More Hawaii Pics =)

Got these from my mom the other day!  ahh…makes me really want to go back.

These are pics from our last day~I was so confident about my paddle boarding skills until the ocean owned my ass.  I lost my sunglasses and scraped my knee =(  But it was still great fun to go out and try something new with Mike and my family. ❤

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Hawaii (Part III: Maui)

This was my first trip to Maui and I have to say…I can’t wait to go back.  Maybe it was because Mike and I had alone time (honeymoon butterflies) or it was the island itself…or the good food…or the awesome hotel experience we had… But I seriously can’t wait to go back with friends, for a babymoon or just another vacation.  ❤

Here’s just a random collage of photos from the trip =)

Isn’t this picture adorable?  it’s the logo to a restaurant~~ but I would totally buy this for my house.

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At Mala’s restaurant.  SOOOOOOOO GOOD.  Their food is fresh and delicious~~ PLUS you get to sit out on the balcony and watch sea turtles swim up to the shore!

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Ocean View outside the restaurant

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Mala’s =)

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Driving around Maui~~ gorgeous sites!

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Free Champs from the Ritz!  We got it 2 of the three nights we were there.  SO SPECIAL ❤

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What Markel and I ate each morning.  we went to the grocery store and picked up yogurt, cereal, juice and some alcohol =)  We also ate breakfast everyday on our lanai (patio) and it was just HEAVENLY.

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Breakfast ❤

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Geste Shrimp Truck!  SOO GOOD.  I personally think it was better than Giovanni’s in Oahu.

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Mama’s Fish House…AHHHMAZING.  Food, service, ambiance…everything was incredible.

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The sunset view from our table ❤

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Dessert!

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With my free lei from dinner, Markel and i were off to the airport to go back to Oahu and celebrate my mama’s 60th birthday!

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smelled SOOO GOOD

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More Gorgeous Photos from Mama’s Fish House & the beach it was on~~

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View of the restaurant

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Before Dinner and Before the sunset…GORGEOUS right?  It was total Paradise in Maui

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

This past week & weekend was a little weird.  We had Thursday as a holiday and then the weekend ahead.  So it FELT like a 4-5 day weekend.  That made coming to work on Monday THAT much harder…  Luckily I have a sweet gig and love my job!

Friday, I had dinner with the girls at our friend’s new home.  California Chicken Cafe + Wine + Trader Joe’s Ice Cream Sandwiches. ❤  Perfect way to really relax and gab for hours ❤  Love these special nights!

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After dinner, I met Markel and his friends for First Friday in Venice.  Two of his friends were in town from the East Coast so we hung out on Abbot Kinney~ I forgot how much I love that place!

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Saturday, Mike and I went to Beaumont (near Palm Springs) to hang out with Mike’s parents for the weekend.  Saturday was spent cleaning/organizing our storage unit, watching the Dodgers vs Giants, and eating DELICIOUS food.

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Sunday was a FUNday~~ Mike’s entire family came out to celebrate 3 birthdays (mine included =])   We grilled, went swimming, hung out, and watched the Giants game.  It was really nice to spend the day with the Blairs. ❤

(*The not so glamorous part was moving out of our storage unit the morning before all the festivities.  Thankfully it only took an hour at the most*)

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On Sunday, Mike taught his niece how to swim and it was ADORABLE.  He had all these techniques that he had thought out and I definitely melted.  Can’t wait to see him as a Papa Blair down the line with our Littles. ❤

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Leaving and Returning to LA

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Isn’t this the cutest picture ever??  Mike’s in the cutest yellow suit with a blue bow tie.  I die.  I can’t wait to make our baby boy wear one too someday~~ xo

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

This past weekend went by WAYYY too fast.  I can’t believe it’s already June!!  Where did Winter/Spring go??

*Sigh *

Well, this weekend was another busy, whirlwind kinda daysrunintogether sort of weekend.

Friday: A calm night of eating pizza, drinking champs (with a little pink lemonade) and watching the last season of Mad Men on netflix.  Markel had to work all night (bummmer)

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Saturday: Went to the CUTEST Baby Shower and then celebrated 2 birthdays ❤

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Sunday: Church, First Birthday Party (SO CUTE) and then Shopping at the Grove!image

Wasn’t the decor and balloon theme ADORABLE?

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There was a caricature artist ❤  I’m not sure Mike and I look like our drawings tho =(

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Live Music at the Grove.  LOVE coming here~~ (although the cost of parking is ridiculous…even WITH validation… *grumble *)

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And now…it’s Monday and I have the blues =(

Memorial Day Weekend Recap and Photodump

This was one big crazy weekend/week.  so…brace yourself for a long post!

Thursday–Fun Bridal Shower for my coworker and Old Roomie in College

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Then a fun coworker wine night at my place

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Firday Dinner Party with friends from Sacramento

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My New Glasses! xo From Ray Ban

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Fun pretty things + MAC Makeup  LOVE their orgasm blush

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Saturday, Markel and I did N O T H I N G.  We watched like 16 hours of TV, hung out around the apartment and just recharged our batteries since it’s been such a crazy past few months.

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Sunday, Church, Mike’s Parents place and Estella‘s Graduation from Loma Linda! (more on her graduation here)

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Monday, BBQ with our Small Group and a Crate & Barrel/Bed Bath and Beyond trip for Markel and Me.

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Tuesday, Wine night with the girls + Bruno ❤

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and FINALLY…on Wednesday…our small group saw STAR TREK!! xoxo

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and now…it’s the weekend again! xoxo ❤

Weekend Recap and Photodump

This past weekend was ANOTHER busy busy busy one~~  Filled with good food, friends, and some physical labor ❤

Friday Night, Markel and I watched a Mad Men marathon and just hung out at home.  We ate leftovers and just did what we haven’t been able to do: RELAX!

Saturday, bright and early, we woke up and drove out to Chino to help Markel’s grandparents move to San Diego.  It was such a gorgeous day~~ it didn’t feel like we were moving.  After the move, we were able to do a little home decor shopping at Z Gallerie & Target ❤

(made a little care package for Markel’s Bro’s wedding, the weather was GORG, so was the sunset!)

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Sunday, Markel and I got to sleep in and slowly get ready for a big bbq birthday bash ❤  Our friends came over, got to see our new place, and Markel was able to use his new GRILL~~~ his most prize possession at the moment.

I forgot to take pictures at the beginning of the party, so here are just some random ones towards the end.  This year, I planned a REALLY REALLY chill birthday for Markel b/c he was so burnt out from work/wedding/traveling/moving/LIFE!  We kept it all incredibly low key and relaxing~ so that Mike could sit back and enjoy the day.  (Markel’s Birthday Pasts)

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He was so special he got TWO birthday cakes

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Happy Birthday Baby!! xoxo

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

My updates are out of order at the moment (still haven’t downloaded all my wedding/wedding related photos).  So here’s what I DO have to share!

Last weekend was a busy one.  I was still recovering from the cold/flu/whatever it was, and Mike and I had a packed list of things to do…

Saturday,I made our first breakfast as Husband & Wife ❤

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Later, we went to a funeral service for my old college roommate/current coworker’s mom.  It was a beautiful ceremony and the pastor retold some very very touching moments of his observations of the family and the deceased mama.  Afterwards, we went to an Asian buffet…love buffets.

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The rest of the day was busy busy with home decor shopping, family time with the Blairs in Beaumont, CA and just catching up on rest!

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Aren’t these lights ADORABLE??? LOVE the black shades ❤

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Sunday, a day full of more home decor shopping,

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 In the afternoon we went to the most ADORABLE baby shower!!  Well, more like a celebration of 3 baby girls (cousins) who were born within the same 6 weeks!!  So exciting ❤

This is mike awkwardly holding his friend’s baby girl (annabelle).  It took a LOT of peer pressure and coaxing for him to take the plunge and hold the baby!  lol

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The gorgeous spread of sangria, wine, dessert bar, appetizers, and Mexican food buffet!

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  Finally made the big purchase on Sunday after thinking about it overnight from our Saturday visit (IKEA)

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OUR PAAAACKED CAR

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 I’ll show you pics of our new place later when it’s all built and set up! xoxo

 

Fifty Shades of MarkelandMe

This is the first day to our Wedding Month!! EEEEK~~  20 days and counting ❤    Therefore, I thought I’d start by opening up with some fun facts about Markel and Me, the people.  I found this post from Taza and thought it would be a cute way to share about Markel and Me =)

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1. My middle name is Soohye.  It means “Keeper of Grace” but in Korean can sometimes sound like “Disastrous Flood”    o.O

2. I started this blog just to talk about celebrities,  fashion and fashion deals I find online…but it’s revolutionized into a blog about my life and my fashion loves.

3. I’m originally from Sacramento and “HELLA” LOVE all things Norcal. =P (ESPECIALLY the SF Giants)

4. Korean was my first language.  Although I’m fluent in English, I still mix up my Idioms. (makes for interesting conversation with strangers)

5.  I was born and raised in a Presbyterian family and am still devoted ❤

6. I swam competitively as a child and in High School

7. I played Water Polo in high school (although I probably could never do it again…)

8. I used to be obsessed with whitening my face (a la Asian Beauty Style), but now I embrace being dark and getting sun during the summer.

9. I always wanted to be either a fiction writer or in Fashion…neither happened tho =T  I was never brave enough to take the leap!

10. I graduated UC Davis at age 20.  I was a Women and Gender Studies Major with a Psych Minor and to this day…my family tells everyone I was a Psych major.   O.o

11.  I have some crazy OCD habits.  I HATE HATE HATE hair that falls on the ground/carpet/floor/shirts/etc.  Bugs the crap out of me.  I also love sleeping in newly washed sheets.  I used to wash them 1 or more times a week until my mom sat me down for an intervention about it (and my crazy laundry habits).  I also prefer to wash dishes myself…dun ask me why.  And…I am CRAAAZYYYY about people/things that touch my bed.

12. I have 1 brother who Lives in Hawaii, is the Chairman of the Republican party there, and has a few businesses.  Saying he’s successful~ is the understatement of the Century.

13. My parents live in Hawai’i as well and are enjoying their sun-filled, chillax retirement life.

14. I love all things furry and hope to own a pet someday…I’m just not sure I can take care of one all by myself (*hint hint Markel *)

15. I played beer pong for the first time when I met Markel at age 24! (sad huh?)

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16. Markel is the youngest of 3 (Older Bro and Sis) and has 3 nephews and 1 niece

17. He was incredible at Cross Country and got scholarships for College (but declined)

18. Markel went to Harvard and majored in Government & minored in Econ (His greatest and craziest stories are all from College =P)

19. He can’t sit Indian Style or bend his knees more than 45 degrees b/c he stopped breathing as an infant and has nerve damage as a result

20. He is a beer pong champion amongst his friends and refuses to partner with me =(  (I’m currently working on my hand-eye-cup coordination)

21. Markel gets mistaken for every ethnicity in the book.  It’s always a mystery~ But he is…Welsh, Sicilian, Spanish, Mexican and French =)

22. His original surname should have been Salazar (but was changed in the early 1900s)

23. Markel is the most polite person in the world.  He teaches me etiquette rules everyday…and everyday, I forget them.  (oops)

24. Markel likes EVERYTHING sports related.  He could listen to sports radio and watch ESPN for the rest of his life.

25. His favorite animal in the whole world are sea turtles and any other kind of turtle species

26. He only started cooking after we met ❤ And…Markel is seriously the best cook in the entire world

27. Markel leaves on every light in the house on, every cupboard and drawer a little open, and all clothes/towels on the ground.  I always tell him he’d be the worst spy/thief.

28. He could live at the beach and be the happiest person alive.  (I personally hate sand and getting dirty/sweaty…so that proves to be difficult for us.)

29.  He is dyslexic, but overcame it by concentrating that much harder.  That’s why today, if he reads something once, he’ll remember it forever.  Pretty cool talent since he can remember things he learned in elementary school/high school/college…things that I completely forgot about.  (i.e. he can still list all the state capitols of all the states in alpha order0

30. Markel’s real name is Michael =)

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31. We met at a local bar called Busby’s and it has been ourspecial place every since.  He even surprised me with an engagement party there! =P

32.  When we met, Markel ran 2x a day and was really active.  I worked out 3x per week and ate really healthy.  Together?  We’ve become sloths who love good food.  Awesome for the soul, but not the waist line.

33. I get really intense good cravings that are super specific.  At first Markel was really weirded out, but now he indulges me in those cravings =)  (Although…he draws the line at midnight french fry runs.  >.<)

34. We are polar opposites in every respect and lead completely different lives.  HOWEVER, our morals/faith/foundations are all the same and it really works.  It’s interesting that we were able to mesh our lives together (habits/likes/dislikes/interests/etc) without a problem since our core beliefs/ideologies were the same.

35. He is Lactose Intolerant, but int he beginning when we dated~ he ate tons of cheese/ice cream because that was her food obsession.

36. He still remembers her outfit on their first date ❤  She still keeps the dress she wore when they first met ❤

37. Our first movie together was “Enchanted“, MY favorite movie ever.  He still can’t believe he sat through it…and many more romantic films in the years since.  hehe

38. Markel is ALWAYS right, but I hate to admit it~ so I always say “let’s agree to disagree” and stomp away like I was right.  HAHAHA

39.  My favorite activity is eating breakfast in bed together and watching TV/Movie.  It’s rare we ever get to do it, so I always cherish those little moments.

40. Markel and I started an etsy shop together and it’s been INCREDIBLY fun.  We use the extra money for date nights, vacations, and little treats for ourselves.  It’s also been a huge blessing to work together and see our strengths/weaknesses and how we jive as “business/crafting” partners.  So far it’s been a blast and I can’t imagine we’d stop anytime soon ❤

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And…the final 10

41. I’m getting married to my Best Friend ❤

42. We talk about baby names and pet names all the time.  I want to name them after fictional book characters, He wants them to have cool/powerful names.  We’ll see how that goes…

43. Markel indulges me in my weirdness and lets me be myself without judgement or criticism.  He helps me reach my goals, supports me in every way, and let’s me be ME.  I hope that I can do the same for him as we grow as a couple, as parents, and as a family in the future.

44.  Markel proposed to me in Korean and it was the most romantic thing in the entire world.  Later, I found a piece of crumbled paper with the words phonetically written.  What a champ ❤

45. Whenever we have bad days, the other person always prepares a treat so that right when you walk in~ there’s a fun surprise.  He always pours me a glass of wine or mixes me a cocktail.  I usually have a comfort food dinner, ice cold soda, or dessert ready for him.

46. We hope to travel to Asia, Europe and South America…hopefully sooner rather than later…since I’m itching to start a family!

47. We did a 100 filled questionnaire about marriage counseling and we passed =)  felt really good to talk about “what ifs” and hear each others answers.  Many of the questions had obvious answers, but it was still nice to talk about it and at least put it all out there.

48. During our registry shopping at bed bath and beyond, we had a lot of fun and found that we have a lot of similar decorating styles~ and will definitely have loads of fun decorating our new place ❤

49.  Markel and I are family minded, which has been really easy when it comes to incorporating our siblings/parents/extended families into our wedding and our lives.  It’s exciting to know that we’ll always put family first in every situation as we head into the future.  I want a HUGE BRAVERMAN (Parenthood), -like family =)

50.  And finally, after MUCH debate about whether or not I should change my name…I am finally going to be a B L A I R. ❤   I was worried about losing my identity and my family ties…but the point of marriage and being one unit is to create a new family identity together right?

…and that’s all folks! =)

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Weekend recap and Photodump (part II)

Friday was one BUSY day.  I woke up at 7am and went to bed at 12am and every moment I was running around doing SOMETHING.

In the morning, Mike and I signed our lease to the new apartment!!  Here he is carrying me over the threshold =P  Although we aren’t married yet, it was an epic and fun day to do this.

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Wedding Dress fittings for both dresses ❤

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Pigging out on Zankou chicken.  NOTHING tasted better after all my starving to fit into the wedding dress!

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Getting our nails did with the lovely bride ❤

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I couldn’t pick a color!  Here’s my polish blot on my nails.  And my final decision.

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 Ring Party!

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All the girls ❤

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Ahhhhmazing Chinese food after the rehearsal.  Oak Tree Inn has the best Chinese food around!

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Words of Wisdom before the wedding?

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Miss these guys!!  My Kindred Spirits ❤

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my bestie ❤

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 with the groom!

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Sacramento Reunion ❤

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In the hotel room, getting our things ready for the BIG BIG Day!! xo

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leftover party!!

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Weekend Recap and Photodump (part I)

SO MUCH happened two weekends ago and during that week~that I’m breaking it down to four posts (1 per day almost)

I had Friday Off, so it seemed even crazier than it was!  haha

Let me back up a little to wed/thurs… It’s Persian New Year (Nowruz) right now and one of the sweetest people brought us heart shaped pistachio cookies.  SO tastey and they were homemade!

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Little Adorable hearts are overtaking my desk!

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Painting the tables on my patio: a bright blue/aqua ❤

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Wednesday night, my small group and I went to Westside Tavern to celebrate one of our members getting a new job! xo

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Tried picking wedding earrings at Nordstroms before the dinner…

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Thursday Night we had a bunch of guests staying over and I was so excited to use my new sheets!  They are from Target and I had been waiting for them to go on sale foreverrr~ untilt hey finally did!  eeek, so exciting ❤  I LOVE the way they look with my anthro blanket.

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my last meal before my dress fitting.  plain chicken breast with a little buffalo sauce.  wasn’t awesome, but it helped keep my hunger pangs at bay.

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Mike’s delicious sandwich on toasted sourdoug and blue cheese crumbles.  OMG it was so hard not to yank this out of his hands!

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breakfast treats with my coworkers ❤

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