How To: Enjoy a Long Weekend in Texas

Step 1 – Meet old friend at baggage claim and awkwardly skip-run into each other’s arms. 

Step 2 – Use two different phones and absolutely no knowledge of Dallas to get lost for hours, venturing onto toll roads, back roads and m****rf*****g commerce way, until finally finding and touring Dealy Plaza. 


Step 3 – Stay in a fancy hotel for the night, planning to drink numerous a’Rita’s from the gas station, only to stay up late talking and fall asleep mid sentence. 

Step 4 – Enjoy continental breakfast, steal everything they won’t charge you for from the room. 

Step 5 – Go to friend’s house in Wichita Falls, see improve show, get drunk and talk about politics after being called a yankee and responding “my state wasn’t involved in that war…”

Step 6 – Go to friends hometown, meet her hilarious friends, go to lake to cool off and drink all the drinks. 


Step 7 – Wake up the next morning wondering why you are still wearing a swimsuit, why the words ‘crown royale’ make you nauseous, and where your toothbrush is. 

Step 8 – Go kayaking hungover. For five hours!

Step 9 – Drive a car for the first time in two years but just briefly. Feel 15 again and decide driving is still not for you. 

Step 10 – Go back to Wichita Falls, take a Benadryl because you are insanely allergic to Texas and konk out for the whole ride. 

Step 11 – Go hiking in Oklahoma on this trail, oh wait is that a snake, never mind, this trail nope that’s a snake, no, this trail, no snakes, awesome, wait where’s the trail?


Step 12 – Head back to Dallas for the flight home but magically find extra time and a Buccee’s. Buy tourist-y goods and delicious salsa. 

Step 13 – Say goodbye, promise to come back soon, know you will. 


Best of luck.

Dos and Don’ts of Flying

Do Know the Rules and Regs

I know it’s a lot, but TSA has a website and every airport has information centers you can call. You need to know if your bag will fit. You need to be prepared for security. Do your homework.*

Don’t take over the armrest

If the thing you are doing requires you to enter my personal space, ask yourself how necessary it is. If it is extremely necessary, make it happen fast and apologize for elbowing me in the ribs (lookin at you lady-from-yesterday’s-flight).

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Do pack snacks. 

One time I bought an orange juice at an airport Starbucks and it was $8.

Eight. What.

Airports are like theme parks except airports allow you to bring food in so, get you some snacks before you get to the airport and save a dime. Or eight dollars.

Eight!

Don’t shame a parent because their child is crying. 

I don’t like screaming children, you don’t like screaming children, their parents don’t like it either. But there is nothing they can do so, buck up buttercup, life is hard and the babies feel it all.

Do pack water. 

An empty water bottle is allowed through TSA and can be easily filled at a water fountain past security. Planes are dry and flying does weird stuff to your body so hydrate.

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Don’t play your sh*t out loud

This is a rule for life I think. If you are in a public space and you’re watching videos or listening to music, use headphones. Because, are you kidding me, don’t be a d*ckhead.

Best of luck

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*If you haven’t already researched it, look up ID requirements for 2018 flights. The laws are changing and certain state licenses won’t be accepted.

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Moving Away Part 2: How Do I Packing?

It’s been a productive week. Let’s see; last Wednesday I send off boxes via greyhound, Thursday I sold, donated, and packed the remainder of my things and Friday I casually moved from Seattle to New York. No big.

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I’m not gonna lie, as I laid on the floor of my tiny, new apartment, listening to people yelling in the hallway, I considered whether I’d perhaps made a mistake. I panicked a little. And then I slept and got up and got moving and, well, we’ll get to all that later.

First: How Do I Packing?

Moving is right up there with student loans, taxes, and healthcare when it comes to adulthood. It’s terrible but necessary. But as  with most terrible adulthood tasks, if you’re going to do it, do the crap out of it. Here are a few things I learned on my first cross-country move.

  • Fly Southwest: Dude, just do it, ok? Southwest is the only remaining major airline that doesn’t charge for bags. That means two checked bags up to 62″ and 50 lbs that go for free, plus a carry-on (up to 10 x 16 x 24) with no weight limit and a personal item. That’s a lot of stuff to transport for free. The ticket prices are also comparable to other airlines, we paid $200 one way Seattle to New York, but we also bought our tickets only a week ahead of time. If you’re flexible on dates you can also use the flexible dates tool which shows you the ticket prices for a given month, or several months, on each day so you can choose when to go based on prices. Southwest_free-bags_f680x2001.jpg

 

  • Ship Things: Typically shipping companies like USPS, UPS, Fed-Ex are a no, but plenty of companies exist simply for people to ship their sh*t when they move. This go around I chose Greyhound to ship dishes, small appliances, and several other items. I sent three giant, extremely heavy boxes for under $200. Greyhound sends them on their buses and you pick them up 7-10 days later in your new city. Some cities offer home delivery for a small fee, NYC does not because I wouldn’t deliver here either. If you are transporting bigger items and don’t fancy driving a U-haul, try pods. A friend of mine just moved her entire household, including large furniture, using pods for about $800.3efd279b46834fd24d287daeead46faa

 

  • Take Care of Yourself: Boyfriend and I caught a pretty terrible cold a few days before flying and after altitude changes and climate changes, it’s got a grip on us. I can tell you I’m almost certain that we might have avoided the sickness had we taken better care of ourselves. Moving is stressful, but try to get enough sleep, eat well, and take a walk when you can. Give yourself enough time and grant yourself mental health moments when you need them. (Yes you do, put down the packing tape and go outside.)hqdefault.jpg

For anyone out there moving, I feel you, bro.

Best of luck.