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Days off ‘ are meant to explore, wander, and de-stress. We must allow ourselves time to decompress from work and daily life stressors. I know . We feel like we have so much to do. That we don’t have time. But .. It’s important. 

(You know , that whole work-life balance thing. ) 

It can work in your favor. It already is. You’re taking time to read this post. Treat yo self. 

Also  .. you’ll have more energy. You might not lose your cool, as easily. You might even be happy , like smiling. Voluntarily. 

Sounds fun, right? 

The husband and are getting back into the routine of work-life balance , dating each other , and truly enjoying our free time together. 

Join us – as we escape to – BainBridge Island. 

We’d heard wonderful things about Bainbridge . Bainbridge Island is one of the neighboring islands near Seattle. It’s about a 30 minute ferry ride. So happy we jumped on the Seattle Ferry & headed over. (It’s only $8.20 for walk on pedestrians. And free on the way back.) You can either pre-load your Orca card (at various locations) or purchase tickets at the Seattle ferry terminal. 


There are some wonderful boutique shops , equisite restaurants , beautiful green spaces and lovely events on Bainbridge. This is our first trip , so I’ll be unveiling cool spots to check out on this feature series. 

Dining – 

1) Harbour Public House 

[ 231 Parfitt Way SW . www.harbourpub.com ] 

Get thee to the pub house! Fantastic selection of local micro-brews, wines, eats in a historical lil out house. They have a versatile menu for GlutenFree too. Unbelievable seafood with an unbelievable view. (21 & up only) 

His :  Bainbridge Island Kommuter Kolsch with Bo Burger with Bacon and side of hand-cut Washington fries. 

Hers: flash fried (GF) calamari with the Eagle Harbor Pubordeaux ( a 50/50 mix of merlot & cab. Blended on island) 






2.) Wander about the <Walking Trail> in cute downtown Winslow . Nature for the win. 


3.) Sweet Treat : Moira’s Iced Creamery 

[139 Madrone Lane N. 

www.moraicecream.com ] 

Best ice-cream ever. It ’twas Fresh , flavorful , and light. Local ice cream shop. hand-crafted (48) different ice creams , sorbets , milkshakes & desserts. Almost all flavors are gluten-free. Also, they deliver. Yup. You read that right. 

Hers: mint chocolate chip 

His: orange (he ate it before I could snag a photo ! ) 


4.) Fun StuffBainBridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) 

[550 Winslow Way East. www.biartmuseum.org ] 

Contemporary art museum filled with interesting world-renown collections. Rotating collections often feature prominent local artists. The art museum is free & open daily, which is amazing. (Woop) .What is more amazing is the additional programs they feature on a daily basis. They offer workshops & art classes for students of every age. They also have lectures / readings , book arts programs , and a podcast series. 

We happened to catch the opening night of the SMARTfilm series , comemorating the age of the classic movie musicals. 

You guys know.. “I’m all about film”..

So,  I was excited to see this was an ongoing series that they use to educate and spark conversations in the community. 

Opening Night – Sept 20- Animal Crackers 

Animal crackers : the Marx brothers comedy caper . Loved all the physical comedy. And the audience interactive response between musical numbers. A talk-back was featured with Frank Ferrante (award-winning professional Groucho Marx impersonator) 

Sept 27: Gold Digger’s of 1933 

Oct 4: Top Hat 

Oct 11: Stormy Weather 

Oct 18: On the Town 

Oct 25: West Side Story 

https://www.facebook.com/Bainbridge-Island-museum-of-art/
Tix can be purchased through a link on their website & Facebook event . (Only $10 each) 

We loved our first visit to BainBridge. 

can’t wait to show you more next on the next feature of “Escape to BainBridge Island” II. 

Where is your favorite escape spot? 

Quirky and wanting another Island Day, 

Kelli 


It’s the time of day where sun fades away. A breeze swings from the west , and you’re hungry. (Of course you’re hungry.) You’re always hungry.

You long for multiple courses of food. A feast perhaps.

Small delicate plates with ‘artistically & aesthetically’ pleasing  food. The idea that it not only ‘looks gorgeous, but tastes gorgeous.’

Can such a place exist?

You’re tripped out of your ‘day-dreamed food haze’ by the cobblestone road. ( Like literally) . The husband grabs your hand and laughs. This cobblestone road is rich with history. So many stories have walked this path everyday. You walk this path everyday.

 

 

You look up and see a door. (Hmm) I don’t remember this.

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A face appears thru the glass, and the door creaks open.

“Will you be joining us this evening?”, the concierge says.

YES.” (we say in unison)

We enter Nordo’s Culinarium. Approach the lobby. Check-in with grace. The place has a vintage style. An Old-Hollywood feel. The concierge hands us an envelope. “Please open this at your table. Your table is right this way”.

I pause to check out the chic floor. Design goals. Just saying. (snaps photo)

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Our table is mixed within the hotel lobby. 

Imagine if you will– a little moonlighting , happy & delighted guests, wine flights galore.

(Lan  <The concierge >happily informs us we have a VIP wine flight with our 5 course dinner.)

Yes. You heard that correctly. A  (4) course Wine Flight. A (5)Course Dinner. We open our envelope. Our room key awaits.

 

 

 

 Do I have your attention yet?

This is just the tip of the ice-berg. Lettuce inform you.

(Sorry guys. I love cheesy puns.)

Sophie (the Bellhop) swung on by the table ..I asked how her shift was.. 

“Things are not as they seem. ”  

First wine flight arrives. (Flama d’Or Cava-Spain) . The husband selects local (Two Beers) – Immersion Amber Ale.



The music starts up. 

Lights go out. We hear a faint calling with beautiful synthesized orchestration. The faint bellow lending to a screeching halt . It’s as though the room can speak. The walls practically move with bellowing wails. 

And it begins. 
Welcome to Hotel Nordo

This live immersive theatrical & food experience ..is one of the best live immersive experiences .. I’ve ever had the pleasure to attend. 
The food & beverages are heavenly. If you want a 5 star dining experience that includes : incredible service, varietal menu, personalization , and bubbly beverages..

I like this check-in service. Attention to detail is on point. 

What I loved most about the colorful menu is the flexibility if you have dietary & allergy restrictions. They are more than happy to accommodate your needs. I have a food allergy, and often it is hard to dine out. (Gluten Free & Vegetarian options available)

Executive chef (Erin Brindley) had beautifully themed dishes that catered to every palatable need. It was beautiful to see and beautiful to eat.** ( Warning- of upcoming food selfies ) **



Don’t spoil your appetite. These are just a splash of edibles that grace your plate. 

I don’t want to give away any of the theatrical elements or archs of this experience , but you are 100% immersed in the Hotel Nordo environment. 

The ensemble actors (Ronnie Hill, Alyssa Keene, Corinne Magin, Evan Mosher, Heather Refvam, Ray Tagavilla) do an amazing job of portraying multiple roles. They transition effortlessly practically jumping time and space. Their performances we’re so effective, I would often forgot ..”oh yea, they we’re just here”.. 


Two standouts performances (for me): Opal Peachey & Richard Slaniker. 

From the very beginning of their 1st appearance , I was taken with their energy. This nervous un-easiness of ‘Everything is fine’ unraveled with crumbling care till it practically burst. 
At one point , Peachey’s bellhop , ..looked upon guests ..quietfully rageful. And it was brilliant. 

The musical interludes are breathtaking.  I absolutely loved the blend of modern pop-rock tunes mixed with (Anastasia Workman) original music tunes (“Baby, Why are you so cold” and “The Big Break). I’m really hoping they’ll release a cast recording. (iTunes- please?) 

The artistic team is brought to you by Terry Padgotski and Erin Brindley. Their electrifying story will have you on the edge of your seat. And it’s in the best way possible.  

For my fans of pop-culture & cinema  – I’d possibly liken it to -if “American Horror Story ” married Alfred Hitcock and they stayed at the Overlook from “The Shining”. 

This is the season opener for Cafe Nordo’s Mainstage performances . 

Needless to say ,  I can’t wait to bite into the next show selection. 

If your looking for a dynamic and exceptional dining and theatrical experience – look no further – check in to Hotel Nordo . 

..Before they have no vacancy..

And you are lucky enough to be blessed as one of its guests. 

For at least one more night. 

You won’t want to check out. 


Quirky and craving a hotel’ stay, 
Kelli 

Local tid-bit /Info for your “stay” : 

“Hotel Nordo” runs thru September 22- November 20 at Cafe Nordo. 

~Happy Hour Bar opens at 5 pm 

~Seating & Drinks service begins at 7 pm. 

~ Dress to impress 

[Shows run Thursday – Sunday 

Thurs – Sat  8 pm showtime 

Sunday 7:30 pm showtime ] 

109 South Main Street Pioneer Square, Seattle , 98104 

www.facebook.com/CafeNordo

Twitter @CafeNordo 

Instagram @CafeNordo 

Special performances

{Special Halloween performance 10/31 ,Monday , 8 pm} 

+ Vegan Weekend 10/20-10/24 

+ Adults Only ‘ Special Tuesday 11/15 


My Favorite [14] Moments of The Golden Globes

So ,[of course] ,I watched The Golden Globes.

It’s my Happy Place.

I’m pretty sure you already know my passion for film.

And you know , the whole Hi Guys.. I’m an Actor  !

So here is a rundown of my favorite 14 moments from watching The Golden Globes.

[And a link to the Oscar nominations via The Oscar Website. ]

  1. Jonah Hill starring as , The Bear, in The Revenant . Who knew how well the Bear could rock a suit?

2. Rachel Bloom “Crazy , Amazing Award Speech Winner”. Her speech makes me want to get my crap together. She created a hit show , that almost didn’t get picked up , and was noticed by a CD on YouTube. [Her YouTube is awesome guys] go watch it.

3. The lead girl from ” The Blindspot” [Jaime Alexander] had    TelePrompTer issues. Or the TelePrompTer was drunk on champagne. [Either way , their just like us!]

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4. The moment when Jaime Fox pulled a Steve Harvey.

5. ” J-Law , Amy , and all the Hemsworth’s”

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6. MadMen meets Chumbawamba. Can you even imagine?

7. For the win: Gosling & Pitt (as best comic duo)

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8. Stallone’s Win.

 

9. Tom Hanks spot-on impersonation of Denzel Washington (and he had a cold)

10. Denzel’s [Humble / Down -To -Earth / Humorous “I don’t have my glasses” ] Cecil B. Demille Acceptance Speech

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11. When the TelePrompTer said ” Please Wrap..” About 20 seconds after Taraji P Henson got to the podium. Her response “I waited 20 years for it, your gonna wait”. Priceless. Be prepared for people to pull this in the Monday meeting.

12. The Martian was nominated for best comedy/musical film. And won for best comedy/musical film. Well, to be fair, the genre is Sci-Fi, not drama?

13. LEO wins the Golden Globe for Best Actor in The Revenant. YES. Please give him the Oscar. I loved his acceptance speech , speaking of indigenous communities. PREACH

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14. The Revenant wins best Picture. Featuring our beautiful world , in all its lush, spectacle , natural amazingness. Yay Earth!

So , there’s my thoughts / my favorite moments , of this years “Golden Globes”.  Thank you GIPHS via GIPHY .
And the Oscar Nominations are out! Woot. Woot!

www.oscars.org
Keep your eyes peeled for my thoughts /reviews of best Actor and Picture nominations

What movies and performances are you excited to see?
What did you like about The Golden Globes ?
Are some of your favorites nominated ?

Quirky and ready to go to the movies,
Kelli


Sometimes the TV can teach you stuff.
Thanks to watching Ellen a few days ago
I learned all kinds of cool stuff.

Like new words that people are using.
[I can’t believe I didn’t know what they mean]

I’d see words scroll across my Instagram.. And feel like , “um. What does that mean?”
You know how it feels awesome when Bae does something cool?

[Whose Bae? When did you meet someone named Bae?]
Bae: Baby / Sweetheart
Like , Bae, surprises you with pancakes.
Or brewing the coffee.
Or taking the dogs out while you sleep.
Or pizza when you work late.
So sweet.
[and it’s going to take me awhile to get used to that word]

All those things are on point.
Or as the cool kids would say…
On Fleek: on point / perfect
That late night Pizza dinner is ‘on fleek’.
That Netflix Binge [sweatpant ensemble] was  ‘on fleek’
This mid-week Uber- Puppy party is ‘on fleek’.
Yes. I just said that.

Also, in currently trending Fashion news.. [According to Ellen]
People are glittering their hair and their beards.
I’m with Ellen on this.
Just say no.
Keep the glitter in the craft box.
I’m not understanding this.
The glitter will be stuck in your hair for like 5 years.
It’s just like dog fur. It will pop up everywhere. [Everywhere]
Could you imagine if people glittered their dogs?!

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And last, but not least, my favorite part of Ellen.
She is incredibly giving.
She is always reaching out to help those in need.
It’s inspiring , how big her heart is.
Thanks Ellen.
Thanks for showing a little humor, heart, love, and dancing [can go a long way]
I wanna be like you when I grow up.

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Happy Wednesday

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Quirky and wanting to have a random dance parties,
Kelli

[giphs provided by giphy]

Ellen : http://www.ellentvshow.com


So movies. 

If you haven’t figured it out yet..

I have a crush on Movies. 

I totally am in ” big-like “with the silver screen. 

Like writing my name “in cursive with hearts ” on my notebook. 
And of course this just so happens to be  my favorite season for Movies 

You know.. 

Some cool holiday parties are coming up. 

[Wish I had an invite, sigh] 
You’ve got the upcoming Golden Globes, SAG awards, and 

[oh-hi Man -Crush- Monday] everyone’s favorite Golden Boy 

my favorites of favorites , ‘The Oscars’ 
[yay! ] Yes. The Oscars are my Super Bowl
Any who, [enough gushing] 
**Spoiler Alert: year of the awesome ensemble- driven drama & so many good “Based on a True Story” Contenders **
here’s a run-down : 12 Movies [I can’t wait to see!] 

[in no particular order] 
1. Spotlight 

[Dream team cast alert]

Mark Ruffalo , Michael Keaton , Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber , John Slattery, Brian D’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci 

  High-stakes ensemble drama based upon a true story of the Boston Globe uncovering the scandal of the Catholic Church 

Man, I want to play a reporter in a movie. 

http://youtu.be/WgnrwwiID1I

2. Bridge of Spies

[Favorite Director Alert] 

A steven Spielberg movie . starring Tom Hanks. 

No intro /bio/ tag line needed 

http://youtu.be/E_iB3KAxEYY

3. Truth 

Another newsroom drama involving 20/20 Dan Rather and the Bush Administration ..  

[with another great ensemble] 

I’m a fan of newsroom ensemble dramas & Cate Blanchett always rocks. 

Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Elisabeth Moss, Dennis quad, Stacy Keach, Topher Grace 
http://youtu.be/MqOz8-Sto1g

4. Steve Job

Yes, this movie has been out for awhile, and yes .. I still haven’t seen it. I need to. 

Written by Aaron Sorkin [Favorite screenwriter Alert] 

Directed by Danny Boyle [Slumdog Millionaire] 

A bio-pic [yet again] ,another stellar ensemble driven cast , including: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels about [that Apple cool guy , Steve Jobs ] 

http://youtu.be/9XEh7arNSms

5. By The Sea 

[Favorite Dream Collaboration / Couple / Bad-Ass Female Writer /Director ] 

Angelina Jolie- Pitt [Writer /Director ] 

Brad Pitt 

http://youtu.be/WvCwtQPBhDA

6. The Big Short 

Based on a true story with a great ensemble 

[you would think I’d be sick of saying that phrase, nope] 

Trailer Vibe has a very dramatic Oceans 11 feel 

Pitt / Bale/ Gosling/ Carell / Tomei / Gillan 

[yup. You know you’re cool, if you list only the last name] 
http://youtu.be/1kQc3mmtH-o

7. The Good Dinosaur 

Pixar movie about Dinosaurs . 

[Consider me there] 

Directed by Peter Sohn , force behind Ratatouille & Monsters University

http://youtu.be/daFnEiLEx70

8. In the Heart of the Sea 

[Favorite Director Alert] 

Ron Howard at the helm of a true story. Sailors stranded at sea. In the face of a whale 

http://Youtu.be/K-H35Mpj4uk

9. The Revenant 

[Favorite Actor Alert] 

Leo. 

Can we please give him an Oscar already. 

He’s earned like 5 by now [not really] but he has in my book. 

http://youtu.be/LoebZZ8K5No

10. Joy 

[ aka : Silver Lining’s Playbook Reunion] 

David O’Russell Directed. family drama . starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro. 

http://youtu.be/uR-2TiQVY-k

11. Concussion 

[ Favorite Sports Movie Alert] 

Will Smith [another Oscar contender] playing a doctor discovering brain damage in repeated concussion offenders playing in America’s favorite pastime . Sure to be a hit. 

http://youtu.be/tNCvaa-RogQ

12. Star Wars

[Favorite Director Alert / Everything Award] 

Because J.J. Abrams & Star Wars  

One day, I will work with you J.J. One day. [in a distant far away casting] 
http://youtu.be/sBxmsDFVnE

So there you have it guys 

12 movies [ I can’t wait to see! ] 

Movies inspire life . Reflect Life. Imitate Life. 

And sometimes.. just make our Life better 

What movies are you excited to see? 

[Thank you YouTube for providing all the trailers] 

Quirky and ready to buy’ all the tickets’ on the fandango, 

Kelli 

  


Sometimes in a summer ..

It’s all about self-discovery , making choices , learning lessons, and growing up.
Which we saw in the 1980’s cult-classic ” Dirty Dancing”. [LOVE THAT MOVIE, in case the cap letters ,didn’t give it away ]
I remember my summer before college.
I made the choice to cut my hair short . Like really short. What was I thinking?

[Which come to think of it, kinda looked like the un-curly version of baby’s. Yes. It was that poofy.]
I discovered tweezers exist for my eyebrows. [Oh…That’s what their for]
I made grown up choices by hanging out with my friends a lot. Dancing , [Just regular , like silly dancing ] Laughing, Riding Roller-coasters.
I learned how to take a driver’s test [3 times. Yup]
But , I never did carry a watermelon
Thus , bringing us to today .

Me and my husband got the chance to visit Lake Lure for the day.

[Where they filmed portions of “Dirty Dancing”]

It was our first time going on a boat together as well

[So much excitement]
So here’s some photos of the movie filming location [now]:
– Here is where “Johnny lifts Baby in the water”.

If Lee lifted me , I would have cried, because it’s a little brisk.

So to keep it real, “I didn’t do the Lift” , but Lee said its “all good”

-Here is where “Johnny and Baby dance on the log”.

I couldn’t imagine dancing across this log, let alone walking across it. Because well , we couldn’t get to it . But if we could have , I would have tried. I think. [And probably have laughed when I fell]

– Here is where “Baby carried a watermelon”.

Yes! I carried a … I didn’t carry a watermelon. I carried a water.

[And some windbreakers and a small cooler.]

-And nobody put me in the Corner.

Nope. Not at all.

I sat right up front. with a handsome man [and a dog]

[Photo Credit: Sammi The Labrador]

Being an Actress, I really loved writing this post.

I love the movies. Movies inspire me.

If they wanted to cast, me as Baby.. I feel like I’m now ready.

I mean, before, what did I really know?

[But now .. I’ve seen where the lift was filmed now..Boom]

A little history : Lake Lure is a man-made lake. And in honor of the famous movie, they hold a “Dirty Dancing Festival ” every summer. [Where you can recreate your Johnny & Baby Lift in a competition] that’s adorable.
So I figure, I’ll make it a random, “featured post”, to write about cool filming locations/old movie sets you can visit.

Next up: The Hunger Games Filming Locations

If you could re-create movie moments , which do you love?

What are some of your favorite movies?

What we’re you doing the summer after high school ?

[Yes, Mine was a million years ago too]

Quirky and nobody puts me in the corner ,

Kelli


I’m finally ready to talk about.
I’m coming clean.
I think I have a problem.
I can’t stop watching Grey’s Anatomy.
[And neither can my husband]
We’ve been binging on the show the past two months or so via Netflix
And we’ve gone from Season 1 to Season 9

Clearly, I mean, we’re trying really hard to catch up

I figure by the time we actually catch up

The new season might be on Netflix

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It even falls into our everyday conversation

After a night of dinner and dishes – 

Me: thanks for taking such McCare of me.
Hubby: did you just say McCare ?
Me: yeah.
Hubby: ok.

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If I call the collies , McDog, I know we’ll have a serious issue. They’d kick me out of the house and change the locks. [We have a border collie & a swift Mini Aussie]

Until then ..
Here’s 10 reasons I Like [and can’t stop] watching Grey’s Anatomy
1. There is an awesome opening question /monologue that always ties up so eloquently at the end. And it’s always really awesome. Ah- I already said that. It’s usually incredibly simple. “If we could have seen them” .. “Would we have known they we’re the best moments of our lives?” … “What if you made one decision that changed your entire life.” “What does it really mean to have a bad day?” . It kinda makes us question our own lives. Just a little.
2.The characters are pretty believable. You’ve got over-achievers . Under-achievers. Jerks. Hotheads. People pleasers. Over- emotional , and under-emotional . Nothing is different when you’re a doctor. And we get to see that under-belly. We get to see what makes them tick. Why does Chief not drink ? Or so we think. Why does Alex blow up? Why does Meredith push people away ? Why is Derek Shepherd almost perfect [almost]. What happens when you pull a double shift without sleeping? [oh, & then you have to do a triple bypass. Yup. ]
3. The utility closets are not just for holding brooms. This is often where you see all the drama. And the romance. Next time you walk past a broom closet in Seattle Grace, think twice before walking in. [That closet gets more action then you . Sorry]
4.I love the way Shonda writes. I do. These characters. If there was a sing off for Rimes shows, Grey’s would take first. No offense Olivia Pope. I like you too.
5. If Meredith says everything is ‘fine’, it’s about ready to get real . Real fast. She usually says this in moments , when she knows things ,are not fine at all.

6. I think I could be a doctor. Nope. Not in the slightest . But I can pretend to be one while watching the show.

…[Or someone could totally cast me as one, I mean, I’m ok with that] ….. Sup Shonda.
7. We connect with these doctors & nurses.

I’m a mashup of Izzy + Little Grey + Kemper.

Izzy’s emotion . Little Grey’s Chatty Quirks . Kemper’s Drive.

Or at least I think I am. [Yes. Sounds pretty kinda right]

Who do you connect with ?
8. It’s ok to dance. Even Yang [the super serious type A personality Doctor] takes time to dance. Like when she’s stressed . Or drunk. Or avoiding reality. Or in the OR. Just dance.
9. It’s set in Seattle. And we’re moving to Seattle next year. Even though the majority is shot in Los Angeles, but there are a few shot sequences, shot in Seattle. Which makes me happy. Happy rain drops. Seattle.
10. Coffee is a great supporting characters. Those doctors drink just as much coffee as I do. So we’re totally friends.

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And that’s my little list.

I already feel like I might write a follow up to this post
Do you watch Grey’s ?

If so: what do you like, about the show?

If not: what do you watch, and when do you plan on starting Grey’s?

I prescribe you with the prescription of “go watch Season One, Episode One.”

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Current Season : 9 Rating : 5/5 Popcorn Boxes [with a dash of salt n hot’ butter]
Quirky and craving more Grey’s ,
Kelli



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