The New Wendy’s Baconator Breakfast Sandwich Is The Best Way To Break Your Fast

I’ve always loved breakfast sandwiches. It’s my go-to when I want to splurge and I’ve tried every fast food, convenience store, and homemade variety out there. I prefer sausage over bacon (ever so slightly because they are both necessary in my life) and am well aware you can add bacon to a sausage sandwich, but I’ve always been a bit self conscious about doing that.

I mean, it’s one thing to ask for extra cheese or guac, and quite another to request meat on meat, you know what I’m saying?

But now, you don’t have to choose because there’s a new way to consume pork with a side of pork for breakfast at Wendy’s. And if your palate is anything like mine, it’s going to make your life better. 

I love the Baconator burger from Wendy’s. I had my first one while I was pregnant with my third child on a Thursday afternoon and was back by Saturday for another one. Go with a shit ton of bacon or go home, right?

So, when I saw the commercial for the new Baconator breakfast sandwich I knew I’d like it. There’s bacon, there’s sausage, there’s egg, there’s cheese, and it’s all snuggled inside a shiny bun. (I love shiny things because it means they’ve been polished, buffed, or buttered.)

I tend to do my best work in the AM and I sped out the door extra early on Saturday morning so my three teenagers would still be asleep when I left and I wouldn’t have to share I’d have a clear head and could report back to you without leaving out any details. 

I was starving and as soon I opened the package I was kind of sad it wasn’t as big as my head, but also pleased it was the perfect size as not to induce the meat sweats. You can always get seconds anyway.

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Right there in front of my eyes was a full-bodied meal. And oh, was the bun glistening just like in the commercial. It wasn’t greasy or soggy, just sparkling with flavor. This sandwich was thick and loaded with bacon. Good, sturdy bacon which was cooked perfectly. It’s not the kind of pale brown meat that turns to ash as soon as you touch it. These strips had the perfect hiding spots to catch the melted cheese.

You taste everything at first bite. The sausage patty is hardy and the same size as the bun which is good because who likes having to search for the sausage? 

The egg was fluffy with lots of white and a large, well done (but not quite over-done) yolk, which is perfect according to me since I’m not a fan of runny eggs. 

But the best thing about this sandwich was the thin layer Swiss cheese sauce on the top bun. Now, if you are like me you don’t like Swiss cheese and perhaps you just threw up in your mouth a little bit and want to break up with this breakfast before even trying it, hold the phone: Had I even known it came with the sauce, I would have asked for it without, but everything happens for a reason. I was meant to taste that cheese so I could open my mind and spread the good news.

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I’m here to tell you, that magical Swiss sauce was what made my taste buds alert the rest of my body dreams really do come true. It didn’t have a sharp taste like Swiss does. It was a thin, creamy layer that didn’t overpower. Its job was to accentuate the taste of the egg and the meat, which it did beautifully. 

Who knew fast food could be so complex. I really should be a food critic. 

I thought about saving some for my son– he loves sausage and bacon– but before I knew it, I put the last bite of meat and shiny bun in my mouth and figured bringing my kids back to try it would be a good excuse for me to get another one. 

After I ate it, I went to the grocery store, cleaned my house, took a shower, and dragged my three kids around to do errands. My point is, I didn’t go into a food coma and want to take to the sofa the way I do sometimes when I’ve overdone it with pig meats and carbs. There was one night I ate three bacon dogs and it didn’t end well, but this was nothing like that. 

But even if it was, I’d sacrifice myself to taste how wonderfully the meats, cheese, and sauce played together. So, if you’re looking for a new reason to get up in the morning, you now have it. 

You are welcome. 

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Autism Doesn’t Stop My Sons From Being Best Buddies

I have two sons. Henry is seven, and Walker just turned four. I’m writing this from my back porch. A few minutes ago, my boys crammed themselves onto the same small sit-and-spin and whipped around and around until they were very dizzy. Now they are picking pretty purple weeds out of a long-neglected flower bed. Every few minutes, Walker runs up to me and gives me a little gift, exclaiming, “Mommy, look what I found!” Then he runs his flowers over to Henry, and Henry uses them to decorate their playhouse.

It’s the most ordinary kind of beautiful. They’re everything you’d expect little bitty brothers to be. Wild, loud, dirty, loving, smelly, funny, little partners in crime. They are best friends. They drive me bonkers on purpose with coordinated effort, then reel me in with the sweetest, sloppiest kisses.

Since Walker was born, Henry has been in love. Rarely even a hint of jealousy or sibling rivalry. Sure, they argue and fight once in a while, but they share everything. They fall asleep next to one another in a pile of zipper pajama limbs every single night. Even though they could sleep in their own comfy beds, they’d rather be together.

They’re two peas in a pod in every way, but they have one big difference: Henry is neurotypical, and Walker is autistic.

When Walker was diagnosed, I had two fears.

1. I would fail him.

2. He would be lonely.

All my fear and worry about failing Walker have disappeared. That fear was born of a complete lack of knowledge. Once I started listening to autistic adults, I stopped worrying. I know now that all I have to do when he’s this little is follow his lead and love him fiercely. We do make sure he has the practical support he needs to gain skills necessary for kindergarten and beyond, but nothing we do is to make him “seem less autistic.” We have a good system going here to get Walker what he needs while letting him be exactly who is.

My worry that he will be lonely lingers a little bit. I hope I am so wrong, but I am practical enough to know that the world isn’t always kind to neurodiverse people. I just want Walker to have the friends and love he deserves.

Right now, I rest easy because he has the best friend he could ever hope for in his brother.

I hear so many other parents of kids with special needs say the same exact thing. If you’re unsure how to interact with a kiddo who has any kind of physical or neurological differences, watch their siblings. They will show you the way.

The thing I love about watching my sons together is that I know Henry isn’t doing anything intentional. He didn’t have to learn how to accommodate his brother’s differences. It’s completely intuitive. He’s just interacting with his favorite person in a way that makes sense for them both. He isn’t doing anything exceptional or going out of his way. There’s no charity happening here. Henry is as lucky to have Walker as Walker is to have him.

Henry knows that Walker is autistic. We have explained that autism is a different way of seeing the entire world. It colors everything Walker does, and it will never go away. Henry knows Walker will be a little different forever. Recently, he asked me if Walker was doing a specific unusual behavior because he is autistic. I told him yes, and I asked if it was bothering him, or if he needed any help understanding it. He thought about it, paused, and said, “Um, no. It’s fine. I like my brother the way he is.”

Henry always, always presumes competence. He suggests things Walker has never tried before and just assumes he can do it. Most of the time, he’s exactly right.  We have learned so much about Walker from watching him with Henry. Walker rises to new challenges in order to keep up with his best friend.

Walker wants to be independent like every other four-year-old. He doesn’t always communicate clearly with words and sentences, so people tend to underestimate him. Henry sets that right. He never does anything for Walker that he can do for himself. If someone else tries, Henry will almost always tell them, “He can do it by himself.”

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This week, my boys had dentist appointments. They had simultaneous cleanings, and went to x-ray together. They returned, hand in hand, both grinning and holding stickers of their choosing. Henry gave me the rundown, exclaiming, “Mom, Walker did great! He did exactly what they said, and he said thank you!” Walker’s giant smile told me he was proud of himself too.

Our hygienist couldn’t contain her admiration. She asked, “Do you know how special Henry is? He’s the best advocate for his brother.”

And she’s right. But I made sure I told her in front of both of my boys that Henry is just as lucky to have Walker. They both need to hear that message clearly and often.

Walker is loyal and kind and a constant playmate. He waits at the door for Henry to get off the school bus, remembers where everything is after Henry loses it, and never gets tired of listening to Henry ramble on about dinosaurs. Henry is so lucky to have him. He’s a big brother’s dream. The perfect sidekick for all his adventures.

Because they have each other, my boys know how it feels to be fully known and totally loved– exactly as they are. I hope they will carry that feeling with them for the rest of their lives.

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Social Isolation Has Stolen Our Sex Drive

I naively assumed that social isolation with my family—all six of us—would be a joyous adventure. Though we’re living in an uncertain time right now with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many of us to shelter-in-place or socially distance ourselves, I thought that maybe, just maybe, we’d relish in some serious family time. Maybe we’d spend our evenings watching movies while cuddling on the couch, and during the day, we’d have cheerful sessions of chores, schoolwork, and snack time. I also thought that perhaps, since my husband is assigned to work from home, these long days would mean some long (ahem) nights.

I’m not going to keep you in suspense. Social isolation has been anything but romantic. Instead, it’s a total libido-kidnapper. In fact, we are more tired than ever, trying to help our kids learn at home, keeping up on our own work, having the house remain in some sort of order, prepping meals, and entertaining the kids while the other one gets work done. To put it mildly, we’re exhausted. The last thing on our minds is making like Marvin Gaye and getting it on.

We’re both living in crumpled lounge clothes (AKA: pajamas), pouring coffee from the pot, and reminding our kids for the one hundredth time to finish their schoolwork. We’re taking turns helping with said schoolwork, loading and unloading the dishwasher, and FaceTiming our at-risk parents to make sure they’re OK. There’s little time or energy for even thinking about hanky panky, much less the actual execution of it.

By the time we get all four kids to bed and they’ve fallen asleep, we’re practically asleep ourselves. Instead of going to bed at an appropriate hour, we stay up too late to catch up on all the adults-only television that we can’t watch when the kids are up. I thought at the beginning of our social isolation session—which was weeks ago—that I’d be curled up with hubby on the sofa while we sipped wine and skimped on the movie to make out like teenagers. Ha! Joke’s on us.

We’re not wearing anything cute to bed to catch the other’s attention. Instead, we’re donning the same three outfits on repeat. If you can even call a ten-year-old T-shirt and gray pajama pants an “outfit.” My hair is in a classic, barely contained top knot, and my hubby hasn’t put any product in his own hair since we can’t remember when. I admit, he looks really good in a button-up shirt when he’s headed out the door to work. But those button up shirts are now hanging in the closet for the unforeseeable future.

It feels like we’re on day 2,875 of social isolation. There are multiple times a week that we’ve asked each other what day it is. Tuesday? Wednesday? Maybe it’s Saturday? Are we still in March or is it April-something? When is Easter? What time is it? It’s definitely not hook-up time, that’s one thing for certain. We used to look forward to certain days on the calendar, ones we scheduled for Saturday brunches out without the kids. Of course, those are all cancelled and replaced with dad making pancakes for the kids while mom brews more coffee.

Some people think that marital teamwork is sexy. Take, for example, cooking together. Apparently, there’s supposed to be something sensual about making a meal side-by-side. I’m going to go ahead and give that two thumbs down. I’m not going to wear nothing but an apron, dim the lights, and simmer something on the stove while sneaking in kisses. I have four very hyper, very hungry children to feed. When it comes to meal prep, I just want to get the job done as quickly as possible and then get started on the huge stack of dishes on the countertop before I collapse into bed—and not for nooky. For sleep. Actual sleep.

COVID-19 is killing our sex drive, truth be told. The daily news is terrifying, and our to-do list is longer than ever. Home teaching just one child is a lot, but four? We are both highly educated people, but this homeschooling business is no walk in the park. Plus, we’re juggling our own job responsibilities and household duties. We still have to pay the bills. Unfortunately, a romp session isn’t going to accomplish any of these.

Sure, we could try harder. I could actually shave my legs and put on some lip gloss. My husband could light some candles, and we could keep the TV off at eleven at night for once. However, the reality is, we just don’t. We’re bound to get interrupted even if we manage to get to the point of possibly knocking boots.

I’m also worried that at any point, any of us are carrying the virus, and our affection could push us to the point of no return. What if me or my husband is carrying it, and getting some action lands either of us in the hospital while the other solo-parents our kids? Maybe I sound paranoid, but I’d be lying if I told you the thought hadn’t crossed my mind.

I feel guilty. Like what if something does happen to one of us, and we didn’t have that one last headboard-banging night to remember each other by? Obviously, there’s much more to romance and partnership than sex—but my anxiety is telling me to worry about this. Plus, shouldn’t I want to have sex more right now? I mean, we could have daytime sex, something that sounded so naughty and fun when we both were in our normal routine. Now that we can, we aren’t. For one thousand different valid reasons.

I’m learning, as we move toward marking our first month in isolation, that we have to be forgiving of ourselves and others, especially our partners. We’re all doing our very best to figure things out and stay centered. Once we get into our groove, I’m hopeful that we’ll get back in the saddle.

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Trade Schools Alone Won’t Fix The Problem — We Need To Make College Accessible For EVERYONE

There’s a notion that college isn’t for everyone, but is that actually true? That’s debatable. Sure, some kids may not feel that they’re equipped to handle college. If their previous school experience was difficult, the idea of more years of learning feels impossible. For those who feel that a traditional college is out of their reach, there’s always the suggestion of trade school. But what if trade school isn’t the answer? Maybe the answer isn’t that college isn’t for everyone — it’s that not everyone has the same level of access to higher education.

The concept of college for all is currently a very big political talking point. Many progressive folks realize that the thing holding people back from having better lives is access — access to the resources that could enable them to “make something of themselves.” Making college more affordable or even free would greatly level the playing field. And that’s exactly why so many people are against it. Once you’re giving everyone the same kind of opportunities, there is no excuse to hold people back.

Education for kids shouldn’t end after high school. More importantly, if it does, that should be a conscious choice, and not a matter of circumstance. Those who want to pursue further education should have more than two options. To say that some kids just aren’t cut out for traditional college and only offer them trade school isn’t helpful. What if those kids are college material and are simply not getting the guidance they need? Counselors and society are quick to say they can’t, but never give them a workable alternative.

As college costs continue to rise even though wages don’t, we’re only going to see a starker equity contrast. For many, college already feels like a luxury. According to the most recent data on student loans via Forbes, there are 44.7 million borrowers with a cumulative debt of $1.56 trillion. On average, loan borrowers from the class of 2017 owe $28,650. Even if you take out student loans, you still need a guarantee you’ll be able to pay them back when it’s time. Poor students are being priced out of higher education because of high interest rates on loans. And with entry level jobs barely covering the cost of rent, how could they even begin to think about paying back loans? Sure, an Ivy League education doesn’t have to be accessible for everyone. But state colleges should be affordable, if not free.

You can’t ignore the fact that most kids who are being told they aren’t college material are marginalized. Whether they’re poor, kids of color, disabled, or any intersection of the above, they’re at a bigger disadvantage. So many of these kids are hearing higher education isn’t for them simply because of who they are. Far too often, marginalized kids aren’t being given a fair shot, even if they are more than capable. Systemic oppression keeps these kids from being able to get ahead in the world.

Lawmakers and people in power need to start looking at the ways they can support marginalized kids. We can’t expect them to be contributing members of society if they can’t get into the same rooms. Education means access. You can’t pull yourself up by your bootstraps if your boots don’t have laces. By making college more financially accessible for everyone, they would be proving that they’re serious about making the country a better place.

For many people, college is the right path for them. A 2016 report from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce finds that 78 percent of the 7.8 million jobs lost during that time didn’t require a college degree. Since then, 11.6 million jobs have been created, and 99 percent of them have gone to people with a college education. The numbers don’t lie — college is an unspoken requirement to employment. Whether we want to believe it or not, that isn’t going to change anytime soon.

Trade schools aren’t an option for everyone, and they won’t fix the problem. Of course, we need tradespeople with skills like carpenters, electricians, etc. but not everyone is capable of doing those kinds of jobs. There has to be an accessible college education for the people to achieve their desired career path.

Experts say that college graduates earn twice as much as their peers who only graduate high school over their lifetime on average. Looking at it that way, you can see how imperative it is to make college more affordable for everyone. Making college more financially accessible for everyone means that we’d be doing society a greater service in the long run too. Because when everyone is making money, everyone is contributing to the economy. And isn’t that what the government wants? Giving kids access to a higher education translates to a stronger workforce in the long run.

Making college free for all who need it to be free is the only way forward. Education in this country shouldn’t be a privilege, but a right. People don’t magically know everything they need to get ahead when they graduate from high school. And while trade schools are a great alternative for kids who want them, they’re not for everyone. Kids who want to further their education should be able to. Students who can afford higher education already know that they’re going to be okay. But if we invested in marginalized students the same way, there’s no doubt what good it would do. Marginalized kids need to know they live in a country that believes they’re worth investing in.

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The Bachelor Peter Weber Hints At Who Will Win The Final Rose | Scary Mommy Speaks

The Bachelor Peter Webber tells all about kissing multiple women, drama, Hannah and what it’s like to be at the center of one of televisions most watched reality television shows. Subscribe to Scary Mommy here.

Well, one thing is for sure, Peter isn’t shy when it comes to kissing. Although he claims that a lot of conversations are edited out of the show and the producers show most of the make-out sessions, he does admit to being a passionate guy. “I’m not going to change myself, that’s who I am.” Preach! But let’s be honest, how many conversations are really going on? Between the kissing and crying, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of time for Peter to really talk to the ladies. Okay, let’s be honest, maybe that’s for the best?

When it comes to watching the show, Peter admits that he does watch the Bachelor each week, as it airs. “It’s very weird…” he says but goes on to reveal that “I try to kinda do it by myself.” Same. We bet reliving those moments must be AWKWARD. I mean, would you want to watch yourself dating different people on national television, in front of friends and family? Can you say “embarrassing?” Yikes.

Okay, fine. He watches the show as it airs but what about watching all the drama that he didn’t know about? Peter isn’t holding back and tells us “It’s brought up some like bitter emotions sometimes.” Um, yeah. Remember Alayah? Thankfully, Peter heeded the warnings of the women in the house and asked Alayah to peace out during week 4. We give Peter props for actually listening to her housemates. How refreshing is that? Now, if only he listened all the time? Just sayin’.

Thankfully, the hometown dates are over and boy, did that not go as planned. Poor Victoria’s family lost out on their meet-and-greet which was a big disappointment but Peter is happy he followed his heart. How can you argue with that? I mean, we could probably argue with THAT but we won’t. At least not yet.

Now we’re down to three; Victoria, Hannah Ann and Madison. What will happen? It’s anyone’s guess but Peter has given us a little clue as to how this season of the Bachelor might end. “It was a very unexpected ending. It was nothing I could have predicted for how it was going to go. I literally deal with stuff until the very last day.” Say what? Now we’re more confused than ever. Will he pick Hanna or end up with Victoria? There is also Madison to consider. I mean, Peter did tell Madison’s father that he was falling in love with her. OMG! So many things to think about. We will be waiting with bated breath for the finale and like Peter has done all season, we will be watching it all alone. We hope.

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5 Oprah Winfrey Quotes from the 2020 Vision Tour

5 Oprah Winfrey Quotes from the 2020 Vision Tour.
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Recently, Scary Mommy attended the Oprah Winfrey 2020 Vision Tour and we had an amazing time. There were special guests like Amy Schumer, dancing, and women’s empowerment but nothing beat the Queen herself – Oprah Winfrey. Here are 5 of our favorite Oprah quotes from the event.

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Amy Schumer talks to Oprah Winfrey About Endometriosis, Marriage and Weed

Amy Schumer sits down with Oprah Winfrey at the Vision 2020 Tour and opens up about her life. Subscribe to Scary Mommy: https://www.youtube.com/ScaryMommyTV

Amy Schumer isn’t shy, especially when she’s on stage. Recently, she sat down with Oprah Winfrey and opened up about her her marriage to chef Chris Fischer. Although Amy never wanted to get married or have children, she changed her mind once she met Chris. Amy also gets honest about her struggles with infertility, endometriosis and motherhood. And of course, Amy talks about weed.

Check out the video to learn more about her journey.

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Scary Mommy Meets Oprah Winfrey and We’re Shook!

Scary Mommy attended Oprah Winfrey’s 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus Tour, presented by WW and we’re shook! Subscribe to Scary Mommy: https://www.youtube.com/ScaryMommyTV

Oprah Winfrey’s 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus Tour, presented by WW, just completed its third SOLD-OUT stop with 15,000 people at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC. The full-day wellness event took place on Saturday, January 18th and featured special guest Amy Schumer who had a hilariously revealing one-on-one conversation with Oprah. Scary Mommy attended the event and goes behind the scenes with a special edition of Momsplained: How to Meet Oprah.

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The History of Periods

How did women deal with menstruation before all the modern conveniences? Today, we’re exploring the history of periods.

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From the beginning, little was known about periods – either because early cultures didn’t talk about them or because most scribes were men. Figures.

During ancient times, the Romans thought menstruation meant that a woman was a dark witch. According to Pliny the Elder, an ancient author and philosopher, menstruating women or witches, could stop hailstorms, drive dogs crazy, kill crops and bees and dull weapons just by looking at them.

In Mali and Nepal, women were sent to menstrual huts. The French thought sex during ones period would cause monsters to be born. Others thought it would just corrode the penis. Corrode? What is it? A steel pipe? Medieval Europeans thought period blood cured leprosy, while others thought drinking period blood would cause leprosy– drinking it? When?

The women of Egypt wore softened papyrus as tampons. In Ancient Greece, tampons were made from bits of wood with lint wrapped around them. Wood? Sounds like a vaginal campfire. The Romans made their pads and tampons from wool, and we all know how comfy wool is. Many women just wore rags or free flowed into their clothing. They’d wear herbs around their necks or waists to hide the scent. Because free flowing was considered unsanitary, sanitary napkins began to make more appearances in the late 19th century.

It took an actual war to come to this discovery. In World War I, French nurses realized that the cellulose bandages they used on wounded soldiers could also work on period blood. Shot wounds and periods had a lot more in common than we ever realized!

In 1921, the first commercial brand was invented — Kotex! Unfortunately, there was no sticky adhesive on the pads until 1970, so before that women wore belts that they pinned the pads onto. This menstrual belt was called the Hosier Sanitary Belt.

In 1929, Dr. Earle Haas created a catamenial device, or monthly device, where a plug of cotton was inserted using two cardboard tubes, which he patented. The device, what we know as a tampon, was made with sewing and compression machines and it probably took about a month to make them.

Today, we have all kinds of feminine products from period underwear to cervix cups. We also know we’re not witches, unless we want to be, and unfortunately can’t change the weather by just looking at it. We’ve come a long way, but only a few states include feminine products as a tax-exempt item of necessity. I guess we still have a ways to go.

 

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Supernanny Jo Frost Has Parenting Tips We All Need To Hear

Supernanny Jo Frost is back on TV with parenting tips for every parenting style. She uses a blend of compassion, understanding and discipline to help families deal with extreme difficulties. Jo is one amazing supernanny and we are all in! Check out Supernanny every Wednesday at 10/9c on Lifetime.

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In this interview, Jo Frost reveals that bedtime routines are important for children and parents to connect. In addition, children feel a sense of safety and security when bedtime is predictable.

When it comes to screen time, Supernanny Jo Frost suggests playing with children. One-on-one time with kids is an important time to connect. Not only that, children often need to learn how to play. So, turn off the screens, act silly, get on the floor or dance around the kitchen. Your kids will love it.

What’s Jo Frost’s favorite baby products? Jo has one she feels is the most valuable: the baby monitor. However, Jo suggestions turning off the monitor and only listening for your baby’s cries. By listening, we become more in tune with the wants and needs of our kids.

Check out the rest of Jo Frost’s interview and learn about the one piece of advice she has for parents struggling with self doubt.

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