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GET RID OF THE DEAD BODY FIRST

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GET RID OF THE DEAD BODY FIRST By: Lauren Anderson So, this weekend I had a sex dream. (Naughty!) To add awkwardness to embarrassment, the dream also featured a very platonic friend. (Scandal!) I know I know, I felt weird about it too, but what can I say? The subconscious mind is weird twisted place trying to suss out megatons of information. And we all know that in...


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MY OLYMPIC HAT TRICK

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MY OLYMPIC HAT TRICK By: Lauren Anderson We are deep in the throes of the Winter Olympics, and I can't help but be inspired by athlete after athlete putting their years of effort to the ultimate test on a stage set for the whole world to see. I can't fathom the pressure. The physical prep aside, the mental preparation that goes into competition like that must be astounding....


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THUNDER WITCH

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THUNDER WITCH By: Lauren Anderson This weekend I found myself immersed in research for a two-woman show I'm writing with my dear friend and colleague, Amanda. The show is called “The Towering Women of Malkin” set to be performed at the end of March. It's loosely based around Pendle Witch Trials of 1612. Essentially, it's England's version of The Salem Witch trials. The Malkin Tower was basically a barn,...


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WHAT I WHISPER TO MYSELF

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WHAT I WHISPER TO MYSELF By: Lauren Anderson “I don't know if I can do this...” Those were the words I whispered to myself a few weeks ago when I was trying to decide if I should add another plate of weights to my bar for some thrusters. I love doing thrusters. It's one move on the bar where I feel like a mountain shooting up from the...


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I HAD TO GO TO SUMMER SCHOOL FOR GYM CLASS

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I HAD TO GO TO SUMMER SCHOOL FOR GYM CLASS By: Lauren Anderson I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this before, but I've been thinking of this story a lot lately, so bare with me. When I was a high school sophomore headed into junior year, I forgot to go to gym. And by “forgot” I mostly mean I skipped gym class everyday to hang out with my friends...


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THE SPIRIT OF THE NORTH

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THE SPIRIT OF THE NORTH By: Lauren Anderson Every time I do live theatre, the audience (whether you want it or not) becomes almost like another actor in the piece. The energy they give by laughing/ recognition/ or just general engagement, can really make or break a show. In the reverse, if I can't feel the audience engaged, it seems like an energy drain. And honestly, that's one...


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WHAT ABOUT BOB?

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WHAT ABOUT BOB? By: Lauren Anderson I think one of the best things in life is friendship that endures. And friends that endure with you. And more recently... friends who go with me to endurance class. You've heard me talk about endurance class with Mike before (see blog post “The Buddy System”). And I've mentioned Maureen countless times. She's my accountabili-buddy champion, who single-handedly gets me to...


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RESOLVE TO GET INVOLVED

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RESOLVE TO GET INVOLVED By: Lauren Anderson After last week's bold and exhilarating –if not premature-- resolution to start thinking of my body as not just a machine that can DO things, but also as a thing of beauty-- I thought I could get out of the obligatory “making of a resolution” talk that is everywhere this time of year. (See last week's blog MERRY FUNCTIONAL FIT-MAS for...


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MERRY FUNCTIONAL FIT-MAS

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MERRY FUNCTIONAL FIT-MAS By: Lauren Anderson Hello! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope this post finds everyone happy and healthy and snuggled in for some well-needed rest and reflection before the ball drops. And, universe permitting, we get to do it all again. This year was marked with tiny small changes for me. Nothing large or systemic like the year before, where I literally changed EVERYTHING....


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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX By: Lauren Anderson We're in line for warm ups. Stretched before us is a ladder rope thingy on the floor that we can hop through, then a big hard box, then a soft box to hop on. Then a series of other boxes. It's all hopping and jumping. Coach Kaitlin is skillfully walking us through it. I don't have fear like I normally do...


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INDECENT PROPOSAL

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INDECENT PROPOSAL By: Lauren Anderson You remember that cult classic from 1993 “Indecent Proposal”? Just me? Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson are young and hot and married and in love--but broke as hell. The dishwasher needs fixing! Student loans! “I just want to do my art!” I know Demi was wearing a crop top and overalls at one point. That's all I can really remember. By the power...


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MORNING GLORY

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MORNING GLORY By: Lauren Anderson Okay... I don't want to freak anybody out, but did you know that a bunch of stuff happens before noon on Saturday? Yeah. I KNOW. My mind is blown also. I'm kidding of course, but still. As a card-carrying “Night Owl” and also someone who also works nights-- I don't see a lot of early mornings. I know. I can feel a lot...


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MANGROVE MYSELF

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MANGROVE MYSELF By: Lauren Anderson One of my best friends Hannah (who happens to love plants), told me a story about the Mangrove Tree. Or Trees I should say, because they almost never grow alone. Mangroves are a special type of tree that grow on the shorelines (and sometimes in the actual salt water) of tropical climates. By some sure act of will, evolution, and grand design they...


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DARE TO GET UGLY

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DARE TO GET UGLY By: Lauren Anderson There is an old comedy saying, “Dare To Be Ugly”. I don't know who said it--I wanna say Amy Sedaris or someone like her--but I don't know for sure. And the internet is no help. So let's just say it was a someone we all know, love, and respect, who hasn't done something horrifying to someone else-- and go from there. What...


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THE BLISSFUL WAY BACK

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THE BLISSFUL WAY BACK By: Lauren Anderson If you've been following along, last week I mentioned that I had a cold. I was wrong. I had THE COLD. And sleep helped, and eventually cured me-- so I wasn't wrong about that. But boy oh boy! Almost immediately after I hit “publish” on last week's blog, my recovery made a turn for the worst. By midnight that night I was...


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SLEEP. SLEEP OF COURSE.

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SLEEP. SLEEP OF COURSE. By: Lauren Anderson I knew it was going to happen. It was only a matter of time. When you fly too close to the sun, you're bound to get burned. What am I talking about? Sleep. Sleep of course. I'm just now staring at the horizon of one of my busiest times of the year. These last two weeks have been all hands on deck. Just...


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WASHING YOUR LEGS: HALLOWEEN EDITION

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WASHING YOUR LEGS: HALLOWEEN EDITION By: Lauren Anderson HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!! It's my favorite holiday of the year, and I hope you have a great one too--if you celebrate. If not, Happy Tuesday! Every year for as long as I can remember, my mom would make a huge pot of chilli on Halloween and open up the doors of our home. Neighbors and friends and family would stop by in...


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WEEK 100: Keeping It 100

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KEEPING IT 100 By: Lauren Anderson Holy Cannoli! I never thought I would get here, but here I am. 100 weeks of working out, and boy is my life different. Not just my body, but my mind, and my whole way I engage with the world. That is no small feat. I have never stuck with a workout-type-thing this long in my ENTIRE life. I have learned...


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WEEK 99: Calling For Back Up

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CALLING FOR BACK UP By: Lauren Anderson Beep beep beep. Snooze. Fifteen minutes later... beep beep beep. Snooze. After my fourth round of snoozing, I knew I was pushing it. I had to get up. But I can't. I just can't. So I snooze a fifth time. I finally decide that I don't really have to get up for another hour. I knew I was going to try and make...


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WEEK 98: JIMMY CARTER'S WORMS

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JIMMY CARTER'S WORMS By: Lauren Anderson     Funny thing about progress, is you never know how fast it will come. Sometimes you order a new skin cream off late night television and WHAM! You get beautiful skin after only one application. (This has never happened to me, but I keep dreaming.) And sometimes progress shows up in such tiny doses that it's impossible to even see it until years...


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WEEK 97: The Ripple Effect

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THE RIPPLE EFFECT By: Lauren Anderson They always say, “You are born alone, and you die alone.” Who “They” are we'll never know...but that's beside the point. And whether or not you agree with the great “They” and these bleak words of wisdom...is not really relevant. Because I don't think “They” are being literal here. I think what that old adage is really getting at is---IT---whatever IT is---starts and stops...


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WEEK 96: The Award For Last Place

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THE AWARD FOR LAST PLACE By: Lauren Anderson   I am no stranger to last place. I am not new to losing. I'm actually pretty good at it. Losing, that is. I try and stay gracious. I try and laugh it off. Because for as competitive as I can feel, I also know on a deep level that my physical ability is often no match for my brain's wishes. In...


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WEEK 95: The Led Zeppelin Phase

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THE LED ZEPPELIN PHASE By: Lauren Anderson Okay, full disclosure? I'm about two Proseccos deep right now. Am I drunk on some hefty pours of sparkling white Italian wine? No. But I feel...how should I put it...loose? So maybe this is the perfect place to be in to tackle an issue that feels like a personal mountain. The diet industry. In the past few weeks, I've learned that 4...


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WEEK 94: BackSquat That Thing Up

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BACKSQUAT THAT THING UP By: Lauren Anderson Four months. It's been four stupid months of healing for this gal--- and my tiny little wrist injury. I don't know if any of you recall, but early in May I twonked my wrist lifting a tote bag with a pair of jeans in it. Wait... not from weightlifting you say? NOPE. From trying to tidy up my apartment. (Injury added to the...


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WEEK 93: A State Fair State of Mind

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A STATE FAIR STATE OF MIND By: Lauren Anderson Let's talk for a minute about FOOD GUILT. I typed that out in all caps because FOOD GUILT is an all caps kinda thing. It can make or break any event, dinner, day, snack, child-parent interaction, grasp on reality...You name it! For those of you lucky ones that don't experience what I'm calling FOOD GUILT, let me break it down....


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WEEK 92: A Scandal in Brunch-landia

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A SCANDAL IN BRUNCH-LANDIA By: Lauren Anderson I don't know how it happened. But it did. Quite possibly one of the most embarrassing things I've ever had to go through happened this last weekend, and I figured I'd tell you all about it. Did I debate whether or not I want the whole internet to know my shame? You bet your booty I did. But I landed on...


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WEEK 91: The Class Of Then and Now

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THE CLASS OF THEN AND NOW By: Lauren Anderson This past weekend was my high school reunion. It was everything it ought to be. One part awkward, one part fun. One part was exciting, one part bittersweet. There were lots of baby and kid pictures being shown, with parents ranging from joyful to exhausted, sometimes in the same breath. There was a little bragging and a little excusing from...


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WEEK 89: Gotta Gotta Get Up To Get Down

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GOTTA GOTTA GET UP TO GET DOWN By: Lauren Anderson “1...2...3...4 Get your booty (woman) on the floor. Gotta gotta get up to get down. Gotta gotta get up to get down.” - Coolio. It's a funk tradition older than funk itself. You can't get down on the dance floor unless you get up outta your chair first. I mean, it's just science. And even if you haven't thought about Coolio...


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Week 88: Beware of The Big White B!tch

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BEWARE OF THE BIG WHITE B!TCH By: Lauren Anderson A while ago, I was meeting a friend for dinner. They were standing outside the restaurant and watched while I crossed the street. It was heavy traffic, around rush hour, so attempting to be a pedestrian during these times is always an exercise in caution. I work downtown, and live in uptown so I'm always crossing traffic. So when...


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WEEK 87: The Glamorous Life

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THE GLAMOROUS LIFE By: Lauren Anderson When I first became a full-time actor at the Brave New Workshop, I was asked to take on some other duties as well as acting and writing in the shows. In addition to doing what I was hired for, I was also in charge of creating an archival system for the vast amount of 50+ years of theatre history and media...


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