My Weekly Meltdown 2014.41

There's not a word in my vocabulary that describes the relief I felt when we brought Fannie home from an eleven day hospital stay. 
The sample taken from her removed spleen confirmed the worst - an invasive blood vessel cancer that will probably end up taking her from us, much too soon. 
It was so important for me to bring her home, where she has given and received so much love. 
I hope I have the strength to bear what happens next. I know that to honor all the joy that she has given us, I need to envelop her with a calming and accepting energy to replace my fear and grief. 

I'm not sure how to transition from that to wax so I won't even try.

Last weeks melts:
Faves from above: (RG - pumpkin chai pecan waffles pumpkin cupcakes)

Melted but not pictured - highlighted are faves:

Beezy - sugar corn pudding
Beezy - iced lemon cookies
Beezy - pumpkin pecan waffles *gift*
Can Do Candles - blue ribbon cookies
CFTKR - gooey chewy kettle corn
CFTKR - indian sweet bread 
HHS - strawberry dream cake *gift*
Kim's Tarts - trick or treats *gift*
LPL - cranberry lime
LPL - cold ginger ale 
RG - starman's starfruit swizzle sticks
RG - cider lane sweet pumpkin pie marshmallow smoothie *gift*  !!!SO GOOD!!!!
SCS - summer days
SCS - strawberry love
SMT - blackberry
SMT - blackberry + SMT vanilla smoothie
SMT - serendipity butter cookie
SMT - sugar cookie lemon sugar vbn
SMT - lemon sugar this would be an amazing blending scent
S&S - serendipity coconut cream pie
Tiffany Candles - donut shop & caramel apple
TSW - the king's table
TSW - frosted pumpkin cupcakes
TSW - queen of scot's biscuits
TSW - hula girl  - light to medium throw but gorgeous blend
TSW - pumpkin apple
TSW - pie in the sky
VSC - the cresent hotel *gift*

Weekly State of Affairs:

Pending orders:
     SMT - part 1 (3/30) arrived 10/9
     SMT - part 2 (3/31) arrived 10/9
     Rosegirls - part 2 (6/21)
     Enchanted Candle Co. - (9/2) arrived 10/9
     Sugar & Spice (10/9)

**I became a bit twitchy with just one order that I was waiting for, so I added S&S to the list to make me feel a little bit safer**

Watched:
     Dom Hemingway
     Ida
     Obvious Child

Last Week's Erin Condren:

Perfume of the Day:
Last week brought frequent visits to the vet hospital so I wanted
to keep my perfume simple. Pure Grace is a safe, clean skin scent that I wore
by itself most days. If I was working or going out to eat I layered it with Stella.


Lastly, I was tagged in Deb's "I Love Fall" tag:

'I Love Fall' Tag

1. Favorite fall Starbucks drink?
Recently, I was introduced to the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino and it changed my life. I found it to be a little too sweet at first so I now ask for it with half of the amount of syrup. I've had 3 this week already. It's Monday.

2. Favorite fall Bath & Body Works candle?
It's hard to beat Pumpkin Pecan Waffles. Marshmallow Fireside is a close second.

3. Favorite Yankee candle?
I'm not a Yankee fan. I've purchased a couple but I don't remember what they were.

4. Favorite Thanksgiving food?
ALL OF THE FOOD. but not the vegetables. Unless it's a vegetable covered in marshmallows or brown sugar and butter.

5. Hayride or corn maze?
Both. I've never done either but they intrigue me. Do you sing during a hayride?

6. Favorite fall Bath & Body Works soap?
I like B&BW's soaps okay. During a sale last year, I purchased a cabinet full of them but I've never used one and thought, "I love this scent!". 

7. Favorite horror/Halloween movie?
I loathe horror films. I definitely 'watch' them peeping through my fingers or with my face turned sideways with my hand shield covering any peripheral viewing that may occur. I'm watching American Psycho this week though.

8. Favorite candy to eat at Halloween?
Reese's peanut butter cup but let's not be hasty and just limit this to Halloween. I've never been a fan of candy corn but recently I tried candy corned mixed with peanuts and it wasn't bad at all. 

9. Favorite fall activity?
Taking brisk walks in the cool weather with my doggies. The start of a long season of baking cookies. Reading a book or watching a movie on the couch with the windows cracked snuggled in a blanket with a cup of cocoa.

10a. Pumpkin pie or apple pie?
Both! Pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream and apple pie a la mode.

10b. Hot apple cider or hot cocoa?
Both again. Hot cocoa made with milk not water and cider with plenty of whipped cream and caramel sauce on top.

Thank you, Deb, for tagging me. I'd love to know your answers to some or all of these questions --especially your coffee drink of choice <3


My Weekly Meltdown -2014.40

Five deep breaths. 

I swear you guys, that has gotten me through these last several days.  Whenever I think I'm going to be overcome with emotion or guilt or sorrow, I've reminded myself to take five deep breaths. 

My entire world has come down to the very basics -- my dogs, my loved ones, going to work and trying to eat and stay hydrated. 

My sweet pup, Fannie, has had some very concerning set backs and has remained in the hospital for much longer than expected. My husband and I have had to make some decisions regarding procedures for her that have left me wrought with guilt and questioning. 

As I write this, she is back on the road to recovery and we are anticipating her coming home in the near future.

I've still been melting though and here's the run down:


Faves from above: (UTC - apple marshmallow serendipity bread

Melted but not pictured - highlighted are faves:

Aunt Smellman - toasted marshmallow
Beezy - fresh baked cookies
Beezy - caramel apple
Glitterati - lemon meringue toasted coconut
IHW - pistachio fluff
IHW - serendipity peach coconut leaves
IHW - sparkling pink sugar guava cotton candy
IHW - strawberry fruit loops noel
IHW - cotton candy frosting fruit loops
LSC - tickle your fancy
LSC - lemon heaven
LSC - melon sun tea
OLC - butter brickle
OLC - strawberry bread
RG - toffee apple streuselkuchen 
RG - vanilla nutmeg monster cookie
SMT - spearmint sugar milk
S├ąpeterapi - pear tart
SCS - twitterpated *gift* (my hubs commented on how much he liked this one too--rare!)
SCS - blackberry ice cream scoop bread
Shayz - pink sugar
Shayz - chocolate chip cookie dough
S&S - peanut butter fudge
ST - berry jam butter cookies
ST - serendipity
ST - ice cream cookies
TSW - pumpkin cheesecake
UTC - blue moon pecan waffles sugar cookies XL
VCS - blanche & baby jane

Perfume of the Day

Last Week's Erin Condren Planner:

Weekly State of Affairs:

Pending orders:
     SMT - part 1 (3/30)
     SMT - part 2 (3/31)
     Rosegirls - part 2 (6/21)
     Enchanted Candle Co. - (9/2)

Watched:
     The Skeleton Twins (liked it, a bit slow, good to rent)
     Fed Up (Must see, rent it!)
     Third Person (did not like)

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Thirty Street Wax

There are some exciting new vendors in the world of scented wax. One of them is Thirty Street Wax (TSW) and I've had the pleasure of placing two orders with them in the last month. 

My first order was approx 34.2 ounces / $1.05 per ounce - shipping was $12.35: 

Cupcakes (averaged 2oz each):
  • monsoon wedding x2 - orchid, peony, water lily, watercress, aloe, bamboo and summer ripened berries.
  • queen mab - lavender, chamomile, lily of the valley, citrus, powder and african violet
  • hula girl x2 - white nectarine, jasmine, vanilla and hawaiian sandalwood 
  • pink fluffy marshmallow - pink sugar with marshmallow and cake batter

Cameo Tarts (averaged about 2.5 ounces each):
  • queen of scots biscuits - spicy oatmeal cookies with butterscotch
  • mooseberry cobbler
  • southern belle 
I love the size of these cameos and the details are impressive:
Chunk Tarts (averaged 2.5 ounces each):
  • summer taffy (not shown) - fresh juicy peaches, sweet summer strawberries, rich and creamy french vanilla taffy, carmelized sugar and warm butter.
  • velvetten rabbit x2 - fresh honey & toffee bits, citrus, baby powder & jasmine, cotton candy, raspberries & sweet lemon.
  • pie in the sky - apples, spices, crust, sweet zucchini bread, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg and marshmallows
  • the king's table x2- pumpkin waffles with butter, maple syrup, peaches and whipped cream.

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My second order was the pumpkin sampler that included (6) scent shots, (4) chunks and (1) very large pie slice. Total ounces was 24.4, the sampler price was $25 / $1.02 per ounce. Shipping was $7.00 for a Regional A box:
  • blueberry pumpkin patch
  • pumpkin eggnog
  • pumpkin sugar cookie
  • pumpkin apple struedel
  • pumpkin cheesecake
  • frosted pumpkin cupcakes
  • liz's pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting
  • pumpkin hot buttered rolls
  • creamy pumpkin spice latte
  • maple sugar pumpkin caramel cake
A huge 6 ounce pie slice in Mile High Cream Pie (pie crust, pumpkin souffle, pumpkin pie and whipped cream)


one ounce freebies:

I've melted a handful of these and the performance has been all over the place but mostly very good. The first one that I tried (maple sugar pumpkin caramel cake) was a very light --almost non thrower. I melted it in a 20w hot plate in my loft and I sat two feet from the warmer. I couldn't smell it at all. 

The second melt (pumpkin eggnog) was one of the strongest and longest lasting scents I've ever melted. It was phenomenal! It was so good that it has made me want to try TSW again and again and again --just in search for wax that performs anywhere near this good.

The others that I have melted have performed very well with average to above average throw. 

The highlights are the blends and labeling, especially impressive from a new wax company. 

There was one little thing that I did not like about my first order. The Medium Flat Rate box that it arrived in was entirely too big and the order, even with the kraft paper around every piece of wax, could have easily fit into a Regional A box.


I am probably more of a stickler with packaging and shipping than most but I can not stand careless shipping. I think that the amount of space in this box is reckless on the vendor's part. It could save the customer several dollars. Individually that may not be a big deal but it adds up quickly.
My guess is her website calculates the shipping price based on the number of items sold. So I ordered 16 items and the smaller box shipping stops at 15 items, which probably needs to be adjusted if that is the case.

I am a huge fan of flat rate shipping or actual shipping. TSW has estimated shipping that, from what I have seen, is not accurate. 

The good definitely outweighs the disappointment in shipping, so far. The wax quality, the blends, the scent description on each label with the pour date --all have me super excited to order again. TSW has scheduled restocks and she remains open for several days. 

If you're interested, TSW's facebook page is located HERE! I believe their next restock will be Oct. 15-19 via their WEBSITE!

**I am not associated with the vendor in anyway. Links provided are not sponsored**

Have a great Monday!

My Weekly Meltdown -2014.39


It's been an emotional week with a very sick doggie. She's on the mend and I hope to have her home from the hospital this weekend.

My mind is still a bit scatterbrained so I will just hop right into this post:


Faves from above: (SCS - raspberry ICSB) (RG - save the drama for your mama)


Melted but not pictured - highlighted are faves:

CBV - strawberry margarita
Glitterati - zb / toasted marshmallow
I Heart Wax - amish friendship bread / marshmallow cookies 
KK - amish cookie bread
KK - peanut butter cookie
LPL - rainbow sherbet 
LPL - cupcake
LPL - southern banana cake
RG - summer cake
RG - frosted pumpkin funnel cake
RG - lemon caramel sauce
SMT - cotton candy bliss / butter brickle 
SMT - twinkies / marshmallow fluff / PPW
SCS - watermelon cooler
SCS - perfectly pear
TBG - marshmallow cookie jar
TBG - the patisserie 
TSW - mooseberry cobbler 
TSW - the king's table
TSW - maple sugar pumpkin caramel cake
TSW - southern belle

***

In my perfect world, every year I would buy the Chanel fall nail polish collection. That doesn't always happen but I do try to buy a few bottles of new release nail polish every fall and spring. The last couple of seasons I've purchased from Essie but this fall, Zoya appeared on the radar with a couldn't be passed up sale. 

I received six polishes and a full bottle of polish remover for $27.00. The polish was buy one get one free with free shipping and the polish remover was also free.

What's interesting is that I was recently in need of polish remover and researched the highly recommended ones. Zoya's remover is one of the best.  I have plenty now because I ordered the 30 ounce bottle of it but I like the bottle that they sent because it has the pump lid that you see in nail salons.

My Erin Condren: (Thank you to Deb for my fall stickers!)

Last Week's Erin Condren:

Perfume of the Day: 
(I love my Coola sunscreen lotion --it's not thick, goes on just like lotion and smells great!)

Weekly State of Affairs:

Pending orders:
     SMT - part 1 (3/30)
     SMT - part 2 (3/31)
     Rosegirls - part 2 (6/21)
     Beezy Tarts - (8/30) arrived 9/2?
     Enchanted Candle Co. - (9/2)

Watched:
     The Drop (really liked it, go see it)
     Blended (did not like)

This is a tough one, but I'm determined to try:

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Order of the Odor: Volume 2

What is your first or most cherished scent memory?

The idea of a signature scent is what started my obsession with fragrance. One of my childhood best friend's mother wore Beautiful by Estee Lauder every day of the year.  I fell in love with perfume because of her and I remember saving all of my babysitting money to buy the smallest bottle of Beautiful available. An eleven year old, wearing such a grown up perfume! I loved it and I wore it proudly. Mrs Cummings will always be my first thought when I smell Beautiful and she is also my first and most cherished scent memory. 

Fragrance Obsessed: A Rosegirls pie is one of the most coveted wax items around, but find out why Sunnee will take a Rosegirls loaf over a pie any day. You really want to see these loaves.... 

It's Always Something: The Fall Slut has very high standards regarding all things fall related. She has officially proclaimed her favorite, # 1, all-time BEST Fall Scent.

Lolo Loves Scents: Thinking of plotting a Tiffany Candles order soon? You'd be remiss to do so without reading this post first! Lauren, the master of swift and supersonic reviews, busts out 15 Tiffany scent ratings in one breath! Resulting in many lemmings.

The Redolent Mermaid: Julie waxes poetic about a vendor who is taking risks blending with gardenia (with great payoff), has gorgeous scent shots, and fun restock themes. Who is this mystery vendor?


Are You Facebook Popular?

Every once in awhile I want to pour my heart out about the wax community that I have grown  to love and, to be honest, not love so much. 

There is so much good --friendship and camaraderie and truly caring individuals but there is an overwhelming amount of bickering, name calling and distension.  

The last couple of days have brought about some hot topics, some related to each other and some their own separate mess. 

This is my take on it, and I am not in anyway saying what I write is the the right opinion or even accurate for that matter. There are many, many sides to these stories and I thought I would share the view from mine. 

First, I want to say that when I entered the wax world a year and a half ago, I did it all wrong. Several things -- 1. I used a stupid fake name and 2. I posted giveaways linking my blog on many of the general wax boards. 

I wish I could do it all over again. Use my real name and shut up about my blog. 

What I didn't know then was how big the wax community was and how close knit many of the members already were. 

The way I entered was all wrong. And obnoxious. 

I wanted traffic to this blog and I told myself that I had to treat it like a business. 
It didn't work, obviously.  I'll be the first to tell you that my blog is not all that popular. 

In the end, I am unregrettably proud that I have this blog because I have come to know the most amazing girls that are as real as any real life friends I have. 

As with all social media, by the time I hit enter on this post, it will be old news. The thing with the wax community is that the same issues get recycled through with different (or not) names attached to the current hot topic. 

A couple of things going on recently:
     secret groups
     screen shots
     vendor ebay sales
     
-secret groups-

Secret groups aren't really all that secret. I'm not going to name them because I don't think it's relevant to do so but there are many secret groups for wax on Facebook.  
Most of these groups are iron clad, tight knit where most of the members in them have formed real and true friendships. They talk about more than just wax and they truly do care for each other. One particular group is very influential in that when they organize a fundraiser for a community member, it is incredibly successful. 

I love that part of these groups. Just because I'm not in all of them doesn't mean that I don't honor them in terms of the good that is in them.

What I don't honor is the other side of some of the groups. I have seen the members take topics from general wax groups and tear them to shreds in a very ugly and vile way. Not only the topics but multiple people are brought up and bashed over and over and over again. Names like hore, twatwaffle, cuntcake -- just...ugliness. I'm the first one to say a word is just a word but it's the hatred behind them that gives them meaning. 
Some of these names are used towards each other --same word, different context and the word becomes a term of endearment. You hore (I'm purposely misspelling it) could mean You Hore, I despise you or You Hore, I love you.

My biggest disappointment is seeing vendors in a group partaking in the same bad behavior. Again, if asked, I'm not going to mention any names and to be honest, I still like these vendors very much, just sad to see them talk about customers and sometimes other vendors in a non professional manner. Yes, vendors are just people too but I also think they should do their best to keep their customers and potential customers protected and keep any venting about them limited to a very, very small group of personal and trusted friends. Not groups with more than 50+ members.  

I am part of a secret group of approximately 100. I do not know every one of the group members personally, but I do love the fact that I do not see bitterness and name calling, even when topics get touchy. This particular group is run very well and has evolved to become an amazing network of wax members. It's not perfect, but it's respectful.

-screen shots-

So how do I know so much information about groups I'm not even a part of?  Information is getting out of these groups and it's not the work of one or two or even three members. 

Screen shots are a huge no-no in groups. I don't think it's only about hiding or keeping information secret, I think it's very important to admins of groups to help make their members feel safe and comfortable expressing their thoughts and opinions. 

I get why screen shots are a thorn in the sides for admins but I also think in any group, we should assume that what we post is going to be repeated. Nothing in any group --secret, vendor, general -- ever stays private. Ever. Unless it's boring, but nobody cares about the boring stuff.

-vendor ebay sales-

I will admit that I don't know too much about this but there is some drama with the original Rosegirls owner selling pies at a marked up price on Ebay.

I'm not sure what the big deal is. I remember when I first read about this months ago, I wasn't really shocked or appalled by what the prices were or projected to be (with bidding it is hard to say). Trying to see it from both sides, I could see how it could be looked at as a double standard. As a consumer, we should know better not to sell vendor wax at a higher price than what the vendor does. Selling on ebay could be seen with an attitude of  --You can do it, but I can't?

It could also be looked upon as greedy. We can buy a full RG pie for $28 when the website is open or we can bid on one for $50+ dollars and have it arrive right away. We don't know why the original owner is selling or what the motivation is. And I know we can all agree that it's none of our business. I personally don't look at it as greedy, I think it's her prerogative.

I would buy certain RG pies at much more than $30 if I were desperate or really wanted a blend that was being offered.

Then there is something about one of the ebay pies being named after Robin Williams and some were offended that there was not a monetary tribute to ....his foundation, I guess? I get that maybe there are those who find that disrespectful or in bad taste, I definitely do not but if you do, I'm cool with that. But just because a small handful of people find it offensive doesn't mean that it IS offensive. I don't think anyone has anymore of a personal relationship with Mr. Williams or his family than anyone else in this particular situation. I can say with 100% surety that the intention of naming a blend after Robin Williams was in no way meant to be exploitive or disrespectful.

The misspelling of his name--again, I don't really see the big deal here. 


***
There have been many times where I have been sorry or ashamed of my own behavior and words in the groups. 

I have posted without thinking, I've been mean spirited without compassion and I try too hard to fit in. I have gone to friends with my fair share of gossip. I do try my best to be accountable for my actions and not make excuses or shift blame. 

If there is one bit of humble advice that I can give and that I try to remember myself, it is to be careful who you trust and associate with. Negativity breeds quickly and before you know it you are negative, snarky and mean. Trust only a few and choose them carefully.

I am not Facebook popular, but I have been lucky enough to bond with a handful of women who lift others up, who look for good and who have endless integrity. 

Popularity doesn't hold a candle to that.

My Weekly Meltdown -2014.38

Hello!

Last week I forgot to list my non-pictured melts so forgive the long list this week.  

I'm not sure exactly why I enjoy keeping track of my melts so much but I think it has to do with feeling a sense of accomplishment and validation when I buy more wax to add to my collection. 

I often wonder if it would be more fun and enjoyable to just plop in a tart, throw away the wrapper and forget about it. For some reason, I just can't do that. Even if I didn't have this blog, I'm pretty sure I would still list like a maniac.

Melted (last several weeks) / Highlighted are faves/to be repurchased

Beezy - coconut lime verbena
Beezy - iced lemon cookies
Butterfly Lane - chicks dig it
CFTKR - pistachio coconut fluff
CFTKR - you are my sunshine
CFTKR - blackberry & tangerine
CFTKR - bora bora
CFTKR - *gift* zucchini fluff
Enchanted Candle Co. - the sultan's moroccan massage oil
HHS - raspberry zinger twinkies 
HHS - serendipity vanilla ice cream scoop bread
HHS - whipped peaches & creme
I Heart Wax - fresh tangerines marshmallow cream birthday cake
I Heart Wax - pomegranate watermelon patch
L3WW - acid trip
KK - georgia peach
KK - alex's rainbow
KK - sea island strawberries 
KK - strawberry bliss
KK - oatmeal cookies & frosting
KK - vanilla lime
KK - fruitilicious
KK - bartlett pear
LPL - melted marshmallow
LPL - caramel pears
Makes Scents - raspberry peach macaroon
Glitterati - serendipity waffle cone
Glitterati - white sugar plumeria
Glitterati - orange lace cake !!! top 10 fave !!!
Rainbow Melts - wildberry mousse zucchini noel
Rainbow Melts - *gift* minty melonade
RG - soothing lavender dreams
RG - *gift* save the drama for your mama
RG - raspberry sauce / CCF / birthday cake
RG - caramel dipped pears
RG - hot apple pie bread !!! top 5 fave !!!
RG - pear / strawberry jam / honeydew melon
RG - raspberry streuselkuchen
RG - melon mayhem
SMT - shortbread cookies / oj cake / lemon berry
SMT - lemon meringue / vbn
SMT - adalys marshmallow peeps
SMT - honeydew melon / cotton candy / whipped cream
SMT - birthday cake
Streetman Company Store - fruit spritzer
Streetman Company Store - bomb pop
TSW - creamy pumpkin spice latte 
TDC - white tea & lemonade
UTC - strawberry ice cream / raw cake batter serendipity

***

So I went to World Market and looked at all the cute things. I love their kitchen gadget section and their fully stocked international pantry section. 

I found some pins on Pinterest of beautifully organized spice racks and decided my life was going to fall apart if I didn't organize my spices immediately. 

I wasn't looking for it but it was love at first sight when I saw this cleaning caddy. I have plans for it holding my under-the-sink kitchen cleaning supplies.
This color! 

I love the green top bottles for spices and herbs that I "pinch" because it doesn't have the shaker top that the white bottles have. Each bottle is $.99 each. 

I recently realized that my local farmers market type grocery store has spices and herbs in bulk. This is a huge revelation to me because it means the end of expired spices that I buy, use once and then keep for 87 years. Marjoram, I'm talking to you. 

My inspiration pin courtesy of creature comforts blog:

I'm going to search for slightly more decorative labels without getting too cutesy. 

Once my finished spice project is complete, I'll be sure to post pictures.


***

Posting pictures of weekly planner pages is probably considered over-sharing to most of the planet's occupants, but my over-sharing meter has been a bit uncalibrated lately.

All I know is that I'm following a couple of Instagramers who post pics of their past week's pages and I'm sucked in like it's my business on those pages. I absolutely love it. 

I'm not nearly as creative with the decorating and part of me feels like a twelve year old when I break out the stickers and tape but I don't care. I could stare at my week for hours and I'm finding myself constantly looking for things to add to make myself more productive, including "stop staring at your planner for hours".  

When I first received my planner, I questioned the need for such an ambitious book because I don't have the kind of life that fills the pages with important people stuff. I sleep, work and think about food...alot.  Up until the middle of last week, I was using it to record my spending but I found the most awesome app for that and I now use my phone to track my purchases. 

I'm also a little obsessed with the weather. Aaannnd...I found weather stickers, so there's that.

Last week's planner pages:

Deb sent the sweetest package that included wax AND stickers. These lady bug stickers were used immediately.

So I dunno. Too much info in an uncomfortable, why are you showing me that, kind of way? I haven't fully decided yet. 


Weekly State of Affairs:

Pending orders:
     SMT - part 1 (3/30)
     SMT - part 2 (3/31)
     Rosegirls - part 2 (6/21)
     Beezy Tarts - (8/30)
     Enchanted Candle Co. - (9/2)
     CFTKR - (9/14) arrived 9/23

Watched:
     This is Where I Leave You (liked it, recommend it as a rental)
     God's Pocket (did not like)

Ever read something and think, "this was written for me"? 
This was written for me:

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