I’m Sarah. I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and now live with my husband Jose and our daughter Emma in the Houston suburbs. I started blogging in the late 1990s, although it wasn’t called “blogging” then. Someday I will dig up my pre-2001 archives and add them to this site, but don’t hold your breath. This site has no theme, and “Saroy” is a combination of Sarah and what used to be my middle name.
I have a bachelor’s from Georgia Tech and master’s from Stanford; I studied aerospace engineering at both schools. I began working for NASA as a 19-year-old undergrad in 1997 and joined the agency full-time after finishing grad school in 2002. From 2006-2011, I was a flight controller for the space shuttle and I’ve written a number of things about what it’s like to work in Mission Control. When the space shuttle program ended, I moved to a new job as a Safety Engineer for the Russian vehicles that visit the International Space Station.
I’m one thesis project away from a Master’s degree in Digital Media Studies from the University of Houston Clear Lake. I’ve loved art and design for as long as I can remember, and it provides a nice contrast to all the technical stuff in my day job. I like tinkering with websites, designing things for print and taking photos, and I do freelance projects from time to time. And speaking of right-brain activities, I also rediscovered my dormant-since-childhood love of DIY after spontaneously buying a sewing machine in 2011.
I am a runner and a triathlete, although I will never be fast enough to win anything. I do a lot of races in and around Houston, and write Race Reports after most of them.
I love to travel, whether it’s close to home or across oceans. I am not always prompt with my Travelogues, but I do try to get around to them eventually. My favorite trip so far? Hard to say, but it’s probably a tie between the week I spent in Japan with Jose (where he proposed!) and hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with a group of good friends. Destinations still on my travel wish list include the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand and China.
Jose and I bought our first house in July 2009. It’s a pretty standard builder model in one of the subdivisions here, but it’s home and I often write about the random things I am doing in my yard, or some new piece of furniture or art we bought.
You can follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. You can also find me on Facebook, although as a general rule I only accept friend requests from people I’ve met in person. You can contact me at email@example.com.