Saturday, January 20, 2018

Weekly Mews: Longing for My Cozy Warm Bed

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by the wonderful Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about.

The Christmas tree is finally down. My house has returned to some semblance of normal. We got a little rain yesterday, which was nice. I hope it rains more today, but the sunshine peeking in the windows seems to indicate otherwise.

This past week was a tough one at work--busy too. It was the kind of week I come home each day and give my family extra hugs and am grateful for what I have. Mouse is settled back into school. She has decided she wants to try out for The Wizard of Oz musical. Auditions are still a month out, but it will be here soon enough.

What I Am Reading: I finished my January TBR List winner, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr this week, staying up past my bedtime one night to finish it. Thanks again to all who voted in my poll! I am so tempted to spend the $3.99 for the next book in the series . . .

 I used the time I was waiting in my car to pick up my daughter from school on Friday and then while she was in dance class to read Q. Gibson's poetry collection, Sunday Sugar. I cannot wait to tell you about it!

I also got in a little War and Peace  (in which I am a bit behind) and Les Misérables (in which I am a couple chapters ahead). I admit to being a little worried reading both at the same time will get confusing, but so far it hasn't happened. Les Misérables is proving to be a much easier read. Although I am not struggling as much with War and Peace as I had in the past. It could be because I have read this portion of the book several times before so it is familiar to me. I like to think though that I am just in a better place to read it this time around.

Next up will be Karen E. Olson's Vanished.  The cliffhanger at the end of Betrayed has me dying to know what happened next.

What I Am Watching: Mouse mentioned on Friday that one of the kids at school told her she looked like Pippi Longstocking. I do not see it, but maybe it was her outfit that day. Mouse definitely has her own sense of style, as often six year olds do. But even that would be a stretch. We have since watched the 1961 version of Pippi Longstocking on Amazon Prime, and Mouse is officially a fan. I wish I could find the version I watched growing up. I think she would enjoy that too. I look forward to introducing her to books now (plus they count towards the Classics Club!). Mouse is also into the old Popeye cartoons. Were they always this bad?! Popeye was not a nice guy . . .

I continue to work my way through the 12th season of Supernatural. This season seems a bit lighter in some ways than past seasons (if that's possible).  I haven't been watching The Good Place because my husband hasn't been available to watch it with me. One of these days.

What I Am Worried About: My mom. Evidently the doctor's initial assessment that they had gotten all the cancer out during the first surgery was a premature. The second surgery revealed they hadn't gotten it all. This coming Friday she will be having a  third surgery to hopefully get the remaining cancerous cells out. The prognosis is still very good, but you can imagine how worried I am, and what this must be doing to my mom. I hate that I cannot be with her right now. She's 442 miles away, and I am not in a position where I can drop everything and be with her. It's weighing heavily on my heart. My brother and his wife are much closer, but it's just not the same. Thank you to all of you who have been praying for her and sending good well wishes. Please keep them coming.

What I Am Grateful For:  My cozy warm bed, my husband's macaroni and cheese and Mouse's big hug when I pick her up after work.

Tell me about what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? How was your week? Do you have anything planned for this coming week?


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  1. Hi Wendy, sending continued prayers to your mom and I hope she gets well. That's got to be very tough that you don't live close-by.

    Good luck to the little one with The Wizard of Oz audition and enjoy your reading week :) I'm online now working on my Sunday post too and just home relaxing. I'm almost done reading Spinster by Kate Bolick. The weekends fly by so fast and before you know it, it's Monday morning ugh.

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    1. Naida - Thank you for the prayers. I truly appreciate them, and know my mom does too.

      Thank you! It was either the Wizard of Oz or Swan Lake, and Mouse decided she would rather do the musical than the ballet. Hopefully she will get a part and enjoy the experience!

      I am not ready for Monday . . .

      Thanks for visiting today. I hope you have a great week.

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  2. Oh, Wendy - I'm so sorry about your Mom. Having a 3rd surgery is tough and I don't doubt that you are on pins and needles waiting for it. Continuing to keep her and all of you in my prayers. I know this is hard. Big hugs to you.

    What part is Mouse hoping to try out for in the Wizard of Oz? How fun! I remember the Pippi movie that you are thinking of, I suspect. My daughter loved it when she was little.

    Take care, sweet friend.

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    1. Kay - Thank you so much. I'm trying not to stress too much over it, but it's been hard. I wish I could be there for her to help her through this.

      Mouse is hoping for any part they will give her, I think. She knows she won't get any of the big parts. And since it's a shortened version of the actual musical, I'm not sure what they might be cutting out. I think she has her eyes set on a munchkin, flower, or flying monkey, but she's open. She just wants to be able to sing. :-)

      I loved Pippi growing up and I am glad Mouse is enjoying her now. :-)

      Thank you for visiting, Kay! Have a great week.

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  3. Fingers crossed your mom's surgery goes well! I'll keep both of you in my thoughts and prayers.

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    1. Lark - Thank you so much for the good thoughts and prayers for my mom. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for stopping by!

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  4. I never read Pippi Longstocking but it's one I'd like to try. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. That distance is tough especially when you can't drop everything to go take care of it. I've had similar struggles with what's going on with my Grandfather though I know that's a bit difference. I hope the 3rd surgery is successful. You take care of yourself too. It's easy to forget that with all the worry and your other responsibilities but it's important.

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    1. Katherine - I am not sure I actually ever read the Pippi Longstocking books now that I think about it. I'll have to check with my mom. I do remember loving the shows though.

      Thank you for your kind thoughts for my mom. I wish I could go to her, and I feel guilty that I can't just drop everything and go. She keeps telling me she's fine, but it's still hard. Thank you for your understanding, Katherine. Have a great week. Thank you for visiting!

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  5. I've been so out of the loop lately and didn't know about your mom. I'm so sorry - cancer sucks, to say the least. I can't imagine how hard it must be on you to have your mom battling this and to not be with her. I'm glad to hear the prognosis is good!

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    1. Lisa - It does help knowing her prognosis is good. It's hard to go through just the same, as you can imagine. I appreciate your kind thoughts. I hope you have a great week, Lisa. Thank you for visiting!

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  6. I like your gratitude list at the end of your post; counting our blessings makes all we do worthwhile. I pray your mom will have successful healing.

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    1. Terra - Thank you. I am making a point this year of listing at least three things I am grateful for each day in my bullet journal at the end of each day. Thank you for your prayers for my mom.

      Thank you for stopping in today and have a great day!

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  7. I'm so sorry work has been rough and you have the added worry of your mom. I'm sure they'll get it all this time but can understand why you're worried.

    I love Pippi Longstocking!

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    1. Kathy - Thank you so much. I sure they hope they do get it all the time. I can't imagine it's good for my mom to go through so many surgeries so close together. :-(

      Pippi is a great character. I can't wait to read the books with my daughter. :-)

      Thanks for visiting, Kathy! Have a great week.

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  8. I'm sorry to hear about your mom, and I'm sure it is rough to not be close enough. I hope this surgery goes well though and all the cancer is taken out!! Hopefully you can see her sometime in the near future too!!

    My 8th grade class did Wizard of Oz too - I was a munchkin. lol It was a fun time though, so I hope your daughter enjoys it and gets a part she can enjoy!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Lauren - Thank you, Lauren. She will be visiting again in March. I am not sure we will be able to see her sooner.

      That's neat that your eighth grade class did the Wizard of Oz. I think it will be a lot of fun!

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

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  9. Sending love and healing thoughts to your mom, and love and strength to you, Wendy <3
    I think spending $3.99 on the next Wicked Lovely book is a very good call! I love that series so much :) And if you enjoyed the first book, chances are you'll enjoy the rest as well.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Lexxie - Thank you for your ind thoughts, Lexxie.

      I think I will go ahead and get the book. I really enjoyed the first one! I hope you have a great weekend too! Thanks for visiting.

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  10. The stress of worrying about a loved one is tremendous. Take care of yourself, Wendy.

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    1. Jenclair - Thank you. I hope you have a great week!

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  11. I'm sorry to hear that your mom needs to have another surgery. I will keep sending prayers and good thoughts to her! I'm really, really wanting to get back to Karen Olsen's series after seeing you enjoy each book so much! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed Wicked Lovely so much as well. I will be looking forward to your thoughts on these books! Have a great week Wendy!

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    1. Sam - Thank you for your good thoughts and prayers for my mom.

      I am really enjoying Karen E. Olson's series. I think you might too!

      Have a great week too, Sam. Thanks for visiting.

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  12. Hopefully everything turns out well for your mom and this is nothing more than a bump in the road!
    I'm glad you enjoyed the Melissa Marr book! Good luck with your classics!
    Have a great week!

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    1. Samantha - Thank you. I am sure things will turn out well, but it feels like every time things look up, there's something else to worry about. We just have to get past this. I hope you have a great week too! Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. I really hope third time is the charm with your Mom's surgery and that they manage to get it all. It's really hard to be away from family when they're going through something like this (we're in the same position at the moment, with one of my Aunt's) :( cancer is the worst.

    I hope Mouse has fun preparing for the auditions!

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    1. Wattle - I hope so too! They say things come in three, so hopefully this will be the end of it. I am sorry you are going through this with your aunt as well. Thanks for visiting, Wattle, and have a great week!

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  14. Oh, I'm sending positive thoughts for your mom. It is difficult not being close by when loved ones are going through these challenges.

    As for your work day, yours reminded me of so many of mine before I retired. I am very grateful that those days are behind me, but I still dream about them sometimes!

    Enjoy your books and the days ahead...may only good things come your way. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. Laurel-Rain - Thank you so much.

      I know you understand about my work, all too well.

      Have a great week, Laurel-Rain. Thanks for visiting!

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  15. Happy and healing thoughts being sent to your mom! Hugs to you as well!
    My back is giving me trouble so I’ve been spending a lot of time on the couch. Right now I’m reading a memoir and I think I will read Jane Eyre next. I’ve never read it (I know!) and I think now is the time. I know it’s a favorite of yours and I will be sure to discuss my thoughts with you.
    I’m so glad you enjoyed Wicked Lovely!

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    1. Nicole - Thank you! I am sorry to hear your back is giving you trouble. :-( I hope Jane Eyre will bring you some comfort. I look forward to reading your thoughts on it! Have a great week, Nicole. Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. I am so sorry you have had such a rough week. There have been some issues crop up in my family in the last two weeks and it has really made me realize and think upon how blessed and thankful I am to have my mom and The Man who are so supportive. *hugs*

    I hope when the auditions approach, Mouse still wants to try out. It's so funny because some of my students are trying out with the high schoolers for their The Wizard of Oz musical.

    I am sorry to hear about your mom. That is not the news you want to hear, but I pray this time the surgery is 100% successful and this will be behind her.

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    1. Charlie - Thank you, Charlie. Hopefully the news will get better by the end of the month. I am sorry to hear you are having to deal with stuff as well.

      A month is a ways away. The Swan Lake auditions were this past week, but we are only able to afford one of the shows, so she chose The Wizard of Oz. Hopefully it will work out for her.

      Have a great week, Charlie! Thanks for visiting.

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  17. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. I really hope they get it all with this next surgery.

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    1. Suzanne - Thank you. I hope so too! Have a great week and thank you for stopping by.

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  18. I am so sorry to hear about your mom's news. It is hard when you can't be there. It sounds like her doctors are on top of things so that is good. Good luck to Mouse in getting ready for her audition!

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    1. Carole - Thank you. Yes, she does seem to have good doctors, which I am grateful for. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

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  19. Prayers that your Mom's surgery goes well.

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  20. I am sorry your mom needs another surgery, I will keep praying for her. I understand your frustration of being so far away, I am sure just hearing your voice on the phone gives her comfort.

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    1. Ellen - Thank you for your prayers. It is frustrating, but we're all trying to remain positive. I hope you have a great week. Thanks for visiting!

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  21. SO sorry that your mom has had to go through all of this Wendy. It must be tough being so far away from her at this time.

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    1. Diane - Thank you, Diane. I hope you have a great week, and thanks for stopping by. :-)

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  22. It is always nice when things get back to normal after the holidays! I love the tree being up but it's always nice when we take it down too, lol.

    Wicked Lovely does sound good.

    Best wishes and prayers to your mom for a successful surgery! Hang in there. :)

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    1. Greg - I was kind of worried my daughter would talk us into keeping the tree up through March to decorate for her birthday. We did that one year, and it was fun, but I'd rather not do that again. At least not this year.

      Thank you for the well wishes for my mom! Have a great week, Greg, and thanks for visiting!

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  23. Praying for your mom! I hope this coming surgery gets everything out. All the best for work too, I hope things get better!

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    1. Eustacia - Thank you so much for your prayers and good wishes! Have a great week, Eustacia.

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  24. I’m probably the last person in the world who still has their Christmas tree up. I hope your mom gets better soon. *Hugs.* Good luck to Mouse with the try outs!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. AJ - Thank you for the well wishes and hugs. We once kept our tree up through the end of March. Sometimes I think it would be fun to keep it up year round and decorate it for all the holidays. I hope you have a great week. Thanks for visiting!

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  25. Best wishes and prayers sent to your family. (( ))
    Your blog made me interested in the Melissa Marr series and I'll be open to picking it up if the opportunity comes up. War and Peace, not so much, lol.

    Pippi-- love her! My eldest watched the older movies, much better than the remakes. I read the books myself :)

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    1. Kari - Thank you for your prayers and good wishes.

      I hope you like the Melissa Marr series if you read it. I would like to continue with the series. I understand about not necessarily wanting to read War and Peace. LOL It's part determination on my part to conquer the beast and the other because I actually did really enjoy Anna Karenina and hope I will like War and Peace as well.

      Pippi is such a great character. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  26. I'm so bad about taking my Christmas tree down immmediately. I would do it Christmas Day if I could get away with it. Haha. I usually give it one day, and then it's down. :)

    I will be praying for your mom and for you. I hope her surgery goes smoothly. Many hugs to you guys.

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    1. Jennifer - If it wasn't for my daughter, I probably would have had the Christmas tree down by New Year's Eve this year. :-)

      Thank you for your prayers and the hugs! Thanks for visiting!

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  27. You're doing great with your reading goals. I hope your mom beats the cancer. I loved watching Pippi Longstockings when I was a kid. If Mouse looks like her, then she's a cutie!

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    1. Laura - Thank you! I'm trying, but it's still early yet. :-) Thank you for the well wishes for my mom.

      Mouse wants to look like Pippi now that she's seen her on television. LOL

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  28. So sorry to hear about your mom. I'll pray for her. I know it must be hard to be so far away from her at this time.

    I hope this week goes better for you, and wish Mouse luck on her audition when the time comes. I have fond memories of playing Glinda in the Wizard of Oz one summer.

    Enjoy your books this week! I'm impressed that you're reading TWO chunkster classics at once. You're a braver woman than I!

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    1. Lark - Thank you for your prayers. My mom is doing well since her surgery, thankfully. I do wish I could be with her though.

      This week was a bit better, if not busier. I love that you played Glinda! What a great memory!

      I hope I can get through both of those classic chunksters! I am probably crazy for trying to read them both at once.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  29. Sending good thoughts your way for your mom and this surgery goes well. Take care and enjoy your books this week.

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    1. Bark's Book Nonsense - Thank you so much for your good thoughts. Thank you too for stopping by.

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  30. Sorry to hear about your mom. Sending a lot of positive vibes to her and you!

    I love Les Mis. It's so good, I feel like Hugo loves his readers so it's quite easy to read it even if it is a heavy book. Tolstoy and War & Peace...ah I don't know. Never was a fan of Russian classics. There's this angst and тоска (anguish, deep melancholy) and I never quite liked it.

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    1. Anastasia - Thank you for the positive vibes for my mom and I!

      I am loving Les Miserables so far. You can tell he's a poet at heart. I'm faring a bit better this time around with War and Peace. I remember more of it than I thought I would--but I guess that happens when you start reading it several times. I just have to keep going this time. Haha

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  31. I am hoping you will hear the best of news regarding your mom. If the prognosis is good, then it's just a matter of yet another intervention which sucks, of course, but will most likely end well, so chin up! I truly hope it all works out well, and I'm almost sure it will :)

    Have a good week, and I hope reading can relax you just a little bit <3

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    1. Evelina - Thank you! That's what we keep telling ourselves. Just have to get through all the interventions . . .Thanks for stopping by!

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  32. Sending all the positive thoughts and purrs we can~ Melissa & Piper.

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    1. Melissa - Thank you so much for the positive thoughts and purrs. Thanks for visiting!

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  33. I am sorry that your mom has to have a third surgery, and hoping this one will be it! Glad you enjoyed Wicked Lovely.

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    1. Nise' - Thank you! We hope this will be the end of it as well. Thanks for visiting!

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  34. I totally understand your feelings, Wendy. (Hugs) I hope the surgery goes well and that she'll recover quickly. Sending positive thoughts your way.

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  35. Your mom will be in my prayers! I'm so sorry to hear the results were a bit premature but at least they are reacting to this quickly. Please keep us posted and of course also looking forward to hearing house Mouse does during the auditions for the Wizard of Oz. How cute!

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  36. Prayers for your mom. I can imagine what you are goin through since we're dealing with a worse prognosis with Jason's mom and we're not close either.
    Popeye? He can still be found on tv? I'd love to check him out again. I find most of the cartoons of our day were not very nice.

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    1. Stacy - Thank you so much. I am sorry to hear about Jason's mom. I hope things will be better for her rather than worse soon.

      Popeye still likes his Spinach. LOL Thanks for stopping by, Stacy!

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