The Bermuda Triangle

by jenna on June 22, 2010

Today I have to make my way back to the dreaded DMV. I tried to make an appointment online but the first available was at the end of July??!! Is it just me or does the DMV represent everything we know and abhor on this good earth? And I’ve got the triple wammy. I not only have to wait in the line for two hours to get both a California drivers license AND my car registered…but I also have to pay $250 because everything in California is more expensive than the rest of the world. To be fair, I’m being a little dramatic because I could surely go right now and get there right as they open at 8:00 and, therefore, skip the two hour line. But…..I need to wash and blow dry my hair first. I mean, this new drivers license photo is going to follow me for years. I can’t look all deranged with the I just rolled out of bed look. You know?

So, moral to the story is this: if I don’t come back you will know what happened and you will know where to look for me. The DMV has that Bermuda Triangle effect sometimes.

On to better things.

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Siggi’s sent me some samples of their yogurt to try and I couldn’t wait to break one open this morning to make some overnight oats. I had never tried Siggi’s before, honestly because greek yogurt is expensive and this brand seemed to be even more expensive than the rest. I always pondered what could make Siggi’s so darn expensive as I picked up my lowly container of cheap grocery store brand greek yogurt instead.
You know why Siggi’s is more expensive than Fage?
Because it’s CREAMER! This yogurt is, by far, the thickest greek yogurt out there. I mean, I’m talkin’ that it was hard to stir this yogurt with a spoon—that’s how thick it is. This ain’t no Chobani, that’s for sure. And just like me and my unfortunate expensive tastes, this yogurt is by far my new favorite out there.

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DMV! DMV! DMV!
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Sarah for Real June 22, 2010 at 8:13 am

Good luck with the DMV! And good choice on the hair… I’m renewing my license online so I’m stuck with an awful photo.

Ick, I hate Choibani. I know, call me crazy… I like whole fat yogurt. Does siggi’s make whole yogurt?

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Corinne (breathe and savor) June 22, 2010 at 9:35 am

chobani actually makes both 0% and 2% yogurt! you should give it a second shot and buy the 2%! http://www.chobani.com/products/c/lowfat

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Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies June 22, 2010 at 8:21 am

Good luck at the DMV! And seriously…all my new food loves are expensive ones…*Sigh* As my dad says, “Champagne taste on a beer budget.” haha

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Rachel June 22, 2010 at 8:25 am

Good luck at the DMV. Bring a book! But I’m sure you already have that covered.

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Jessica @ How Sweet June 22, 2010 at 8:25 am

I love Siggis. It is like cheesecake!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) June 22, 2010 at 8:28 am

good luck girl, i know what you mean about the bermuda triangle effect!

thanks for the review of Siggi’s, i’ve been wondering how it it for a while now…now i know :)

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Crunchy Granola Gal June 22, 2010 at 8:30 am

Dear Siggi’s people: I love your yogurt, but it’s too darn pricey to eat on a regular basis! Can you remedy this?

And I do believe the DMV, no matter what state you live in, is a major pain in the boo-tay. ‘Nuf said.

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Kristin (Salty Tooth) June 22, 2010 at 8:30 am

I love Siggies, but I only purchase when it’s on sale. Call me cheap!

Good luck at the DMV, I have to renew my license and I’m dreading it.

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shannon (the daily balance) June 22, 2010 at 8:34 am

oh dear, good luck!

Still have yet to try a siggis! I’ll definitely be picking them up this week though!

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Lindsey @ Foodie on the Rocks June 22, 2010 at 8:37 am

Oh man, creamier than Fage?? I’m going to have to track down some of this!

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman June 22, 2010 at 8:38 am

I dread the DMV. It’s a gazillion times worse than the dentist. That’s a steep fee! Looks like bankrupt CA is nickle-and-dime’n you all whenever they can!

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A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) June 22, 2010 at 8:40 am

Haha, you sounds like me with the expensive taste. :( . . . I’ve tried every flavor of Siggi’s and my favorite is the ginger & orange. I have trouble buying them because of the price though. Two days ago, I picked on up, put it in my basket, and then put it back on the shelf because of the cost.

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Camille June 22, 2010 at 8:42 am

I have to go to the DMV today too. It is just a recipe for a bad day :(

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Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary June 22, 2010 at 8:43 am

I was thinking the same thing about Siggi’s… I’ve been seeing it at the store, but I thought … isn’t Fage expensive enough ?!

So, good to know! Maybe I’ll try one and see for myself ;)

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Marilou @ Mostly Healthy June 22, 2010 at 8:45 am

You’ll be stuck for eternity with the other ghost of the DMV, haunting the dreams of people with bad driver’s manner … Adios!

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Becky June 22, 2010 at 8:48 am

Oh Skyr. I became addicted while I was in Iceland. It’s so much better than yogurt. Even the cheap brands there (no gourmet Siggis) are like heaven on a spoon. Delicious.

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Becki @ HikeBikeEat June 22, 2010 at 8:52 am

The DMV is a horrible vortex. I’ll pray for your safety! And your wallet – Cali is WAY too expensive for mine. Luckily I have very generous roommates who share.

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 22, 2010 at 8:52 am

DMV…ew. My picture is AWFUL. And it’s not renewable for another 5 years. Woo..
Siggi’s IS incredible!

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Claire June 22, 2010 at 8:52 am

Good luck at the DMV lady! I used to love Siggis before cutting out dairy but my boyf still loves them! The vanilla is so delicious with flecked vanilla beans throughout too!

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Marion June 22, 2010 at 8:57 am

$250? Good grief, and I complained about paying $80 to get a TN license. So much so that I still have my TN DL despite living in NYC for the past two years.

Ironically enough, I’m probably moving to Los Angeles this fall and will be applying stat for a CA license… since I want to establish residency to get cheap grad school tuition whenever the time comes in a few years. Yeaaaah!

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Eleonora June 22, 2010 at 9:00 am

I hope you survive the Bermuda Triangle! Apparently, skyr can be made at home, using milk, rennet and cultures (= a tub of plain siggi’s). I have found some recipes online and it doesn’t seem that difficult. I have been making my own yogurt (whole fat and low fat) for ages, it’s basically just a matter of time. Plus, it’s fresher, cheaper, and you don’t have any plastic containers to recycle. Seems the perfect solution.

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Julie June 22, 2010 at 9:09 am

Siggi’s is Icelandic skyr. It’s not Greek yogurt. Just FYI, as it says on the label…

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Miranda @ Mirandasjeans June 22, 2010 at 9:10 am

How I love Gerbera Daisies!

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Miranda @ Mirandasjeans June 22, 2010 at 9:11 am

How I love Gerbera Dasies! :-D

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Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 22, 2010 at 9:11 am

Oh that yogurt sounds amaze! I love really thick greek yogurt :) shame it is’t vegan or available in england!

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Michelle @ NewLeafEats June 22, 2010 at 9:12 am

I love Siggi’s! But oh, the price…

The fact that I’d have to drive 400 miles away to get it keeps me from buying it too often. ;)

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Sabrina June 22, 2010 at 9:13 am

I hate the DMV.
Despise it.
Good luck girlie!

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Rachel June 22, 2010 at 9:17 am

Even if you got there right when it opens, you’d still have to wait. I recently moved to SoCal and almost burst into tears seeing the line snake around the building at 8 am. Oh the pains one goes through to live in such a beautiful state :) But yeah, the appointment thing is kind of a joke seeing as you have to book at LEAST one month out. Good luck! Fingers crossed for you!

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Lindsay (Summit Sandwiches) June 22, 2010 at 9:18 am

Good luck at the DMV! I hate that place…lol. Bring a book and a whole truckload of patience.

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Nichole June 22, 2010 at 9:18 am

I enjoyed Fage with some fruit just this morning. It’s true though, you get what you pay for.

Hang in there at the DMV. Dysfunctional thing in life we have to do.

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Midgey June 22, 2010 at 9:21 am

Yes our California DMVs are terrible. Your best bet is to go around 10:30-11 am.. Thats usually when I get through the quickest. Also if you log on to the DMV website and type in your location you can see what the wait time is at that moment and gage when it’s best to go in :)

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 22, 2010 at 9:24 am

Ugh– the DMV SUCKS. I had an incident in trying to get my license renewed a few years ago that took literally 2 MONTHS and countless DMV trips. UGH.

Good luck, girl!!

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Veggielady4life June 22, 2010 at 9:32 am

Creamier than Fage? I need to try it. Fage is my favorite, but I’ve never had this brand…. do you buy it at a regular grocery? I don’t think I’ve seen it…

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style'n June 22, 2010 at 9:36 am

that’s too bad and $250.00. wow! I am in MA and I just renewed my license in the mail. But let’s see if it actually shows up in the mail!

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Heather Rose June 22, 2010 at 9:36 am

Good luck, DMV is always an adventure (but usually not a fun one)! And that yogurt even looks fancy, I might have to splurge and try it if I can find it in a store near me…always on the lookout for some good greek yogurt.

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Corinne (breathe and savor) June 22, 2010 at 9:37 am

GAH! Whyyy is it sooo expensive in Cali?? That is nuts

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Corinne (breathe and savor) June 22, 2010 at 9:38 am

(oops pressed enter early) …and they HAVE to do it during your birthday month too right? Happy birthday, now its time for you to pay the state so you can drive. grrrrrrrrrrrrr

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Kelly Olexa June 22, 2010 at 9:45 am

Yes, I totally hear you on the DMV issues. However, I do find that flirting and being very nice and cheery works wonders. I’m kind of nerdy and overly outgoing that way but I’ll tell you, both of the last times I went, I got moved to the front of the line AND when I was stumped on the written test answers shhhh I was told 2 freebies!! shhhh!!

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Ella June 22, 2010 at 9:46 am

I completely agree about the DMV – and I have to say, my greatest fear about universal healthcare is that it will all be run like ONE GIGANTIC DMV!!!

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Becky June 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Having survived the California DMVs for most of my life, and now blessed to be living in the UK with universal healthcare courtesy the NHS, I can say with absolute authority, that universal heathcare is NOT like the DMV. It is a glorious, wonderful thing.

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Jill June 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Yes, being from Canada too I can say Universal Healthcare is NOT anything close to the DMV here in Cali. It is a wonderful, glorious thing. Universal healthcare, not the DMV. :)

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Ella June 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Phew, well I am glad to hear that!!

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Cat June 22, 2010 at 9:50 am

I had to battle the DMV in San Francisco in January. And by some remarkable feat of good luck, I had, dare I say it: a charming DMV agent. My car needed to be smogged and I hadn’t done it because I am irresponsible and didn’t read my notice. Anyway, I was bummed, but he promised me if I came back that day with the clearance from a smog shop, he’d let me cut in line with him. I did and he did! And then he drew a dinosaur on my registration. That is no lie! I need to take a photo and post it. It totally made my day!!

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Katherine June 22, 2010 at 9:53 am

Siggis should make frozen greek yogurt. it has the best texture

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Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! June 22, 2010 at 9:53 am

Let us hope that the Siggi’s sustained you throughout your DMV/Bermuda Triangle journey. Good luck!

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Kelly June 22, 2010 at 10:07 am

I love Siggi’s too but I agree they are sooo pricey. You should also try Greek God’s Yogurt. It’s super yummy and really creamy like Siggi’s. Pomegranite is my favorite!

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Suzanne de Cornelia June 22, 2010 at 10:09 am

The deranged look is de rigueur at the DMV. If you enter looking like The Breck Girl….you’ll still exit like I Love Lucy with her wet finger in a light socket. They’re funny that way. ;)

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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 22, 2010 at 10:16 am

I have expensive tastebuds too, unfortunately. And I’ve been walking past the Siggis yogurt, convincing myself that plain Dannon yogurt is just as good. But now that I’ve read your description of it, I don’t think I’ll be able to walk past it next time. ;)

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Andrea @ Sweet N Green June 22, 2010 at 10:18 am

I love Siggi’s too. Just wish they weren’t so expensive!

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Lora June 22, 2010 at 10:47 am

For future reference, if you are a member of AAA, you can register your car at the local AAA office and avoid the DMV altogether. They can’t help you with your driver’s license but at least the car part of it would be more pleasant.

I’m moving to WA the day after my CA tags expire – I will be spending most of my first day in WA getting my car registered – I feel your pain!

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Tiffany June 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I was going to chime in and recommend AAA, but Lora beat me to it! I live in CA, and I can’t even remember the last time I’ve stepped inside a DMV. Hopefully, you’ve taken your picture and renewals from this point on will be a snap!

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Kellie June 22, 2010 at 11:02 am

Great. Now I am probably going to get hooked on Siggi’s. I thought Fage was expensive now.

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Cynthia (It All Changes) June 22, 2010 at 11:06 am

Food is by far the most expensive thing in my budget because I love good food and some of the treats I need are expensive because of my digestive issues.

I hate Chiobani but love the TJ’s version. I buy it all the time.

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Emily @ For Sweets Sake June 22, 2010 at 11:09 am

Omg DMV is AWFUL! I went through the same thing becoming a Florida resident…then registering my car at the tax collector’s office. and Florida prices are outrageous! but I’m sure you know how that goes haha

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Jess @ MTL Veggie June 22, 2010 at 11:18 am

Good luck today! I remember the horrific process I had to go through changing my license and car registration from Ontario to Quebec. But, you’ll feel better once it’s all done and behind you.

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M. June 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

Siggi’s website explains what SKYR is-

“What is skyr?
Skyr is the traditional yogurt of Iceland. It is made by incubating skim milk with live active cultures. The whey, the water naturally found in milk, is then strained away to make for a much thicker, creamier, concentrated yogurt. So to make just one cup of skyr, with all that water going out, you need 3 – 4 times the amount of milk required to make a regular cup of yogurt. As a result of this process skyr comes out with 2-3 times the protein count of standard yogurt.”

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chelsea June 22, 2010 at 11:23 am

Long time lurker here, but I love your blog! I was just wondering, how long do you exercise each day? About an hour, or longer? Thanks!

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jenna June 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour, depending on what I’m doing. I never stay longer than an hour!

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Amber K @ sparkpeople June 22, 2010 at 11:53 am

OMG Chobani is the BEST! I just can’t bring myself to try any other ones. I have tried so many and I always go back to Chobani.

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Jill June 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Even with the “I just rolled out of bed look”, I had to wait 4EVER at the California DMW. Go figure.

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Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly June 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Creamer and thicker than Fage?! Holy wow…I am going to have to try Siggis ASAP!

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Brynne June 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Siggi’s is, hands down, the best yogurt ever. Good luck at the DMV!

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Tammy (Defining Wellness) June 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Great. I was hoping you’d say Siggi’s was horrible. Now I’m going to blow even more of my budget on Greek yogurt. LOL.

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Alexandra June 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm

How do you get all these companies to send you food samples?

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm

haha oh no – your DMV sounds like our “RTA” in Australia!!! You need to take a packed lunch!!!

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Kerri Beth June 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I hope your survived the cattle station of the DMV.

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Sarah (Oc2Seattle) June 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Good luck at the DMV – that place is the black hole, seriously ;)

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Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ June 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Wait until you try the Siggi’s vanilla, made with real vanilla bean. :)

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Jennifer June 22, 2010 at 3:41 pm

It’s Icelandic style Skyr! No wonder it’s the best you’ve had! :P I loved Skyr when I went to Iceland. Yum!

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Erin June 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Actually Siggi’s isn’t Greek yogurt, it’s Icelandic skyr which is technically a very soft cheese, not a yogurt. That’s why it’s so thick.

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Cara June 22, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Are u still drinking out of that broken mug?? Ha Ha Ha What is so special about it?

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Jess (Nurse Jess the Blog) June 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I love your mug! Where’d you get it!?

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jenna June 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I got that from a local restaurant/farm here called Zazu. It’s broken but I still love it!

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Sandy June 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm

My son had the same dreaded experience at a Texas DMV today. You should move to Indiana! Our governor has streamlined the process somehow and they practically jump up to help you as soon as you walk in the door. I haven’t had a wait at our BMV (Indiana calls it a Bureau) in a few years now. First of all you can do lots of stuff on-line and they just mail it to you but even when you go they have a receptionist who takes all of your documentation and then puts you in the queue and before you even find a seat they are calling your name.

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Mom June 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm

“Tomorrow will be a better day…”

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faith June 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Siggi’s isn’t Greek yogurt, FYI. It’s skyr…and that’s why it’s better than any Greek yogurt you’ve had.

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Laura (Starloz) June 22, 2010 at 6:14 pm

The DMV really sounds T.E.R.R.I.B.L.E!

I’m jealous of the products you American’s have, I mean flavored greek yogurt, yummy!

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Diana (mymarblerye) June 22, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Siggis fills me up!! I love em! They are thick but not as creamy or fluffy as fage

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Vicky June 23, 2010 at 4:53 am

The DMV sucks. That is all. When I went to get my license updated they took it out of the machine too fast and it smudged one of my eyes. Now I will forever be the girl with one eye…

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