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Much Appreciated~ A Photostory

Hi everyone! I have a photostory for you today that I hope you’ll enjoy! Especially since the pics were taken in a room in my dollhouse… πŸ˜‰ XD

Riven-Delle was super busy baking up a storm; she had already made cupcakes, cookies, muffins – now she had a blueberry pie in the oven! She had wanted to bake a cake, too, but she had received too many interruptions by her siblings that took her away from her baking several times that day. From Clara fainting twice to Lana causing an argument to the little ones getting underfoot time and again – Riven-Delle was at her wit’s end. She wasn’t even the oldest of the kids, yet everyone seemed to be coming to her for everything – just as they always did.

Kiara stepped into the kitchen just as Riven-Delle was putting a dirty bowl by the sink (I say “by” since it was overflowing with dishes already) and let out a quick gasp. “Wow! That’s a lot of goodies!” She said, eyeballing the cookies.



“Yeah, well, that’s what I like to do,” Riven-Delle smiled, “Do you need something?” she asked, trying to hide her dread.

“Oh, no, I just came in for a drink of water,” Kiara said and went to find a glass. Riven-Delle let her shoulders sink in relief and continued with her work…

…but she hesitated when she heard the faucet turn on and heard dishes clanking around. “Uh – Kiara? What are you doing?” Riven-Delle asked.

“There’s a mountain of dishes that need washing, so I thought I’d help you out and start washing,” Kiara said, soapy sponge in hand.

“Oh. Well, that’s nice of you, but really, it’s not necessary,” Riven-Delle said.

“It’s okay, I want to do this,” Kiara said with a smile.

Riven-Delle turned her head away, annoyance crawling up her spine. “Really, Kiara, you can go,” she said.

“Riven-Delle I don’t think you’re being very nice. I’m not going to disrupt your work by doing the dishes for you – in fact, I’ll be helping you along with your work by taking this load off your back,” Kiara said. Riven-Delle sighed and said, “You’re right. I’m sorry, Kiara. It’s nice of you to help me.”

The timer went off for the oven, so Riven-Delle got her oven mitts on to check on her pie while Kiara began scrubbing away.

While they were both preoccupied with their work, sneaky little Merida tip-toed into the kitchen and swiped a plate of cupcakes off the table and scurried off before anyone could notice she was ever there.

When Riven-Delle decided the pie was done baking, she took it out of the oven and set it on the table, only to be horrified by the emptiness that faced her.

“Where are my cupcakes?” Riven-Delle cried.

Kiara instantly stopped scrubbing the dishes and joined her sister’s side. “What on earth…”

“They’re gone,” Riven-Delle said, her voice shaky.

“Hey, it’s okay. I bet one of the little ones came in and took them – let’s go see if we can find them!” Kiara suggested.

“No, I’m sure they’re all gone by now anyway,” Riven-Delle said.

“Well, isn’t that a good thing? I mean, don’t you bake all these treats so we can eat them?” Kiara asked.

“Yes, but….,” Riven-Delle sighed, “Truth is, I’m not so upset about the cupcakes. I’m just so frustrated. I’ve been planning this baking day for weeks and I’ve been looking forward to having some time to myself, doing the thing I love. But all day I keep being interrupted by everyone and constantly dragged away from my baking. Why does everyone always want me?” Riven-Delle asked, a couple tears trickling down her cheek.

Kiara placed her hand on her sister’s shoulder and said, “I understand, everyone needs their own space, but really, think about how amazing it is that everyone loves you so much. I think just about everyone in this family looks up to you. And in a big family like ours, that’s something to be thankful for. You’re so appreciated in this house and I think you should learn to appreciate that.”

Riven-Delle smiled through her tears and hugged her sister tightly. She knew that lately she hadn’t been as appreciative of her family as she should have been and she was so grateful to Kiara for reminding her that appreciation goes both ways.

The End

Challenge: This week show someone you wouldn’t normally think of that you appreciate them. It just may make their day :)

~Jaclynn~

Bring Me a Package ~A Photostory

Hey guys! I have a fun little photostory for ya’ll today featuring the doll with the mystery name… I’ve decided to reveal her true name for you all at last because this has just been ridiculously long… XD See, I was going to buy McKenna and have her be her twin sister, which I still plan to do at some point, but let’s start using Jane’s real name, shall we? πŸ˜‰


‘Twas six days before Christmas and ornaments elegantly adorned the Christmas tree…


Presents wrapped with care had been placed beneath the tree…


And decorations were scattered all throughout the house.


On this particular day, a girl sat on the loveseat motionless. Listening. Waiting.


Her head snapped suddenly at the sound of a truck outside that sounded very much like the mail truck.


Without a moment’s hesitation, she had leaped off the couch and dashed out the front door screaming; “THE MAIL IS HERE!!”


Her sisters, Saige and Rebecca followed the screams outside, bewildered by the sight they saw.


The screams had stopped and they found Mariah standing as still as a tree. “Uh, Mariah, are you okay?” Saige inquired.


“Wait.” Mariah said as she watched the mail carrier intently, waiting for her to come up and hand her a small brown box addressed to Mariah Johnson.


Rebecca and Saige joined her side now, looking at her quizzically. “Mariah? What are you doing?” Rebecca asked. Mariah let out a disappointed gasp as the mail carrier returned to the truck.


“WAAAITT!!! COME BACK!!” Mariah screeched. Her sisters held her back as she dashed forward.


“Mariah, what on earth is the matter?” Saige asked. Mariah whimpered and kept saying; “No. No. No.”


“It didn’t come…. I’ve been waiting for days…” Mariah said with a sniffle.


“What was it?” Rebecca inquired.

“A gift from my pen pal…,” Mariah said.


“Oh, Mariah, it’s okay. I’m sure it’ll come soon. You shouldn’t be so upset, though,” Rebecca said sweetly.


“BUT SHE ALREADY HAS MINE!! I WANT MY PRESENT! IVE BEEN WAITING ALL DAY!!” Mariah screamed.


“I know it’s disappointing, but really, you’ll get it soon, I’m sure. You just have to take your mind off of it,” Saige advised.


Mariah sighed and bent over dramatically.


“You’re right. I’m going to go hermit,” Mariah said, turning toward the house.


Saige and Rebecca watched their sister walk groggily back to the house and noticed just how pitiful she looked in her bare feet pattering against the cold concrete.


Mariah wrapped herself in a soft Christmas blanket and sat in front of the tree, staring blankly at the presents.


“What is life anymore…?” Mariah mumbled.


“Mariah! A package just came!” Saige announced with a smile, but Mariah just leaned back and closed her eyes with a sigh.

“It’s probably for someone else, Saige. My package was coming in the regular mail,” Mariah said.

“No, they came back! She said she missed it in the truck. It’s your package!” Saige explained.


Mariah’s eyes jerked open. “WHY DIDNT YOU SAY SO?!”


Mariah leaped up and ran past Saige so fast, she fell to the floor.

Saige remained on the floor, groaning inwardly at her insane sister and could hear her screaming, “GIMME MY PACKAGE!!!”

THE END

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I hope you enjoyed! I had fun making this story. XD

People, I actually went out front to take pictures. And guess what?! A FEDEX GUY CAME AS I WAS TAKING PICTURES. So I looked back and he was looking at me quizzically so I gathered my dolls and hurried inside. Then a little bit after I had to go back out and set them up and start again. XD THEN the regular mail came by again and since it was a woman I was like – eh, whatever. So she came up and handed me the package and asked if one of my dolls was Grace. I thought that was kinda cool that she knew what my dolls were. XD

Do you like getting packages?

MERRY ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!

~Jaclynn~

Pretty Plaid Shirt & Purple Play Shorts ~Review and Photoshoot

Hi everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t been posting a ton lately, but I’m gonna try to change that πŸ˜‰
I was going to post Masquerade last night, but that didn’t end up working out, so I’ll probably have it up tomorrow :)
Anyway, a week or 2 ago, a package from AG arrived with some surprises from my mom! Today I finally got to take pics for a review and photoshoot of 2 of the items, so let’s get on with it, shall we? :)



Here is the Pretty Plaid Shirt. Right when I saw this online, I died (but then, what else is new? XD)!
The shirt is made a of a very thin material, but I don’t see it ripping or anything. It is dark blue with stripes of, I’d say sea green and pink. Everyone sees colors differently, and that’s what I see when I look at the shirt :)

It has 4 working buttons which are surprisingly easy to use. I prefer to leave the top button unbuttoned at the collar.

It has a cute little pocket that you could actually put something in.

The sleeves go down to about an inch above the wrist where they cuff up. They can not be rolled down as it is sewn on the side.

On the bottom of the shirt there’s a little metal American Girl tag.

The shirt is made to be tied in a knot. I think they made it long enough for people to tie easily, but then, I do have tiny hands πŸ˜‰ I was really glad that my doll could still wear the shirt tied without it exposing the stomach. I was a little worried about that at first πŸ˜‰

This is what the shirt looks like untied. Not very appealing, but maybe if you wanted to pair it with a skirt tucked in, you could do that :)

The Purple Play Shorts are adorable and match perfectly with this outfit! As you can see, they are a bit too short, but all AG’s shorts and skirts these days are too short. Thankfully they’re just dolls πŸ˜‰

There are only 2 belt loops in the front, which I think is a little odd… The lavender shorts have coral stitching.


There are 2 back pockets.

An American Girl tag is on the left pocket.

If you pull down the shorts just a tad, your doll can put her thumbs in her pockets which looks super cute πŸ˜‰

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I rate the Pretty Plaid Shirt 5 out of 5 stars. I don’t have a problem with it at all!
I rate the shorts 4 out of 5 stars due to the length and only 2 belt loops. That just seems really strange to me XD

So, now it’s time for a long photoshoot because Jocelyn looks adorable and I got up early to take these pics, so I had to take advantage of the shade and non overwhelming heat while I could! XD

I got so much bokeh in my photos today!! *squeal*




Mysterious…. XD


I haven’t taken a photoshoot in forever, guys! I didn’t realize how much I missed it! *cries* LOL! JK ;D


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Do you ever suddenly find a cut on yourself and you’re like – where on earth did that come from? XD Okay, that was random…..


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Everybody in their Sunday best…. (I’m trying a new thing. Putting random thoughts and whatnot into my photoshoots. How do you like it? XD)


I was really happy with how this turned out :)

Which one do you like best – this one or the other one?

Oh bokeh, oh bokeh, I love you so much. You bring spots of gladness into our lives. Why then, oh bokeh, must you be so hard to get in my photos?! XD


Isn’t Jocelyn so pretty? *heart eyes*


All done!! If you read this entire post, I congratulate you! XD

I should have another review and photoshoot up soon, so stay tuned! :)

Do you ever say something completely random that makes no sense? I’m asking because I was just going to end this post by asking “what do you want for waffles?” XD I think I’m tired….Β 

Have a wonderful day!

~Jaclynn~

2 Fillies & A Colt~ A Photostory

You’re all probably doing this right now – *rechecks title* Does that really say photostory? 

Yes, yes, it does! I’ve finally made a photostory! YAY!! 

Annika will take over now :)

  
Sometimes when I stand by the door to the backyard and I feel the cool breeze sweeping over me and hear the birds chirping, I just feel called to go outside. That’s what happened to me today. It was so beautiful outside I just had to go out and be surrounded by the fresh air.

  
And then I saw our ponies playing in the lawn. 

  

I smiled gleefully as I watched them. They were so adorable, it killed me.

  
Sparks Flying was the first to notice me. He stared at me, a gleam in his eye. Then he ran over to me.

  
“Hey, you good boy!” I greeted as I stroked his fluffy face. Nothing better than the fluffy fur of a pony. Well, maybe there is, but to me, it was one of the most amazing feelings in the world.

  
It wasn’t long before Luthien and Eowyn noticed me and trotted over to us.

  
Eowyn lifted her muzzle under my arm to make me pet her and I giggled as she did so. These two girlies were jealous of the attention I was giving Sparks Flying.

  
“Don’t be jealous, you two! I love you all very much.” I cooed.

  
I could have stayed out there forever. These ponies definitely held a special place in my heart. 

Awww…. I love my horses, but I hardly ever use them! It felt good to give these little ponies some attention :)

Have you ever pet a pony? 

~Jaclynn~

My GOTY Collections~ Grace Edition

Hiii! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. There’s been so much going on, this is the first day I’ve stayed home in days! But, I’m here bringing you a new series on my blog! *celebrates*

After each GOTY doll retires, I will be showing you what I got from their collection. I’ll have to do a few this year since I have a few GOTY dolls, but I think it’ll be something fun to do and plus, it’s always fun knowing what people have in their doll collection, right? ;D

  
This is everything I got last year from Grace’s collection! Yep, it’s all clothes! While I did love her entire collection, I didn’t end up getting any of her accessories, which is totally fine! I loved her Baking Accesories, but maybe I can get them on eBay sometime :)

  
 Here is Annika modeling Grace’s Sightseeing Outfit! This is one of my absolute favorite outfits of hers – and probably just in general! I love the colors and the style- so, so cute!

  
And obviously, I got Grace (although she was renamed to Riven-Delle)! SHE IS THE MOST PHOTOGENIC DOLL ON EARTH!!!!! *dies*

  
Ahem. Sorry about that. But seriously, isn’t her hair amazing? Like, come on, those highlights! :O (also, I couldn’t find her charm bracelet at the moment, so that’s unfortunately not shown…)

  
Here’s Caroline in Grace’s Travel Coat! This has to be one of my favorite pieces ever! I use this coat so much, I think at least one of my dolls is always wearing it!

  
And (haha, I almost revealed her true identity to all of you XD ) here is JANE (yes, Jane… *smirk*) modeling Grace’s Opening Night Outfit! Again, I couldn’t find the headband, so that’s not shown either. UGH! I literally JUST saw it yesterday and now it’s gone! *sobs over the loss of the lovely headband* Anyways, this dress is gorgeous!! And those SHOES!!!

  
Time for bonus pics! πŸ˜€

  
I shadowed Annika with the black side of my reflector – dark and beautiful :)

  
  
Awesome camera + miraculous reflector = beautiful picture. In case you didn’t know, I got a reflector for my birthday and it is AMAZING!! These pictures would have been so much darker without it! 

  
Glitter! πŸ˜€

  
Now I’m using the gold side of my reflector- see how the lighting changed? :)

  
Well, that’s all for today! I’ll be back soon – hopefully to show you my dollhouse along with an announcement! πŸ˜€

What did you get from Grace’s Collection?

~Jaclynn~


A Birthday Wish~ A Photoshoot

Hi there!! πŸ˜€

Sooo…. How many of you know what today is? IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!! I am 17 years old today! Isn’t that crazy and weird? XD

So the plan for today is that we’re gonna eat lunch and then my mom and I are going clothes shopping! We’ll come back and celebrate with a Star Wars themed birthday (I’ll probably be posting pics of the decorations and stuff later) and instead of a cake we’re going to stack up some Krispy Kreme donuts and have those. So yeah, I’m really excited!! πŸ˜€

Now, let’s move on to the photoshoot, shall we? :)

 

Does Kiara look adorable or what? I love her hair :)

   
 

   
 

  

This is one of my faves <3 
 

   
  
I love the lighting on this one :)

  
And this is probably my absolute favorite!! I just love the closeup on my camera πŸ˜€

Well, I gotta go now! My Grandpa (AKA Papa) is here for my birthday as well :)

Donuts or cake?

~Jaclynn~

Discouraging Words~ A Photostory

Hi everyone! I got to thinking how it’s been a super long time since I’ve made a photostory, so today I set aside some time to make a short photostory for you all. I hope you like it! :)

  
“Aren’t these guitars great, Dallas?” Eli asked with an excited smile.

  
“Yeah! That was awesome of mom to buy them for us!” Dallas agreed.

  
“Oh so this is where all that music is coming from.” Lana observed as she walked in the room.

  
“Yeah, mom bought Dallas and me some guitars! Aren’t they cool?” Eli asked.

  
“Oh, sure. They look cool, but how do they sound? Go on, play something, Eli.” Lana urged her brother.

“Well, okay.” Eli agreed and strummed a few notes on his electric guitar.

  
“Hm. That wasn’t so bad.” Lana said, not sounding very impressed.

  
“Your turn, Dallas. Play something.” Lana ordered her brother. 

“Yeah, come on, Dal!” Eli urged him.

  
“Well, I don’t know…” Dallas said, not feeling very confident.

  
“Ha! I bet you don’t even know how to play!” Lana sneered.

  
“I do, too!” Dallas defended himself and placed his fingers on the strings and began to play.

  
When Eli heard him, he felt sorry he had encouraged him to play. He just knew Lana was going to pick on him, but when he looked at her, she seemed to be smiling. He wondered if perhaps she was enjoying it. 

  
Dallas strummed the last chord and looked at Lana who had her nose up in the air.

  
“That was the worst thing I have ever heard in my entire life. I can’t believe mommy wasted her money on a guitar for you! You can’t even play! She should have spent that money on something that could actually be played well by somebody. Like a piano for me!” Lana said full of disgust.

  
“It’s not a waste! I just can’t play very well yet!” Dallas shouted angrily.

  
Lana leaned over and said, “Dallas, you will never play the guitar well because you don’t have the skill it takes to play it.”  

 
When Lana had left the room, Eli tried to cheer up his brother. “Aw, don’t worry, Dal! Lana always says things like that to everybody. You’ll learn!” Eli encouraged him.

  
“No, Eli. I think she’s right.” Dallas mumbled as he set his guitar down. Eli frowned and decided it would be best to leave Dallas alone for a while. 

  
After about ten minutes, Jocelyn walked in the room. “Hey, Dallas! What are you doing?” She inquired.

  
“Nothing.” He replied.

  
Jocelyn sat on the floor and gave Pepper some love. Then she said, “So I heard mommy got you and Eli some guitars. Why aren’t you playing it?”

  
“Because I can’t. And, well, Lana heard me play and she said I’ll never be able to play well.” Dallas explained.

  
“Ooh, I see. Well, have you ever played the guitar before today?” Jocelyn inquired.

  
“No, this was my first time.” Dallas answered.

  
“Well, look, you can’t expect to be the best guitar player ever after just 5 minutes of playing. And that goes for anything. If you’ve never done it before, how could you know how to do it perfectly? Just give it some time. Keep practicing and some day you’ll be so good that Lana will wish she had never said what she did.” Jocelyn said.

  
“I guess you’re right… Thanks, Jocelyn.” Dallas said gratefully.

  
Jocelyn smiled and said, “No problem.”

THE END

Arent the guitars so cute? I got them at The Dollar Tree a few weeks ago! I think they’re perfect for dolls, but I just wish they could hold them more realistically. Oh well, it still works great! :)

Do any of your dolls play the guitar?

~Jaclynn~

The Force Awakens Rey Costume!

Hey guys! So a few days ago I got inspired to crochet (YAY! It’s been forever!) and I decided to make Rey’s costume from the new Star Wars The Force Awakens movie! Speaking of which, who else is super excited for that movie?! *raises both hands wildly and screams BB-8!!!!*

Okay, enough of that now LOL! So I finished making the costume last night and it is now available to purchase in my Etsy shop for $35 :)

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I think this is one of my favorite costumes I’ve ever made! I feel like it just really has that Star Wars feel to it. What do you think? πŸ˜€

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I think Annika looks so adorable in this outfit and she is quite in love with it as she is kinda a big Star Wars fan, too πŸ˜‰

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Well, I hope you like my costume and that you will head on over to my Etsy shop and give it a “heart” by clicking here :) <3

Also, just for all you wonderful followers of my blog, use the coupon code: FORCE5 to save $5 off your purchase of $35Β or more in my Etsy shop! Coupon is valid now through October 24th :)

Who’s your favorite Star Wars character?Β 

~Jaclynn~

Deception~ A Photoshoot of Jake & Victoria

Ahoy! T’day be Talk Like A Pirate Day! Can ye believe that this here be the third anniversary of when I made me first swashbuckler photostory series?! Wish I’d known that TLAPD were comin’ up so soon. I had wanted t’start me next pirate series, but now it’ll have t’wait πŸ˜‰

Okay, I’ll stop talking like a pirate now LOL! So today I have a lyrics photoshoot featuring Victoria and Jake! The song is “One Of Us” from The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride. :)

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Deception

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Disgrace

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Evil as plain as the scowl on his face (I added in scowl πŸ˜‰ )

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Deception (an outrage!)

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Disgrace (For shame!)

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He asked for trouble the moment he came

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And he is not one of us

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He has never been one of us

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He is not part of us. Not our kind.

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Someone once lied to us.Β 

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Now we’re not so blind

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For we knew he would do what he’s done and we know that he’ll never be one of us


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He is not one of us

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Deception

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Disgrace

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*sighs* So sad. Isn’t Jake horrible?! And awesome?! XD Well, you know, horrible then, awesome now LOL! πŸ˜€

Oh! So I got some new glasses yesterday!!! I’m really excited!! I’ve been wearing them pretty much since I got them! I don’t have to, but I do because I like them LOL! πŸ˜€

And also, I’m sorry about leaving you postless all week. There was just so much going on that I didn’t really have a chance to post. I will get the next part of Masquerade up this upcoming week! :)

TTFN! Ta-ta for now! πŸ˜‰

~Jaclynn~

Is It Fall Yet?~ A Photoshoot

No, it’s not. But it did rain the other day (OH MY GOSH IT WAS AMAZING!!!) and so it looked cold and awesome outside, so I took a photoshoot of Jocelyn dressed for Fall weather…. Even though it was like 88 outside… πŸ˜›

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I really like this one for some reason! πŸ˜€

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YAAAY!!! I DID IT!!! LOL! Sorry! It’s just that, in this photoshoot I did, a picture (like the one above) didn’t get uploaded and was deleted (because I thought it got uploaded). I was so upset because it was like one of my most favorite pictures ever, so I was really happy to be able to get this picture! :)

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The lighting was really weird over here….

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Well, that’s all, folks! I was really happy with these pictures and literally went back inside with a big smile on my face! It was nice to get someΒ good pictures after feeling uninspired after my last photoshoot :)

Which picture is your favorite?

~Jaclynn~

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