“Who’s SarahOUaL?” <–??

Before anything else, I suppose I should explain the name. OUaL is an acronym – you know, Once Upon a Lime, not MY name. I do answer to phonetic attempts (“owl”, “ooo-all”, etc) and get a kick out of heritage/etymology inquiries, though.

That said, “Once Upon a Lime” doesn’t really have anything to do with anything. In college I swore I was going to write a book about the year I lived with four girls ***rest of details omitted for privacy/dignity reasons***. As most classic stories begin “Once upon a time…”, ours all began with a bottle and sliced fruit chaser and so the world’s most creative play on words was created.


Unfortunately (or fortunately, for those involved), I never got around to writing it and have since booze-amnesia’d most of the stories from memory. Blame the cheap tequila.

Anyway it worked out fine because that left OUaL free to use for this blog, where it has little relevance and continues to make people think I’m from some strange land with unpronounceable surnames.

Back in January 2010 I wrote the first entry in my ‘wedding planning blog’ – a blogspot terror even more random and less proofread than what you see here today. It then morphed into a ‘keep in touch with the family blog’ when we moved to California, and then somewhere I became a little obsessed with running and that was pretty much all I wrote about for like five years.

Running hasn’t always been a part of my life – I grew up playing ball sports (volleyball, basketball, softball) and after hanging up my cleats after a sub-par college career on the diamond, I craved an outlet for my natural competitiveness and love for sweat.


the love of short black shorts and sleeveless shirts carries on. luckily the foam visor did not.

I’m an Ohio transplant living in Bend Oregon after a (too long, in hindsight) stint in Southern California. Bend has the neighborly’ness of the Midwest without the extreme seasons, and the SoCal active lifestyle without the blatantly absent seasons. Plus flannel and hiking boots suit my style much better than designer beachwear did. Picked and choosed the best parts and left the worst behind. Jackpot!


identity crisis (sourcesource)

In July 2011 I married the only person in the universe with enough patience and kindness to tolerate my extreme mood swings, quirky OCD, and domestic handicaps.

And then in January 2015 we decided to divorce. I’m still working my way through that.

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25 thoughts on ““Who’s SarahOUaL?” <–??

  1. Why did the bullet point about you totaling your car make me spit my drink out? because I’ve come so close to that same senario myself, but still I shouldn’t laugh, hope everyone was OK. I love getting to know you and I my husband gives me the “you’re going to publish that?” as well, but I have to say that when I have not listened to him and published anyway (which happens quite often) they have been some of my most popular posts. Do it! Can you tell we would have been crazy roommates in college? and that I too suffer from OCD, ADHD, ADD, WTF, LOL, STD, JK and a multitude of other letter ailments.

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  2. Found your blog this year and I’m hooked! Love your posts, sense of humor and, most importantly, dog pics. I think we would be best friends in “real life” but being that I live in Miami that would be kinda difficult. So, I’ll settle for cyber best friends, even if it’s one sided.


  3. holy shit, loving the whole new site and updates!! u already kno i think u’re hilarious but i’m also such a fan because u OWN the balance thing. trust me: booze, crap food, sarcasm, snark, and running should all co-exist. just so long as enough of our runner/ocd/determination is in there too. and isn’t it so crazy to think back to the ‘old’ us…keep on kicking@$$, plenty of PR’s are to come! :)


  4. i’ve been reading your blog for a little over a year now and you are freakin’ hilarious. also love the fact that you are an original midwesterner too!
    (currently enjoying the “heat wave” of 30 degrees in wisco!)


  5. I’ve been reading for awhile and didn’t realize you were from Ohio! As Browns season ticket holders I have to appreciate another Cleveland, ‘factory of sadness’ fan. Thank you for admitting sometimes running sucks…as a fairly new runner it helps me get out the door and not get down on myself that I struggle sometimes.


  6. From: Darin Armstrong #TeamLIVESTRONG

    Hello Sarah,
    Just a quick email to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter. I am currently following you now and am awaiting for your follow-back. (#FYI I do RT’s ‘anytime’ for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners #Marathoners #FitnessProfessionals who follow me on Twitter and have something important they want mentioned for support…)

    All the very best to you, Brian & your families for the rest of 2013 & beyond Sarah. Look forward to hearing from you…



  7. Hi Sarah! I’ve seen you on our Oiselle twitter feed, but this is my first stop at your blog. I’m loving your approach to things so far. :) Pleased to meet you. I’m Pennsylvanian, so I feel you on winter. Yeah. And I was a super-competitive softball pitcher. Good to know I’m not the only one who used to find running odd and now loves it. Well, we have so much in common I’ll be happy to see what else you’re up to. Ciao for now.


  8. Fellow Twitter follower (and Eugene runner this year!) and also from NE Ohio originally myself… so you have all my respect for being from O-hi!-O. It never gets old. Awesome blog.



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