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Monday, April 25, 2011

emoticon I'm cranky & sarcastic & could fillet you with words if you come too close.

I'm defiant & stubborn and I'm refusing to eat breakfast within an hour of waking or drink water instead of coffee.

I might skip my workout too. emoticon

Last night, I had 2 bowls of icecream with chocolate sauce and I wish I'd remembered that there was pretzels in the cupboard because I would have crunched them up and used them like sprinkles.

I did not track it. I have no intention of ever tracking it. I'm not going to track the dill pickle chips I plan on eating later either.

I'd make myself a bowl of icecream/chocolate/pretzels right now... but that would count as breakfast and all my tantruming self is "eating" right now is coffee.

Hubby seems to be making himself scarce.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 4/26/2011 6:06AM

    Hopefully this has passed somewhat but it is great that you can be completely honest with us! I think more of us understand than you realize!

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TODAYIAM 4/26/2011 12:29AM

    Hang in there!! it'll all be ok! emoticon

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FITBARB2 4/25/2011 9:41PM

    Hugs.... but from far away. emoticon

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LESLIES537 4/25/2011 2:52PM

    emoticon step away from the emoticon emoticon emoticon lol!

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JLITT62 4/25/2011 1:51PM

    Hubby is a smart man.

Really, it will pass, just like every month!

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FRECKS96 4/25/2011 12:25PM

    UGH! Good luck getting through it.

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KANSASROSE67 4/25/2011 11:54AM

    LOL! Hang in there...this too shall pass.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/25/2011 11:26AM

    Too much! I hear ya sister, PMS has been creeping around my house too. It took everything I had NOT to eat all the kids Easter candy! Hang in there, it will pass!

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    Oh, NO! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/25/2011 11:12:12 AM

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MIZCATHI 4/25/2011 10:32AM

    I was a monster with PMS, especially in my 40's. It's a distant dream (or nightmare) in my 50's.


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KESHIAG 4/25/2011 10:26AM

    O lord lol
Girl you best to get it together lol

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Made Great Choices Today

Saturday, April 23, 2011

It could have been bad. My lovely FiL's 76th birthday party. A family dinner with cake.

Here it is, end of the night, and I have 200+calories available still in the range. I even got in a bonus workout today - even though it was raining, raining, raining. I'm proud of the choices I made today.

It started first with the workout. SiL, who is staying with my in-laws for the weekend, asked if I wanted to go for a walk in the morning. This morning, one hubby talking to another, what was me saying a tenative "is she sure she's up to this? aka it looks really wet out there" was translated into "how committed are you?" - which is more like a challenge, than an escape route - to which her reply of "only if she REALLY wants to" got translated as "yup, she wants to go." When we realized, 1k out and dripping wet how we'd been duped, we had a good laugh.... and walked another 4.5k before we were done. The distance goes quickly when you're yakking & we were moving at a good clip.

SiL also turned out to be a great ally in turning dinner into a healthy affair. We the 2 couples sat down to discuss the menu, hubby asked "what do we want" & I piped up "something healthy & tasty"... and to my pleasure, everyone agreed. We ended up having a tasty chicken/rice dish.

For dessert, I decided 2 kinds were in order: the traditional rick chocolate cake & a low-cal banana cheesecake cup. People ended up eating more of the cheesecake than the chocolate.

Good time had by all & I still respect myself at the end of the day.

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WATCH_HER_GO 4/25/2011 9:38AM

    Good for you!

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LIBBYFITZ 4/25/2011 12:35AM

    You are definitley in control! Well done! emoticon emoticon

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MARCH_ 4/24/2011 8:13PM

    Holidays with family can be a food "challenge," and you totally rocked it!
We are teaching the next generation new ways. Thing s will get better.

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/24/2011 2:07PM

    That's great!!! So you had a rain/wet workout too :) You've inspired me to do well tonight at Easter dinner. Keep up the great work!

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SGTSUNNY 4/24/2011 2:04PM

    Great job! When you do good like that on a celebration or outing, it is empowering!

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LINDAKAY228 4/24/2011 11:45AM

    That's truly awesome! Congratulations on such sweet success.

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HYDROQUEEN 4/24/2011 9:54AM

    A truly triumphant day! Well played!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/24/2011 7:36AM

    Well done! Congrats on those great choices!

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FRECKS96 4/24/2011 7:14AM

    Awesome! It's so nice when everyone is on the same page. Glad you enjoyed the celebration.

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SHEILA1505 4/24/2011 5:57AM

    What a great family get-together and keeping to the plan


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JLITT62 4/24/2011 5:44AM

    Very impressed!


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TWO-TOO-MUCH 4/24/2011 12:19AM

    That's the very best thing about sticking to your eating plan -- that sense of satisfaction and empowerment you have at the end of the day. Well done!

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    I sure love it that you did so great today! That's wonderful!!!

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MERRYMARY42 4/24/2011 12:12AM

    That is always nice when you have a celebration and still keep everything in range. I know how hard it is sometimes just to keep motivated.

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UNICORN212 4/24/2011 12:11AM

    LOL - And I think your body respects you, too!

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Snow pics & daily update with clean eating

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Today's exercise was - again - snow shoeing. I enjoy it & it's a great calorie burner, especially because of all the hills. I'm a glass 1/2 full kind of girl at heart.

So here are a couple of pictures for those of you in hotter climates to look and and dream of a crisp 5C & playing in the snow.

This one is at our community field. We still have old-fashioned field days here with games and races and food. Gives you an idea of how deep the snow really is.

Here is a beaver-made lake, almost thawed out.

I'm still following the clean eating and really enjoying the food. Tried another recipe today: Lemon Grilled Chicken & Bulgar. I'd give it 5 stars , but hubby says only 3.5 Not cheesy/meaty enough for him. lol It was my first time trying bulgar. I like it more than the brown rice I regularly eat, so I think bulgar is going to be a new staple. Lesson here: don't be afraid to try new things!

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LINDAKAY228 4/22/2011 4:06PM

    Sorry, but I'll take our current 75 degree temps even with the winds LOL. It looks beautiful there but I'm enjoying spring. However when it's up in the 90's y0ur snow will be more tempting!

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SGTSUNNY 4/22/2011 12:40PM

    Great job getting burning those calories, I have heard you burn more in the cold then the heat. At least that is my excuse for the slow loss, it is always warm here. Good job trying new eating clean recipes, I am going to join you. Will be planning some new meals / recipes for next week.

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OFFDREA 4/22/2011 12:16PM

    That is a lot of snow!!!
I need to definitely try bulgar. Brown basmati has been my staple but I would like to try something new.

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    OH! MY! GOODNESS! I cannot BELIEVE how snowy and cold that looks! It is going to be 90 degrees here in West Texas today! I do miss the snow, but I think I might be tired of it by now, were I living there. I just LOVE the way you get out in it with D-O-G and PLAY! emoticon

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LESLIES537 4/22/2011 9:49AM

    Wow, that's a lot of snow!!! Cool pictures!

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    The snow is beautiful. Snowshoeing burns a boatload of calories I would imagine.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/22/2011 7:25AM

    I love trying new foods! I've been complaining about the crappy weather around here, guess I have NO right after seeing your pics. Is Spring EVER coming?

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FRECKS96 4/22/2011 6:40AM

    Lovely pics but I don't blame you for being tired of it. I've been wanting to try bulgar, but I'd need to get it past my less than adventurous husband.

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JLITT62 4/22/2011 5:23AM

    Ugh! Now that would just depress me - the snow, that is - sorry!

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MSKITYOCAT 4/21/2011 10:23PM

  It was 94 here yesterday. No one is ever happy. LOL Blessings on your day. Happy Good Friday

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FEF Challenge: Spring Activity - but it looks more like winter!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I grew up on Vancouver Island, the most temperate climate in Canada. Spring starts late Feb/early March. You can plant peas in March. April daffodils and tulips bloom. May brings cherry blossoms. The air is sweet, the birds sing.... sigh, had a homesick moment... anyhoo....

Now, I am living in Quebec... and this is what April 20th looks like this year:

Spring Activity #1 - Snowshoeing with DeeOhGee.

After all my late night scramblings to get my French homework done, class was cancelled because of last night's snow storm. I'd baked the carrot cake to share with the class - and I did NOT think it was a good idea to keep 2 loaves worth in the house. So I had hubby take some to nearby family & I delivered some by snowshoe to an old hermit that lives out in our neck of the country. I made a trade with him earlier this year, his good but unused dog house for me bringing a few servings of goodies every time I bake. Worked out pretty good for both of us.

This part of the province is full of "characters". This fellow looks a bit like Rip Van Winkle. Lives in a 1 room shack without running water. Hubby says he looks exactly the same as when hubby was a kid, but I found out recently he went to school with hubby's aunt & he's only 65.

Spring Activity #2 - Shovelling the deck.

For those who follow my blog, the set up behind me is where we boil the maple sap down to syrup. We reduce it outside on a propane stove until it's 80% done then finish it on the stove inside.

Here is what my favourite forest trail looked like today. This is definitely spring-like because you can see the area where the snow is starting to melt. lol

I don't mean to whinge... ok I do mean to and I'm going to... I am heartily sick of winter. Enough already with the snow. Bring on flowers and birds....

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OFFDREA 4/22/2011 12:18PM

    Beautiful, but it definitely need to melt soon :)

I live near Vancouver BC and it snowed here last week, but was gone by about noon!

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REENSKI 4/22/2011 9:42AM

    Hang in there...Spring is on the way! emoticon emoticon

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SYN-CA 4/22/2011 1:19AM

    What an interesting life you have! And, a beautiful dog! Do you sell your maple syrup?

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LINDAKAY228 4/21/2011 3:09PM

    I'm sending sunshine and spring thoughts your way today! I would be sick of the snow too.

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WHITNEY0814 4/21/2011 1:34PM

    That's not very spring-ish!! But I know how you feel. One year we had two blizzards within two weeks!! The snow almost came up to my shoulders (I'm 5'2)!! It was nuts. But I love snow...

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SGTSUNNY 4/21/2011 1:04PM

    WOW never saw that much snow in real life. I will pull up this blog come July! Good job getting the challenge done!

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KROLES55 4/21/2011 12:19PM

    WOW! I won't complain where I live. Great job in getting the carrot cake of your house..

Happy Spring!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 4/21/2011 11:16AM

    Oh my... spring is inevitable. Keep your chin up!

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LESLIES537 4/21/2011 9:39AM

    Yeah, that really is Spring like, let me tell ya! Just try to control that Spring fever, will ya?! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    I just LOVE your blogs! Love, love love them! Thank you for the pictures! It really DOES look freezing cold up there in Quebec! Brrr! emoticon

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MARIE625 4/21/2011 8:30AM

    I was thinking about you yesterday. It was 88 here and the ac in my car is refusing to work this year and we were all whining about the heat. Sarah announced she was moving somewhere cold, somewhere that had snow all year long. She's thinking Canada.... Maybe I should send her to visit.
Hope your snow melts soon! And good job on giving away the goodies! I'd have sat down with both loaves and had myself a big old pity party. Congrats! for not doing it my way. :)
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MIZCATHI 4/21/2011 8:25AM

    What a life - it may be cold, but it certainly looks and sounds like a story for a novel!

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JLITT62 4/21/2011 7:58AM

    I can really relate, having lived in TX so long & now back in NY. I'm still personally waiting for spring, but at least we no longer have snow. Sorry! Whinge on! It's good for the soul.

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SYN-CA 4/21/2011 7:13AM

    Is this what they call the Tundra? What a beautiful dog you have! Keep warm, spring will be there soon!!! emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 4/20/2011 11:23PM

    You might have to do what I did to get away from the heat! and move interstate....lol emoticon

Loved all the photos! Thanks for sharing. Have really missed you guys1 Have a great Easter!

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BANDMAMAPC 4/20/2011 11:03PM

    That is spring there? I shouldn't whine about my allergy.

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BRITCHES82 4/20/2011 10:27PM

    Glad you made the best of it!! You are awesome!!

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FRECKS96 4/20/2011 10:17PM

    Glad you made the best of it. I hope it melts quickly and spring arrives in earnest soon.

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    That's quite a bit of snow still, although snowshoeing sounds like fun!
emoticonon getting some outdoor activity in, despite the cold!

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UNICORN212 4/20/2011 8:39PM

    LOL - I won't complain about our 90 degrees, either! Though I might want to come visit when it is 115 here!

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KSGROTHE 4/20/2011 8:24PM

    emoticon on getting your "spring" activity in!

Here are some virtual flowers and birds to serve as a poor substitute for the real thing: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/20/2011 8:23PM

    Looking hot in your snowsuit!!!

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    Wow, I shouldn't complain about my little 2.5 inch snow on Monday

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Clean Eating - just starting out & 2 delicious recipes

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I've been watching Carolyn1213 transform her body with clean eating for the last year or so. If you haven't come across her blogs yet, you really should. She's been an incredible inspiration to me. In some ways, I feel like Carolyn's journey is a blue print for me to follow. She's just a bit ahead of me in this journey & I find I learn so much from her.

I've just finished reading the Tosca Reno's book and have spent the last 2 days following most of her guidelines. I'm still eating splenda in my 2 morning coffees & also I baked cookies with it last night.

I am eating 5-6 meals a day & each one in a complex/carb combination. With the exception of the splenda, it's all whole foods. Also, I've flipped my daily calories - I used to save the bulk of my calories for dinner & evening snack & now the biggest meal is breakfast: egg whites, fruit, oatmeal, flaxseed, maple syrup. It all feels a little strange, but I have noticed that I don't feel very hungry in between meals & I feel awake and energetic.

I tried out two new clean eating recipes today & both I'm giving 5 stars! Both passed the hubby test with him going back for more of the lasagne & defending his right to the 2 pieces of carrot bread I was going to take to a neighbour.

Pasta Roll-ups with Turkey and Spinach

Calories: 254.7
Total Fat: 6.4 g
Cholesterol: 74.4 mg
Sodium: 857.9 mg
Total Carbs: 20.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
Protein: 27.4 g

1 serving of this, paired with salad, has me filling stuffed. Hubby went back for more but couldn't actually finish the whole piece. So the calories for this are excellent.

Clean Eating Carrot Bread

Calories: 125.1
Total Fat: 3.0 g
Cholesterol: 17.7 mg
Sodium: 225.9 mg
Total Carbs: 23.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.6 g
Protein: 3.2 g

This is so good. I substitued maple syrup for the agave. I'm going to take this in to French class tomorrow to share since I've been telling them about us tapping our own maple sugar this year.

Speaking of French class, hubby is teasing me. Once again it is late on Tuesday night & I still haven't done my homework due Wednesday morning. He keeps threatening to call my grown son and rat me out for this bad habit. So many years of nagging Jordan & here I am procrastinating on the homework. lol Must go write a witty little speech on the health benefits of maple syrup... right now.

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KSGROTHE 4/20/2011 1:51PM

    These look good! Thanks for sharing!

Re: the homework - emoticon I could see my son giving me a hard time about procrastinating my homework if I were taking classes after how much I nagged him to do his! I was always such a procrastinator about homework in school, but I always got it done (unlike him)!

- Karen

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PRETTYPITHY 4/20/2011 1:11PM

    These look really good! I have one of Tosca's books, maybe I should start implementing it. You're right, Carolyn is like a walking advertisement for the results of Clean Eating!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 4/20/2011 10:39AM

    Thanks for sharing the recipes! I've just saved both of them to my "cookbook" and look forward to actually trying them out someday soon!

I'm with your husband about your homework. My husband is currently in college and I tease him all the time getting gold stars (remember those days!?) on his assignments.

I'm envious that you are taking French lessons. I stopped in high school and now can't remember much at all.

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AARONSGIRL420 4/20/2011 10:28AM

    Looks absolutely delicious. I must get the book. I have heard many great things about the clean eating lifestyle.

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LESLIES537 4/20/2011 10:24AM

    Sweet, thanks for the recipes! I've really been trying to eat more clean and I just love how it makes me feel! emoticon

I like the motto--Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. emoticon

Now go on and get your homework done, missy!!! emoticon

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    That maple syrup is making me DROOL! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 4/20/2011 8:28AM

    Good blog - you and Carolyn are beginning to change my mind!

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JLITT62 4/20/2011 6:29AM

    I've read some of her books, used some of the ideas . . . I do already mostly eat clean & yes, Carolyn is a HUGE inspiration!

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SGTSUNNY 4/19/2011 11:53PM

    You are so lucky to have real maple syrup so easily accessible. Your food looks great. I am wanting to eat as clean as possible, I just checked out a new book of Reno's from the library.

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/19/2011 11:35PM

    Ooh, those recipes look delicious!!! Carolyn inspires me too, I may have to check that book out. Way to go!! You are an inspiration yourself.

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PRINCESS_TWISTY 4/19/2011 10:28PM

    Ooooh...the lasagne does look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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FRECKS96 4/19/2011 10:15PM

    Awesome! The recipes sound awesome and I'm so glad you're enjoying trying something new. Good luck with your home work and have fun tomorrow.

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