How To: Improve a Bad Day

Bad days are like things that you sometimes have, sometimes you have them.

Last week I had a crappy day. I subbed at a new school and because I take assignments from a very simplistic automated system, I never know details about the job or the school. This makes every day an adventure!

Except the district listed the wrong address, so I got lost. Once I figured out the correct address, I was ignored by office staff repeatedly. After the head secretary held up her index finger to me and said “you need to wait,” and I’d waited a full five minutes, I was directed to my classroom.

The class was great, until it wasn’t. A few minutes before the final bell, one kid had a kicking, screaming, biting meltdown over her birthday present, another started sobbing, and another dumped everything out of his backpack onto the floor. It took a small army but we got them on the bus. So, fighting a frustrating day, a traffic jam from hell, an annoying last minute cancellation, and my own inability to use my GPS, I got home. Pissed.

Luckily, I’ve had a lot of these days. Angry, what the hell, I can’t believe anyone would even have the gaul to consider speaking to me right now I am so upset days. So here’s a few tips for when your next one comes around. Continue reading

Sunday Morning Lack Hack: The Diva Cup

****Disclaimer**** The following is about menstruation and female genitalia. If you are uncomfortable with these topics, please don’t keep reading. If you don’t care about these topics, please stop reading this post. If you don’t want to read the word vagina…oops. Oh well, vagina vagina vagina. It begins…


What is that? How does it work? What if it gets stuck though?

All of the questions I field when I tell other women that I use a Diva Cup. All solid, reasonable questions with solid, reasonable answers.

First thing’s first: Of your menstrual product options, the Diva Cup is probably the safest in the long run, not to mention that it’s more economical and environmental. In case you don’t know what a Diva Cup, or any other kind of menstrual cup, is or you need a refresher:

The Diva Cup is a reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow. – from Diva Cup website

I bought mine in 2012, during my first few months in Peace Corps. Mind you, I was living in the desert with no running water trying to deal. While I’ve heard the concern about having to change the Diva Cup and the gross factor that can accompany it, let me tell you having to deal with my angry shark week vagina once or twice a day instead of several times a day was ideal. So, I thought I would respond to some of the questions and concerns I’ve encountered. Hopefully I can address the bad rap menstrual cups have gotten, and if I don’t answer your question feel free to go to the Diva Cup website here or ask in the comments*. Continue reading