Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Tuesday 21st May 2019

Mornin' all.

Time to take the puppy out for our morning stroll then come home, feed her and get on with studying today methinks.
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Just taken me supplements, so time to hopefully encourage the pup to go on our daily walk now.
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That's the puppy walked, fed and watered.  A couple of cheeky sports bods parked in the street rather than at the gym too.  Tsk.

I can start studying now though!
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Just taken the first assessment and scored 90% on it, which is pretty good.
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Steve's in the kitchen making our pasta bolognaise so I'm gonna go and brush me teeth, while I remember.
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Teeth brushed and I'm hoping to get to the end of this module by the time our lunch is ready.
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95% on the final assessment of the course.  I'm proud of that!  It also took a lot less time than I thought too which is even better and means I can do a shorter course as a bonus too!
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Next up is Psychology - Memory and Cognition which will apparently take 3-4 hours to do... reckon it'll be done in less than 2 if it's anything like the course I've just finished!
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About bleedin' time!  Been trying for the last hour and half to pass the final assessment and I just have, thankfully.  Not gonna study for the rest of the day now... not in the mood for it any more  😞
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Just bought another course for £20 instead of £300 so I've got 4 courses to take with the New Skills Academy, 48 with Alison and 2 to do with OpenLearn so that should keep me out of trouble for a while lol

There's a Windows update so I'm gonna shut down now and head to bed for a reeeeeeeeeally early night - think I deserve it.

Nite nite orl!
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Monday, 20 May 2019

Monday 20th May 2019

Pay-day today, so I've done a bit of moving the money round and I've now got enough for the next 4 week's worth of groceries, the last few bills coming out in May *and* paying Marie back for the vet visit last week that I bet Steve will get credit for.

I've reminded him about the screwdriver too but I can almost guarantee he'll forget about that.

Taken me supplements so now it's time for her daily stroll then we can come home and feed her while I study.
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That's the puppy walked and fed.

I'm totally shattered now.

The only time I'm gonna leave the sofa is to go to the bathroom.  Any more than that would just be too dangerous.
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Just bought another 2 courses for £30 instead of £148 with the New Skills Academy, then I've got 50 free courses to do on Alison too, so I'll be keeping busy today and for a while (as in weeks, minimum) yet!
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Steve's on the phone to his mum about borrowing the screwdriver at last!  H's book and bookmark are in a bag ready for Marie to hopefully take home with her tonight.  It's gonna be too old for him atm (purely because of the choice of some of the words), but only by a year or so... it's a great lil book, just a touch mature word-wise is all.
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Just applied to become an affiliate with the New Skills Academy site.  It doesn't cost the person any more than they would already pay for the course but it means that I get a few pennies for sending them there.  I love the site, so I wanna promote them to anyone who'll listen and get a little bit back for sending them there in the first place.  It'll prolly be the price of a stamp that I get back, but that's more than I'm getting atm!

Just waiting to be automagically approved as an affiliate now then I can start gushing about their courses even more than I already do lol
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Nice and easy lunch today - chips.  Still cooked here, but Steve doesn't want to stand around too much today, so he can just bung the chips in the oven for however long they take then dish them up, but neither of us are that hungry today either so it's a quick and easy meal.
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*ahem*

100% on the assessment of the entire course!!!!
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Another 100% on the second course of the afternoon!!

Not bad going for 2½ hours of studying. 

Not gonna do any more today though, but I'm hoping to start studying a long one tomorrow so that I can hopefully finish it before Mitzi goes for her second sleepover on Wednesday tea-time ready for an early morning grooming session on Thursday.  Depending on what time I finish tomorrow's long course (hopefully before Wednesday lunchtime) I might look into doing a 3-4 hour long course while we're waiting for the puppy to be picked up and I'll take things as they come on Thursday, depending on what time the pup gets home.

I'm really enjoying all these different courses I'm taking!
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Pondering on doing the Diploma in Health Studies as my long course to start tomorrow, but haven't decided for certain yet though.  There are loads of 2-3 hour long courses so would it be better to do a few of those instead of the longer one tomorrow and Wednesday?  Or shall I do the Health Studies (the long one) tomorrow and into Wednesday then the 2-3 hour ones while we're waiting for Mitzi to be picked up and dropped off?

What do you reckon I should do?  Lemme know in the comments pretty please!
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That's me prescription swallowed.  Went down nice and easily tonight!
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The lock in the door is, apparently, screwed in as far as it would go now... thank you Marie!  She's also taken the book for my lil nephew, so I'm gonna have an early night now.

Nite nite orl!
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Sunday, 19 May 2019

Sunday 19th May 2019

That's the puppy walked, fed and watered, me teeth brushed, the rubbish and recycling out with only a minor disagreement and most of another branch of the butterfly bush snapped and binned.

Steve said he "overbent" his knee getting out of the taxi yesterday so it was all down to me.

Again.

But it's Steve that's in the strop.

Again.

I've asked if we can borrow a cross-head screwdriver from his dad again so that the screw in the lock.  It'll take less than 5 minutes to do but Steve's been promising it for the last month and hasn't done it yet.

Again.

If he doesn't do it this week I'm gonna ask his dad meself on Tuesday.  I'm fed up of asking Steve to do something, him promising that he will then leaves it up to me.  He's being paid to be my carer but does bugger all to earn the money!

Same with the software.  I paid him £1400 back in March to come up with three apps for me.  He didn't even start doing it until the middle of last week, despite promising that all three would be done by the end of April.  He's got until the end of May or I'll be wanting my money back so that I can find a different programmer to do it for me!
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That's me supplements taken.  The Calcium decided to be a PITA this morning.

Gonna look for other courses on Alison, search the interweb for more free courses to study and sort out this week's spreadsheet additions now.
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The disability page (where all the spreadsheets go) is up now, so it's time to start researching other free online courses now.
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Our little puppy has just been mocking Steve in her sleep lol  Steve poses a question and Mitzi snores her reply just as he finishes talking, bless 'er!
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Just asked Steve to help me with the bathroom bin and he said "maybe later, I'm right in the middle of something".  Yeah, watching a video.  So I sorted it meself.  Again.  Just sorted out my living room bin and the general living room bin too.  By myself.  Again.

So much for being my carer eh?
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Apparently the fire bods are coming out to check our smoke alarm at 3pm!  We'd both totally forgotten!  T'was a good job we both tidied up a bit this morning really!  They are going to refuse to put out any fire in the spare room 'cos they can't get into it, which is totally my fault, but down here will hopefully be fine and dandy!
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Found 50 free courses to do on Alison today and they are all free so it'll keep me going for many months to come!  lol
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The fire service bods have just left, fitted us with 2 new (incredibly loud, obviously) fire alarms, cleared the top of the cooker off, they're gonna put in a request for Steve's kitchen stool so that we can get his rollator out of the kitchen then we can sort out the stuff that's behind it that I seriously can't reach atm (I'm too short) to tidy up, then we'll be able to put the pasta machine and food processor and even a chopping board on the (currently cluttered) side so that we can both prepare our cooked meals and hopefully encourage us to prepare and eat fresh veggies a few times a week rather than frozen ones a couple of times a month.

I'd love to be able to help Steve to prepare our meals, I just can't right now because of my height (I'm 5 foot 1) and Steve's rollator is too wide for me to safely reach across to the edge, let alone do anything on the counters!  We've got a pasta machine and a food processor that are still in their boxes as well as a bread machine that we haven't used for several years so it's going to waste atm.

They are going to pass on our details to another department within the fire service who will be able to encourage us to tidy up in here, the bedroom and the kitchen at the very minimum.

A couple of other houses in the street are getting their fire alarms fitted for free too - makes you wonder why they only have one set of steps between them all though  lol 

Things are heading in the right direction and we're definitely in the system in all the right places now... we just need to keep on top of our crap from now on!

We're having a well-deserved take-away for tea... we definitely deserve it after this afternoon!

Thank you for coming over and being gently honest with us, Gloucester fire service!  We need to hear it from professionals so that we take it on board and work on your suggestions to the best of our ability!
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I'm totally wiped out so gonna have a really early night tonight.

Be back again tomorrow though, as usual.

Nite nite orl!
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Saturday, 18 May 2019

Last night's scheduled post worked, so...

I was testing scheduling a post to be posted in future last night and it worked, so I'm gonna use that on my author blog to put up things that are happening in future that I'll never remember otherwise.

Might try and remember to schedule some posts in this blog for the same reason too.  Just gotta get into the habit of making use of it seeing if I can find the way to automagically post my author posts to my Twitter account too.  There *is* a way to do it, I just haven't found it yet... but then again, I didn't know how to schedule posts until just before I went to bed either!

I really am going to bed now lol

Saturday 18th May 2019

Missing our baby girl soo much!  Been the longest 18 hours and counting without her.  She's the smallest member of our likkle family but her love and personality fills the house entirely!

I cried myself to sleep last night 'cos I knew she wasn't down here!

Gonna take me supplements then start studying and hope I can concentrate without her in the house!
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That's the supplements swallowed and I'm thinking, depending on what time she get's home, I'll take the puppy out for a short stroll when she gets back as long as she's not too wiped out.  She's got the majority of yesterday morning's food left too!
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Time to start trying to study.
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She's home!  Our baby girl is back home!!

Hasn't said hello to either of us yet, is just getting her sent back on everything, bless her, but that's OK 'cos she's home now!  Yaaaaaaay!  I can now relax and the house is filling with love and her personality again, which is awesome.  The last 20 hours have been so empty without our little baby girl!

I can relax again now and the love is filling the house back up as I type this.  Our likkle family is complete again now... I never want to be without her for more than a few hours (like when she goes to get groomed or goes on her play dates or whatever) ever again!
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Got 90% on the third course assessment and just scraped through the first two, so I've just got the end of course assessment to do now which I've gotta get at least 80% on too... wish me luck!
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Got a score of 84% for the final assessment, which ain't bad going considering I didn't even do a section of the course that several of the questions came from!  T'was the most useful to me part of the entire course too!  Done now though and I'm heading to bed for an early night.

Nite nite orl!
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Just testing something

Just testing the scheduling.

I'm posting this at 8.06pm and I'm hopefully going to set it to post at 10am tomorrow.

8.08pm now so my OCD is happy too lol

Okey dokes, all set!

I'd love to know what time you see this post in the comments!


Friday, 17 May 2019

Friday 17th May 2019

That's the puppy walked and fed and a price list sorted for Steve.  Turns out I'd been under feeding her, despite her putting weight on!

Gonna have a look on Amazon to see if they offer any low-fat, soft treats that we can hide her steroids in every morning instead of Steve hiding it in half an apple pie.

Time for me to start studying again now though!  Hope I pass the end of course test 'cos I can't remember anything I learnt yesterday 'cos of sleeping in between!
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Haven't taken me supplements yet!

Oops!

Gonna take the assessment then take 'em methinks... wondered why I had no energy or motivation!!
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End of module assessment finished, so it's time for me supplements now.
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That's me supplements swallowed.  The B12 was a bit of a PITA to swallow today, but other than that they all went down OK.

Mitzi's going for her bath within the next half an hour-ish so I'll be here totally alone until Steve gets back from his medical appointment 😦 so gonna spend the time studying the next module 😣.
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The puppy has just gone and I'm missing her already!  😧
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Second module of the day finished.

On to module 16 of 21 now.

Still missing the pup and Steve... she's only been gone for 20 minutes!

Just had a text from Steve saying he'll be home soon - yaaay!  Our likkle house feels big and empty without him and the pup!
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Our baby girl is back... but only temporarily 'cos she's going for a sleepover at Steve's Uncle's house tonight so that she can go to the vet first thing to have her "bum and other area's clipped" with Steve's cousin (who's a vet nurse) tomorrow morning.

We're pretty sure it'll be my first overnight I've had without her since we got her almost 9 years ago.  I doubt I'll be able to sleep tonight without her in the house!  Even her being spayed was over and done with in a day!
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Our baby girl has just gone again and my poor likkle heart is breaking already!!  💔
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That's me prescription taken, tea cooked and I'm onto the last module of the course, so I'm hoping I'll pass the end-of-course assessment so that I can have an early night tonight.

Still missing our little puppy though!
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That's the last module completed, so time for the final assessment of the course now.

Wish me luck!
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*ahem*

I passed the course first time!!!

Despite sleeping and having 3 meals over 2 days, I still passed the flippin' course!

I scored 80% and the passing score I needed was 70% so I didn't especially scrape through either... didn't smash it by any means, but I comfortably passed.

Gonna update the two pages then relaaaaax for the rest of the evening.
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I is absolutely wiped out, so I'm having a very early night.

Whine like a baby to you tomorrow.

Nite nite orl!
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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Thursday 16th May 2019

Was awake and down here before 6am this morning!

The virus scan had finished so I started with me backups.

Gonna go and brush me teeth, walk and feed the pup then get on with studying again while the backup plods onwards.  Children's party planning today (and maybe tomorrow?) methinks.

BBS I hope!
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The puppy isn't interested in going for a walk yet so I've brushed me teeth and I'll try again when the back-ups have finished so that I can shut my laptop down while we're out and about so that the battery can cool down a bit while I'm not using it.
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The back-ups are being a right royal PITA today... grrrrrrr!

I've taken me supplements though, so I'm all set for the day as soon as the back-ups decide to play ball!
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That's the puppy walked and fed... think I'm backing up my documents folder twice though, for some reason!  Not to worry, better twice than not at all!
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Just chosen to skip the duplicated files so just waiting for the rest of the backup to finish now
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Decided to start studying while it was backing up and adding the documents into one batch instead of making it two.  Took forever but it's done for another week now.
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Vegan non-scampi bites for lunch... totally new to me!
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They tasted more like salmon than scampi to me... still lovely, just not the taste I was expecting is all!
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Just about to make a start on Module 9 and it'll hopefully be finished by the time Marie comes to take Mitzi to the vet... if it's not, Steve'll have to wake up and take her!
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Getting soooo dark and it's not even 4.45pm yet!  Gonna have to turn the light on methinks.
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Officially half way through the course now.

I can almost guarantee that I won't finish it tonight so I just hope I remember enough to answer at least 21 questions correctly tomorrow!
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That's me prescription swallowed so I'll keep studying until it kicks in then shut down and head to bed.

There's no way I'll be able to finish the final 9 modules and the test before I head to bed so I'm not going to force myself to stay up past my pill kicking in... I'll just finish the module and head to bed.
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Module 14's got an assessment at the end and I've just started yawning, so I'm gonna shut down and have a really early night.

Nite nite orl!
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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Wednesday 15th May 2019

Mornin' all!

The weekly virus scan is underway so I'm guessing it'll be finished in the early hours again.

Decided on doing the wedding course then the kids' party then the writing course.

We're having a roast dinner for lunch today so we'll both be struggling to keep our eyes open this afternoon.  lol

Just taken me supplements.  They all behaved impecably so got them down with a mouthful of squash each, thankfully!

Time to walk the puppy, brush me teeth then start studying I reckon.
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Had Quorn roast for lunch... yummy, scrummy, in my tummy.

Bet we'll both be burping and sleeping all afternoon and evening though lol
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Onto the penultimate module of the course now!  I was thinking it'd be 2 days and at least an hour for studying each module, but it's taken less than 10 hours to get here 'cos the vast majority of the modules took less than half an hour each and there haven't been any assessments so far either.  I'm guessing there will be a huge assessment at the end of the last module too which I'm kinda dreading.  There doesn't seem to be a limit on the number of times you can re-take the final assessment though and I haven't been to sleep since starting it so I'm hoping I'll pass first time... wish me luck!
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Just taken me prescription and I haven't been on any adventures in Patric today so I'm hopefully assuming I'll still be awake to take the end of course assessment in about an hour or so's time.
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*ahem*

I passed first time!!!!

80% on the final assessment!

I can go to bed happy now and it took under 12 hours rather than the 2 days I was expecting too!

Might do one of the courses on Alison tomorrow then the last two New Skills Academy on Friday and over the weekend.

Or do I do the kids party planning one tomorrow and potentially Friday?

Decisions, decisions!
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Goin' to bed now.

Nite nite orl!
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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Tuesday 14th May 2019

That's the puppy walked, fed and watered.  Got me smear and first HPV test today, so not gonna get into surfing the interwebs or anything, 'cos I've got to leave in an hour!

Gonna take me supplements, check newsgroups and email then shut down.

I'll be back afterwards though, but that'll be studying time... wedding planning first methinks.  Or should I do kids party planning?  Or story writing?  I dunno!  lol
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Brushed me teeth after I got home with the pup too.

Supplement time now though.
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That's the supplements down the hatch... they all went down pretty easily this morning, thankfully!

Gonna add mouthwash to next week's shopping and try and remember to ask the nurse about the hard spot on my spine - you watch me forget though lol
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That's the mouthwash added and Patrick's tyres pumped up, so I'm gonna save this post and shut down now... I'll be sooo early but I'd rather that than be late!

BBS
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Back now.

The HPV thingy was just another test they do at the lab, no different to the smear that I have anyway.  Remembered to ask about the spot on me back but can't remember what she said now... d'oh!  Might make an appointment with me GP to see what he has to say about it. 

Apparently the strings on the coil were nowhere to be found so she's referring me for an ultrasound at the hospital to see if the coil is still there or not.  It's due to be replaced this year or next year though, so I'm guessing it'll be another cut-me-open to replace the coil when it gets replaced.  I just hope I get the replacement appointment before the ultrasound one!
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Gonna do some studying this afternoon and prolly into tomorrow, but it'll hop... we're having a take-away for tea so I'll need to put me laptop on the floor so I'll have an early night and start on it tomorrow morning... which one should I do first though?
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Had garlic bread and veggie lasagne for tea so I'm totally stuffed now!  Gonna leave it for a while before I take me AP so that I don't get even more bloated.
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Right, one more slurp of pop then I'm off to bed for an early night.

Nite nite orl!
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