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Photolog 2021: Day 203 of 365

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Thursday, July 22, 2021
Vanilla-lemon waffles with berries and honey

Since getting my new waffle maker, I have become somewhat obsessed with making waffles, but I think I have inadvertently made the perfect summer breakfast: vanilla-lemon waffles with strawberries and blueberries drizzled with honey. It has, at the very least, confirmed that waffles are indeed better than pancakes.

Photolog 2021: Day 202 of 365

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Cheesy Creamy Cauliflower Rigatoni

I get my Hello Fresh boxes every other week (getting them weekly would just be too expensive for my budget) so I've been saving some of the meals for this week. For tonight's dinner, I made the Cheesy Creamy Cauliflower Rigatoni, and it is officially in my Top 3 of Hello Fresh recipes so far. First of all, it's easy to prep and only takes about half an hour to make from start to finish. Secondly, it tastes like bacon. So much so that I completely forgot that this dish is actually vegetarian. Now, granted, there is also butter, sour cream, and cheddar cheese in it, so it's not exactly low in fat, but I think the addition of so much cauliflower and baby spinach kinda evens it out. (Right?) Anyway, it was delicious and I get to eat it for tomorrow's dinner, too. I will definitely be making this one again.

Unboxing: BTS — "Butter" 7" Vinyl + Cassette

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So, my "Butter" 7" vinyl and cassette finally arrived! I totally forgot I ordered these because it was back before the song was even released. (But listen, there is never a doubt that BTS comes out with amazing, quality content, so I never hesitate in pre-ordering official BTS merch.) The vinyl retails for $7.98 USD and the cassette retails for $6.98 USD on the BTS US Store. It was also made available on Weverse Shop Global for $10.96 USD and $9.10 USD, respectively. The vinyl is sold out on both retailers now, but the cassette is still available. I bought mine from the BTS US Store (I have a US forwarding address) because it was available there before Weverse Shop stocked it, but frankly, after shipping and duties (which is at least double the cost of the actual product), it's about the same price, anyway (a.k.a. highway robbery).

BTS "Butter" 7" Vinyl and Cassette

BTS "Butter" 7" Vinyl

BTS "Butter" 7" Vinyl

The 7" vinyl has the "Butter" single on one side and comes in a yellow sleeve with the heart-shaped melting butter icon on the front. The vinyl itself is black and has a yellow centre with the title and BTS logo printed on top.

BTS "Butter" Cassette

BTS "Butter" Cassette

The cassette is double-sided, both with the "Butter" single on it, and comes in a plastic case, also with the heart-shaped melting butter icon on the front. The cassette itself is a light grey colour, with the title and BTS logo printed on both sides.

Do I have a record player? No. Do I even have a cassette player anymore? No. Would I even have room for either of them in my apartment? Absolutely not. But these are adorable and collectible, and thus I have no regrets.

BTS Live Logs: 210720 SUGA

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"There's definitely some pressure but doing the best we can do is how we've always done it. I believe the day we can be with ARMY in person again is drawing near. I hope that day comes as soon as possible."

God, I hope so, too. We were robbed of a world tour. 

Unboxing: BTS — "Butter" Single CD: Peaches Version

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Monday, July 19, 2021
My BTS "Butter" Single CD Set arrived several days ago! The set includes both versions of the single CD album, Peaches and Cream. Each version is available for purchase separately as well at all major music retailers, both online and physically. The set retails for ₩35,600 (approximately $40 CAD or $32 USD); each version is ₩17,800 on its own (approximately $20 CAD or $16 USD). You don't actually save any money by buying the set, but each version comes with its own unique (read: SEXY AF) concept photos, so you might want to get the set, anyway. I bought my set on Weverse Shop, so these are the prices that are officially set by BigHit. (Prices will vary depending on retailer and country due to import fees.) This post will be the unboxing for the Peaches version of the "Butter" Single CD.

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version

The BTS "Butter" Single CD comes in two versions: Peaches and Cream. Both versions of the BTS "Butter" Single CD feature two songs: "Butter" and "Permission to Dance." Both of these versions come in canvas out boxes, and feature the same physical contents: one photobook, two lyric cards (one for each song), one group instant photo, a photo stand, a randomized member folded message card, a randomized member photocard, a sheet of graphic stickers, and the CD. The Peaches version is coloured in a bright orange. Now, the main difference in the two versions, aside from the colour scheme, is actually in the concept photos.

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Group Photo
(Left to right: Suga, Jungkook, J-Hope, V, Jin, Jimin, and RM)

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Solo Photos — J-Hope and Jin

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Solo Photo — Jimin

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Solo Photos — Jungkook and RM

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Solo Photos — Suga and V

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Group Photo
(Left to right: Jin, RM, Suga, Jungkook, Jimin, V, and J-Hope)

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Group Photo
(Left to right: Suga, V, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, RM, and J-Hope)

So the first concept photoshoot for the Peaches version is the car wash. It is a fairly simple concept: look almost indecently sexy while pretending to wash cars. (Jimin, I'm looking at you. You're practically naked.) And it is a very, very effective concept. In fact, you may never have had a car wash fantasy until now because no one should ever look that hot while manually washing cars. But indeed, BTS made that wet T-shirt dream come to life and we will forever be grateful for it.

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Photobook
Concept #2 — Subunit Photo
(Left to right: RM, Jimin, V, and J-Hope)

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Photobook
Concept #2 — Solo Photos — J-Hope and Jimin

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Photobook
Concept #2 — Solo Photos — RM and V

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Photobook
Concept #2 — Subunit Photo
(Left to right: Jungkook, Jin, and Suga)

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Photobook
Concept #2 — Solo Photos — Jin and Suga

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Photobook
Concept #2 — Solo Photo — Jungkook

The second concept photoshoot for the Peaches version is the beach. Again, the concept is pretty simple: look sexy and moody at the beach. You'd think the beach would give more opportunities for BTS to show a little more skin or wet a little more T-shirt than the car wash concept. I mean, frankly, if you ask me, they're a little overdressed for the beach, but apparently this shoot was taken when it was still cold, so I guess it's forgivable. But just putting this out there, I would've been fine with a heated swimming pool concept, too...

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Photo Stand

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Randomized Member Folded Message Card (Jin)

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Randomized Member Photocard (J-Hope) + Group Instant Photo

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Lyric Cards

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — Graphic Sticker Sheet

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — CD

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Peaches Version — First Press Poster

Inside the box, there are also a bunch of extra goodies, as expected from a BTS album. (Yes, even a single CD. They make sure that you get what you pay for!) In the Peaches version, you get a photo stand featuring the beach concept, a randomized member folded message card featuring the beach concept (I got Jin for this one, but sadly, I can't read Korean so I don't know what his message says), the requisite randomized member photocard (I got J-Hope from the beach concept), a group instant photo featuring the beach concept (this instant photo is the same across both versions), two lyric cards (one each for "Butter" and "Permission to Dance"), a graphic sticker sheet to decorate the box (I've seen some beautiful artwork that ARMYs have done to the boxes, but I personally refuse to deface my albums for fear of the utter regret I would have in the future), the CD (you almost forget that this is the whole point of the album), and a full-size poster featuring the beach concept (unfortunately, this comes with first press orders only).

Do you see now how difficult it is to choose between the Peaches and Cream versions? This is exactly how they get you. They make sure that you'll get FOMO if you only get one version, thus you must resign to spending double the amount of money on both. Well played, Big Hit, well played.

(Also, CONGRATULATIONS to BTS for "Permission to Dance" taking the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 from "Butter" this week!!! This is their 5th No. 1 debut on the Hot 100 in the last 10 months!)

Unboxing: BTS — "Butter" Single CD: Cream Version

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
My BTS "Butter" Single CD Set arrived a few days ago! The set includes both versions of the single CD album, Peaches and Cream. Each version is available for purchase separately as well at all major music retailers, both online and physically. The set retails for ₩35,600 (approximately $40 CAD or $32 USD); each version is ₩17,800 on its own (approximately $20 CAD or $16 USD). You don't actually save any money by buying the set, but each version comes with its own unique concept photos, so you might want to get the set, anyway. I bought my set on Weverse Shop, so these are the prices that are officially set by BigHit. (Prices will vary depending on retailer and country due to import fees.) This post will be the unboxing for the Cream version of the "Butter" Single CD.

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version

The BTS "Butter" Single CD comes in two versions: Peaches and Cream. Both versions of the BTS "Butter" Single CD feature two songs: "Butter" and "Permission to Dance." Both of these versions come in canvas out boxes, and feature the same physical contents: one photobook, two lyric cards (one for each song), one group instant photo, a photo stand, a randomized member folded message card, a randomized member photocard, a sheet of graphic stickers, and the CD. The Cream version is coloured in a bright yellow. Now, the main difference in the two versions, aside from the colour scheme, is actually in the concept photos.

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Group Photo
(Left to right: Jin, Jungkook, Jimin, V, Suga, J-Hope, and RM)

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Solo Photos — J-Hope and Jin

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Subunit Photo — Jin and J-Hope

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Solo Photo — Suga

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Solo Photos — Jungkook and Jimin

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Subunit Photo — Suga, Jimin, and Jungkook

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Solo Photos — V and RM

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Subunit Photo — RM and V

So the first concept photoshoot for the Cream version is what I like to call the "world domination" concept. Because, you know, it looks like they're planning for world domination. (They don't really need to scheme for this, quite frankly. They've already dominated.) I'm not really sure what the actual concept is meant to be, but the outfits have a very modern take on punk-rock style and I AM LIVING FOR IT.

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Solo Photos — J-Hope and Jin

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Solo Photos — Jimin and Jungkook

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Photobook
Concept #1 — Solo Photos — RM and Suga

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Photobook
Concept #2 — Solo Photo — V

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Photobook
Concept #2 — Group Photo
(Left to right: V, J-Hope, RM, Jin, Suga, Jungkook, and Jimin)

The second concept photoshoot for the Cream version is, obviously, BTS as criminals. (Frankly, the sexiest, most styled criminals I've ever seen. I mean, the heart-shaped handcuffs really drive the point home.) They've been arrested for stealing ARMYs' hearts or something, but also probably for looking too hot for their own good. Like, they absolutely have no business looking that good for MUGSHOTS. (Frankly, they're even hotter as delinquents, so they really should be arrested again.) I can only imagine the amount of fanfic this photoshoot will inspire... 

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Photo Stand

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Randomized Member Folded Message Card (J-Hope)

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Randomized Member Photocard (Jungkook) + Group Instant Photo

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Lyric Cards

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — Graphic Sticker Sheet

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — CD

BTS "Butter" Single CD — Cream Version — First Press Poster

Inside the box, there are also a bunch of extra goodies, as expected from a BTS album. (Yes, even a single CD. They make sure that you get what you pay for!) In the Cream version, you get a photo stand featuring the criminal concept, a randomized member folded message card featuring the beach concept in the Peaches version (I got J-Hope for this one, but sadly, I can't read Korean so I don't know what his message says), the requisite randomized member photocard (I got Kookie from the "world domination" concept), a group instant photo featuring the beach concept in the Peaches version (this instant photo is the same across both versions), two lyric cards (one each for "Butter" and "Permission to Dance"), a graphic sticker sheet to decorate the box (I've seen some beautiful artwork that ARMYs have done to the boxes, but I personally refuse to deface my albums for fear of the utter regret I would have in the future), the CD (you almost forget that this is the whole point of the album), and a full-size poster featuring the "criminal" concept (which is included in first press orders only).

Upon reflection, this might be why the single CD is sold online as "randomized." Because how the hell would you decide which one you want? Like, the absolute FOMO you would get...