Are You Kidding Me? The Time the IRS Told Me I Owed $9,000

I bought my first home in May of 2008, a few months after graduating college but after accepting admission to a second tier graduate school in Waco, TX. We signed the papers such that I became the official owner of my beautiful condominium on June 1st, 2008 (I still cannot believe that I’ve been here for three years!). For a reference point, most graduate student stipends are $15,000-$20,000 a year (rollin' in the dough, clearly). Because the cost of living in Waco is significantly lower than Tacoma, WA, my mother and I worked out a budget where I could pay my mortgage and all my bills on my graduate student stipend. ...more

Amazing Apple Crumb Pie (aka the best pie ever)

Easter Sunday, Sandra FaceTimed me (think video chat on an iPhone) and I mentioned I was in the middle of baking a pie....more

25 Lessons Learned in 25 Years

To celebrate my birthday, I have come up with 25 life lessons I’ve learned throughout my 25 years on earth. I've seen others do this, but I wanted to come up with my own. As I celebrate growing older, I reflect back on my life thus far and try to gleam some understanding to God’s plan. So far, this is what I’ve learned. ...more

It Can't be Just Me Mondays

I think I'm going to start a new series entitled "It Can't Be Just Me" Mondays.In traditional Festivus-style Airing of Greivances, I will introduce something that bothers me and then explain why. It'll be a ball of fun....more

Shrimp Asparagus Penne -- Quick!

I decided to be adventurous today and cook without a recipe! I had a half pound of shrimp, some asparagus, and an onion, so I just went for it. I'm pretty much America's Next Top Chef. You know, if that were a series. Shrimp Asparagus Penne (yeah, original title, I know) ...more

Keeping Austin Weird

For the past few days, mom and Aunt Heide have been visiting me in Texas for spring break! It's been glorious having my mama (slash best friend) around, and sharing Texas with Aunt Heide has been interesting. We're keeping Austin weird. ...more

An act of love for Kenya

Nick is amazing. Blah blah blah, you guys have heard it all, but I seriously cannot stress to you how wonderful he is. The amount of compassion in his heart is astounding; it multiplies when he goes to Kenya. Nick has visited Kenya for the past two summers as part of Baylor's Medical Missions team. I would love to tell you more about it, but he's the knowledgeable one so it would be easier to let him tell you himself. ...more

Things I've Learned by Watching American Idol

For some reason, I've been watching American Idol a lot recently. In previous years, I've watched a bit of the audition episodes, but have always lost interest after a handful of good crooners and a plethora of bad singers as well. I think it may be because I love Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez as judges (positive and constructive criticism, say what?!), or due to the fact that the program seems infinitely better this season. ...more

Snowpocalypse 2011: When Hell Froze Over

It's terribly funny to think about it now, because it's 50ºF outside right now; sunny and gorgeous. But last Friday, it snowed. I'm sure you're all aware of Snowpocalypse 2011 in which the entire right side of the United States was covered in inches (or feet!) of snow, but I live in Central Texas. Texas. Central Texas. ...more

Pet Peeve (AKA Why I go by "Sar")

Dear Friend/Student/Professor I've Worked With For 3 Years: It's Sarah. With an H. ...more