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i'm not even sure how many problems i have because math is one of them....

Although NYC is about 1000 degrees outside, it is slowly becoming more and more like home. Mike and I have had the chance to do a lot of fun, touristy things...

Visiting Chinatown, I felt like I had stepped back in time and was in Hong Kong once again. We found an authentic dim sum restaurant and a HK supermarket, where I cried happy tears. 
We also had a peanut butter cannoli in Little Italy and it was delightful. 

Getting my Brooklyn library card made it so real that we are officially New York residents!

I have only been to two auditions since arriving, one for a theater contract in Wisconsin and another for Royal Caribbeans' main stage shows. I have yet to be called back but I am looking at every audition as an opportunity to better my technique. I have also been taking voice lessons from a Berkley College professor and he is really helping me feel more confident and comfortable auditioning in this intimidating city.

One of my favorite activities we did was called Broadway Barks! where it rained cats and dogs.... (ha.). Co-hosted by Bernadette Peters and Gloria Estefan, multiple Broadway stars come out and introduce all the precious little puppies and kittens of various NYC shelters that need homes. More information and better pictures located here:

After Broadway Barks!, attempted to get out of the rain by stopping at Schmackary's  Cookies, which did not disappoint. 

One of my new favorite places is Chelsea Market (which I have now been to twice!), mostly because this awesome Christmas lights wall. Chelsea Market is kind of like a massive food court with tons of unique food options including the doughnuttery where Courtney (my mer sister from Disney World) and I tasted coffee-banana, lemon, strawberry, and hibiscus flavored doughnuts. I was also super excited to hang out with Courtney!

After Chelsea Market, we took a walk on the Highline where you can walk on an elevated path to see the skyline in a unique way.

Buzzfeed created a major "buzz" about The Black Tap's amazing milkshakes, and for good reason. These things are no joke. This was a black cherry flavored milkshake with all sorts of different candy attached. Talk about a major sugar buzz!

Another favorite thing is the free concerts in Prospect Park. Bands like The Lumineers even performed, and when it's not a million degrees outside (and Mike isn't playing Pokemon), it is super enjoyable. 

Prospect Park has a farmers market every Saturday that we like to go to and explore. We get fresh vegetables and bread and explored places like the giant Brooklyn library and Brooklyn museum. 

Another museum we visited was the Cooper Hewitt Museum of design. They had a Pixar exhibit, which made both of us homesick for Disney and Orlando. The exhibit showed us how to draw Inside Out movie characters by just using basic shapes. 

 We also could create our own wallpaper...

 And these awesome fun chairs outside that I could not make work...

Mike has not even started school yet and was already promoted to a lead science teacher at his school, so naturally we had to go celebrate. We went to an British Pub where we had fish and chips and amazing deep fried pizza.  

Because it has been so hot, we decided to check out a NY beach and see how it compares to the Florida beaches. Mikes brother Justin was visiting and we drove to Rockaway beach. It was packed but a really nice day overall.

Some other events that have taken place without pictures include some time in Central Park, reading sessions in Bryant Park, getting lost in Queens, lots of eating out at unique places, often taking the wrong subway train, but then helping a lot of lost tourists get to the right place, and a cook out in Prospect Park.

We are loving NYC, we just need it to cool down a bit here. Mike has his first day of school on Monday (8/15) and I have my first day with NY Kids Club. I have been nannying a bit here and there as well, and loving the family I have taken on. Audition season begins in September, so eventually I will be able to attend more auditions and get into the swing of this new lifestyle. Until then, we can't wait for more visitors overtime, and eventually...SNOW!

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