“I Hope You’re Writing All This Down!”

I tell a LOT of stories about Wild Friends.

In professional settings and more personal ones, being the “Peanut Butter Girl” comes with a pre-programmed question: “So, how’s the business?”

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There are so many aspects of the business to talk about that I don’t ever seem to run out of material.

This frequent storytelling often results in the comment: “I hope you’re writing this all down!”

“Uhhh…. Yeah. About that….”

Writing it all down is hard! It doesn’t feel exciting in the moment, or else it does and every fiber of your being is just trying to keep up with it. Usually the last thing I want to do is end my night with “Dear Diary” (I’d rather keep up with my strict routine of Friday Night Lights reruns and an early bedtime).

So, here’s all the Stuff I Should Be Writing Down right now (accompanied by terrible-quality iPhone photos for visual interest):

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We are in Texas! Basically living inside of Costco warehouses (which, considering how hot it is here, isn’t necessarily a bad thing).

Texans have been so nice to us — when they hear we are from Portland, they usually apologize for the hot weather!

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Sampling in Costco looks like this: Standing behind a table from open to close, handing out tiny little spoons of almond and sunflower butter. It’s both ridiculously easy and very difficult — it’s all proportionate to how many hours one does it. We’re there from open to close (10am – 8:30pm on weekdays), so let’s just say after four straight days, it eventually makes you go a little crazy.

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Case in point. Craziness level = high.

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To combat complete brain fog, we trade off taking 10 minute breaks and reading cookbooks while testing out the Costco chairs (FYI, if you need a new chair, Costco has some very comfortable options…). We also frequently eat lunch or dinner beneath the canopies and at the outdoor tables, while reading magazines. Quiet, restful bliss.

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We have a laminated sign that we keep track of sales on. It keeps us motivated to keep adding tally marks when we sell jars — SO satisfying. (In case you are wondering about that little alien in the corner, I drew a French Bulldog and Erika gave it crazy eyes).

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Also, this is how Erika thinks Texas is shaped…

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Just so you all feel confident taking samples from me, I re-took (and passed with flying colors!) my Food Safety Test at Costco. Hadn’t taken a test since college (years ago now) and got a strange sort of satisfaction out of it… (NERD).

Last day of Costco in Texas tomorrow before returning to home sweet home on Monday — Now returning to my pre-planned evening of answering emails/Friday Night Lights.

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