Sick Then Pink

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September has been kind of a rough month thus far. First, there was a huge fire in my area (the biggest in Los Angeles history!), and then I had a few health problems to contend with.

I developed a saliva stone in my left sublingual gland. Do yourself a favor and DON’T look up pictures of saliva stones on Google — super gross!!

The stone was excruciatingly painful. My options were basically “try the home treatment or go to the dentist to get it sliced out.” I went with the home treatment, of course. That involved drinking a massive amount of water, warm compresses, massaging the stone with my finger, and sucking on an ungodly amount of lemon drops (to stimulate the gland).

I was fortunate enough to pop that sucker out on my own without a dentist’s help. It was about the size of a long grain of rice. Which isn’t nearly as bad as some people get them, but, dang, it was SO painful.

Unfortunately, sucking on all those lemon drops wreaked havoc with my acid reflux and threw my stomach into fits. It started pushing acid up into my mouth and throat, leaving me with a TON of very painful ulcers. I had sores on my tongue, under my tongue, all over the insides of my mouth, and down my throat.

At one point, my tongue swelled up so big I couldn’t breathe and I had to take a trip to the emergency room! :O (more…)

Politics: Slightly Right…and Maybe Wrong?

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In a recent post called “The Politics of Dolls,” I talked about some of my political/life views, and how I’m a “Slightly Right” conservative.

Since making that post, I’ve had a LOT of interesting conversations with people — many of whom are much older and wiser than I am (like my dad), and I’m now questioning whether I’m truly a “conservative” after all.

I know I don’t fit in with the modern Left. Their focus on cultural Marxism and identity and racial politics drives me right up the wall. I also don’t like all the thought and word policing that comes out of that side these days. The old school Left isn’t so bad, but the Lefties who are my age seem more focused on virtue signalling and calling everyone names than actually getting anything done — and I don’t dig that.

But I also don’t fit in with the Right as much as I initially thought. (more…)

GlassesShop.com Glasses Review (Blue Edition)

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Last year, GlassesShop.com sent me some free eyeglasses in exchange for an HONEST review of their product. I happily did so, and you can read my first review (which includes a detailed description of the buying process) HERE.

Those of you with an attention to detail may have noticed that I’ve worn my lovely hot pink prescription eyeglasses from GlassesShop.com ever since. I loved them. And I recommend GlassesShop.com to anyone I know who’s looking for glasses online. I even recommended them to my own father! They’re great.

GlassesShop.com recently reached out to me AGAIN to write a second review of their glasses — since my first review was so awesome and brought them so much business — and I agreed. Their one request was that I bold their name whenever I mention it. Done and done! (more…)

The Politics of Dolls (My Grand Communications Experiment)

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This entry is going to be very long, very personal, and filled with a ton of pics. Strap in.

After the 2016 election, I “came out” as “slightly right-wing.” I know. Gasp! Horrors!! A female conservative. Boo! Hiss!!

I ended up writing a post on my Facebook page that basically said (paraphrasing): “I’m a proud American, and I’d have supported whoever was elected. And while I don’t agree with everything President Trump says and does, I’m cautiously optimistic that he’ll do a good job.”

Not too unreasonable, right? Or, so I thought. I lost twenty “friends” immediately after posting that. Go figure.

Worse were the private messages (DMs) I received after posting that statement. One, in particular, said I was a “Nazi racist homophobe.” Ouch.

First of all, calling me a “Nazi”… I’m a quarter German, and I have relatives who actively fought AGAINST the Nazis in World War II. Saying that is an insult to me and what my family fought for. As for “racist,” that’s just balderdash. I have friends of all colors — always have, always will. And “homophobe?” My two best friends are gay! Not to mention, Jesus said to “love everyone.” Jesus didn’t say “love everyone…except the gays.” If He did, I doubt He’d be such a beloved person so long after His death. In my opinion, His message of love and acceptance was pretty clear, and included all of us.

However, admitting that I lean even slightly to the Right brought out a lot of skepticism from the people I thought I knew. I got messages like “I thought you were a good person: what happened?” Um…nothing. I’ve been on the conservative side pretty much my entire life. I just wasn’t open about it until recently. If you liked me before, you should like me now. Literally nothing has changed.

But, from there on out, nearly everything I said was met with private messages deriding me for my opinions.

Some people are just angry and unreasonable.” was met with “You’re a cunt and you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Some feminists seem to have forgotten what feminism is actually supposed to stand for.” was met with “You’re a disgrace to women.”

“I’m a Christian.” was met with “Then you must hate gays.”

“I’ve experienced racism.” was met with “That’s impossible. You’re white.”

And even super innocent, silly, statements like “Queen Latifah is a beautiful woman” were met with comments like “You’re a closet gay.” (Huh?).

It seemed like everything I said was either ignored or met with derision. Many people who had been chatty before were no longer so chatty. And it wasn’t just me; other “right-wing” friends were feeling the scorn as well. Even my leftie friends were starting to fight amongst each other, seeming to forget that we’d all gotten along previously.

It was depressing. It felt like everything was falling apart around me. I kept asking myself, “Why can’t we all just get along like we used to?” We weren’t all CLOSE friends, but, before, we’d all had just enough in common to be civil to one another. I wanted that back.

And then, recently, something changed… (more…)

I’ve Been Writing, You Just Can’t Read It (Yet!)

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Those of you who frequent LittleZotz Writing probably think I’ve fallen off the face of the earth!

While I am having a KILLER mentoring sale over on my writing site, the blog definitely hasn’t been updated in a while. Sorry about that. Part of the reason is because I’m not sure what to write ABOUT — so feel free to send me suggestions!

The other reason is that I’ve been almost solely focused on client work, and that’s been keeping me busy.

I’ve also been putting a lot of time and effort into Lauren Vapes, my website where I post vaping thoughts and reviews. I’m particularly proud of my most recent post, Vape Nation: Your FREEDOM is at Risk! which details how and why certain groups of individuals are trying to get the vaping industry shut down. (At least check that one out for the killer illustration Ramiro Roman did for it!).

In other news, after four long years, I’m finally working on my second fiction novel!

Plot: Theresa Lamour is a professional tarot card reader and the owner of Tarot Theresa, a mystic shop.

When a series of murders occurs involving mystic shop owners, Theresa teams up with her ex-boyfriend, a professional rune reader, to solve the mystery.

I’m hoping to have this book finished by January of 2018. And Ramiro Roman already drew the cover for it, so now I simply GOTTA finish!

Unlike my first novel, this is NOT a young adult book, and, while humorous at times, it deals with more “adult” themes (like serial killers and characters who swear on occasion).

I love Theresa and already have the second book outlined, and have notes on characters for future books as well. Heck, I even bought myself a doll that looks a bit like her to keep me company on my desk, and keep me inspired, as I work. 😉

So, as you can see, I have been writing. You just can’t read it…yet.

In other news, thanks to my sponsorship from Fab Fit Travel, I’m officially under 300lbs! I now weigh 290lbs. Still a bit larger than I’d like to be, but it’s a start! If you missed my first “Fitness Diary” I wrote for them, you can read it HERE. Join me on my fitness journey!

And, of course, if you’d like to hire me as a writer, editor, or mentor, you can contact me through LittleZotz Writing. I’m always around. 🙂

Until next time,
Lauren*

No Cancer and Other Good Things

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If you’ve been keeping up with my last two entries, you know that I’ve been struggling with my health — and that I was waiting to hear back from the doctors about whether or not I have cancer…

GOOD NEWS: I don’t have cancer!

All the test results came back negative. I have zero cancer! Woop woop!! I’m THRILLED about that.

Now, I just need to ditch the anemia and shrink the fibroids in my uterus, and I should be back up to snuff. 🙂 (more…)

Good News So Far!

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First of all, thank you all for the huge outpouring of support and prayers after my last entry. I received so many comments, e-mails, texts, and phone calls — I was overwhelmed (in a good way). That meant a lot.

I have some good news!

It’s looking more and more like I will NOT have to get my uterus removed after all! Woop!!

The docs have stopped my period for a while (via drugs) in order to give my anemia a chance to go away, so I’m not freakin’ EXHAUSTED all the time. And, they think they can zap my fibroids/tumors with drugs as well.

I’ve been put on two very strong medications that will, with any luck, shrivel up the fibroids inside me. The docs said that my fibroids were still in the early stages and fairly small, so they have high hopes this will work. I’m going to get rescanned in three months for a progress check.

I really hope it works! My biggest fibroid is pressing into my bladder and it makes me have to leave my desk and go pee at a very frequent rate. It’s super annoying. And painful at times. I hate it. Bleh.

In the meantime, I’m still waiting to get the results back for my cancer test. I should find out in about two weeks. However, the docs have told me “not to worry” and that everything LOOKS fine (they used some funny binocular-looking things to take a peek inside me and didn’t SEE any weird lesions or anything). So that’s mostly good news, I’d say. I’m feeling much more optimistic than I was, that’s for sure! But it’ll be nice to hear the results and have TRUE peace of mind…

I’m really looking forward to not being tired and in pain all the time. I have a lot of projects I’d like to pay more attention to, and I’d REALLY like to go back to going to the gym…

Anyway, that’s all for now. Thank you again for all the love.

Until next time,
Lauren*

On Gaining a Website and Losing my Uterus

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Sorry I haven’t updated in over a month. I’ve been very busy.

First of all, I have a new website called Lauren Vapes over at laurenvapes.com where I talk about my thoughts on vaping and write up reviews of vape products. That’s pretty darn cool. Check out my awesome banner, drawn by my roommate (Ramiro AKA Skincube):

Super rad, right?

Go check that out when you get a chance. Show me some love! 🙂

In other news… I’ve been having a lot of health issues the past few months which have only gotten (much) worse.

As it turns out, I’m severely anemic. It’s left me feeling tired ALL the time, even when I get plenty of sleep. It’s no fun. Fortunately, I’m on some heavy-duty iron pills now, so hopefully that will get taken care of soon.

My other issue? Uterine fibroids. A TON of them.

In fact, I have so many uterine fibroids, and they’re causing SO many health problems, that I am almost certainly going to have to get my uterus removed. Like…there’s a 90% chance that is going to happen, as soon as my insurance works things out and I get assigned a surgeon (probably within the next couple months).

It’s incredibly weird to be only 32 years old and told that I’ll never have children. That was rough. BUT… I’m looking forward to feeling better.

If you’re the praying kind, I’d like to request that you pray for me in the coming weeks. My uterus is slowly trying to kill me, and it’s been extremely hard to deal with. I’m also very scared about having surgery, even though it’s needed. And, of course, the waiting around for the insurance and the doctors to get everything sorted out is also going to be very trying.

I have to get back to work now (yep, I still write and edit, even during all these struggles!), but I wanted to give y’all a quick update. Thanks for sticking with me!

–Lauren*

My Yearly Trip

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I’m writing to you from lovely San Diego, California. I go here every April to visit my BFF, Kara, for her birthday.

This is my first weekend off from my new job. So this is pretty darn nice. I get time off AND I get to see my good buddy.

It’s been all about maxin’ and relaxin’ this weekend. We’re doing as much nothing as possible.

I arrived by train at around 2am today (4/22/17) and I’m staying until around 4pm tomorrow (4/23/17).

We’ve been watching Disney movies and some reality TV show about tattoo artists.

The only time we left the house was to go to the local vape shop. I picked up the Smok Osub Mini with the Helmet Nano tank. It’s pretty rad. Very sleek.

Other than that, we haven’t left the couch. haha. We didn’t even bother to cook dinner, opting for delivery pizza instead.

I also had a sip of whisky for the first time in my life. It’s not for me. I took one good-sized swig and immediately felt nauseous. I liked the flavor though. Apparently it’s called a “fireball” whisky, and it tasted like liquidated cinnamon candy.

Tomorrow, we’re going to get Kara some new pants, and eat steaks. Mmm.

Anyway, that’s what’s up with me. How are you?

–Lauren*

Senior Editor

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I got a promotion! I’m now the Senior/Head Editor of the political news publication I work for.

Senior Editors basically do everything a Managing Editor does…and then some. It’s been keeping me extremely busy.

I get up and start work well before the sun rises (that’s why all my selfies these days are taken in the dark lol). And I work until around 6pm. I typically work 12-hour days. Sometimes 14 hours.

I have one day off per month at the moment. My last day off was on March 17th, and my next day off isn’t until April 14th. Though, I’m told, I’ll have weekends off, starting in mid-May. I’m looking forward to that.

I freakin’ LOVE my job, you guys!

My only complaint is that I’ve been getting killer headaches from editing for 12+ hours a day, every day.

Some of my other editor buddies suggested that I try wearing sunglasses while I work, to dim my brightly-lit computer screen. I’m gonna give it a shot. I went to GlassesShop.com and got myself some prescription sunglasses. They should be here in about a week or so. Hope they help!

Anyway, that’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

–Lauren*