Veronica Mars frequently covers issues of race and class division, and feminism is addressed through the struggles and triumphs of Veronica and her friends. Veronica is a cute, blonde, white girl from California who viewers may assume is more surfer girl or spoiled brat at first, …

Obama and Biden walk the White House lawn

Biden Says Let’s Keep Marching

One of the things I’ll miss most about President Obama being in office is the obvious friendship, brotherhood, and admiration that exists between¬†Obama and Biden. Vice President Biden shared this today: For eight years, I’ve had the privilege to stand with my friend and brother, to fight alongside him to make sure every single American has a chance to get ahead. I really mean it when I say Barack is one of the finest presidents we have ever had…. I‚Äôve been so proud to stand side-by-side with Barack on our march toward a more perfect union. Let‚Äôs keep marching. Read the entire lovefest on his Facebook page here.

YA Book Deals, Continued (Always)

I fell down a rabbit hole of YA¬†ebook deals tonight, sooooooo here, benefit from my search. These are almost all $2 right now: Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld Tiny Pretty Things by¬†Sona Charaipotra The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson You Were Here by¬†Cori McCarthy Peaches by¬†Jodi Lynn Anderson The Girl at Midnight by¬†Melissa Grey All-American Girl by Meg Cabot More Than This by Patrick Ness The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti Very Important Note:¬†The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart is one of my all-time favorite anythings. I own two extra copies just for loaning or spontaneously gifting. It’s YA at its best. BRB, time to read. ūüėÄ

Two Tragedies

For your consideration. “In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” ‚Äē Mr. Dumby (Act III) in Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan