guess who’s back!!

Yes, I have returned after what seems like a hiatus. It actually was a summer break, which I wasn’t initially planning to do. The original plan is that I would post every week during the summer, but I lose every ounce of productivity (which isn’t nearly a lot at all) during the summer, and I just decided to wait to start it back up when school starts again. I probably should have made a post explaining this, but like I said; I lose every ounce of productivity in the summer. So I’m back and I will be posting every Monday and Wednesday some time in the afternoon. If I’m feeling productive, I might post in the morning.

Some updates in my life lately:

I just started my sophomore year of high school, so that’s great.

I am attempting (for the 8th time) to get somewhat organized this school year. So far it’s working but again, I’ve tried 8 times in the past and it doesn’t seem like it wants to work. Hopefully this time I’ll get it together.

Today was my first day of school and it was pretty good. Only minor complaints.

I know this isn’t really a real post, I just wanted to say that I’m back! And I will be posting regularly again!

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things i used to do/think/say (part one)

Hello! As promised I have an extra post! There will be another post that’ll be up by tomorrow night.

I’m 14, which means I’m in that awkward stage of life. I do say and think a lot of stupid things still now (which is why this is part one). But I decided to make this post all about some of the stupid things I did, thought, and said when I was a “tween,” which I thought was such a cool term back when I was 11. A lot changed about me 3/4 years ago and it will be really different 4 years from now.

1. “Babyish”

I sadly and embarrassingly used to use this term all the time. I used it to describe clothes, TV shows, and hairstyles. I used it until I was probably 12-ish. Embarrassing that I was 12 only 2 and a half years ago. I didn’t realize then how immature it made me sound.

2. “Dora is such a baby show!”

Thanks Captain Obvious. Because we needed you to tell us that a Nick Jr. show was for young kids. I also said this about Barney and 90% of all other Nick Jr. and Disney Junior.

3. “Justice is for little kids and I hate it!”

*Sigh* I started saying this after I passed that threshold of being interested in children’s clothes into teen/junior’s clothing. I used to really, really love Justice. It was colorful (and expensive) and I thought it was just so cool to have clothes from there. But once I turned 12, I started completely hating my closet and wanting “teenagery clothes.” Then I started hating on Justice and the clothes. I did this until probably a year ago (yikes).

4. “I’m so inappropriate”

I thought I was oh so dirty-minded in 5th grade. I hadn’t even heard of Urban Dictionary.

I know this post was soooo short but I want to make more of this series to make up for my lack of posting. I hope you come back tomorrow for another post!

pool essentials


Hello everyone! I disappeared without any warning last week, but that’s only because I was vacating in the Outer Banks! It was a lot of fun, and my family always vacations there, when we go. I get a splinter every year, and I didn’t fail to get one this time (BUT IN MY HAND, I WORE SHOES THAT TIME). My grandmother had to console me as my two aunts did “surgery” on my hand to get the little splinter out, since it was stuck completely under my skin. It almost looked like someone injected it into my hand. I also got impaled again…but that’s a story for another time!

This week I promise I’ll make up for me missing last Monday. I’ll make a post about what I did on vacation, as well as storytimes (from vacation and other times in my life), and maybe some other fun little posts in between. I have a lot of ideas under my belt.

Today’s post is all about the pool and the essentials you’ll need. Most of these apply to the beach as well, but the beach was NOT a fan of me last week, so I am sticking to the trusty pool.

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1. Bathing suit

This is a no-brainer. There are plenty of stores and sites that sell bathing suits. Amazon has a lot of cheap bathing suits. I got a Triangl brand knockoff on Amazon. That style of bathing suit that they sell is my absolute favorite.

Here is a link to the bathing suit I got. It’s not the same company, but it’s probably better because of the many color choices.

Here is the second bathing suit I got. More high-waisted than my high-waisted shorts.

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2. Towel

Self explanatory.

3. Cover-up

I tend to wear clothes as a cover up but it’s so much easier to just put on a flowy dress. Wait. I just realized that my essentials might be a bit girly…oh well, who said guys can’t wear dresses? You can also wear a long shirt.

4. Flip flops/sandals/swim shoes

Self explanatory.

5. Book or magazine

For those pool breaks (or adult swims if you’re under 18).

6. Sunglasses

To block the sun. You can use them for decoration if you can barely see (like me).

7. Goggles (optional)

So you can see underwater. Can give headaches if too tight.

So this post may have been lacking in interesting-ness but I will have at least 3 other posts this week for you to read. Thank you for reading!!

 

 

 

My first ASL event

As I am writing this, I am shaking with nervousness. I’m on my way to my first ASL event ever. If you didn’t know this about me already, I will tell you now: I love ASL. ASL stands for American Sign Language. I’ve been interested and have sort of known it for years, but this year is my first year officially learning it.

Today I’m going to a Silent Lunch. There’s going to be deaf and hearing people there. No one’s allowed to speak. Only sign.

I have been cramming so many last-minute signs into my head. Thank god I’m going with a friend or I would explode from nervousness. I’m only nervous because I’m afraid I’ll be super lost because of my weak ASL vocabulary. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited. That doesn’t change my nervousness, though. So here I go, about to leave and go to this lunch. Let’s pray that the nervousness doesn’t overcome me.

 

I’m back! It went so much better than I expected! I was so nervous, which was pointless. Everyone was so nice, and my friend is a beginner to which helped. I am quite talkative, which made it hard to stay quiet sometimes. I noticed that I had to change a lot of my sentences. By this, I mean I had to change how I worded it, or if I was going to say it at all. I used an ASL app to help out a little for when I had some hard to remember signs I had to refresh.

Since it is a foreign language, sometimes I just had to smile and nod in response to some people.

The entire “no talking” thing wasn’t too enforced. Like if I had forgotten a sign or it was too hard to sign, I could whisper it or say it to my friend. I whispered something to her twice, I’m pretty sure.

The place we went had great food. I spent the entire day wanting more of their pizza.

So in all, it was really great. I had a lot of fun and it was a really cool learning experience.

This post was way shorter than I was expecting, so I’ll add in some back story on how I got into ASL.

So a few years ago, in 2014, I started watching the ABC Family [now Freeform 😡 ] TV show, Switched at Birth. The title is pretty self-explanatory, but one of the biggest main characters is deaf. There’s a lot of deaf characters, and all of the episodes have so much ASL in them. By the end of the first episode I was hooked. I was hooked not only on the show, but ASL. I thought it was so cool, that you can speak an entire other language, only with your hands, body language, and facial expressions. I thought it was so awesome.

I started going on YouTube to learn the alphabet and how to count to 100. Then I hunted for some good ASL websites and apps to help me learn. I found so many cool websites and YouTube channels with so much information. I also found an awesome side of YouTube. It has ASL covers! Covers of songs I knew and listened to. I still watch ASL covers all the time, today. My first ASL journey was the 2014 school talent show. I was so nervous. This was around the time that the Disney movie Frozen was popular. I was doing a life ASL cover to Let It Go. As I look back on it, I noticed that I didn’t have very good facial expressions or emotion, but it was my first time performing ASL and I was very nervous. The most comforting part about this was the fact that if I messed up, no one would notice.

I fall in and out of interest in things but I always come back to the things I love. I usually go through obsessions in phases. Sometimes it’s gymnastics (I was most obsessed in 2012 around the time of the Olympics), sometimes it’s writing (what am I kidding? It’s always writing), sometimes it’s playing the piano, sometimes it’s hair, sometimes it’s makeup (like right now), sometimes it’s clothes. It all depends on how I’m feeling. I get way more into ASL when I watch Switched at Birth or ASL covers. I even was considering starting to do ASL covers on the app Musical.ly.

ASL is something I really want to get serious about. This year is the first year I’ve been taking a class. I have 2 apps, an ASL dictionary book, and multiple websites and YouTube channels. If you’re starting ASL or would like to start (which you should! It’s totally worth it), I would suggest looking up some ASL covers and maybe even trying them out yourself! They’re very helpful when remembering signs and learning grammar and things like that.

I hope you all enjoyed my post this week and I hope you return next Monday!

 

 

 

 

so…

I am more organized than this, I swear (not really) but I actually don’t know what I’m posting. I never know what to post on Mondays. Even though that’s my day to post. I keep trying to write posts in advance but that won’t work. I always end up deleting those posts or not liking them. I honestly have no clue what to write about. I looked on Bloglovin’ for 10 minutes, a list of 101 blog post ideas, and asked my mother and a friend what I should write about. Nothing was clicking and I really don’t want to post something I’m not happy with. So I’m being honest. I bet you I’ll end up publishing a post I really like and it’ll be on a Wednesday or something because I “just can’t wait,” and I’ll end up not having any idea what to post on Monday.

So I want to start a project but I’m not sure what it’ll be. When I figure it out, I’ll document the entire thing here. I also should probably exercise…and get more organized. Meh, I’ll get organized next school year.

The school year is coming to a close and I’m very excited to pretty much swim all summer.

What even is this post. I’m so sorry. I will make a much better post on…Thursday. I was going to say Wednesday but I have no time to write it before then. Again, so sorry about this pointless, short post. I hope you return!

what’s on my iPhone

Welcome back to my blog! If it’s your first time here, hi! It feels like I was just here…because I was. I’ll make sure this one goes up in time. Today I’ll be talking about what’s on my iPhone! A type of post that’s very popular on YouTube. But since I’m not an in front of the camera type of person, I will be talking about the apps I have right now. I say right now because I download new apps everyday (which isn’t very common apparently).

The type of phone I have:

Rose gold 6s. It IS NOT PINK,  EVERYONE! In some lights it is gold, in others it’s a light pink-y color. NOT PINK. Anyways, it’s a good phone and I like it. 3D Touch is cool and this isn’t new but this is my first phone with fingerprint recognition and it saves so much precious time.

So let’s start with my favorite app.

Spotify! I love it so much! All the music I want, when I want. I started off without Premium, then got the free trial and couldn’t live without. It’s a great app!

Pros: Music!!! The first 3 months are 99 cents!

Cons: Can’t do some cool features without Premium. Premium costs $10 a month, which isn’t too much.

Second favorite:

Snapchat! I think that’s my second favorite. I have sorta long Snapchat stories full of me being goofy and annoying.

Pros: Filters, can see when someone screenshots, fun stories, can easily skip through stories (mine), stuff disappears.

Cons: Stuff disappears, people will sometimes open your stories and not reply, auto-advance (IMO).

Third.

Facebook.

You know what it is. Much calmer than Twitter

I’m not going by favorites from now on.

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You know what this is too. One of my favorite things created.

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Lots of quizzes and fun articles. Not many pros and cons. Great for the times when you’re bored at 2am and don’t want to sleep yet. I took a “What Lush Bath Bomb are you” quiz today.

6.

WordPress. For obvious reasons.

7.

Bloglovin’. Easy to find blogs to follow and save posts to collections. Cool and fun.

8.

Handle. Schedule and to-do list app with a calendar and email inbox. My way of tricking myself into thinking that I’m productive.

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So remember when I said that I download a lot of apps. Well this is one of them. Apparently, on average, cell phone users download one app a month. I am a bit app heavy…I average 1-3 apps a day. This is my way of finding apps that are new and cool that not many people are on yet. I’m not a hipster.

This app is called HOOKED and basically, you write and read stories but in the format of a text conversation! I didn’t know that was what it was going to be about when I downloaded it, but it ended up being really cool and the stories are great. Since I tend to find new apps, when I downloaded this app the logo was different, you had to get onto a waitlist to write a story, and the format sucked, so it was harder to read the story you want. Now it’s much cleaner and everyone can write text conversation stories (which could turn into a bad thing). I recommend it.

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Google! You know what this is. One of the greatest things created. Better than Bing. Old logo was better.

11.

Starbucks app. Helpful. Great. Easy use. I recommend.

12.

ASL Dictionary from NTID. Great app. Lots of signs. Fun.

13.

Twitter. You know what this is. Hard for me to figure out for about 3 months. Liked it a lot after figuring out how it works. Use it frequently. Very fast compared to Facebook. Hahahaha follow me @dahliasorchid 

14.

Instagram. I don’t know how I went so long without mentioning it. Fun.

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This app is my badly raised child. So this app is pretty new, and is getting extremely popular, very fast. It’s more of an infamous kind of fame, due to the content of it and the people that have gained fame from it. Again it’s still new so the most popular person on the site has 8 million (which is a lot but not as much as Instagram, Twitter, etc.). I downloaded this app on one of my app searches last summer. I was very bored at my uncle’s house, so I was looking for music video apps. Somehow I came across the app and it seemed like just a way to make music videos. I was eager to download it, but it wasn’t at all what I expected it to be. It was a social media app. I was actually disappointed about it being social media. I also failed to read the part of the description where it said the “music videos” would be just 15 seconds long. So I was going to just delete it because I didn’t see any point to it, but then I saw dancing videos. It was the day that the Hit The Quan dance was becoming popular, so that was a while ago. I told some of my friends about it and they didn’t care about it (…until it became popular of course). So the reason I call this app my badly raised child is because of what has become of it. I don’t want to get too far into this mess because there’s a lot I could say and I’ve written so much about it already. Basically the app is lip syncing and dancing. Looks like AT LEAST 80% of the people are under 18 on the app and almost everyone on there is under thirty. It’s a cute app. Sounds harmless. Well it kind of turned into a monster as it’s gotten more popular. Ask me about it if you’re actually interested in what happened to the app but ya know, that’s a long story.

16.

Haven’t used this app very much yet. It’s basically a social media for only your close groups of friends (your squad). It’s a lot of fun. You don’t have to worry about followers or the amount of likes you get, if you worry about that now with other social networks.

So that’s not every single app on my phone, but those are the ones I really use the most. This post was way more work than I thought but I’m glad I’m posting it on time. I hope you come back next Monday for another

 

 

 

 

 

(some) of my fave celebrities

Hello and welcome (back) to my blog! I am here with another post. I am posting this early because I don’t feel like my last post was enough and I wanted to make a post that actually had content so I will be talking about a few of my favorite singers, actors, personalities and why I love these people.

Rowan Blanchard (sorry for the low-res pic)

Mostly known for: Her role of Riley Matthews on Girl Meets World.

DOB: October 14, 2001 (a month older than me!)

Micro bio: Super woke and educated about social justice, feminist, cool, bold, doesn’t care one bit about haters.Gorg. Relatable. Loves chocolate and Beyoncè. Friends with Amandla Stenberg.

Profession: Actress. Activist.

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Amandla Stenberg

Mostly known for her role as Rue in The Hunger Games and is also known for being an activist and feminist.

DOB: October 23, 1998

Micro bio:  Like Rowan, super woke and educated, bold, can act, gorg. Feminist. 

Profession: Actress, activist.

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Zayn (Malik)

Mostly known for: Being in One Direction, then leaving (I like him as a solo artist. Nothing against One Direction). Now a solo artist.

DOB: January 12, 1993

Micro bio: Great singer. TaLeNt. EnJoYs TyPInG lIkE tHiS. Really hot.

Profession: Singer.

Alessia Cara

Mostly known for: Her singles “Here” and “Wild Things.”

DOB:  July 11, 1996

Micro bio: Relatable. Canadian. Amaze singer.

Profession: Singer.

Zendaya

Mostly known for: Her role in Shake it Up years ago? I’m honestly not even sure anymore.

DOB: September 1, 1996

Micro bio: Quadruple threat; actress, singer, dancer, model. Gorgeous. Slays me.

So there are (SOME) of my favorite celebrities. I have many more, but right now, they are my top 5. I hope you enjoyed my fangirling post here, but I must go. I’ll be back in just 2 days with my weekly post! Hope you all have a great weekend!

 

 

 

oops

So…I was supposed to post yesterday. I didn’t for 3 reasons.

  1. I had three different topics I was going to write about, then deleted all three.
  2. I didn’t think about the blog once the entire day. I did notice right as a woke up this morning.
  3. I had another post idea but I wasn’t a fan of how it was turning out, and I don’t want to post something I don’t like, just because it made the deadline.

So you’re probably wondering what this post is about by now. Well……..I don’t really know. I probably should have planned this out. I actually did have 3 plans but ended up not liking any of the ideas around the time I had to post. So I’m not really sure what this post is about. I don’t want it to be about not knowing what to post.

So…I tried it all. It’s not Tuesday at 12:02 A.M. and I still haven’t posted yet. I tried crafts and art projects but that wasn’t working…so maybe I’ll just talk and see where it goes.

I’ve started every paragraph with “so,”so far. I started yoga this month. I heard it was supposed to be relaxing, but I was skeptical. I don’t relax easily, so I wasn’t thinking that yoga was going to help. I was very wrong. It is so relaxing. You forget your thoughts and almost go into a trance. At one point, I even purposely tried to think of a negative thought, and I couldn’t. I am constantly thinking of negative thoughts, so this was nice. I am really happy I started it, but I wish I had it before and after math class, that would make things much less terrible!

I suggest yoga, especially to those who get stressed easily or anxiety…

So I just blinked it is 5:27  A.M. This blog post doesn’t want to work with me. I’m sorry for this boring post, my brain just doesn’t want to be nice today.

 

 

 

35 random facts about me

Hello and welcome (back?) to my blog! I keep on posting late in and barely making it but I’m trying. This week might have more than one post because of me coming up with a bunch of ideas while thinking of a topic for this Monday. To get to know me better, I’m going to tell 35 random facts about me.

1. I’m such a picky eater. It drives my mother nuts. I don’t like things too sweet and I don’t like almost any vegetables. I don’t like strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, or blackberries. I don’t like peanut butter on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches but I do like peanut butter. I should do a more detailed list of foods I don’t like another time.

2. I get distracted very easily.

3. I used to be a huge bookworm. Again that was in the past. I can only really write now. I can’t read for 2 minutes without being distracted or bored and I have to remove all distractions from the room if I’m trying to read. Last time I read, the book angered me so I closed it and haven’t read a real novel since.

4. I hate math. Not because I just don’t like it, but I am absolutely terrible at it. Which is unfair considering my mom is a math whiz. I also can’t relate to math or express myself through math. Something about science blows my mind though, leading me to the next fact.

5. I love science videos. I love watching someone rant about something scientific as I watch, not understanding most of it. One YouTube channel that makes science very interesting (and will blow your mind) is Vsauce.

6. I LOVE PIZZA

7. I LOVE MACARONI AND CHEESE

8. I LOVE CHEESE

9. Fractions are out to kill me.

10. I am really girly. Most of the girls I know that are girly now have said that they used to be major tomboys. I’ve never been that way. I’ve always been at least moderately girly.

11. Most of my makeup costed 5 dollars or less. Five Below makeup isn’t good quality, if you’re wondering.

12. I used to do that thing that all the “cool” 12 year olds did where you’d go from being obsessed with something to dissing it. Age 11: “I LOVE JUSTICE! IT’S THE BEST STORE!” Age 12: “Ugh Justice is for babies! I HATE Justice! Claire’s is so much better!” Age 11: “I LOVE DISNEY CHANNEL!” Age 12: “Ew Disney Channel sucks! Teen Nick is what watch!”

13. I used to think that giving birth was like having really bad constipation when I was little. So every time I would be constipated I imagined that I was giving birth.I thought it was good practice. I probably thought this because they’d always say “push” when on TV and it came from that low area so it made sense to me.

14. I am notorious for procrastinating. People always say I can’t turn in my best work when I wait until the last minute. But doing things at the last minute actually motivates me to get it done and do it well so it doesn’t seem like I waited until the last minute to do it.

15. I hate sagging pants.

16. I don’t like judging what people wear unless it’s just atrocious. Sagging pants are an exception because they’re atrocious.

17. I want to rip out my eyeballs when people use the wrong your/you’re.

18. i like typing without punctuation because it’s more aesthetically pleasing, but i always use the right your/you’re, there/they’re/their, it’s/its, and lets/let’s.

19. I hate watermelon. It tastes like watered down watermelon juice and there’s barely any flavor.

20. I absolutely cannot eat a hotdog without a bun and ketchup. They make me nauseous.

21. HGTV is great. I know that’s not about me but it’s a fact.

22.  I love food. Though I don’t like a lot of food, I love the food I do like.

23. I hate when people copy what I do. I get that’s like a form of flattery but it just feels weird to me. I dislike it.

24. I love Finding Nemo.

25. I love Monster’s Inc.

26. I love High School Musical.

27. I love Hamilton.

28. I like making art but I am not good at it.

29. I can’t do crafts or art that is supposed to look like something specific or I will get so frustrated. Sometimes so frustrated that I cry.

30. I cry very easily. I especially hate when someone asks me if I’m okay. That makes the waterfall pour.

31. Contrary to the one before this, I have never cried in a movie. I’ve cried because of a short film on YouTube, but even then it was only just a few tears.

32. I always am excited when drama happens until it includes me, then I hate it.

33. Unless it’s a nap, I cannot fall asleep before midnight.

34. I was originally going to do 50 facts, but I have no idea what to say about myself.

35. I like lists.

 

Thanks for reading! Like I said, I might do an extra post this week due to me having a bunch of ideas. I hope you return next Monday!

 

NYC!

It has always been on my bucket list to go to New York. It’s also been on my bucket list to see a Broadway play…well I can cross off two things now!

On Easter morning, my mother woke me and my sister up (or maybe she sent my brother to do it…my memory isn’t the best) and called us downstairs. Me and my little sister ran downstairs and weren’t expecting anything. Well lo and behold, there was a basket full of candy and 2 envelopes. I was so confused and had NO idea what was going to be inside of the envelope. Me and my sister both opened the envelopes and freaked out. On April 10th we were going to New York City to see Aladdin on Broadway!

Yesterday my mom woke me up, bright and early at 6 o’clock in the morning. I hobbled out of bed and went downstairs to get my clothes for the day. I went downstairs  because by the time I went to bed, my clothes were in the dryer and it was still running. I grabbed some black pants with a warm white sweater and some tennis shoes that are really good for walking. I was sad that it was going to be cold because I had plans to wear a dress for my outfit but I liked this outfit. I wore a light gray coat over my sweater. It wasn’t a thick coat at all, I would’ve been too hot with a heavier coat on. We picked up my aunt on the way to the train station.

The train ride was…interesting. Nice at first but wasn’t too great when my sister threw up from anxiety or motion sickness or something. She felt okay after the train ride so that’s great. We arrived in New York City around 12 o’clock. We went to the front on Penn Station to wait for my friend and her mother, when a man instantly already knew that we (my mom, sister, aunt, and I) were tourists. Crazy. When my friend showed up, we had almost 3 hours left to explore. The first thing we saw was the Empire State Building. In D.C. nothing is to be taller than the Monument, so there are no skyscrapers. Everything was huge in New York. IMG_5542[1]

Here are some more photos of the things we saw in NYC!

 

 

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We had to head to the show after walking around and sightseeing a bit.

So Aladdin was amazing. The set design was beautiful, the acting was great, the music was great. Everything was great. There were some really funny parts and it was just so captivating. I was never bored. There were some parts that took a lot of engineering and it was so cool! If you haven’t seen it, you really should. It was so good. addin.png

Right after the show, me and my friend went to Sephora to just look around. I tried on a sample of this foundation that had very orangey undertones which do not look good on me. I tried to wipe it off with the palm of my hand but…well…it looked like I had a really bad spray tan on my right palm. Worse part is, the foundation was really good quality, so it refused to come off. It stayed on until 1 o’clock that night when I took a shower. I even tried taking it off with alcohol wipes but it wouldn’t budge. If only I remembered the brand. I’d recommend it then.

We went to a fancy McDonald’s I’ve wanted to go to since I was really young. It looks like the backstage of a play. I was looking for pictures for ten minutes and I couldn’t find one.

Next we searched (for longer than expected) for a pizza place. We found a Sbarro and I got some pepperoni pizza there. I love pizza. I was so sad to go home. We parted ways from my friend around 7:15 to head back to Penn Station. It was an amazing day and I can’t wait to go to New York again.

Thanks for reading! See you next Monday!