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  1. A thoughtful post on finding happiness– through struggle.
  2. A guide to DC’s best ramen spots. We’ve been to Daikaya and Toki. Other places in the area we’ve tried include Temari and Ren’s Ramen in Montgomery County, but Daikaya is still the top contender in the area, in my opinion.
  3. The craziest OkCupid date ever. Sounds like my idea of fun.
  4. A bacon-washed bourbon recipe from one of my favorite mixology blogs, The Boys Club.
  5. Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Chad Stafko entitled, “OK, You’re a Runner. Get Over It” that evoked a wide range of emotions from the running community. Mark Remy over at Runner’s World wrote a response that garnered some chuckles from me. I just ran my second marathon last month, so let that tell you whose side I’m on.
  6. Alarming news about Baltimore’s beloved Berger cookies. Must. Stock. Up.
  7. Martha Stewart’s Instagram photos are less than inspiring.
  8. Last but not least, a certain someone was the Daily Puppy’s dog of the day yesterday! Go give him some biscuits =)

Happy weekend!

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Dear Internet Friends,

Hello! My name is Nugget and I am 12 weeks old. This weekend I met my new Mommy and Daddy. They brought me to a new home with lots of toys and treats and gave me an itchy collar. I miss my dog-parents Poe and Fae, but I am discovering all sorts of new things in this home. My favorite spot in my new house is on a big fluffy Flokati rug. On Saturday, I accidentally started peeing on it, but Mommy started yelling at me so I stopped. When I want to use the bathroom I sit on my butt near the door, and then my new parents take me on a walk. I made lots of new friends and discovered something called peanut butter. It is delicious. Mommy says I need to stop barking at other four-legged creatures, but I just get so excited! Yesterday at puppy pre-school, the trainer said that I need to make 100 human and dog friends before I turn 6 months old so that I become so-shuh-lized. I don’t know what “so-shuh-lized” means, but I heard Mommy telling Daddy that we should go play with other dogs, so it must be a good thing! Today my parents are at work, so Daddy set up something called a “web-cam” so that he can look at me on his phone while he is not at home. That’s all for now. I’m going to take a nap in my bed!

Love,
Nugget

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Hello, world! It’s been a while, and a lot has happened. In the past month, I moved in with D, his parents moved away from the DMV, and now…Darren and I are excited to announce that we will be welcoming a new member to our family!

More after the jump.

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After a whirlwind 2 days through Puno and Lake Titicaca, we were down to the final leg of our two-week trip across Peru. I had never heard of Colca Canyon before beginning to research places to visit in Peru, but after reading about the graceful condors that can only be found in the canyon, I knew we had to check it out.

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From Puno, we took the 4M Express bus to Arequipa, passing through packs of alpacas (cuteness overload), a lake situated even higher than Titicaca, a series of volcanoes including El Misti, and a high point of 4,910 meters- just over 16,000 feet. The bus ride took about 7 hours and dropped us off directly at our hostel, Colonial Inn. Arequipa was by far the most European of the cities we had visited, with gorgeous Spanish architecture across town. We didn’t have much time to explore though- the next morning it was off to Colca Canyon!
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Engaged!

Hi friends! Over the weekend, this happened…

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…and I said yes! Here’s how it went down.

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Travel Notes: Puno and Lake Titicaca

After our exhausting Inca Trail hike, it was off to the legendary Lake Titicaca. The 3,200 sq. mile lake borders Peru and Bolivia, accessible on the Peruvian side via Puno, and is the largest lake in South America. ‘Titicaca’ roughly translates to “stone puma,” which the lake’s shape is supposed to resemble. I suppose this is true if you have a highly creative imagination and squint 🙂 At any rate, the day long tour of the Uros and Taquile Islands was a much needed break to recover from the fast pace of the Inca Trail. The tour began at 6:30 AM (it takes about 1.5 hours to get to the Uros Islands and another hour from there to Taquile) and ended around 5 PM.

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We arrived in Puno on a Sunday, only to find the Plaza de Armas almost completely deserted. 

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Travel Notes: Puno and Lake Titicaca

Travel Notes: Puno and Lake Titicaca
Finally got to eat at a chifa (Peruvian term for the numerous Chinese restaurants that can be found across the country). Cheap and delicious!

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 En route to the Uros islands. The lake’s water was a glistening deep blue.

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Travel Notes: Puno and Lake Titicaca
 Reed houses and boats on the Uros Islands

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Travel Notes: Puno and Lake Titicaca

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Additional notes and tips after the break

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