2018 Ohio Voter Guide

Voting is important but it is hard. We live in a complicated political system that even many scholars do not fully understand. It has been crafted as intentionally ambiguous to protect those who made it from day one. We live in a primarily elitist democracy and the only way to fix this is to participate. However, the concept of “rational ignorance” is that not only is it difficult/time consuming/exhausting to be informed but also most of the time, it’s not worth the return on investment. So I made a voter guide to try to address this. You can pull this out at the polls, use it as a starting point for more research or pass it along to friends with more questions. It’s super brief, there is so, so, so much more on every single one of these issues and candidates but it’s an introduction to a crazy world that can’t fit onto a few one pagers. 

This guide is intended to be nonpartisan, however I can’t say it’s not value oriented. It’s almost impossible to be impartial in life, particularly about something we feel strongly about. There are always going to be issues that I think are more important (that’s not objective, it’s based on my own value system) and I won’t apologize for that.  I have apologized for having opinions for way too long. If you think there’s a bullet point on here that is incorrectly reported please (kindly) let me know! This is based on my own research as well as the League of Women’s Voters guide that is *actually* nonpartisan. For more detailed information, see that guide here!

I made this because of many requests for honest, straightforward, easy to understand information. This is my best shot at that! You can find waaaaay more info on the candidates’ websites or other news sources.

Click here for voter guide!

I did not include any third-party (or write-in) candidates because there are no polls that indicate a third-party candidate will even potentially disrupt any statewide elections in Ohio. There’s more info on third-party candidates available online and if you feel strongly I encourage you to vote with your beliefs– however, I also encourage you to make your vote count. 

Don’t forget there are many smaller, localized elections that are equally important as statewide (possible more so!) in your district, county and hometown. Local newspapers typically provide voter guides based on answers submitted by the candidates themselves. I know it’s time-consuming and kinda boring but all of this will change your life. And the lives of lots of others. For better or for worse. 

So vote. Vote like your life depends on it.

(because it actually does) 

Amazon Prime Picks

I’m a huuuuuuge Amazon fan. Because there’s nothing like semi-instant gratification for a Gen X-er as well as options, options, options. And when they probably take over everything and the Earth is ruled by Amazon Echos gone rogue, I may regret these purchases but until then I will keep hitting Proceed to Checkout and demanding nothing less than 2-day shipping. Check out some of my favorite recent Amazon Prime purchases:

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution, 1.69 Fl Oz

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Del Mex Classic Mexican Falsa Blanket Vintage Style (Fiesta)

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Jelly Comb 2.4G Slim Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver Less Noise, Portable Mobile Optical Mice for Notebook, PC, Laptop, Computer, Macbook – White and Gold

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Mkono Macrame Plant Hanger Hanging Planter Wall Art

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Waist Bag Women Rivets Leather Chest Belt Fanny Pack Bags Casual Handbag Red Black

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LEISURE ARTS Cafà Letter Board | Includes 145 Black Letters, Numbers and Symbols

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Carvapet Luxury Soft Faux Sheepskin Chair Cover Seat Cushion Pad Plush Fur Area Rugs for Bedroom, 2ft x 3ft, White

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Regal Home Collections English Manor Lacey Pinsonic Quilt (Full/Queen) – Assorted Colors (White)

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Leuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook – Plain Pages – Red

 

ps. I don’t make money off these links or anything! Doin’ it just because I’m lazy and love convenience!

How To: Pass As an Adult

How To: Pass As an Adult

It’s summertime. Which means you might be sleeping till noon, watching 3 seasons of The Office in one day and generally furthering your transformation into a sloth day by day. Meanwhile, you should (probably) be getting at least a few things done while you have actual free time during these hazy months. Or maybe you still want to do nothing but you need to convince your mom you haven’t gone full sloth mode yet. Either way here are a few helpful tricks regarding how to feel like you’ve got your life together and are a functioning member of society without sacrificing your Netflix habit

1. Make your bed

This is the most understated way to fool a visiting parent that you definitely did not eat dinner in your bed again last night. It takes approximately 5 seconds in the morning and makes you feel accomplished before you’ve even left the house.

2.  Buy fresh flowers

Nothing screams I am a functioning adult like fresh flowers. Nothing.

3. Email back on time

Another sure fire way to convince the universe that you definitely are on top of it. Adding a long signature (with your college, major, future first born child’s name) is key.

4. Bring snacks 

This is such a mom move and you will be thanking yourself later when the drive through line is too long or you’re just bored sitting in a waiting room.

5. Take care of a plant 

Not only can you take care of yourself, you can take care of another life form too, nice. I recommend a succulent or cactus for the beginning taking-care-of-er.

6. Eat breakfast

As a firm believer that this is indeed the most important meal of the day and also an avid connoisseur of all breakfast foods, this is vital for me. Bring on the avocado toast!

7. Wake up before noon

Even on the off days. (Some off days)

8. Make a to-do list

I am by trade a list maker. (see the list you’re currently reading) But tell me there is anything more satisfying than crossing off a to-do list?

Best of luck on adult-ing adventures and when in doubt, throw together a meal that didn’t come from a box for good measure.

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

I have always prided myself on my inherant love for winter. The fact that I embrace the cold and ice because I like sweaters and coffee and fluffy snow and boots and scarves and fireplaces and also I immediately burn if the sun looks at me. And for someone who is thrown into a state of nauseas by any collection of more than 2 pastels, spring time has never been my favorite besides those candy egg things. But this year the tables have turned and I have avidly counted down the seconds until spring has sprung because winter at college is walking 5 miles in blustery winds and living in a petri dish of infections called a dorm and swearing you might never be able to feel your kneecaps again. And spring finally appears to be somewhat HERE. There’s something about a seventy degree + sunny day in March that makes even midterms seem fresh and warm and you remember why oh yeah you would ever enjoy being outside for more than 2.3 seconds at a time.IMG_0144.JPG

Changes in weather call for changes in a lot of things. Trade in boots for sandals, mochas for sweet teas, parkas for sunnies, the flu for allergies and black for actually, no wait, I still like black in the springtime too– oops. Change anything that is not in some way, shape or form making you feel very very alive. Spring cleaning is not just for the dusty corners of your bedroom. Sweep out subpar pastimes, dust off throwback friendships, and trade your grey and gloomy attitude for a decent sun hat. It’s amazing what a shift in outer layers will do for the soul. If winter was not your season here’s a new one. If you’re looking for a fresh start this is it.

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But the reality of this is that change is rarely simple or painless. It’s usually messy, chaotic and inconvenient. So prepare for some rain.

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In the springtime that’s what this wonderful shift in Fahrenheit tends to bring about. Days, sometimes even weeks, of h2O falling from the sky. Often with change, there’s some backlash mixed in with a bit of regret or nostalgia. It makes the ground soggy and everything smell like worms.

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People talk, thunder rolls, and it occasionally seems like cumulonimbus clouds will never subside and you should start building an ark. The reality of spring is not all sunshine and tulips, there’s a lot, a lot of mud. But eventually, after a sufficient amount of gross, the clouds part and here comes the sun do do do do ya know? So grab some rain boots (Hunter’s, matte black), a new camera (Canon Rebel Ti), an above average book (The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway), sunglasses (forever21) + some Peeps and let spring get to springing. 

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Living in a 10×5 box

Living in a 10×5 box

I’ve been showering in flip-flops for 2 weeks and have eaten too much pizza too late at night. I moved my entire life into an approximately 5×10 space and have fallen off my half-lofted twinXL bed twice. Only got lost 48574 times though! Hi college. Living in a dorm is nice because you can literally reach everything you own without ever leaving your bed if you’re agile enough. And it also only takes you about 3.7 minutes to clean your entire room. (We won’t talk about how far away the community bathroom seems when you have to pee at 3 am)

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Small desk space featuring essentially my entire life & also a cowbell. (I don’t really do homework here, but I do do my hair and makeup)

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This is my bed & my 3 favorites: NYC, OSU and Taylor. (fun fact: the pennant is from the vintage shop Feathers in the Oregon District and is from the 1950s)

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It’s usually messier than this I promise. (No typical freshman girl’s dorm room is complete without a twine strand full of pictures on clothes pins)

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Yes, that is a succulent. Yes, that is The Shoe.

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The closet space was the biggest sacrifice but you can actually fit a lot more than you think. I miss my walk-in closet but ya gotta do what ya gotta do! And college is worth the lack of clothing space. Under-the-bed storage has also saved my life a lot, especially for shoes.

Last, tips for making friends: keep cashews, chips and pretzels on hand. (not pictured)

Packing

Packing

‘Tis the season for piling as much as you can in 3 different small bags pretending that you’re not overpacking since you’re not taking a giant suitcase. Packing for a two week vacation with limited room can be a challenge (especially when you’re typically that girl with 8 different types of chapstick in one bag “just in case”) So here’s a few things that you shouldn’t leave home without this summer.

Water, water, water. Especially if you’re going to be in any high altutudes fighting off elevation sickness as I have been for a week. Tervises (or any refillable water container) are great for traveling and you’re not destroying the earth by filling landfills with your empty water bottles constantly so that’s swell.

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Summer sandals because hot is basically unavoidable in the US in July but sweaty feet are. Birkenstocks are back and it’s science that you either hate them or you love them. I choose to love them. They’re wonderful for going through airport security or hopping out of the car at rest stops. Fun fact they are also the most comfortable pieces of heaven you will ever put on your feet. You do have to take the slight risk that you will turn into a granola bar when you wear them. Let’s just appreciate that comfort is trendy right now okay. A cheaper alternative though are velcro sandals like the ones below I got from target. They are great for hiking, climbing and general adventuring.

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This one I’m putting in 90% because it’s cute but it’s also pretty useful. Vaseline is good for chapped lips, burns, and all kinds of injuries you may acquire while venturing into the wild beyond.

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Hats of all kinds are important in the summer if you value your head which I’m taking the risk of assuming you do.  Scalp sunburn hurts I’ve learned after ignoring my mom’s advice to wear a hat for 18 years.Baseball, fedora, bowler, bucket, floppy, party, whatever kind you would like.

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Fanny packs are another 80s/90s trend that I’m thrilled has come back. Who would have thought a pack on your fanny would be so useful? Maybe this isn’t essential but I like to believe it is, especially if you’re hiking or touring around. It’s quite difficult to look like a proper tacky tourist without one.

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An easy final essential is a good book because while you may be off one a whirlwind of adventure, chances are you’ll have some downtime whether in an airport, on a plane, in the back of a car, or during a bad tour guide lecture. So go find a collection of words somewhere and read them. My all time favorite books include: The Catcher in the Rye, Where Things Come back, The Sun Also Rises, Zen and the Art of Happiness, and Plainsong to name a few. Or just read this post again for kicks.

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Road Tripping (continued)

Road Tripping (continued)

30 hours on the road, 8000 feet above sea level, too many drive-through stops; we have arrived in Dolores, CO. I woke up this morning between two mountains– I’ve never said that before. The view here is definitely worth the altitude sickness. From a distance the mountains may look blue but up close they are green green green. My favorite are the alpines with their scrawny bone colored trunks and thin branches with wispy looking leaves. As for wildlife we have managed to avoid bears (rumor has it they wander these parts) but we may have to fight off a skinny grey squirrel or two. The most incredible thing here are the stars. They pop out of the sky, whiter and hotter than I’ve ever seen. Ohio stars have nothing on these. I wish iPhone cameras could do them justice. All I can say is 3 days in a mini van with 3 younger siblings was well worth it. 2 3 unnamed unnamed1