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I started a podcast!

Hi! I started a podcast with my longtime BFF, Kim. It’s called Hey, Bestie! and we chat about pop culture, things we love (or hate) feminism, and modern life. And there are already four episodes up! So far we’ve talked about bullet journaling, The Rock running for president, shows you should never binge watch, romance novels, and more. Go to for more info and ways to listen or hop right over to iTunes.

To Do in 2017

I’m kicking off 2017 sharing a few things I’m going to do this year. The list will most certainly grow and become much longer over the next twelve months, but these are the things I’m starting it with: Remodel my kitchen. We’re planning it right now and are going to start ordering things soon. We’ll probably start the actual work around late-April. See Hamilton in NYC. I’ve already got the tickets, the flights, and a hotel booked, so now I’m just waiting for when it’s time to go. 😀 Edit my NaNoWriMo novel. I wrote it, so now I’ve got to edit it and finish it up. It’s by far the longest piece I’ve ever finished, so I’ll be sure to share the tips that finally helped me get past what had been stopping me before and make it all the way to the end. Looking forward to polishing it up and maybe letting someone read it. Read more non-fiction. I like to take notes when I read non-fiction so it takes more energy than my very lounge-y fiction-reading style. …

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. 😉 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’s 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 …

It’s my birthday!

I turned 34 today. And here’s what I did: slept in lounged and drank iced coffee ate a taco at Torchy’s got a manicure and pedicure read a book in bed went to dinner at Liberty Burger had a movie night at home It was a great day. Birthday Burger! The Nooner from Liberty Burger. Not pictured: Nutella Graham Cracker Milkshake. A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Jul 7, 2016 at 5:49pm PDT

Saying Goodbye to My Grandma

On this day seven years ago, I sat with my grandmother while she died. My mom and I held her hands, comforted, and waited. She’d been moved to hospice the day before and we knew it was almost time, but knowing that and watching it are two very different things. Those weeks, that day, and especially the several hours surrounding her death changed my life. When she was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, I was living 5,000 miles away in The Netherlands. She was given a few months at most to live, so I went home to Texas for a while to be with her. Pancreatic Cancer seems to be mostly very harsh and doesn’t leave a lot of time to linger in good health, but often goes very bad very quickly, as it did in my grandma’s case. She died within several weeks from finding out, and the last few of those could hardly be called living. My mom lived next door to my grandparents at the time, so I claimed my old bedroom, revived my …

Thanks for the memories, Timehop.

Thanks to Timehop, I realized a year ago today is when I had my Matt Chat, which wrapped up my Happiness Engineer trial at Automattic, and led to the job I currently have and love. My tweet from when I got the first Slack ping from Matt and the chat began: And then about six hours later when it was done and I’d landed the job: I spent the rest of the day (and the next few days, if I’m honest) in a haze of excitement. After yesterday’s blahs, this was a perfect reminder of something that has gone (and is going!) great in my life, so thanks, Timehop. I appreciate your perfect timing. This day last year changed my life in an amazing way and I’m glad to remember it. I’ll celebrate the official one year anniversary of my first day on the job later this month. I marked six months very happily here, and I have even more to say about it all now. ❤

The April Blahs

I’m feeling pretty blah today. Foot pain and bathroom remodel delays are taking their toll. I feel pretty useless at solving either one right now, so please enjoy this adorable puppy gif: So cute, right? And no worries. Nothing keeps me down for long, so I’ll rally and be back to normal again soon. Because honestly as soon as my foot feels better, who cares if my bathroom is or isn’t done yet? It’ll get done. Plus, the weather is lovely and I’ve got cookies.