Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Wacky Finds Series ~ Volume 31

It's time for Volume 31 of The Wacky Finds Series!
These are a monthly series I started out of sheer awe of how crazy things around me are! Here's what this is about ... Ahem Ahem: When my awesome self steps out of my bed each morning I meet a world of crazies. People, things, phenomena, and acts of nature which are simply too unusual to miss and not record! The Wacky Finds Series will cover all the weird stuff that I find along my way; good weird, awkward weird, bad weird, I-totally-don't-get-this weird .. all kinds of weird shall be recorded and snapped without any discrimination!

I know you're thinking the cookie from Starbucks is wacky but no, that's not why I posted this as the first wacky find of this month. The story behind this cookie is actually what's so wacky. So when Halloween was near Abbie and I went to Starbucks and as usual asked for the seasonal cookie. They had this zombie/frankenstein whatever this was. So we took it and brought it home. When we ate it it didn't taste like the normal sugar cookie we regularly buy. It was harder, the icing wasn't coming off the cookie like it does always, and it definitely tasted different too. Our baby niece Gubby is the one who we buy these cookies for and she likes to taste the icing separately. She was disappointed and didn't like this one at all. Then Abbie and I looked it up online to see why it tasted different than the sugar cookie. We were surprised because this cookie hadn't been advertise ANYWHERE! Not on Starbucks' website, not on their Instagram, not on their Facebook, no where at all! We did get a bad feeling that this was some old stock the local Starbucks person had given us and the next day we waited to get a bad stomach too *laughs* but thankfully nothing happened. We survived and to this day we still haven't found this cookie anywhere online!

The entire unicorn craze is so colorful which is the main reason why I like seeing unicorn-y stuff everywhere. Abbie and I went to Lolli & Pops to get a Chocolate Frog for my birthday cake when I came across this gigantic unicorn bark. It was so pretty! But then I looked at my tummy, thought of my weight loss goal, and kept it back! *laughs*

October had a Friday the thirteenth! No, I don't believe in all the myths but hey it was still fun wearing this special outfit that day! Don't those minions look super cool? Love them so much!

CREEPY! You know where I found these? In the cupcake decorating aisle!
WHY? I ask, why, why why? Why would someone put something so creepy on their cupcakes?

I saved the best for last! Abbie baked my birthday cake again this year like I've talked about SO much all over my blog! When she was making the frosting our little Gubby decided to bring in her excessive load of cuteness! She brought her little toy mixer and started imitating everything Abbie did! It was so cute! She was scared of touching my mixer but she wanted to 'bake' too and this was her grand plan. SHE IS SUCH A DARLING!!!!

That's all folks! Until the next five Wacky Finds, have a wacky day!

Monday, November 13, 2017

My Chic and Lovely iPhone Case

I'll tell you something awesome. I got a new phone for my birthday! Yayyyy! My last iPhone was suffering from poor health. It would keep getting heart attacks and once even went into coma from which it miraculously came back. I was constantly at a risk of losing everything stored in it but because it would still function after recovering from its many diseases I was still holding on to it. Finally, I gave up my hope and decided to upgrade before it crashed on my face at some critical moment (I feared it would die during a vacation or on my birthday!). So for my birthday I got a fabulous iPhone 8!

I love it! I love the sleek feel of the phone and the smoothness with which it works. That's not all though. Like I always say, how my phone looks is very important to me because it's literally almost always in my hand. It's like a part of my outfit and when I put in so much thought in putting my outfits together why should my case be any less pretty, right? So this time I've bought a very chic and lovely case with gorgeous designs and eye catching flowers all over it. It is so beautiful! 

The colors of this case are so vibrant and just the pop I need amidst the mundane everyday routine of my life. It's bright and happy and extremely stylish.

There's a little story behind this cover - a crazy one. So when I decided I would get a new iPhone once my previous one died forever the latest iPhone on the market at that time was the 7 series. I thought I'd be a step ahead and have my case shipped and ready for my phone to be. So I chose a case out of millions and when it arrived I was so proud of myself for being so clever. Over efficiency, I tell you!!! Shortly before my birthday they released the iPhone 8 and announced the X for pre-order too. I was tempted to get the latest phone but I wanted my cover so bad. My brother said I was absolutely crazy for rejecting the new model just to keep my case but I didn't care because for me the case was much more important to me than the phone (hey, I love pretty stuff okay?). I knew I was being a wee bit crazy maybe but I had a heart break when I thought I won't be able to use this pretty cover. Then I Googled up both the models and guess what I found? They were the same size!!! Okay maybe a hair-like difference but they'd both fit the same case! *happy dance* I ended up with a new phone and my beautiful case! Yayyyyyyyy! Happily ever after!

Friday, November 10, 2017

What's Been Up Lately

I've been so preoccupied lately that life has been one insane flash since a while. I rush against time to try and make the most of my day and try to achieve more than it is humanly possible to in twenty four hours. Some of it has been good and the rest bad. So I've been up to the good, bad, and ugly all at once and my blog has suffered from not posting the regular entry every third day. I know it doesn't matter and I'm not fretting over it either but I like to live through my creativity and blogging so it helps keep my mind at ease when I'm doing what I love. I've been struck with a terrible writer's block since a while and it felt like a sickness to me! I'm trying to force myself out of that nasty rut now and my first step in doing so was writing about my block a few days ago. With that vented out and rambled on my fabulous blog I think I need an update post now to catch up and (hopefully) get on with lots of awesome blogging. So what all have I been up to?

The OctoNovember Birthday Season!
We all have our birthdays in the October and November Fall season and like I've written about it before it feels like one long extended celebration. So far we've had Po's birthday, mama's birthday, SIL's birthday, and my birthday in October. Coming up next is Abbie's birthday and Gubby's birthday for which I've already started my planning and arrangements. Since I'm the family's baker and cake decorator this time of the year is both extremely hectic and extremely fun for me. Decorating all those cakes so close together leaves me super tired and panicked too but at the same time it's what I love so it makes me swell up with joy (and calories from the cakes!). I already posted a bear-thday wish for Po and some pretty pictures of mama's birthday celebrations and soon I'll be posting about how I spent my awesome birthday too!

Oh and find mama's beautiful birthday celebration by clicking on the picture below!

Land Lady Life!
I have been very busy with work lately. We spend lots of time out and about doing real estate stuff and at the end of the day I have a teeny tiny portion of the day left which gets taken over by chores. End result: I have no time for blogging or crafting left. I try to make the most of it though by taking in the beautiful Autumn scenery when we're out on the roads and indulging in photography wherever and whenever I can!

Photography Challenges!
So as everybody knows during the month of October I was enjoying the OCTOPHOMO (October Photography Month). While randomly surfing one day I came across a blog called Simply, Apostolia where the beautiful Apostolia is hosting an Instagram Photography Challenge through the month of November. It's thirty pictures for each day of the month based on fun prompts she's come up with. I'm having a TONNE of fun doing the challenge and have found some brilliant bloggers as participants too! It is just so much fun! All the details can be found on her blog here!!! Oh and find below the first photo from my Instagram!

XoXo ~ Manhattan Escape!
It's no secret that I love Gossip Girl. Well, anybody who loves that show automatically falls in love with NYC and so have I. Whenever mama plans a trip to New York (for her Indian Sari shopping *rolls eyes at that nasty area*) I instantly get into my Gossip Girl spirit. You know what that is right? Gossip Girl narration in my mind's background and the same Blair and Serena level of sass in my steps! There is something in the air in NYC. There is something about being in the same places as Blair and Serena and Nate and Chuck and aaaaaaaaah! Love it! I had a pleasant time, especially posing at the famous Gapstow Bridge in Central Park. I'll be posting details and beautiful pictures from my trip to NYC soon!

Saraallie and the Gapstow Bridge!

New Year's Blog Preparations!
Judging from how absolutely hectic and rushed up my life is becoming by the day (and I was just told to not get cozy with my laptop and get going with chores *insert sarcastic face*) I think I should really get started on my New Year's blog posts. Every year I do a blog review and a roundup of some stuff that happened all year and it does take a little bit of time to get all those pretty graphics together. So I'm going to be focusing on those alongside so that when December begins to end I am not rushing my brains out of my ears (eew!).

So that's that! I have a gazillion plans about blogging all in my head and brainstormed on a doc too but I'm deciding to go slow and easy. The world won't slow down around me or give me time to do my thing. Rather than killing myself trying to do everything in that tiny little bit of the night I get to myself after everybody's work is done, I'll go slow and easy on myself! I can already think of some really meaningful resolutions forming for the new year to come ... good luck to me!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

I've Been Going Crazy!

I think this is going to be the first time in my blog's life when I'm beginning a blog post with literally nothing in my mind. But there is a lot on my mind. But none of it makes sense. But it makes sense to me. But no it doesn't ... Yes, I have a really bad case of writer's block. I just paused for a second and Googled up writer's block in a separate tab of my browser just to be sure I was saying what I meant. It seems like writer's block is the inability of a writer to produce original works or basically a creative slump, as I like to call it. The trouble with me is that I haven't ran out of ideas, no; I have a million ideas and some really awesome blog posts I have been meaning to write. Yet when I finally get a chance to sit down with my laptop and begin typing I am left staring at a blank screen for hours. It is not cool at all. I know what to write. I know how to write. I just can't!

I tried and tried and tried, sometimes even being able to produce a little bit of something, but I've had hard luck. My first reaction was, "Okay, maybe I need a little bit of a break and everything will be fine." So I gave myself a break and decided it was okay even if I wasn't posting something every third day (like I like to schedule my blog posts). A little while later I came back to my blog and tried composing a new post. I was certain I would succeed because I had my ideas sorted inside my head this time. What happened? Blank screen. Okay, maybe just a post title but then blank. Staring at that blinking cursor doesn't feel nice. In fact, it feels sad. I love writing and I survive through my love for blogging so when it doesn't work out for me it feels pathetic.

Finally, I decided to step away once again and this time try to reach the roots of my problem. As I've stated countless times before I am a huge advocate of alone time and having conversations with myself. This time too I tried it out. In the backseat of my sister's car I found myself lost in my thoughts, completely blind to the scene outside my window and deaf to the conversations Abbie and mama were indulged in. I wondered why I was facing what I was facing and I think I have an answer. I've been going crazy. Life has been driving me crazy! All I do every single day of my life these days is wake up and rush against time to try and fit in countless chores, exercises, work, plans, and schedules all in one day. Oh and I do this for others around me. I think I've hardly had time left for myself these days by the time everything else on my schedule gets scratched off on my planner. It's insane and what makes it crazier is that none of what I do is appreciated. I work round the clock trying to finish everything for everybody and what I get in return is complaining, ignoring, or pointing out flaws.

It's just not okay and I think it's been getting to me lately. Thus, I've been brain dead since a little while now. I guess when you have a million things on your head it stops functioning properly and you end up with a block like mine! This blog post is literally a ramble straight from my head. I type as it comes in the hope that once I do this my mind might start functioning properly again. Like a clog in a drain maybe if I plunge out a bit from the end the rest starts flowing. So here I am, fingers crossed and hoping to be back to my usual rapturous blogger self again!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Saraallie's Tweet Logs ~ October 2017

The time has arrived again! Another month comes to an end which calls for posting my Tweet Logs! Ahem ahem: "The Tweet Logs are a concept I have totally cheated (I mean, it is supposed to be inspiration!) from Abbie's blog; perks of being a sister! My Tweet Logs will contain all my Twitter updates for each month. The updates will include tweets by me and those by Abbie which had me tagged or were related to me in some way. Why you ask? Well, my tweets are too awesome to go waste in cyber space thus they shall be recorded on my fabulous blog!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Let the Harry Potter Funko Collection Begin

Drum rolls! Applause! Grand entrance music!
Attention everybody!!! It has begun! Oh and it shall be grand!
I have officially started my Harry Potter Funko Pops' collection with two very special pops and I have a feeling this will become an addiction. This blog post is to introduce to the world my very first Funko Pops and from now on each time I'll add to my collection I'll share the funko-ness right here!
My collection began when Abbie and I bought a Hogwarts Express Engine Pop with Harry Potter for ourselves - one for each one of us. Later, Abbie surprised me with a Mad Eye Moody Pop on my birthday which she placed on my bathroom's counter. Imagine my heart's condition when I found Moody sitting inside there looking at me (okay that sounds twisted and awfully wrong!)! I was screaming with joy!

Hogwarts Express Engine with Harry Potter
The first Funko Pop of my life, the one and only, the start of my addictive collection is a two in one Pop which has both the Express's Engine and Harry. Abbie and I found beautiful, heart warming, causing-stomach-drop-sensations kind of a deal at Hot Topic and combined with our Hot Cash this was too good to let go. We immediately picked up two boxes, one for each one of us, and came home that evening our hearts exploding with joy.

A shot of Harry peaking from inside the box (left) and the Pop unboxed (right)!
Oh and here's the unboxing video I made!

Stunning, isn't it?

The Hogwarts Express's engine is actually brilliantly detailed! It is the real thing in Funko form, promise! There's the logo, the colors, the tiny little details. It's so bloody brilliant!

Even the sides are so detailed! There's the sign thingy that says 'Hogwarts Castle' and the number sign too! It looks even more awesome-er in person!

The Harry Potter Funko Pop which comes with the Engine is so adorable! This isn't the way we had expected our first Potter Pop to be. Abbie and I had imagined that the Potter Pop we'd end up buying would be the one wearing Quidditch robes and carrying his broomstick on the side. However this one is super awesome too! I absolutely love the signature shirt and the broken glasses look for Harry!

See the tape on his glasses? Such tiny details so well captured on such a cute little Funko! This is what I love the most about these Pops that they are just so intricately detailed. Look at Harry's scar! Nailed every inch of Harry, these Funko makers. Scar, check. Broken glasses, check. Baggy shirt, check. Messy hair, check. Brilliance, check check check!

Mad-Eye Moody
The second Funko Pop in my collection is Mad-Eye Moody! This one very sweetly was a surprise birthday gift from Abbie. So a day or two before my birthday I randomly checked online and saw Moody's Pop available. So I went to Abbie and we had our hour long discussion about which Pops we were going to collect and why. Then I told her, "Let's sit tonight and order some for ourselves!" After a couple of hours when I went to my bathroom Mad Eye Moody was sitting on the counter. I swear, and I do not exaggerate here at all, I actually rubbed my eyes and checked again just to be sure I wasn't seeing it. IT WAS THERE! I screamed and ran all the way down the stairs to go and squeeze the wind out of Abbie in a bone crushing hug. She laughed and told me she couldn't wait until my birthday because I was planning on ordering Moody that night and her surprise would have gotten busted. Such precious memories behind this Funko Pop which I'll always remember!

Mr. Alastor Mad Eye Moody out of the box! And here's the unboxing video I made!

Again, I love love love the details captured on this Funko! This is even more detailed than Harry I think! They got everything right from his scars to his crazy eye ... EVERYTHING!

The Mad Eye is my favorite bit of this Pop. It literally matches the exact description Rowling wrote for Moody in the books. Check out the cracks and stitch marks and everything on his face and the hairy details of his eye brows. Look at the eye itself popping out! It almost looks like it'd start moving any second and go absolutely mental! Even a chunk on his nose is missing! BRILLIANT DETAILING!

The detail on his clothes is spectacular too! He looks like he'd shout in his growling voice any moment, doesn't he? I must be crazy, I know, but adding him to my Potterhead's Corner gave me such a sense of security *laughs*! It was like phew, he's going to be here now! Crazy, yes. But hey you've got to pay attention to what Professor Moody says. CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!!

This is the official start of my Harry Potter Funko Pops Collection! Whenever I'll add to it I'll be back with more awesome pictures and beautiful details! I have my eyes on many more Pops next. Dumbledore, Hagrid, Luna, Sirius .... MUST COLLECT THEM ALL!

October Photography Month 2017

It is October, officially the best month of the year!
One of the reasons of course is the much awaited October Photography Month! You know how it works ... One photo a day, every day of the awesome month! OctoPhoMo is being hosted on Prose Box and just like every year I'll be posting my wonderful pictures in one super awesome entry right here. I'm so excited and extremely pumped up to do OctoPhoMo again! So here we go ...

October 01
"A photo of whatever you wish!"
Because the start of October has to be the best day ever! My birth month begins!
Also, I bought this absolutely happy and vibrant rainbow home! So happy!

October 02
Potion OR Cauldron
Oh the spooky stuff in every shop right now! One of the wonderful things about the month is exploring the spooky aisles with Abbie by my side. We love it! These potions bottles at AC Moore were so beautiful!

October 03
Broom OR Scarecrow
I am really really really proud of my Harry Potter broomstick. I actually brought this with me in a tightly packed car on a road trip from Florida! Yesssssss, I bought this from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Orlando Resort and I am so in love with it! It's stunning gold details get me all excited and in Potterhead mode every time I look at it!

October 04
Superstition OR Logic
This gorgeous chess board stole all my attention at this random person's house. Isn't it stunning? It reminds me of the Wizards' Chess from harry Potter. So majestic! I've always found chess more than just a game of logic. It always seems like something grand going on!

October 05
Headstone OR Mausoleum

So for this prompt I actually thought of the same thing as Abbie: a graveyard thingy she's crafted in her room as part of her Fall decor. We had this moment of laughing when we realized we'd had the same thing in mind. Then came this piece of awesomeness in the mail from Michaels and Abbie immediately gave it to me saying, "Here's your OctoPhoMo prompt!" I just fancied it up with some flowers and spooky lights and voila!

October 06
Darkness OR Bones

I found this waiting for me, calling me to come and snap a picture for my OctoPhoMo prompt for today! We were out for work related reasons exploring properties when I saw this hanging on somebody's door. It was perfect! I think it's so cool!

October 07
Troll OR Owl
I almost posted a simple photo of an owl for this prompt but then I remembered this. I took this picture when we last visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This is a sign displayed inside Gringotts Bank in the waiting area for the ride Escape From Gringotts. Just before that absolutely wonderful ride you get a laugh when you see this warning! But beware ... the trolls shall follow soon in that super thrilling ride!

October 08
Fog OR Shadow
BRAIN FOG! I've been dealing with lots of it lately and fighting it one day at a time!

October 09
Fairy OR Fangs
Fangs! Literally *laughs* ... I found lots of Fangs' plush toys at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando! They're so awesome! I didn't buy because I wanted to get Hedwig, Fawkes, and Buckbeak. I'm thinking of which one I should buy when I next visit that magical world!!

October 10
Moonlit OR Vanish
Oh what a beautiful sight it was as I looked over Niagara Falls illuminated in rainbow colors. I took this picture when I just visited Canada back in September. I was really lucky to have found the Falls illuminated with the full moon and the rainbow colors. I even got to see fireworks! Lovely!

October 11
Coffin OR Revolting
This is a shot from The Horror Make Up Show in Universal Studios, Orlando. Believe me it had revolting details in every corner of the room. Please look close enough at your own risk, it might make you nauseous (especially the stuff over the fridge!).

October 12
Mystical OR Lantern
I found these beautiful lanterns when I visited Pakistan earlier this year. They have the traditional Pakistani truck art designs all over and they're so so stunning! Sadly we didn't buy these because it would have been super tough traveling back home with them!

October 13
Disguise OR Face Paint OR Friday The 13th
Ssssssshhhhh ... don't tell anyone! I'm disguised as an awesome shawsome unicorn! *laughs*

October 14
Familiar OR Strange
There's something strangely familiar about this place; the winds feel homely, the streets feel welcoming, and there's a comfort in the atmosphere that gives me great peace. I just can't wait to get to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando again! I simply can't wait! Take me there!

October 15
Gourd OR Punch

Sarcasm is my favorite kind of punch in people's faces. So satisfying. So wonderful!

October 16
Carve OR Colorful
I'm a cake decorator and sometimes cake carving is involved! I haven't done many carved cakes though. The picture above is from when I baked Abbie's graduation cake. That's a graduation cap I'm carving there! The cake came out FANTASTIC. One of my most beautiful cakes definitely! You can find the cake here!

October 17
Teddy Bear OR Action Figure
My awesome shawsome Harry, Ron, and Hermione action figures which are displayed proudly in my Potterhead's Corner of the room. These were cake toppers for my twenty first birthday thanks to Abbie and have stayed with me ever since.

October 18
Iconic OR Devotion
Here's a STUNNING picture I took of the iconic Hogwarts castle at the Wizarding World in Orlando!

October 19
Water OR Wood
Details on a wooden desk at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

October 20
First OR Last
This is a really really precious moment! This is when my little darling niece Gubby celebrated her very first birthday. I was blessed enough to get to bake her cake that day! It took me days to perfect it and I knew she would forget about it. Regardless it is one of my most favorite cakes to date and I know that Gubby will look at these pictures one day when she grows up and say, "My Beeya baked that for me!" May God keep her blessed!

October 21
Patterns OR Stereotype
Check out that beautiful pattern on the sides of this cake. 'A Dainty Delight' was the birthday cake I just baked for mama on the fourth of October. I am so in love with this fondant mold! I think I'm going to be using this one over and over again! Find more details of this cake on my page!

October 22
Angels OR Art
My 3D hand drawing is one of my most favorite pieces of art! It was super fun to make and makes me smile each time I look at it! You can find a tutorial here!

October 23
Food OR Illumination
As soon as I saw the prompt 'Food' I instantly thought of this Creamy Pumpkin Pasta I made a few days ago! SO DELICIOUS! You can find the recipe right here!

October 24
Career OR Sport
A couple days ago it was my birthday and Abbie surprised me by gifting me this awesome Mad Eye Moody Funko Pop. It got me thinking randomly (I get way too many random thoughts!) about what kind of career would I have had if I'd been a part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for real. I thought being an auror like Moody was super cool but lets be honest: I'm not the person who can engage in action and catch bad guys! Then I thought and thought and thought and settled for being a Hogwarts professor. I think I'd have been a Hogwarts professor based on my nerdiness and love for the school. Even better, I could have been the owner of my very own magical cake and sweet shop! Imagine my very own bakery in Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley! THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO COOL!

October 25
Sweet OR Savory
The last cake I made was for mama's birthday on October 4th. This was my first time making a pumpkin cake and oh dear it was deliciousssssssss! Find more of the details on my page at Sara's Baked Creations! This one was super pretty on the outside and moist, sweet, and extremely yummy on the inside! Yummmmmmm!

October 26
Pawprints OR Footprints
This is a wall - a very funky one too - inside what used to be the Zonko's Joke Shop at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. They no longer have the joke shop but converted it into an expanded Honeydukes (I'm not complaining because the sweets shop is so awesome!). Check out the funky footprints on the wall!

October 27
Peace OR Conflict
I was traveling on a short road trip to Canada last month and this was when we finally reached our hotel after hours in the car. My bum felt peace when I finally got to stretch on that cozy comfy bed!

October 28
Curse OR Blessing
My darling best friend, my sister, my life! Having a sister is the greatest one of God's blessings that I have. As long as I have her my life is blessed! This is a picture of a portion of the birthday card I made for her last year. I love my Abbie more than anyone else in the world!

October 29
Angler OR Hunter
Throwback to the times when I was reading the Shadowhunters' book series. Thanks to the total disaster they made out of the TV show adaptation I decided to take a good break from the fandom once I finished the books. Now I'm feeling like I'm forgetting stuff already! *laughs* One day I'll read these again because unlike the TV show the books were actually brilliant!

October 30
Rain OR Shine
I just returned from a weekend in New York City! The beautiful Autumn sun shined over my awesome self and I narrated my stay Gossip Girl style inside my head! NYC is the Gossip Girl central for me and since I love the show so much it's always a treat visiting Manhattan. Here's what I posted on social media on my way back home:
"Morning Upper East Siders! Word is that S has spent a gorgeous Fall weekend in New York City. The crisp Autumn winds and the changing colors of Central Park have been beautiful and S has made precious memories! It’s been chaotic with the fam and heavy raining on S’s parade. Some might call this a fustercluck but on the Upper East Side we call it Sunday afternoon! S is on her way back home and who knows what’s in store for her next. Until next time, XoXo! - Gossip Girl"

October 31
Celebrate OR Solitude
I'm a Fall baby! I'm an October baby! So this month I've celebrated my awesome self. The Saraallie Day 2017 (just a cool name for my birthday on the 19th!) was a day of celebrating the awesomeness that I am! In the picture above I'm cutting the gorgeous fun Honeydukes cake Abbie made for me!
Don't forget to read my birthday message before you go!

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