How this affects me

I know a lot of people would now like to stop talking about politics and I understand, but while some people have the compacity to stop worrying I am still thinking how this election will affect me and more importantly my loved ones.
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So Much Potty Talk

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“Obama can’t rewrite the Civil Rights Act. He’s not a King,” said Gov. Abbott referring to the announcement made by the Justice Department saying they were countersuing North Carolina on a Civil Rights claim. Not long after President Obama wrote a letter advising American public schools to accommodate for transgender students.

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Family and Politics

I did this thing. I came out to my parents… as a Bernie fan. Coming from the south I was raised in a conservative household, but I grew up in Austin so I had the opportunity to grow up in a mass of different political theories. My parents were also always very clear that I should think for myself. So when I told my mom that I felt “The Burn” she didn’t say, “maybe you should see someone about that.” She replied positively and said that it showed a lot of character. When I texted my dad (yes I texted shame on me). I simply said, “I don’t know if you know this but I am a fan of Bernie.” After what felt like an eternity, he texted me back saying, “No I did not know about that. What do you like about him?” Sensible good response and he gave me the opportunity to share why I liked this old man with fluffy – but not creepy – hair.

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Pollen v. Brittany

So there is lots of suffering going on in the world right now. Yes, you named it. It’s allergy season. It’s spring and the pollen has come out to make everything pretty and alive again, except for my nose because it’s obviously trying to kill that. This isn’t a new thing for me. We have a lot of the same trees in Austin that are here in Savannah.

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Back in Austin

My boyfriend and I are back in Austin for Spring Break and in 24 hours I am still experiencing some culture re-acclimation. When a light turns green and a certain amount of time has passed I wait to hear someone honk telling the lazy person to get a move on, but no such thing has happened. Last night I went into H.E.B and was overwhelmed by my choices and low prices. And for lunch today I was very excited and not worried that I wasn’t going to find something I liked.

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What I think of Obama in Austin

Spring break is just around the corner, and I will be back in Austin soon. But until then I am still here in Savannah working on finals and watching everyone go crazy for SXSW and Obama’s seventh visit to my town.

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In most places in America, politics seems to be very polarized. This state is red, this one is blue. Don’t talk about gun control in this household, be careful of how you speak of the president in that one. Austin is unique, it’s the capital of Texas and it is known for being a blue dot in a sea of red, or as I have called it “the blue headed step child.”

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I SCREAM for Ice Cream

I gave up cheese and milk. Not dairy all together just the two things that might have been hurting my stomach for years and I was in denial. At this very moment my boyfriend is eating Mac and Cheese. The melting cheese and hot noodles are molding to his spoon, and it makes this sound, a sound only cheese can make. God! Giving up cheese is worse than that one time I gave up gluten. I had dreams of chasing Ryan Gosling around the Driskill Hotel, he had bread and it was lathered with their homemade butter. Have you ever had Driskill home made butter? It’s been almost two weeks without cheese or milk and I am waiting for Gosling to make another appearance.menue

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I Hear Dallas is Great!

Austin was a great place to grow up. It’s where I was “home brewed” so to speak. I got to spend a lot of time outside in the Green Belt, Zilker, all the springs. I heard both sides of politics. Nongeneric music was everywhere. Low priced organic food was always an option, and it was not a crowded city. In fact, I grew up calling it a town. Austin was a town.

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I voted (weeks ago)

Voting can feel like an exam. You have to study and keep yourself informed before the big test. A test that can effect you and the people in your community. It’s important grownup stuff that most people underestimate because they think their vote won’t matter. This time though when I voted I felt like I was cheating on an exam.IMG_3255

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I Miss My Groceries

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Like I have mentioned before Austin is great when it comes to food, and groceries stores are no exception. We have H.E.B, Central Market, Sprouts, and of cores Whole Foods. Just to name a few.

We have lots of small farms and ranches making Austin this weird mish mash of city and farm. One second I will be driving by Old Navy and the next I am at a stop light by a small ranch. In east Austin there is this place called Boggy Creek Farm it’s owned by one of my friend’s grandparents and it’s protected as a historical landmark. When I was little we would go out there and pick strawberries, and when a tornado hit Austin in 2001 we pitched in to help clean up the farm. It’s little farms like Boggy Creek that make Austin’s groceries so good.

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