August Stuff!

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August marks my sixth year anniversary as a Los Angeles resident. I have a lot of mixed emotions about my Los Angeles-nniversary. When I landed here, I was a bright-eyed film school grad. Not that it’s a bad thing, but some things don’t turn out the way you expect them to. Things change. You change. Paths change.

Since I’ve been in Los Angeles, I’ve lived in four apartments, went through one terrible breakup, was totally depressed and lonely for a solid year, had two shitty couches, bought my first “adult couch,” have been totally broke and poor on more than one occasion, felt financially stable, quit my “safe” job, became a freelancer, started this blog (!), wrote one cookbook (!!), met Josh (!!!!), fell in love, and fulfilled a lifelong dream by becoming the mama to a (ferocious and mischievous) corgi named Amelia.

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There’s been a lot of struggle, confusion and growth in the last six years. While I’m the first one to dread getting older, I have to say that it’s definitely getting easier. Things are beginning to click and work. I’m more confident, more easy on myself, more easy on others and more grateful for the little things.

I wish I could say that August was pleasant. It was not. A lot of my loved ones and friends have been going through some hard times. Maybe you have too. Or maybe someone you know has had a rough month. These hard times for them have affected me tremendously. I find myself worrying, stressing and just generally hurting for them.

Despite the general cloud that was floating over my entire month of August, I tried to find happiness in the small in-between moments. Like a lot of bloggers and internet people, I too, am guilty of only showing the “pretty” moments. There’s so much mundane, not-so-attractive stuff that does exist. So just know that things aren’t perfect over here. They’re far from perfect.

Though, the following moments were pretty great. They’re simple memories.

Amelia got a backpack. She has more energy than she knows what to do with so to make her walks more taxing, a dog trainer recommended she have a “job,” a purpose in life. She now carries around mason jars filled with canchas (Peruvian dried corn) from the pantry and fancy raisins.

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Look at her! HAHAHAH!

When I walk her people point and stare. I feel like I put a head brace on my child. Pretty cute. But also a little sad!

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I ate these crazy cheese fries from Chego. Who do I think I am? Roy Choi makes stoner food.

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Look at this shark costume! I’m already thinking of Halloween costumes for Amelia. A shark? Yes. Just yes.

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I went back to Palm Springs for a weekend. Of course Amelia was all up in the pool. Marcia was nice enough to send Amelia a pool toy in the mail!!

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I ate this bibimbap (along with epic short ribs). It’s a good late-night spot.

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My dresser currently looks like this. Pommes Frites candles smell delicious. And so do a bunch of pretty lisianthuses.

Also, new pair of Warby Parkers make me happy.

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I’ve been working on crafting projects. This lemon in bright pink paint makes me happy. Unfortunately, it didn’t really make a lemon shape the way I wanted.

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Pretty epic croque monsieur and glass of rosé at Bar Covell. I love their little bar snacks. Done very well.

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One of my favorite things to do is get “just cuz gifts.”

Mainly because I love making homemade wrapping paper.

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These colors make me super excited for fall.

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If you live in LA, you MUST go to Korean BBQ at Kang Hodong Baekjeong. The food was epic. And the scene is fun and vibrant and crowded and loud. So fun.

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I went bowling. I LOVE BOWLING. I dunno if it’s because I’ve seen Big Lebowski too many times or I just loved it as a kid, but bowling is near and dear to my heart.

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The month ended with taking AMELIA SHEEP HERDING! It was actually one of you who told me about urban herding. THANK YOU! I found this farm in Malibu that teaches sheep herding. First is an instinct test to see if the dog has it in them to herd sheep. Some actually get near the sheep and hunt them instead of trying to herd them! Scary!

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She was a little shy at first. But she got the hang of it VERY quickly. Her bossiness totally came in handy. Look at this b.

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The trainer said Amelia is one of the best corgis at sheep herding she’s ever seen. Amelia is one talented, bossy little corgi. Who knew!

She totally loved it.

That was my August. In these few photos doesn’t it look special and beautiful and unblemished? Definitely not the case. But there were a few moments that were rich, full and ones I’m super grateful for.

I’m excited for fall. I have some traveling planned. I’m excited about pies. I’m excited about pumpkin, man! I hope you are too. There’s gonna be a lot of coziness around these parts come October. Get ready.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks September 4, 2013 at 12:23 am

Glad to hear you’re excited about pumpkin, pies, fall, and the change of season. Sounds like the summer and August was not particularly awesome for you. But you have an amazing attitude and I did love looking at your photos (showing the pretty stuff – I mean, don’t we all!) I love your brutal honesty in this post and sharing openly. SO refreshing! I posted something today you may like to see :)

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Alexis @ deliciousfoodideas.net September 4, 2013 at 2:26 am

This post is so touching. It wasn’t too long ago that I was watching one of my best friends go through what I think is the hardest thing a person can go through, so I totally understand where you are coming from. I also have a tendency to gloss over the bad things, and sometimes you have to just choose to be happy and take pleasure in the small things.

Sending love and understanding and I hope all works out for yourself and your friends.

P.S. On another note, Amelia is so freaking adorable

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Lisa the Gourmet Wog September 4, 2013 at 3:51 am

Happy 6 years as an LA’er :) Your Amelia is just TOO CUTE!! xx

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Vanessa at Without A Measuring Cup September 4, 2013 at 5:56 am

Wow! I really enjoy how candid this post was. I sometimes look over my Instagram photos and think…wow! Life looks so perfect- but it isn’t. I too had a horrible August- I feel for you and your friends. Luckily, the month is over and we have a chance to start fresh! Thanks for writing such a beautiful post- Ive recently started to just let it all out on my blog- and man, it feels good! Sort of like therapy, but cheaper lol
Anyway- have a super September!

Ps – Amelia is adorable

Xo
Vanessa

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Sam September 4, 2013 at 7:12 am

I love your end of the month posts!

Corgi’s are just too damn cute. I can’t with their tiny legs. Also, your pictures are so beautiful!

Happy September!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 4, 2013 at 7:39 am

Love how honest you’re writing is! And I always, always enjoy these posts. I laughed out loud at the thought of Amelia carrying around a backpack full of dried corn. And am super impressed by her sheep herding skills! I no longer have a dog, but I think he would have just sat and stared at them all day long.

Wishing you a happy, less stressful fall! :)

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Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray September 4, 2013 at 7:59 am

What a fun update! I loved all the photos of Amelia. :)

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Mallory @ Total Noms September 4, 2013 at 8:40 am

Thanks for being honest about your August- ours was less than ideal too. Its so important to be grateful for exactly what you highlighted- those little, warm and happy moments that are what make the crappy parts less crappy. Hope you are having lots of those moments this month too so far- and can’t wait for pies and pumpkin myself too!

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B September 4, 2013 at 8:53 am

Those cheese fries are making me HUNGRY!! I loved this post. & I love how you embraced the change. Even though 6 years in LA didn’t turn out how you liked, you still fell in love & have what seems like an incredible life!

August marked my (& K’s) one year anniversary in LA, so I’m hoping that things become as clear for me as they did for you within the next five years!

xo, B
BKCsquared

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Adrianna Adarme September 4, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Oh they will for sure. It always gets easier with a little time.

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Evelyn September 4, 2013 at 9:14 am

I definitely want to quit my ‘safe’ job, but sometimes you got to stick with it a little longer than you want :-( You’re definitely an inspiration! Congrats on working through the hard times and doing what you love!

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Adrianna Adarme September 4, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Thanks, Evelyn. Best of luck to you!

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Alesha September 4, 2013 at 9:15 am

Your corgi is adorable! I have 3 and love them to death! Have has several in the past and love them.

Love how you write with your heart and honesty.

I went bowling too recently for the first time in like 10 plus years! Oh I how miss it!

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Adrianna Adarme September 4, 2013 at 7:44 pm

You have 3!!! That’s a dream. Also, noisy. Corgis are yappers. Holy moly.

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Quyen September 4, 2013 at 9:16 am

Congrats on 6 years in LA. I love Los Angeles, and I love to hear how new transplants think of my city.
http://liveitinerantly.com

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Billy September 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

I think Amelia looks like a total badass with that backpack.

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dervla September 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

ugh i’m sorry there was a cloud hanging over your month. I hope it lifts for your friends and family. I love the shots of Amelia herding! She’s the best! What an overachiever pup – daily walks with a backpack and she still has energy to corral those sheep – yeah Amelia, you show them what’s up. And, i really love that wrapping paper ;-))))

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Adrianna Adarme September 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm

;) !!!!

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Sophie September 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

Amelia looks so happy with her new backpack! Let people point, you are such a good dog-mom. She has a job! And herding?? Man, growing up with corgis, I can imagine that she is the happiest pup in the world. I lovvvve pictures of Amelia! And all the yummy things you get to eat in LA! Happy anniversary.

I’m glad you shared your highlights with us. No one’s lives are free of those darker moments… those keep us humble, I suppose, and connected.

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Adrianna Adarme September 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Humble is right. Loved the last part. Thanks for being here!

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Karen September 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

Hah I love the shark costume on Amelia! I’m guilty of leaving out the rough parts too, but it really is nice sharing, or mainly venting :)

xo, Karen | sugarthesky.blogspot.com
twitter: @sugarthesky

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Sarah Crowder (punctuated. with food) September 4, 2013 at 11:04 am

Buying an adult couch was a milestone for me too! How do you like LA? We’re in Brooklyn now but there’s a good chance work will take us to the LA area in the next couple years. If I could move before the NY winter that would be just about right.

Oh, and PIE YAY!!!

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Adrianna Adarme September 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I love LA. I moved from a super small town so it was a hard adjustment, but you’re coming from NY so you’ll be all good. It’s definitely slower paced than BK, but still a city with tons of culture. I think you’ll like it a lot.

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Sarah Crowder (punctuated. with food) September 5, 2013 at 10:00 am

Great thanks! I have a hunch I’ll like it too. Also, I secretly miss car culture :)

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Meaghan September 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Hi there, longtime reader. Don’t think I’ve ever commented. I love your blog and Amelia is just the cutest. I’m currently a pretty miz New Yorker doing everything in my power to relocate to LA. I visit once a year and I decided to bite the bullet and just do it. It’s fun posts like these that remind me what I’m missing out on ! Also, I have THE MOST PATHETIC German Shepherd dog ever. She just whines/cries/talks with happiness all the time because she has so much energy and is just so happy (apparently)… anyway, I am so getting her a backpack. I think she will love it. Brilliant idea.

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Adrianna Adarme September 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Hahha…I used to have a German Shepherd growing up and am very aware of their hyper nature. Backpacks help! And move out here! You’ll love it!

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Margarita September 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm

such a cute post! this made me smile. :)

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Margarita September 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm

p.s. i wanna babysit for amelia…

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rox September 4, 2013 at 1:45 pm

happy six years in LA! your corgi is adorable – and the backpack idea is actually pretty brilliant…I have an insanely overactive pug, and wonder if that’s a potential route for her to go in as well. and thankyou for sharing your real moments w/ us as readers – that’s what it’s really all about. the ups & downs in life! xo

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Adrianna Adarme September 4, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Definitely try out the backpack. It’s worked wonders!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Cute Amelia!!! Love this post and am pretty excited about fall :)

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Stephanie {Clockwork Lemon} September 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Loved this post! Lots of small and big good stuff mixed in with small and big bad stuff. I remember going through a breakup and being lonely in a new city for a year straight.. gives you lots of time to start a beautiful blog!! haha.

Your dog is ADORABLE.. gaaaah look at her backpack

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Adrianna Adarme September 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Ha. Yes, it does. Yes it does.

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Sara @ Confectionary Tales September 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Happy LA Anniversary! I’ve been here almost 7 months and it was comforting to read that you also experience a year of loneliness (not sure if you meant your first year or later on) because the past few months have definitely been filled with some high highs and low lows.

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Adrianna Adarme September 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Moving to a new city is always hard. Hoping it gets easier for you soon!

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Kathy September 4, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Let me just say that Amelia with a backpack filled with beans and raisins made me laugh out loud for a solid 5 minutes. And I’m more of a silent giggle kind of gal. I think that photo might be my new screensaver. Thanks for making my day :)
Here’s to a new month filled with more of the good!

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Adrianna Adarme September 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

HAHAH! What’s awesome is that it makes a CRAZY amount of noise. Almost like she’s shaking a maraca. It’s sad.

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lynn @ the actor's diet September 4, 2013 at 8:32 pm

I didn’t know you were an Angeleno transplant – I guess I assumed you grew up here b/c you seemed so at home…hoping the next month runs a little smoother for you…Julius wants to go to that sheep ranch too!

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Becki's Whole Life September 5, 2013 at 4:04 am

I hope September and the fall bring some easier months for you! Beautiful pics and I think Amelia looks super cute with her working pack on her back. She is probably super happy to have you and to have a job:-)

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Francesca September 5, 2013 at 5:54 am

Moving around is a lot tougher than people give it credit for, AND going through highs and lows are always so much more intense when you’re in a foreign place, no? Glad to hear the little things are bringing you bits of ease. Plus fall things are great!

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Loryn September 5, 2013 at 9:39 am

I look forward to these round ups every month. Thanks for sharing, and for being not only awesome, but also human. Cheers!

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Becca September 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

Love this post! Thanks for really sharing what’s going on with you. Also, Chego is amazing! I was so sad when it changed locations.

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Stacey September 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Your blog was one of the first I ever read. Loved it ever since! I JUST read an article last night that was written by Cesar Milan about how dogs need jobs and we should get them to carry crap. Well, much more in depth and scientific than that, but essentially the same! She looks fantastic.

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Adrianna Adarme September 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm

HAHA! That’s so funny because that’s totally where I read it, too. When Amelia acts cray I usually go on Cesar Milan’s site and “search” her behavior. He knows stuff!

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Karla September 5, 2013 at 7:58 pm

After reading everyone else’s comments, I am so delighted that you have so many great followers! I’m not sure that I could add much else new, but I’ll give it a try. Several years ago, I got offered a job in Rhode Island. My transition was not an easy one. I figured I’d give it time. But I found myself at every chance I got, flying back home to family to get myself a decent margarita! Yessiree! You betcha! First thing off the plane to my favorite Mexican restaurant. Back in R.I., no end of grief from my new co-workers. I lasted two years. Then I came back home a prouder than proud Angeleno again. Amelia rocks it big time! She is indeed one little bad-ass!

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Adrianna Adarme September 5, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I feel you. I love Los Angeles. Now that I’ve been here six years I’d miss it soooooo much if I left. I consider it home. Glad you’re back!

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Adrienne September 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm

AHH I love your blog. It always makes me feel like I know you personally, probably because my name is Adrienne and I love food and dogs and painting my nails between baking batches of cookies, but now finding out you graduated from film school just about killed me. We might be the same person.

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Adrianna Adarme September 5, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Hahaha! This made my day.

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Kitty Quintana September 5, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Amelia is Awesome!!!!

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jo_mi_co September 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm

i think the changes you’re referencing are what your 20s are all about… or at least that’s what i tell myself!

you have accomplished so much in so little time, adrianna… you should be so proud :)

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Christine September 6, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Happy LA-versary! I’ve lived here for 30 years. Have visited other cities with the idea of moving but nothing compares. Sorry to hear about the bumps in the road lately, hope all improves and soon. Love Amelia. I used to use a backpack for my Huskies, really helped not to be dragged down the block when on a walk. I now have a Pembroke, Blue. Got a kick out of the pics of Amelia herding!

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Lori September 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm

I love how real this post feels. Your style of writing makes me feel so warm and coozy like we know each other in real life. Btw. I also love all the Amelia pics! I have 2 babies of my own and now thinking of jobs for them now. Hmmm..

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aida mollenkamp September 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Happy 6th LA-versary! As a native, I feel the need to make sure you’re enjoying it thoroughly and it sounds like you are. By the way, how is it that we go to so many of the same spots and don’t run into each other more? We should remedy that!

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Adrianna Adarme September 7, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Oh yes, let’s do it! I’m so down, especially if Korean food is involved. :)

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Robin G September 10, 2013 at 7:13 am

I told you about the urban herding! I’m glad that you found something even better – real herding! She looks like she loved it.

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Adrianna Adarme September 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

OMG you were! Thank you for telling me! I’d never heard of it before. She loved it so much; we’re planning our return now. It almost feels like I have a kid in soccer now. :/

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Jessica September 11, 2013 at 8:36 am

Thank you for sharing this post, and most of all, for your honesty. I often feel I have a catalog of lovely instagrams and photos of pretty meals I’ve cooked/eaten or of my adorable pup (Isabelle) and it tends to give this impression that everything is always roses. It’s so refreshing to see strong, intelligent, lovely women can own up to everything not always being “perfect” and in those days/weeks/hell, even months, we still make an effort to look for the small beautiful things that keep our heads and hearts above water. And, when even that fails, at least there’s always something delicious to be eaten!
You have a new fan and an avid follower. You also may have convinced me to get my pup a backpack for our trips to the farmers market :)

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