Thursday, September 13, 2018

IS YOUR HEART SHOWING?

If Moe's Southwest Grill is in your neck of the woods, be sure to grab your FREE 6 Ounce Queso Cheese Dip and Chips on September 20. They're giving it away all day long!

SAVE ON TRAVEL
Cheapair.com did a study where they looked at millions of rates/flights and determined that to save 10% or more on domestic airline tickets, they would need to be purchased at least 70 days in advance.  Farecompare.com states that buying your tickets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays are the most economical.  Don't forget to sign up with apps like Hipmunk or Hopper to get email alerts on cheaper rates too.

CARTOON TRIVIA
J. Wellington Wimpy, aka Wimpy from the Popeye comic strip/cartoon was something of a con artist, and he loved hamburgers. (If you've been visiting this blog, you know I have to have my cheeseburgers!)  

In 1931 he would visit a diner,  ask the chef to cook him up a hamburger, and he would pay for it on Thursday.  In 1932, the phrase was changed up a little to say that "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."  Of course, Wimpy never bothered to show up on Tuesday to pay his debt, thoroughly stressing out the owner of the diner. That phrase became  so popular, that it showed up in other comedy programs like Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show and the Office.  I wonder if I can go into Red Robin and try that?!(lol)


ATTIC TREASURES
Have you ever watched The Antiques Roadshow?  Do you have some things you found in the attic that you're sure can earn you lots of extra cash?  If so, take really good pictures of the merchandise, provide as much info as possible, then send it to wiiw@countryliving.com, where a collecting team may take a look and give you an idea of its worth.  
Do you like Taylor Swift, and live in St. Louis?  They're looking for lots of workers for her upcoming concert, and the pay is $22.50 an hour! They need help with rigging, electrical work, camera operators, teleprompters and more, and the job will be on September 17 and September 18.  For more info, visit www.stlworks.com or call 314-589-8000.


BLOOD ORANGE SANGRIA

INGREDIENTS:

6 blood oranges
2 (750ML) bottles of pinot grigio
1 cup club soda
1/2 cup brandy
12 ounces of strawberries, sliced
1 pint of raspberries
1 apple, chopped
1/2 cup sugar, for glass rimming

DIRECTIONS

Zest one of the blood oranges and combine it with the sugar in a small bowl. Rub the sugar and zest together with your fingers until fragrant. Juice four of the blood oranges (I simply did this by hand), discarding any seeds or pith. Chop the remaining blood oranges into pieces.

In a large pitcher, combine the wine, brandy, blood orange juice, club soda, apples, strawberries, raspberries and blood oranges. Stir well to combine. Place the orange sugar on a plate, then run a lemon, lime or orange slice around the rim of each glass. Dunk each glass in the sugar, coating well. Fill each glass with a few ice cubes, then add some of the fruit
from the sangria. Pour the sangria into each glass and serve!
All images and text ©.

SAVE YOUR CASH
This time of year, we're starting to order more stuff online, but there a lot of clever scam artists waiting to get our hard earned moola.  If you've been making purchases from eBay or Amazon, and a buyer asks you to pay differently than you've been doing - stop!  Fake sellers may tell you to pay with a money order, gift cards, or to click on a special link.  Paying this way can't be tracked by Amazon and eBay, and in the event of a scam, there's no way to  to get your money back.



Really, it's 2 things(lol)

I DON'T GET IT
Back on February 14, I posted about Gaslighting.  If you're someone who's ever been treated in this manner, you won't ever forget those feeling of ineptness, insecurity, loneliness, fear or frustration.Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but when I recently looked at the reactions to the post, it surprised me to see  that someone considered it funny. Then I tried to think of any scenario or an instance of domestic violence that would be laughable,and I couldn't.  This is not funny or cute, and it makes me nervous that whoever this person  is may be abusing or mistreating another human being, or someone who knows my stand on domestic violence is lurking around a corner waiting to curse me out or worse.  If you are an abuser or mean-spirited person and don't understand what domestic violence means, I feel sorry for you, and wish you well.

JUST NOT RIGHT
Most of you know that I reside in North Carolina, and a hurricane is coming our way.  It's great to prepare if you can, but there's no reason for a business to start charging exorbitant prices for gas, food or water in order to line their pockets.  There's also no need for consumers to start fighting over products in the local Walmart, Kroger or Dollar General.  Reaching into someone else's cart, or pushing someone out of the way is exceptionally rude and uncalled for. Also, why in the world would someone purchase the last cases of water in the store at regular prices, then go out into the parking lot to sell each case for $18???!!!!! Acts like this make me wonder how these same people would feel if someone hurt their wives, brothers, husbands, grandparents or children for a case of water, a bottle of soda or a bag of chips.  I also can't help but think about what would happen during an actual apocalypse.  Kindness is FREE all the time, every  time.






66 comments:

  1. Burgers are always popular here but we won't share with Wimpy!

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    1. When I was a kid, I was often called Wimpy because of my love for burgers, and like you, I'm sure not eager to share,(lol) Hugs...RO

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  2. SOme people go crazy! But take care and stay safe!

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    1. Thanks for the well wishes! Hugs...RO

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  3. That is SO wrong about buying up water and reselling it at jacked up prices.
    Refresh me, Ro. What area of NC are you in? How close are you to the coast?
    Looks pretty much like the whole state will be hit, just a matter of how much.
    Be safe.

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    1. Lots of craziness went on in my neck of the woods, and I'm NOT near the coast(lol) Hope you and your family have been safe in Charlotte! HUGE Hugs...RO

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  4. Yes, I enjoy watching The Antiques Roadshow...you never know what some people may find!

    Be safe in these troubled weather conditions.

    All the best Jan

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    1. It's amazing to me about all the things out there that are worth so much money! Thanks so much for your kind words Jan! Hugs...RO

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  5. We often watch Antiques Roadshow. And enjoy it.
    Domestic violence funny? Never. Never, ever.
    Stay safe. I hope the the storm continuing to be downgraded.

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    1. That Domestic Violence things really got me EC! It was a little crazy here in my area, but much better. Thanks so much for the kind words! Hugs...RO

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  6. That is some very poor human behaviour ahead of the hurricane and puts some humans below animals. I hope the hurricane turns out to be of a fizzer. Good luck.

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    1. I thought the that was a poor way of responding too, Andrew. Thanks so much for the kind wishes and hope all is well! Hugs...RO

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  7. Great info, about where to try to get an appraisal!!!!!!!

    Be safe in the coming days.

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    1. Great way to save money, time and gas just by sending pictures, right? Thanks for wishing me well. I surely appreciate it! Hugs...RO

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  8. Thanks for the Sangria recipe. Take care, and be safe.

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    1. I was checking the other day and saw some amazing Sangria recipes that would be perfect for the upcoming holidays and some may make it here. Thanks for the kind wishes, and hope all is well where you are! Hugs...RO

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  9. Mom and I watch the Antiques Roadshow! It's great! Domestic violence funny??? I truly don't understand! So very sad!! Please be safe in the storm! I hope everyone is kind and helps each other out! Will be thinking of you! Thanks for the recipe! Thanks for warning us about the scam! I love burgers too! Big Hugs and again, please be safe!

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    1. It never ceases to amaze me how many great finds people have in their homes, and that show has been on for so many years! Thanks for the kind wishes, and many people are still suffering quite a bit right now. It's always special when someone keeps me in their thoughts! Hugs...RO

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  10. Domestic violence is never funny.

    I often pay for my amazon purchases using a gift card and have never had an issue, even if an item is faulty.

    I love me a Cheeseburger. :) And I also love Sangria and that looks good!

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    1. Today is National Cheeseburger Day, so you know I'm in heaven right now. I agree - no laughing matter about domestic violence at all. That's interesting to know, and to be honest, I've never heard of anyone paying online with a gift card, but I'm glad it works well for you. Sendign some hugs your way! RO

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  11. Great stuff here again! How do you do it RO!
    You know how I feel about abuse.
    Scam artists love the Christmas season.

    Big Hugs Always~

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    1. Jan, you are just the best, and I'll bet you're loving this time of year. Halloween is coming soon! I do know how you feel about abuse, and glad you're in the best relationship ever! Hugs...RO

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  12. HaHa! Is 'MY' heart showing...You bet!
    Every day of the week...What else is it
    there for...I've no time to be horrid or
    nasty...'Every Day Above Ground Is A Good
    Day"..! :).

    Oh! Yes! I love Antiques Road Show..Just last
    month l was watching, and a lady brought on a
    pair of conch..Mia Mama had a pair, l remember
    them as a boy, l have them now of course..after the
    expert discussed the conch, he came to the valuation,
    £1,500...($1,966.81)..for the pair..l was 'shell' shocked..!
    Could'nt believe it...! :).

    And l love Popeye..Always have..always will..and still
    makes me laugh...! :).
    HeHe! Taylor Swift...NO! Hate her! :(. Hate Country
    Music to..With a passion.."Nuff Said"..! :(.

    Hope all goes well over there and that Florence does'nt
    do to much damage..It's become main news over here,
    I for one are praying for you all..Hope it comes and goes
    very quickly! God Bless!

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    1. LOL! I love being a little bit country Willie, but we all have different musical tastes. I agree, no need for nasty behavior ever! Popeye was cool with his spinach and all, but Wimpy was the best with his love of burgers. Thank you so much for the prayers that are always needed. I was offline for a bit, but back to say hello! Wow! Almost $2000 for the conch?! That's pretty amazing!!!!! Hugs...and thanks again the fun emails you've been sending my way. They really make my day so much! RO

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  13. I loved the look of that burger. I saw mustard, lettuce, tomato, and burger patties, and NO ketchup. That made me smile, because ketchup doesn't belong on a hamburger any more than it does on a hot dog! Just MY opinion, of course.

    This isn't the first disaster where people have gouged prices. Some retailers did it last year and were chastised for it. Where there's disaster, there will always be those who are willing and able to turn a quick buck, selling what is needed to the volunteer who has taken time away from his/her family to help others in need. It tales both kinds, I suspect.

    Now you know why I have never, and will never, buy anything on the internet. Of course, if you are successful in getting your order in, there's someone who will follow the UPS guy and steal it from your front porch. Off my soapbox, now.

    Except for one more, no two more things. I know how you feel about abuse. The same as I. At some point, people show their true colors, and this person certainly didn't take long to share his/hers.

    Finally, last but possibly most important, I finally "cashed in" that coupon you sent me for Meow Mix wet cat food. There were two small containers, and both boys thank you for getting a very rare treat. I told then these meals were from you, but Squiggles just scarfed his down, while Bleubeard said he was grateful that I "knew" you! I agree.

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    1. Do I dare mention that today is my special day - National Cheeseburger Day?! (lol)It always makes me smile to see what people won't put on a hot dog or hamburger, and there are even some restaurants that have those same rules. I like to put mustard on hot dogs and burgers, and some people scratch their head when they hear. Then again, I have to have hot sauce, cayenne pepper or jalapenos on mine too.(lol) I'm told that have been close to 600 complaints of price gauging during this storm, and sadly people are still suffering and away from home. Even though I'm not on the coast, I had a rough time I wasn't expecting, causing me to be off line which was the pits! I know, right? The thought of someone actually coming to your porch to steal merchandise is ridiculous, but I've seen it time and again on the news. Periodically, I go back to check on posts and was shocked to see that someone thought gaslighting is funny, and it's still quite irritating. You're so right about people showing us who they really are. I sure wish I could give Squiggles, you and Bluebeard HUGE hugs, because all three of you are true friends who "get me". I love that! Hugs...RO

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  14. Stay safe and overcharging during a disaster is Illegal, report it.
    Sending prayers and thoughts and lots of our Electric guys your way!

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    1. Today is National Cheeseburger Day, so despite the past few yucky days, I'm celebrating. I'm so very appreciative of the kind words and well wishes Debbie! Hugs...RO

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  15. I haven't had a burger for so long that I can't remember what they taste like! Taking unfair prices in an emergency is just too low for words, polite ones anyway. Stay safe! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. I have to have them at least 3 times a week Valerie(lol) Yesterday was National Cheeseburger Day. I agree, and hate to see people being taken advantage of in a tragedy. Hugs...RO

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  16. I can get on board with a free Queso day.
    I've noticed that airline tickets are cheaper on certain days, too.
    Good reminder about internet scams.
    Yeah, that is just not right to find humor in abuse reminders.
    And the price gouging is illegal. I still boycott places around here that did it during our big electrical outages and fuel shortages.

    Thinking of you and wishing you safe down there through the Hurricane.

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    1. One more day for that freebie - yay! I can't believe that people can sleep at night doing mean things like that during a crisis. Thanks for the well wishes and hope your day is amazing! Hugs...RO

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  17. I didn't know about the scammers on Amazon and ebay. Doesn't really surprise me though.

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    1. It's so sad that people use their intelligence to scam others. Hugs...RO

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  18. My area isn't even going to be hit that bad, and people are buying supplies like they're going to be stuck in the house for weeks. Most people are still going to have to work the next day.

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    1. I'm glad you were saved from the madness, but it was sure a madhouse around here. Still massive flooding in many areas here, and people in shelters. Many just had some rain and windiness, but glad it's all over and glad you guys are okay! Hugs...RO

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  19. Please let us know you are safe. I am worried about you after what I am seeing on the weather channel.

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    1. Dearest Elizabeth, thanks so much for thinking about me to make sure all is well. Lots of things happened, but I'm back, and ready to roll! Hope you are doing great! Hugs...RO

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  20. Hmm interesting.... The travel fees will be good to know for the future! I should check out Taylor Swift's concert and see if I can find something. 😊

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    1. I don't travel as much as I used to, but I love finding out about travel deals all the time. I really enjoy Taylor Swift's music. Hugs...RO

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  21. Mmm queso... we used to have a Moe's around here somewhere but I'm not sure if they're still there or not. And I do watch Antiques Roadshow sometimes, and dream of finding some junk in my belongings that is actually worth a ton of money! Ha ha I'm still waiting... :)

    And yes there are always people trying to take advantage of natural disasters. I just don't get it...

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    1. Today's the day Gorgeous Greg for the FREE queso if you can find it!(lol) Periodically, I look around too, dreaming of treasures in the attic. I'm still waiting too(lol) I hear there have been over 600 complaints of price gouging based on our storm. So sad. Hugs...RO

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  22. Hi RO :))))

    Oh that sangria looks DEEE-licious!!! :) Wimpy lol...really on Seinfeld??? Geez....I thought I knew that show inside and out but don't remember the reference...next time we start watching the series again (for the umpteenth time) I'll have to keep an eye out!

    I've been a victim of gaslighting. You just never know who the person is, likely a narc who doesn't see his/her behaviour as wrong.

    Stay safe during the hurricane!!! xx

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    1. I found quite a few Sangria recipes that look so tasty. I love watching certain programs over and over, and get surprised when seeing something I missed too! Being gaslighted is absolutely no joke, and I agree it was probably a narcissist stalking the site. Sorry you had to suffer through that nightmare! Ugh!!!! Thanks for the well wishes and HUGE Hugs...RO

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  23. Hope the hurricane didn't do too much damage in your area RO.
    Thanks for the travel tip. So sad that some people would chose to take advantage of others in troubled times.

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    1. Some people are still in shelters and have suffered flooding which is so sad, but thanks for the well wishes. I agree, in times of tragedy, it would be so nice is people practiced kindness. Hope you're doing well today Sami! Hugs...RO

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  24. Thanks for the scam alert, Ro.
    How are you? Are you in central NC?
    Hugs

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    1. I'm in the middle Holly Springs, Angier, Fuquay Varina, Garner and Cary,nd there was so much going on in our area keeping me off line a bit. Long story, that I'll blog about in pieces.(lol) I heard Charlotte had some yucky times too, and glad that you are doing okay. Sending HUGE Hugs your way! RO

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    2. Gottcha. I'm so sorry you got smacked. We were VERY lucky. We are about 45 minutes from Charlotte and that was enough to keep us up and running. There were around 3K that lost power in our county but ours stayed on.
      Hugs

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    3. Wow! What a blessing that you kept power, and hope that all those others have power and Internet now. That must have been such a nightmare for many. I'm thrilled that you and the family were safe, because you were on my mind. Don't want to see any more bad weather until 2050 at least!(lol) Hugs...

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  25. Sept. 18

    Just came, to say I hope you are ok!!!!

    And I see you replied to a Sept. 18 comment!! Yessssss!!!!

    Stay well!!!

    Hugs, hugs, hugs...

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    1. Thanks a bunch for checking in to make sure all is well, and it is. Always love it when you stop by to say hello! Hugs right back! RO

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    1. Hope all is well, and thanks for stopping by! Hugs...RO

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  27. Good to know about the possible money scams. People come up with all sorts of ways to rip people off. It's horrible!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. It amazes me that people use their brilliance to hurt other people in that way. I agree, it's horrible and very unkind. Hope all is well! Hugs...RO

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  28. You are so right, Ro. There's nothing remotely funny about violence or abuse in any form.
    Hugs

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    1. So true, and I sure wish there was a way I could magically make it all go away. Hugs and more Hugs...RO

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    1. Thanks a bunch for the well wishes, and all is okay. Hugs...RO

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  30. When I was living in Texas, during the hurricane there, gas prices went crazy but some gas stations were robbing people blind. It was pretty bad. So I don't understand, and this is why I really want to get some solid food storage and stuff so I don't have to deal with all the crazy people during a crisis like this.

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    1. I've lived in Texas a few times, and mostly dealt with that horrific heat. So sad that people did this when people needed help the most. Great idea about stocking up in advance so you're ready just in case and to avoid the madness. Hugs and always love it when you stop by! RO

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  31. I see that you're posting, so I'm hoping you're okay after this awful hurricane. My heart goes out to all of those effected. Just heartbreaking.

    Yes! I love Wimpy's saying and used to say it all the time! I'd forgotten all about it.

    Okay, so now I'm going to look at the gaslighting post even though I'll end up pissed looking at the comments, but I don't remember reading it. That doesn't mean I didn't, it just means I have a terrible memory haha

    Elsie

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    1. You're the best Elsie, and I thank you so much for checking on me. I had a couple of emergencies that were finally resolved yesterday, and I'm so very thankful. Meanwhile, many of my neighbors in other counties are still in shelters, or their homes and vehicles have been damaged due to the flooding,and I saw on the news that 32 people have lost their lives. All your prayers for those affected are very much appreciated. LOL - down at the bottom there are reactions to the post, and I noticed that someone thought it was funny. Sad and crazy that someone thinks abuse is funny, but I do believe in karma. Hope all is well in your world Elsie! Hugs...RO

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  32. Jacking up prices to make a buck, or several, off of others before and during a natural disaster shows a definite lack of compassion and heart. But I believe in karma:)
    Hugs

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  33. Ah Whimpy, always jonesing for a burger! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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