Sunday, March 25, 2007

I had to share

This photo of me and G on our cruise... I think it's really funny but that might be also because I am really, really tired. It was a very windy day, as you can see. Oh yeah, and we went rock climbing, too. What else are you going to do on a Royal Caribbean cruise? No, seriously, it was a blast.


I have always loved dollhouses. And the only reason I want to have a baby girl is so that I can finally live my dream and own a super awesome dollhouse with real antique furntiure made out of real wood. No, that's not the only reaosn I would want to have a baby girl, but I'm not picky either way. I'd love another boy, too. Whenever I get pregnant again. But seriously - how neat is this dollhouse? I'm sure you're familiar with it if you've ever been to the Children's Museum. We go there often now, since Chritos loves it so much. And I would love to own this dollhouse. There is a whole story behind this dollhouse, and I'm too tired to talk about it now. But check it out. How cool is it? I want it!

My cutie-pie

Just random recent pictures. Pictures are worth a thousand words and I am too tired to write any more!

Socks are for colouring, too

Or so my baby thinks... ;)

Pictures of the weekend

The weekend is almost over... and it was so much fun! We celebrated my hubby's birthday on Saturday night with all our friends at MeKong, and ate way too much... and topped the night of with a Cartman cake, made by Denis. (Thanks, Denis!) It was super yummy, as usual. And there is Maggie in the background picture of the girls. So cute!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Budget: Helping families...

I'm okay with that, you know! 310 dollars for every child under 18? Sweet! I personally have no complaints with the budget. And an extra 1.4 billion for health care? Double sweet.

The one thing that bothers me? How we are so giving to Quebec! I mean, for the love of GOD - here is a province whose leaders are actively at all times trying to seperate their beloved province from the rest of Canada. Yes, you're 'unique', we get it - but you're part of a greater country, you know, and should thank your lucky stars! I love MTL as much as anybody but if I have to start taking my passport to go there, I so would. How about some damn equality, too? Why do we have to have everything in both languages but you guys don't? WTF is up with that stupid double standards? Bunch of whining babies, that's what you are! "We are the best!" "We are unique!" "We want to be known as seperate from Canada!" Yeah, go jump off a tree! Stupid stupids. Everywhere in the world I go, people speak English. Signs are in English. But in parts of Quebec - excuse moi, it's only in French. Whatever! That irritates me! OMG!

A little purse obsessed...

Okay, so I admit it - I'm totally into designer purses - however, there is a limit to how much I will spend on a bag! (And truth be told - I usually receive them as presents so it's not even really my money that is being spent on them!) Check out the new Louis Vuitton purse:

I wonder who would buy this? It's not even that nice! AND it costs $42,000! That is an insane amount of money for a purse! OMG! $42,000? Wow. It is called the Tribute Patchwork Bag because it is made up of actual pieces of old bags - the different styles LV has done throughout the years. Who cares! If anything, a patchwork purse should be cheaper!(There are only 2 circulating right now). Kimora Lee Simmons has, reportedly, the largest LV collection in the world - do you think she has 1 of them? Anyway... anything over a thousand dollars is something I just won't think about. Although... I do want a Chanel bag and I think those start upwards of 2 thousand dollars. Sniff.

This is me with my purses from an article I had written for CRA's magazine on my 'collection' of purses. (Because I normally don't take random pictures of me with purses!)

Notice the bottle of milk in the front - my purses are mere necessities now, to carry around my son's diapers and bottles and wipes. ;) So I have nothing to be ashamed about!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Ottawa's best kept secret

I'm going to have to spill the beans. I have a cake guy. And he makes the most amazing cakes, ever. I found out about him through my friend Marcie, who told me one day when I was planning my wedding that this awesome guy makes cakes from his house and her sister had an awesome and (key point here) YUMMY wedding cake. I went to see Denis, the cake guy, at his house, and showed him the 4-tiered wedding cake we wanted. Circular, with a bow on the top, cascading down. With our monogram on the third tier. We were about to pay 900 dollars for the exact same cake from the cake store on Preston Street - thankfully, we met Denis at the right time! He made us the exact same cake, even bigger - it fed 400 people - for 300 dollars. O.M.G! It was also the best tasting cake ever!

He also made my bridal shower cake, a 2-tiered Tiffany blue box cake with the white bow and everything. I will have to post pictures of these cakes soon. My shower cake was the prettiest cake ever! I mean, how can you go wrong with a Tiffany blue box cake!? Again, the price was amazing.

He has also done all my friend's wedding and shower cakes, and he did my son's baptism cake and birthday cake (see picture above), and he also does all my birthday cakes. He's just super amazing. He works out of his house. He has 2 stoves. He also has a full-time job, and I don't know how he finds time to do it all! He's now going to make my hubby's birthday cake and I have no idea what it's going to look like, but I'll find out on Saturday night. All I told him was: "Denis, my hubby likes Eric Cartman and Darth Vadar." Anyway... if you need a cake let me know and I'll give you his contact information. There... now you know Ottawa's best kept secret, too!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


I'm on the Internet! How awesome is that! Good news is I am starting to work for my new job... and I like it! :) I basically told my new Director I'd do a comm plan for him for something I know I'll eventually be working on over there. He was happy! And so was I, since it kept me busy today!

Guess what? I lost 5 pounds this week! THANK YOU Atkins! I must be the only person on earth who is dong a carb-free diet while still going to get weighed in at weight watchers. They were very impressed with me, but I did not tell them what my 'secret' was! Ha!

Tonight my son ate a small bit of play-doh, poor darling. Yup, he hated it, and threw up. Maybe that is why they say it's for ages 2 and up... but he has just recently discovered it and we have fun playing... but at this age, they do tend to sometimes put things in their mouth that they shouldn't! What else did we do tonight? We played with my good bone china. I figure, it never gets used anyway... so we just piled it up and he loved taking the plates in and out of the dining room chest.

Ummm... why is that dude Sanjay or whatever his name is still on AI? What is going on? ANTM was entertaining tonight. I stil like Renee... don't think things are going to good for her next week, though. Their photo shoot looked yummy!

Funny: what was said between Ryan and Simon on AI Tuesday night:

Ryan Seacrest: "We have a question from Georgia. What do you consider the hardest part of this contest?"

Melinda Doolittle: "Wow. I would have to say the high heels and these dresses. I like my tennis shoes and my sweat pants. I'm sorry."

Seacrest: "Simon, any advice on the high heels?"

Cowell: "You should know, Ryan."

Seacrest: "Stay out of my closet, Simon."

Cowell: "Well, come out."

Seacrest: "This is about the top twelve. Okay? Not your wishes...We're friends."

Jessica and John are back from Italy. I'm getting used to her with her dark hair. I want her sunglasses. I have a thing for sunglasses and purses. Designer kind of thing. I have 2 pairs of Chanel sunglasses and a pair of Fendi's, but now, I really want another pair of Chanel just like these ones Jess is wearing. I'm pretty sure actually that they are the same ones I tried on at Holt's yesterday. Hmmm...

Are you loving the weather as much as I am? Finally! Bring on spring! Now I do need to go shopping for a spring jacket... maybe tomorrow!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Hollywood news

K.Fed visited Britney in rehab with their 2 boys yesterday. Yay, hope she is getting better.

Jessica Simpson and her twin, John Mayer, are in Rome together.

Perez Hilton says that Gisele (do you really need a last name? I'm too tired to spell it. Hot model, Brazilian) is pregnant! That would mean her lover-boy will become a daddy two times in the same year, to two different ladies. I feel bad for his ex. That sucks, if it is true. But I doubt it is true.

Hope Johnny Depp's daughter gets better fast... praying for her!


Johnny Depp's daughter, who has reportedly fallen ill in England, is "doing much better" the actor's rep said in a statement Thursday.

"We are happy to report that their daughter is doing much better," Depp's rep, Robin Baum, said in a statement. "The family greatly appreciates the continued support and respect of their privacy."

Depp and his longtime girlfriend , Vanessa Paradis, have two children, Lily-Rose, 7, and Jack, 5.

Several British papers have reported that Lily-Rose came down with an undisclosed illness over a week ago and that Depp, 43, has been by her bedside every day.

Depp has been filming a movie version of the stage musical Sweeney Todd for DreamWorks. A studio rep tells PEOPLE: "We have adjusted the schedule to accommodate [Depp's] needs at this moment. We understand that [Lily-Rose] is improving. ... Obviously everybody at the studio is certainly with them in their good spirits."

Thoughts of 9/11

Who can forget 9/11? I remember that day so vividly - I went to work in the morning like most people, and got a phone call from my mom saying a plane had crashed into the WTC. I was in shock... how could that happen? A short while later, another phone call... another plane had crashed into the other tower. Okay. So that was when we all started to think that something was wrong, way more wrong then just a plane crash. I thought about how a short while back, while visiting NYC, I enjoyed the view from Windows of the World. How could a plane have crashed into that building? Then, another plane hits the Pentagon... and then, another plane crashes in the field. By this point, everyone at work had gathered around the TV to watch as CNN was showing live footage as the towers came crashing down... it was such a disturbing image - it will never leave me. It was the moment in our lifetime that we use to describe 'before' and 'after'. (Well, that and 'before' becoming a parent and 'after'). That morning, I was wearing a pair of olive green GAP pants, a white long sleeved shirt, and an over-the-shoulder purse. I was eating grapes. And I started to cry. I left work, and all the cars around me, you could tell, were in such a state of shock. There were reports that another plane had crashed. And another. A plane was heading towards the Parliament buildings. All airports were closed. We were at war. Terrorists had struck and made the entire world stand still, afraid, never quite able to recover from that one day, no matter how many American flags were flying proud, no matter how much people tried to carry on with thier lives. So many innocent people had died. All for nothing, a bunch of stupid cowards who just thought it would be fun to do something crazy. Clearly they had serious mental issues. Clearly they are burning in the deepest level of hell. My thoughts quickly turned to my uncle, who lives in D.C. with his wife and son. As a senior economist with the World Bank, he frequenly travelled to the middle east. Was he somewhere overseas that day? I got home to find my mom trying to contact his wife, to no avail. Phone lines were down in D.C., of course. My uncle was in the middle east - he was in Jordan. We were able to reach him, and he was also frantically trying to reach his wife to see if she, along with their child, were okay. We finally got through to his wife, and she was fine, and had just picked up her son from daycare. We relaxed a bit. After that day, flying has always been just that much more scary, for me, anyway... suddenly, everyone is a suspect... the security at airports increased tenfold... I was on edge with every flight I took.
And, to this day, everyday, so many years later, thoughts of 9/11 cross my mind. Today, for instance. I work on the 21st floor at work. The fire alarm went off. "Loukia, we have to go," my manager said to me. It was obviously no drill since the temperature outside was minus 35. I walked to the stairs along with the hundreds of other people who work in the same building. As soon as I entered the staircase, all I could think about was that day, 9/11, and I thought about how those people felt, trying to walk down so many flights of stairs... way more than 21... 85, 72, 63, 50... how hopeless they must have felt! I felt very frightened. People were not walking fast enough. The stairwell was tight and hot. And then a voice comes across the PA system, saying: "Attention - a fire has been detected on the 11th floor. Everyone on floors 10, 11, and 12 please evacuate the building immediately. Everyone else, stay put." Stay put! Yeah, right, I thought... the same thing was told to the victims of 9/11. At first, we all stopped walking. Then, my manager continued to walk. At this point we were on the 17th floor. I followed him. And so did everyone else. It took forever. Once we made it to the 11th floor, we started to feel a little better... but it was still a long walk down. Finally... we were outside. What a relief! How very scary it was. Nothing like what the victims of 9/11 felt, and in perspective, not a big deal, but still - those few moments were very scary. I kept thinking about my baby, my family, and what sort of text message I would leave them. Morbid, yes. But again, my mind was running away with crazy thoughts. Again, just a reminder of how my life has changed since that day... all we can do is pray and hold our loved ones tighter at night.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Is it just me...

Or is Jessica really starting to look a lot like John Mayer? I say she brings back her blonde locks!

Hollywood update

Nothing new to report, really... hmm... AI is on tonight, girls sing. Not too impressed with everyone this year. Lakisha should win. Period.

America's Next Top Model is on tonight. Although I am going for Renee because she's super pretty and a mommy, she will not last long. She's 'blonde' and 'pretty' so they usually eliminate the pretty blondes early on. Except for Caridee, who won last season.

I think Carmen Electra is so damn pretty! I am really, really thinking of changing my hair colour to hers. I love it in this picture! So nice.

Atkins is number 1!

Okay, so there are 2 diets I have done, several times each. (How sad is that?) Atkins, and Weight Watchers. Let me just start off by saying - any form of dieting is hard, at least for me. It's a struggle, and it's not getting any easier now that I am 30. When I was in my early 20's, I could easily lose 5 pounds a week. Not so much anymore. I am going to continue doing WW for now, but I'm doing a low to no carb version of it.

When I did Atkins a few years ago, I did it as a test to see if I could actually survive one day without carbs. Wow! It worked! I did it... and the next day, it got easier... and easier... you know why? Because I had so much more energy! Protein rocks! A lot of people have this misconception about Atkins - like people on that diet are stuffing their faces with cheeseburgers and bacon all day long - and that's just not the way it works. A typical Atkins day for me is this:

Breakfast - 1 or 2 eggs with a slice of cheese, coffee with cream, water
Lunch - Grilled chicken breast with salad and other veggies.
Dinner - Salmon, steak or chicken, with veggies and salad.

You can also induldge in some fruit - berries, watermelon, etc. It's the high carb fruits you should try to avoid, at least for the first two weeks.

You will be amazed at how much energy you have after doing this for a few days. But yes, it's hard. No bread, no potatoes, no white sugar... but the results are FAST. I don't care about long-term... I just want to lose the weight! Yes, if you stop dieting you will gain the weight back, but that happens on every diet, not just Atkins.

Now a new study shows that Atkins is the best diet to be on! Ya!
From The Ottawa Sun:

Women who followed the Atkins low-carbohydrate diet lost more weight over a year than did those on three other popular diets -- and their blood pressure and cholesterol levels also dropped to a greater degree, a study has found.

On average, women randomly assigned to the Atkins diet lost 10.4 pounds after 12 months, compared to 5.7 pounds for women on the LEARN diet, 4.8 pounds for Ornish diet followers and 3.5 pounds for those on The Zone weight-loss plan.

Individual results varied, however, with some participants in all four groups losing up to 30 pounds, says the study by Stanford University researchers, published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"Many health professionals, including us, have either dismissed the value of very low-carbohydrate diets for weight loss or been very skeptical of them," said lead researcher Christopher Gardner, an assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center in California.

"But it seems to be a viable alternative for dieters."

To conduct the $2.4-million study, 311 premenopausal, non-diabetic, overweight women were randomly assigned to follow either the Atkins, Zone, LEARN (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitudes, Relationships and Nutrition) or Ornish diets. The four were chosen to represent the full spectrum of low- to high-carbohydrate weight-loss plans.

The Atkins diet, popularized by the 2001 re-publication of Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, is the lowest in carbohydrates. The Zone diet, also low-carbohydrate, focuses on a 40:30:30 ratio of carbs to protein to fat, a balance said to minimize fat storage and hunger.

The LEARN diet follows guidelines reflected in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food pyramid -- low in fat and high in carbohydrates. The Ornish diet, based on bestseller Eat More, Weigh Less by Dean Ornish, is very high in carbohydrates and extremely low in fat.

At the end of the study, women following the Atkins diet had larger decreases in body mass index, triglycerides and blood pressure compared to women in the other three groups.

"It's a very simple message," Gardner said in a release. "Get rid of all refined carbohydrates to lose weight."

Besides targeting high intake of sugar and refined-flour products, the Atkins diet is the best at encouraging people to drink more water, Gardner said, noting that when people replace sweetened beverages with water, they don't generally eat more food but consume fewer calories over the course of a day.

Dr. Arya Sharma, chair of cardiovascular obesity research at McMaster University, said it appears that diets like the Atkins plan are easier for people to adhere to because the high-protein content is more filling.

"Patients are less hungry and tend to eat less overall with these diets than with other diets where there are more or less restrictions in the kinds of foods that patients can eat," Sharma, scientific director of the Canadian Obesity Network, said yesterday .

Although Atkins dieters shed the most pounds by the end of the year, they also gained back more weight in the second half of the study than those in the other three groups.

Gardner said the women in the Atkins group had lost an average of almost 13 pounds after six months, but ended the one-year period with a final overall average loss of 10.4 pounds.

Critics say low-carbohydrate diets can lead to health problems, but researchers found that none of the health indicators measured in the study was worse for women on the Atkins plan.

Why I can't wait to get home everyday...

And why I wish I could work part-time! The love of my life...

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Up next... playoffs!

We played our last game of volleyball last night... until the playoffs! In 2 weeks time, we (the last team in the division) will be playing against the first team in the division. Chances we'll win? Slim to none. BUT I have to say this: We played so well last night! We came THIS CLOSE to winning... we did great! It was so much fun, and can't wait to play again. Who knows, we may turn things around, and then it'll be just like a movie. What should our theme song be? Here is a horrible picture of us. Everyone except for Sam (who was away) and Stacey (who was a bit late).

Check this out!

Are you in the mood for some seriously yummy food? Then you have to check out this new restaurant my good friend Kiki's fiance just opened up on Clarence Street in the market... it's called District 89 - and has so much yummy food! I am so going to eat there next week. Here is their website:

And... Kiki and Danny are getting married in a few months! Yay for them! She just booked the huge church (St. Pat's) right across the street from the National Art Gallery... it will be a beautiful night-time wedding.

Congrats, Kiki and Danny!

Here is a picture of Kiki, and I'll try to post some pics of the restaurant soon, too.

And if anyone wants to go for lunch with me next week to Disctrict 89 - let me know and I'm so there!

How America savvy are you?

This is fun! How many United States can you guess in 10 minutes? I thought I'd get them all... but I did pretty good for a Canadian girl! Ha! I got 35 right - missing 15 states. And DO NOT cheat - there is no fun in that, at least not with this game! ;) Click on the link below, and start typing in names of states you know - make sure they are spelled the right way! I just pictured the map in my head and put down everywhere I have been first, then added the ones I know, and then just tried to fill in the blanks.

Are you ready? GO!

Let me know you did!

Friday, March 2, 2007

Movies I want to see....

Anyone going to go see Zodiac this weekend? I really want to go! (Chances I'll go this weekend - slim to none, but hey - you never know!) It's gotten really good reviews and sounds like a great thriller. I also want to see Reno! 911. Loved it on TV, I'm sure it will be just as stupidly funny on the big screen.

I also want to rent and watch The Departed and Babel. And I want to see Walk The Line. Yes, I am that far behind!


And I accepted the amazing offer! WOOHOO! Way to end the week... I knew there was a reason I braved the blizzard outside to come in to work today!

Finally let my sister babysit last night...

My sister who is 6 years younger then me in many ways is older then me - she's very mature and responsible. And she loves my son more than anything, too, and comes over every single day to see him. He loves her back. So, last night, I finally left the two of them alone so I could go get weighed at WW. (I stayed the same, if you're wondering - didn't lose a pound!) Anyway, they had a great time, and Christos did not even notice that I left. (Hmm, should this worry me?) Before I left, I was like: "Make sure not to leave him alone on the change table, these are the pj's he should wear, be careful, offer him some water, don't say 'no' to him, be careful, here are his socks, be careful, make sure he doesn't put any small objects in his mouth, be careful..." So thanks to GG for being a great aunt! And thanks to my wonderful mom who not only babysits several times a week but also keeps me and Christos company at nights, too. She's the best mom ever and I hope I can be the same wonderful mom for my son.

GG and Christos:

My mom and my boy:

What Sesame Street character are you?

Got this fun quiz from, do it, it's fun! I love Cookie Monster but Ernie and Grover rock too.

You Are Cookie Monster

Misunderstood as a primal monster, you're a true hedonist with a huge sweet tooth.

You are usually feeling: Hungry. Cookies are preferred, but you'll eat anything if cookies aren't around.

You are famous for: Your slightly crazy eyes and usual way of speaking

How you life your life: In the moment. "Me want COOKIE!"

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Hollywood minute

So, finally, finally, Anna Nicole Smith is set to be buried tomorrow in the Bahamas beside her beloved son. There will be around 300 invited guests at her funeral. Not sure if her mom will be in attendance, though. Glad that is over with... now all they have to do is that much anticipated paternity test so baby Dannielynne can go home to her real father!

Britney Spears was spotted in Malibu, on her way to an AA meeting. She was even wearing her wedding ring (according to Perez Hilton) - hmm? What's that all about? She returned to Promises right after her meeting. Here's hoping Brit is on the road to recovery and that we see her back in action as a yummy mommy and recording artists soon!

Has anyone watched "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader" yet? It's doing really good! And most people who watch it are getting depressed because, well, they can't answer the questions that these 5th graders can answer. 26.5 million people watched, making it the most popular debut of any series in almost 10 years. The show tests adults on knowledge found in elementary school textbooks, and real life 5th graders stand by to offer help. Questions like: Who was Canada's first PM? Name the great Lakes. What month is Columbus Day? The show airs right after American Idol 3 times a week.

Happy 19 month birthday, babycakes!

Today my little Christos is 19 months old. Wow, 19 months old... where has the time gone? I can't believe my little 8 pound baby is growing up so fast. He's already 30 pounds! I remember bringing him home from the hospital, never taking my eyes off of him. And ever since that day, I have always sat in the back with him when I am not in the drivers seat. He was so aware from the second he was born, eyes wide open, looking at me, looking at his daddy, looking at his grandparents, and aunt, and checking out the hospital room. The next morning, he lifted up his neck and scanned the room. We were in shock at how strong he was, to be able to, at 1 day old, lift his neck and head like that. I was clueless about burping. Breastfeeding, for the most part, I got - but burping, wow, whole other story... I had to buzz the nurse every few hours. I couldn't believe, once we got home, we were alone with a baby. I was a jungle woman those first few days, not knowing what to wear (I actually raided my husband's side of the closet, thinking I had to wear shirts with buttons down the front so I could feed my son easier. I was a mess!) Well, from those first few days of wonderment, to now, being the mother of a 19 month old, it's been quite the ride. The most amazing, exhilerating, wonderful, powerful, emotional, happy ride of my life. He has taught me so much. Patience, understanding, love, joy. And worry... wow, the worry. I've aged beyond my years in many ways because of him.

The things he does amaze me daily... he loves to clean- Not just with his child's size vacuum, no sir-ee, he actually takes my hand and guides me to the real central vacuum cleaner, and proceeds to plug it into the wall (with my supervision) and he vacuums! Really well! Yes, he's just 19 months old and he can vacuum. If there is anything out of place, he'll fix it. Books have to go back where they came from. Garbage has to go to the garbage can. Shoes in order. Clothes put away. He likes me to sing Bob the Builder when he is working with his little screwdrivers and hammer. When did he learn all this? He observes all day and maintains so much. His memory is astonishing. There is no tricking this child! The way he says 'mwah' to send me kisses over the phone... his laugh... oh, his laugh - I could seriously die and I'd be happy just hearing his beautiful laugh. His favourite word right now is (surprise, surprise) 'no'. And I can't get enough of hearing it! "No", he says, when I ask him something, with a smile. I can't help but laugh every time I hear little words come out of his mouth. I love to stare at him concentrate when he is playing, seeing him discover and figure things out for himself. My little baby, all grown up, already! The way he runs, his smile, his sneaky ways, his pouty lips... and his dance moves! Man, my boy can move! He just loves dancing to his music in his room after his bath. It's one of my favourites times of the day. I love you Christaki, happy 19 month birthday! I am so honoured to be your mommy.

America's Next Top Model

Okay, so I managed to watch ANTM last night - even though it was at midnight since Christos did not go to bed until 11! (But we had a great night, by the way!) Anyway... I'm totally going for: Renee! She is so gorgeous! Just gorgeous! AND she is a stay-at-home mom to a little baby boy! How on earth does she have such a fabulous figure? I'm rooting for the mommy for sure! She is only 20 years old, too. It was addictive from the first episode - there are a lot of really pretty girls and 2 plus-size models as well. Renee will cause some drama, I'm sure. As will Natasha, the little Russian-American model. Jasline is really pretty, too... very exotic looking. I am not liking Jael - she's more stripper than model, I think. Did anyone else watch ANTM? Who do you think will win? I also really like Nigel Barker. He's a great photographer!

By the way - my TV did not record the last few minutes of ANTM, so if anyone was watching, who went home last night?

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