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I am being a super lazy blogger this week and I have many guilts about that. My brain is already on vacation – taking a blog vacation AND a real vacation starting next week.

I keep thinking every single day is Friday. Every. Single. Day. Especially today. And it is not. And that is so unfair. I wake up, think, “yay! FRIDAY!” and then it’s…. Tuesday? Wednesday? and now Thursday? OH THIS WEEK WILL NOT END.

There are so many posts that should be up and aren’t. More book reviews, I’m drowning in birchboxes, I have a gender post about raising a boy that needs to be written, and on and on and on. And instead I’m going to happy hours with my best friend, or watching too many episodes of The Mindy Project, or going to bed early.

I think my vacation is coming a week late, my brain is craving it now!

So starting next week there will be a new post every day about the sea! Stories about experiences around/inspired by/having to do with large bodies of water. Some of them having to do with grandmothers, some of them having to do with sex. So far all that I’ve seen have been beautiful!

And I’ll be checking in, commenting in comments, etc etc. You can always find me on instagram!

But in the mean time – how are your weeks going? What are your plans for the rest of the summer?

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Who the hell is she?


Lauren

I am a writer living in Seattle and I believe that life is a grand adventure and only boring if you believe it to be. Plus! You don't need money to have fun.

I live with my husband, a photographer by education and a maker-of-video-games by trade, and a baby named gabe in an apartment on the hill.

I am romantic about most things and I cry... about almost anything. I tell stories to entertain you, I spread stories to keep you in the loop. I am not a grammar freak, but I do know how to spell it. I am exceedingly proud of my scrambled eggs and I really could eat an entire pan of cupcakes. If I met me, I would be my best friend. I tend to be irreverent.

If you would like to chat with me or see what else I'm up to you can follow me on Twitter (betterinrealife), on facebook, or email me at betterinrealife at gmail.


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