life, my house

Life Update, late March

I ate another sandwich today:

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Chicken salad made with rotisserie chicken, mayo, mustard, relish, celery, grapes, salt and pepper, with lettuce and tomato on a ciabatta roll.

And my bathroom passed the first plumbing inspection! Phew.

The window install meant for today had to be postponed due to thunderstorms, but they’ll be going in Monday, so no big deal.

Tomorrow the electrician is coming to update the wiring in the master bedroom and bathroom (and add a light over my table in our new dining room). There will be lights in better spots and more outlets! (Also, zero scary wires from 1960, so that’s a great thing too.) Once the wiring is done, it’ll be time for two more inspections: electrical and framing, for the room/walls/foundation in general, before the sheetrock can go up.

My painter stopped by today to check things out and work up a quote for installing/repairing/updating/painting the walls in the bedroom, bathroom, and hallway, and I’m working on scheduling the tiling for the shower walls and bathroom floor.

The new bed is being delivered in two weeks. Just in time for us to not have to sleep on the floor while we have houseguests who will need the guest bed we’re currently using.

So many moving parts! I will fully admit that about two days after I posted, Master Bathroom: Deadline April 19, my husband acknowledged how stressed I was trying to get this timing just right and move things along and kindly said, “If it’s not done before they get here, so what? We’ll share a bathroom with them just like we have every other time we’ve had guests since we never used this bathroom anyway.” And then I exhaled and have felt way better since then.

We might be done in time, but we might only be close to being done by then, and oh well. We’ll share. And the bathroom will still be fantastic when it is done.

Message to myself:


Week of Sandwiches with a Side of Wisdom

Confession: We recently ate fajitas for dinner 4-5 times per week for four weeks in a row. They’re really delicious and we bought quality ingredients, so it was pretty great.

But it was time to change it up, so: sandwiches! All week. 

A Reuben


Turkey, bacon, avocado

Until recently we’d tried to rotate between so many dinner ideas and constantly change things up. But then one day we admitted we both really love Tex-Mex and the fajita streak was born. (We printed the same grocery list each week! So easy and saved a lot of time!) This week we decided to focus on limiting cooking time so we could spend it elsewhere (like our bathroom remodel and work-ish side projects), so sandwiches happened. And they’re delicious, too.

What I’m saying is: cut yourself some slack sometimes. You’re not running a restaurant with a seasonal menu inspired by your early morning trip to the docks. Who cares if you eat a zillion fajitas or require extra bread for the week? 

I’ve become really good at treating myself right and I hope you are too.

my house

Master Bathroom: Progress!

Last Friday:


Some plumbing progress:

bathroom plumbing progress

By the end of today, the plumbing rough-in was done and the cast iron shower pan was installed. They’ll be back to do the water test tomorrow and the City Inspector is expected sometime too. (First inspection! Eek!)

Next: windows (Wednesday) & electric (Thursday)! Scheduling walls & tiling soon. OMG, Y’ALL. THIS IS GOING TO BE A BATHROOM.

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Additional Notes for my Session at NTC’s WordPress Day

Hi, WordPress Day-ers! As promised, here are the additional notes to accompany my slides from my session, “From Sharing to Hashtags: Social Media Musts for Your WordPress Site.” Slides are shared here. (And thanks for joining me!)

Everyone else: I made this presentation for WordPress Day at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Jose on March 22. Some of the information is geared specifically toward nonprofits, but lots of it is pretty universal for using WordPress & social media together, so enjoy! 🙂

Note: I’m not rehashing all of the text on the slides, so look at those for the main ideas and images. These notes include the additional things I said and things I wish I would’ve had time to say.

Click to see the notes!

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Achievement Unlocked

WordPress Day was a success!

I talked about social media and WordPress:

And then I celebrated with a milkshake for dinner:

Celebratory milkshake for dinner! Also: fries & hotel lounging. #mymilkshakesj

A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on


It feels good to be flying home tomorrow having accomplished a goal I set for 2016. And it’s only March! 😀

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NTC’s WordPress Day

I’m speaking at the Nonprofit Technology Conference’s WordPress Day tomorrow (March 22) in San Jose, California.

From Sharing to Hashtags: Social Media Musts for Your WordPress Site – Social media is a must for every organization in 2016. We’ll check out the sharing features built right into WordPress, as well as top plugins, apps, and tips, to update your social media strategy and extend your reach even further this year.


My slides are posted here. Additional notes to accompany them will be up by Wednesday.

Wish me luck! 🙂

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Quote from Instagram

I recently started a side project at work. We had an Instagram account but weren’t using it, so I wrote up a proposal with content ideas and Instagram best practices and… ta-da!

I’m sharing standout content there now, like quotes from pieces on Discover, beautiful photos from blogs, and screenshots of great looking websites. Follow: @wordpressdotcom.

Sidenote: Add this to the list of why I love working at Automattic. It’s a real do-ocracy. If you see something that needs working on and want to be the one to do it, you can go for it and I love that.