December 27, 2011

Some BIG, BIG News!

I have some news that I've been really excited to share for a long time.  However, I wanted to wait until the details were firm before saying anything.  Let's play a guessing game, shall we?

Clue: I have to fly to New York for this.

Clue: It's the first name you think of when you think of crafting.

Clue: It rhymes with Gartha Bluwart.



Yeah.  I'm not even kidding.  I'm going to be on the Martha Stewart show in January!  I'm thrilled, though it still doesn't seem totally real.  I'll head out mid-January for the filming and the episode will air at the end of the month.  I'll keep you posted.

Two of my sisters are heading out with me and we need some advice.  I've been to NY once but it was about 7 years ago.  We'll have a couple days there.  What do we have to do there?  Where do we have to eat?  Where can we get Broadway tickets for a lower price (if that exists)?  I'd love any tips or ideas.

This week will be light on crafting, as my husband isn't working and we're having lots of family time.  However, I will be posting announcements and info everyday.

Thanks for stopping by.

74 comments:

  1. Wow that is so exciting. Congrats to you! I have no advise but have fun!!!!!!

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  2. Go see Wicked! I have taken every person I have travelled with NY to that show and it is not only my favourite but now theirs!

    You can get some tickets cheaper for some shows at the TKTS Ticket Booth at Times Square for that day's performance (depending on what is available) but the lineups are CRAZY. There is another booth at the South Street Seaport that sells same day (plus next day matinee) cheaper AND the line ups are WAY less because people don't travel to it.

    But Wicked is def. worth the price if you don't get a deal.

    Hope this helps a little. I haven't been there in a while so I can't give any good food recommendations.

    Have fun!!

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  3. Wow! That is totally awesome! Congrats! I don't have any NY advice even though I am from Long Island. I am guessing you've been to ground zero? Have a wonderful time. Can't wait to see it! Blessings~

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  4. OMG, that's so amazing!! Congratulations. Can I rub your arm for luck? ;-)
    Of course there are discount tickets for shows for sale (it's NYC afterall). Just go to a TKTS boot and buy your tockets with amazing discounts! (http://www.tdf.org/TDF_ServicePage.aspx?id=56)
    And take the free ferry to Staten Island, you'll get real close to the statue of liberty and Ellis Island (and it's free) when you get to Staten Island, just take the next ferry back to Manhattan to watch the fabulous skyline!
    HAVE FUN!! (So jealous)
    Esther.

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  5. That is huge news! As a long time fan of your blog, I am very proud of you and happy for you. NYC is awesome! If you like Chinese food, skip Chinatown and take the subway to Flushing instead... way more authentic :)

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  6. Congratulations!

    If you like walking, you have to do the walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. I bet if you do a search for things to do in NY, this comes up.

    For discount Broadway tickets, hit the TKTS booths: http://www.tdf.org/TDF_ServicePage.aspx?id=56

    Awesome news. Congrats!

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  7. Congratulations!!! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to see your show!!

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  8. that's so exciting! congrats.

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  9. oh how fun! I've never been to New York, so I can't help you there, but I'm so excited for you. I can't wait for more details! :)

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  10. That is so exciting!!!!!!!!!! I do happy for you and I can't wait to watch the show!!!!! I live less than 2 hours from new youk and we never go :) I know there is a tix booth in time square where you can get cheaper tickets but I think it is only certain days. You buy tickets for the show that day. Have a great time!!!

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  11. Congrats! That is so exciting!! We go to NYC several times a year... For a fun little treat go to Serendipity and get the frozen hot chocolate. It is to die for...

    For a fun experience at night go to Max Breners down in union square. It is a Chocolate bar/restaurant. Very fun atmosphere and you can get just about anything with chocolate. The mini smokes fire pit on their desert menu is amazing...

    If you have time to shop go to Century 21 across the street from the World Trade Center. It is the most amazing discount store...Think Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshall's on steroids. AMAZING!

    Other restaurants.... Tony Dinapolis by Times Square, Fig and Olive in Meat packing, Cafe Mogador (Morocan) I think that is in the East village you can google it, I have several other recommendations if you need more.

    Have a blast!!

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  12. Wow, how exciting! Congrats! You definitely have to go to the Manhattan Temple while you're there. It's so amazing how well it's sound-proofed. If you don't have a lot of luggage and want to save on transportation (if Martha isn't providing, which she may well be), you can get directly from the airport into town on public transport for around $2 - there are free transfers. We did it several times from LaGuardia - a bus to the edge of the subway line, then transfer to a subway and go wherever you want.

    TKTS is the gold standard for discounted Broadway shows, but it does involve standing in line. Last time we went to NYC, I just Googled shows and prices and was able to get a Phantom matinee for what I felt was a good price online. It allowed us to plan ahead and ensure we got to see what we wanted to. We ate at John's Pizzeria (across the street from where Phantom plays) and it was amazing.

    And you might as well visit Mood and MJ Trimmings while you're there. Gotta get your shopping on, right?

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  13. woooooohoooo! congrats! can't wait to see you on TV! my favorite thing to do in NYC is to just walk around! the last time i went i was thrilled just to WALK by martha's studio...i did it 2x! have a great time!

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  14. Congratulations! A few tips from a girl who used to live on the east coast- DO NOT RENT A CAR AND DRIVE AROUND!!! Traffic is insane. Seriously, INSANE. Use the subway or walk. Good luck! ☺

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  15. Oh I am sooo excited for you! How cool is that??? I'm not surprised tho, you have some totally great skills and Martha is lucky to have you! Ya'll have a fantastic time, can't wait to see it!!!

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  16. Wow thats amazing! Congratulations! I can't wait to watch your segment!!

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  17. How exciting!! Cannot wait to watch! Have fun in NYC!!!

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  18. well.....CONGRATS!!!

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  19. Amazing news! Congratulations!!

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  20. Wicked was expensive when we went last but I'd never seen Phantom so we saved money and went to see that for the first time. I highly recommend the double decker bus tours, get to see a ton in a short amount of time. Perfect if you're only there for a few days. So excited for you!

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  21. wow, that is really cool. Congrats!

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  22. omg this is SO EXCITING!! Congrats - can't wait to hear/see more!!

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  23. Wow! Congrats! I can't wait to see the segment.

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  24. wahoo! welcome to the big time. :) can I have your autograph? say hi to martha for me!

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  25. Congratulations!!!! I am so excited for you! I can't wait to tune in and see it! :0)

    NYC is so awesome. You are going to love it. You HAVE to go see Wicked. Even if you have to pay full price it is well worth the money!

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  26. Ohmywow! How exciting. I've never been to New York so no tips but I'll definitely watch when you're on.

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  28. That is SO awesome Cheri!!! What an adventure and fun opportunity! I can't wait to see you on it! Congrats woman!

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  29. That's great news! Congrats! You'll have to let us know when your episode is airing.

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  30. Congratulations! That is pretty exciting! Sort of like getting the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval in the crafting world! Have fun! Trudy

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  31. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You are going to be so amazing and you TOTALLY deserve it! There are so many fun things to do in NY. But the 9/11 memorial is hands down the greatest thing that we have done there. You need tickets to go into the museum and the actual memorial so get them early because they sell out really fast. You guys are going to have SO much fun!!

    Love your guts
    mandi

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  32. Oh my goodness! That's great! I have always loved Martha and her awesome ideas and want to go see the show live one day. But to be a guest on her show...you are the coolest person I "know", I think. I've never been to NYC so I have no advice for you there but to have so much fun!

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  33. I went to NY in the spring and saw Wicked...on the way to the show we went to Ellen's Stardust Diner -- you MUST eat there!! Such amazing food, great entertainment :D Have fun!

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  34. Wahoo! That is so exciting Cheri! I am so excited for you!

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  35. Congrats! That's so exciting!

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  36. SO EXCITING!!! I don't have any advice - but CONGRATULATIONS!! :D

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  37. Congratulations!

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  38. How fun! I will have to go over to someone's house that has cable so I can watch the show! Or I will have to watch it on the Internet after it airs. Congratulations!
    As far as broadway tickets go, I've seen broadways in big cities around the world and this is how I get the cheapest tickets: buy from those little drug stores around the theatre that offer show tickets. And buy them several days early.
    Or you can buy from a scalper. That's how I scored THIRD ROW seats to Phantom of the Opera in London for $40. It was one hour til curtain, and the scalper wanted 50 pounds for a ticket (about $100). We waited til 20 minutes to curtain, then I told the scalper his tickets would turn to paper in a matter of minutes and that I would give him 20 pounds ($40) for each ticket. He agreed. One of my friends was a local londoner who verified the authenticity of the ticket, so it was a risk we were all willing to take. SCORE! But if you don't feel like taking the gamble, buy your tickets early- like now- online, or at least a few days early once you get there.
    Oh and be prepared to fork out A LOT of money for cab fare, if you don't use the subway.

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  39. Soo exciting! Congrats!!

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  40. That is awesome! I've never been to NY so no advice on that but congrats! Can't wait to see you on the show!

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  41. CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is such great news - you deserve it more than anyone! I've never been to NY so I can't help with much advice but try looking on the website for the show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives from the Food Network; the food on that show always looks incredible and I'm sure there are some for NY! I know you will have so much fun with your sisters! Congrats again Cheri!!!

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  42. GO YOU! Here are some tips for NYC:
    --take the Staten Island Ferry (free and you can see the Statue of Liberty)
    --take the subway to Brooklyn. Eat pizza at Grimaldi's (at the base of the bridge) and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
    --dessert at Cafe Lalo (where Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks met in You've Got Mail)
    --Shake Shack
    --PurlSoHo (awesome fabric/yarn store)
    --Ride the carousel in Central Park
    --If you're LDS, go see the Manhattan Temple (it's in a high rise building and has an Angel Moroni) - I like to use the bathroom in the church building there :)
    --M&J Trimming (amazing store that sells buttons, ric rac, ribbon, etc.
    --Canal Street/Chinatown (I got a great purse a few weeks ago for $27!)

    Enjoy!!!

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  43. :) Congrats! I stumbled upon your blog about 6 months back and sat and read all your posts in one day flat!

    This is my first comment though.. Have fun in NY!

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  44. Congratulations!! That is so exciting! Only been to NYC once (and it was only for 1 day), but I'd say see the 9/11 memorial if you haven't yet!

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  45. Wow!!It's a wonderful news. I hope you enjoy it a lot. Congratulations for it and for a wonderful blog. Kisses from Plata y Chocolate

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  46. I have no suggestions for New York, just wanted to say how awesome it is for you to be on Martha's show! So fun!

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  47. Wow, that is amazing news! Congratulations!!!

    I lived in NYC for 12 years and still miss it so. I've heard the 9/11 memorial is amazing, and wish I could see it; you have to get tickets (which I think are free) in advance online.

    The thing I miss most is the food--don't go to the chain places in Times Square, find the local stuff; it's worth it. New York has hundreds of great expensive splurge restaurants, but I most miss the mid-range stuff only the neighbors know about. If you take the time to walk the neighborhoods (any neighborhood), you'll see plenty of places which look interesting and don't cost a lot. And you'll get to really see the city and what it's about, too.

    Have fun!!!

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  48. Congrats! Can't wait to watch you on the show! I've only been there once, so can't give any recommendations, though. Have fun!

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  49. No advice, but I'm super excited for you! Pictures and re-caps PLEASE!

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  50. If you have the chance, go see an opera at the Met! The whole experience is incredible, and matinee tickets are cheaper than Broadway! SO excited for you!

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  51. Wow! What an amazing opportunity. I can't wait to see what you'll be making on her show. How exciting... Congrats!

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  52. CONGRATULATIONS!! You're going to have so much fun.

    Where her studio is located (I got the chance to be in the audience years ago) you are in the garment district - take some time to walk around outside the studio and fall in love with the fabrics, trimmings, etc.

    Gosh, so much to do - what you actually can do depends a lot on 1)where you're staying 2) what you want to 'get' out of NYC during your time there, and 3) how many days you have so you can prioritize. $$ seems to evaporate too, but if you go with a plan it is easier to stick to the budget.

    My suggestion - take public transportation when you can it will often be as fast or faster than a taxi depending on the time of day. Save the taxi fare for when it is late and you're tired :)

    Agreed though - ground zero is a must see. It is both somber to reflect and inspiring to see the city rebuilding all around the site.

    On the other end of the spectrum Times Square at day and night is something worth seeing. When you're there just think about all those folks that were crammed in that space to see the ball drop just a few weeks earlier! If you do see a show you may want to hit up Sardis for either dinner or a drink. Iconic NYC restaurant.

    Rockefeller center is neat - all within one block the NBC tour the Today show window, and the ice skating rink.

    The museum of natural history and the met are also neat if you have the time.

    As far as traditional NYC eats also consider Carnegie Deli. If you're looking for some affordable French food try Au Bon Soup. Last time I was there they still had the prix fixe - about $20 for soup/salad, omlette, desert, and a glass of wine. I'm sure Martha and her staff will have some great suggestions too!

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  53. NO WAY! I can't wait to hear more details about the show topic.
    And I may be just a tad bit jealous ... but happy for you!

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  54. Congrats! I can't wait to see you with Martha. Thank you all the info on the silhouette. I was surprised with one for Christmas. I have one question. Where do you get the transfer paper to more the work from place one to the other? I hope you a Very Merry Christmas.

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  55. How fun! I have to DVR her show now...

    :)

    I LOVE nyc. Been there 7 times since my late teens.

    Before I was gluten-free, I adored the The Crooked Tree Creperie in St. Mark's Place. Please, go there and have a sweet nutella and banana crepe.

    To. die. for...

    :) Happy times! Good vibes for you...

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  56. Shut the front door!! how frickin' exciting!! I am definitely going to have watch!! also, before I forget, you have a very lovely singing voice!! You go girl!! I've never been to NYC BUT I would have to say you might wanna check out Korilla BBQ (it's a food truck and they post via twitter and facebook where they'll be that day!)...they were on the great food truck race (but cheated so they got booted but I hear there food truck food is DA BOMB!!) Have a great trip!

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  57. That is so exciting! When you're on the air I will probably be jumping up and down saying "I read her blog!!" Ha! :) Say hello to "Gartha" for me, will ya? LOL!

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  58. OH SO EXCITING!!!! This is great news for you! You totally deserve it! Yeah! congrads!

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  59. Congratulations Cheri! I have no advice for you, other than to take lots of pictures and have a blast! This is the opportunity of a lifetime!

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  60. I'm just soooo excited for you!! I've been admiring your blog silently for so long I just had to post a comment for this exciting news!! Your blog rocks! I love how you are so giving, your blog is a good friend! I'm a newbee to the blog world and have looked at yours for inspiration! I havent been there yet but check out www.Serendipity3.com its a cool icecream parlor and seems like a fun place to celebrate!! Sending you jumpy, I'm so excited for you giddy girlie hugs! Michelle from mommyspinkielipgloss@blogspot.com

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  61. Yay! I can't say I'm surprised...you've posted so much awesomeness, you deserve it!

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  62. SO awesome! i'm super excited for you!

    my advice:
    -don't bother with taxis. navigate the subways. i like people watching on the subways and i find that taxi drivers drop me off in the wrong place if i don't know exactly where i'm going.
    -do a little research online to see if there's any craft fairs going on while you're there. i went to one in soho recently but they usually have good ones in brooklyn pretty often.
    -explore brooklyn! williamsburg and greenpoint are safe and you'll find some of the most interesting shops there. there are also a lot of thrift stores in williamsburg that are fun to rummage through. i'd personally recommend buffalo exchange and beacon's closet
    -i wish you weren't going in january because my #1 recommendation would be to attend an event at the etsy labs in brooklyn. they host open craft nights on mondays and thursdays that are great for hanging out and meeting fun crafters. unfortunately, they're taking a hiatus for the month of january which makes me really really sad for you!
    -there's a store called spandex house on the outskirts of the garment district (where you'll be) that has a good selection of ruffle fabrics and it's cheaper than online. check it out!
    -visit purlsoho! you've probably found yourself on their website before. it's kind of overpriced and the store isn't very big, but it's a crafter's dreamland and i could spend forever in there.
    most of all, have fun!!!!

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  63. So exciting!! I would love to attend the show that you are on, what day is it? I live an hour north of NYC in CT, so I've been wanting to go to Martha's show for awhile, but this might be a perfect opportunity!

    Just a few recommendations, since I see you've gotten quite a few.
    -Subway, you can buy an unlimited metro card, that you pick the amount you pay, and it is good for several days-this would be perfect for you and your sisters. Also, you can get iphone apps for subway maps.
    -TCKTS booth for discount tickets for sure!! You can also sometimes get discount tickets from the actual box office the same day.
    -Definitely visit the temple if you have time its across from Lincoln Center
    -Definitely recommend the Wafels and Dinges waffle cart, google them, they have a number to call for where the carts are-soooo good!
    -The line for Grimaldi's pizza in Brooklyn is VERY LONG, so just be warned if you want to go there
    -Serendipity is good, but not that good for the price and the wait (must have reservation anyway).
    -Check out Tinsel Trading too

    Have fun!!!

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  64. Congrats! We had a lot of luck with the New York City Pass.

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  65. I am sure it will be "perfect in New York..."

    Have fun and enjoy the experience!

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  66. I have found that TKTS is not always the cheapest way to go for Broadway tickets. I stopped in to the Les Miserables theater (several years ago when it was still playing) and was able to buy standing tickets for about $25 each (but you have to stand for 3 hours to watch it) and several shows (like Wicked) have lotteries. Show up a few hours before show time and you might win the chance to pay a lower price (again $25 ish) for a front row (probably partially blocked) ticket. That's how we saw Wicked and it was awesome!

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  67. Yeah!! Congrats...I am so excited for you. You are an amazing crafter and deserve to show the world your talents. Well, since I only live 40 minutes outside NYC, let me know if I can be of any help to you. Like most people said, TKTS is great for discounted show tickets. There are so many places to eat and things to do that you just need to narrow it down to what interests you :)

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  68. WOW!!! Awesome news!!
    I should say, since this is my first comment, that I read your blog often in Google Reader. I just have yet to comment! In my head, I comment often. Ha! I also blog over at ThankfullyThrifty.com about a variety of thrifty ideas from diy's to crafts to deals, etc. Anyway, I love your blog. You inspire me for my own blogging and crafts! Congrats on Martha Stewart!! Just thought I'd introduce myself so I'm not a random commenter. :)

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  69. That seriously rocks!!!! WOW! You rock girl:)

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  70. Congrats! I will have to look for the show to see the segment. I have a dream of visiting New York, I hope to go for my 35th birthday in about two years. I want to know all about your trip, where you stayed, what you want to see, etc.

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  71. Congratulations! That is amazing. I look forward to seeing you on the show! (p.s. I have never been to new York so I have no advice for you, but I wish you well!)

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  72. Congratulations on this big news! So exciting! You'll be fabulous!

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  73. I saw today that her show has been cancelled. Will that affect your appearance at all? I couldn't find any definite date for the show to end.

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