All posts by sarajschmidt

I shake you warmly by the hand, and welcome you to my bio! Currently a writer, artist, and freelance explorer, I have played many other roles. I've managed a restaurant, debated across the country, taught children in Spain, run a handful of student organizations and retreats, served as the Editor/Producer/Citizen Journalist Manager for a, sung in choir for many years, volunteered with dozens of organizations and interned with a few, home-schooled a relative, cared for many a pet, and protested a thing or two. I am also married to my dreamy gearhead high school sweetheart, and together we are unschooling with our 10-year-old tenacious and hilarious daughter. Aside from my main passions of writing, art, reading, and generally being as ambitious as possible, I love to play with my daughter, learn new things, have date nights with The Husband, and highlight anything within my reach. Drop me a line at

The Tuesday Currents

The weekly Currents have been postponed while I’m sick! Our whole house has been through rhinovirus during the past two weeks. The cough that comes with it is a stubborn one! We’re on the mend, though, and currently…

sending presents to parties we had to miss while sick

considering investing in cough drops

trying out new energy drinks at work (so far Alani cherry slush is the only one I like!)

catching up on all the paperwork

sleeping propped up on the couch–oh how I miss the bed!

enjoying extra attention from the cats, especially Gizmo, who seems worried when I cough. The dogs, however, huff when I can’t seem to stop.

watching a bunch of TV and movies–Constantine, Good Luck to You Leo Grande (which I loved), What If, Licorice Pizza, Matilda, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Patton Oswalt specials, The Sterling, You’ve Got Mail, Sandman (also love), and Troop Zero (my favorite of the month so far). That’s more TV than I normally see in months! It’s one nice thing about being sick.

scheduling a walking tour and a presentation with the History Museum

making sure Artie gets to all his activities and classes. It feels more booked than even before Covid, but maybe that’s just because it’s been some time since he was this busy.

reading The Broken Heart of America, Coming Home

working through the sickness. Honestly working and trying to rest have had the most focus, aside from homeschooling and chores.

What have you been up to?

The Tuesday Currents

One more day until September! As usual, we’re a little more overextended than I would like, and I’m looking around my house to see where I actually want to add Halloween stuff since we are basically the Addams Family already. Our yard, which was overcome with gourds all summer, has just been hacked up and cleared (save for two rows of pumpkins), so now we have over 30 little gourds to decorate with and give to loved ones! What are you up to this week? I’m…

prepping All the Homeschool Things

building Jeffco Pride and planning events

planning events for our equity club

planning fall archery practice dates and trainings

working on the kiddo’s birthday

playing catchup on paperwork

planning holiday time off

learning how to do more stuff at work (wow, can I get any vaguer?)

playing Cats & Soup (my new cats, Blackbonnet and Tig, are Snowshoe and Calico cats and I LOVE them) and falling head over feet for the cute sugarcane stations

reading The Broken Heart of America, The Gay Agenda, Husband Material and homeschool books

Watching One Mississippi and The Batman

trying to attend the meetings I can and taking a hard look at where I can cancel

doing three roleplays with new support line volunteers

planning some fun activities for the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ Mental Health Coalition

helping my teen navigate his part-time job, activities, homeschooling and clubs

planning a big sugar cut again (grooooan). I have to, though, because I know I’ll feel so much better, after the initial agony.

playing secretary for my teen’s activities and Indy’s car repairs for folks

helping said teen finish up on his big roleplay tournament class for the semester

writing a racy scene in a circus environment inspired by a Godsmack song (see last week’s Music!)

listening to Fever Ray

burning a beignet candle

ogling Gail’s candles and thinking about getting one at the farmer’s market…

craving all things apple and pumpkin

looking for some comfy pajamas or sweats in the David Pumpkins style! I do not want the costume but the pattern.

hating my hair as it approaches the mushroom phase, and simultaneously wanting to grow it out and cut it all off. It may be striped beanie season for me.

preparing to clean house to “September” for hours on end, to write with my beautiful brown pen for a month, and to put little pumpkin stickers on everything within reach

finishing my September countdown. The October one begins soon!

The Tuesday Currents

This draft is over a week old. That’s how busy we’ve already been this August! Normally we clear out the first week of the month to do our annual GISH scavenger hunt, and it often fills much more quickly than we mean it to fill, but this year we only did a few items due to time constraints. I didn’t even get to read the whole list! That’s how busy we were last week while we:

trained for a new job

worked on cars

graduated from a leadership program

worked on 4-H

met a senator

worked on projects for summer final classes

worked on Extension Council

worked on a Board

combated two infections

set up teen events for local homeschoolers

helped trainees practice for a helpline

met with new coworkers

attended a birthday party

and I’m sure there were a bunch of other things going on as well! Whew.

What are you up to so far this August?