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28 Day Boot Camp, Day 1 - Well, okay - that was demoralizing.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Bearing in mind that a short twenty years ago I was an aerobics *instructor*, let's see what we just learned:

- I still can't just roll out of bed and exercise. Other than a very gentle Sun Salutation, I never could.

- my balance has *really* gone to..the dogs.

- I still have very little ability to listen to directions and don't pick up moves quickly. (I used to tell my students to concentrate on the legs first, then add the arms when the legs were solid - I can't even listen to my *own* instructions! AGH!)

- however, I can still keep flailing around to keep my heart rate up, and know that, in time, I'll pick it up (I only said I was an aerobics instructor - I never said I was a choreographer)

- it takes very little to keep my heart rate up, even with good ol' Jewel on my side.

- my foot is still injured.

- I need new cross-trainers.

However, its been fifteen minutes now since I stopped - a whole 22 minutes of workout, ten of which was warm-up and cool-down, which seems like baby stuff, only it was *hard* - and I honestly do feel a bit better.

- I remember I felt pretty much the same way when I first started doing aerobics, 25 years ago - only I was a good fifty pounds lighter then....maybe this isn't going to be as bad as I thought.

- Okay, I bought the !@#$ video, I'm in it for 28 days. By March 5th it'll be over. At least for that round. (I had intended to start on Feb 1st and just make this the February from...some other place...but I couldn't access enough living room floor until I finished listing the stupid books.)

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GEMINIAN1 2/22/2012 9:04AM


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I'm proud of you!


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HIPPICHICK1 2/7/2012 2:02PM

    The hardest part is getting out of bed.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 2/7/2012 10:29AM

    Yep, know the feeling..I used to swim 2 miles daily, walk 5 miles a day, and dance 3 nights a week. I played golf, badmitten, tried tennis, was rather active. Now, look forward to gardening, reading.

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SLIMLILA 2/6/2012 10:40PM

    It's so easy to fall off the exercise wagon.... I was enjoying it so much and suddenly didn't do it for 1 day, then 2, then a week, and yesterday, we went and walked outside and today we walked a whole hour... I do enjoy it, but then I just fall off the wagon again. You're brave going for a 28 day boot camp....commitment, persistence!!! emoticon

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JANEDOE12345 2/6/2012 6:49PM

    Which video did you get? It sounds daunting.

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EMRANA 2/6/2012 6:47PM

  You write such fun blogs! *teehee*

It's only day one ~ by the time you finish all 28, you'll be amazed at what you can do.

And for the record, I do yoga six mornings a week, but I can't just roll out of bed to do it either. I set my alarm ten minutes early, and stretch out in my bed before I start my modified sun salutations and go from there (I cannot come down into upward facing dog anymore since my disc ruptured, so I have to do a shortened version of sun salutation). So don't feel bad!


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PUDLECRAZY 2/6/2012 5:47PM


It is always hard to get back after being away for a long time. And harder for shorter amounts of time as we get older. Sucks, but true. I do the same thing, flail around to the video or to the zumba moves, etc. The important thing is to keep moving, right? And it does feel good once we've exercised. You'll get back into it.


But that balance thing.... that is important! I recommend balancing exercises. I bought a foam roller and a balance board for that purpose, but simple exercises like the tree or even just balancing on one foot are good to help preserve balance.

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    ROFLMBO!! I can relate. I have bought a few videos where teenage nymphs weighting 14 pounds are bouncing off the wall and I have stood there and wondered what the heck I thought I was doing but it does get easier or you drop dead. LOL.

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_UMAMI_ 2/6/2012 3:01PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
The hardest part is getting started......

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    You did it! This is just the beginning!
In no time you'll be a boot camp master!

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AWESOMECAROL55 2/6/2012 12:02PM

    Hey now..if it was one would buy it! Baby steps are were kicking all the peoples asses who were sitting on the couch!! You are a winner..don't give up! I did the DVD and it was a great workout and I workout 6 days a week BUT I had to work up to it...there is no magic just hard work! You did good!!

My balance needs work too!!


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BETHGILLIGAN 2/6/2012 10:33AM

    28 day BOOT CAMP!! Of course, it was hard! I never buy DVD with "boot" or "camp" in the title!!! LOL But, look at that. You survived and you even admitted you felt pretty good!!! Hooray!! Keep it up! You can do this! 27 more days!

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SUZYMOBILE 2/6/2012 10:17AM

    Come on, lady! You can do this! And it WILL get better.

At least you got through the first one, which is better than I did, the last time I tried one of these boot camps. My old joints just couldn't take it, so I gave up, realizing that I need simpler sessions and my usual 5 miles of walking a day instead.

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ABC quiz courtesy of DEBBIEANNE1124

Thursday, February 02, 2012

A- AGE 56...I think...

B- BOOKS - too many to count - put eighty more on Amazon today

C-CHORE - anything that isn't fun

D-DOG - only one at the moment, Lucy - a midsized black hybrid

E-ESSENTIALS - peace and quiet and a really good handbag

F-FAVORITE COLOR - for what?

G-GAMES - anything but Scrabble. For some reason I completely and absolutely fail at Scrabble. I stopped being able to help my kids with their "scrambled word" homework after second grade. Favorite game is probably Mastermind.

H-HOMETOWN - Philadelphia, PA

I-INDULGENCES - yes, please

J-JOB - you name it, as long as I'm self-employed

K-KIDS - two daughters

L-LIVING ARRANGEMENTS - big old farmhouse, alone

M-MUSIC - blues, the older the better, but really just about anything

N-NUMBER OF SIBLINGS - zero by blood, many of the heart

O-ORANGES OR APPLES - apples (I'd be thrown out of central new york if I said oranges)

P-PHOBIAS - polar bears

Q-QUOTE - can't think of anything clever offhand

R-REASON TO SMILE - very bad and incredibly destructive 8 month old boy cat - totally clueless

S-SEASON - pretty much any, although winter can get a little long up here sometimes


U-UNKNOWN FACT ABOUT ME - I can drive a bulldozer!

V-VEGGIES - anything but okra

W-WORST HABIT - I dunno...there are so many choices...talking to myself, maybe, or leaving my shoes downstairs (now that I live alone, I just throw them all in a laundry basket - when it's full I lug them upstairs and start over.)

Y-YUMMY FOOD I LIKE TO EAT - homemade pierogies

Z-ZODIAC - Pisces, Scorpio rising, moon in Capricorn

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PUDLECRAZY 2/3/2012 7:29PM

    I love Scrabble, but most of my friends feel like you do about it. Oh, well!

I want a blog about your tatt - with pics!

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    Tattoos you say.... well now I'm curious. (you show me yours and I'll show you mine!)

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    phobia - polar bears?? LOL. You never cease to surprise me, GF. LOL.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/3/2012 9:57AM

    Fun list. I share lots in common with you. Have a good day.

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    emoticon You seem to be doing just fine. I like pierogies as well.

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SUZYMOBILE 2/3/2012 8:34AM

    Who's totally clueless? The cat, or you, for putting up with him?

Fear of polar bears! There must be a word for that. Probably pepsiphobia.

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_UMAMI_ 2/3/2012 12:17AM

    I _do_ like that you know your Astrological makeup. Is that bad? I guess we might not get along at all in person, since I'm an Aries with Aquarius rising and moon in Taurus.
And I excell at Scrabble. But I love Mastermind!

I totally agree w/ you on favorite color. I could only name a favorite color if you told me what it was *FOR*. (i.e. fave color for cat is black) And what _shade_?!


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A revelation of sorts

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I used to have this little gadget on the sink that provided instant hot water (well, I still have it, but little gadget + very hard water = not working) and I always loaded the coffee machine the night before and set the instant start thingee, but stopped doing that when I stopped getting up at regular scheduled times. Last night I didn't set up the coffee, and this morning was debating whether I wanted coffee or tea - since the coffee is frequently already there, I rarely drink tea even though I enjoy it. I make it properly - warm pot, loose tea, strainer and all that.

This morning I heard myself say - and three cats will stand witness to this - "If I'm going to go to the trouble of boiling water, I may as well have tea."

This isn't about tea or cats (although I can go on at great length about either or both of those as well, and undoubtedly will, sooner or later.) It's about the fact that I don't like to cook, particularly, and consider it a waste of time to do so for myself. This is a real problem.

I'd heard of all these "old people" who didn't bother to cook for themselves. At the time I was young and had a houseful of family and neighbors and workers, and while I still didn't especially like to cook, did so cheerfully enough. I thought people who wouldn't bother to cook for themselves were pitiful and silly.

My mother was widowed twice, married three times, and between husbands she always cooked really nice, properly balanced meals for herself. Even if she occasionally allowed herself a Stauffer's frozen stuffed pepper, she'd balance it out with a salad and a whole grain roll or something. I always teased her about trying out new recipes for future husbands - which actually turned out to be true often enough - but she'd counter with, "What, you think I'm not worth it?" and of course, she was right. We can't blame her for this issue.

It isn't, I swear, an issue of self-esteem. It isn't that I consider myself unworthy of decent food - it's just that it's such a lot of *bother* when I'd really rather be doing other things. Plus, cooking generates dishes to wash, which I also reallyreallyreally don't like (the automatic dishwasher having gone the way of the little hot water gadget.) I don't particularly care for frozen prepackaged foods, especially now that the microwave has quit (I haven't replaced it because I really only ever used it as a breadbox and to thaw the occasional thing - don't read anything into all of these broken Things. )

I've gotten better in the last six months - when I cook, I still make the full recipe and then portion the extra out and freeze it or save it for later in the week. (I ate for lunch the leftovers of the previous night's dinners for years - if there were no leftovers, I never knew quite what to do.) But doing all this cooking and washing up - three meals a day plus, perhaps, a snack, - for someone who could happily live on cheese, crackers and carrot sticks with the odd baked potato thrown in, seems like asking a lot.

Perhaps the problem isn't in the doing but in the planning, or lack of planning. Very often I'm engrossed in whatever I'm doing, hear my tummy rumble, check the clock and it's already half past dinnertime, and I have nothing going. It'd take another hour to bake a potato, I don't really eat that many sandwiches, and besides, there's probably nothing in the house that would easily generate a meal anyway. No meat sitting, waiting to be broiled. No cleaned up vegetables (although they are generally in the refrig, slowly wilting away, because I do buy things with the best of intentions) ready to be steamed. No food. In other words, a decent meal is at least an hour away, assuming I can think of something to make from whatever bits are on hand, so it's beans on toast again, side of carrot sticks.

I suspect that the part of the brain assigned the task of planning is also the part that is willing to track, and in my own brain that part seems woefully inadequate. I've been trying to track my food since the first time I ever went on a diet (1988, postpartum) and do you know what my longest streak is? Four days. FOUR DAYS. Planning usually falls down because by Wednesday, what sounded good on Sunday isn't appealing anymore.

I have to wrap this up before I come to any real conclusions because, as usual, I've been rambling on way too long but also because I have three books I've sold on Amazon and I have to get them wrapped and out the door in time for the post. Sure, I could have done that this morning, but I didn't. I didn't exercise, either, because it was nasty out and I was engrossed in..whatever the hell it was that I was doing.

And there, gentle reader, is the revelation: I seem to lack planning and the self-discipline to stick to any plan I might make. The next question, of course, if how to correct these issues.

(And the first person who comments with "A failure to plan is a plan to fail" will be...well, shot might be a bit harsh, but will ...well, something bad will happen, so don't.)

(Edited because I hate typos.)

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SLIMMERKIWI 2/4/2012 4:08PM

    It sounds to me like you could take the "Queen of Procrastination" title!
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Kris xx

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    I gave up coffee years ago. I love tea!!

It appears at least that you are not obsessed with food like so many of us if you can live on crackers, cheese, carrots, and baked potatoes. Most of us are too focused on food.

My mom was like yours and cooked nice meals for herself.

Not to frighten you but my MIL didn't like to cook and ate out 3 meals a day and she ended up with tongue cancer so you certainly don't ever want to get to that point.

Sometimes I don't want to cook but I want control over what I eat and when I read about icky things like pink slime being added to fast food I have to cook. LOL.

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    I am a planner. I have lists all over the place, A Franklin Planner, notebooks. I also love to cook. I do hate washing dishes which is why I got the best dishwasher I could afford Kitchen Aide which has a 25 year warrenty bought in February 1993. So I have to begin to think about saving for the next one.

If I had my way I would cook every day but since I am down to me alone most of the time I cook things like soups I can eat all week or always make lots and create frozen dinners.

My nephew is a chef so I guess cooking is in our blood. My mother's maiden name was Baker! LOL.

Since I am retired I have my lists still but I allow myself flexibility. I get more exercise when I combine it with things I like to do, like gardening, de-cluttering.

Sadly I have no magic bullet for you. After all I have been "planning" to loose weight for years! LOL and I still am!! (Planning that is) emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 2/1/2012 8:55PM

    I too have a problem cooking for just myself. My husband works 12-9pm 5 nights so on those nights I usually make something like a Veggie Burrito-no cooking involved. I'm not lazy either. I just got tired of cooking 3 meals 7 days a week for a family of 5 after 50 years. I deserve a break & so do you!

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HIPPICHICK1 2/1/2012 8:23PM

    As you may have noted one of my recent status updates was about conducting a self study on time usage and I'm surprised how little time I spend cooking. I thought I spent way more time preparing food. On average I spend only 55 minutes each day preparing food. For the whole day. How do I do it? I dunno really. I eat fruit and that you just grab and wash and eat. I also batch cook. I roast a chicken every week and a half. I make soup out of the carcass. If I forget to thaw something for dinner we have fish because you can broil it frozen solid and it always comes out perfect (if you know how to broil...4 minutes for thawed fish and maybe 6 or so for frozen...and don't turn it over).
Here's hoping you get your appliances working again soon. I find the microwave invaluable. I can cook 5 potatoes in 13 minutes!

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EMRANA 2/1/2012 7:05PM

  I'm not a planner either, so no worries that I will say that to you! (My personal pet peeve is "hang in there!" Makes me want to scream ~ and I sometimes do ~ when people say it to me).

I do pretty well with nutrition tracking, it's the planning part I don't like. I am married, but because I'm vegan and he's not, I pretty much do meals for one. What motivates me the most is eating what I love, so I look forward to it. That means I do a larger batch of steel cut oats with peanut butter and raisins, for example, so I can have two or three meals from that one effort. I've discovered that it makes a fabulous lunchbox, and keeps me filled all afternoon.

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JANEDOE12345 2/1/2012 6:18PM

    Re the hot water device: If it still circulates water at all, have you tried vinegar to clean out the hard water deposits? I use vinegar to flush out my iron, my coffee maker, humidifier, and even take the shower head off and soak it.

Cooking for one is not a joy. But neither is buying ready-made, salty food - so I cook, sometimes joylessly but sometimes I like that June Cleaver-ish feeling. Try wearing pearls.

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SUZYMOBILE 2/1/2012 2:52PM

    The answer to the question at hand: "If at first you don't succeed, plan, plan again."

Yikes! (ducking) emoticon Don't shoot me!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/1/2012 12:59PM

    P.S. I've been thinking of selling my stuff on Amazon, but haven't done so yet. I don't like selling on craigslist, and Ebay fees are just too high. I think I'll look into Amazon selling, although they seem to charge very little for shipping.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/1/2012 12:57PM

    I've always hated to cook, and didn't mean to but made my mother cry the day (as a teen) I broke it to her that I was declining her offer to teach me. Just this morning, I ordered a crockpot and low cal cookbook, vowing to myself to start a little bit of cooking.

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Link for owl lovers (like me!)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

This is a short - like 3 1/2 minute - film from Cornell Ornithology labs on Snowy Owls.

Here's the link for the Cornell Labs' Ornithology home page - interesting stuff to look at, learn, even participate in if you want.

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ONEWEIGH 1/26/2012 9:25PM

    My mother says my first self-identification was "owl". We had a book of essays and photos called "The Apple Tree Community" about all the creatures that lived around a tree. She would read to me and say, "Are you a bug?" uh-uh "Are you a pretty little fawn?" nope "Are you and owl?" yes! Every time.

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PONYFARMER 1/26/2012 6:22PM

    Thanks for the link. I am blessed in that I have a family of barn owls that live just 10 feet from my front door. When the parents go out each night the babies make this chirping noise that the first time I heard it, I thought that there was a really big cricket or someother bug out there. But nope it was the owls. I recorded them and should try to record it on my page, for others to enjoy. I do share it with people I meet as it is on my phone.

My second blessing is that I own 15 acres in the high desert and on the land is a family of burrowing owls. So adorable. Before I knew they were there, my dog was sniffing out the hole and the mom came out and pretended to be injured, limping off form bush to bush with Puddy following her. As soon as she felt Puddy was far enough from the babies, she flew off.
Now I have it fenced off to keep all dogs out of there, so she can have some peace and quiet. LOL!

Good blog, thanks.

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    We would love for a snowy owl to show up here. We are looking for one. LOL.

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SUZYMOBILE 1/26/2012 5:11PM

    I read an article somewhere reporting MANY more snowy owl sightings than usual this year. Seeing as owls are a good omen, YOU should take it as a sign of an especially good year, I think!

I like this guy:

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5 pages of blood work results later...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I need to lose a few pounds and lay off the cocktails. Gee, who would ever have guessed?

Everything else is somewhere between okay and excellent - looks like I've got some tread left on me after all, so I guess I'll be around to wreak havoc for another few miles, anyway.

Good to know, though.

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_UMAMI_ 1/27/2012 11:24PM

    Maybe you just need to loose a few pounds and lie off the cocktails?


I wish you well. (And I wish you some sunny days, too!)

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HIPPICHICK1 1/27/2012 12:56PM

Wreak away.

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GEMINIAN1 1/26/2012 10:25PM

    "5 pages of blood work results later...
I need to lose a few pounds and lay off the cocktails. Gee, who would ever have guessed?"
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It's like those studies that you hear about on the morning news that say, Harvard University just completed a four year study and they found that laughing makes you happy.
I'm really glad to hear that your doing good my friend.
I'm glad that you got the blood work done.
Cheers ... emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 1/26/2012 7:42PM

    Cocktails would be harder for me than the food right now! emoticon Congrats on the good news!

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ONEWEIGH 1/26/2012 3:43PM

    Like PUDLECRAZY said, lay off the cockatiels! You'll be picking the fluff out of your teeth for days. Almost all the blood tests I have done is to make sure the medications I take aren't doing me more harm than good. I sometimes think doctors still go in for blood-letting, they just call it "lab work".

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    No more margaritaville for you. LOL. Glad to hear you are okay.

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SHERYLDS 1/26/2012 3:04PM

    first you tell me you're falling apart on 1/14
then you put a title out that reads 5 pages of bloodwork later...

cut it out....I open your blogs half expecting bad news

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WONDERFUL2BME 1/26/2012 3:01PM

    I am glad you get to stay around a bit longer. I have had similar feedback. HA!

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PUDLECRAZY 1/26/2012 2:31PM

    I'm glad you have some tread left on you.

Fun with dyslexia:

At first I read that you had to lay off the cockatiels...

Got a good laugh out that one! emoticon

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A_WISE_WOMAN 1/26/2012 2:21PM

  Yeah for you! The world needs more havoc-wreakers!


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SLIMMERJESSE 1/26/2012 2:14PM

    You are one funny lady. (smiling) Do any comedy writing, by any chance? Been wondering how you've been. Smiled at your last blog. There are soooo many usages that drive me bonkers. One that almost everyone does is this... "The person that crossed the street" instead of who crossed the street. A very small thing. And one that I may be incorrect about. Could have sworn I learned "imminent domain." but I only hear "eminent domain." Anyway, have a good day, okay?

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