That Was A Good Story

by Sarah on March 28, 2011 · 11 comments

One of my co-workers provided me with the inspiration for this post. We were sitting in my room after school one day–she, cutting letters out for her bulletin board, and I, holding my pencil over my lesson plan book, attempting to plan, while instead talking about my upcoming plans for the weekend.

In the midst of my ramblings, she looked up and said, “Sarah, how does all of this stuff happen to you? How do you have the guts to do all of it?”

Well, that’s easy. Shakespeare may have said that all the world’s a stage, but I tend to think of all the world (and my life) as a big ol’ book, and I might as well read (or write) as many stories in it as I can. [And now that I have a blog, I really need to have something to blog about all the time. :)]If you say yes to an invitation and you don’t have any fun, or you ask for something and are denied, or you take a chance and it turns out it was a mistake, at least you’ve done something, You might end up having fabulous moments or crazy surprises. But, if nothing else, you can turn around and say,”Well, that was a good story.”

Was I nervous when I gave a graduation speech to fifth graders last year? Not really, and that was a good story.

How about the time I ate a bowl of just spaghetti sauce at a restaurant?

Setting up my camera on the hood of my car so I could take pictures of me hugging a tree from across a parking lot in honor of Earth Day?Removing myself from the orderly line at this buffet table and asking the chef to pause for a minute in serving…just so I could get better photos and end up becoming the chef’s favorite guest of the evening?

That was a good story.

The time I ended up at a “Taste & Tweet” event for Bordeaux wines, and pretended to be tweeting the whole time, since I don’t actually have a phone from which one can access the Internet, let alone tweet about wine tasting? Now THAT was a good story. [And I ended up becoming twitter friends with the food editors of both the LA Times and the Tampa Tribune. What now?]

The time I pretended to be a wedding photographer…
…and kind of crashed a wedding?
That was a good story.
Good story.

Go to a seven-course sake pairing dinner?
(Even though you can’t decide if you actually like sake or not.)Eating foie gras (and the fanciest meal I’d ever eaten up to that point) was a delicious story.

Lick the bowl in the middle of a trendy new restaurant because it really was THAT good? (And photograph it for evidence that you really just did lick the bowl in the middle of a restaurant.)

That was a good story.

Let’s go to the rodeo!I should probably eat this big ol’ turkey leg because seriously…
…that will make a really good story.

And remember the time I visited Austin, and I fell in love with the city, and turned right back around and moved here three months later? Awesome story.Remember how I drove across the country with my sister, having never seen the apartment where I would be living, and bringing just what I could fit into my car (including an insane number of snacks)? That was an adventurous story.(And remember how I made my sister stand outside on the highway taking photo after photo of me jumping by the Welcome to Texas sign until we got it just right? No? OK, well she probably does.)

And remember how I came without a job, but I was sure I could make it work just to live here? And then I got a job, which seemed like a miracle, coming from out of state and all, and teaching jobs being so tough to come by? And then, what we feared came to pass, because as of 3:30 last Friday afternoon, I was officially “recommended for termination” at the end of my contract. (In other words, I was laid off for next year due to budget cuts.) Remember that? That was a…story.

It was kind of surreal and somewhat depressing, but the ability I have to find humor in everything couldn’t help but laugh that my appointment was written on a pink Post-It.

I got a pink slip. A PINK SLIP!
Now that is a–if not good…at least ironic–story.
What to do next? I haven’t a clue.
But I do know one thing:
It’s going to be a really good story.
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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

tehstotehara March 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Amen girl. You are awesome. And Austin is such an incredible city to those who love it. I don't think you'll have any problem with the next step in your life.

If you do need any help, I might still have a network or two that could help you land a job. Let me know! I feel like you probably know WAY more people in Austin than I still do though, haha.


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day March 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I have to be honest here. Your blog post just made me tear up a bit (it's making me late for spin class too – totally worth it). Onward and upward. No doubt that your next story will be a best-seller :)


Jess@atasteofconfidence March 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Awesome post! Great reminder that we should seize opportunities and make the most of everything (as cliche as that may sound).


Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free March 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Oh this is just so great. I need to seize up your attitude on life and enjoy the ride :)


Missy March 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Deserves a page of it's own.
Come to think of it, so many of your posts do.

Best Of Miss Smart?
The ones that meant the most, were the most fun, describe you in the best way? This one would belong there.


Cara March 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm

you are going to do awesome. you always do. i have faith in you, and will do whatever I can to help you out!!


atastelife March 29, 2011 at 7:47 am

Your next adventure will be an epic one!
Hey, when life hands you lemons…make lemonade. Or a vodka spiked lemonade. Or ask for limes and make a margarita.


Preeti March 29, 2011 at 7:57 am

Love you and miss you lotso! And plenty more good stories to come!


Tricia @ Saving room for dessert March 29, 2011 at 11:30 am

This is what I love about you. You're living your life under your own terms and enjoying every step, taking the punches and getting back up. Sarah Pember you are an inspiration. You know I really mean that. You make me laugh, get excited about food and have a better attitude all around. Time for that reporter job I mentioned earlier :)
You've probably seen me write this before, but according to Charles Swindoll "… Life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it." Good luck on the next awesome adventure Ms. Smart! Love, adopted blog mom


Leila @ Spinach and Skittles March 29, 2011 at 11:14 pm

A pink post it note?! Ok, that is ironic. And it is a good story. Reminds me of when Burger breaks up with Carrie on SATC. Just sayin'
I'm bumming for you, but I know you're bound for great things in life my dear. Hang in there, you're awesome-sauce in my book.

Oh, and omeone, in a comment way back when, mentioned you need to write a book. I'm going to second that thought.


Leila @ Spinach and Skittles March 29, 2011 at 11:18 pm

ummm omeone = someone…


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