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STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

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STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS By: Lauren Anderson This weekend marked a big anniversary for me. When I'm not performing downtown at The Brave New Workshop, or slinging weights at the gym (yes!), I am in an improv group named Five Man Job. We produce the Twin Cities Improv Festival here in Minnesota (now in it's 12th year!), and we are also the founders of a little...


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HATE HIDDEN BY A SUMMER SWEATER

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HATE HIDDEN BY A SUMMER SWEATER By: Lauren Anderson   So I was hanging out with a good friend the other day, and I complimented her on the pretty summer sweater she was wearing. “I like this coral summer sweater. It looks great on you.” For those of you that don't know what a summer sweater is-- think regular sweater, but lighter weight with more space between the weaving. Basically,...


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LOW-GRADE PANIC FOR DAYS

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LOW-GRADE PANIC FOR DAYS By: Lauren Anderson Sometime last Thursday afternoon, I stood up to go to work, and I wobbled. I clutched my chest and sat back down. And honestly, it took until Monday night for me to catch my breath. It felt like a small gremlin was standing on my chest. I couldn't take a full breath. My body felt jittery, and it started to feel...


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IRON MARTHA AND IRON MARNNA

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IRON MARTHA AND IRON MARNNA By: Lauren Anderson Last week I finally convinced my big sister Marnna to come work out with me. We were hanging out at her house, enjoying a beer and the first backyard fire of the season, and the subject of the gym came up. I knew I had her, because with her new job she has a few afternoons free during the week. So,...


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TALKING TO MY MOM ABOUT DIETS

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TALKING TO MY MOM ABOUT DIETS By: Lauren Anderson “I lost 30 pounds!” My mom said excitedly. We had just sat down to lunch and I asked what was new. She was clearly proud, and excited about her progress. I was sorry I wasn't able to return her enthusiasm. Because I'm usually someone you can count on for enthusiastic support. At least that's what I aim for. But...


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TAXES AND TOKENS

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TAXES AND TOKENS By: Lauren Anderson True to form, I waited until last minute to do my taxes. Because DUH. I hate it. And one of the *perks* of being an actor is you almost never get a satisfying tax return because you're paid mostly in 1099s. Which means not only do I have to force myself to get receipts in order and do paperwork (shudder), I also usually...


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THE BIRTHDAY WORKOUT

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THE BIRTHDAY WORKOUT By: Lauren Anderson So this last weekend was my birthday. And I am happy to report, I had a wonderful day! I am so grateful for all the people that went out of their way to show me some love. I was beyond the moon and beyond the stars-- all day! Which is EXTRA lucky, cause I grew up in a household that unabashedly celebrates...


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JUMP ROPE FOR HOPE

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JUMP ROPE FOR HOPE By: Lauren Anderson My mom has this silly magnet on her fridge. It reads, “Sometimes the only transportation you need is a Leap of Faith.” It always strikes me every time I see it too, because she doesn't really have a bunch of cheesy stuff like this up in her home. But as far as corny quotes go to inspire and embolden-- I actually...


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FULL-BLOODED BEAST

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FULL-BLOODED BEAST By: Lauren Anderson This weekend, someone compared me to an easy-listening radio station. I was never more offended in my ENTIRE LIFE. I'm kidding of course, and so were they. But still! We were talking about music in the 90's, and the conversation went down something like this: “Oh man! Do you remember Neneh Cherry? She sang Buffalo Stance?” I say. “...” “She had a huge hit in the...


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THE WAKE-UP HEADACHE

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THE WAKE-UP HEADACHE By: Lauren Anderson So... every day this week I've woken up with a headache. Like, a really bad one. One that wakes me up from a deep sleep, 15 annoying minutes before my alarm goes off. (Insult to injury). And it hurts so bad, it's hard to open my eyes. And I desperately want to take some ibuprofen or something, but I can't on an...


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THERE'S JOY IN THEM THERE HILLS

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THERE'S JOY IN THEM THERE HILLS By: Lauren Anderson I swear I haven't taken a vacation in over 3 years. But as luck would have it, I've found myself on two separate mini-vacations in the same month! Who am I? A jet-setter? A bon-vivant? A sultan of a distant land or something?! At any rate, I'm feeling very fortunate lately, and very rejuvenated. Two weeks after my 36-hour whirlwind...


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A SNOW DAY SLOW DOWN

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A SNOW DAY SLOW DOWN By: Lauren Anderson “Life is what happens while we're busy making other plans”. The epic words of John Lennon, or Mr. Holland's Opus, or the coffee-table quote book, or wherever you heard that gem-of-a-phrase for the first time never seems more true than on a Snow Day. I went to bed on Sunday with a jam-packed Monday. Filled with excitement and a dash of...


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I DON'T HAVE A UNIVERSAL BODY

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I DON'T HAVE A UNIVERSAL BODY By: Lauren Anderson So, I've been a little anxious this week. I used to get panic attacks and feel unsettled most days. But not anymore. I'm happy to report that once I went to therapy and got my depression under check, I've managed to show my anxiety who's boss. FOR THE MOST PART. The anxiousness that was once as familiar as my toothbrush...


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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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