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We threw out the Third Wheel from our bed.

Friday, April 12, 2013

(Beds I make at work)

It's hour #2 and I'm counting shadows on the wall. The sleep aid that the pharmacist seemed all paranoid about I am convinced a placebo. It sure wasn't a skittle or a tic tac! Then, from the quiet dark, I hear a sigh from my hubby's side of the bed and I can't help but grin. His next move is his cocoon manuever. He begins a steam roller move to edge of the bed and the blankets follow their leader, but, not without me giving them a little tug-o-war yank. I hear him groan and I know that just because I can make the sheet sharing fair again, I can't impose my insomnia on him. There are still enough sheets on my side.

Together we have ridden our marriage of 100 pounds! That is the size of a 4ft 7 person!

We have trouble sharing blankets with the two of us in our healthy range, adding that 'third wheel' (the equivalent of weight we lost together is the 'third person' to the mix) was cause for many nights of poor sleep on so many levels.

I was so infuriated with waking up in Canadian winters without blankets. That brings 'frigid' in the bedroom to a ridiculous level. I had proposed to do a Desi & Luci with separate twins, but, neither of us wanted that distance. My man finally no longer works nights and I want him within an arms reach at bedtime. I had been making the the bed with two sides; his and hers, to accommodate the 'Third Wheel'.

Tonight, even though I'm battling sleep issues due to stress, health and an epic return of winter that has caused school closures...I'm feeling awfully proud of, 'us'. We have space on our Queen to cuddle, play, and rest. We have eliminated weight that was that third wheel between us. The Third Wheel only brought awkwardness, miscommunication and lethargic intimacy.

His hugs envelope me now. That's a level of awesome indescribable.



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OPTIMIST1948 4/14/2013 7:04AM

    This is an amazing post. (I thought you were going to say something about dogs or children in bed.)

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JUSTLLAMA 4/14/2013 12:42AM

    That's awesome! Hubby and I have started sharing blankets again too, so I totally understand where you are coming from!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 4/13/2013 8:41PM

    emoticon Precious

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WISHICOULDFLY 4/13/2013 4:15PM

    Gives me the warm fuzzies! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 4/12/2013 6:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon BB~

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_JODI404 4/12/2013 11:26AM

    emoticon I love it -- awesome indescribable!!

I do hope you feel better and sleep better soon!! emoticon


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    You make me smile. emoticon emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/12/2013 9:25AM

    Very sweet! emoticon

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DEBBYFROMMT 4/12/2013 9:14AM

    You guys make a cute couple! I'm so used to you as a blonde that you look funny as a red head! (but you do look like your sister!)

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MOSTMOM1 4/12/2013 6:44AM


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Banana Split

Monday, April 08, 2013

Instead of eating one I grabbed my hoop and chucked on some tunes. I'm feeling like quite the country gal after the CMA's (yes, that does mean I'm swapping stilettos for red cowboy boots this summer), hence the variation from my usual Trance Dance stuff.
I'm a visual learner. I am accepting it. I also clued in I am not the only one. I NEED to SEE how healthy people live, eat, play and battle demons. Not reality t.v. drama. Life is too stressful, I don't need to see that scripted or unscripted stuff.
This is how I'm coping with the blah of physical illness (between naps) instead of gluttonfesting my worries.

SparkWorld is not letting me load vids .

So a quick Hoop Tutorial is on Youtube:

I'm in my favourite jammies (again) and this was unplanned (again).

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KATIEJOB38 4/10/2013 12:18PM

  You know....hooping may be something I could do too! I have one son and 5 girls. I think at least 4 of my girls would love to to outside with me, some music and some hoops. Now....just gotta wait to get some of those. :)
Thanks for the post. It inspired me.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 4/9/2013 7:46PM

    I am so jealous of your skills! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 4/9/2013 6:49PM

    emoticon emoticon, as always~ emoticon BB~

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_JODI404 4/9/2013 6:37PM

    Awesome move Liz! (and def NOT easy!)


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    Nice move! I like it. Now to shrink my belly a bit so a hoop will stay up. I used to be able to do it.

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MALKS_ARIA 4/9/2013 12:35AM

    Wooohooo!! Look at you go!!!

You Rock!!


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MOSTMOM1 4/8/2013 11:49PM

    so incredibly COOL
hoop on, lil ninja, hoop on

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MYBULLDOGS 4/8/2013 11:48PM

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MOSTMOM1 4/8/2013 11:47PM

    Instead of going to bed, like I should, I'm going to go check out your video. Priorities.

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Dance Party Friday

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Dedicated to:

"I really miss your dancing skills being broadcast, just saying :)
I remember u distinctly saying that its what helped you to lose a lot of weight.
Oh maybe some day I can see Liz dancing again - OOOOO may I suggest a little tom cruise sliding across the floor, maybe with some pink hair :D ..."

ROGUE_RUNNER began them as part of her challenges with the Vlogger Team. I loved watching my SparkFriends groovin' and sharing a quick vlog. It felt like we were chillaxin' together. It came at a time when I had trouble moving, so, a quick 10 minute group thing was perfect...
then that Spark grew into a flame...

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KARENE10 4/7/2013 11:42AM

    WOW! You look awesome! Those arms emoticon ! If you aren't an inspiration to losing weight and getting fit I don't know who is! emoticon

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KITKAT717 4/1/2013 8:06AM

    Love Dance Party Friday!! I do this at home but would not have the guts to post!! Great hooping!!!! Miss ya!

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NANHBH 3/21/2013 1:39PM

    WOW, those are some amazing arms, Girlfriend!
Yes, I DO remember when you were afraid of someone watching you. You've come a long way, Baby!

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MNOT2THICK 3/16/2013 9:05PM

    Those arms are hotttttt. Yay for the FDP, thanks. emoticon

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INAFFIT319 3/16/2013 8:17AM

    I just stumbled across your blog, and I'm so glad I did. Your moves are AWESOME. Your arms are AWESOME. Love your energy. I'll be checking back :)

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BHSKITTYKATT 3/15/2013 7:53PM

    Hot arms! And Thrift Shop is like my anthem right now, so bonus points for that!

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_JODI404 3/15/2013 6:00PM

    WoW woman ~ look at those *Fabulous* arms!!! What are those beds made out of, Flintstone boulders? You look amazing!!

It's been a little while -- but you've still totally got rockstar dance moves!!

I *always* love seeing the hooping from your household -- you are rocking it!!


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DRKEYEZ820 3/15/2013 3:19PM

! I went from standing around watching an electrician break stuff in my house, to being all excited to see YOU DEDICATED THIS TO MEEEEEE! hehehehehe
THIS TOTALLY brightened my day!!!! Heck ya!
OK ok, im promising I WILL do a dance party Friday and post it TONIGHT. PROMISE :)!
OOOOOOO and thrift shop just happens to be one of my new favorite songs! WOHOO! :)

PS: WOWZERS , I make my bed every day and my arms DONT LOOK LIKE THAT!!!! Geez woman, I want what your taking!

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STR458 3/15/2013 9:56AM

    cool! I caught the spark- I'm going dancing emoticon

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DEBBYFROMMT 3/15/2013 9:37AM

    Wow, look at those muscles! You go girl! Let's dance!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 3/15/2013 9:32AM

    Good to see you having fun. You look fit and strong. Nice guns! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 3/15/2013 8:47AM

You look like an action figure.
Shoot, you can't find the pink wig?? Do you realize the pink wig is how Audrey and I found you and fell in lurves with you? It's true. RIP, pink wig. We will always remember you with fondness.
Go Tank.
When did you make minis? I'm so out of the loop.
I'm super impressed that you can do that duck-out on both sides. hOOpninja
Hooping attracts children. Like sugar and ice cream, only better.
Thrift Shop, we're addicted to that song.
I wear your granddad's clothes. I look incredible.
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TEXASFILLY 3/15/2013 6:46AM

    emoticon Sister~woman you are rockin' the house! Love that leg hoopin' ! WOW! YOU GO, Girl! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon Lovin' those curves! Keep it up, sweetie! emoticon

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SPARK-PPL-GIRL 3/15/2013 1:34AM

    Did you lose most of your weight just dancing? That's awesome if you did. I love dancing too. The only exercise I've done so far has been dancing games like Just Dance and Dance Central and I have lost 8 pounds so far with that and a healthy diet.

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Not My Fault

Thursday, February 28, 2013

I’m playing ‘Chicken’ with my appetite and it’s only ending up in physical, emotional and mental disaster.
It all started when hubs took over cooking and that boy can cook.
So, to show him my appreciation (and secretly hope he feels so valuable that he’ll take over the cooking until my dying day), I make sure I eat. I do. I eat everything to the power of 3 and that equals weight gain and feeling like crap.

Does he pour it down my throat?
Does he guilt trip me that if I don’t eat in excess I’m rejecting him?

After almost killing him nightly with my flatulence and poltergeist sounding stomach (my guts’ way of sharing its misery). We had to have a talk that did not include my flaming red cheeks begging for forgiveness for my body’s assault on his nose.

“Hunny, I can’t control my portions around your food. It’s going to kill us and my co-workers and anyone within a house radius.”

“It’s not my fault.”


No. No, it’s not. I’d like very much to dump a guilt trip on your shoulders and have you be responsible for my decision to be a glutton, but, at the end of the day; it’s my choice. Even if I thought that being minimal with my appreciation of your food was going to seem more of an insult than an appreciation, I still need to take care of my body. I do love you and I trust that you want me healthy.

I’ll own this weight gain, and stomach rebellion and distorted relationship obligation.

Day 1 Streak of portion control.

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PKBOO3 3/4/2013 10:30AM

    Yep...portion favorite diet weapon. Still eat what I want, just on a smaller plate!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 3/3/2013 5:00PM

    emoticon Just remind yourself if it taste really good you can save some for lunch the next day. emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 3/2/2013 7:48PM

    Awesome that hubby is cooking. Portion control will not insult though I understand the desire to clean your plate. You can do this.

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MOSTMOM1 3/2/2013 11:31AM

    Oh the joys of having someone else cook! And the hazards that can come from that too... Well, you know what to do. I'm pretty sure Bobby isn't gonna think you don't love him if you don't eat the entire turkey or something. I'm pretty sure he's not trying to fatten you up for the kill or anything. heh heh Don't shoot the duck! We're in it to win it, darlin' and we totally, absolutely, positively GOT THIS.
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BETHSWORLD 3/2/2013 9:40AM

    You have a great Hubby! You are blessed Sweetie :)

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JENNY160 3/1/2013 6:36PM

    Hm, somehow there must be a way to divert his energy into housework, instead...

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TEXASFILLY 3/1/2013 5:39PM

    Honey, we all fall down from time to time. The thing is that we get back up~ 'n back in the saddle again (ya know there's a song with those lyrics ;)~ anyway, YOU CAN DO IT! I have every confidence in you, dear heart. Thanks so much for your sweet friendship. I'm just breathless with excitement when I read your words of encouragement. It IS amazing what the Good Lord does for His children. Aren't we blessed indeed! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_JODI404 2/28/2013 11:00PM

    Best wishes with your streak! I can most definitely relate as my hubby does our cooking full time, and he is also amazing! I rarely overeat though ~ I just make sure to always thank him and give lots of compliments. What an awesome thing it is to have a man with cooking skillz!!

You'll find a good balance.

I so enjoy your sense of humor and your writing.

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    Great Blog. Glad you talked it out and wonderful luck with your streak. And by luck I mean self control. ;-)

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ASRMOM 2/28/2013 8:10PM

    You are owning it and moving forward. I sure hope you are feeling considerably better. How long do you want your streak to go? I'm looking forward to your number getting bigger (your streak number). *hugs*

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    What a writer you are! And what a wonderful wife you are to your hubby! Seriously! You make a person LISTEN in a "hungry to hear what ya gotta say" way. You should be a public speaker ... Like for people wanting to take control of their own lives. Oh, wait, you already are a public speaker (here at Spark), and I am definitely one of your devoted fans. You make me smile. You make me cry. You make me laugh out loud over the craziest, yet most serious of things.

Oh, and ... what a wonderful person you are to yourself .... once you get around to it, that is. Thank goodness you "get around" pretty quickly to that place you need to go.

Great Blog!!! emoticon

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You Grow Girl.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

“I’m tough, Captain. I am. I really am.” I insist to my boss (she’s ‘Captain’ since telling me she’s not old enough to be a “Ma’am”), I say it as tears of pain are streaming down my cheeks. Her usual sexy, raspy voice turned almost melodic when she comforted me with, “I know, but, it’s okay to not be tough all the time. Take some time to heal and call me. I can make sure you get your hours and some time to recuperate.”

Then I was driven home to sleep, cry and growl my way through a migraine.

I have my doubts about being allowed to not be tough all the time. I have my doubts with her knowing how not to be tough all the time. I think she’s really a super hero (she broke into my car to retrieve the only set of keys I had for my van – in my van) and this boss gig is a cover.

Also, I HATE being vulnerable. Crying = vulnerable.
That is not ‘okay’. Also, crying at work is a humiliation of epic proportions. I hate crying.

I started today in a cranky mood. My smile was stuffed up where the sun don’t shine and I was here physically but that’s it. My mind was out for a wander and I couldn’t find it. My british buddy (I gotta come up with a nickname for her) she called me on it and together we figured I was a little ‘off’ and then we determined it must be a miscalculated time of the month. We promptly cursed teenage girls that pull our cycle and she slipped me a Midol with instructions to NOT maim Miss. Mean. (A good friend knows when you’re hiding your sunshine a better friend works preventatively).

I’ve been internally begging for that little Chihuahua co-worker of mine to even toe the line with her snarky, mean spirit. I was all prepared to ground pound her superiority complex with a biznotch slap that Miss. Piggy would envy. I was okay with being arrested over it. She’s been spreading rumours, and insults like icing on a cake...she’s convinced she’s doing the world a favour by criticizing my every breath. She’s only successful at sucking the joy out of my day. A jovial, lighthearted room is turned to stone misery when she enters and it’s miserable to be around her.

I was prepared to hurt her today. The thought was the only thing (next to being enveloped in my hubby’s arms) that brought a big smile to my face.

“Revenge is mine saith the Lord.” He meant it. He sent me a migraine to keep my attitude in check. I think it’s the first time I’ve ever thanked Him for pain. I didn’t want to be the person that was brought down to that ugly level and He didn’t let me fall.

“Liz, she’s jealous. You walk into a room and people feel your love for them. They know you genuinely care. You’re refreshing, sweet and cute. You’re something that she chooses to not let me help her be. You share joy, she gives pain. I created you to be a happy Tulip in this Garden called Life. She chooses to be a thorn instead of the beautiful person I designed. Please let me protect you from her sting instead of choosing to be a destructive weed yourself.”

Migraines and Spring Fever make for wonderful analogies.

Life is a garden and you its flower ~ you grow girl!

Which flower are you?

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WILDASTER 4/9/2013 7:07PM

    Snow, I feel mad and ugly at the moment too. I went to Sparks to see what I could find to cheer me and help me make better choices with my day. I'm so glad I know you. This helped me a lot. It isn't a coworker in my case but my own family, my kids and my husband, you know the ones who are suppose to love you and help you.... I can't really pound them into the ground, and I don't want to do that.

You are very blessed, I thank God for you. You are a blessing in my life today.

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    Hope you feel better soon but I loved your descriptions of the miserable day.

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    What beautifully expressed wisdom! So beautiful!!! Gave me chills, good chills, to read. You are a walking, talking, writing, testimony to your values and your belief in God ... and to the world a picture of who you really are. Not always a saint in your thoughts, perhaps, and maybe not always a saint in your deeds, but always evaluating both and trying to find meaning and purpose in the final direction you choose to go each day.
I admire you very much...

AND .......This should be published!

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BETHSWORLD 2/27/2013 8:42PM

    UGH to the mean little snitch at work... emoticon I don't like people like that at ALL!!!

I hope you are getting better Sweets!

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LZY0108 2/27/2013 1:41PM

    Sorry about your day. I loved reading this blog though. Very well written and entertaining to say the least... Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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_JODI404 2/27/2013 10:19AM

    I love your analogies Liz!

Sorry the migraine caused you suffering. I agree, I do not like to cry at work. It's part of being human though -- it's bound to happen over time + stress.

I think there's at least one mean person wherever you go... maybe more. I found this analogy the other day, and it really resonated with me:

I loved the flower quiz: I am a sunflower. I *heart* flowers!!

You keep on growing!! Take care & hope you are feeling much better today!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 2/27/2013 10:03AM

    Hope you feel tons better today. emoticon

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    Sorry you had a cr@ppy day. Hope you are feeling better!

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LEEKA5 2/26/2013 9:57PM

    Ah, crying at work... I know crying at work. I know curled in a ball in the work bathroom between moaning in intense pain and throwing up because of the monthly 'friend'. I know being sent home or driven home because I couldn't drive myself.

I like to be tough too...but monthly brings me down to human again. I hate being human at work.

I hope you're feeling much, much, much better soon. Pain humbles us, reminds us we are but carbon molecules with pain sensors galore. Pain reminds us that we too are frail and helps us to recognize the frailty in others.

I knew mean people... they're not worth the emotional time we spend on them. Some are so mean they'll drive you from their very death bed when all you want to do is love them. Mean isn't worth the energy it takes to respond back.

Rather, grow some tulips in a clear jar and wonder at the magnificence. Tulips are simple. Tulips are delicate. Tulip blooms are short lived - but while they live, they are glorious - and they work on dividing then and making more tulips so they can bloom again. Here is a tulip garden for you.
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I*AM*BLESSED 2/26/2013 9:32PM

    "Arguing with a fool only proves that there are Two".

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 2/26/2013 9:16PM

    I'm the sunflower. Sorry you have the downer person who causes you pain, in addition to the migraine. Migraines are bears. Take time to recover and regroup. You're such a wonderful person and some people are mean - probably jealous of your nature. Hang in there. emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 2/26/2013 8:59PM

    I got Tulip, which happens to be my favorite flower, so yay.
Sigh. Sorry you have to work with a Debbie Downer. Some people are just determined to be toxic. Wonder what her story is. Probably not a happy one.
Sorry you had a migraine, but I hope you take the time to regroup and recover. And know what? I love that you have such a great, in-person buddy. A BFF can go a long way when dealing the everyday crazy of life.
Hang in there, sweetheart.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 2/26/2013 8:23PM

    It's so hard not to let those kinds of people get under your skin, believe me I struggle with it from time to time, but you are better than that. Plus, if we stoop to their level, they win.

And we won't let them win! Hang tough!

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