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This is what my summer has looked like so far... [13 Jul 2014|04:32pm]

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No-sew Accessories out of Detachable Waist-ties [15 Jan 2014|11:49pm]
Waist ties are great, for some people. They can be a blessing if your dress or skirt is too big without them, or just add a cute extra bit of flair to your finished look. But if you’re like me and find waist-ties to be more hassle than they’re worth, never wear them, and regard them as something to carefully tuck away in your closet in case you ever want to resell that dress or skirt- then this tutorial might be for you. I got fed up with my waist ties just lying around, but didn’t want to damage them in any way, and came up with this quick and easy way to turn them into temporary accessories.

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[24 Aug 2013|02:53pm]
I am finally no longer a cyborg! That was our little joke, that as long as I had a tube/drain coming out of me I wasn't 100% human and was therefor a cyborg. It was supposed to be in for about 2 weeks after my surgery and in reality it ended up being 3 months. Short version of the story is that my outsides healed up better/quicker than my insides and my pancreas was leaking. So until we got that dealt with I had to keep the drain in. Countless doctors appointments, so many tests, struggling to find what pain meds worked, more CAT scans than I'd like, stitches tearing out of my body, my tube painfully slipping out of my body while we were out of town, being told many times the drain was going to be removed but then showing up and being told we are doing more tests instead, 1 foot long needles...lets just say it's not been a fun couple of months. Add into all of that health stuff, that we had to move and I wasn't allowed or able to help pack, move, or clean the old place. The control freak within was not happy. But I have some amazing friends and family that have been nothing but supportive through it all. They made sure I didn't over do it, helped us move, cleaned our old apartment, and in general helped me not lose my mind to boredom & frustration this summer.

We had an exceptionally good day on thursday when:
*I showed up at my doctors office to do more tests and was happily surprised to find out he decided my tube can just come out now instead.
*We swung by our old apartment to pick up some meds that accidentally got delivered there, and found out we are getting over half our deposit back (really thought we'd end up owing extra instead of getting anything back).
*The drywall repair man came to fix our giant walk in closet so now we can actually finish unpacking at our new place.

It is hard to just relax sometimes. I feel so unproductive just reading, watching tv, sitting around on the computer, but that's exactly the sort of thing I'm supposed to be doing right now. I still have to take it easy, can't pick up much, can't bend all the way down much, can't get a summer job- just have to focus on healing. Really excited though, that now with my tube out, I can soon go swimming and go on small walks and stop being a completely useless blob. School doesn't restart for an entire month still, so here's to one more month of summer vacation. :)
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Back home again [13 Jun 2013|01:30pm]
I got to come home from the hospital yesterday. I was in there for a week exactly. I'm still sore and get tired really easily but I'm feeling a little bit better every day. My staple itch like crazy, but that just means they're healing. I have a drainage tube coming out of my side that hurts, but they gave me Vicodin & that helps a bit. I have to wear this stupid brace/elastic corset thing for the next month. It is made out of 4 wide bands of elastic and where each band meets the next hurts, itches, pinches, and rubs against my staples & drain. So frustrating, but the doctor said if I don't wear it I can essentially explode (gross) so that motivates me to deal with it. I've got 18 staples total, and look a bit like Frankenstein's monster, but I those removed next Wednesday. The hospital stay was terrible, and I could vent forever about shitty nurses and absolutely awful days, but I think most people have already heard it all by now. I'm just glad to be home, sleep in my own bed, take showers regularly, see my kitties and start working on healing and getting things slowly back to normal.
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[02 Jun 2013|02:02pm]
So at first they wanted me to have my surgery on the 15th of May, but they weren't 100% sure if that would be possible. Then it got moved back to the 30th of May. Then my insurance claimed they had no record of the hospital sending my info the first time and only show them sending it on the 22nd (what the hospital says is the 2nd time to followup because they still hadn't hear back). This shouldn't be an issue but everyone Matt and I talked to with our insurance insisted that there was no way to get approval within less than the 15 day turn around that's their policy. Rage. So my surgery got postpond to June 6th while we waited for insurance people to approve it. Then on the 30th they went and approved it, less than 15 days, which they said was impossible, but 2 hours too late for me to still have my surgery. Now it's been moved up a day, from the 6th to the 5th. I just want this done and over with so I can start healing. It's doubtful that a week would make a difference, but I can't help but worry about the cancer spreading as I waste time fight with our insurance people.

The first of the bills have started to roll in, and even at 90% coverage they are still quite high. Our lease is up at the end of July and we just got a notice saying they want to hike our already too high rent up by another few hundred bucks a month. So it looks like poor Matt is going to be stuck packing us up and moving all our stuff without my help because I'll still be unable to be doing a lot of bending or heavy lifting by then. Don't know how we are going to afford the deposit on a new place, or overlap between two places to move, or any of these doctor bills. Setting a date for the wedding is pushed back yet again because we won't be able to put down a deposit on a location until who knows when. Bleh.
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5 recent (and not so recent) outfits [28 Feb 2013|12:02am]
Posting this here for now because I'm too tired to finish it and post it to daily lolita at the moment.

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Harlem Shake Lolita Dance Video [17 Feb 2013|11:03pm]
So this is what I did today 0_0

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2010 Europe Trip Day 3: Catacombs & Eiffel Tower [18 Dec 2012|03:05am]
Our 3rd day in France was full of more walking- from the train to the catacombs, through the catacombs, all over as we were thoroughly lost once we got back above ground, down to the Eiffel Tower, on an adventure to find a restaurant open in the middle of the night, accidentally through a riot filled with police in SWAT gear. It was quite a day.

Whole set is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/51846205@N00/sets/72157632265190606/

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2010 Europe Trip Day 2: Paris walk [13 Dec 2012|01:15pm]
Paris was amazing, although choosing to walk all over Paris with a cold was probably not the brightest idea. Still glad we did though because it was the only way we were able to see so much. We took the train from Disney into Paris pretty early in the morning. Got a little lost trying to find the BTSSB store. Walked over to the The Jardin des Plantes and checked out two of the museums there- Grande Galerie de l'Evolution and Galeries de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie comparée. We walked along the Seine to Notre Dame. After that we explored the grounds of the Louvre since we knew we wouldn't have a chance to actually go inside. From there we made our way down to the obelisk at the Place de la Concorde.

Looking out across the Seine.

Grande Galerie de l'Evolution

Galeries de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie comparée

On the way to Notre Dame

Love lock bridge

Walking through the Louvre

I wish we had time to go inside but outside was quite impressive on its own.

Obelisk of Luxor
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2010 Europe Trip Day 1: Disneyland [13 Dec 2012|12:06pm]
I've made it my winter break goal to finish editing and posting all our photos from the last time we went to Europe. That way they are actually up before we go back to Europe in mid January for Stephan & Hannah's wedding. This first set is from after we took the train down to France. We stayed at one of the Euro Disney hotels for 4 days- spent 2 days at Disneyland and 2 days in Paris.

You can check out the entire set here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/51846205@N00/sets/72157632176492946/

Our hotel:

We spent most of the day at their secondary park Walt Disney Studios.

There was a crazy hurricane going through France that day, but we were completely oblivious and just thought it was normal weather for that time of year.

They had so much Narnia stuff.

I love how dramatic they make the 3 foot drop look.

We had dinner that night at their equivalent of the Blue Bayou.

Dang, look how short my hair was back then.
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Christmas Wish Lists [01 Dec 2012|08:18pm]
I don't expect anyone on livejournal to be getting me anything for Christmas- this was just the easiest place to post this so I can link it to family & friends :)

Tea, Earl Grey, Hot: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f07b/?srp=4
Death Star Tea Infuser: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ed08/?srp=2
Get Bit: http://www.amazon.com/Get-Bit-Be-Fast-Lunch/dp/B004HJOWH2/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2N4UQP5R4HAWM&coliid=I3C20DNFVJDNFZ
Ticket to Ride: http://www.amazon.com/Days-of-Wonder-DOW-7201/dp/0975277324/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347047070&sr=8-1&keywords=ticket+to+ride
Castle Panic Expansion: http://www.amazon.com/Castle-Panic-Wizards-Tower-Expansion/dp/B005YXFW2O/ref=sr_1_2?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1347047214&sr=1-2&keywords=castle+panic
Munchkin (any other than Star Munchkin 1, Munchkin Booty 1, or the 4th or 7th expansions for the original game): http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_toys-and-games?_encoding=UTF8&field-brandtextbin=Steve%20Jackson%20Games&node=165793011
Whiskey Stone Shot Glasses: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e9e9/#tabs
Doctor Who TARDIS Bathrobe: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ec64/?pfm=Search&t=tardis%20robe
USB Squid: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/df7e/
Agloves Capacitive Touch Screen Gloves in size XL: http://www.agloves.com/products/Agloves-Sport.html
Lifeproof iPhone case: http://www.lifeproof.com/shop/us_en/iphone-4-4s
Tovolo TeaGo Tea Infuser: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ef5d/?srp=3
Stainless Steel Double Walled Travel Mug: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f0d3/?srp=36
DIY Juice to Alcohol Kit: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e683/?srp=1
Beer Hammer Bottle Opener: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ebd6/
Hip Flask: http://www.etsy.com/listing/110537023/laser-engraved-flask-and-playing-card?ref=sr_gallery_33&ga_search_query=flask&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_page=9&ga_search_type=all
Or http://www.etsy.com/listing/78185272/gothic-bat-flask-gothic-victorian-round?ref=sr_gallery_1&sref=sr_0dbb442e4777c48baca7c9b465a00c1fe5553293085b8f495e6058fc5b62bfe8_1350628065_14088142_flask&ga_search_query=flask&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_page=8&ga_search_type=all
Or http://www.amazon.com/Colonel-Conk-Sunstar-509-Rimless/dp/B001XURHN4/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1350627535&sr=1-2
Or http://www.amazon.com/Colonel-Conk-Sunstar-1007-Honeycomb/dp/B001XURHQG/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1350627535&sr=1-1
Or http://www.amazon.com/Cork-Pops-Nicholas-Portside-Flask/dp/B001CRC2U6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350627767&sr=8-1&keywords=flask+portside
Or http://www.amazon.com/Antique-Vintage-World-Stainless-Flask/dp/B007TC81T4/ref=sr_1_47?s=miscellaneous&ie=UTF8&qid=1350627725&sr=1-47&keywords=flask

Camera Bag/Purse: http://www.amazon.com/Lowepro-Passport-Sling-Camera-Bag/dp/B0039NLS4C/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1347046938&sr=1-6
Giraffe Slippers (in store only): http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=206383
Inevitable betrayal shirt (size Medium): http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/bb00/?srp=22
Ravenclaw shirt (size medium): http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ec98/?srp=15
Dapper Pusheen Shirt (Large): http://www.heychickadee.com/products/fancy-pusheen-t-shirt
Cat Ladies sweatshirt (Large): http://catversushuman.spreadshirt.com/cat-ladies-unite-A8987752#
Cat ladies shirt (Large): http://catversushuman.spreadshirt.com/cat-ladies-unite-A9026402
Jargaritas Shirt (Large): http://www.districtlines.com/51534-Jargaritas-Women-s/My-Drunk-Kitchen
Tardis socks: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/eeb7/
Steampunk necklace: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f0fd/
Footie Pajamas: http://www.target.com/p/women-s-skeleton-footie-black/-/A-14193578#prodSlot=medium_1_22&term=footie or http://www.target.com/p/nick-nora-women-s-zebra-footie-pajama-black-white/-/A-14087075#prodSlot=medium_1_6&term=footie
2D Glasses: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e9b4/
Pusheen plush: http://www.heychickadee.com/products/12-pusheen-plush-toy
Huge Pusheen plush: http://www.heychickadee.com/products/20-pusheen-plush-toy

SNES USB Controller (up to 2): http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f08d/
N64 USB Controller (up to 2): http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f08c/
SNES for Wii (up to 2): http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ee14/?srp=14
Giftcards for REI, Target, Whole Foods or Fresh & Easy
*In a magical dream world where we are all rich: Wii U & 2 3D DSes ;)
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Halloween [11 Nov 2012|01:04pm]
So many people were complaining about Halloween being in the middle of the week, but I thought it was great because it just meant an entire week of spread out Halloween celebration.

Friday Oct 26th: Time Traveler's Party-
Our friends Shazbot & Jeff hosted a big party up at their place. You had to come in a costume from any time period other than now. Matt & Ben were Manny & Bernard from the BBC show Black Books. I was some sort of ren fair-ish wench/pirate/whatever.

Saturday Oct 28th: Our Halloween Party-
Charles & Kristin got a cute Tigger costume for their baby and asked us if we could host a last minute costume party so they had a place to take her to all dressed up. It ended up being a pretty good size party consider we kept telling people we were NOT going to have one and then didn't post about it until a couple days before hand.

Wednesday Oct 31: Halloween Day-
I was exhausted by this point. School all day, every day, too early. I figured if I was going to drag my butt off to class I might as well throw on a comfy half-assed costume when I woke up. Hense the "kinda sorta Ravenclaw student" costume. No scarf, no cloak, no wand, and no sweater for most of the day because it was too warm out still. After school I did homework, ran errands, passed out candy and watched tv with Stephanie & Matt.

Saturday Nov 3rd: Peers Vampire Ball-
Jerry & Ashley were nice enough to buy us tickets for the fancy costumed ball event. We don't know how to dance and missed the lessons, so a little liquid courage got us through the night and we actually ended up having a really good time.

Sunday Nov 4th- Chelsea's Spooky Cute Party-
Chelsea had an after Halloween party to show off her adorably redecorated apartment. We started the evening off with some shot shots and ended up going on our own little walking tour of the nearby cemetery.

...and then we were attacked by ghosts, the end ;)
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[15 Oct 2012|10:59pm]
Here, have some jellyfish. They always cheer me up, and I feel like we could all use a little cheering up right now.

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VidCon Friday [08 Aug 2012|12:34am]
I had this list in my head of people that would be at VidCon that I hoped to meet & events I hoped to go to but knew realistically that it would be impossible to do it all. Or so I thought, we met some many people, got into (almost) everything we wanted to and in general had pretty much the best con experience ever.

Because we picked up our badges early we got to check out the practically empty exhibit hall while everyone else was stuck in line. This is wear all the merch/demos/game booths were, autograph signings, a velcro wall, bouncy castle and american gladiator style qtip fight arena.

We ran into Hannah Hart of My Drunk Kitchen a ton on both days. She was super friendly and actually remembered us the next day, aww. If you don't know who she is you need to go educate yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT46FV64dr8

After (totes being an accidental stalker and) taking myspace style photos with Lindsey Stirling on my phone in the bathroom, she came out and took real pictures with the both of us. I was so glad we got to bump into and have a chat because her only event were in the super early morning before we even got to the con. Lindsey does covers of dorky stuff, pop songs and lots of original stuff while kicking ass on the violin. I don't even play Skyrim but this is still one of my favorite video's she's done: http://youtu.be/BSLPH9d-jsI

Wil Wheaton was there with a bunch of other people to promote Geek & Sundry. It was so cute when he turned into an excited fanboy & grabbed his wife's hand to drag her over to meet Hannah. Wil's show is Table Top, where he plays boardgames with different celebrity friends each week: http://www.youtube.com/user/geekandsundry

We ran into Andre from Black Nerd Comedy. He does a lot of funny rants & reviews: http://www.youtube.com/user/BlackNerdComedy

We met Liam Dryden as we were leaving the exhibit hall, great timing. He's from the band Chameleon Circuit & they signs songs about Doctor Who: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAi4izfvXo4
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Twin Meetup [07 Aug 2012|11:00pm]
I went to a huge meetup this weekend at the Golden Gate Park. Honestly I've been feeling pretty meh about lolita lately because #1 I'm frighteningly broke & #2 most meets happen in San Francisco and getting up there is such a hassle. But this meetup was so much fun, it made me realize that it's totally worth it and I need to start dragging my lazy butt out of the house more. We started with a picnic in the Music Concourse and then the main group broke up to go off on a bunch of differnt little adventures. Gia & I went with some of the group to the Japanese Tea Gardens and then we ran off to Japantown to meet up with some others for tea. All in all it was a fantastic day & it was great to get to see so many old friends and meet a ton of new people! Check all hundred and fifty something pictures here if you're interested: http://www.flickr.com/photos/51846205@N00/sets/72157630965575988/


Everyone doing heart in the overall shape of a heart.

It was a twin themed meetup, so the three of us all matched in our (and by "our" I mean Ashley is awesome and let me borrow hers) AatP Melty Mermaid dresses.

All the mermaids went to the fountain to take a water picture because we're dorks like that.

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Vid Con Day 0 [22 Jul 2012|11:46pm]
VidCon was epic- best con experience ever. We drove down on my birthday, after finals and finally got to our friends house, aka sleep, around 5am. When we finally got up on Thursday we went to pick up our registration packages & tried to go to the Nerdfighter meeting. The meetup didn't work out but we did get to explore the Lego Store, got a couple drinks at Tortilla Joe's (which I renamed Tequila Joe's) and then went out to dinner with Mike & Julia.

Thursday pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/51846205@N00/sets/72157630415049286/

So glad we got our badges this day because ppl waited for at least an hour the next day to get there's.

Chillin at the Lego Store.

Beer Dinner time!

We went on an epic drunk walk through the streets of so-cal to find the ocean, passed a train on the way.

Julia, Mike & Matt are in the ocean!

Yay for successful night walks.
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Canada Day 4 [22 Jul 2012|11:37pm]
We went on an epic adventure on our last day in Canada. Before heading off to the airport we headed out to conquer Grouse Mountain. We wandered through the snow in 80 degree weather, visited Grizzly Bears and went ziplining over giant valleys. We thought the zipline thing might be too intense (since we are both afraid of heights) but it was amazing.

Check them all out here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/51846205@N00/sets/72157630411970228/

Our view from the cart that transports you to the top.

Daww teddy bear.

So much melty snow, so much soggy feet.

Matt & I on the baby zipline that is made to get you used to the feeling of it.

Getting ready for the last ride back down the mountain, wearing our oh so fashionable harnesses.

Flying through the sky was crazy- epic views of mountains & valleys to the right and of the cityscape to the left.
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Canada Day 3 [11 Jul 2012|03:58am]
Our third day in Canada was quite exercise-centric. I was sore and exhausted by the end of the day but it was worth it.

A few favorites are below or see them all here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/51846205@N00/sets/72157630408721244/

We went to see the Capilano Suspension Bridge at the base of Grouse Mountain. It's even more massive than it looks in the shot, it's super high up, and between the wind and all the people walking across it is constantly shacking.

Before adventuring across the bridge we did their newest addition- the cliff walk.

It's just as high as the bridge but instead you are going across narrow walkways that are attached to the cliffside with cables. As you can see here, some parts are actually see through.

After treking across the bridge we made our way to the Treetops Adventure Ewok village.

Come on, doesn't that look like an Ewok village? Or maybe where they sleep with the Lothlorien elves in LOTR? Ugh, I'm such a dork. It was a series of platforms up in the trees all linked together with small suspension bridges.

After that we took a bus back into town and rented bikes to ride around Stanley Park. I hadn't ridden a bike in about 10 years and it was pretty hilarious at first watching me try to remember how. Here I am looking like a massive dork.

A little pond at the start of the park, you can see the part of town our hotel was at in the background.

Most of the path around the park looked like this.

Since it was a whopping 70 degrees that day the whole town had gone mad. Apparently it never gets that warm there, so everyone was just walking around town half naked. Most people who were riding bikes or roller blades through the park were in bikinis. I overhead one group talking about how it was just too hot to wear clothes. On our ride we passed their one proper beach and was completely full of people- shoulder to shoulder and there hundreds of bikes piled up along the edge of the sand. It just seemed so weird since we were actually kind of cold most of the day. :)
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Canada Day 2 [11 Jul 2012|03:31am]
On our second day in Canada we set out to visit Victoria. Everything & everyone talked about how quick and cheap it was to get there from Vancouver- they are all liars, but I'm still glad we went. :)

The whole set is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/51846205@N00/sets/72157630400021334/

The day started with an epic misadventure to pick up our rental car. Look how tiny it is!

Then we drove forever & just barely made it in time to catch the ferry. The ferry was huge and had indoor seating areas, a full restaurant and lots of walkways along the decks. I was quite impressed because I had never actually been on a ferry before and imagined them all to be depressing cramped things.

The port in Victoria isn't actually in Victoria at all and instead at least half an hour away. So after a bit of driving and only slightly getting lost we parked here. We mainly wanted to visit Victoria so we could have high tea at The Empress Hotel.

It was by far the fanciest tea I have ever been too. It didn't hurt that we ended up getting free champagne as well.

We hadn't planned for the necessary amount of travel time (since it's "so quick to just pop on the ferry" *glares*) so we did a quick run through of the areas around the hotel before we had to get back on the road.

Oh man, missed a dinosaur exhibit at the museum here by just a couple days.

Matt & I in front of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings.
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Canada Day 1 [11 Jul 2012|03:12am]
We flew in to Vancouver on a Thursday and were tempted to just crawl into bed. Instead we decided not to waste any part of our trip and went exploring. We walked for quite a few miles through the parts of town near our hotel with only a vague idea of where we were going.

All of that day's pictures are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/51846205@N00/sets/72157630157999038/

Graffitied wall next to some hipster clothing shops.

This was a train station/food court/mini mall

Taking a break to watch the ocean.

There were a few cruise ships docked in town that weekend.

Leaves in a random park we passed through.

Flowers along the path that follows the ocean.

Fish & faces.
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