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Got up at 6.45 am and made tea. How nice that it’s so light so early now.

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Checked email and put up a blog post.

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Left at 8am.

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Went to the dry cleaner’s.
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And to the co-op to get dates and cashews.

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Came back home and made cashew cardamom balls.

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Rolled them in coconut, and put them in tupperware to take to work. My last day at Candle Cafe.

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Had a quick breakfast of leftover kale, beans, beets and quinoa.

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Headed to the train.

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And listened to “The best damn sales book ever” on the way. Definitely jumping into a whole new universe with this real estate thing!

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Stopped for a quick cup of coffee. I had lost my taste for coffee for a few months, but in the past few weeks, I’ve been craving regular coffee with a little half and half in the mornings. It gets me jittery though, so I mostly have decaf.

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Jen was arranging cookies behind the bar.

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Going to miss the vats of home-made pita chips.

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Really going to miss Valentino, aka Papi. What a sweetheart!

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And Eugenio, the head chef. I surprised him with my camera.

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Here’s Andres. Love him too!

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And the beautiful veggies.

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Hernan and Severo:

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Armando:

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Angela was in the office when I went up to change.
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Along with Ishmael, who is from Ghana.

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And Aileen, who just started at the restaurant.

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The Quan Yin or Buddha….6 years later I’m still not sure.

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This is the drawing that Tianna left behind on her last day, one week ago:

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And here’s Georgie (well, it’s Jorge, but there are 4 Jorge’s so everyone was given a different version of the name).

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The 86 board: no more sea salad for staff. I can’t wait to be a paying customer who demands her seaweed!!!

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A lady rushing by with her stroller…pretty typical!

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Juice. A lot of juice.

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This is the ramen brigade. The kids buy ramen at the deli next door every day and then sit on the Candle bench to eat it. Kind of ironic.

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I did a little drawing of my new career (and Mark asked me whether this is a hand motion they teach in real estate school. It is)!

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Ate dinner but forgot to take a picture. Hugo bought me flowers. How sweet! :)

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Mark was upstairs when I went back up to change after my shift.

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Took the train home.

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This one was shot from the hip.
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V. got on and met me at the Bowling Green stop and we rode the rest of the way together.

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There was a huge box of wine waiting for him when he got home. And a box for Erica, for when she comes in a few weeks (it’s a doll for Ry’s birthday).

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Put my flowers in water.

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Played on the ipad while V. ate dinner.

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My old and nasty restaurant clothes that headed straight for the garbage.

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Took a shower. V. has positioned Obama rather voyeuristically.

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I sat on the couch with the intention of watching TV, but fell asleep within a few minutes, so there is no picture.