Sara’s Lady Heroes: Shauna + BFF Guacamole

If you live in Seattle, you’re probably familiar with a Komo News segment titled “Eric‘s Little Heroes.” If not, “Eric’s Little Heroes features great plays, funny video, and touching moments from kids’ sports events throughout the Puget Sound area.” Here is an example:


When I was a kid, I always dreamed that some day I would be featured on Eric’s Little Heroes. An unfulfilled dream, because not only was I unremarkable at sports I didn’t really play them in an organized fashion during the appropriate ages to be featured on the show. According to my mom, I never expressed an interest in playing sports. According to my memory, I was too busy daydreaming about being in the Olympics to have the presence of mind to express an interest in sports. Also, I was too intimidated. What if I  tried, but wasn’t any good? Growing up in a rather yuppie part of Seattle, all my friends it seemed started swimming, skiing and playing soccer in utero. How could I compete with this? So for me, daydreams it was. 

As a “grown-up,” I still daydream a lot. It’s not something I can control. Sometimes it makes me a bad driver, or take 20 minutes to wash my hair. Lots of my daydreams are about achieving something great and then being recognized. Some of them feature Jon Stewart in some capacity. I think that there are a lot of women who like to make things happen, and that we all sort of live, from time to time, on daydreams.

Women are great, and I know a lot of really awesome women. So this morning, as I was taking an inordinately long time to wash my hair, I got the idea: why not devote some blog posts to awesome women that I know, and call this series “Sara’s Lady Heroes.” Oh, and I may or may not change ladies’ names. You’ll never know.

So, without further ado, my first lady hero, and a recipe inspired by her.


me and Shauna, 2010
“Shauna” and I met our freshman year of college. We were working together in the Student Records office, and I instantly hated her. Blonde, perky, overachiever–so totally lame. I was really mean to her until we actually had a conversation, in which it was revealed that we both loved Gilmore Girls. Instantly, I loved her. We’ve been best friends ever since. In the last 5 years, Shauna has gotten married, adopted a dog, moved 3 times, earned a Masters degree, had a baby, worked full-time, and still managed to be an amazing friend, wife, and mom. To me, as well as her husband and kid. And she always looks great. I do not know how she does it. Really, I don’t. 
Besides Gilmore Girls, our favorite thing in the whole world is Mexican food. Guacamole in particular. For you to understand our commitment to each other and to guacamole, all you need to know is that we’ve planned a trip to California in a few weeks that we’ve dubbed our “Guacamole Vacation” during which our only concrete plans are to eat guacamole. We chose our hotel because it is attached to a Mexican restaurant. I. Can’t. Wait.

BFF Guacamole

Time commitment: 10 minutes
Makes: 1 bowl of guacamole

  • 2 avocados, seeded, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 sweet onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 splash olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt


  1. In a bowl, mash up avocado and lime juice with a fork, spoon or potato masher. Whatever’s easiest for you. 
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Taste and add salt to your liking. 
  3. Enjoy however you wish: with chips, on tacos, by itself (I won’t judge). Store in a sealed container in the fridge, for up to a day or two. 
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6 Responses to Sara’s Lady Heroes: Shauna + BFF Guacamole

  1. I love this. Shauna is an amazing hero to highlight! 🙂

  2. Awwww, this was SO sweet!! Jon read it first and was like "You're going to cry" 🙂 Thank you for this – it seriously made my week. Love you so much!!

  3. Love this (both the homage to Shauna AND the yummy guac recipe)!!So incredibly jealous about your girls guacamole getaway and can't wait to read all about it!

  4. Aww, thanks lady! Can't wait to hear about your new little gentleman, too!

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