Saturday, 15 February 2014

Liebster Award

What is this? Another blogpost on the same day?
Yes, because I've been nominated for the Liebster Award.

For those of you who don't know what the Liebster Award is, it's kind of like a TAG, but a bit different. The Liebster award is a great way to discover new blogs. However, there are a few rules:

1. The person nominated must acknowledge the person who nominated you.
2. You have to write 11 facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions that the nominator asked.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
5. Create 11 questions which your nominated bloggers need to answer.
6. Let the 11 chosen bloggers know you've nominated them for the Liebster award.

So a few days ago I've been nominated by the beautiful Sophie from WhatSophieSays and I got really exited to do this. I think this award is so much fun, because you get to know new blogs and can ask bloggers you follow a couple of questions.

Let's start with the 11 facts about myself:

1. I'm 173cm which is around 5ft8 I believe. For many of you this might seem quite tall, but since I'm Dutch and Dutch people are usually tall, I'm smaller than most of my friends.
2. In my family we all have different hair colours. My father has black hair, my mom's hair is a dark brown with a hint of red, my little sister is blonde and I've got light to medium brown hair. I think this is very funny, since usually at least two people have a similar hair colour.
3. I still don't know what my eye colour is. It's kind of a mixture between grey, blue and green with tiny golden brown parts in the middle which you can only see when my pupils are small. The question: "What's my eye colour?" Usually leads to loads of different answers.
4. I'm extremely bad at saving money. If I've got money, I need to spend it, ending up being broke within two weeks after pay day. This broke period usually leads to creating an endless list of things I want to buy when it's pay day again.
5. I'm a little bit of a big Harry Potter geek. I can't help it, without learning I remember probably 85% of all the spells, even after not watching Harry Potter for a year. I don't know how or why, but I whish learning for an exam was just as easy, because that takes me ages. I just realised I even remember Harry's parseltongue words.
6. For some weird reason my eyes get really teary when I see glitter. Not a pot of glitter, but just a single glitter sitting on your desk or on someone's face. I've got the same with oily hair. I think it has something to do with the light that irritates my eyes.
7. Shock horror! I don't own any MAC lipsticks. Every time I pop into MAC determined to buy a lipstick, I see so many pretty colours I'm overwhelmed and don't know which one to pick and leave empty handed or with an eye shadow instead.
8. I don't like my own birthday's, but I love other people's birthdays. I just always feel awkward and don't like getting present when I've got nothing to give back.
9. I think too fast for my own mouth and end up messing up a lot of words, because I combine them or use a word from the next sentence which I've yet got to say, but have already planned in my head.
10. I've never been to a wedding, but I want to go to one so badly.
11. I don't have a closet. My clothing is stored in a few wooden boxes standing next to and on top of each other, with a clothing rack on top.

Next up are the eleven questions asked by Sophie:

1. What's in your bag?
So I emptied my bag and made a picture from everything in my bag. This is the bag I brought with me to school yesterday and this is what was inside it:

From top to bottom, left to right:
1. My bag. Black with gold studs, from a Dutch store called Van Haren. 2. Pack of tissues. Unopened. 3. Umbrella. For those rainy days. 4. Diary or agenda. I'm supposed to write homework in this, but I usually forget. 5. Calculator. Very fancy. 6. Sunglasses. For those sunny days. Cheap ones from Wibra. 7. Wallet. Without money, because it has been more than two weeks since pay day. 8. Case for glasses from H&M. Currently used to carry pens, pencils and markers. 9. French to Dutch dictionary. I had a French test yesterday. 10. Bottle of Crystal Clear Cranberry and Lemon. My favourite drink. 11. An almost empty package of mints. 12. Maybelline Babylips. My favourite chapstick ever. 13. Maybelline Fit Me foundation stick. Perfect to touch up foundation during school, because no brush is needed. 14. Phone. Iphone4. Needed to survive a school day. 15. Deodorant. Dove roller and Dove spray. Roller is easier to use when wearing tight clothes, but I prefer using sprays in general. 16. A single Bobby pin. 17. HEMA lip gloss in 02 and Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 101. 18. Two USB sticks. One heart shaped, which I find really cute. 19. Tiny perfume bottle. Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty. 20. Some trash. Test paper, jewellery bag which contained the cutest bracelet given to me by a friend, price tag from a necklace I bought over a week ago.
And that's it. Those were the contents of my bag.

2. What's your favourite lipstick?
Topshop lipstick in Macaroon, a very pretty coral colour.

3. What's your favourite TV show?
Orphan Black, Game of Thrones, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Pretty Little Liars, New Girl, in no particular order. I love them all equally. I also love Gossip Girl and The Secret Circle, but those have ended ): But my all time favourite TV show is Wie is de mol? A Dutch TV series where famous people need to do all kind of assignments, but there's one person trying to make the assignments fail and the others and viewers need to find out who that person is. It's really good.

4. What is your best beauty or fashion tip?
Don't apply blusher to the apples of the cheek, but on the cheekbone. On some people, including me, this looks way better.

5. Do you have any pets?
Yes, my sister and I both have our own cat and I love them so much. It gives you so much satisfaction when you sit on the couch watching TV and your cat is sleeping on your lap.

6. Do you prefer to wear flats or heels?
I prefer heels, but wear flats very often too. Heels make me taller than my boyfriend, which he doesn't like, but I don't care, hihi.

7. What's your favourite chocolate bar?
Chocolate Letters! They are Dutch and only available during Sinterklaas, a Dutch holiday, quite similar to Santa Claus, and they are the best. You usually get them as a present in the first letter of your name, for me that's an A. The chocolate of chocolate letters is just the best.

8. When do your write your posts?
I don't have a  special time of the day or the week when I write my posts. But usually in the weekend or late at night. My post from yesterday I wrote in school, oops.

9. Tell us something your parents don't know?
This question is a hard one. I'm not someone who tells their parents every little thing, but I stopped hiding things from them as well. A few years back I was great at that, but now I've grown up.. I guess.
Something they don't know... I honestly can't think of anything. I'm sorry.

10. What's your favourite make up product?
My Lancôme Hypnose Mascara, which I got as a present from my boyfriend last Christmas. But I got the naked 3 palette today and something tells me I'm going to love that even more.

11. Do you have any phobias?
Yes, and a really weird one that is. I can't stand it when people touch their throats. I get the feeling like I'm being chocked and can't breath and it has leaded to hyperventilation a couple of times. I'm getting better at it know, but I have to close my eyes when someone's throat is being cut in a movie, otherwise I'll feel sick for the rest of the day. Sweeney Todd is definitely not my kind of movie.
Even thinking about it makes me feel like I can't breathe.
I've never heard anyone else about this phobia and I don't know where it came from, but I've got is for as long as I can remember, even as a little kid.

And those were the questions asked by Sophie.

The people I nominate are:

Their blogs are amazing and they're such sweet people, I really suggest checking their blogs out.

The questions the nominees need to answer are:

1. Who is your favourite Disney character?
2. Describe or post a picture of your worst outfit as a child.
3. Favourite online clothing shop?
4. What is your favourite breakfast?
5. What is your favourite flower?
6. If you could only wear one piece of jewellery for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Wedding rings excluded)
7. Feel good food?
8. Favourite OTP? (TV shows and movies only)
9. What do you appreciate most about your parents?
10. Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? If yes, what is his/her best quality?
11. What time do you usually go to bed?

And that concludes this post. I loved doing this and again, check out the blogs of the nominees, they're amazing.

Love you all! Bye!!!





Sick Tip #2


I thought It would be time for another SickTip. This one is a follow up of the previous one, which was about motivation to get out of bed.
This tip is about motivation to fight for your health.
Having the right motivation is really important if you want to keep on fighting for your health.
You need to fight for a reason, not for the fight.

Finding this motivation is a journey on itself. Not everyone will find their motivation straight away, this usually takes some time.
The right motivation is different for everyone. I can't tell you what the right motivation is for you, only you can do that.

To explain this all a bit better, I'm going to tell about how I found my own motivation to keep on fighting.

Before I got CFS I didn't really have a goal set in my mind. Something I wanted to achieve in life. I just lived my live as a happy teenage girl, to whom friends and homework were the important things in life.

When I got CFS both of those things got taken away from me. I didn't have the energy to go to school or see my friends and we fell out of touch.
This made me really sad and I felt really lonely.

Because I was so unhappy I stopped trying to fight. I had given up and my CFS only got worse.
It got to the point where I would lie in bed all day for 10 days in a row, not being able to do anything. It was terrible and a really dark period of which I don't remember much.
I didn't know what to do anymore, I didn't know what my life meant anymore. I felt extremely useless and wished I could just disappear.

But then a thought occurred to me: "If I were to vanish of this earth I would leave a lot of people I love behind, they would get hurt" I didn't want to hurt them, but I was already hurting them. All this time I only thought about me and how I felt, but I never thought about my family and my friends and how it must feel for them. As a parent it is extremely painful to see your child being so ill, not able to enjoy life. So I decided to fight again. Not for me this time, because I wanted to get better, but for my loved ones, who would be happy if they saw me get better. I would fight for my parents, for my friends, but also for the people I will meet in the future. I would fight for the family I will have later, I will fight for the children I'll teach later (I want to become a teacher), I will fight for other people struggling with their disease, trying to help them with my stories. For all of them, I'll fight. And I fought.
They were my motivation, my goal, and they still are.

Because I fought again, with only that goal in my mind I gave up on anything else which was useless, but kept wasting my energy on, like school. I knew I had to do that year again, because I missed too many lessons, so why bother with homework? I went to school for 4 hours a day, the hours during which I had lessons with my friends.

Because I put all my energy into getting better and seeing my friends more often, my health improved bit by bit.
After just a few months I felt great, my health was still poor, but I was happy again. I regained contact with my friends. Talked loads with my parents and made ideas for the future, including this blog.

The next school year I went to a different school, one closer to where I live. I went to follow every lesson and not just a couple, and even though I missed about 1 day a week, I was proud of myself. I gained enough energy and health to follow 4 days a week instead of 4 hours.

Even on this day I still fight with my goals in my mind. Without these goals, without these people, without my motivation I wouldn't have been where I'm now.
But I'm also fighting for myself again. For me, for my health and for my happiness.

What I want to tell you with my story is that finding the right motivation can be a difficult and long journey, but when having found the right one... You know it has all been worth it.
I think I've become a better person by making this journey and I can honestly say that I don't feel sorry for myself for having CFS, because it has brought me to where I'm now, to the people I know now, and I think it will take me even further.

This is just an example of my motivation, but yours can be very different. A talent you possess and want to show, a hobby you want to do again, a job you've always wanted to have. The list is endless.
So find your motivation to fight for your health, because simply: "To get better" isn't enough for most of us. Start with a good motivation, a goal, and the rest will follow.

I'm not saying that the right motivation is the cure for CFS and other diseases, because it definitely isn't. If only it was that easy.
A chronic illness can't be cured (easily) and has many consequences on the patient's life.
These consequences are usually what makes the illness so bad, at least that's what I think.
With a lack of energy and health I can live, but I can't live with not being able to go to school, see my friends and live a normal live, or at least as normal as possible.
I think it is important to improve those things first and just feeling happier again. If that's all good, you can start trying to improve other things. Just take one step at the time: Improve happiness, improve health, improve happiness, improve health. By improving your happiness, fighting for your health is easier. When gained more health and energy, you can put more energy in the things that matter to you, and so on.
But that's probably different for everyone.

I hope you've found this useful, if you did please let me know.
Also if you've got any questions or tips yourself you can either comment below or send me a mail.

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Friday, 14 February 2014

Jennifer Lawrence Inspired Hair Tutorial


Hi everyone!
So yesterday I watched some “Jennifer Lawrence funny moments” video’s on YouTube. Can we just appreciate the fact that there is a series of 22 video’s and a 23rd on its way.
I love Jennifer Lawrence, she’s my favourite actress, not only because of the great work she does, her personality is amazing. Jennifer is down to earth and really funny, even though she’s a celebrity, she doesn’t come across like one.
I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful her hairstyle was during the 38th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, so I decided to recreate it and make a tutorial.
It’s kind of an inspired tutorial, because my hair isn’t similar to Jennifer’s and not the exact hairstyle, because I’m not an expert.
I’m very boring when it comes to hair, and just wear it down every single day. So if I’m a beginner and I can do this, well... that must mean it’s very easy.
As for preparations, I washed my hair, blow dried it and teased the roots a little for some volume and texture, but that’s pretty much all. For this hairstyle it doesn’t matter if your hair is straight or curly, but you do need medium to long hair.
All you need to create this hairstyle is two small (clear) elastic hair bands and a few bobby pins, preferably small and in your own hair colour.
So enough talk, let’s start with the tutorial!

The first thing you need to do is create a centre part. It doesn’t have to be exactly in the middle, just let it fall naturally in a middle part.

Next you take the two (clear) elastic bands and create two ponytails behind your ear, located quite low. It is important to only wrap the elastic band around your hair once, if you want to take them out later. You can also keep them in for this hairstyle, in that case, wrap them around as much as you need. I prefer taking them out, because there is no chance of them showing.

The third step is to pull out your bangs. If you don’t have bangs, take out a few strands of hair where the bangs should be.
Then start braiding the ponytails. Just a normal, regular braid, nothing special. Secure the braids with a bobby pin.

After braiding the ponytails, gently roll down the elastic bands, it you want to take them out. If you want to keep them in to make this hairstyle extra easy, skip this step. If you want to take them out, but can’t roll them down, you can also cut them, but be very careful you don’t cut your hair or your ear!
Gently pull the braid, making it look more voluminous and thicker. I like to set the braids with hairspray after doing this, but that’s all up to you.

Now on to the hardest part of this hairstyle, pinning the braid on your head. Take your time with this step, because it’s important you place them right.
Gently flip your braid at the starting point so the end points up to the sky. If you want you can secure the base with a few bobby pins. Then bring the braid over to the other side of your head, creating a “crown” or hair band. Your braid needs to pass the centre part for this hairstyle to work, hence the medium to long hair.

When you’ve placed the braid in the position you want it to be, pin it with a bobby pin. I found it looks best to pin them parallel to the braid and not across, this way you can hide the bobby pin easily.
Repeat this with the braid on the other side of your hair, placing the braid over the previous one to hide the bobby pin and hide the end of the braid underneath the braid you placed before and secure with a bobby pin.

Secure any extra parts you need to secure with a bobby pin spray with hairspray and you’re finished!

If you want you can curl your bangs if you’ve got long bangs, because I think that would look cute. If your bangs are short, I wouldn’t curl them and just leave them as they’re are.

You can make this hairstyle look really neat, although you need more skill for that, or quite messy. I prefer this hairstyle looking rather messy, but that’s just personal preference.

Let me know what you thought of this tutorial. I’m not a professional or anything, but I thought it would be fun to show how a beginner creates hairstyles.

Will you be trying out this hairstyle? Leave a comment below, I love reading them.


Sunday, 9 February 2014

Review: Tanya Burr's Lip Glosses

First of all I want to congratulate Tanya Burr on creating and releasing her own make up line. I'm so proud of her and I think she did an amazing job. If you don't know Tanya (who doesn't?) here's the link to her YouTube channel and her blog.

Lipglosses by Tanya Burr RRP €9,09 Available on FeelUnique
I've ordered two nail polishes and two lip glosses. The nail polishes haven't arrived yet, but I'll review those when I can. Until then, here's my review of Tanya's lip glosses:

Tanya has worked together with eye CANDY for over a year (I believe) and the finished result is a gorgeous collection existing of 12 lip glosses and 10 nail polishes in the most beautiful colours and the most amazing names. Tanya chose the names of the products herself and I think she's done a great job choosing names that mean something to her personally, ranging from her favourite Disney princess to her love for penguins or some of her most precious memories.

The two lip glosses I ordered are 'First Date' and 'Vampire Kiss' and I was so exited once I got them in my mailbox, I wanted to put them on straight away. But as the good blogger I am, I waited till after I photographed the packaging.
I think the packaging of the lip glosses look really nice. Tanya did a good job personalizing them, so they can be easily recognized as hers. On the packaging is a picture of Tanya, looking beautiful as always, with her signature underneath.

The packaging of the lip glosses themselves is quite simple, which I like, but personalized with Tanya's signature and the little heart on top of the lid, which I think is really cute.

Let's get on with the product. When I opened the lip gloss a sweet, fruity smell greeted me. The scent is quite strong when applying the product, but leaves quickly. If your not a fan of scented make up products, that's a thing you should keep in mind. I'm not a huge fan of the scent, but I don't dislike it either. It's a bit mehh.. Although it smells fruity, it's a bit more like fruit flavoured sweets and not the fruit itself, if you get what I mean, a bit artificial.

The next thing I noticed is the applicator. I haven't seen one like this before. It reminded me a bit of those plastic coffee spoons with two holes in them, but than a bit thicker and without the holes. Application went really nice. The amount of product you get on the applicator is the perfect amount to do one lip. I had to get used to the applicator for a few seconds, but quickly found out how to work with it and my love for it grew fast. With this applicator you can work really accurate and neat, which is  handy, especially for the darker lipglosses. I also found it really easy to apply the lipgloss to the inner part of the lip, while with others I usually smudge some lipgloss on my teeth. This might have to with the fact that I'm clumsy.

The first lip gloss I tried was 'First Date'. I was a bit scared to try it, because the colour of the lip gloss is quite light, which usually doesn't really suit me. 'First Date' is a beautiful blue toned pink colour with a slight hint of lilac. Although on the pictures of the product in the bottle it looks more peachy, I don't know why. The colour of the swatches is more accurate.
L: Vampire Kiss, R: First Date

First Date
The lip gloss itself is nicely pigmented. It gives enough colour to be a little bit more than a sheer coat, but you can build it up to be fully opaque. I prefer to let a bit of my own lip colour shine through the lip gloss, because otherwise the lip gloss will be to light for my skintone.

Vampire Kiss
Next the lip gloss I was most exited for 'Vampire Kiss'. I was a little bit disappointed at first, because the lip gloss turned out to be lighter than it is in the bottle when I applied the first layer, but beautiful nonetheless. But my disappointment faded quickly, because to get the dark colour, you only need a little bit of a thicker layer.
On the photos of the swatches the colour looks a bit orangy, but in real life it's more of a true (dark) red.

First Date                                                Vampire Kiss
I've been wearing 'First Date' today and it stayed on quite well, with a few touch ups. Also the lip gloss isn't very sticky, depending on how thick the layer of lip gloss you're wearing is. Another bonus is the taste, which is really nice. I can't really tell what it tastes like, because I simply have no idea, but I can tell it is a lot better than make up which tastes like... well, make up.

Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and I think Tanya Burr can be very proud of her collection. I hope that some day her make up line will be sold in Dutch shops, so I can try out more products, because there are a few other lip glosses and nail polishes I would like to add to my collection. Until then I will have to buy them on Feelunique.

Have you tried Tanya's make up products? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear what you think about them.


Monday, 3 February 2014

January Favourites

With January being over and February just beginning, we are being bombarded with blogpost and youtube videos showing the products loved in January. And like so many bloggers and youtubers, I'm going to do the same thing. So here are the products I used a lot and loved through January:

Let's start with the beauty favourites. First up the product I use multiple times each day, the Maybelline Baby Lips in Intense Care. This is the best lip balm I've ever owned. It goes on really smooth and makes my lips soft like no other lip balm can do.
I prefer lip balms in stick form to lip balms in pot form, because you have to put your finger in the pot and get it all dirty and sticky and bleggh and then you need to wipe it off on something or someone. I much rather prevent that.
The Maybelline Baby Lips gives some shine to the lips, which I quite like. The Maybelline Baby Lips also comes in coloured lip balms. I own Cherry Me and Pink Punch. I love Cherry Me which is a red, but I don't really like Pink Punch, because the pink colour is too light for my lips and makes it look odd.
The formulas of the coloured lip balms are really nice as well. They are moisturizing and make your lips very soft, but they aren't as moisturizing as the colourless ones.
The Maybelline Baby Lips in Intense Care is the only lip balm I've ever used all up. And that says something because I never seem to be able to empty products and change them before I can finish them.

Yes, there's a little Christmasbear hiding behind the mirror. No I didn't forget to put it away, it's sitting there all year. Don't judge, it's just too cute.

Next is a nail polish which is Essie's After School Boy Blazer. This is the perfect winter nail polish for me. I always wear dark colours (even in summer). I just love dark nails. After School Boy Blazer is a dark, dark blue, which in a certain light looks black.
But not only the colour is amazing, the formula of this nail polish is incredible. To get a nice colour on your nails you only need one coat, only one! But that's not the only thing. This nail polish dries so fast. I think mine has dried within 10 minutes without using a quick drying topcoat. That is just amazing and makes this nail polish the perfect nail polish for a girl like me who hates having to wait for the nail polish to dry. I always ruin my nail polish when I have to wait for it to dry, because I just can't sit still, it's too boring.

Third is a product I rediscovered in January. I've had the Maybelline Colour Tattoos for a while, but just didn't use them a lot, until now that is. I have been using the colour Permanent Taupe the most, which is a very pretty every day taupe brown shade. The texture of these Colour Tattoos is really nice. You can apply the product with your finger, but I prefer using a brush (The filthy finger story again). They blend very nice and last a long time. You can use the product on its own or as a base and put eye shadow on top.

Next up is a product I have been using for a few months now, but since this is the first time I do a monthly favourites I thought I would include this product as well. It's the Sleek Blush by 3 in Lace. I have been using the shade in the middle a lot. It's named Guipure and it's a stunning rose gold/coral colour with orange/gold shimmer. It's a colour hard to describe, but stunning nonetheless.

Next up is a product more for Dutch people, because it's from HEMA. I believe there are a few HEMAs in other countries as well, but it's mainly Dutch. Anyway, this product is a lipgloss and it is really nice. To be honest, I didn't expect it to be a good product since HEMA is very cheap, I think this lipgloss only cost me 3euros, bargain. I just bought it because I needed a lipgloss in a pinky colour for my prom and HEMA was just the shop that was nearby. But this lipgloss is really nice. It is the moisturizing lipgloss in number 02 and it is a pretty blue toned pink with a bit of silver glitter. The lipgloss isn't very pigmented itself and is described as semi-transparent, but on top of lipstick it looks amazing, which is how I usually wear my lipglosses anyway. I love wearing it on top of Topshop's Macaroon lipstick or Rimmel's Kate Moss lipstick in 101. Because the lipgloss isn't very pigmented it gives the lipstick a nice pink sheen. Pretty, pretty.
Plus, what I find most important about lipglosses, it isn't sticky at all. An overall great product.

The last beauty product in this monthly favourites is a hair product from John Frieda. This is the Luxurious Volume Blow Dry Lotion Root Boosting.
I spray this in my hair after washing it and before blow drying, concentrating it at my roots, because that's where I want the volume to be. Again I really like this product because you can spray it directly into your hair and don't have to pump mousse into your hand and get filthy, sticky hands, I just hate it (as if you didn't know by now).
It gives me a little bit of volume, good enough for everyday, but if I want to give my hair a little bit extra I'll need to tease the roots and hairspray it.

Now on to the fashion favourites. Which is my new pair of boots from H&M. I've written a full blogpost, including pictures, about them which you can check out here.

And last but not least, the random favourites.
I've been ill quite a lot this month, and the best thing you can do whilst being ill is to watch a lot of TV series and Disney films. Which is exactly what I did.

I had already seen the entire first season of Orphan Black a few months ago and loved it so much I decided to watch the entire series again this month and I still love it a lot. It's about human clones who are being hunted down by someone and it's very thrilling, exciting, but also funny and interesting. If you like those kind of things I strongly advice you to watch it if you haven't watched it yet.

Frozen Movie Poster

Another thing I watched this month whilst being ill is the movie Frozen from Disney and I loved it so much I saw it again that same week and I wouldn't mind watching it for a third time. I think it might have beaten Bambi and has become my new favourite Disney movie. I loved all the songs and the story was really good, a little bit different from the more typical Disney movies with one bad guy and one good guy. Also advice you to watch that.

Well then it might be no surprise to you that my favourite song this month is Let it Go by Idina Menzel. This is a song sang in Frozen and I might have been singing it a lot this month. I prefer this version to the one sang by Demi Lovato, because it's more Elza. You can listen to the song down here:

And that's it guys. I hope you've enjoyed reading what my favourite things have been this January and I would love to hear your favourites, so tell them in the comments below.

Also do you prefer longer blogpost or short blogpost, because this one turned out to be quite long.
I'll try to keep it shorter next time if you want me to.