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Another Day With Nothing To Say

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Another day with nothing to say. Sorry to burden you guys with this pointless blog. I really don't have anything to say or I would say it.

I only blog when I am inspired. So what is today's inspiration?

I want a new trophy. The one I have is these little colored bars:



I am ready for a change. This is my next trophy:



Its nice but I like the one after that better:



I am just saying......
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WINE4GIRL 4/2/2011 4:57PM

    emoticon and I love my emoticon like you! You are a great motivator!
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SPLASHDOG1 4/1/2011 1:51PM

    When I first joined spark the points/trophies were what got me to really get involved in the spark pages. And now of course, I can't get enough of sparkpeople. Yes, call me crazy but I love getting those darn little trophies!!

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EGRAMMY 3/31/2011 9:06PM

    emoticonBest I can do from emotions. GD said it was so nice in LA she rode with the top down today. Did you see her when you were walking? I hope to visit the first of October as GGS will be 1. That's if the dogs don't use up all the money at the vets or DH use it for house repairs....

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LESSOFMOORE 3/31/2011 9:04PM

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1BEACHWALKER 3/31/2011 7:00PM

    I should blog more. I like putting the videos up too! I love getting awards, trophies, goodies- emoticon So I know the feeling. I am so close to Level 13 I can feel it!! 438 more points! emoticon Plus, I love giving out goodies and since I won 1100 sparkgoodie points within 2 days on the wheel (gotta love that wheel too)- I am getting ready to send some more out! Check your page!! emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 3/31/2011 3:36PM

    Level 14 is my favorite.

There are lots of days that I have nothing to say. My life must be boring but I like it that way.

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KAZINMICH 3/31/2011 12:44PM

    The next one is pretty purple!!! Congrats, you are almost there!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/31/2011 11:23AM

    I'm getting close[r] to the next trophy, too, with about 600 pts needed to get to the next level but even tho I've started a number of pointless blogs just to get the points, I start to feel like an idiot because something inside my head remembers being told "If you don't have something to say, don't say anything at all!!" But dangit, I have fun earning those new trophies and it's good to have an incentive to do things on SP, even if it's a silly one like this, haha!!

Soooo, you have at least one fellow points chaser on this journey, haha!

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JUSTYNA7 3/31/2011 11:02AM

    Whatever motivate you, go for it! I logged a lot more spark points when I was trophy motivated!

Thanks for the spark goodies and support. It has been a really hard few weeks. Lillian is doing so much better and I KNOW the prayer has helped. It was a really tough surgery and there is a high risk of failure but so far... She is not sleeping through the night yet because she is in pain but has walked around the block. She is stuck on one level of her house as stairs are pretty tough so she does them as little as possible.. but it will come. We are all so glad she is HOME, alive, and walking. For the next couple of days I need to get my own life back and work on my own goals again. I like your walking for MS background. My uncle had MS and I suspect my sister in law has either a form of MD or MS although they still have not diagnosed her. So many misunderstood symptoms out there! Walk for the cure!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/31/2011 10:40AM

    That's neat! I never look at my trophies! I probably should! emoticon

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KLAD_COCKERS 3/31/2011 10:35AM

    I hear ya Victoria! I think you deserve the fancy Level 14 trophy too!

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LIBBYFITZ 3/31/2011 9:06AM

    You are at the same trophy level as me. Yes it has been one of those weeks!

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/31/2011 1:54AM

    I give you a wonderful person award. emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 3/30/2011 11:41PM

    Stop on by and check out my hiking pics...just posted them today and this morning I thought of you when I left to go hiking!

It was 78 degrees here and beautiful.

I am working towards that trophy you like the best...so close! :)

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CDGOLDILOCKS 3/30/2011 11:29PM

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IUHRYTR 3/30/2011 11:25PM

    You are too funny. I, too am a SparkPoints addict and try to maximize them every day. It is one of the few pleasures in life that doesn't cost us anything. emoticon -- Lou

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/30/2011 11:19PM

    Well I certainly think you deserve a trophy that you like !What better reason to write a blog ! hugs,Cheri

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I Whipped My Knee Back into Shape!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Yesterday was a real bad knee day for me. I was able to do some icing and rested my knee. Feeling so much better I was able to Walk my morning away. Baily and I walked with Boozie and Parker. Parker is a cute little Pomeranian.

Usually, Boozie and Baily just run a muck, getting all tangled up & driving us nuts. Today they seemed to be playing follow the leader.

Parker looks and behaves like a perfect little angel. I am going to have to take a picture of these 3 little buddies together for you guys. Very Cute Trio!


This is Baily with Boozie!

  
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1BEACHWALKER 3/31/2011 7:12PM

    Sounds like a TV show title! Baily and Boozie! Who would name their dog Boozie?! emoticon So, cute - i love when you write and have pics about yours and Boo's adventures! Glad your knee is better! Know the feeling with the knees! Hate it when mine acts up! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/30/2011 10:33PM

    Oh, how I love your doggies! Right now, our sheltie puppy is ferociously attacking a toy and it's so funny! emoticon

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EGRAMMY 3/29/2011 3:43PM

    so icing and resting are you suggestions for whipping?

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KLAD_COCKERS 3/29/2011 3:29PM

    Cute picture! I love their doggy smiles!

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ARTSY_CANDICE 3/29/2011 10:19AM

    Hehehe what cute faces!!

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LIBBYFITZ 3/29/2011 8:00AM

    Glad the knee is improving! Love the photo of the dogs! emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/29/2011 1:27AM

    good for you!!

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/29/2011 12:03AM

    So glad your knee is feeling better .Boozie and Baily look the picture of innocence !

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JHADZHIA 3/28/2011 9:25PM

    So glad you are doing better! Love those cute fur baby photos! Keep them coming! Strange name that, Boozie..

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LESSOFMOORE 3/28/2011 9:24PM

    I am so happy to hear that you're on the mend! emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 3/28/2011 9:15PM

    Your pup is lucky to have such great friends! Glad to hear the knee is better.

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DETERMINED_SOUL 3/28/2011 8:40PM

    I'm glad your knee is getting well quickly. Your dog and his friends are so very cute.

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BLEIGH711 3/28/2011 8:30PM

    Sounds like a good time was had by all. They are adorable!

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SPLASHDOG1 3/28/2011 7:36PM

    Gotta show those knees who's boss!! :) Glad you're feeling better. Baily & Boozie make a very cute pair - they look like they could cause some mischief! I envy you your wonderful (and numerous) walking partners!

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IUHRYTR 3/28/2011 5:48PM

    Such cuties. Glad you feel better. -- Lou

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Dear Gamers and Shoppers

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Dear Gamers and Shoppers,

I am writing this for the gamers and shoppers who spend their spare time indoors.
I had my heart set on a terrific hike this beautiful morning in the forest. Meet time was 7:00 a.m., had my duds ready to go. Woke up this morning with the forest on my mind and in my heart.

My knee and back were in bad form. I have had a bum knee for almost 2 decades and a bad back even longer. My better judgment kept me home. There will be other hikes, this is my only set of all me knees. It was a heart breaking choice, but the right one. And yes I did cry and feel sorry for myself a bit.

You can take my hike with all of its fun and adventure. Get off you rear and toss your sedentary electronic toys aside. You have your healthy youth and it is not eternal. Don’t waste it on the couch or at the mall.

One day you will you will want to trek in the forest but you will be too old with poor health.

I read a young mother’s blog who’s husband would rather spend his limited spare time gaming instead of with his kid. “Dude, take your kid out on a hike! Be a dad!”

I don’t get your choice to spend your weekends staying up till all hours of the night pretending you are having an adventure in the forest with fantasy creatures. You have real world adventures with real world people.

Past generations made the very wise decision to make sure we always had beautiful places to go to. Find one of those places and go while you still can.

Best Regards,
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1BEACHWALKER 3/31/2011 7:21PM

    You said it! When I think back to all the time I have wasted just being a couch potato, being too tired after work to get out and enjoy the outside! Bob used to Bike everywhere for miles, even in the heat of the summer. Not me! I could just kick myself-especially after gaining all this fat! And bad health with it! At least one thing good came out of all the gaming systems and that was Wii! With all the exercise that can be done especially for those who cannot get out and enjoy the weather for whatever reason! But, believe me I know first hand what you mean about the gaming systems and what they can do to kids! My brother in one of them!! Take care of that back and those knees! emoticon

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1TRULYBLESSED 3/30/2011 7:34PM

    Amen, Sistah! I have a 19-y.o. son who is an avid gamer...and, gained about 30-40 pounds in his first semester at college!! Gotta say, he comes by it honestly; I didn't appreciate the value of moving, living, BEING, until I was in my 30's at least ('tho in my case, it was books, not games, that kept me from living a REAL life!). I am now thankful for the blessing of being able to get out and enjoy God's beautiful world, and am fighting to keep and improve that ability!


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ITSTHENEWLAUREN 3/28/2011 4:33PM

  What a beautiful picture! I can't wait for it to warm up here (more for the snow and ice to melt) so we can head to the mountains and do some hiking. I love it!

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SPLASHDOG1 3/28/2011 3:37PM

    Resting the ol' body parts for a bit will hopefully make future hikes even more enjoyable! Doesn't sound like something that ever completely goes away - so I hope you feel well enough to get out again soon. I know you will!!

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KLAD_COCKERS 3/28/2011 10:58AM

    I hope that your "all you" knees are feeling better today, so that you can get out and enjoy nature. Being in pain is NEVER fun!

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LIBBYFITZ 3/28/2011 3:42AM

    You are so right , what a waste of youth if they don't get out there with their friends and or children and have fun!
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EGRAMMY 3/27/2011 9:30PM

    emoticon Bravo

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JAXMOMMY 3/27/2011 9:00PM

    Amen Victoria! Whoever said youth was wasted on the young was right! Sorry you missed out on your hike, but glad you listened to your body instead of making matters worse! Hope you are back to hiking real soon!

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LESSOFMOORE 3/27/2011 8:21PM

    Victoria, I am sorry that you had to miss your hike:( Still, you were smart to listen to your body and take care of it. I hope you feel better soon! emoticon emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 3/27/2011 7:50PM

    Sorry that you missed your hike today but there will be others. I wish that I could get more walking in. I can only go for about an hour right now before my back starts hurting.

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JHADZHIA 3/27/2011 6:48PM

    I can't even remember the last time I got to play a game. I don't have a huge choice where to hike and only have the option when I am at my Mom's and can get on the river trails. Having experienced being crippled at an early age, and constant problems there after, no one appreciates the ability to be able to walk, let alone hike, then me. I prefer moving it to sitting on my butt any day of the week. So sorry about your knees and back, missing the hike:((
I would have been glad to be your proxy!
Feel better soon..
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DETERMINED_SOUL 3/27/2011 6:08PM

    I bet your body is thanking you for taking care of your knee. I feel so bad when I have to miss a workout. They make me feel so wonderful and I know I am a much better person for them. I also hear you about people neglecting their kids. If you have kids they should definitely be a priority over other things in your life.

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IUHRYTR 3/27/2011 5:06PM

    YES! I know the disappointment but we need to care for ourselves. And, right on about Dads and their children. Soon it will be too late and they will have missed all the opportunities to bond with their kids. I'm not able to walk long distances but even those times I walk to the end of the block I get such a new perspective on the houses and yards that I want to do it more. Wish I was well enough and close enough to go with you on one of your hikes. The pictures you've posted over time show a happy group of people and beautiful scenery and vistas. Enjoy them. They are a blessing. emoticon -- Lou

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NEVERORNOW 3/27/2011 3:18PM

    Great advice and very well said!! emoticon

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 3/27/2011 3:17PM

    My sweetie dog makes sure I get a few good walks a day.

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GRACEISENUF 3/27/2011 3:12PM

    Great advice!

Hope you feel better really soon and hike the highest mountain you climbed so far!



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Close Your Eyes, Take A Deep Breath & Think Of Spark!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Most of us just adore our Spark resources and friends. Our teams, friends, message boards, recipes and more. I love it all, including the fitness and nutrition trackers. I don't think I have had a negative experience on this site. If I have, I don't remember it. I don't even mind that I can't get sponsors for my walk. I totally get the consistency of keeping the site on focus!

When I think of Spark People.com I feel comfort, support and POWER!

Power? Yes, Power.

Support = Power
Knowledge = Power
Activity = Power

Breathing is just plain healthy. So I want you to....


CLOSE YOUR EYES.....

TAKE A DEEP BREATH.....

THINK OF SPARK PEOPLE!

This prescription is PRN!

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1BEACHWALKER 3/31/2011 7:23PM

    You got that right! emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/29/2011 12:06AM

    I love Spark people too!

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ROCKYCPA 3/27/2011 1:16PM

    This is a great site and the friends you make are so supportive. No bad experience here.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/27/2011 10:43AM

    Love your upbeat posting - thanks for being a part of SparkPeople!!

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JOURNEYTO60 3/27/2011 10:30AM

    I feel the same way. I feel like I found somethiing really special!

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WINE4GIRL 3/26/2011 7:53PM

    Absolutely! I've made friends on SP from four different countries that I now count on chatting with and seeing what they are up to. How cool is that???
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JHADZHIA 3/26/2011 7:29PM

    I totally share the same experience -nothing bad has happened here and that is RARE online! LOVE it here! All my online time is here. Facebook is in mothballs ;)


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JUSTBIRDY 3/26/2011 6:38PM

    emoticon Are you back on ((ssv))????

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IUHRYTR 3/26/2011 6:01PM

    I like what you said but I don't know what PRN stands for. -- Lou

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MEMEEMEEE 3/26/2011 3:49PM

    I love everything about Spark People...it's amazing and I'm so glad I found this site!

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LHLADY517 3/26/2011 3:42PM

    Absolutely right.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 3/26/2011 2:35PM

    I couldn't agree more!

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You Look Great Baby, You Always Did!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I had the immense pleasure of shopping yesterday with a special someone who recently lost a few pounds. She was not overweight before, but she had gone up a dress size or so. It sure can be hard on a young lady's self image when she goes shopping and notices a few pounds crept up on her when she wasn't looking.

There is something so sweet about the look on a young woman's face when she loves how she looks in a dress or outfit. Spending the day shopping with that very special girl who looked great before, but just looks a little bit better was perfect. Not because she looks better, but because she FEELS BETTER!

I can't think of anything more that I would want for her and this is what we strive for our youth, self esteem! I certainly don't think girls need to lose weight to feel good, nor do they have to be thin. One simply cannot argue with the fact that girls do feel better when they like what they see in the mirror. I am not as proud of the way she looks, as I am of the way she feels.

She worked hard at it. Changing eating habits, exercising everyday & giving up the party nights with the girlfriends. Her focus was to get and feel healthy. It really took some determination but she did it.

Encouraging someone to improve their appearance is a good thing. Helping a young lady get to a fit weight is a great gift. This is is just not achieved through criticism and statements. It comes from setting an example and taking that journey with them.

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You look great Baby and You always did, I love you !

  
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/30/2011 10:34PM

    AMEN! What a great blog! yes, she's blessed to know you, that's for sure!

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GINA180847 3/28/2011 5:40PM

    Lucky young lady to have you to shop with her.

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IUHRYTR 3/24/2011 10:40PM

    YOU look great. Must be all that California hiking. emoticon -- Lou

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LAURELSPARK 3/24/2011 4:35PM

    Your young lady is lucky to have you on her team!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/24/2011 4:23PM

    I agree Cyndie, the whole diet police thing never seems to help anyone. I will say I love it when someone teaches me about food and exercise though, but that is different. One educates the other humiliates.

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MARAHAB 3/24/2011 4:04PM

    Way to go! She certainly is lucky to know you!

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LESSOFMOORE 3/24/2011 3:57PM

    What a lovely blog! Positve reinforcement is so much nicer than the diet/exercise police approach! I believe that a positive approach yields positive results!

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DTSOBEL 3/24/2011 2:14PM

    What a wonderful blog. It is true that we don't need to be thin to feel pretty or beautiful. We should buy clothes that look good on us and make us feel nice. I need to remember this!

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ARTSY_CANDICE 3/24/2011 12:53PM

    emoticon She is a lucky lil aldy to have you in her corner!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 3/24/2011 12:39PM

    That is so cool and I couldn't agree more.



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GRACEISENUF 3/24/2011 12:29PM

    Positive reinforcement goes a long way for sure! Criticism alienates and I can speak from experience on that one.

Happy Sparking my positively, encouraging friend!



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CHERIRIDDELL 3/24/2011 12:24PM

    How lucky she is to have someone like you to encourage her Victoria .You are a treasure of a friend !

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3016DEBRA 3/24/2011 12:11PM

  What a sweet blog & what a great friend you are! She's a lucky young woman... emoticon

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