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#TheStruggleIsReal

Just as I aimed to ease the Monday blues with my 7 for seven, I aim once again. Though this time, I need a good laugh — at my expense, because if I don’t do that every once in a while, I risk taking myself too seriously.

Upon announcing to my roommate one morning before work, “I had to talk myself into washing my hair this morning in the shower to avoid it looking greasy, but now I can’t talk myself into drying it, so now it just looks greasy anyway!”, her dead-pan response to me was, “The struggle is real.” That seems to be her go-to response to me quite often, and it’s since become my inner-mantra whenever I need to just stop, step outside of myself, and laugh at myself and my “problems.”  

Last week’s “struggles”:

10. “That guy may get ahead one light after cutting me off, but I’ll get ahead in character building by digging deep and not shaking my finger at him.”

9. “I saw a trespassing sign after it was too late, then this dog started barking at me, and I imagined an enraged Clint Eastwood-esque character and a rifle, and I thought, ‘This is it.  This is how I’m going to die.'”

8. “I don’t like big chunks of meat, unless it’s between something.  Is that weird?”

7. “Did I wake you up last night after screaming and falling to the floor during the storm?  …only once?  Oh good.”

6. “Apparently there has been a man spotted jumping to the third floor balconies of our apartment complex.  I guess he took the red pill?”

5. “I just drove all the way back to the place where they did my car inspection to get the sticker they ‘forgot’ to give me and apparently they don’t do new stickers anymore.  I’m a ding-dong.”

4. “Honey, your favorite ‘color’ can be sparkles if you want it to be.  As a child, mine was always sea-foam-green.  My teachers had to ask me how to spell it.  I told them to read a crayon.”

3. “Ugh, my nails.”

2. “How does a single rock inevitably and accidentally always find a way into my tight shoes?  I could never achieve that kind of aim on purpose if I tried.”

1. “I don’t drunk dial.  I on-line shop.”


Happy Monday! I hope you have a great week. Share your laughs with me!


xo,


Lauren


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The Great Gender Divide

  
The ways men and women are taught to engage today seem to teeter on a now anachronistic, “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” mentality. My Facebook feed is inundated with advertisements claiming to teach women how to break the “big barrier” and capture a man (Fbook, you creeper you). Women are called “crazy” when impassioned. Men are called “jerks” for a lack of empathy in a society that has told them for a better part of their lives to “shut it down” and “suck it up.” Because this is the norm, men and women often forget to recognize how similar they are (we all value love and connection), and they forget just how destructive this emphatic yet artificial gender divide is. As a teacher who cares deeply about helping to raise a happy and healthy new generation of boys and girls, I feel it is my duty to promote an awareness of these poisonous divides. Watch this TEDx Talk to hear the three most destructive words for males:

TEDx Talk


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#TheStruggleIsReal

Just as I aimed to ease the Monday blues with my 7 for seven, I aim once again.  Though this time, I need a good laugh — at my expense, because if I don’t do that every once in a while, I risk taking myself too seriously.

Upon announcing to my roommate one morning before work, “I had to talk myself into washing my hair this morning in the shower to avoid it looking greasy, but now I can’t talk myself into drying it, so now it just looks greasy anyway!”,  her dead-pan response to me was, “The struggle is real.”  That seems to be her go-to response to me quite often, and it’s since become my inner-mantra whenever I need to just stop, step outside of myself, and laugh at myself and my “problems.”  

Last week’s “struggles”:

10. Stealing this one from my roommate, “Butter that looks like ice-cream is the reason I have trust issues.”

9. “Is it socially acceptable for my hair to be this wet at work?”

8. “I’m super awkward about exits.  I’m so glad you spoke up about leaving because if it weren’t for you, I would have been spending the night on a cot next to their dogs in the shed.”

7. “Out of everyone that left, I was the only one that got the question of why I was leaving.  ‘Why are you leaving, Lauren, don’t you have no life?!'”

6. “My bucket list is just a long list of places where I want to eat.  Hey, they are not all in this country — not as easy as it looks!”

5. “My Saturday night consisted of drinking wine and sending Dubsmash videos. to. my. mother.”

4.  “Darn allergies.  I hate it when I have to choose between eating and breathing because I can’t do both at the same time with this stuffed nose.  It’s like Sophie’s Choice.”

3. “Ugh, my nails.”

2. “I’m hoping this jar of Nutella will just spontaneously combust so I don’t have to register any self-control.  Cause I don’t got none!”

1.  “I just said ‘don’t got none.’ I hate myself for purposefully using poor grammar to make my self-deprecation funnier.”

Happy Monday!  I hope you have a great week.  Share your laughs with me!

xo,

Lauren


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#TheStruggleIsReal

Just as I aimed to ease the Monday blues with my 7 for seven, I aim once again.  Though this time, I need a good laugh — at my expense, because if I don’t do that every once in a while, I risk taking myself too seriously.

Upon announcing to my roommate one morning before work, “I had to talk myself into washing my hair this morning in the shower to avoid it looking greasy, but now I can’t talk myself into drying it, so now it just looks greasy anyway!”,  her dead-pan response to me was, “The struggle is real.”  That seems to be her go-to response to me quite often, and it’s since become my inner-mantra whenever I need to just stop, step outside of myself, and laugh at myself and my “problems.”  

Last week’s “struggles”:

10. “I’m going to eat this expired lasagna in the fridge because fresh broccoli just sounds disgusting right now.”

9. “Are we the only two people at this shower right now not showing off a ring? We are. Cool.”

8. “That stranger just looked at me while on the phone telling his friend to join him and that he is looking at this guy’s future ex-wife. Can I take that as a compliment?”

7. “You know you are tired when you put on a workout DVD and watch it in the kitchen while making dinner. Whoops.”

6. Stealing this one from a coworker, “I’m taking a donut hole too because there is a hole in this donut and I need to fix that.”

5. “Why did I pick a pizza place for a date? Mozzarella is not cute on my chin.”

4. “It’s a Saturday evening, and I just watched a Disney monkey movie with your toddler. I’m a hot commodity.”

3. “Ugh, my nails.”

2. “The worst is when it just looks like it’s going to rain all day but then it never does. Just like my college days. Total tease resulting in no play. Kidding. Not about the no play though. That was real talk.”

1. “This band just sang, ‘Daddy is a badass’ and now they are singing, ‘I’m at home getting hammered while she’s getting nailed’ and all the little kids are dancing to this. Hahahaha.”

Happy Monday!  I hope you have a great week.  Share your laughs with me!

xo,

Lauren


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Sad News

This is incredibly heartbreaking news. Please send love to Rara.

The Matticus Kingdom

I have terrible news to share with the blogosphere today.

Horrible, no good, awful news.

Many of you knew him as Grayson Queen, author and artist extraordinaire.  Perhaps you’ve read one of his novels.  Perhaps you’ve purchased, or at least enjoyed, some of his paintings or sculptures…  Perhaps you knew that he was also Rara‘s husband, Dave.

I don’t have a lot of details, but I can confirm that Dave passed away earlier this week.

Please share this post wide and far.  Please say a prayer for Dave and Rara.  Please send her every ounce of spare energy you can muster.  She needs us.  Dave’s family and friends need us.

And send her mail to show her your love, your RawrLove:

Radhika Jaini WF0124
CIW LA 249 UP
16756 Chino-Corona Road
Corona, CA  92880

You don’t need to know what to say.  You don’t need to say anything…

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#TheStruggleIsReal

Just as I aimed to ease the Monday blues with my 7 for seven, I aim once again.  Though this time, I need a good laugh — at my expense, because if I don’t do that every once in a while, I risk taking myself too seriously.

Upon announcing to my roommate one morning before work, “I had to talk myself into washing my hair this morning in the shower to avoid it looking greasy, but now I can’t talk myself into drying it, so now it just looks greasy anyway!”,  her dead-pan response to me was, “The struggle is real.”  That seems to be her go-to response to me quite often, and it’s since become my inner-mantra whenever I need to just stop, step outside of myself, and laugh at myself and my “problems.”  

Last week’s “struggles”:

  

 10.  “This protest is making me edgy, and all I wanted to do is see the bats.”

9.  “That guy just called me a ‘cracker.’  I’m offended and slightly hungry.”

8. “I just went to put a record in the DVD player.  It’s Monday.”

7. “I feel like a magnet lately.  Only, most of the time I’m like the kind of magnet you find stuffed in an everything drawer that attracts all the staples and tacks and all it wants to do is take itself back to home base, on the fridge, like it deserves.  And that magnet deserves it, dammit.”

6. “Not a fan of the Violet Crown.  It seems like a movie theatre for people who don’t do rich well.”

5. “Today hurt.”

4.  “I can’t date a man whose eyebrows are more groomed than mine.”

3.  “Ugh, my nails”

2.  “Come on, see-through is not the new black.”

1.  “They are so cute.  Gross.”

Happy Monday!  I hope you have a great week.  Share your laughs with me!

xo,

Lauren