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Monthly Recap: October 2016

Posted November 1, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments

I can’t believe it’s already November 1st. Where did the freaking time go? I remember starting a fresh spreadsheet for 2016 and I’ve already filled it up with everything I’ve read, watched and did this year. Holy cow, it’s almost 2017.

What I Did

October was the month of funerals. There were so many and my family made appearances at all of them. There was my friend’s grandson Joseph (he was a premie that didn’t make it :(), my Great Aunt and then a woman I knew since I was a baby, having gone to Church with her family for many years. Brenna got her senior portraits and those came out really well. I’m super stoked to get some that I can share without getting sued so stay tuned for those. The highlight of October was probably Brenna’s Homecoming Dance. She was asked by her friend Maxwell right after practice so she was surprised, but happily so and then Homecoming night was a lot of fun as she was able to spend some quality time with her girls, all glammed up and she told me that they danced the night away then finished off the night with Chick-Fil-A and non-stop laughs with all of her friends. I’m really glad that I don’t have to worry about underage drinking with Brenna and her friends.

What I Watched

Pitch: I started this show on the recommendation from Ames and I’m not at all sorry that I tried this one out. I’m already shipping Lawson and Baker hard and I’ve grown quite fond of everyone in the cast. It’s a lot of fun seeing the ins and outs of the MLB and seeing the main character Ginny try to figure things out is great…and holy cow, that last episode?? Ginny’s reaction to the news of her agent and Lawson dating? Gah. My heart can’t take it!! This is Us: I’m still going strong with this show. It’s good stuff and I am really loving all of the little cliffhangers with each episode. Every single episode has dropped some bombs that have me so anxious for the next one. Gah, this is such a good show. All of the Hallmark Movies: The month of October was for Hallmark movies for me. I spent quite a bit of the month watching a different Hallmark movie and enjoying the cheesiness of them all. My favorite of the bunch that I watched was with Jackson from The Originals and Italia Ricci-Amell. That was a fun one! The Usuals: I’ve also stayed on top of my usual TV shows since they’re all back. Chicago PD, Med and Fire, The Vampire Diaries (are we seriously getting a June wedding???? YAY!), and Jane the Virgin. So far, so good on all my shows so I’ll be continuing watching them.

What I Listened To

So I got really into my Happy Planner stuff this month so I spent a huge chunk of my work day listening and watching a bunch of Planner Videos. Some of my favorites are: danielle-lepooke
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These YouTubers did a great job of inspiring me to work on my own planner and I’ve gotten a lot of tips and ideas from these videos. My planner has never looked prettier. LOL.

What I Read

The Viscount and the Vixen (Hellions of Havisham #4) by Lorraine Heath | 4 out of 5 Results May Vary by Bethany Chase | 4 out of 5 The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5 P.S. I Like You by Kasie West | 4 out of 5 The Hating Game by Sally Thorne | 4 out of 5 Addicted (Outlaws #2) by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5 Keepsake (True North #3) by Sarina Bowen | 4.5 out of 5 Shadow Rider (Shadows #1) by Christine Feehan | 2.5 out of 5 Twisted Palace (Royals #3) by Erin Watt | 2.5 out of 5 Someone Like You (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne | 5 out of 5 Ruled (Outlaws #3) by Elle Kennedy | 3 out of 5 One Snowy Night (Heartbreaker Bay #2.5) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
My favorite read of the month goes to Someone Like You by Lauren Layne. Is anyone surprised that Lauren Layne won my favorite read of the month award? Cause I’m not. She writing a lot of my favorite books this year. I’m in love with pretty much all of her stuff and Lincoln’s book was everything that I hoped it would be. Probably more. I just loved it to pieces! My least favorite book was tied between Twisted Palace by Erin Watt and Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan. The craziness that I loved about the Royals was missing in Twisted Palace and I just could not even deal with everything going on. I spent most of that book pissed off and the same thing happened with Shadow Rider. The controlling nature of the hero pissed me off way too often in that book so my enjoyment suffered because of it.

What I Reviewed

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Three Amazing Things about You by Jill Mansell Bedmates by Nichole Chase Four Letter Word by J. Daniels P.S. I Like You by Kasie West & The Hating Game by Sally Thorne The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne Addicted by Elle Kennedy & Results May Vary by Bethany Chase The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan & Undecided by Julianna Keyes
I got a lot more reviewed this month than previous months and that’s got a lot to do with me deciding to review books here on this blog as well. I need to stay on top of my reviews so reviewing on both blogs works for me.

What I Got

There is a lot of stuff in this month’s haul that I’m super excited to get to. The review books, books that I purchased because of reviews I read on different blogs, books that were gifted to me from my blog bestie Ames, just so much goodness. I’m super happy with everything that I got.

What I Loved

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My Kindle Paperwhite
I bought a Kindle Paperwhite this month and I have been getting acquainted with it. I really like it. I like that it’s light and easy on my wrists but I also like that I can read out in the sunlight without glare issues. I love that it’s an e-reader because I get easily distracted from reading on my iPad with notifications from Facebook, Instagram, etc…so having this lets me focus on reading and reading alone. I also like that I didn’t get a cover for it but a bag. A really great looking bag that fits my Kindle Paperwhite so nicely. Thanks to my niece Chelsea on the hook up on that.
That does it for this month’s recap. How was your October? Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Non-Canon Ships

Posted October 19, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 12 Comments

T5W Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here. This weeks topic is: Favorite Non-Canon Ships
These are the couples you love, but they never got together in canon (canon meaning: what actually happened in the text). Or that did get together, but weren’t together in the end of the series. Or a couple you ship but it’s actually impossible for them to be together because they are from different worlds, franchises, etc. Let your shipper heart run wild. I know mine will.
So…I’ve decided that I’m going to cheat this week and do TV Ships instead of Book Ships since I read romance and the ship is pretty set in stone in every book. Ha!
1. Bamon (Bonnie Bennett and Damon Salvatore) from Vampire Diaries.
It’s been a couple of seasons of me shipping these two. I haven’t been a fan of Elena’s in such a long time that I don’t remember what season it was that I stopped shipping her with either of the Salvatore brothers. It’s been that many seasons. These two started the series off hating each other’s guts. A few seasons ago, they still hated each other but they got stuck together and they learned to lean on each other to stave off loneliness and homesickness. They were protective of each other once they found the bad guy stuck in that Hell with them and in Season 6 when Bonnie sent Damon home without her, Damon was the only person back at home who never gave up on finding a way to get Bonnie back. This hug in the gif above is the hug that cemented my love for these two. I want them to happen dammit but ugh, Damon’s one true love is supposed to be Elena so the odds of this happening are slim. Boo.
2. McKono (Steve McGarrett and Kono Kalakaua) from Hawaii 5-0.
I’ve never watched Hawaii 5-0 as it was going on. This is one of the few shows that I binge watch every summer. Ever since the first episode, I’ve wanted McKono to happen. Sure, I like Adam (Kono’s man) and I adore Catherine (Steve’s woman) but that doesn’t stop me from wanting my ship to have a chance. I keep coming up with how they can come together and my latest thread is…something bad happens to Adam in jail, like..he dies and Steve wants to be there for Kono and with him grieving over Catherine’s shenanigans, they come together in grief and heartache but grow together in love. Haha, I need to cut it out. I don’t even care that Steve is Kono’s boss. That makes me want them together even more. My friend Grace (who got me on to this show) does not support my ship. Boo.
3. Sylveride (Sylvie Brett and Kelly Severide) from Chicago Fire.
We got a quick tease of these two in the early days of the show but they’ve gone away from them because Sylvie got with Cruise and Cruise and Severide are friends and well, bros and before hoes and all that. I wasn’t a fan of Cruise and Sylvie and I’m even bigger non-fan of Sylveride not getting their chance. They brought a new girl on to the show to be Severide’s love interest and I’m not a fan of that either. I hear that Sylvie is getting a new love cross-show love interest and while I’m curious about them, I still want her to end up with Severide. Plus, she was supposed to hook up with Jimmy and I guess that’s out too. Gah. I don’t want a lot of things but I do want my ships to shine so make that happen, Chicago Fire writers. Pretty please. 🙂
4. Solijah (Sophie Devereaux and Elijah Mikaelson) from The Originals.
When The Originals first started, I wanted Sophie and Elijah to get together so stinkin’ bad. I have a thing when watching TV shows where I pair up the people that I want to get together and I wanted these two. The set up was perfect. When they first meet, they hate each other’s guts. They don’t trust each other and they were always trying to stay one step ahead of each other. I wanted their strong hate for each other to turn into a love that made Elijah forget about Haley, haha. The writers sure showed me, huh? That ship didn’t even last a full season…and I’m still not over it. *sob*
5. Tom and Rachel (I don’t know their ship name) from The Last Ship.
Oh, Tom and Rachel. I was so invested in these two in my binge watch of The Last Ship. I was the freaking Captain of the Tom and Rachel Ship. I couldn’t watch the episodes fast enough because I needed more Tom and Rachel (and Danny and Kara) goodness. I didn’t even know how they would make a relationship with them work since he was married but that didn’t stop me from shipping them hard. Then there was no more wife and my hopes soared and then the season 3 finale happened and…I’m still not over any of it. I haven’t recovered from the shock of what happened and the nail in my love coffin. Damn writers for playing with my emotions like that.
What ships do you support that are just…not going to happen or hasn’t happened yet and things aren’t looking good for them?

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Monthly Recap: September 2016

Posted October 6, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

September was a busy month for me at work but also on the home front. Brenna came home from Colorado, started her senior year and has played in some basketball tournaments that were a lot of fun. On the very last day of the months, she flew to Utah for yet another trip. I’m so jealous with how much she travels. She’s seen and has done a lot more than I did when I was her age but I’m super grateful that she’s been able to make some memories, make new connections at Church but also grow as a person.
What I Did
1. The 99’s played in the USJN tournament in Garden Grove last month. There were a lot of colleges but we played in a junk division so not a lot of colleges were looking at us (insert eye roll emoji here). It was a long weekend since everyone was in Colorado for Seth’s farewell so I had double team Mom duty for both Mustangs (my daughters team) and Seahawks (my niece’s team). Mustangs went 4-0 while Seahawks went 2-2 (they played better teams than we did), all in all it was a great weekend of basketball. 2. My sister Delene and I tried Pinterest recipes. Delene and I share or save a lot of Pinterest recipes but we’ve never really tried any of them until last month. Delene made the BBQ chicken sliders and I made the Shrimp Stack and both came out super good.
What I Watched
1. The Last Ship: I caught up to where this show was currently at in the current season last month and holy cow, this show just keeps getting better and better. I’m still not quite over what happened at the end of S2 but S3 was still off the chains. I’m super excited about what’s going to happen next…especially since the writers have so many directions to go in. 2. Hawaii 5-0: I binge watched this show, trying to catch up to the season they’re on now. I still have a few more episodes before I’m all caught up but I’m loving the heck out of this show. Catherine…NOOO!!! You did my boy McGarrett dirty but I still love you! 3. This is Us: This is probably my favorite new series of the season. That first episode hooked me because I thought it was clever and smart. I’m really getting into the character’s lives and after the ending to the second episode, I need more. My heart hurts and I need the writers to fix it. Still, so good. 4. Chicago PD & Med: I’m super thrilled to have recruited Brenna to watching these two shows. She caught an episode or two with me in the last few weeks and she’s caught the One Chicago bug. These two shows are great and I’m so excited to see how Antonio’s characters transitions over to the new show, Chicago Justice. There are lots of things to look forward to this season and I’m so here for it. All of it. In Chicago Med, so I take it Nanny Carrie (she will always be Nanny Carrie from OTH to me) doesn’t like Dr. Halstead? I want to see how that turns out. I’m also really interested in Dr. Choi’s life. He needs a love interest and I want it to be Reese. 🙂
What I Listened To
1. Lock it Up by Marc E. Bassy: My nephew Caleb knows every single word to this song and he loves to sing it at the top of his lungs so because of this, I absolutely love this song. It’s a really good one and got a lot of playing time in September. 2. You Should Be Here by Kehlani: This is an older song that I never paid attention to until my daughter Brenna went hard on this song during karaoke. She sang it loud and proud, complete with all of the oohhs and ahhs and just..everything. I laughed my way through this song while she sang it and then laughed all over again when she sang it again because I messed her up with all of my laughing. She doesn’t even care, she belted out this song like she was on stage in front of millions. That’s my girl. 3. Juju on that Beat by I don’t know who: This is another song that reminds me of Brenna. She spent many a days during September, blasting this song and doing the dance that goes with the song. This song got a lot of playing time because Bren likes to Juju on that beat.
What I Read
1. Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds #1) by J. Daniels | 1 out of 5 2. Three Amazing Things about You by Jill Mansell | 3.5 out of 5 3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins | 3.5 out of 5 4. The Boy is Back (Boys #4) by Meg Cabot | 4 out of 5 5. To Love and To Cherish (Wedding Belles #3) by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5 6. The Billionaire Next Door (Billionaire Bad Boys #2) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5 7. The Viscount and the Vixen (Hellions of Havisham #4) by Lorraine Heath | 4 out of 5
My favorite read of the month is To Love and To Cherish (Wedding Belles ##) by Lauren Layne. Alexis and Logan were everything and I was just so much more excited about their story than any of the others that I read. Honorable mentions go out to The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon, The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot and The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath. My least favorite book of the month goes to Four Letter Word by J. Daniels. The hero and heroine were much too immature for me and I wanted to throttle the both of them while reading their book.
What I Reviewed
The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2) by Jill Shalvis Just One Week by Alice Gaines Who’s That Girl by Mhaira McFarLane A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh Back to You by Jessica Scott Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne
What I Got
I’m excited about all of the books that I got last month. I have loads of books to read for review but also some books that I bought that I’m really looking forward to reading. Bring on the good ones in October.
What I Loved
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This kid.
This is my nephew, Baby Rocky. He is the cutest thing in the world. Brenna and I spent some time in September with this sweet baby boy because he does not like Brenna. She tried holding him at one of Chase’s football games and he scream cried for ten minutes straight. Brenna was determined that he change his tune where she was concerned so we went over to his house every few days so that he wouldn’t forget her and this picture is proof that she met her goal. Baby Rock does not cry when Brenna walks in the door anymore. He likes Brenna and Brenna loves him right back. There you have it, the month of September in my life. How did your month look like?

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Monthly Recap: July 2016

Posted August 2, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

I can’t believe July has already come and gone. It zipped right on by and I’m struggling with trying to keep up with everything. Between family stuff, basketball stuff and work stuff, I’m all filled up with stuff to do. I also have loads of blog stuff and review book stuff to do too. Oy. July brings about two very special birthday shout outs:
Happy Heavenly Birthday to my brother Seko and to one of my besties Holly. Both are some of my favorite people and I thought about them during their special days.
1. Mel’s surgery: This month, my brother Mel had heart surgery that kind of freaked everyone out, including Mel. All is well now but it was a pretty rough week when a scheduled treadmill test turns into a rush trip to the ER and a quadruple bypass surgery scheduled. We spent a lot of time at the hospital as a family and praying that all will work out for Mel. He’s out of the hospital now and is recuperating at home. He’s doing well but he’s not 100% yet. I’m not posting a picture of Mel because he told us that we better not post any pictures of him on Facebook, any social media or whatever so you guys get a picture of my sister Ingrid and my niece (Mel’s daughter) Jenna from our shenanigans at the hospital. 2. Mustangs play Ballroom Basketball in Vegas: July and August every year is for Vegas for our family. We have the club tournament that our girls play in July that is played at the Westin at Lake Las Vegas where the entire tournament takes place in the ballroom over there. Very fancy but super fun. It’s always a good time going to Vegas and this time wasn’t any different. My sister Blanche and her daughter Cheridan along with me and Brenna stayed with my sister Ingrid and we watched some good basketball in the fancy ballroom and ate some really good eats. All in all, it was a short but very fun trip.
I’m more of a TV Show watcher but since most all of my shows are on hiatus right now, I’ve been watching a lot of movies outside of reading my little heart out. Here’s what I watched in July.
1. Me Before You: This movie. Ugh. After I read the book, I had no interest in watching the movie but then they freaking cast Khaleesi as Lou and Finnick as Will Trainor and I couldn’t help myself. As much as the book gutted me (and pissed me off because hello? Romance reader here), I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I ugly cried too. A lot. Not one single damn was given though. I watched it three times in July. 2. Suits: My show Suits is back and my love for all things Harvey and Donna has returned. Lots and lots of drama with Mike in jail for all of his crimes, Harvey and the gang trying to save Mike and themselves with all of the drama that came after Mike went to jail. This season hasn’t been my favorite but I’m still really intrigued by how Harvey and the gang are going to save themselves. I still love this show though. 3. Undrafted: This movie cracked me up from the beginning to the end. Every single person in this movie is hilarious. Chace Crawford, Tyler Hoechlin, Manny Montana, Aaron Tveit were all in this movie and it entertained the socks off of both me and my daughter Brenna. She loved this movie and loved Chace Crawford’s character the most…especially when he sings “Bands a make her dance” while throwing money. Funny stuff, this movie.
1. O Oe Mo A’u by Sammielz: I first heard this song when watching Chloe and Markus’ wedding video and I really liked the song. The lyrics, really…it’s a Samoan love song and it’s got a pretty melody that sucked me right in. It also inspired the story that I’m working on so hopefully I’ll get that sucker written. Fingers crossed. 2. Countdown by Beyonce: A couple of weeks ago, I attended the talent show for my brother in law’s family reunion because our kids were dancing in it and I was really impressed with how well my nieces Cheridan, Chach and Chelsea danced to their medley of Beyonce songs. This song stood out and it’s been on repeat while at work. I liked it even more when my white guy friend at work sang the song word for word, shoulder poppin’ included. Haha. 3. You and Me by Marc E. Bassey: Yeah, I’m still listening to this song. I’m still loving this song. Probably my favorite song of the summer right now…and yes, I’m listening to it while I’m writing up this post. Ha!
1. Defending Taylor (Hundred Oaks #7) by Miranda Kenneally | 4 out of 5 2. Hell Breaks Loose (Devils Rock #2) by Sophie Jordan | 3 out of 5 3. To Have and to Hold (Wedding Belles #1) by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5 4. Just Kiss Me by Rachel Gibson | 3.75 out of 5 5. Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss #4) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5 6. You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini | 4 out of 5 7. Back to You (Coming Home #2) by Jessica Scott | 8. Ruthless (Lawless #1) by Lexi Blake | 4 out of 5 9. For Better or Worse (Wedding Belles #2) by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5 10. Torch (Wildwood #3) by Karen Erickson | 3.75 out of 5
I only read 10 books last month and that needs to change because I’m really behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I need to keep reminding myself to get my shit together but whatever, my favorite read of the month goes to For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne. I freaking loved both Heather and Josh. They rocked my socks and even when I wanted to smack some sense into Josh, I loved him. That was such a great book and I’m even more thirsty for Alexis and Logan’s book. My least favorite read of the month is probably Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan. There were a bunch of stuff that made me roll my eyes down the street but I did enjoy that book. Reid was a great hero and the way that everything wrapped up made sense so I wasn’t mad about reading that book. Still, of all the books I read in July…this was my least favorite.
Just Kiss Me by Rachel Gibson To Have and To Hold (Wedding Belles #1) by Lauren Layne Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss #4) by Nalini Singh Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt Stay Until We Break (Hub City #2) by Mercy Brown Smolder (Wildewood #2) by Karen Erickson Defending Taylor (Hundred Oaks #7) by Miranda Kenneally Steadfast (True North #2) by Sarina Bowen
Look at me go. Yay me!
Here are the new to my bookshelves book that I got in July. Some books I bought, some books were gifted to me but most are books that I got for review. Lots of goodies in there, too.
I’m super excited about all of the books that I got this month. Some of the books that I got, I couldn’t even wait to get started so I didn’t. I immediately jumped into them even if I was reading something else at the time. I can’t wait to get all of these books read..so I better not fall into a reading slump.
IMG_1800[1] For Mother’s Day, I got a Happy Planner and I have freaking loved the hell out of this thing. I use it all the time. I plan things out, I jot blog post ideas out in it, I keep track of the things that need to be tracked and set reminders of things that I actually remember and seriously, this planner is everything. I will never not have a Happy planner for all of the years to come. Love! There you have it…a quick recap of the month that was July 2016 in my life. How did your month go?

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Friday Five (4)

Posted February 12, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Friday Five Lots of things to catch up on but this week’s Friday Five are very random things on my brain right now. Pioneer League Champs
[1] Brenna and Cheridan are Pioneer League Champs again.
Last night was the last League game and North played against South. I didn’t attend this game because let’s be real here…it wasn’t going to be an exciting game. I knew that they were going to win this game and they did…61-46. Congratulations to the North High Girls Basketball Team for going 20-0 in League play for the last two seasons. GO SAXONS! Bay League Champs
[2] Makenna is a Bay League Champ again.
This was the game that I went to last night. It was rivals night and we were the visiting team. For some reason, it’s always a hard battle when Redondo plays Costa. Maybe it’s the rivalry at play or something because this game could have gone either way throughout the entire game. Redondo was down by 10 late in the game and I was nervous as shit but during gut check time, Redondo pulled it together and got that W that clinched the League Championship for them. Ken played well and made my night when she walked out of the gym, flipping Costa off. She hates that school just as much as I do so this win was freaking fantastic! Gilmore Girls Reunion
[3] Gilmore Girls Reunion.
Gilmore Girls Reunion show is a go and most all of Rory’s ex-boyfriends are on board to return. This makes me so freaking excited! Team Logan…seriously. Rugby 7s
[4] Rugby 7’s Tournament in Vegas.
I have made plans to go to Vegas this year for the 7’s Rugby Tournament and this is the main reason why: 425108-sonny-bill-williams I can’t wait! Luke_Kobe
[5] Lakers New Coach Rumors.
I’m hearing a bunch of rumors and theories on where the Lakers coaching for next year is going and I’m so ready for a coaching change. As much as I loved Byron Scott as a player, I don’t love him so much as a coach. I don’t think he has the right pieces to run the game that he wants to run and because he won’t run the kind of offense and defense fit for the team he has, we suck. On the other hand, if Luke were to come here and run the same kind of game that he ran with Golden State, I think we’d have better success but we have a lot of young players so would he be able to lead and guide and grow these kids? I don’t know that I have that kind of faith in him…but whatever changes next year, I hope it’s the coach and not the team. I hope we keep our core players. I’m high key tired of losing. Until next week…have a great weekend guys!

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