carving out sofa real estate
Anyway. It was early July and hot the day I reported in; the sort of hot you carry in your lungs. I knocked on the glass door and as I did so, caught a glimpse of my own tired reflection. Let me just say that carving out sofa real estate with a flatulent dog does nothing for one's complexion.
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