Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Quality Mornings

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I'm told that a quality morning consists of waking up before your kids, exercising, showering and getting dressed, and being ready to make breakfast when the kids wake up. I think that sounds very high quality. I've never tried it because I have a disorder that makes me think--no matter what I have planned the night before--that I need to stay in bed until the very last second or I won't get enough sleep. I wrote about this in one of my first Kelloggs posts because it seemed necessary to address the elephant in the room: That is, Kelloggs is all about happy, healthy mornings and I embody the opposite of that. Someone sent me some very helpful links after that post: How to Get Up Right Away When the Alarm Goes Off and How to Become an Early Riser. These articles have helped me get up a lot better in the morning. I started sleeping with my shutters open so it would be lighter and I try not to think about getting up and let my subconscious get me out of bed without having to rely on willpower. Those of you who arise early naturally are thinking, "Hmmm. Psycho." Oh well. It is, unfortunately, starting to get darker in the mornings now and as a result I fear I will be forever lost to the waking world. Oh well.

That said, I think the best way to have a quality morning would be to win $100 gift card from Visa. Try.


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100 comments:

  1. Perhaps $100 could buy work clothes lovely and exciting enough that I can't wait to jump out of bed and get dressed? That's my only hope, really.

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  2. I will never believe in that approach. I get much more done AFTER the kids go to bed. Early mornings=Hell. That is all.

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  3. I blame early morning seminary for creating my inability to wake up early without feeling tortured. Although considering that was only 4 years of my life - not even 12% of my life so far - I probably just hate waking up early. And I accept that about myself.

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  4. I have the same problem. Even if I can't go back to sleep, I just lay there until the very last minute before I HAVE to get up. And I love snooze.... A lot.

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  5. Maybe I could bribe my kids with $100 to leave me alone in the mornings?

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  6. I hate early mornings...that's all I have to say.

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  7. I would like to have one quality morning in my lifetime!

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  8. That Sugar Smacks frog has a new haircut.

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  9. I think it is much easier to stay up all night and be awake in the early morning than it is to go to sleep and have to get up.

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  10. The best way to start out a morning is with breakfast in bed, cooked by my husband. It's never happened but a girl can dream.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  11. I don't know we why, as parents, haven't decided to pull all nighters on a consistent basis.

    All Nighters! Not just for college students!

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  12. These days are all about naps for me! I'm a nursing mama. I'm on call every 3 hours!! $100 would be grand! (:

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  13. One of these days... I'll start getting up early, and win one of these blog give aways.

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  14. I'm glad I have so many chances to win!

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  15. That sure does sound high quality. I am like you, and am afraid that I will not get enough sleep unless I wait until the last second. Unfortunately, this extends into my thought process about eating. Whenever food is available, I eat it, because I am afraid I might not have another opportunity for a long time, or I will be busy and get hungry and then what would I do? Starve to death? Nah, probably just pour myself a bowl of cereal.

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  16. To tired to discuss waking up. I just want cash.

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  17. Those articles are so helpful, so basically all I have to do to lose weight is stop thinking about exercising and just do it? Who'do thunk it?

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  18. I love the mornings. When they are over.
    HA!

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  19. I go to work when it is dark outside and come home when it is afternoon. Probably this means that mornings no longer exist. We've all been deceived.

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  20. I realized on my mission that if I'm awake for an extended time before 6am that my body has been conditioned to physically need a bacon-egg-cheese biscuit. I believe this conditioning is due to many early morning flag plantings rewarded with McDonald's breakfast.

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  21. I won $5 in a box of Rice Krispies when I was about 12. That was an awesome morning.

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  22. Morning is my favorite time of day. I rise early, full of creative energy, grab a cup of coffee and head out the door to enjoy the quiet, glad to be able to hear nature around me before the rest of the neighborhood comes to life.

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  23. I'm not a morning person. My best assignment when I was a consultant on the East Coast was working with Microsoft in Seattle. My boss thought I was awesome for being willing to shift my working hours 3 hours later. I thought it was awesome to sleep late and work at night after everybody left. Win-win!

    So, the just become a morning person thing, so doesn't work. I'll get up and take care of my children, but I'm never going to be thrilled to do it at 6:30am.

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  24. I have never been a morning person until now I still hate getting up early but the baby goes down for bed early and a mt dew helps early in the morning
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  25. I'm not a morning person. I think my kids know it too, they leave me alone until I'm up, mostly.

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  26. Ok, I have been having so much trouble getting up. So it looks like I really need to read those articles. I need all the help I can get right now.

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  27. I'm with you, I hate getting up and wait as long as I possibly can. Unfortunately my 12 YO daughter seems to have inherited this so I have to get up to make sure SHE got up. Ugh.

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  28. The earlier I wake up, the earlier my kids wake up. There is no "me time" in the morning. It's one of the wonderful things about being a mom--being ON all the time--that few people address. Like, right now, "someone" is insisting I make him some Froot Loops. There are so many problems with that sentence, I don't know where to begin.

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  29. I didn't realize until I had my daughter that I would never have mornings to sleep in. Ever again. And I miss that.

    Though some cash would help out...

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  30. I try to get up earlier than they do, and get my morning all sorted out...before everyone wakes up!

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  31. I don't like waking up early.

    MCantu1019@aol.com

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  32. Mornings are not pretty in my house. I want to get up before the kids but never can. So I snuggle a little with them and then stumble out to my coffee pot.

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  33. If I wake up early, they wake up earlier, too. So, best to stay in bed as long as possible.

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  34. I am a morning person so I am up before anyone else and have my bowl of cereal in peace and quiet. I can look forward to each new day and the joys and challenges it will bring

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  35. Oh the weekdays, there is no such thing as quality time....we are all rushing to get out the door by 7am....but we do have a big family breakfast on Saturday mornings after we've all slept in after a long week.

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  36. I love late nights, but I've never been able to sleep in, so I am what they call a napper. I want a tattoo that says. "Respect the Siesta." I am serious. You'll know I was right when the latin siesta culture RULES THE WORLD (and why? because they respect the body's natural need to eat a big meal mid day and sleep it off, also known as biphasic sleep pattern).

    With $100 I can start a fund to go to Spain and siesta myself silly.

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  37. We usually have more quality time on the weekend. My daughter hates mornings...not sure where she gets that, LOL....but I always make sure she eats something for breakfast and that the last thing she hears when she leaves for the bus is I love you. With a $100...I'd take her to breakfast...and I'll even take my hubby too!
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

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  38. I start by trying to be quiet in the morning to meditate!
    kmassman gmail

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  39. I concur - $100 would definitely brighten my morning. After I've had my coffee of course.
    shutterboo at gmail dot com

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  40. I don't like mornings but coffee helps.

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  41. hahahaha.. winning a $100 dollars would definitely make a good morning. 100 buckeroos, a cup of joe and I'm ready to take on the day. ;)

    abitnerdygirl at gmail DOT com

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  42. Morning people are terrible - they mock us night owls LOL. But I could spend the $100 in the afternoon or evening, right?
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. tweet! http://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/25337642925
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. Morning? Glad I'm retired :)
    bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. are we disqualified if we comment twice? because tomorrow is my birthday and I could really use $100 birthday bucks.

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  46. i am not a morning girl

    i need coffee or i'm a bear!
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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  47. only if i saw this post in the morning..i try to sign up for free samples while eating breakfast lol
    songyueyu at gmail

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  48. http://twitter.com/syytta/status/25363407055

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  49. I never liked early mornings. NEVER.

    evil_eva12 at hotmail dot com

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  50. My parents got up early and that got us up early. And I did the same with my kids and now those kids are following the same pattern.

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  51. http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/25371278529

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  52. My sister gets up every morning, puts on her robe and has a Coke. I think this is her version of her morning coffee. We have taken to saying to her children in a smoker's voice: "Don't botha your motha before she's had her Coke." Maybe I should start such a soothing morning routine...

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  53. I like to start my morning off with fruit, cereal and cottage cheese, then it's off to the gym for me!

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  54. I don't have kids and I start work at 1:00 pm everyday, so I avoid the morning problem.

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  55. I love the quiet of the early am--like to get up before anyone else, drink coffee, check news and email and then get ready to start the work day--would love to have an extra $100--that would buy a lot of coffee!!!

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  56. http://twitter.com/fostertam/status/25439873879

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  57. $100 can't buy me an alarm clock that makes me breakfast. But it sure would make getting out of bed easier!

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  58. I just look forward to my coffee so much in the morning that it helps me get out of bed!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  59. tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/25461485883

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  60. we always share kisses before we're out the door! i hate mornings too though. scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  61. I don't have everything done before the kids get up, but I do get up an hour before they do...helps me to collect myself.

    leahforlove(at)aol(dot)com

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  62. I always wake up earlier than my children to get my mornings off to a good start. It's my saving grace!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  63. I hate mornings. I always have,and most likely always will. That's why I try to do everything I can the night before, such as laying out my son's school clothes and getting backpack ready. He gets a simple breakfast, but still yummy, like Kellogg's cereal :) The hugs and kisses as he leaves for the bus makes the quality of the morning better. And, winning $100 would definitely be worth getting up early for!

    mandmvaught@centurylink.net

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  64. tweeted this post
    http://twitter.com/mandmvaught/status/25536337461

    mandmvaught@centurylink.net

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  65. Mornings are always somewhat crazy, but I try to offet the craziness by having things organized in the morning and making sure there are a couple things the kids can choose from for breakfast. That helps a lot.
    HobartsMama {AT} AOL.COM

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  66. I posted about this on my blog!
    http://jennaiscorner.blogspot.com/p/kelloggs-moms-breakfast-club.html
    HobartsMama {at} aol.com

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  67. I'm not a morning person at all. Luckily hubby gets the kids up and ready since I'm out the door for work before they even get up.
    angiewith3 at live dot com

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  68. I set my alarm to go off with loud music so I practiclly jump out of bed. I've never been one to press the snooze which is good because I have to make sure my childre are ready for school and out the door on time.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  69. http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/25540367384

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  70. Yes! $100 would be a great way to start the day!

    Another way to make sure my day starts right - A smiling baby, a kiss from my hubby, a small prayer and a huge cup of coffee! Breakfast for the baby always - for me....well, that may be optional.

    Melanie
    mel2266@gmail.com

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  71. that sounds like a great way to start out any morning

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  72. I love mornings. Right now it is 11 at night and I am miserable. I hate being awake late at night. Alas, insomnia is my arch nemesis. Mornings are great however. Both my baby and I are in good moods. I get to have oatmeal and coffee. Both of which I adore. Then my baby plays on the floor and we explore the house!

    laprochaine at gmail dot com

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  73. I REALLY APPRECIATE THE GIVEAWAYS YOU HOST! BUT I LOVE MY SLEEP JUST AS MUCH LOL kytah00@yahoo.com

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  74. I SAW IN THE "OFFICIAL RULES" YOU MAY TWEET FOR AN SECOND ENTRY, SO HERE IT IS AND THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY! http://twitter.com/kytah00/status/25559399706 kytah00@yahoo.com

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  75. The smell of clean clothes, sweet smelling hair that was just washed, and warm blueberry muffins really helps my mornings.

    Mel4Him777{at}gmail{dot}com

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  76. I am an early bird and love my mornings and my cereal.
    marybug2@yahoo.com

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  77. I tweeted your giveaway
    http://twitter.com/marybug2/status/25597418133
    marybug2@yahoo.com

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  78. I start out with Coffee, hunny toast, and CNN news. Than I wake everybody else up.

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  79. Coffee is the only way I can get anything done in the am.

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  80. A strong cup of coffee gets me going and, usually, puts me in a good mood to start the day.

    An email saying I'd won a $100 gc would put me in a better mood.

    scoopster(nospam)at yahoo dot com

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  81. Saying good morning with a smile and eating a delicious and healthy breakfast such as oatmeal or cereal with fruit is a given. But I always play music to get out of bed and do a dance do one song. It energizes everyone for the day when you play a great positive song and shake it! :) deeg131 at gmail com

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  82. tweeted! thanks :)

    http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/25608816875

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  83. I work 2nd shift and sometimes I get home and have to unwind..until about 3am. Makes getting up early a real bear. I am not human unless I get a Diet Coke and 15 minutes of meditating in quiet before my daughter has to get up.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  84. A good way to start the morning, let the kids pick out what they want for breakfast. Makes life so much easier for all of us!
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  85. Tweeted giveaway!
    http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/25643941300
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  86. I agree, $100 would be a great way to start the day!! Thanks for the chance!

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  87. Tweeted

    http://twitter.com/jillyrh/status/25646898173

    Thanks so much.

    :-D

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  88. I always set my alarm clock the night before with wonderful intentions of waking up early to run and cook the fam a nice hot breakfast. Do you think that has ever happened even once? Maybe with $100 I could bribe my husband to run and cook for me.

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  89. I start my kids off with a healthy breakfast and an I Love you. uheeter at comcast.net

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  90. I hate mornings, I hate morning people but I adore caffeine!

    I start off my day by laying in bed and decompressing before letting my feet actually hit the floor. My 2 year old watches TV in his room (quietly) so I am able to get 15 minutes of me time in the morning!

    newmommyin08 AT yahoo DOT com

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  91. Breakfast. Music. Compliments. Those all lead to our good mornings, but a Visa card would definitely help.
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

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  92. Coffee, patience and routine.

    If that doesn't work, we just stay out of each others way!

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  93. There's no such thing as a "good" morning. Give me coffee and send me on a walk and I can make it through the darkness until 12:00, but I will never ever be able to get up easily or willingly in the morning. I think morning people write those things!

    bsw529 at gmail dot com

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  94. Mornings are hectic here--with the kids and dog rushing me around--i would stay in bed but that will never happen--With me--it's a cup-o-joe and i'm on the go. :)

    marci
    tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com

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  95. I ensure a bright start by drinking a warm cup of coffee and reading the newspaper on the porch.

    Must.have.coffee.

    We try to share breakfast as a family, but the weekdays get hectic and we usually sit together on the weekend.

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  96. I enjoy sitting in my favorite chair & having the sunlight shining in the window while I soak in the word from the Son of God...my personal devotions help to start my day right!

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  97. http://twitter.com/tigergal01/status/25720921378

    tweet

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  98. try to get as much as u can the the night before and the morning smooth sailing

    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

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  99. i tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/purplelover04/status/25743055201

    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

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