Monday, December 19, 2016

Engagement Photos



After hours of researching (Facebook stalking) photographers, I finally decided to hire Laura Ann Miller as our wedding photographer. All of her photos look like they are straight out of a magazine, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have her capture our wedding journey. Laura was a breeze to work with, and she even agreed to

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Weekend Recap:: Holiday Season

Holiday Party fun!

This past weekend involved a holiday party, cookie baking, and lots of time spent with family. An ideal

Monday, December 5, 2016

2016 Weddings


Michael and I were fortunate enough to attend a lot beautiful weddings in 2016. We had a blast

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Denver Ski Trip!

Main Street, Frisco, CO
I've been begging Michael to take me skiing ever since I saw Ashley's post on her trip to Mammoth Mountain, and guess what?! I finally got him to agree to it! Last weekend we were at a wedding reception and Michael's friend's girlfriend was telling me about how she was trying to get her boyfriend to take her snowboarding. So, naturally I

Friday, October 7, 2016

10.07.17


After we got engaged, I was obviously pretty eager to set a date. Michael mentioned that September or October would be his ideal time to get married and I've always envisioned a fall wedding, myself, so that worked out

Thursday, October 6, 2016

WE'RE ENGAGED!!!!


I'm extremely late writing this post, but WE'RE ENGAGED!! Michael finally proposed on August 30th at our home. It

Friday, August 26, 2016

Summer 2016


I've been seriously slacking on my blog this summer, but that doesn't mean that I haven't been having a blast! Here's a few pictures that haven't made it into any blog posts lately:

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lake of the Ozarks:: First Annual Couples Weekend



Michael and I headed to the Lake of the Ozarks this past weekend with some of our couple friends and we had the absolute best time. Everyone was able to take off work on Friday so we headed down Thursday night to enjoy

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Stitch Fix:: V.5



It's been a couple months since my last Stitch Fix arrived, and I've been so busy that I haven't had time to show you guys what I received. Better late than never, right?!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Daydreaming


Believe it or not, 2016 is already halfway gone!  I'm not quite sure how that happened, but lately I have been thinking back on how good the first half of the year has been to me. I kicked off the year with my first-ever trip to Las Vegas in January.  Then, I was blessed with a new nephew, and also headed to Nashville for the first time in February.  I followed that up by taking a trip to Mexico with Michael in April, started a new job in May, and then

Saturday, July 2, 2016

July Line Up

  • Nephew time
    • I'll be babysitting my nephews while their mom and dad enjoy a night out and I couldn't be more excited. I mean how cute are these two?! Gavin is at such a fun age and has dubbed

Friday, July 1, 2016

Weekly Bits:: X


Played:: Mini Golf
  • It's been a while since we've played a nice competitive game of mini golf so Michael and I headed to Pheasant Run this week for a quick 18 holes. While I started off "careering" it as Michael called it, I ended

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Weekend Recap:: Summer Vibes


This past weekend ended up being a perfect summer weekend, and I loved every second of it!

Friday:: 
After work, Michael and I headed to the golf course for a little scramble. I've tagged along on trips to
the driving range multiple times, but this was only the second time that I have actually played on a

Friday, June 17, 2016

Weekly Bits:: IX



Read:: Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
  • I've been working on this book for a while now and finally sat down this week to make some progress on it. I am totally hooked and can't wait to find out what happens! If you're looking for the perfect summer

Thursday, May 5, 2016

May Line Up



I'm a little late on my May line up, but better late than never right?!
  • Coloring Club
    • I joined a couple friends this week for another round of coloring club at Urban Chestnut

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Moving On


As our last years of college started to wind down, my girlfriends and I swore that we'd all get jobs in St. Louis and continue our friendship in the "big city".  So, I was thrilled when I was offered a position working for a robotics

Friday, April 22, 2016

Weekly Bits:: VIII


This week was an exciting one for me. Lots of big changes ahead!

Accepted:: A New Job!!
  • Life always has a way of working out just as it should. The past year I have been commuting an hour each way for work, and it has been pretty tough. Two hours of driving a day is not ideal. This

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Mexico 2016

My favorite picture of the trip - Tulum

This past week, Michael and I packed up and headed to El Dorado Seaside Suites in Riviera Maya for a short getaway. It was our first vacation with just the two of us, so I could barely contain my excitement! I have loved all of our group trips to places like Las Vegas, the Lake of the Ozarks, and Catfish Bend, but getting to spend a few

Friday, April 1, 2016

Weekly Bits:: VII


Read:: What Alice Forgot
  • I started this book back in February, but stopped after the first couple of chapters and never got back around to finishing it. For whatever reason, I just haven't been in the reading mood lately. So, earlier this

Thursday, March 31, 2016

April Lineup


April is finally here! I have been looking forward to going to Mexico with Michael forever and it's almost time! Here is a peek at that and all the other things I have going on this month:

  • Baby Shower
    • My cousins are hosting a baby shower at my Grandma's house for the new baby girl who will be joining our family in a couple months. Not only am I excited to shower Allison and the new

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Life Lately

Life lately has been filled with wedding festivities, a little shed golf (which was a blast!), and a lot of nephew lovin'!



Sincerely,

Emily Ann

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter 2016

My favorite boys!
Michael and I had the best Easter with our families. We woke up early and headed to my hometown for church and brunch with my family and then ended the day with a delicious dinner at his aunt's house. It was a pretty

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

Nashville Bachelorette Party:: #PermanentHickey



This past weekend was spent in Nashville for a girlfriend's bachelorette party and we had a blast! She is the happiest bride I have ever seen and was loving every second of her special weekend!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Garett Cole

Garett Cole
This past weekend was an extended one spent at home celebrating the birth of my new nephew, Garett Cole. He was born on Wednesday, February 17th and is absolutely perfect! I adore his blonde hair and can't wait for more

Friday, February 12, 2016

2016 Weekly Bits:: VI

Attended:: Bridal Shower
One of my friends from college is getting married in March and she had her bridal shower this past weekend. She is just too cute and made the whole shower so much fun! I'm eager for her bachelorette party in Nashville in a couple of weeks!


Tried:: 99 Hops House
After the shower last weekend, Jess and I headed out for a few drinks. One of our pit stops was at 99 Hops

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Book vs. Movie:: The Choice


As I’ve mentioned before, I am a big fan of reading books before their movies are released. The first big book adaptation on my radar this year was The Choice. The latest film based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, The Choice centers around Travis Parker, a good-natured man living in small-town North Carolina, and Gabby Holland, his

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bridal Shower:: #PermanentHickey



I attended a bridal shower for one of my friends from college this past weekend and had a lot of fun! Her maid of honor hosted it at her house which was so adorable. We sipped sangria, munched on delicious apps, and

Friday, February 5, 2016

2016 Weekly Bits: V



Enjoyed:: Warm weather!
Gosh, we had some perfect weather at the beginning of the week! I can't believe it was over 60 degrees in February. I took advantage of it and got in a couple of runs at the park!

Dined:: Highway 40 Brews
Michael and I had a date night last Friday night and tried out Highway 40 Brews. I was under the impression that it was a regular restaurant, but it was definitely more of a bar atmosphere. Oh well, the food was still delicious, the

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Super Bowl Snacks

The Super Bowl is Sunday and I have been seeing so many delicious snack recommendations floating around social media. We will be attending a party with some of Michael's friends so I am trying to narrow down what appetizer to bring. Here are some of the options I've had my eye on:

1. Bacon Cheddar Crackers

2. Party Pizzas

3. No Bake Cake Pops


4. Brown Sugar Smokies


5. Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes



Personally, I'm not too big of a sports person, so I will be attending the party for the snacks, commercials, and mingling! What are your Super Bowl plans?

Sincerely,

Emily Ann

P. S. My personal favorite snack is buffalo chicken dip, but I'm sure someone else will be providing that since it is a go-to appetizer around here!

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Lineup


February is shaping up to be a really good month!  Here's a look at what I currently have on the schedule:

Blues Game
  • As I've mentioned before, I'm not a huge hockey (or any sports for that matter) fan but I do love going to the games when the tickets are free! I'm looking forward to a little hockey, a couple beers, and some good company.
Bridal Shower
  • A Saturday afternoon bridal shower must lead to a girls' night out, right?! That's what I'm hoping for, anyways! I am definitely excited to catch up with friends and celebrate the upcoming wedding.
Baby McKinney
  • My second nephew will be here February 17th and I couldn't be more excited! I am taking a couple days off work to head to my hometown and spend some time with the family. My sister is keeping the baby's name a secret until he is born and let me tell you it is driving me nuts! I seriously cannot wait to meet the little guy. My sister is going to have her hands full with all of these boys!
Nashville
  • Guys, I've been trying to get myself down to Nashville for years, and every trip I have planned has fallen through. Well, not this one! My friend from college is getting married in March and we will be celebrating her bachelorette party in Nashville this month!  I can't wait to finally see everything the city has to offer!

Sincerely,

Emily Ann

Friday, January 29, 2016

2016 Weekly Bits:: IV


Bought:: KEEP Collective
  • Jess hosted a KEEP Collective Social, and as hard as I tried, I just couldn't resist buying one of these fun bracelets! There were SO many options that I had such a hard time narrowing down what I exactly I wanted on my keeper.  Eventually I settled on the "live happy" tag with alternating arrows on either side. I'm going to use it as a reminder to be happy and focus on the good, no matter what direction life takes me.
Joined:: Galentine's Bestie Box
  • A couple of fellow IG-ers put together this fun bestie box swap for Valentine's Day and I didn't think twice about signing up! You are paired with a random bestie and then have a week or so to get to know them a little bit before putting together a bestie box full of goodies that you think they will like! I've been having so much fun putting my bestie box together and hope that my new bestie in Canada loves it!
Watched:: Sleeping with Other People
  • I had remembered seeing previews for this movie when it came out, and even included it in my Fall Movie Lineup last year. Unfortunately, I never got around to seeing it in theaters, so when a friend asked if I wanted to borrow it, I was eager to say yes. Overall, I didn't love the movie, but I'm glad I watched it.  I found some parts of it pretty funny and the actors did a good job, but for the most part, I thought it was just okay. 
Attended:: Step Class
  • Remember when I mentioned that I finally jumped on the Fitbit bandwagon? Well, my friend and I have been in a heated step competition this week, and I knew I had to step up my game in order to compete with her. Not only did I start attending step class again, but I also started taking walks during my lunch breaks. I think this work-week challenge is going to be one we have to repeat regularly!

Sincerely,

Emily Ann

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

2016 Reading List


Lately I haven't been in the reading mood (which disappoints me), so I figured I'd put together a list of books to tackle this year. Although my goal is to finish 20 books in 2016, I'm keeping my list short for now since I know some will pop up throughout the year that I'll want to add.

Here's my current top 10 (in no particular order):

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
Synopsis: Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one who got away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was going to propose, she broke his heart. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his aunt Connie's house on Scribbly Gum Island—home of the famously unsolved Munro Baby mystery.As Sophie's life becomes increasingly complicated, she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around—and come up with your own fairy-tale ending.

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
Synopsis:  Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life - boating, swimming , and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies -- he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, THE CHOICE ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

Room by Emma Donaghue
Synopsis:  To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Synopsis: A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.

The One That Got Away by Simon Wood
Synopsis:  Zoë and Holli only mean to blow off some steam on their road trip to Vegas. But something goes terribly wrong, and the last time Zoë sees her, Holli is in the clutches of a sadistic killer. Zoë flees with her life, changed forever. A year later and still tortured with guilt, Zoë latches on to a police investigation where the crime eerily resembles her abduction. Along with a zealous detective, she retraces the steps of that fateful night in the desert, hoping that her memory will return and help them find justice for Holli. Her abductor lies in wait for Zoë. For him, she is not a survivor but simply the one that got away.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Synopsis:  At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Synopsis: It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he's figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg's mom forces him to become friends wtih a girl who has cancer. This brings the destruction of Greg's entire life.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
Synopsis:  College student Joe Talbert's task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he digs deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?

Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Synopsis:  As far as time machines go, a magic telephone is pretty useless. TV writer Georgie McCool can't actually visit the past -- all she can do is call it, and hope it picks up. And hope he picks up. Because once Georgie realizes she has a magic phone that calls into the past, all she wants to do is make things right with her husband, Neal. Maybe she can fix the things in their past that seem unfixable in the present. Maybe this stupid phone is giving her a chance to start over ...But does Georgie even want to start over?


What books are you looking forward to reading this year?

Sincerely,

Emily Ann

Monday, January 25, 2016

Weekend Recap:: Ladies Nights



Friday::
It was a long week, so I was relieved to have a ladies night planned. The local church hosted a ladies bunco night which included craft booths, snacks, beer, and a lot of bunco! This was my first experience playing bunco, and I really enjoyed it! I'm a game-lover so I was sure I'd have a good time, but what I loved most was the fact that you bounced around from table to table mingling with new people. There were over 100 ladies who participated, so I met a lot of new faces! The craft booths were a hit as well! My personal favorite was the Three Sheep Shack booth. Look how cute their table was!

#ThreeSheepShack

Saturday:: 
My sister, mom, and I got my grandma tickets to see My Way: Sinatra's Life and Music at Capital City Players for Christmas. The performance was on Saturday so I got up and headed to my hometown for the show. The tickets included dinner, and you could bring your own drinks. We picked up my grandma (and a bottle of wine!) and drove to the show. We had front-row seats and the food was fantastic! It was prepared by Argyle Catering. If you live in the Jefferson City area, I definitely recommend them!

As far as the performance went, I was hoping it would be more of a play than it actually was. It was more of a tribute to Frank Sinatra and was primarily just the actors/actresses singing his songs. Overall, I thought it was good but not really up my alley. My mom and grandma loved it though, so that is what matters!

Sister selfie!

Sunday:: 
I woke up Sunday morning and went over to my sister's house to hang out with my nephew before going back home. I just love that little guy so much! I can't wait for baby #2 to be here (Feb. 17th)! On my way back through Jefferson City, I stopped at my favorite Mexican joint for lunch with one of my friends. We chit-chatted and ate far too much cheese dip! It was the perfect way to end my short weekend trip.

He's my favorite!

Sincerely,

Emily Ann

Friday, January 22, 2016

2016 Weekly Bits:: III


Challenged:: 10k steps a day
  • I finally jumped on the Fitbit wagon last week and was shocked to see how few steps I take in a day! My friend is a nurse and she said she comes home from work with close to 10k steps per day. I came home from work with less than 3k. Whoa! I have some serious work to put in if I am going to continue to meet my goal of 10k a day. Spring jogging weather can't get here soon enough!
Sipped:: TrailBlazer Blonde Ale
  • It's been a long week at work, so a friend and I headed to Trailhead Brewing Co. to unwind for happy hour one night this week. I tried out their Trailblazer Blonde Ale and was a big fan of it. You can't beat a good beer with good company!
  • I originally bought this dress as an option for our trip to Vegas, but didn't end up needing it. I felt like it was just too cute to return, so I decided to keep it for an upcoming wedding in March!
Watched:: The Bachelor
  • Is anyone else watching this season of The Bachelor? I finally caught up on it this week, and I am just not very impressed. Is it just me or are all of these girls crazy?! I may or may not have looked up the winner on Reality Steve and she just so happens to be my favorite so far. I might stop watching for now and pick back up during the hometown dates.
Read:: What Alice Forgot
  • I read a bit of this book on our flight to and from Vegas, and am eager to see what happens! I'll be sure to post my thoughts on it when I finish!
Complained:: Traffic
  • You guys, traffic this week was awful. I mean, it took me 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to work on both Wednesday AND Thursday! And then, to top it all off, my car broke down this morning on my way to work. Talk about the perfect end to a rough week. I've been trying to focus more on the good in life lately, and clearly this week was making it tough. But, I am fortunate that I wasn't in any of the accidents that caused the bad traffic, that I have a stable job to go to, and that I have the best boyfriend to come get me when my car leaves me stranded on the side of the road! Sometimes it's easy to only see the negative in situations, but life is a little bit sweeter when you focus on the good. Enjoy your weekend!

Sincerely,

Emily Ann

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Instagram Lately

Time flies when you're having fun! Here we are nearing the end of January already, and I still feel like it should be Christmas! Since I haven't been blogging as frequently the past couple of months, I thought it would be fun to do a little bit of a recent picture recap. Here's a peek at what my winter has looked like so far via Instagram:



Sincerely,

Emily Ann

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Viva Las Vegas!


A group of 16 of us went to Las Vegas to celebrate Michael's cousin's 30th birthday this past week. Even though our trip started off a little rough (Michael was sick), I still had a blast and Michael even came back a few dollars richer!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

2016 Weekly Bits:: II



Listened:: Jon Langston
  • A coworker and I were talking about music the other day, and he recommended that I check out Jon Langston. It only took one song for me to know that I was hooked! I have had him on repeat all week. My current favorites are Showtime, Party Boots, and  Southern Drawl.
Hosted:: Strategy Meeting
  • We had our annual Strategy Meeting at work this week. As I've mentioned before, my least favorite part of my job is the event planning so putting together this meeting that all of the corporate honchos would be at was a bit stressful. Luckily everything went smoothly and we had a blast playing demolition ball. If you haven't played before, I recommend you grab a group of friends and give it a try! 
  • *Spoiler alert* - Don't read any further if you don't want to hear how this movie ends. Obviously, Michael was in charge of picking what movie we went to see this time. I hadn't heard of The Hateful Eight, so I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt going in. I was wrong. So wrong. This movie was awful, and even worse was the fact that it was three hours long! After seeing the ending, my exact thought was "all of that just for every single character in the movie to die...cool." I urge you not to waste your time or money on this movie. Even Michael said it was bad.
Celebrated:: Third Anniversary
  • Michael and I celebrated our third anniversary on Monday! I have a feeling year four is going to be one for the books!
Traveled:: Las Vegas!
  • We leave for Las Vegas tonight and I couldn't be more excited. Maybe we will come back a few dollars richer (wishful thinking)! Stay tuned for a full recap of our trip next week!
Sincerely,

Emily Ann

P.S. The image above is a snapshot of our backyard during last weekend's snow storm. I was a little annoyed the snow ruined my shopping plans, but it sure was pretty to look at.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Vegas Style

We leave for Vegas in two days and I'm still trying to figure out what to pack! I did a little shopping and outfit planning this past weekend but haven't made up my mind quite yet. Here are a few of my options:


My Lulu's order arrives tomorrow (just in the nick of time), so I'm eager to try all of it on to see if any of it will work for our trip!

Sincerely,

Emily Ann

Monday, January 11, 2016

Stitch Fix:: V.4

I received my final Stitch Fix of 2015 on New Year's Eve. I'm a little late posting what my stylist sent for me to try, but here it is!


For those of you who don't know what Stitch Fix is, it's a personal styling service that shops for you and sends 5 items of clothing or accessories to your door, either monthly or on a date of your choosing. Personally, I receive my fixes quarterly. You can read a full review of my first three Stitch Fix deliveries here.

Since my latest fix arrived on New Year's Eve, I didn't have a chance to try everything on for a couple of days. Before I knew it, I had missed the 3-day timeline to return the items. Luckily, Stitch Fix was very understanding and allowed me a couple extra days to return the items I didn't want to keep rather than charging me for all of the items, which I was very grateful for.

Here's a look at the five items my stylist picked out for me:

Moon Collection Bailee Cowl Neck Knit Poncho
  • This was by far my favorite item. Ponchos are definitely one of the most popular trends this winter and up until now, I only had one in my wardrobe. I love the color of this one and had no hesitations keeping it. I've already worn it a couple times!

Skies are Blue Kynley Dress
  • I liked but didn't quite love this dress. The black dress they sent me in my last fix worked a lot better for me. As I mentioned before, I have a black dress that I like and don't really need another one so I returned this one as well.

Marlyn Schiff Linnes Chevron Cuff
  • This bracelet was cute, but huge on my wrist. Since jewelry isn't high on my wish list right now and the fit wasn't right, I returned it.


41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan/La Classe Couture Meagan Printed Fleece Legging
  • While I really like the color of this cardigan, it wasn't anything special to me. I have several similar cardigans, and didn't really feel the need to add another one to my wardrobe.  I decided to return this item.
  • I have never really been a fan of printed leggings, so I returned these as well. They were a great fit and the inside was so soft, but they were also very see-through. Here's a closer look at the pattern:
La Classe Couture Meagan Printed Fleece Legging

Overall, this wasn't my favorite Stitch Fix, but I do love that poncho!

On a completely personal level, I think what I enjoyed most about receiving this fix was that Michael had to help me capture the pictures. He has no idea what Stitch Fix is, but thought it was nice that my stylist "sent me a Christmas present" (insert tears of laughter emoji). He told me that he would be my photographer for 10 minutes and not a second longer, so I was scrambling to change outfits and get all the pictures I wanted in that 10 minute period. He also found it funny to snap "behind the scenes" pictures like this one (ignore the mound of scarves on the bed):


We will see if I can convince him to be my photographer again in the future. :)

Sincerely,

Emily Ann
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