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That’s What You Get for Waking Up in Vegas

I wish I could be one of the lucky sinners this weekend. Just some innocent fun—a few slot machines here, a few days by the pool there. Sure, my concept of “sin” is nothing in comparison to some of the actual sin that goes down in Las Vegas, but man, a weekend in the strip sun sounds delightful. I won’t deny that I’m a little jealous—over 500 UCLA students are headed to the dessert for the long weekend. In my youthful innocence of 20 years and 104 days (not that I’m counting), I’m stuck at home sipping virgin strawberry daiquiris, sitting by my unheated pool, and dancing with the lights on with my roommates. Not that I’m complaining. It’s still going to be a fabulous weekend full of studying and cat cuddling, but I still wish just a little that I was waking up in Vegas.

So no matter where you are for this long Memorial Day weekend let’s make the most of it:

1. Spend time with friends: Whether you’re hitting up the new Aria nightclub or watching Hangover II this weekend, don’t go solo. Not only will you get a few suspicious glances, especially if you’re a guy (no one likes a CRG on the dance floor—creepy random guy), you’ll also feel lonely as you see everyone escapade with their gal pals. Grab your own buddy.

2. Get a tan: I don’t normally encourage this (thank you, American Cancer Society), but it’s healthy for your happiness level to get some rays in every day. That doesn’t mean that you should show up for class on Tuesday giving the tomato from Veggie Tales a run for his money. Take it easy.

3. Try out a new food: Whether you’re traveling or not, it’s always fun to get adventurous with your appetite. Last night I ate soft shell crab. Delicious? I think not. But crunchy? Yes—Hakuna Matata. And for those of you lucky enough to devour the crab legs at all of those buffets—eat up, my friends. Eat up.

4. Wake up: Don’t waste the entire day sleeping in. Studies have shown that this isn’t good for our chemistry and besides, why miss out on a beautiful sunrise or a morning jog? I know that all you Vegas vagabonds are laughing at this right now, but seriously, you’re missing out on Ziegfried and Roy’s cat kingdom. Shoulda, woulda, coulda.

5. Head home on time: Enjoy that Vegas traffic, suckers. I’m not bitter or anything.

I hope you have a terrific weekend full of laughter, friendship, and joy. Whether you’re already on it or about to have it (and no, I’m not referring to anything PMS related)—you deserve a break!

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

OWNing It

The past two days in television have been especially noteworthy. The newest American Idol was crowned, the Glee finale came and went (which I have yet to see), and Oprah signed off. I was especially enamored by Oprah’s final episode. Whether you love her or hate her, I think she has an exemplary gift in her communication skills, both interpersonally and internationally. To have a show, named after you, that is thriving for over 25 years is beyond successful. It’s noteworthy, it’s meaningful, and it’s made an impact.

I admire Oprah. Yes, I know, I’m perfectly fitting the stereotype, but I’m OWNing it. (Oh hey, Oprah Winfrey Network.) I admire any woman who can make her way in the world; to have a dream, go for it, and get it. She has helped trail-blaze a path, along with many other women, to show that as girls, we can do anything we set our hearts and minds to.

One of my dreams is to have a talk show like Oprah someday. I’d love to have a “Sunny Side Up” show that emphasizes happiness and gratitude on a daily basis. Just like she did, I want to encourage people to be thankful for what they’ve been given, seek new challenges on a daily basis, and to find happiness in every possible nook and cranny of life. As Oprah signs off, I’m signing in—today and every day has so many possibilities.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Pet Pals

A slim and trim Kiko. Now he is rather obese--he'd be too embarrassed if I showed his current profile!

I’ve been missing home a little lately. I love these spring days that feel like summer here at school, but at the same time, I’m restless for a break! And as silly as it may sound, I especially miss my Siamese cat, Kiko. I actually mention him quite often on this blog because he is such a great source of happiness in my life. I think many people can relate to this; whether it’s your golden retriever, your 13 year old something of a cat, or your baby bearded dragon, pets are a great source of fun, entertainment, and happiness. I love that you can love another creature and (usually) it will love you back unconditionally. Never mind that we have food in our hands. Still, pets are simply the best. I miss mine.

What pets do you love?

Here’s a little video to enjoy. I was watching a documentary on Charles Manson for my social psychology class so I needed something extra cheery to cheer me up. This definitely did the trick!

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook



The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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