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May 31st, 2020

Sunday

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And there's the weekend over again. It feels like it really flew by. Not as bad as it could have been, though, I guess. I got the stuff put up on the car: the new windscreen visor and the side window screens. I didn't get the door vent guards put up because I need to get Emmaline cleaned up a bit first: she is in dire need of a good scrubbing, and I'm trying to find a self-service car wash to do that. I feel like that would get her a bit cleaner than one of those drive-through washes. The back windscreen visor should be in tomorrow, and other than the vent guards, that'll be almost everything on Emmaline. I'm kind of debating on new seat covers that aren't leatherette. I do not like sticking to the seat as much as I do right now.

We both managed to get our hair finished up today. We did the trimming yesterday and the dyeing today. It's not as vibrant as I wanted, but I guess that's okay since I'm still learning what's cool and not cool at the new job. And maybe when I feel safer with going to a salon, I'll see about getting it closer to what I wanted, someting a little closer to what I used to have. I'll see about a photo of how it looks now while I'm out tomorrow.

I'm on campus for a little while tomorrow, and I'm going to try to get my new Florida driver's license tomorrow as well. I don't dare hope that the same guy who did my photo last time is still there; he was kind enough to let me retake my photo a couple of times until I was happy with it.

And that's it. That's all I've got.
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May 30th, 2020

Saturday

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Well, we finished that Leverage rewatch. I'm kind of glad to be done again. I don't know why it annoys me so to have the TV going if no one is watching it, except that it means that it's burning electricity and that I'm too distracted to write. I tend to be of the opinion that running the TV for background noise is a waste... but I also just don't argue. I'm very bad at the arguing part anymore.

We didn't end up leaving the house at all today, and I think the only reason we'll leave it at all tomorrow will be to go get the car washed. I'm on a quest to make the car a more agreeable temperature during these hot summer months, so I got a few things to try to help: a better front visor, a back visor that I should be able to leave up, visors for all the side windows that I should be able to leave up (and if not, they're magnetic so they would come down easily if needs be), and door vent guards, so I can crack the windows without it being visible or the rain getting in.

And yeah, that's about all I've got. Too distracted pretty much all day to get much writing done, but hopefully, with the rewatch being over, I'll be able to get something done tomorrow, between the car wash and the hair dying. Time to get the red back in my life.
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May 29th, 2020

Friday

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It's so funny that this is the only subject line that doesn't automatically drop down on the subject line bar. Every other day of the week is there, but not Friday. Of course, that's the one celebration day, right?

Some of the artwork I ordered back in April showed up today. I wasn't expecting it until June, though, so that was a nice surprise. However, I'm still waiting for some clothes I ordered before that to be delivered. Hell, I had to contact them via Facebook to get shit moving on this again. I ordered the clothes on the 29th of April. They said they were shipping it on the 19th of May, and it showed as "pending acceptance" at the post office on the 20th... and that was the last movement on it. So we'll see if they "find" it or if they "get the post office to hurry up" on it or if they ship me some "replacements". Because at this point, I have my doubts that they've even been mailed yet. I've heard that "the post office must not have scanned it yet" song and dance before; it usually means that the package is still sitting in the seller's living room. I'm very cynical about this, but that's why I use PayPal for stuff: it's so much easier to open a dispute when people try to dick you over.

Busy day at work between training and Zoom meetings and such. The boss has her surgery scheduled for next week, so I'll be meeting with her in the office on Monday to try to go over and learn things and so forth. I did do my little test earlier in the week, so at least I know my FSU ID card works for me to get into the building. All the gates are up right now, though, so I haven't had the chance to check my gate card for parking. I also haven't tried my building key, but since it's meant to be a sub-master, it should be good, right?

And that's a whole lot of rambling, isn't it? It's probably time to stop this off here before I manage to ramble my way into a novella. Later, all.
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May 28th, 2020

Thursday

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Mum's said it best: my stomach is as sensitive as my skin. Sadly, that's saying quite a lot. I break out in random hives (chronic idiopathic urticaria) for no damn reason. I have dyshidrosis eczema on my hands. I can't use any lotions that have perfumes, but I have to lotion my hands and arms every night because otherwise they crack and break open and sometimes bleed. I might have hidradenitis suppurativa, which is probably why shaving is such a huge pain for me. And yet in the midst of all of this, my body's ph balance is so funky that I can turn 24-carat gold and sterling silver a lovely shade of green.

And my stomach is just as sensitive as all of that. I had my first impaction in months yesterday, and I had another minor one again today. I've got to figure out what to do with that.

I had to go on campus today to get my gate card, which took all of three minutes, and my office key, which took all of ten minutes. But then I walked over to my building to see if I could swipe my way in -- and yay, I could! I got to see where my office will be and all. I guess I should have tried my key to be sure it worked, but I didn't want to in case there were alarms or anything that had to be dealt with and there's me with no clue about alarms.

I did some driving around, trying to find where I would end up parking. I've got a few ideas. There are two decent size lots next to the library; one of them used to be the Conradi building, that was in the process of being torn down when we left. There's also the Traditions Parking Garage and the Thagard and Montgomery lots fairly close by. I'll be in the Bellamy Building, which is towards the center of campus; there are no parking lots that are immediately next to the building.

Anyway, that's all I've got for today.
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May 27th, 2020

Wednesday

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Well, let's see: I spent a lot of time today trying to get shit sorted out that I actually couldn't get sorted. I got a lot of requests to fix travel issues, but because they were done by my predecessor or the dean's assistant, I can't make any changes, so no help there. I got asked to help with some mailing lists stuff, but it was for one of the mailing lists that I'm not a mod on, so I couldn't help there either.

I emailed Georgia State to see what was up with my final payout, especially in regards to my vacation time payout. Apparently, it takes up to 30 days to process, and hopefully, it should be coming before too much longer. I can't get into OneUSG to find out what's up with that, so I did email them to find out what's up. I also got in contact with Parking Services at FSU to find out what I need to do to get parking access, and the answer there was "come pick up your gate card". So I scheduled an appointment and that's going to be my tomorrow. I also have to pick up a key from the key shop, so I'm going to make a bit of a day of it.

And that's all I've got. Later, all.
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May 26th, 2020

Tuesday

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Oh my gods, today was so embarrassing. I had two meetings today, one of which was a training meeting... and I nearly fell asleep during it twice. I don't know why I'm so tired all the time, other than that it's so hard for me to go to sleep at night. My body bad wants me to be a night owl, but every job I've work requires days on.

It's funny to me that Mum didn't really understand me being a night owl... until my nephew Hayden is also one. Now she understands it a lot better, especially since his computer desk is right up against the wall her bed is on. When I've stayed over on night there, I've had the same issue: he's not loud, but it's enough to keep me awake when I need to be grabbing sleep to be awake during the day, more is the pity.

I guess I really don't have anything more to add right now. It's (past) time to go to bed... so that I can do it all over again.
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May 25th, 2020

Monday

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Another day, another season of Leverage down. We're on Season 5 now. I'm almost going to be glad to be through this rewatch. It's sort of exhausting me. I'm a lot more tired than usual watching it. That being said, watching it on a bigger screen than before means that we are picking up more than we did before, which has proven interesting a time or two.

That said also, we're rewatching through Amazon Prime, which means it's IMDb TV. So we've gotten to have the fun of the subtitles playing the wrong script more than once. Actually, it's been something like four or five times now.

Back to work tomorrow, and I hope that I'll be better at staying awake tomorrow than I have been lately. My sleep patterns are all over the place again. It's a pain.
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Sunday

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Normally, I would be bitching about my weekend being over already... but it's a long weekend for state employees. Yay! One more day to try to catch up on sleep. Somehow I'm already a little more than a month into my new job, and I'm still loving it. I hope that doesn't change when we start going back to the office.

I had a pretty decent writing today again today, though not as good as yesterday's nearly 3,000 words. I'm going to aim for 1,000 words at least tonight and at least that again tomorrow. I swear, I get most of my writing done in that time between when I lay down and when I'm finally able to fall asleep.

This month and next month are the last two utility bills where my deposit will be assessed. I need to remember this, so I can keep an eye on it and make sure they don't keep billing. Safe and sorry and all that. I just wish I had seen the fine print about a letter from my previous utility company showing my good standing could have waived or lessened the deposit amount. Damn the fine print.

And yeah, that's all I've really got today. We watched a few more episodes of Leverage, putting us pretty firmly into Season 4 now.

And yeah, that really is all I have to say for myself for tonight.
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May 23rd, 2020

Saturday

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What a damn lazy day. Granted, it was storming for a good part of the day, so it wasn't like we could go do anything anyway. We got the new curtains hung in the bedrooms and the tiebacks up in the living room and [personal profile] katsuko's room. We did accidentally put the ones in my bedroom back up wrong, so a project for tomorrow will be fixing those.

My so-called blackout curtains in my bedroom don't do a great job of blocking out light as much as I would like, so I bought a set of solid white blackout curtains to go underneath the ones I already have. I... don't think they helped that much. Maybe once we get the main ones back up on the wall right, it'll be better, but for right now, I don't see a lot of change. The original red ones are that Eclipse brand, while the new white ones are Sun Zero, so it's not even that it's the same brand sucking. It's two different brands not doing what I want.

And yes, part of the problem is that I'm buying them at Walmart. I think we can all agree that the purchasing options are a little limited right now. Also, my budget does not extend to $80 or (a lot) more for curtains in one room. Otherwise, I would have gotten some good max blackout curtains online, since in-store isn't much of an option right now.

More Leverage today. We've made it to Season 4 of Leverage today. And I tried very hard to nap today, though I'm not sure how well it worked. Luci decided she needed her breakfast at 5:30 this morning. I tried to go back to bed after that, but she came back to sing her loneliness songs, so I went up to the living room to sleep so she would cut it out.

And yeah, that's about all I've got to say for myself for today.
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May 22nd, 2020

Friday

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I've spent most of the day going from email to email to email, mostly trying to get travel card stuff set up. I've also been trying to get expense reports finished ahead of the long weekend, at least as best I can when I don't have all the permissions I need to do everything yet.

I did go ahead and get the rest of our rent paid. Utilities are also handled, so we are set for the next month. June is a regular month, as far as rent goes, but then July will be discounted because I'm a state employee. The only big bills left for the month are the car insurance and the phone bill. Xfinity knocked some money off our bill for the month, so it's not bad enough to be considered a "major" bill. And the 300 Mbps internet is worth it.

[personal profile] katsuko's bed should be arriving before too long -- maybe next week sometime -- so we went to Walmart to get a mattress and such for it. And yes, I went ahead and replaced my pillow. Or I guess it's better to say that I got a new pillow because my old one will become the secondary one when I have my entire bed back. Stretching out will be nice, I will admit.

That all being said, I've spent the entire day one short step away from falling asleep where I sat. Or stood. Or pretty much everything. As much as I don't want to waste my long weekend, I think I'm going to try to get caught up on some of my sleep deficit.
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May 21st, 2020

Thursday

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Well, let's see: what happened today? Pretty quiet as far as work went. I spent a lot of the time trying to get syllabi settled and expense reports done. The latter actually took up more of the day than I was expecting because the system just is not intuitive.

Also the air conditioning started leaking pretty massively, and the sink spat up diluted paint. Suffice it to say that we had to call emergency maintenance. Apparently there was a massive clog in the now empty apartment above us, and when the guys up there painting washed their paintbrushes in the sink, that was more than it could handle. Theoretically, it should be handled now, but damn, that made for a shitty afternoon. A loud one too, especially when maintenance had to get out the shop vac to get up all the water in our hallway. Luci did not approve.

[personal profile] katsuko's bed is on its way and should arrive before long, so we went to Walmart and got her a mattress and some sheets. I might have my bed back before long. I need to buy another pillow in that case, though. As long as I can find a new one with the cooling thing in it. I regret getting rid of that one in the move, even if it was all out of shape.
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May 20th, 2020

Wednesday

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So, I guess today was just a day full of meetings. I knew I was going to have two today, but a third one got slipped in as well. It's weird: I did do a lot today, between prepping syllabi for the archive and "going to" all these meetings (at least online), but at the same time, I feel like I am completely accomplished today. Weird, huh?

Not so much as far as writing accomplished today, though.
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May 19th, 2020

Tuesday

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It took a bit today, but I finally got all the emails out to the lists about the Student Achievement Awards. Seriously, both of the listservs just apparently wanted to fight me. What a pain.

I also put out a call for summer semester syllabi. Of the seven (I think) professors I sent in requests to, I have already gotten four back, so that's going quite well.

But right now, I feel like my head is stuffed in cotton, and it's really uncomfortable. I'm going to take something and lay down and see if that helps any.
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May 18th, 2020

Monday

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Well, let's see: what did I get up to today? Pretty much more of the same. I finished the video and PDFs for the student achievement awards. Yay! I got them posted to Facebook and Twitter. Yay! I got them sent out to the alumni. Yay! I... tried to send them out to our current faculty and students. It bounced back as too big. Grr...

Seriously. The file limit is 25 MB, and my combined two files are 26 MB.

So tomorrow I'm going to have to try to get those file sizes reduced a bit. If that doesn't work, I'll try doing them as links like I did for the alumni group. Still, it's frustrating. And I spent so long fighting with MailChimp for the alumni email that I didn't get the faculty and students ones sent until 5:00, so I didn't get the bounce notices until after I had clocked out for the day.

I guess I really should have just kept going until I got it fixed, but it gives me something to do tomorrow, at least for the morning. That's something, right?

And I did manage to get a little bit of writing done too, so that's also a bit of a win. Now if I could just make writing work on something worthwhile... That would be the damn ideal, wouldn't it? Of course, "worthwhile" is not wanting to come. I feel like I'm getting everything but "worthwhile".

But that's a bit of bitching for another day, sad to say. I guess I need to try to make sleep happen, so I can get tomorrow going and all. That way, hopefully, I'm not driving off during the day like I have been today and did do more than once over the weekend. (Honestly, I hate napping on the weekends: it always feels like I'm wasting my days.)

And yeah, that's all I've got for today. Whine more, right?
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May 17th, 2020

Sunday

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Let's see: I'm sure there's something to say for today... aside from my appalling lack of sleep. Again. I think we figured out that we actually laid down to bed at 3:00. I woke up at 6:00 because my brain has apparently decided that sleep time was over for the moment. Luci appreciated it, though, because it meant she got to have her breakfast at the usual weekday time, instead of the weekend 8:00 or 9:00. I tried to go back to sleep on the couch, but that only lasted maybe another hour. So there's that.

We made to Publix to buy a few things that I had been forgetting to get when we were at Walmart grocery shopping... and then we still couldn't find hydrogen peroxide (or rubbing alcohol either), so we still had to make a stop by CVS... where we bought the last bottle of peroxide on the shelf. Yeesh, it's still bad trying to get necessities.

And we've continued our Leverage rewatch. We're into Season 3 now, which isn't my favorite season, even if it does have some great individual episodes. And yes, I do still keep thinking about dragging back out the Lev7 idea again. Might call for some OT4-style rewrites, but ehhh, if it gets me back writing things I feel like I can stand to share, then that's a good thing, right? Especially if it might lead to finally finishing Wicked Ones. Because that one haunts me.

But what do I want to work on, of the ones that are out there for people to read? Resurrectionist. And not just because it's the story that's motivated by Rage and Spite.
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May 16th, 2020

Saturday

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Well, today has been a very nice, if very lazy, day. I woke up at 8:00 to feed Luci and then tried to go back to bed. I wasn't able to go back to sleep, so I at least read and tried to write while I was laying there. The downside is that I spent most of the rest of the morning drained and on the edge of falling back asleep. Eventually, I did end up pretty much passing out and sleeping hard for another little while. (I don't know how long since I haven't the foggiest when I went to sleep. I don't remember removing my glasses either, but I know I had to put them back on when I woke up.)

The weirdest bit was that I managed to stay asleep through [personal profile] katsuko doing some DIY around the kitchen. Literally, she had the drill out and everything, and I managed to sleep through it. To clarify, our new kitchen is smaller than our Atlanta one (but better laid out) and we lost a lot of cabinet space, so I bought us a rolling rack that slides between the fridge and the wall. When I was measuring for it, though, I forgot to include the baseboards, so it is about 1/4 of an inch too wide. We DIYed a solution for it, though, with the help of Mum and my Uncle Tim: he found us a block of wood that fits in that gap, Mum brought it to us, and we put it on castors so that it rolls properly now. That took three sets of castors before I found these 1" ones on Amazon that seem to work perfectly.

(Speaking of the kitchen being too small, I even had to buy metal shelving to be a pantry. I still need to get some plyboard or something to go on these shelves so that nothing falls through the gaps. It works, though, so the plywood is a low priority for us right now.)

That said, I'm tired and crampy and ready to go try some more of that sleep thing.
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May 15th, 2020

Friday

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Okay, I was hella productive today. I'm a little proud of myself. I got posts up on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I got PDF announcements made that I'm going to email tomorrow or set to go out first thing Monday morning.

I came up with about five or six different styles for the announcements and sent all of them to Christy and Dr. Lee. All I've heard back from them was from Dr. Lee saying "Thank you". Err, you're welcome, but I need to know which one you like best.

I did find out that, while you can post to Instagram from Safari on the computer, you can only make one image post at a time, instead of putting multiple pictures in one post like you can with the app. So I now have the school's Instagram on my phone, so that that I can do multi-image posts as needed.

I also sat in on a meeting with all the new graduate students who are starting this semester. It was actually sort of interesting finding out about all the internships that they can do and what all they have access to do... and what is required for their Master's degree. I think it was something like 400 hours of internship time that can either be done in one semester or two... or waived if they have a previous relevant bit of job experience.

Also, y'all, I had forgotten how much of a temperature difference there is between Atlanta and Tallahassee. The high in Atlanta for today (74°F) is the current temperature here. The high here is 93°F. (Err, Atlanta is around 23°C, while Tallahassee is closer to 34°C.) I'm still pretty happy, though. I'm waiting for it to feel real still, though. I think having to be indoors (thanks to the pandemic) has really contributed to this feeling of being divorced from reality.

And yeah, I think that's all I have to say for myself for today. I was terribly productive, and it was great.
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May 14th, 2020

Thursday

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I finally got the "finished" copy of the awards stuff at 4:30 today, so I mocked up a few pages to show the bosses of the announcement itself. Tomorrow, I'm going to work on a post for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the website. I'm also going to finish up doing "profiles" for each of the awards and their winners.

I did try to help [personal profile] katsuko find a job and sent a few new ones her way. I found her a free course through John Hopkins University on how to become a contact tracer, so that might be a worthwhile thing. She's part of the way through it now.

I need to see about getting my hands on some hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil, small bandages, and aluminum-free deodorant. That's my weird shopping list of the weekend. I'm having a bad case of the sudden breakout, especially acne all over my chin, and my brand new razor seems to be irritating my folliculitis. I've got about 6 huge welts on my armpits right now, and they hurt too.

But that's all for tomorrow. I'm pretty much throwing myself into it first thing in the morning and going until I'm done.
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May 13th, 2020

Wednesday

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Damn, I am seriously not doing so great on getting the student awards notifications sent out. I intended to do it today, and well, that didn't really happen. Instead, I ended up trying to help [personal profile] katsuko figure out why her unemployment check didn't deposit. Which in turn means that we spent much of the day trying to get through to a person there. But it was all in vain: no one ever answered the phone. Or responded to emails. Or returned our fax. Or answered our Facebook questions. Or anything.

The Virtual Town Hall Meeting went well today, though. For better or worse, FSU is going into Phase One of reopening. No more than 25% of any department can be in the office at a single time. The vast majority of classes will be held online. Phase Two (50% of staff allowed in a department and mixed online/face-to-face classes) might be around the middle of June if Tallahassee's numbers hold steady.

But all of this is still speculative and could change on a moment's notice, given the very unpredictable nature of the virus. Our county has had a grand total of 6 deaths, all related to one long-term care home, but it's not far from here to Southwest Georgia (which my mum lives and worse as a nurse, mind you) where some counties have had a hundred deaths or more. Some of these same counties have a death rate of over 10%, according to the John Hopkins University data. So there's that.
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May 12th, 2020

Tuesday

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I ended up doing a lot of playing around on Photoshop today. We have student awards for publications and (I think) research for the year, and I need to come up with some sort of way of creating a presentation for it that will be proper for the amount of work and contributions that they've made to the department. Plus some of the professors are trying to add additional things into this, and I need to figure out how to navigate all of this. I want to get this done by Thursday evening, and that does include the College of Social Science and Public Policy (COSSPP) Virtual "Town Hall" meeting tomorrow. We're having these meetings about every week as the news progresses regarding coronavirus and the reopening of the university.

And hopefully, we'll even get to find out if the university is ever going to get the CARES Act money that it's been supposed to be getting for a month now. Fun times.

And yeah, I don't really have too much more to add. I've been busy with Photoshop training, both teaching myself and trying to find decent tutorials for the 2020 version. But all in all, I think I'm going to have to settle in to do the 6+ hour LinkedIn Learning tutorial. I guess it'll even be fun. Maybe?

Anyway, sleep now, I guess, and then back to work tomorrow.
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