Wednesday, November 23, 2016

I Flew Over Thanksgiving?


I know what you are thinking, why did you think flying over Thanksgiving was a good idea? Simple answer really, I missed my family and I wanted to go home. 

I was scheduled to fly out of Seattle on Wednesday afternoon, later than I wanted, but I had classes on Wednesday. Turns out the classes that I have on Tuesdays and Wednesdays got cancelled at the last minute, so I had two free days at school to do my homework. I tried a few times to change my flight, but last minute flight changes are expensive! So now, I'm sitting in the airport waiting for my flight. 

My friend very graciously offered to drive me to the airport, after I told her I would buy her coffee and feed her. It worked out well in my favor, as she agreed to drive me. We left school 4 hours before my flight was supposed to leave, and the drive is 45 minutes so I got to Sea-Tac at 1:00. I was fully prepared to wait forever in a Security line. After all, the first line I was in looked like this:

I got moved to another line, and made it through security in 15 minutes, the fastest I have ever gotten through security in Sea-Tac. I found my gate and now I'm waiting the 2 1/2 hours until my flight departs. 

I absolutely cannot wait to get home! I hope you have a fantastic holiday! Keep your eyes peeled for a thrilling update of the Mellish Family Thanksgiving extravaganza. 


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Why I'm Not Moving to Canada (But Will Still Help You If You Are)

Warning: This is going to be political.


I started off yesterday wanting to have a really great dinner and watch our first woman president be elected. Instead, I ate breakfast tacos and watched in horror as Donald Trump became the president-elect. 

My roommate and I stayed up late waiting desperately for the election results, trying to calculate everything that would need to happen for Hillary Clinton to become elected. After we found out that she had called Trump to concede, my roommate and I began to cry. Not just for the historic moment lost, but for the change we are about to see in the United States. 

This is not to say that I agree with everything that Hillary Clinton has said and done, but I do not agree with anything Donald Trump has said and done. 

Although this election has made my stomach crawl on many occasions, last night was the worst. I laid in bed hoping that this was all a bad dream, but I woke up this morning and it was not. 

I spent the majority of last night texting my family, trying to stay connected, even though we are 3,000 miles apart. My parents went to bed before I did, and my dad texted something to me that really stuck:

This reminder that one person, and one administration, cannot determine how I live my life is the reason that I will not be moving to Canada. I am taking this opportunity to prove to everyone out there that told me I couldn't do something because I am a girl wrong. 

The results of this election show me that in order to make a difference you need to take a bigger chance. I am no longer going to allow myself to quiet my beliefs because they make others uncomfortable. I think it is time to be true to my authentic self: A 19 year old college feminist who has dreams to change the world. And, I'm not going to let anyone stop me. 


We will now return to our regular scheduled programming of Anglophilia.