I bet y'all sick of me saying I'm going to do better and not lol. But here I am gracing my lovely blog with my words. My fall semester went into MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE (Spongebob reference) and I got swept into all the fun and forgot to keep you all involved. BUT, I bet you guys want to know what I have been up to so let's get into it.
October was a blur up until homecoming. I must say I enjoyed my last homecoming as a student at UT, my parents came to see me perform and to enjoy the weekend activities. In November I went to Cincinnati with DSLS and finished up the semester on top. I came out with a 3.28 GPA for the semester *pats self on the back*. What I was really preparing for was my class trip to New York!! Y'all it was my first time going and I was so excited. The class is based on going to see plays and writing a paper that entails a deeper understanding of the works that we watched. Man exploring that city was an experience that was so amazing I can't even put it into words!! I didn't get to sight see as much as I wanted to but the things I did do were enough to fill me with joy. I finally understand the meaning of 'on and off Broadway' and I can say that I lived like a New Yorker for a while.
Oh man the food, THE FOOD!! scroll down to see the great plates that were given to me, wow I am ecstatic looking back at it now. Everything was walking distance and rich in flavor! I went to upscale breakfast places, street vendors with great on the go service, world famous restaurants and I even got eat food prepared by Obama's chef (courtesy of our tickets to see Sweeney Todd). I got to take the subway to Brooklyn and enjoy the culture for a day and I made it to some hidden gems within the city that even many locals don't know about. We went to The View, a rooftop restaurant that SPINS!! I got to see all of New York about 5 times in one sitting (talk about dizzy). I had a grilled cheese with artichoke from Pret A Manger, their equivalent to Starbucks; it was very interesting to see how the upper Eastside lives. I was told that the best gyro was from a food cart anywhere in the city and the truth of that statement speaks through the 4 or 5 gyros I had while in town. The meat was so tender paired with a veggie combinations all seasoned to perfection inside a soft puffed shell, all well enjoyed with each bite. We went to many restaurants and bars for a low price or free due to UTK alumni spoiling us and wishing us well during our visits. I love that we can connect with people wherever we go. Nothing was too much for me, I wanted to try everything I saw, but kept my options limited to save money for Christmas. Alas my vacation came to an end and I had to return home, but I do plan on returning to New York in the near future.
I had a Christmas party Saturday and it was a blast. Everyone came over in their Christmas pjs and we played games and sat around talking about any and everything all night. It only hit me after my third game of spades that we wouldn't be able to do things like this for much longer because soon we will be off in our careers hoping to get free time in the future. The moment was bittersweet to say the least but I am so glad to be hitting a milestone in a few months. 2018 is going to bring many memories and dish out so many surprises that I am ready for!!!