August 1, 2015

The Trendy, Practical Girl's Guid to Jet Setting

My move to Australia last July has forced me to get pretty acquainted with the inside of many a airports and airplanes. Twenty one hours on a plane and logging over 24 hours of travel time just to get one way is still not my favorite jam, but I have learned to navigate it better. 

I have certainly gained some insight on plane necessities and how to make what can be a  long flight a bit more enjoyable and emerging from the flight not looking like Brittney Spears circa 2008 a hot mess. Now, I don't arrive off the plane after a 21/22 hour flight looking like Kate Middelton {:who does?:} but I can manage to go out to eat with the fam without too much embarrassment. 

What to Wear

I usually plan my airport outfit days in advance. I want to be cute, but I am not willing to sacrifice my comfort on a long plane ride to look Duchess Kate-ish. My traveling outfit always involves a scarf and cardigan of some sort, even in summer, because the temperature on planes can be very tricky. It is like you are having a heat stroke before you take off and hypothermia sets in while you are in flight. Sometimes I wear leggings on the plane or I opt for my most comfortable pair of jeans. I also have learned that loose fitting clothes are my favorite. Flying often causes your body to swell, so tight clothes can be uncomfortable. I pick shoes that are not complicated to get on and off with security lines and I just like to take off my shoes as I sleep on my 14 hour plane ride. 

In My Carry-On {:Overhead Bag:}
 I usually take two carry-ons. My carry-on suitcase and my backpack as my personal item, because this girl uses every ounce of that 50lbs in my suitcase. If you are struggling with the weight limit of your main suitcase that is going under the plane I suggest putting heavier items {:shoes, jeans, etc.:} in your carry-on, overhead bag. Most planes there is not a weight limit on this bag so take advantage, but make sure if all fits without using the expander on your suitcase to ensure i will fit in the overhead bin.

In My "Personal Item" Bag

I usually take a bookbag instead of a purse just because I can fit more in it and it is more comfortable lugging around the airport. I load this bag with my necessities:

- an empty water bottle {:you can't take water through the security point but you can take an empty bottle and fill it at the water fountains tor water stations throughout airports - I am not about $4 for a bottle of water:}
- snacks {:tlong gone are the days of complimentary pretzels - so come prepared:}
- entertainment {:books, iPads, earphones:}
- wallet
- passport if necessary {:if not a passport make sure you have some sort of photo ID for check-in:}
- necessities bag {:more on that below:}
- phone/phone charger {:with an outlet converter if you are flying internationally:}
- ear plugs {:if you plan on sleeping on the plane I find these to be a MUST - they block out so much noise it's glorious:}
- neck pillow

The Necessity of a Necessities Bag
I rarely go out in public without some sort of make-up on, but on airplanes are my exception. Traveling can wreck havoc on your skin and I am not down with that. And when you are on a plane for 20+ hours and your travel time equals over a 24 hour period some hygiene products are necessary {:but I find these helpful to have on any flight just for freshening up:}.

- hair tie {:for obv reasons and why not make it a sparkly one:}
- Tylenol/Advil {:airplanes can often give people headaches and traveling with one is no bueno:}
- chapstick {:the plane sucks all of the moisture from your skin:}
- deodorant
- moisturizer {:I keep face and hand moisturizer with me:}
- compact {just in case you want a little makeup before you see your family or friends at the airport:}

Some items not pictured that I put in this bag are:
- toothbrush and travel size toothpaste
- makeup remover wipes {:if you do wear makeup on the plane take it off before you go to sleep with one of these - I also use this as a facial cleanser before I get off the plane and apply my makeup:}

Now it's your turn. What are your airport/airplane necessities?
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July 26, 2015

I Just Can't Be Bothered

People in Australia say a lot of weird stuff. They have some how twisted and turned the English language to the point that they no longer speak the same language. They call it English; I call it Australian. 
They call a sweater a jumper, a marker a texter, the car trunk the boot, and the restroom the toilet. 
One of the phrases that really caught me off guard when I would hear the Aussies say it is "I can't be bothered." And they would say it about the most random things. 
One day, very early on when I was here, I was with my roommates and we were out purchasing stuff for the house. One of the things we really needed was a refrigerator. It was about 5 in the afternoon, we had been out all day, and the man who had a few refrigerators for us to look at called. We were talking about going to see them and I remember my Aussie roommate saying "I just don't know if I can be bothered to do that tonight."
Uh excuse me? Come again. 
Maybe I am high maintenance and all but I like cold food. And while I came here to get many things {:wisdom, growth, new friendships...:} salmenella was not one of them. Thanks.
What do you mean you can't be bothered?!
In essence what she was saying is: "It has been a long day. I am tiered and I really just don't want to, but I will."
"I just can't be bothered" is actually one of the phrases I have grown quite fond of since being here. It is one of the few phrases/words I have allowed into my ENGLISH vocabulary. 
While I am now quite fond of the phrase, I think we all take this "I can't be bothered" attitude far too often when it comes to people's situations and our passing of judgment over them. 
It's easy to judge someone. It takes zero effort to hear or see a person or people in situations and make a snap judgment about why they are in that circumstance or why what they are doing is completely ridiculous and wrong. But it takes time, effort, and energy to understand a persons circumstances and situations. It requires taking time to have a conversation or conversations. It takes a lot of effort and energy to listen and keep all your geniusness in that brain of yours. I takes time for them to trust you enough to tell you the back story.
People who pass judgement in essence say a lot more about themselves than they do the people they are judging. They in essence are telling everyone else "I can't be bothered." 
They can't be bothered enough to sit down and hear what got them to this place.
They can't be bothered in hearing something that might make them change their opinion.
They can't be bothered with someone telling them something that might make them stand corrected in their judgment. 
They just cant be bothered with people, they have to much judgment to pass.
{:I am using "they" because there is no way you or I would ever be that they. *GASP* No. Never.:}

Recently, I have had some people ask me my thoughts on Caitlyn {:aka Bruce Jenner:} and her recent change. Honestly, I don't have much of an opinion and don't know that I ever will. My reasoning in that is I have never even seen her to say hello much less have a conversation with her. You may say "but she has done interviews." Sure she has, but the media can portray whatever they want and can ask her any questions they choose and the questions they choose are the ones that will evoke the most drama and gasps by the viewers. But what about the more mundane questions about Caitlyn's relationship with her mom and dad when she was younger. What about the thing that boy said on the playground that one day. The media can show or not show whatever they want and a tv interview special will never give me the right to judge. My opinion is never complete without the complete story. And opinions in general are like armpits. Everyone has them and they usually stink.:} Situations and circumstances never stand independently. It is always about the person, the unique and individual person with a story.
Judgment says "I cant be bothered" but spending the time, energy, and effort to engage with a person going through  a questionable circumstance or situation says "I care far more about the person than the circumstance." 
There are a lot of things I just cant be bothered to do today, like cooking a proper meal, organizing my closet, or alphabetizing my spice rack, but the one thing I can be bothered by is taking the time, energy, and effort to see people and not situations. 
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