7QT: makes us purchase them from her rolly backpack

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Ellen has her own “Bowtique” and by that I mean that she collects all of her hair bows and makes us purchase them from her rolly backpack at the reasonable price of $30 each.

If you’re looking for something darling at an even better steal, check out Designed by Chloe. She has sent Ellen hair bows a few times, and we love them over here for wear and play.

Use code CALLHERHAPPY10 for 10% off your purchase!

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I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

Church Tour Series: St. Andrews, Chicago, IL

#5Faves: Teas

in photos

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already a grumpy old man

he came in like a wrecking ball

he came in like a wrecking ball

I need to list these in shop soon. Get on me.

I need to list these in shop soon. Get on me.

picnic in the car

picnic in the car

 

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Have you found yourself wondering about blogging jargon ever? Instead of reinventing the wheel, I will point you to this post. TONS of blogging specific terms defined for your techie pleasure.

 

 

 

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I’m not the only bard in this neck of the Internet. Check out some gems that I didn’t Mark as Read before even getting to. In fact, I saved them to savor later. So, are they good? I don’t know. Let’s find out together:

Spring is Messy

Indie Crafter Giveaway

6 Recipes I’d Rec

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: just bought Three Wishes which is on sale for $2.99 today

Eating: made this the other night. big hit.

Listening: Don’t Stop Me Now

Wearing: an old Land’s End sweatshirt I found at my parents’

Praying: thanksgiving for the many blessings in our life

 

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7QT: who wants someone to see them in that fine moment?

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This week has been a rough one in the sleep department. Not only is Theo sleeping like a baby (in the true sense of the word…), the other kids are sleeping like babies as well. Night terrors, nightmares, requests for snacks and drinks, diaper blowouts, you name it. Everyone has a reason to be awake these nights.

So, you can imagine the level of exhaustion I am feeling. I know I’m not alone. So, I was having one of those tired days yesterday – the kind of tired where you don’t trust yourself to even drive a car.

I had Ellen ready for a friend of mine and her mom to pick her up and take her to the library for story time. Because I was so tired, I told the kids we were going to watch TV until it was time for Ellen to go. They did, and I must have fallen asleep because the next thing I knew, my friend’s mom was standing over me making sure I was ok while I heard Theo hangry-screaming in the background.

Honestly, who wants someone to see them in that fine moment? Falling asleep while you’re supposed to be mothering, while your baby is crying, when you’re expecting company.

And, you’re wondering how they got in the house? Don’t worry. My 3-year-old took it upon herself to answer the door. Something we have talked about at length as being a huge no-no.

So, I’m thinking yesterday taught me humility. It also taught me that I need to prioritize sleep somehow. And Ellen needs another lecture (and a new lock) in the safety department.

So many people I told this story to were ready with a similar tale. So, thank you to all of you for making me feel normal. And thank you to my friends for taking Ellen out for the day. She clearly needs time away from this tired mama.

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I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

13 Catholic Mom Fails

#5Faves: Melody’s Harmonies Edition

Healthy Homemade Almond Joys

in photos

Feef was Baptized

Feef was Baptized

the big kids threw coins

the big kids threw coins

then Feef was like...

then Feef was like…

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Sometimes I don’t know if I’ve shared something with you before or not. But, I like this one enough that I am chancing it:

If you have a WordPress.org blog, install the plugin named WordPress SEO. It will help you figure out if your post is SEO rich or not by going through a simple checklist and rating your post green, yellow or red. Green being awesome, red being not so much.

 

 

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I’m not the only bard in this neck of the Internet. Check out some gems that I didn’t Mark as Read before even getting to. In fact, I saved them to savor later. So, are they good? I don’t know. Let’s find out together:

Preparing for Travel Crafting

Mind Maps: What they are and how to use them

5 things to do when you have writer’s block

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: Ruhlman’s Twenty: A Cook’s Manifesto

Eating: You guys. The meals are still coming in. I love people.

Listening: The Hanging Tree by Jennifer Lawrence

Wearing: a new druzy from Wrenn Jewelry

Praying: for peace and patience even while exhausted

 

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7QT: Sincerely, Crumbs Everywhere

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Can I get a little domestic on you for just a minute? Those of you who bake your own bread, how do you keep it from going stale? I’ve tried ziplocks and linen bags. Any other suggestions?

Sincerely,
Crumbs Everywhere

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I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

Sweet & Simple 5-Minute Makeup Demo

#5Faves: The Better Gift Guide for New Moms + Giveaway

in photos

cushion forts/tractors/trains/etc. to combat the cold

cushion forts/tractors/trains/etc. to combat the cold

let her stay up late to watch hockey - per her request (???)

let her stay up late to watch hockey – per her request (???)

the next day

the next day

free tea samples at the mall because we're big spenders on fun

free tea samples at the mall because we’re big spenders on fun

rice pudding a la The Pokey Little Puppy

rice pudding a la The Pokey Little Puppy

for the love of everything, the weather broke

for the love of everything, the weather broke

being a big guy

being a big guy

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Create a template for the types of posts you write frequently. I have a template for 7QTs and #5Faves.

  • Type one up in drafts
  • Copy the html
  • Save in a document
  • Copy and paste the html each time before you write the post

 

 

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I’m not the only bard in this neck of the Internet. Check out some gems that I didn’t Mark as Read before even getting to. In fact, I saved them to savor later. So, are they good? I don’t know. Let’s find out together:

Cleaning the Kitchen

The After-Birth Party

They’re Killing Me

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: A Red Herring Without Mustard

Eating: the meals are still rolling in; I love these women

Listening: Read Aloud Revival Podcast

Wearing: Anita Nursing Bras – my absolute fave brand

Praying: still praying for relief from anxiety

 

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7QT: I should have seen the diarrhea coming

chatter

Just passed Theo off on Mike so I could tap this out for you. You think, “Lucky Mike. Baby snuggles!” I think, “Ha. He just pooped.”

I want you to read right down to the bottom of this, but first, enter to win a Jesus Tree Lent Calendar from Jesse Tree Treasures on Etsy. Just do it. Make your Lent more holy and all that.

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I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

Theo’s Birth Story

tl;dr February

10+ Post Ideas for March

Winter Tour of Chicago’s Little Italy

#5Faves: Efficient Mama Edition

Reusable Lent Calendar + Giveaway

 

 

in photos

I call this one "Hoooold? All done."

I call this one “Hoooold? All done.”

I call this one "Ellen and the Cabin Fever"

I call this one “Ellen and the Cabin Fever”

I call this one "I should have seen the diarrhea coming"

I call this one “I should have seen the diarrhea coming”

I call this one "Theo watches siblings fight"

I call this one “Theo watches siblings fight”

I call this one "Boy drinks chocolate milk alone"

I call this one “Boy drinks chocolate milk alone”

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I’m not the only bard in this neck of the Internet. Check out some gems that I didn’t Mark as Read before even getting to. In fact, I saved them to savor later. So, are they good? I don’t know. Let’s find out together:

The Lonely Mission of Motherhood

Liturgical Living at a Glance

Hobo for Christ Podcast

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

  Eating: meals meal meals brought by so many fantastic women. love.

Listening: Budapest by George Ezra

Wearing: not my skinny jeans yet

Praying: that Theo’s transition into our family remains smooth

 

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7QT: Theo’s Birth Story

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Theodore Patrick Hines
2/18/15 at 2:55am
8lbs 6oz
20.5in

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On Fat Tuesday, I was eating paczki and feeling pretty…um…fat. I had just put Ellen to bed around 8 and was walking down the stairs when I thought I felt my water break. With my other two, it was a definite gush, but this being a slow trickle, I just figured I had sunken into pregnancy so far that I was just peeing on myself now.

But, after picking up the house and walking around for a while, the water kept coming, and the contractions had started. So, calls were placed and off we went on our 40 minute trek to the hospital.

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Turns out that the roads were suh-lick, and we saw a ton of emergency vehicles and tow trucks pulling cars out of ditches. That was good for my anxiety. No plot twist here – we made it safe and sound.

At the hospital, they determined that I was 5 or 6 cm, so I got my blessed epidural right quick and laid down to sleep. A little while later, my doc came to break my water since it hadn’t broken completely, and that is when the shakes started. Any of you other moms have intense shaking while in labor? It’s easily my least favorite part. Anyway, I was able to get that under control enough that I went back to sleep.

Around 2:30am on Ash Wednesday, my doc woke me up to check how I was progressing. When he went to check, I heard him laugh and say, “The baby’s head is 3cm out. Hold on while I get my gloves!” As they rushed to get everything in place, I woke up Mike who was in a deep sleep. “Um, I’m pushing the baby out right now.”

Disoriented from sleep (such a hard labor…), I pushed Theo out in one contraction, and that is the end of the easiest birth story in the world.

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Theo didn’t have a name up until a week or so before he was born. The other kids had names almost as soon as we found out the gender. So, Mike asked his prayer group to pray for a name for this kid. The next day, he got an email from a fellow member with a list of names that came to him in morning prayer. Theodore was the last name on the list, and we knew it was zee one.

Even though the first name took us some time, we had his middle name chosen for a while. Patrick is Mike’s younger brother’s name as well as my dad’s middle name. No brainer.

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Theodore means “God’s Gift.” This was a particularly hard pregnancy for me and my anxiety. I had been telling myself throughout the course of it that this baby was a gift from God. I had to remind myself that God can only bless me with His gifts, not curse me. So, when we found out what Theodore meant, it really sealed the deal.

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After he was born, my mom wanted to see if there were any great feasts on February 18. Turns out it is the feast day of St. Theotonius. I can’t make this stuff up.

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We could have also named him Charalampias and had a similar coincidence. And Ashton Wednesday would have been an equally appropriate name. Man, Theo, you lucked out.

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Sibling Love

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Theo is unsure of the world but adjusting well.

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7QT: she is still banking Lenten sacrifice hours

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Still* pregnant over here. Don’t worry. I’m due Thursday the 19th, but Sam was 12 days early, so I am considering myself on overtime right now. That’s how it works, you know. Let me spare you the rest of what I was going to type and sum it up here: wah. wah. wah. womp. womp. womp. wahhhhh.

*Author was still pregnant at time of writing this post. If the universe has had mercy on her ribs, she will be in labor at this very moment. Otherwise, she is still banking Lenten sacrifice hours…which are totally a thing.

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I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

Twitterature

#5Faves: Steps for Brushing Your Teeth

Lent in the Time of a Newborn

in photos

daddy-daughter dance

daddy-daughter dance

while Sam and mom ate our ever-increasing weight in pretzels while watching "Go!" aka name that movie.

while Sam and mom ate our ever-increasing weight in pretzels while watching “Go!” aka name that movie.

lots of audiobooks in these parts these days

lots of audiobooks in these parts these days

new designs in shop

new designs in shop

finished this charming book for the first time ever

finished this charming book for the first time ever

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  • WP Greet Box: Puts a little greeting at the top of your posts and is tailored to the site your visitor arrived from. Also, I am well aware of the rule about ending sentences with prepositions, and because I know the rule, I can do whatever I want to. ha.
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I’m not the only bard in this neck of the Internet. Check out some gems that I didn’t Mark as Read before even getting to. In fact, I saved them to savor later. So, are they good? I don’t know. Let’s find out together:

50 Shades of No Thank You

Let Us Keep the Fast?

43 Favorite Fictional Couples

Read More Books Now

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: Lizzy & Jane (on sale for $.99 right now!)

Eating: scones and leftovers, baby

Listening: George Ezra Radio on Pandora

Wearing: pass.

Praying: for an anxiety-free delivery; for strengthened faith and hope

 

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7QT: but the toddlers are proving worthy adversaries

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I’m finishing up the process of plugging in some real bang-up guest posts for y’all for when I’m busy giving birth and stuff. Here’s a quick preview of some of what is to come:

virtual church tour

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7+Postpartum+Gifts

lent

GreenJar

How To Meal Plan Faster and Cheaper (1)

family-timeline-in-cross-stitch

are you done

Untitled

PicMonkey CollageChocolateGreenSmoothieB

Which are you most excited to read?

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this week

I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

tl;dr February

Free Online Lent Conference for Women

Vlog: Applying Bold Lips

#5Faves: Recent Etsy Purchases

in photos

Sam is stealing the show this week. He's just been particularly...cute.

Sam is stealing the show this week. He’s just been particularly…cute. And he won’t be my baby much longer. So, you know.

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Like I said, I’ve been getting a bunch of sa-weet guests post lined up for you for when this baby gets out of me right now! Many of the writers have asked the best way to send a guest post. For me? I like the HTML. It’s clean and easy. Find out how to do that with my tutorial.

 

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I’m not the only bard in this neck of the Internet. Check out some gems that I didn’t Mark as Read before even getting to. In fact, I saved them to savor later. So, are they good? I don’t know. Let’s find out together:

Top 4 Oils for Your Sex Life

Svellerella: A Day in the Life

Guide to Non-Wonky Eyeliner

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: Gift from the Sea and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Eating: Chocolate and Grapefruits

Listening: Trying to listen to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared as an audio book, but the toddlers are proving worthy adversaries. Thoughts about audiobooks with children?

Wearing: Gracious. This is a loaded question these days. Pass.

Praying: That I remain calm and sane during these last couple of pregnatory weeks.

 

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7QT: and failing to thwart things like this

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I mentioned on FB that the fam and I are looking for a service project to adopt. Something that would be “our” cause. I wanted to choose something that was important to us because there are so many opportunities out there; it can be overwhelming trying to donate time, money and resources. Instead, if we chose a cause that we felt connected to, we could offer our help whenever something came up under that umbrella.

Anyway, long-wind short: I am still deciding, but I have taken on a project of my own. I tried to involve the kids, but their attention spans. Well.

But, if you’re a crafty soul like me, check out Craft Hope. There is a new project every few months to craft up and bring joy to the world. Current project? Finger puppets for school children in India.

Here are the details if you’re fingers are itching.

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this week

I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

1o Netflix Documentaries on My Shortlist

#5Faves: Lent Resources

in photos

playing with/eating snow...inside

playing with/eating snow…inside only ever

these two might be allied against me at the moment, but at least they are doing something together

these two might be allied against me at the moment, but at least they are doing something together

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spending the days thwarting things like this

and failing to thwart things like this

and failing to thwart things like this

helping dad with sharp tools: how we do

helping dad with sharp tools: how we do

penny/sam tossing

penny/sam tossing

snuggling up with germ-o

snuggling up with germ-o

 

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Take some time this week to send a personal thank you to some of your most loyal followers. You know, those ones who are always liking, sharing, commenting, tweeting, etc. Don’t they deserve a little love too?

 

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I’m not the only bard in this neck of the Internet. Check out some gems that I didn’t Mark as Read before even getting to. In fact, I saved them to savor later. So, are they good? I don’t know. Let’s find out together:

7 Tips for Meal Planning Simplicity

50 Things to Do on Valentine’s Day Instead of Seeing 50 Shades of Grey

BWF: Latest Reads

Baby #5 

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: Lord of the Flies

Eating: things my mom and dad bring over – because they are insane and awesome

Listening: Smashing Pumpkins

Wearing: my navy Lucky cardi

Praying: for a swift end to this prengnatory

 

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7QT: look like a real pro-time-big-girl

chatter

I had a discussion with some moms the other day about what you do with your kids all day. Some were in the scheduled activities camp, some in the “let them play on their own” camp. I’m curious of your thoughts now. Lay them on me, crowd.

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this week

I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

7 Tips for Taking a Pregnant Selfie

#5Faves: Beat the Winter Blues

in photos

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Mike is a freaking champ.

Mike's Pretty Mom

Mike’s Pretty Mom

just sayin'

#8: just sayin’

 

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If you’re confused about blogging terminology, check out this glossary. She’s got everything on here to make you look like a real pro-time-big-girl. Can you identify breadcrumbs, a slug, or Yoast?

 

 

inmybloglovin

I’m not the only bard in this neck of the Internet. Check out some gems that I didn’t Mark as Read before even getting to. In fact, I saved them to savor later. So, are they good? I don’t know. Let’s find out together:

Humility means never having to say you’re sorry

9 novels to curl up with this winter

How to Teach Catholic Kids About Creation and Evolution

There are 7 Ways to Hate a Book

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: Just finished Hands Free Mama and picking up Station Eleven (which is on sale right now!)

Eating: Dr. said Ellen needs more fiber, so Cracklin’ Oat Bran it is.

Listening: We need to fix our iTunes so I can stop listening to the Disney Pandora station.

Wearing: Anything that will fit over this 36 wk bump. Which isn’t much.

Praying: For Paul. For guidance in Mike’s vocations and hobbies.

 

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7QT: any piping warm tips for this tapper?

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I’ve been spending every kid-free moment this week working on the blog. You’ve probably noticed. And if you say “yes,” you’re a big fat one. It’s a lot of behind the scenes schtuff, but I’ve made myself a goals list for 2015. Tis’ the season. Included?

1. Garner more reader comments
2. Create and incentive to subscribe
3. Increase gram followers
4. Reach into other blogging circles

And, don’t worry. I’m married to an engineer, so I have action items to go with all of these goals. Das how Mike rolls. Do you have any piping warm tips for this tapper?

 

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this week

I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

It’s the Suffering

#5Faves: Makeup Tips

in photos

the caption for all of these photos this week is "melt"

the caption for all of these photos this week is “melt”

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If you’re looking to add more blog learning to your Bloglovin’ try these sites:

SITS Girls

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Blog Clarity

ProBlogger

 

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I’m not the only bard in this neck of the Internet. Check out some gems that I didn’t Mark as Read before even getting to. In fact, I saved them to savor later. So, are they good? I don’t know. Let’s find out together:

The Non-Girly Girls Guide to Pink Makeup

Progress vs. Perfection

How I’m simplifying my wardrobe with a personal uniform

Five Videos to Get You All Limber This Morning

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: The Expats

Eating: grapefruit. so many grapefruits.

Listening: Pop Culture Happy Hour

Wearing: Avery Lane Boutique is having a 40% off sale + free shipping. {code: movingsale} Get it.

Praying: for the current and future vocations of our family and Godchildren

 

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