30 March 2012


march always seems like the longest month to me, even though it's no longer than january or october. maybe it's because it comes after february, which is the shortest month–even on leap year. or maybe it's because march is the month in between winter and spring and the transition always seems endless.

(am i the only one who feels that way?)

anyway, i am so grateful that, out of all the months, this one was the "long" one. i needed some extra time this month, even if it was just all in my head. since it was a pretty funky month, instead of posting the top 10 highlights from the month, i'm going to post the top 10 things i had on my to-do list for this month.

1. switch my blog from typepad to blogger. (here's why.)

2. find out about my apartment. (yeah. it's totally mine.)

3. figure out a moving date & move forward with my moving plans. (instead of almost changing my mind. and, i leave may 6!)

4. see the hunger games. (i talk a little more about that here.)

5. buy a new car. (here she is!)

6. get my taxes done. (i was so very pleasantly surprised at the number that popped up at the end!)

7. see andy davis. (and katie herzig.) (read about that here.)

8. run more often. (uhhh. let's not talk about that.)
9. read two books. (i read one, okay. but more on that later.)

10. eat at mooyah before it officially opened.
okay so that last one wasn't technically on the list beforehand, but i just had to include it. one of my mom's clients is the owner of a handful of moe's southwest grill and mooyah franchises, and this mooyah just opened in bishop's corner (in west hartford), so i had to go check it out! there were SO many people there–lots of uha students–but it was yummy and FREE and totally worth it.

in conclusion, march was a rather productive month, even though it was also pretty sucky.

29 March 2012

meet [insert name here].

(yeah. she still doesn't have a name. i'm working on it, okay.)

so, to start at the beginning, i needed to buy a new(er) car because dear old gladys (my '96 taurus, which i unfortunately do not have a photo of) was getting, well, old. and i needed something a little newer and more reliable (and something with a cd player) since i'll be moving to nashville and all. so i looked around and went back and forth, trying to decide what i wanted and what would be the best option.

(this proved to be a rather difficult task for me because my main concern was about how cute this new car would be and the rest was up in the air. but, of course, the rest is what's actually what's important. so.)

long story short, i ended up at the dealership that josh just got a job at and he was showing me this mazda3 that i saw online. i'm pretty sure it was love at first sight and i knew it was "the one" after about three seconds of looking at only the exterior of the car. i then proceeded to take this photo to send to my family members as a way of showing them the car i was about to buy that i had not even sat in yet:
my dad & josh were all about the details.
i was all about the cuteness. (i mean, LOOK AT THAT BEAUTY.)
and then i sat in it and drove it around a bit and signed a few papers and three days later, i traded in gladys and got my name on the board.
my mom came with me to pick her up.
i'm only mildly excited about my sweet new ride.
here is a short list of my favorite things about my new car:
–the aforementioned cuteness.
–it's black.
–it's about a third of the length that gladys was.
–IT HAS A CD PLAYER. (guys, gladys only had a cassette player. what.)
–it also has an ipod hookup thing, which i am not overly excited about yet because i still have to get the thing that actually connects my ipod to the sound system.
–it has volume controls on the steering wheel.
–sound comes out of both sides of the car.
–the air conditioning works.

this is what she looked like after her first night at her new home.
and they lived happily ever after.
the end.

26 March 2012

weekend fun.

i'm going to go in chronological order here because i have so many things to talk about from this weekend. and i'm also going to put them in a list and number them. because that's how i do, okay.

1. i started watching touch on friday night because i was bored and the pilot episode was sitting in my itunes from when i downloaded it for free (because i always download the free tv episodes because who doesn't love free stuff?) and i was instantly hooked. i watched the second episode on hulu as soon as i finished the first one. so good. if you haven't seen it yet, i highly suggest you watch it.

2. I BOUGHT A NEW CAR. (and by that i mean, new to me.) it's a 2008 mazda3 that josh sold to me at his fancy new job. #bestsalesmanever even though he's only been working there a week and can't technically sell cars yet. but whatever. i get it tomorrow and i'm sure i'll post more about it (with photos!) in a few days.

3. i saw the hunger games on saturday afternoon! overall, they did a really great job transforming the book into a movie and i was impressed by the way they depicted certain parts, but they changed a lot of the smaller details that were some of my favorite moments and it wasn't even really necessary. i will never understand why they do that.

4. my mom, dad, T, lee, and i all went out to margarita's for a celebratory dinner on saturday night. i bought a car! so we had some margaritas and chicken chimichangas to celebrate. it was delicious and lots of good times were had.

5. after church on sunday, i hung out with josh and his girlfriend and six or seven other friends and we spent the afternoon and evening playing games and shouting at each other and laughing a lot and it was so much fun.

and now i'm sitting here trying to type this post, but i am so distracted and sleepy so it's probably not as good as it could've been.

that's all. happy monday!

23 March 2012

andy davis (& katie herzig) / 03.21.2012

on wednesday night, leah and abby and i met up with leah's friend sarah to see andy davis (and katie herzig) at stage one in fairfield. leah and sarah have seen andy lots of times (and have had super fun dance parties and late-night drives to the airport with him as well), but abby and i had never seen him before. quite honestly, we never really listened to his music much either. i have a few songs from 10 out of tenn albums, but that was about the extent of it. i guess i just felt like i knew i loved his music without even having listened to much of it? i don't know.

andy's set was fantastic. his voice, his songs, his dance moves, his beyonce cover songs, his fake sleeve of tattoos that made abby practically fall out of her chair in love, the way he played the keyboard and lifted his leg when he got really into certain parts. it was just amazing and i didn't want it to end. why wasn't he headlining again? i wanted more.

and then there was katie.
her set was a bit long for my attention span (especially since i was mostly there for andy), but she's so great and so talented. i realized i knew most of her songs (probably because i have her latest album–duh) and it was awesome being able to hear them live. i just love her style and her lyrics and her hair makes me want to cut mine.

after the show was over, we (including andy–it was his idea!) all ran out to get some pinkberry, which was right down the street. oh my gosh you guys. i haven't had real frozen yogurt since i went to sweet cece's in franklin last march. over a year ago! (i don't consider tcby real frozen yogurt because it tastes like ice cream and they don't have the original tart flavor, which is my favorite.) so good.

basically, it was an all-around amazing night, full of lots of good times and lots of laughing. it was well worth being super tired at work all day yesterday. well worth it.

22 March 2012

more hunger games & stuff Christians like.

yesterday, i heard liam hemsworth (who plays gale in the hunger games) on the radio. two things:

1. he has an accent, which i was previously unaware of, so that was a pleasant surprise. i love accents. but i still don't think he's that attractive and he really doesn't look like gale to me. but whatever.

2. he mentioned how suzanne collins (the author of the series) helped write the script for the movie. this is a good sign that it might not completely suck. he also said that the movie pretty much accurately depicts how he pictured the book to be.

this is good news! except for the fact that everyone in the history of books-turned-into-movies has always made that claim. and, friends, have you seen twilight? but i do think this movie will be more accurate to the book than twilight was. or at least, i'm really hoping it is.

in other non-hunger games-related news, the stuff Christians like blog turned four yesterday, which is one of my favorite blogs that i also frequently reference in my day-to-day life, so i suggest you check it out if you haven't already. jon acuff, the author of the blog, wrote this post about the past four years and included a list of the ten most popular posts. that's a good place to start.

from that list, i'd suggest reading the Jesus juke, running into famous Christians, and thinking you're naked. from those three posts, you can pretty much get the general idea of what the blog is all about. it's great.

the serious wednesday posts are probably my favorite because i always forget it's wednesday and it catches me off guard because it's usually talking about something that i need to hear. and, towards the end of last year, it felt like week after week, these posts were constantly reminding me and encouraging me in my faith, which is just what i needed.

but seriously. if nothing else, at least read the Jesus juke. you will be glad you did.

19 March 2012

that time i almost changed my mind.

i don't even know where to begin. how do i fit so much into so little space? there were so many things that i felt and thought about and, at the time, it was never ending. my brain wouldn't turn off. i couldn't eat and i couldn't sleep and i would just sit for hours, thinking, thinking, thinking. and now that it's over, it seems like a blur, and honestly, kind of ridiculous. who knew i was even capable of being so confused and afraid and suddenly undecided about nashville?

basically, what happened was i got really anxious all of a sudden. it came on fast and hard and it completely caught me off guard. the doubts and fears and what-if's consumed my mind and brought me down to a really strange and uncomfortable place. i didn't like it, but i also didn't know how to fix it. was God trying to tell me not to go yet, that the timing was wrong? or was the devil trying to make me believe that i can't, that i'm not strong enough? there were just too many things crowding my mind and i had trouble sorting it all out.

two things helped: writing about it and talking about it. writing about it helped organize the things that were running through my head. seeing the words on paper changes things. in a way, it makes them more tangible and easier to organize. (i must've written at least ten pages just to get it all out.) talking about it helped me to be more objective. i spent so much time stuck in my own head that i didn't know which end was up. hearing other people's opinions made me rethink my own.

ultimately, T asked me to come over (again) because she had some things to say to me that she didn't want to type out in an email. you have to go, she said. you HAVE to. she was pacing between her kitchen and living room, practically shouting at me and throwing her hands in the air. (if nothing else, she is passionate.) she told me, among other things, that it sounded to her like the only thing holding me back was my fear and, quite frankly, she didn't think that was a good enough reason.

the more she talked, the more it felt like she was reminding me of who i am. because, for a few days, i had actually forgotten. i lost it. i lost my hope and my dream and i can't tell you how disorienting that feels. but she was there, reminding me. and i will always be grateful to her for that. i don't know what i would've done without her, and i don't know what i am going to do without her.

because, you know, i'm still moving and now, more than ever, i am completely sure of my decision. no doubts. of course, i still feel anxious about it, but i'm working on that.

and by that i mean, Jesus is working on that. after all, this is His deal. not mine.

06 March 2012

to clarify.

a couple months ago, i wrote this post about what a typical conversation sounds like when i first meet someone. i'm not going to rewrite the whole post, but basically, i end up talking about my dream to live in nashville and be a band manager but it's really just all talk because i don't have an official moving date. (or, i didn't.) and i mentioned that i couldn't wait for the in-between phase to be over so that when people asked, i could have definite answers.

well, friends. my in-between phase is over. kind of. i don't technically have a moving date, but i know that when i go to nashville for a wedding on may 12, i will not be coming back. realistically, my official moving date could be anywhere between may 5 to may 11. but that's progress! considering that it used to be anywhere between now and forever.

so, instead of saying "i want to move to nashville," i can say, "i'm moving to nashville in may." which i have been doing from time to time. or every time i have a conversation with a person i haven't already told. (and, of course, on my blog i like it mention it at least once every post. if i'm not already dedicating an entire post to the subject.) (but really, this is my life and this is what's happening to me. so don't expect me to not talk about it.) (T– think of it like practice.)

anyway, people (the ones who don't already know) generally have the same kinds of questions when i say that. "i'm moving to nashville in may." so here are the answers. the long versions.

do you have a job lined up already?
okay, no. but i saved enough so that i could move without already having a job. PLUS, i will probably end up working a few part-time jobs so that my schedule will be flexible enough to include my (unpaid) internship–which is the whole point of me moving. and you can't exactly line those up in advance, if you know what i mean.

also, it's called faith, people.

did you major in that?
(this question usually comes after i mention the band management thing.) well, it took me too long to figure out what i wanted, so i ended up majoring in communications. but there are majors for music management and all that.

did you already find an apartment and everything?
yes. i actually went apartment hunting when i visited nashville last march (i know. it's been FOREVER since i've been there.) and i found one i really liked, so all i had to do was call and see if they had one available. (it's an apartment complex.)

are you going for school or something?
no, i graduated last may. (note: i started saying last may instead of this past may. progress!)

(this answer sets them up for the next question, which is my favorite. it's like they don't understand why anyone would move away unless it involves going to school. especially if it doesn't involve a job.)

how long are you going for?
yeah. this question kills me. it was completely unexpected and the first time someone asked it, i didn't even know what to say. "um. forever?" i guess people aren't used to hearing about people moving a thousand miles away, from everything and everyone they know, to chase their dreams. people ask this question a lot.

i usually just say, "well i want to live there." and the replies vary between different levels of surprise.

maybe i should just start the conversation off with, "hi, i'm sarah. i'm a dreamer."

01 March 2012

good reads: february.

the shortest month of the year and i (probably) read the most books out of any month. (new goal: break my record of reading four books in one month.) although, it's not every day that you come across a book series that you read straight through in one week.

i LOVED these books. i actually wrote a whole post about it a couple weeks ago after i finished reading them. and, since i read them all so quickly and so early on in the month, i had more than enough time to read another book this month, but i liked the story so much that i didn't want to just move on to something else.

this is kind of a side note, but i think of reading like an experience. i usually like to read a chapter or two at a time so that i can fully digest what i read and then come back to it later or the next day. with the hunger games, there was no way that was an option because i was so hooked and so curious to know what was going to happen that i rushed right through them. so when i finished, i needed weeks to digest and think about (and maybe obsess over) what i had read.

i found out about this book months ago (like, last year) when i came across the pray for daisy blog. britt merrick is daisy's dad and he wrote this book and i decided that i wanted to read it. the full title is big God: what happens when we trust Him and it's about hebrews 11 and the people in the bible who are noted for having great faith. each chapter discusses a specific person and an element of what it means to have faith. for example, there's a chapter on faith waiting and it links to the story of sarah (and abraham–although he gets his own chapter).

the book makes some good points and it's definitely a good read if you're looking for a book on faith. honestly, i thought i would like it more than i did, but who knows. i may re-read it in five years and discover things i didn't pick up the first time. that happens to me almost every time i re-read a book.

–– s