The Joys of Job Hunting // and other frightening tales of adulthood

The Joys of Job Hunting // and other frightening tales of adulthood

"Sarah, you need a job," Anna informed me one day. "Pffffffft," said I, "jobs are for stressed out adults who have too much to do, can't pay their taxes, and survive on a diet of saltines and microwavable Kraft macaroni--" --and then I realized I was all of these things. There was no dispute after [...]

Carnivorous Carnivals and Ruthless Rodeos // the baran family crazies go to the fair

Carnivorous Carnivals and Ruthless Rodeos // the baran family crazies go to the fair

"Guys, lets go to a rodeo," I said to my family one day. "Bullriding is a sport where people almost get trampled, and I want to see it." My family is well schooled in the ways of a writer and didn't bother raising their eyebrows. They even humored me, finding a nearby rodeo and the [...]

Euphoria // michigan sunsets + kitten pictures + a small sampling of anna weirdness

Euphoria // michigan sunsets + kitten pictures + a small sampling of anna weirdness

Guys, I'm not gonna lie: Life is pretty great right now. I know, I know, I just spent five weeks agonizing over some silly graduation, and before that, flipping out over basic social interactions and the price of eggs. The world is morbid and dark and determined to be miserable, and as a cynical INTJ, [...]

The Misery of Spring // a series of disturbed facial expressions

The Misery of Spring // a series of disturbed facial expressions

Hullo, minions! I was poking through some old drafts yesterday and came upon an aged, dusty post dated exactly one year ago today. Why I never posted it is beyond me, but after reading through it (and subsequently laughing my face off), I decided it would be quite appropriate for today. Enjoy the misery of [...]

Project Inspire // appreciating some pretty cool people

Project Inspire // appreciating some pretty cool people

Hello, minions! Today, we clear the stage for Project Inspire. What is Project Inspire, you ask? *snickers* Look, I'm a rather miserly soul when it comes to my writing, and generally maintain the attitude of-- But I'm not so arrogant that I won't admit if it weren't for the people who've cheered me on over [...]

Blogs, Clogs, and Fatty Frogs // ’cause what else would I name a bloggiversary post?

Blogs, Clogs, and Fatty Frogs // ’cause what else would I name a bloggiversary post?

*crashes into your Friday with flashing lights and heaps of blogging glitter* GUYS. The Sarcastic Elf is two years old. *freaks out* Yes, you read that correctly -- it's been 730 days since I flung myself headlong into the bottomless pit known as "blogging." 730 days since clueless, wide-eyed, 15-year-old Sarah was swallowed by her [...]

The Escapades of Integrating Oneself into a New Church

The Escapades of Integrating Oneself into a New Church

Hello, folks, and welcome this Thursday's broadcast by yours truly. I think it's high time for another Awkward Adventure of an Abnormal American. Buckle up. We all recognize that I’m shy, nerdy, and hard to get to know. Apart from my awkward (and usually bizarre) social behavior, I state my lack of people-skills ten times [...]

Soup Cozies, Corn Husks, and Anna’s Makeshift Head Gear

Soup Cozies, Corn Husks, and Anna’s Makeshift Head Gear

My sister is in Peru. (Smooth, Sarah. Just jump right in, and maybe they won't notice that you skipped the intro after seventeen failed attempts to write one.) As of yesterday, my sister has been in Peru for a week, and she'll stay in Peru for another week yet. Laying concrete, or something equally monotonous. [...]