13 Reasons Why You Should Watch 13 Reasons Why

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week and a half, you’ve most likely heard about Netflix’s new series 13 Reasons Why by now. Based on the novel of the same name, the show follows a high schooler named Clay who receives 13 audio tapes after a classmate’s death. Whoever receives the tapes is one of the 13 reasons why Hannah Baker took her own life. In no way shape or form is this a fun show to watch, but it is informative on the effects of bullying and features great overall performances from its cast.
1.) It doesn’t sugarcoat the life and death of Hannah Baker

2.) The extremely talented young & diverse cast

3.) Amazing editing and cinematography that seamlessly transitions between the present, the past, and Clay’s imagination

4.) Shows what high school really looks like today 

5.) The characters that aren’t all one note or follow stereotypes

6.) There isn’t really a clear villain of the show until the end of the tapes 

7.) Tony’s mixtapes are BOMB

8.) Clay is played by one of my favorite up and coming actors: Dylan Minnette

9. )It’s a cautionary tale that I think will start up conversations about bullying between viewers

10.) Also, it’s kind of a mystery because we slowly discover why Hannah did what she did  

11.) It brings awareness to the signs of suicide

12.) Due to it’s format and having all the episodes released on the same day, you can choose to binge-watch it or take your time. This is a really smart idea because in the show the teens have to decide if they are going to listen to the tapes in one sitting or over a longer span of time.

13.) More than likely you will just end up hating yourself afterwards, but 13 Reasons Why brings to life the reality that some teens are facing today.

March Favorites

Just when you think it’s spring, mother nature continues to give you winter weather. Surprisingly, this month wasn’t as busy as I expected which has allowed me to go out and find new things.

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California Map Scarf- Old Navy

http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=507936022&vid=1&locale=en_US&kwid=1&sem=false&sdkw=printed-linear-scarf-P507936&brandCvoSid=Z2SCCJFPAD23&sdReferer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.oldnavy.com%2Fproducts%2Fwomens-scarves.jsp

Hands down my favorite store is Old Navy, but recently they only restock new clothes like every three months. On a limb, I ran in there and found a few new pieces for spring. Though paired with the right outfit it’s cute, this scarf works better as a tapestry.

 

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Lemon Bag- Forever 21

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspxbr=F21&category=ACC&productid=1000056077
I actually bought this bag to save back for the summer, but I couldn’t resist using it right now. It’s clearly inspired by the infamous grapefruit bag that all of the beauty YouTubers had a few years ago. For the price, the bag is really well made and the vinyl outside is easy to wipe off.


Logan

One of my goals of 2017 was to go see more movies in theaters. I’m kind of proud of myself because I’ve seen at least one new movie each week this past month. Logan is a masterpiece that I hope will rejuvenate the X-Men franchise. The series has been using Wolverine as their safeguard for years and have been shoehorning him into every film. This isn’t a fun film to watch at all, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear at the end.


Riverdale

Based on the Archie comics, Riverdale has quickly become my guilty pleasure. The first season is similar to other CW shows of the past, as it follows a group of teens during their day to day lives in a small town. The show pulls viewers in with its constant plot twists and a murder mystery storyline.

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Stacked iPhone Case

https://www.amazon.com/iPhone-Stack-Pack-Black-Removeable/dp/B018VK9IOO

My phone is always dead. Sure, I could carry around my charger and portable chargers, but they take up too much space in my bag. This case includes a battery pack that attaches to it and comes with a charging base that makes my phone charge wirelessly. Originally I bought this case from Forever 21, but my mom ended up falling in love with it and took it. So I reordered another case for myself from Amazon.

 

Kong: Skull Island Is Actually An Anti-War Film

Somehow I was dragged into seeing Kong: Skull Island last weekend, and I’ve got to say it’s pretty good. I was expecting to see a basic explosion-filled action blockbuster, but unlike its predecessor, Kong is actually an anti-war film.

Based off of the end credit scene, it’s confirmed that Kong takes place in the same universe as 2014’s Godzilla. Personally, I didn’t enjoy Godzilla and kind of forgot about it. Both the acting and use of action was bland, and the little plot it did have was just the military chasing down Godzilla.

Kong takes place sometime after Paris Peace Accords were signed in 1973. The US government is leading an expedition to an unknown island called Skull Island, although it’s later revealed to be a government plot to get rid of these ancient monsters.

In order to reach the island, the expedition requires a helicopter squadron to escort them. This is when we first meet Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L Jackson) and the Sky Devils. Before they head out, we get a brief scene that takes place on a military base, where the drafted soldiers are sitting around and chatting about their plans when they return home. This scene is added to humanize the men, as later they are the ones who are out to kill Kong.

Other members of the group are Bill Randa (Tom Hiddleston) and Mason Weaver (Brie Larson). Randa was contracted by the government to guide the group in the uncharted jungle. Weaver is a pacifist photographer whose plan is to expose whatever is on the island; she believes the island is a secret government base.

The anti-war themes start when Packard stops Weaver at the dock before their departure. Packard explains that people like Weaver were why the military didn’t have public support while in Vietnam. She replies that if the military did their job, they wouldn’t have lost the war. He then said,

“We didn’t lose the war. We abandoned it.”

Before landing on the island, they drop explosives on the ground to determine if the island is hollow on the inside. This can represent the Napalm bombs that were dropped on Vietnam and Korea. In the film, they are what draw out Kong and the skull crawler.

Later on, the group meets Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly), a man who crashed on the island during WW2 with a Japanese soldier. The two put aside their differences in order to survive and later become best friends. Marlow asks the group what he missed in the last 20+ years.

Marlow: “Who’s winning the war?”

Conrad: “Which one?”

Marlow: “…That makes sense, I guess.”

Most believed that WW2 was supposed to be the war to end all wars, but little did they know it was just the beginning.

Another scene shows a soldier carrying a Vietnamese gun instead of his military issued one. When asked about it, he states that he believes that the farmer he took it from probably had never seen a gun before the Americans came. This makes you wonder if some enemies don’t really exist until you create them. Some see the Americans entering the war to stop communism, but not the North Vietnamese.

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts found influence for the film in other Vietnam era based films such as Platoon, Apocalypse Now, and Full Metal Jacket. The film used a warm color pallet for the action scenes, while scenes that displayed calmness switched to a cooler pallet. This is all topped off with a fantastic soundtrack filled with Vietnam era songs from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Black Sabbath, and David Bowie. (I made a playlist below)

 

 

 

Thoughts on Yoga Hosers

Have you ever seen a movie so bad that you had to tell everyone about it? For me, that would be Yoga Hosers – the 2016 “attempt” at making a teen action comedy by Kevin Smith. Over the holiday break, I watched this movie for the first time. It must have been VERY late at night, because the only thing I remember about it was that it was terrible. Yoga Hosers is the textbook definition of nepotism, as Smith cast his daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, and her best friend, Lily Rose Depp, as the two leads. This movie is like driving past a car crash because you just can’t look away.

  1. Do you think Kevin Smith wrote all of the songs in this movie?
  2. I don’t think that many people would want to come to a mini-mart within a span of ten minutes.
  3. When will Austin Butler stop being cast as a teenager?
  4. These people’s Canadian accents are almost worse than their acting.
  5. Why would anyone trust a guy named Yogi to teach you yoga?
  6. Don’t you hate it when you have to pause a movie just to read the title cards?
  7. Where did the idea for this movie even come from? Smith says the idea for Tusk and Yoga Hosers came to him during a podcast. I think he has a deep-seeded hatred for Canada.
  8. Harley Quinn and Lily Rose aren’t too bad singers, but they keep making awkward eye contact with the camera.
  9. Wiener dogs aren’t evil.
  10. Movies like this give millennials a bad name.
  11. Much like Yogi Bear, I don’t think Kevin Smith understands how copyrights work.
  12. Ladies and gentlemen, this is why you always bring a weapon.
  13. These special effects are borderline Syfy Channel level of bad.
  14. STAN LEE CAMEO
  15. When one of your villains is a foot tall Nazi sausage, I expect to have more sausage jokes.
  16. Yoga isn’t going to help you here.
  17. Why is the Bratzi’s insides bright orange?
  18. As an American, I have no clue how the Canadian justice system works. This is a complete guess, but I don’t think that they have suspects share the same police interrogation room.
  19. If I had a secret lab, I probably would put it in the bathroom too.
  20. This guy’s accents are very bad – like an annoying theater kid trying to do a British accent level of bad.
  21. After reading some reviews, I’m surprised that no one brought up how Yoga Hosers blatantly ripped off countless other movies.

 

In many ways, this was just a remake of Smith’s cult classic film Clerks. The only difference was that this time, it was teenage girls in Canada with Nazis. One thing I truly liked about the film was the graphics, but that was about it. Like with most Kevin Smith films, it seemed like the film was just one big inside joke that no one understood. I get that artists should take risks, but most of Smith’s career has been a risk that has had no payoff.

As I start to enter adulthood, I’m starting to realize that these kinds of movies aren’t designed for me. This was made for pre-teen girls, and I know that I probably would have loved it seven years ago. That doesn’t give it a pass though, because the plot was still trash. Leads Harley Quinn Smith and Lily Rose Depp weren’t terrible in their roles and had chemistry, but their acting still felt kind of stiff in front of the camera. Kevin Smith has both directing and writing talent, but he needs to start making content that isn’t just for his small fan base. I think Smith needs to work on projects that he doesn’t have full control on. When someone has too much power, things always fall apart. Currently, Smith has been killing it on the CW. He directed my favorite episode of The Flash, “The Runaway Dinosaur”. Smith is currently working on the final film in the True North Trilogy, with the kind-of-sequel to Tusk and Yoga Hoser called Moose Jaws.

January Favorites

Hello February! This month I thought a lot about the future: the future of my schooling, my relationships with others, and of course, this blog. I enrolled in summer classes, booked a trip, bought my prom dress, had my final color guard performance, and cooked my heart. What you don’t see here on my blog is that some of the recipes I attempt just don’t turn out well. I start the week off by cooking my first choice recipe. If it turns out good, it gets photographed, typed up, and posted on Saturday. About half of the time the recipe is a fail, so I either have to remake it or start from scratch with a new idea. Don’t worry… no food goes to waste, because someone always ends up eating it!
The Magicians (Netflix)

About a year ago, I heard about this series from Black Nerd Comedy, aka Andre Meadows on YouTube, who describes it as a grown-up version of Harry Potter. Unlike my friends, I wasn’t a huge Potterhead. I thought that since it was just some random SyFy channel show, it would be canceled after one season. This series is a fresh take on what I feel like is the typical fantasy based story. I find The Magicians is more like the Percy Jackson books than Harry Potter. As it takes place in both New York and a fantasy realm, the people are divided into houses based on what they can do. The best way to think about it is taking the overall idea of Camp Half-Blood and replacing the demigods with the wizards from Harry Potter.


Salt Lamp

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001892AX2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I’m a sucker for anything that claims to help with seasonal allergies. In the past, I’ve tried nose strips, vapor rub on my feet, Neti Pots, and even drinking salt water. Supposedly salt lamps can help with congestion by purifying the air. I got one for Christmas from my mom, but I’m still skeptical if it actually works or not. Still, it makes a cool lamp and has an adjusted knob that’s great for at night.

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Beats Solo 3 Wireless

From the moment I get up, I have my headphones in and listening to something. I decided to upgrade my old Beats Solo 2 to the Solo 3 wireless because I like being able to control my phone with ease without having it in my hands. The sound quality hasn’t changed much, but the wireless feature is more convenient for me. For a full battery, it takes about an hour and a half to charge. That by itself usually lasts me a week.

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Split

January is kind of a dead month for movies, and the ones that did come out were garbage. I saw Split on its opening night, and I was really enjoying it until the “beast” came into the story. It’s already better than 90% of any other horror movie that’s going to come out this year, but it tries to make sense of a weird ending with a M. Night Shyamalan signature plot twist. Until the third act, it was set in a believable reality; then out of nowhere a guy is climbing up a wall. Up-and-comer Anya Taylor-Joy did a good job, but James McAvoy carried the story.


Instant Oatmeal 
This month I found three big boxes of oatmeal that I forgot I bought a while back. Most mornings, I add in granola, such as Bear Naked V’nilla Almond Fit, and maybe a tablespoon of peanut butter if it’s too thin. It takes about two minutes to make and keeps me full until I get home.

 

Recent Watch History

From about Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day, I go through a period where I binge-watch shows like crazy. I’ve compiled a list of what I’ve enjoyed so far in no particular order. One of my weird habits is that I’ll watch a few different shows at the same time. This happens because I’ll start a show and get bored of it, then end up coming back to it later. This isn’t even close to everything I’ve streamed, but on average, about half of the things I watch ends up being utter garbage.

 

What I’m watching now
The Magicians- Netflix ( Currently on Episode 6)

Harry Potter meets Percy Jackson in this Sci-Fi channel original television show.

Conspiracy- Netflix ( Currently on Episode 2)

Your paranoid uncle’s favorite theories about Nazis and the Royal Family, all wrapped up in 12 hour-long episodes.

Luke Cage- Netflix ( Currently on Episode 3)

This third Marvel Netflix series revolves around a man with extraordinary powers who is trying to restore his quiet life by taking down the New York underground.

 

 

Series of Unfortunate Events- Netflix

The acclaimed children’s book series by Lemony Snicket finally gets the adaptation it deserves. The first season revolves around the Baudelaire orphans jumping from guardian to guardian and the mystery behind their parents’ deaths.

The Crown- Netflix

A young Queen Elizabeth struggles between balancing being Queen and a wife. I wouldn’t be surprised if Matt Smith and Claire Foy both won Emmys for their roles in the show.

Yoga Hosers- Netflix

Kevin Smith’s attempt at making a teen film based in Canada. (That’s all you need to know.)

Barry- Netflix

A biopic that explores Barack Obama’s time at Columbia University in the early 1980s.

Degrassi Next Class- Netflix

A guilty pleasure of mine that’s the newest version of the Degree series. It goes through the everyday lives of students at Degrassi Community School.

Red Oaks- Amazon

This was hands down my most favorite new show of 2016. Red Oaks centers around a young man who works as a tennis pro at an exclusive country club during the summer.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Netflix

Buffy Summer hunts and kills supernatural creatures.

Supernatural- Netflix

Sam and Dan Winchester hunts and kills supernatural creatures.

The Man in the High Castle- Amazon
Set in an alternate timeline where the Allies never won WW2 and the Nazi party and Japan control the United States. In this world, a series of short films depict the Axis losing the war, causing a young women to try to figure out where the films came from.

Fuller House- Netflix

The Tanner family is back in the follow-up series to Full House, featuring the same catchphrases and wacky scenarios they’ve been using since the 1990s.

2016 Favorites


HELLO 2017! Even though 2016 wasn’t the best year ever, I still found a lot of things I liked.


Easy on the eyes
Newt Scamander

A fellow Hufflepuff, Newt Scamander joins my long list of fictional characters that tickle my fancy. Though his eye contact skills are poor, I can overlook that.

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BagoGames Film Fallout Podcast #39 – Fantastic Beasts at The Edge of Seventeen November 23, 2016 From Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/bagogames/31083632901 Via Creative Commons


Women who slayed
Leslie Jones

From being the number one fan of the Olympics to starring in one of the summer’s most anticipated films, Leslie Jones won 2016. Well, her website was hacked… but that didn’t stop her! It even made it into a couple of her different SNL skits.

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Archivo:Leslie jones.jpg From Wiki Commons https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivo:Leslie_jones.jpg Via Creative Commons


Biggest Obsession
Starbucks Mugs

Ever since I laid eyes on the You Are Here Mug Collection from Starbucks, I’ve been obsessed. Depicting the highlights of specific cities in an Art Deco style, these mugs are the number one souvenir I look for when I’m out of town.

Best of Binge-watching
Red Oak – Amazon
Though it’s not my typical series I would watch, Red Oak centers around a young man who works as a tennis pro at an exclusive country club during the summer. The talented ensemble cast brings to life the characters in the 80s coming of age comedy series.

Glad you came into my life
Duffer Brothers – Stranger Things

The duo introduced us to the eerie world of Stranger Things, serving as the showrunners of the critically acclaimed series. Centering around the disappearance of a young boy in the 1980s, viewers soon realize that not everything is as it seems when a girl with supernatural powers appears. Make a free Netflix account if you don’t have one; you will thank me later.

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Stranger Things logo Wiki Common Via Creative Commons


Best Splurge Item
Instant Camera – Fujifilm Instax 8

Every once and awhile, you have to treat yourself. Instant camera photography is kind of an expensive hobby, but I buy the film on sale or in bulk. This model is great in both low lighting and in direct sunlight. Each picture has the vintage feel that you can’t get with an Instagram filter.

Best Fashion Purchase
Old Navy – Original Mid Rise Jeans

Anyone with thighs knows that chafing is an issue that causes the inside of the jeans to fade and wear down with time. For the past four years, I’ve exclusively worn only Old Navy jeans. After ripping over half of my jeans last winter, I knew it was time to repurchase my beloved pants. I love these jeans because they are high quality, have a slight stretch to them, come in a vast range of sizes and colors, and are cost efficient. The problem I came across when I went to repurchase them was that Old Navy changed the jeans’ styles and sizes again. Following an hour of intense jean trying on, I found a new style of jeans that fit my body even better than before. I wear the Original Mid Rise Jeans in the regular length. I haven’t bought the skinny jean version because the straight cut fits like that on me already.

22 Thoughts I Had While Watching The Flash: The Present

My name is Gracie Tolley, and I am the laziest woman alive. It’s because I avoid all responsibilities during the week in order to watch the CW’s DC shows. If I had to rank them, The Flash and Legends would be tied for first due to them always testing out new waters and how they feature characters that are just as complex as their storylines. Though I still watch Arrow, I really haven’t enjoyed it since season three. In my opinion, the show takes itself too seriously and has entered a pit of despair that they can’t return from. On the other hand, Supergirl is too cheery and optimistic at times, but at least it’s fun. In honor of The Flash’s midseason finale, I thought I would give my thoughts on season 3 episode 7: The Present.

  1. Ever since we first met Julian, I could’ve told you he was going to be the villain.
  2. I honestly love holiday episodes. Christmas always brings out the best in characters.
  3. The Philosopher’s Stone? Don’t you mean the Sorcerer’s Stone?
  4. The Flash’s set designers/decorators deserve a raise; they are phenomenal.
  5. Meanwhile on Earth Three.. Luke Skywalker robs a bank.
  6. How does that hat stay on his head? It doesn’t have a chinstrap or anything.
  7. I know Earth Three is super old-timey, but why use a Tommy gun?
  8. The fact that they can get Mark Hamill on the show deserves a round of applause.  
  9. Savitar looks like a poor man’s transformer meets Sauron.
  10. H.R.’s hat is distracting me right now.
  11. Alchemy seems like he thoroughly enjoys steampunk.
  12. That battle between Savitar and Jay looks like garbage. This is the holiday season though so all is forgiven.
  13. JUST LET WALLY BE KID FLASH ALREADY!!
  14. Barry really isn’t good at this whole secret identity thing.
  15. Cisco, you know this is a trap. Really? You’re that dumb?
  16. Maybe he knows all of you because you guys never shut up and tell everyone your secrets.
  17. What’s up with the drumsticks?
  18. Just throw the box in a volcano.
  19. If this ends up like Young Justice season 2, I’m done.
  20. Like Barry isn’t just going to time travel the shit out of this to save Iris.
  21. PLEASE BE A SUIT! PLEASE BE A SUIT!
  22. Life is whole again.

The Present was another great episode from team Flash. This midseason finale set up the second half of the season. Expect to see a lot of Barry worrying about the future and the team fussing over Wally being Kid Flash. By the time I post this tonight, I will have already seen today’s episode of Arrow (What We Leave Behind). For my opinion on that, check me out on twitter @GToIIey.

Pros and Cons of Doctor Strange 

Marvel’s newest installment in their cinematic universe, Doctor Strange, was released last weekend. Since my showing late Sunday afternoon, I’ve been trying to decide on my final opinion of the flick. Like with most issues in my life, I’ve made a pro and con list to help me come up with an answer.
Pros

  • Marvel finally broke ground into the realm of mysticism, helping them to continue their ever growing universe.
  • The film continues to test the waters of other film genres. This time it’s the hospital drama. Marvel’s phase two of the MCU has done this a few times, such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier being a spy thriller and Ant Man as a heist film.
  • Cast easily takes on their comic book counterparts.
  • Oscar worthy visuals.

Cons

  • Lacks the relatable charm that most Marvel films have featured. (Unless you’re a 40 something year old egotistical surgeon.)
  • Humor tends to fall flat. (Why would you have a Beyoncé joke, let alone two of them?)
  • The last act is bland, repetitive, and even worse than superhero movies like Green Lantern and Fantastic Four.
  • Film doesn’t spend time exploring the character of Stephen Strange that well, which plays into the relatability factor of the movie.
  • Another one that offs the villains.

Doctor Strange isn’t a misstep for Marvel. Strange is a weird amalgamation of The Matrix, Inception, and Grey’s Anatomy. This mashup works for what they’re going for and what was trying to be set up. It does stray away from the tones set up by previous films. What I’m really interested in is how Strange will tie in with Infinity War, and how he will interact with the other Avengers.

What’s in my make-up bag? {Fall 2016}

Ever since I started wearing makeup back in middle school, I haven’t gotten much better. (Although, I have learned how to properly put on foundation.) My makeup arsenal is always changing and is a combination of both drugstore and high-end.

Face
Before I even start thinking about putting on makeup, I have to moisturize. This step is necessary for dry skin. Personally, I prefer liquid foundation because it seems to last longer. When blending my foundation I use a beauty blender or a makeup sponge.


Clean & Clear Persa-Gel/ Equate Beauty 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Gel

  • Great for acne spots
  • Day and night
  • Buy off-brand version to save $$$


Olay Complete All Day Moisturize- Normal

  • Keeps skin from getting patchy


NYX Cosmetics Studio Perfect Primer
Shade: Green

  • Works like glue for foundation

  • Helps conceal redness

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation
Shade: 810 Classic Ivory

  • Full coverage

  • All day wear

  • Shine free

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

Shade: Light

  • Brightening

  • Doesn’t dry out or crease

  • Blends well


ELF High Definition Powder
Shade: Corrective Yellow

  • Sets foundation all day


Brows

After a waxing mishap a few weeks ago, I had to learn how to fill in my eyebrows. I use the two following products together to make them look as natural as possible.


Maybelline Brow Drama Define & Fill Duo
Shade: Deep Brown

  • Great color match

  • Easy to apply

  • Natural looking

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara
Shade: Deep Brown

  • Fills in evenly

 

Eyes

Trying a new eye product is the easiest way to change up your look.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Shade: Bountiful Beige

  • Shimmery

  • Great base

  • Works as both shadow & primer

Lancôme Color Design
Shade: 311 You’ve got the look

  • Great fall color

  • Mega pigmented


ELF Brightening Eye Liner
Shade: Coffee

  • Goes on smooth

  • Good controls

ELF Volume Plumping Mascara
Shade: Black

  • Keeps curl

  • Doesn’t clump after two coats


Lips

Pucker up, buttercup! This is my all-time favorite lipstick!


Lancôme Color Design
Shade: The New Pink (sheen)

  • Pricey, but lasts forever

  • Can be worn all year long

  • Isn’t drying