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May. 6th, 2011 | 12:21 pm
location: utep
mood: sleepysleepy
music: black eyed peas


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design and math

Dec. 10th, 2010 | 10:22 pm
mood: aggravatedaggravated

so much to update.. but i should be studying for a math final. ugh seriously. still taking math, yasmin.

so tired of making ugly design, for stupid people who don't know the difference. i hate feeding the cycle. pinchie dinero.

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August 2009

Aug. 17th, 2010 | 06:33 pm
mood: anxiousanxious
music: 500 Days of Summer soundtrack

today, my friend, yared, reminded me about my livejournal, and so i decided to update it/
summer is pretty much over.. not sure what i think about it this year.. everything has just been going and going. things go, things go down, i guess the usual, right?

i took painting class this summer and had my first encounter with oil paints, which i enjoyed very much. i really want to paint on a more frequent basis.. yet time and space are always my enemy. :/
i have had a lot of work, despite it being the summer, which is always a good thing.

adriana recently got hired to be a 4th grade elementary teacher. i am really proud of her. :)

also, i may have totally f*d up my external drive, which not only hold 3 years of memories in photos and video, but also all my design work i have every created.. since the beginning of FIDM. SIGH. did this really happen to me, AGAIN? shiet. But someone very dear to me, told me not to attach yourself to anything. And he is right. material and worldy things, never last. I am not sure what I am going to do, except start over. Maybe that is a good thing.. starting over is usually never a bad thing.

trying to look forward to another semester of school and work.. it should be good times, all over again. that's is all for now!

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May Updates and Good story to share with ya'll.

May. 19th, 2010 | 10:59 am
mood: cheerfulcheerful

Its been a while since I have last updated. This spring semester almost kicked my ass, but I was able to keep cool. :) Now that school is over, I get to finally relax and start the gym again! yay.

My friend shared this story with me, and I liked it a lot and made me reflect on my priorities a lot, so I wanted to share. So if you haven'y heard it already, enjoy. :)

Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers...

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle,
when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the
mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some
items in front of him.

When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large
and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf

He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured
them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf

He then asked the students again if the j ar was full.
They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it
into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table
and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively
filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided,
'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your

The golf balls are the important things---your family, your
children, your health, your friends and your favorite
passions---and if everything else was lost and only they
remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job,
your house and your car.

The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he
continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf

The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff
you will never have room for the things that are important
to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your

Spend time with your children.

Spend time with your parents.

Visit with grandparents.

Take time to get medical checkups.

Take your spouse out to dinner.

Play another 18.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the

Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really

Set your priorities.

The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the
Beer represented.

The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you

The Beer just shows you that no matt er how full your life
may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with
a friend.

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March, already?!

Mar. 1st, 2010 | 05:05 pm
mood: cheerfulcheerful

Today I was obsessing my time watching old 2000 videos, of none other than britney spears and nsync. (dont ask) I must say, britney has an amazing body during that time, and the 2000 mtv VMAs were one of the best performances, yet.

No doubt is coming in May and nothing has made me so excited for it! I have been waiting so long for them to announce another tour date! Yes! I am still not certain who I will be going with and I do have a few takers, but it's an expensive show. So if anyone is feeling it, holla!

I also began getting new ideas for new projects! I live for those feelings and times. :D

My sister and I have been bumping heads lately. She is leaving to Iowa in about a month, and these past days have been intense. I know i will miss her, and although most of the time, I may come off as though I am not listening and put the 'Yasmin wall' up, I do listen. And now I find myself analyzing many things. It makes me wonder, how many times in a person's life, do they go through a self analyzing period/ self growth period? I feel as if I have them too often. Maybe once every semester. Maybe that is not too often actually.

Overall, life is good to me. Just gotta change the things I know I don't want, rather than accepting it all.

Chicago in March, here I come. :D


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Feb. 3rd, 2010 | 12:51 am
mood: chipperchipper

What are you liste​ning to?
Pandora - on Kate Nash station

Are you curre​ntly readi​ng a book?​​​​​
yes - How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

Can you make brown​ies witho​ut looki​ng at the instr​uctio​ns?​​​​​
i think so...

Do you usual​ly tell peopl​e when they hurt your feeli​ngs?​​​​​
never (unless it's my sisters or parents)

Is your hair clean?

Will you be in bed in the next 20 minut​es?​​​​​
maybe an hour (waiting on flickr photos to upload...)

What was the last bever​age you had?
coffee and water at the same time.

Do you have a girlf​riend​/​​​​​boyfr​iend?​​​​
something like that.

Do you drive​?​​​​​

Do you decor​ate for Chris​tmas?​​
one of my fave things.

Do you use the word "​​​​​hello​"​​​​​ daily​?​​​​

What color​ is your birth​stone​?​​​​​
light green - peridot

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oldies but goodies

Jan. 4th, 2010 | 01:56 am
mood: calmcalm

I hadn't logged into my Photobucket in a while, and I came across some old fun memories. ahh, i am easily entertained. Especially with photos. Here are some that made my day. :]

Marilynn and I

Bobi, Raquel, Tammy and I (Good times at the Pegasus)

One of the best cakes i've had. :]

Adri and I in the snow. Milliken, Colorado.

Last day of Portfolio class at FIDM.

more to come. time for bed. night, all.

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forget, but i can't

Jan. 4th, 2010 | 01:11 am
mood: curiouscurious
music: Kate Nash

Foundations by Kate Nash

Today, i attended a dinner held for the catechists and confirmation teachers and assistants at my church.
It was a good time with good food & I ate the chicken. It has been about 9 months since i stopped eating chicken, beef, pork or any other red meat. Though, I have been eating fish and organic eggs. Reasons for me neglecting these foods; i felt I was contributing to the unsafe and unfair cruelty that these animals went through & I felt it was healthier for me ( I am not sure if this is really true, but I did feel better and less tired) & I also lost some weight (though I am not certain it was because of my new food lifestyle, or because of my new work and school load + stress of other things). Anyway, there have been times when I have eaten red meat, usually when I feel I am being rude if I don't (usually at other households). I think it would be worse on my behalf, if i wasted or threw away food. My friend called me a buddhist, saying they are vegetarian, but they will eat meat if someone gives it to them. I am not vegetarian, but I also do not really eat red meat. Does it matter? ha. Probably not. That's that.

I have a horrible stomach pain. ugh.

My sister, Ana leaves to San Antonio on Monday. This vacation is going by too fast. It was unproductive, yet i think it's what i needed. I wish she could stay more days with us. :[

Confirmation classes start tomorrow morning. Hello, to waking up early again. Yay, my fave.
Looking forward to ice skating tomorrow with friends is always a plus.

Thats all for now. Peace.

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And let the new year begin...

Dec. 31st, 2009 | 03:41 pm
location: el paso
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
music: La Oreja de Van Gogh

along with the new resolutions. I hate calling them resolutions.
resolutions remind me of something that is never attained.
but ok, is it what it is. i checked to see what my 'resolutions' were last year
and if i had accomplished them. but i couldn't find them written anywhere.
nonetheless, i feel as if this last year was quite a productive and trying one.
i hope this next year is the same showing progressing, growing and more
learning in my life. this next hear i hope to (Ok here it goes..)
1. Manage time better (that may mean letting go of a job, which will in the end, give me more time for my family, myself and school work.)
2. Continue being productive, spend less time online.
3. Grow more in my Catholic faith
4. Find time throughout the year to visit Janadi
5. Read (& actually finish) more books. That can go alone with trying to actually finish
personal projects I set myself to do.
6. Get a new car :]
7. Learn to be more patient, forgiving and accepting of certain people.
8. Be a better friend to those who make time for me and show they are true friends. Keep in better touch, and that does not mean myspace and facebook.
9. Keep up with my workout routines and not get lazy
10. Pray more and remain humble

I think 10 is enough and they are all within reach. I wish everyone peace, love, health, and happiness and God bless you all and always in this new year!


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almost xmas

Dec. 22nd, 2009 | 09:47 pm
mood: blahblah

i hate when you give a friend advice, which seems like total common sense to you, then at the same time you realize you are being your friend, in the same thoughts and same mistakes, when they should know they deserve better. blah.

i received some xmas cards from my good friends, raquel and tammy in the mail. that definitely made my day.
xmas is almost here. wow. i am happy to be in good health and spending it with my beloved family.

UTEP at sunset.

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Dec. 6th, 2009 | 02:04 am

Where am i heading.
what am i doing?
what am i doing?
what do i want?
what do you want?
what do they want
where am i headed?
give me direction.
give me direction.
give me direction.
i need direction.
i need completion.
i want you happy.
i want them happy.
lets everyone be happy.


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halloween 2008

Oct. 31st, 2009 | 04:15 pm
mood: amusedamused

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harajuku lovers.

Oct. 12th, 2009 | 05:32 pm
music: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

i want this. and my sister said she was going to get me one. :]

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oct oct october

Oct. 8th, 2009 | 01:54 am
location: home sweet home
mood: cheerfulcheerful
music: feist.

I haven't been giving LJ much love lately, but i am still always checking everyone's posts. :]
I apologize if i sometimes do not comment, things have been so busy lately.
Here is a brief summary of what is happening lately in the life of Yasmin Marquez.

-I got offered the position of senior Graphic Designer or Senior Layout Editor for The Prospector, whichever position I chose, since both current positions will be free in the winter. I think I am aiming more towards Senior Graphic designer. Although I love layout, I think SGD would be better for me.

-I started a new job as a designer at The student Development Center at UTEP. They are usually in charge of UTEP events, propaganda, and what not.

-I also started working for Tom Darrah, a talented painter who also happens to be very funny and has a cool east coast accent.

-I talked to my friend Bobi, from LA today and she informed me she'd be moving back home (Arizona) to go back to school and get her BA (we studied at FIDM together). I am so happy for her. It's funny how many people I knew in LA (including myself) realized LA wasnt where happiness was, at least not at this particular time in our life. It's great to go back to school and still have the option of always going back. Life is all about experiences.

-I am becoming more involved with my church, different catholic organizations and my faith. It's awesome. I hope to be a good example to those around me, especially our confirmation kids, we are now teaching.

-My friend Ale and I are working on designing a book publication that features creative writings from not only El Paso, but around the world. We are super excited about this. yay!

-I feel like September flew right past me and I didnt even notice. Seriously, we are in October already!? But the weather sure is awesome!

-I really enjoy my printmaking class!

-Life is good.

Have a good week everyone!


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silver lining

Sep. 23rd, 2009 | 01:40 pm
location: Slide Library
mood: chipperchipper
music: Kings of Leon

So sometimes at work, I get the urges to play with my computer, and take silly photos of myself.

woohoo, thursday = Beck. Anyone else going?

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Writer's Block: Autumn Begins

Sep. 22nd, 2009 | 12:37 pm
mood: blankblank
music: jason meraz

Autumn starts today! How do you personally sense the change in seasons? Is Autumn more of a season in itself, or a transition period?

i think autumn is more in the personal relationships and feelings i get and have experienced throughout my life. of course, the changing colors, cooler breezes, and multiple layering all play into the effect fall causes.

somehow, every big new experience in my life begins in fall. some last throughout the whole year a little less, others end within months, or others last years and continue to grow.

fall of 2006-2007 seemed to have had the biggest challenges and most new friendships, and the chain seems to continue as the preceding years.



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neon lights.

Sep. 18th, 2009 | 01:52 pm
mood: indifferentindifferent
music: bloc party

fall has been unpredictable and unexpected lately.
i almost dislike it. maybe not.
taking it all in, adding new experiences to my treaded life.

many thoughts consume my mind and time as of late.
hundreds by the hours. thousands by the week. more or less.
school. future. traveling. friendships. creations.
ideas. happiness. religion. God. etc. etc. etc.

i am not complaining. everything is dandy.
and it really is.
i have excelled at being a good listener, without boast.
most times, i don't speak. i prefer listening. or writing/typing.
you do really learn a lot by doing so.
i love how i can go into starbucks or barnes and noble,
and listen to strangers converse.
i meet new people through ear, despite the lack of reciprocation.
it's great.

i came across this person's site while doing my usual browsing.
i love neon lights.


i want this supersampler.

check out some rad photos take by it @ urban nomad

i miss summer sometimes.
(ale and i, in african art class)

i need a nap.

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Sep. 12th, 2009 | 01:50 pm
mood: cheerfulcheerful
music: Cathy Davey

I have always felt that the moment when first you wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours.

-Monica Baldwin

i couldn't agree more.
i am in a friggin good mood today. :]
i feel great!

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nudes, exercise, and jonas brothers

Sep. 9th, 2009 | 11:45 pm
music: cat power and handsome boy modeling school

i am really enjoying life drawing class.
today we had to draw our first male nude.
i must have seemed nervous or awkward because the professor
asked me if i was ok. embarrassing.
i told her i was ok, and continued on with the drawing.
either my skills at drawing the male figure suck terribly,
or the nude model's continuous trying to make eye contact efforts,
(with not only myself, but my friend ale, too)
were pretty disturbing and uncomfortable, therefore affecting
my ability to draw better. orrrr, i could just be making excuses.

tonight i am terribly sore, and working out lately has had pretty
bad effects towards the end of the workout. i have been feeling fatigue, and nauseated. wtheck.
i am telling myself, it is merely because i have changed my workouts
to more of a weight lifting process, and less time with cardio. my
body is just getting used to it, right? hmm... these nexts weeks shall tell.

i think the jonas brothers bug has bit me. i have a crush on the brother on the far right.
how old is he anyway?! you never know with these disney star kids! :p

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Sep. 4th, 2009 | 10:41 pm
mood: disappointeddisappointed

So... I started watching the news on the 2008 Republican National Convention and of course, Sarah Palin, a current popular subject lately, came up. Something was mentioned that got my attention and really bothered me. First off, there is a mention of Palin's recent newborn baby, who was diagnosed with down syndrome. I thought it was 'crazy' or such a wild mention, that the media would make it a big deal or a huge honorable mention about Palin's decision to keep the baby, after hearing the news of the baby's disabilty while it was in her womb.


Is it even a question or thought in any human beings head, whether or not they would keep the child, just because they found out it had some sort of disablity?
Am I missing something here? Since when has anyone with any disability not been worthy of living a happy, quality life? Who is anyone not give them that opportunity of living their life.

I was truly in disbelief when i heard this on the news, and still am. Much more, when they also mentioned that Sarah Palin's 17 year-old daughter is pregnant. Palin states, "We're proud of Bristol's decision to have her baby..." I just don't understand how it is even a question.

I apologize if anyone is offended. I just feel it is a serious matter, that we take too lightly, nowadays.

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fall is near.

Sep. 2nd, 2009 | 11:30 pm
mood: amusedamused

i havent updated LJ in quite some time.
here's a brief update to my not so brief life.

- fall semester started last week. so far so good.
fall, dont let me down.
- today was the worst i have felt in a long time,
- but, on the bright side, i suddenly feel a lot brighter, a lot sunnier. ha.
- i begin teaching confirmation II with my sister and friend this coming sunday.
- i really enjoy my life drawing class, and i ain't too bad, may i boast.
- cat power and the good life (two of my fave bands) are playing in LA sept. wth?! :/
- my friend, memo is coming in september to visit
- my trip to colorado made me think and realize a lot of things, not only about myself,
but about certain individuals that i greatly care about.
- who wants to go to the zoo with me?

good words from mr. emerson.

"Don't waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it."

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rock climbing

Aug. 23rd, 2009 | 07:15 pm
mood: blankblank

Originally uploaded by millastrellas
Today I went rock climbing again with my friend, chris (selene, steve, sister and bf).
I am getting pretty addicted to the sport, and more
motivated to really get more strength in my body. It is so
much fun being out there, even though today the allergies
attacked me.

On another note, i received a call from my mother this morning who has been in colorado for the past days. She informed me that my uncle
passed away at 1 in the morning. It was so sad, especially hearing
my mom;s broken voice. I wish i could be there to comfort her and
the rest of the family. :/ At least, i know he is free of suffering, as he was his last days and in a better place.

RIP Tio Jorge. please keep him in your prayers.

I feel sick, drowsy and exhausted. a night in seems to be what i needed.

moviethon tonight so far...
-the perfect man (chick flicks are comfortable)
-conversations with other women
-maria antoniette (so great)
-vanilla sky (currently playing)
-not sure

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Aug. 21st, 2009 | 02:07 pm
mood: calmcalm
music: Petern Bjorn & John

cute desk i wouldn't mind having.

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august rushhhhh

Aug. 6th, 2009 | 05:03 pm
location: ///
music: Cat Power

So It is indeed my birthday week.
>> My friend Gaby's "Happy Birthday Week!" text started my week on a good start.
I remember beginning this whole 'birthday week' ordeal beginning with my own birthday on August of 2004.
I was turning twenty, saying good-bye to my non-rebellious (for the most part) teenage years. I always felt that a birthDAY did not seem good enough, or long enough. The anticipation of one's birth date was was ended, as fast as it started. So i put it upon myself to celebrate my whole birthday week, and felt it was necessary to also celebrate my friends' birthday weeks and make them feel special every freakin day of it. Though, I've noticed that as the number of years increase, the anticipation and expectations decrease. Instead we dread the coming date, where we draw closer to a reminder of the ticking of the clock, of time running out, and the things we still have to do. Or at least I do.

But this year, rather than remembering all the things i hadn't accomplished on my long unchecked 'List', I decided to think of the things that had been checked, without being written down on 'The List'. I have been really blessed to spend my hours, days, months, etc. with people that I love and vice versa. To learn and discover new things about the people around me (new and old) is such a wonderful experience to me. It's like they say, "Life is a journey not a destination". Living with those words, makes life all that better.

I am not sure where I intended to go with this entree. I usually tend to think a lot and contemplate my life and surroundings in the month of August. haha.

Anyways, life is great.
Here's to another birthday week and twenty four years of living (on saturday).

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wishlist. or something like that.

Jul. 31st, 2009 | 02:17 pm
mood: awakeawake
music: clap your hands and say yeah!

i usually never do this.
but it's all in good fun.
things i need. (ok.. i mean want)

01: directors series dvd set
02: IDN magazine subscription
03: orca plush toy (any size), still adding to my collection
04: magazine subscription for Print
05: Harajuku Lover Large Tote Bag
06: ABC Pop up book
07: Munny Toy or any other Dunny vinyl toys. :]
08: Mix CD - who doesn't enjoy mix personalized CDS!?
09: Homemade Cookies (or cake or any dessert). Oh, my sweet tooth!


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rain rain

Jul. 26th, 2009 | 05:28 pm
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
music: feist

i love waking up to the sound of raining outside.

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Jul. 23rd, 2009 | 12:13 pm
location: Work.
mood: aggravatedaggravated
music: Ratatat

sometimes i wish days had more hours!


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i want thisssss!

Jul. 22nd, 2009 | 10:05 pm
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
music: Portishead


designs people have done.

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Jul. 14th, 2009 | 11:24 pm
location: borderland
mood: cheerfulcheerful
music: pandora.

i havent updated in a while // not much happening or rather nothing new // but here it goes.

(a) i got an A in my african art class, which ended at the end of june.
graphic design 4 is still in progress until beginning august.

(b) i cut my hair the shortest i have ever had it.

(c) i am hoping to visit LA soon. cannot wait. be ready, all.

(d) my friend vanessa is getting married at the end of the month. i am VERY excited to attend her wedding.

(e) my best friend janadi is visiting me in august.

(f) i organized my much-needed-to-be-organized external.

(g) & i am tired and sleepy. thats all.

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personality blah blah. haha.

Jun. 25th, 2009 | 01:29 pm

My Personality
Openness to Experience
You are a calm person who is considered almost fearless by some, however you are sensitive about what others think of you. Your concern about rejection and ridicule cause you to feel shy and uncomfortable around others. You are easily embarrassed and often feel ashamed. Your fears that others will criticize or make fun of you are exaggerated and unrealistic, but your awkwardness and discomfort may make these fears a self-fulfilling prophecy. You have a generally cheerful disposition. You prefer the security and stability brought by conformity to tradition. You find helping other people genuinely rewarding and are generally willing to assist those who are in need. You find that doing things for others is a form of self-fulfillment rather than self-sacrifice, however you believe that a certain amount of deception in social relationships is necessary. You are guarded in new relationships and less willing to openly reveal the whole truth about yourself. You strive hard to achieve excellence. Your drive to be recognized as successful keeps you on track toward your lofty goals. You often have a strong sense of direction in life, but may sometimes be too single-minded and obsessed with your work.

Take a Personality Test now or view the full Personality Report.

wow. i think most of it is pretty right on.

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