Lola Rolls
Advice on Life from a Former Sideshow Fat Lady

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Let Us Give Thanks

Dear Lola, I was fortunate enough to spend a beautiful, quiet Thanksgiving with my family. Thanks to the pandemic, this was very different from our normal routine where we have 20 or so friends and relatives gathered around the table. Even though we are fine and healthy, I spent most of the day feeling sad. […]

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Friday, October 30, 2020

Home for the Holidays

Dear Lola, Every year, we travel close to a 1,000 miles round trip to visit family for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. And it’s great to see all the parents, cousins, and grandparents! We eat and talk and exchange gifts. We argue too, but I’ve always just chalked that up to being part of a big, […]

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Election Stress

Dear Lola, Stress about the upcoming election is really doing a number on my mental health. I feel it’s important to stay well informed, but watching and reading the news makes me feel overwhelmed and helpless. Social media makes me want to scream. Would it really be so wrong to just put my head in […]

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

When You Can’t Remember What You Did Wrong

Dear Lola, Like everybody else, I haven’t been able to socialize as I usually would with my friends. Last week, it occurred to me that I hadn’t had a one-on-one chat with a particular friend in what seemed like a long time. We would see each other during group happy hours over Zoom and were […]

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

A Great, Awful Job

Dear Lola, I have a really, truly great job that I’ve really, truly grown to dislike. It took a lot of education and hard work to get my current position. For a long time, I was very proud and satisfied with that. It also helps that I get paid a fair amount of money. Fifteen […]

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Better Off Alone

Dear Lola, Before the pandemic hit, I started dating someone, and we decided to quarantine together. Even though I still maintain my own residence, my partner and I (he is a man, and I’m a woman) are essentially living together. It’s safe to say that our relationship progressed more quickly than it would have under […]

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

No End in Sight

Dear Lola, I thought things were getting back to normal with the pandemic. Certain things had opened up in my state. In comparison to the misery of lock down, life felt better and easier. Now, come to find out, my kids won’t be returning to in-person school this fall. I think I might lose my […]

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

One Crud Ball is Enough

Dear Lola, I dated a man for over two years. Let’s call him Crud Ball.  At the time, I had really high hopes that we would get married and have kids. CB was reluctant to commit though because he couldn’t be sure we would be happy in the long run. I tried very hard to […]

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Puppy Love

Dear Lola, My boyfriend and I don’t spend enough time together. We’ve both been pretty isolated and live in an area where the coronavirus is largely under control, so we feel comfortable being together. The pandemic isn’t the problem. It’s his standard poodle. He never comes to my apartment because his dog doesn’t like to […]

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Wizarding World Weed

Dear Lola, Like lots of people, my girlfriend and I are bored AF. We’re watching a Harry Potter marathon. She thinks she is a Ravenclaw, but I’m sure I’m a Hufflepuff. Are we doomed? Also, we’ve been smoking lots of weed. Are we high? –Hufflepuff Pride   Dear Hufflepuff, The fact that you are both […]

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Feral Children

Dear Lola, I have a good friend, let’s call her Jane, who is lots of fun. Our kids all go to the same school, so we have that in common. The problem is that her children drive me insane because they’re so poorly behaved. For example, the one and only time we all went to […]

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Afraid of Getting Fat

Dear Lola, I hardly ever leave the house, except to go to the grocery store. My only entertainment is ordering takeout and drinking wine with friends online. My eating is basically insane right now, and I’m gaining weight. I’ve never been fat in my whole life, but I can’t seem to stop myself from overeating. […]

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Tired of Drive-Thru Birthday Parties for Kids

Dear Lola, With the coronavirus pandemic, we have seen the advent of drive-thru birthday parties for kids. I love the idea of making the birthday boy/girl feel special, but these events have left me feeling kind of flat. When invited to the party, I purchase a gift for the honoree, and round up the kids […]

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Friday, May 15, 2020

How To Act Like An Adult — Even During a Pandemic

Dear Lola, I’m 27 and had to move back home. This wasn’t by choice, but I lost my job because of the pandemic and couldn’t afford rent. Now I’m stuck in the house with my parents ALL DAY LONG. And they nag me constantly. My mother goes on a daily tirade about the messiness of […]

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

When Your Boyfriend Doesn’t Exist

Dear Lola, I met this great guy online, and things are really serious between us. We haven’t met IRL because he lives overseas. Given the current craziness in the world, who knows when that will happen now? In the meantime, I’ve been doing my best to be happy with texts and telephone calls. Things were […]

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Don’t Be Like Carol Baskin

Dear Lola, What advice do you have from living in a circus for those of us who are now home bound following “stay at home” orders and are frustrated by the too-close-for-comfort proximity of loved ones in the same house? Our adult sons are home for the foreseeable future, and it’s a juggling act of […]

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Fat, Bored, and Lonely

Dear Lola, Like everyone else in the U.S., I’m stuck inside working from home. I’ve done the Zoom happy hours and WebEx meetings. Nobody expects this to really take the place of human contact, but it doesn’t even come close for me. I’m bored, bored, bored. And all I do is stuff my face with […]

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Swindling Your Own Mother

Dear Lola, About 10 years ago, my mother gave me a significant amount of cash from her retirement savings for a down payment on a house with the understanding that she would live with me when she retired. I was 25 when all that happened, and a lot has changed since then, not the least […]

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Depression After Weight Loss

Dear Lola, My weight has been an issue my entire life. Things got really bad after college when I hit 350 pounds. I felt tired and out of breath all the time and fell into a deep depression, which only made the problem worse. I had gastric bypass surgery about two years ago and reached […]

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Dating at Work

Dear Lola, To be honest, I’m not sure a former sideshow fat lady is the best person to advise me, but I tried submitting my question to Carolyn Hax, and she didn’t publish it. There’s a guy at the office I’d like to date. We’re both at the same job level, so that’s not a […]

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Let’s Talk About Something Else

Dear Lola, For as long as I can remember, my mother and I have been at war over my weight. When I was a kid, she used criticize what and how much I ate and then she would fill the house with snack cakes and cookies. She used to show me the boxes so she […]

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Is It Time

Dear Lola, I’m 31 and would like to get married and have children in the next few years. My boyfriend says he supports that goal, but I don’t see us moving closer to it. He is also on the fence about wanting children. He used to be dead set against it, but changed his mind […]

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Overcoming Loneliness

Dear Lola, How can a person feel less lonely? I’m almost 40, and I would like to be married and have children, but none of those things seem to be happening. People have told me I’m too picky. Except I’m not. I think my weight is a big part of the problem. I know I […]

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Monday, January 6, 2020

What We Love is Beautiful

Dear Lola, When I first started dating my husband, he was in decent shape and a healthy guy. Since we got married five years ago, however, he has been gaining weight steadily and is now about 50 pounds heavier. We would like to start a family, but are having trouble conceiving, which I suspect has […]

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Unplanned Pregnancy

Dear Lola, I’ve been hooking up with this guy on a semi-regular basis for the last four months or so.About every few weeks or so, we run into each other at one of the bars where we hang out with other grad students, and then we end up going home together. We definitely have a […]

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Plus-sized Dating

Dear Lola, A few months ago, one of my friend’s girlfriends, let’s call her Sally, asked if I would be interested in going on a blind date with someone she knew. Since Sally is very good looking and a general catch, I figured her friend would be too. And the blind date, let’s call her […]

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