The Pink Flamingo

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 4, 2011

Yesterday was a lot of work…and little play!

But it was productive in every sense of the word and left us feeling very accomplished by the time we crashed on the couch at 9pm.


My original plan was to go through the office and purge/donate unnecessary items. And boy, did I ever! We parted with probably 75-80% of our books and DVDs that have just been collecting dust. The library is going to be happy to see me today!


Bye, bye psychology, statistics, and computer science books. We won’t miss you at all!

I also came across my WEDDING binder! This was the binder that held all of my wedding ideas, clippings, wedding dress pics, and collages. Too funny!


Oddly enough, our wedding ended up looking NOTHING like the clippings I pulled out. Originally, I wanted to go with a soft pink theme, but in the end we went for classic red, ivory, and black.




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Once I get on a organizing and purging spree, I can’t stop. It’s like some kind of high! After the office I did our bathroom and the bedrooms upstairs. There were a lot of things left in the house when we moved in, so it was great to get rid of unused furniture and odd items that were weighing us down.

Mid-afternoon, I stole Eric away from the deck work to replenish our energy stores!


Eric has been gushing about this smoothie that he had at Fresh restaurant the other week (he works near one of their locations and pops in sometimes for take out), so I took matters into my own hands and made my own version to surprise him. :)

The seasonal smoothie at Fresh is called a ‘Pink Flamingo’ and it’s made up of Watermelon, Banana, and Strawberries!


My Pink Flamingo Smoothie:

  • 3 cups watermelon
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries (or fresh)
  • 1 large frozen banana (not the one in the picture)



Oh man, this was good!! There was also leftover smoothie after filling the glasses and I quickly chugged it before Eric saw!

I don’t like to point fingers, but the messy smoothie leads to Eric. ;)


We worked late and opted to skip our planned picnic for a less busy night. I whipped up a maple cinnamon split pea and spelt berry salad. It was delish, but I’d like to make a few tweaks to this next time!


Served it with fresh garden kale, sautéed in extra virgin olive oil and Herbamare.


I can’t get over how quickly the kale replenishes itself. I’ve been picking a big bunch each day and it just grows back overnight. If any of you new gardeners are looking for a fool-proof veggie to grow, kale is it. Actually, I’ve heard that most garden greens grow very easily!


Enjoyed with more beer. :)

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Sunset is our favourite time to be in the backyard because everything just glows as the sunlight beams through the forest.

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For dessert, we shared a bowl of organic cherries. Nothing better.


It’s back to the grind for us Canucks today, but it’s a holiday for our friends South of us. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July if you are celebrating today!

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Jackie @ Baking Charms July 4, 2011 at 8:18 am

I doubt their smoothies actually LOOK as cute as yours! I love those glasses


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 4, 2011 at 8:27 am

The smoothies look delicious! And I love the colours in that salad, even if it does need a little tweaking. I also have a ton of my university textbooks sitting in my basement, and I haven’t a clue why I haven’t taken them to the library as donations earlier! Thanks for the idea Ange! Sounds like you had a super productive Sunday!


jenny July 4, 2011 at 8:32 am

I am so making that smoothie tonight! I work today even though its our Independence Day and I was looking for a simple thing to make to celebrate. You’re a genius!


Shari July 4, 2011 at 8:33 am

My son just asked if I could make a smoothie this morning and this is the perfect one! Heading out to pick up a watermelon pronto. Thanks Angela :)


Shari July 4, 2011 at 9:32 am

UPDATE – my kids LOVED this smoothie! Thanks again


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 4, 2011 at 10:34 am

haha nice!! Thanks for letting me know :)


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn July 4, 2011 at 8:45 am

Beautiful. Pink flamingoes in people’s yards are suuuper classy, so that makes this smoothie queen’s level! Wooooo college books are gone! Now you have room for MORE cookbooks and scrapbooks :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

haha notice that I didnt give away one cookbook? I dont think I could part with any!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 4, 2011 at 8:45 am

Enjoy Shari and Jenny!


Lindsey July 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

That drink looks delicious, we have some watermelon to use up so I think it will be on tonights agenda!


Patrick August 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm

My Pink Flamingo Smoothie:
3 cups watermelon
1/2 cup frozen strawberries (or fresh)
1 large frozen banana (not the one in the picture)


Bee Goes Bananas July 4, 2011 at 8:47 am

I’m getting married this weekend and I totally agree, my wedding is looking nothing like what I had originally thought. It’s funny how ideas develop and change over the course of your engagement! It’s almost as if your original ideas evolve to fit the couple’s personalities!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 4, 2011 at 10:36 am

aww goodluck! I’m sure it will be beautiful :)


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 4, 2011 at 8:50 am

The drink looks so delicious and refreshing!


Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing July 4, 2011 at 8:56 am

That smoothie sounds perfect on this (already!) hot day :)


Jenny July 4, 2011 at 8:56 am

Ah well… We got our Fridays off, and it was a relaxing long weekend! I’ll just try to ignore the fact that all my American buddies are still chilling… And speaking of the “grind”: I’m doing the Grouse Grind up Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver today, whee~ (Love that hike. If you come to Vancouver, give it a go if you haven’t already!)

That drink looks SO refreshing! Great way to kick off the week, I bet. :) Good to hear that kale is easy to grow, too. I tried growing some spinach, but it didn’t really work out… My basil plants are huge though, and if you want a fast-growing plant, definitely try tomatoes! Mine grew from being about 10 inches tall to a little over 7 feet in just under a month!

Even though it didn’t turn out according to your pre-wedding plans, it looks like it was an absolutely gorgeous wedding!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 4, 2011 at 10:36 am

My spinach didn’t work either…it bolted after 2 weeks!


Andrea B. @ Vegvacious July 4, 2011 at 9:00 am

That smoothie looks amazing! I love watermelon in the summer but I’ve never tried it in a bevie — other than a watermelon martini of course ;-)


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh July 4, 2011 at 9:00 am

We had a somewhat similar day yesterday. We put together our restaurant chrome shelves and purged the stuff we didn’t want and ran it over to Goodwill. I’m amazed at how much a few inches more of shelf space lets me stack more things! That smoothie looks AWESOME! Right up my hubby’s alley! Gotta say I’m partial to the colors you went with for your wedding because they’re the same I used for mine! :D


Julie @ Shining From Within July 4, 2011 at 9:01 am

What a lovely meal! I am drooling over that split pea salad… if I make that pink flamingo I would def puree the watermelon, strain, & then blend. I bet this would make for an awesome sorbet if you puree and freeze into cubes then blend. Mimmmm


Steph @ StephSnacks July 4, 2011 at 9:02 am

oohh everything looks so yummy and festive :)


Marla July 4, 2011 at 9:07 am

You are awesome for doing that major clean out. I must but have no idea when ;(
These pink flamingo drinks look like the perfect summer treat – especially with that bowl of cherries :) xo


Heather (Heather's Dish) July 4, 2011 at 9:09 am

we need to go back through our wedding photos and make a professional album in a very bad way…and i love the colors you went with! i like pink, but i have seen entire weddings of pink and it’s just not as striking (personal opinion). i love when you do wedding posts…you guys had such a beautiful day!


Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats July 4, 2011 at 9:11 am

I love getting organized! :) That smoothie sounds so refreshing!


Holly @ The Runny Egg July 4, 2011 at 9:12 am

The smoothie sounds delicious and the name is so cute!

I love getting rid of stuff — at first I was scared to get rid of my college textbooks but I don’t miss them at all actually! :)


Hayley @ Oat Couture July 4, 2011 at 9:18 am

I have such a problem getting rid of books, I like to hoard them! :) Thats smoothie and salad and smoothie look great, so fresh and yummy!


veganlisa July 4, 2011 at 9:22 am

I’ve been playing with adding watermelon to my smoothies lately. I love how refreshing it is, especially after a hot run in the sun.

I’m glad you and Eric had such a productive weekend. I always love the lighter feeling my place has after a really good purge. Although, I do still have some of those psychology books kicking around.


Cait's Plate July 4, 2011 at 9:23 am

Ahahaha – that’s like mine and my boyfriend’s dishes side by side. His always has crumbs and whatnot ALL over the part of the table surrounding him! Boys ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 4, 2011 at 10:34 am

I always joke about Eric’s ability to leave a trail whenever he eats…you know he was there! lol.


Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

I am definitely making that smoothie..holy yum!


Katrina July 4, 2011 at 9:34 am

Mmm what a fresh lunch! Love this!


Molly @ RDexposed July 4, 2011 at 9:38 am

This sounds FABULOUS!!! Love love love the color, too!


Caroline July 4, 2011 at 9:47 am

I’m so amazed at how well your kale is growing! It’s inspired me to start growing some of my own. We have tomato and pepper plants right now that are doing pretty well and I think I’m ready to make some additions.


Sam July 4, 2011 at 9:47 am

I am sooo going to make this smoothie! Watermelon in a smoothie sounds fabulous!


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove July 4, 2011 at 10:24 am

That smoothie looks AMAZING. I am definitely going to be trying the Pink Flamingo. What a fun, summery drink!!


Eat Hike Sleep Repeat July 4, 2011 at 10:32 am

Books are one of those things that I held on to for years and many moves. I just couldn’t part with them. Then one day I realized that I really had no intent of ever reading Canadian Political Systems again, and out they went. I got rid of 3/4 of my books and it actually felt good! Now I just keep one that are reference for my current interests, and a few that have sentimental value (like Dr. Seuss).
Cherries, watermelon…Cheers to summer!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 4, 2011 at 10:33 am

hehe yea I know what you mean!


Rebecca July 4, 2011 at 10:41 am

I love Watermelon in smoothies! I just drank a melon-banana-blueberry one that was sooo good! :)


Andrea July 4, 2011 at 10:42 am

I don’t see a recipe for that delicious looking salad did I miss it or is it secret? My kale has been super slow growing this year and sparse, it didn’t help the cat thought I made her a giant outdoor litter box!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 4, 2011 at 11:08 am

Nope you didnt miss it, but I want to tweak it a bit more before posting it :)


Maria July 4, 2011 at 10:54 am

What a perfect smoothie for a summer day. Just so happens that I have all the ingredients on hand right now – those type of recipes are my favorite :)


Ashley July 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

Oooh, love the color of those smoothies. Good to know about kale!! Maybe I can plant some!


Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers July 4, 2011 at 11:22 am

Thanks for that recipe. I was just looking for something to bring to my cookout later!


Amber K July 4, 2011 at 11:25 am

Your food always looks so beautiful! Yum :)


[email protected] July 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm

The photos look beautiful! But, I tell you that every other time hehe. The drinks look and sound marvelous!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I never get sick of your compliments my dear! ;)


Jennifer Baldwin July 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I am anxiously awaiting the split pea salad recipe…that looks delicious !!!
And good to know about kale…I will definitely be planting that ! I started my first garden in April so it was too late to grow greens.


Heidi @ Food Doodles July 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Mmm that smoothie looks awesome! I’m going to try it, I have everything ready and waiting :D

I love the high from organizing and getting rid of things. I love how free it makes me feel, haha. I’m inspired to get some of that done myself!


Rachel July 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Oh wow! That looks delish! It’s hot here in Vancouver today so I will definitely be making this. Thanks! I LOVE your recipes =)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Enjoy Rachel!


Amanda Jewell @ Science&Bananas July 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I’m making this smoothie this week. No ifs, ands, or butts! :-)
I’ll take some of that kale off your hands if you need some help… tee hee hee


Aja July 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm

That smoothie looks so good. I always love your recipes.
Also, cleaning/organizing is probably the most fun thing in the world in my opinion.


Sierra July 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I made a special trip to the grocery store just to buy watermelon for this…so worth it! My boyfriend and I cannot stop gushing over how amazing it is.

Also, as I write this, I realize that 99% of what I eat are from your recipes- I’m trying to recall what I ate before I found your blog :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm

haha that’s awesome!!


Moni'sMeals July 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I will take a pink flamingo with a lil rum please! Have a great day. :)


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm

“Bye, bye psychology, statistics, and computer science books. We won’t miss you at all!”

Girl. I did the EXACT SAME THING this weekend. My undergrad and grad work was in psych and I just donated ALL of my old books to the local thrift store. I have to send you an email filling you in on a few things but yeah, I have been in major cleanout, donate, purse, declutter and destash mode this weekend. It’s been manual labor city. Ugh! But it does feel great to get rid of all that crap, doesnt it! And I am normally a huge donater anyway, but you can pare down even more, can’t you! :)

The salad looks great as does the smoothie. Next time you could add a little adult themed shot to it…sounds like you could use it after all that work you’ve been doing :)


Laura July 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I love your wedding binder! I’ve been wanting to make one, even though im only 18, and don’t planon gettiing married anytime soon.
Smoothie looks so refreshing, watermelon is the best!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Ugh it IS back to the grind today!! BUT now I have a cheery smoothie recipe to perk me up! I am definetly trying this tonight :)


kaila @ healthy helper! July 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I cannot wait for that recipe! It looks amazing!


[email protected] July 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Mm your smoothie looks delicious. My Mom gave me 1/2 a watermelon today and I was just thinking how great it would be in a smoothie!


Amanda (Tomboy That Wears Makeup) July 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Wow, nice work on the purging/organizing. You wedding binder looks awesome. If only I could be so creative. I am getting married in 6 months and need to focus on it!! ahhhh!

Take care. I’m Canadian….back to work for me too;)


Toni July 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Hi Angela,
I just found your blog – amazing what you went through. Congrats on becoming healthy. I am trying to do the same. I can’t wait to try some of ur recipes – they look sooo good!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Thank you Toni :) Glad you found the blog!


Jessica July 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm

The smoothies look so refreshing! Growing up, I always used to grow garden greens due to their quick growth, while my parents would grow tomatoes and peppers! I used to think that I was a better “farmer” than them because mine would grow quicker and I had a bigger amount! haha


Meredith July 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Cute smoothies! And that last picture of the cherries is so pretty!

So many psychology books! I have that Penguin dictionary of Psychology that’s in the very first picture, I’m hoping it’ll come in handy for the psych GRE!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm

It must feel so nice to have gotten rid of all that stuff! I find it so hard to part with my university textbooks, for some reason. I really enjoyed the few psych courses I took… But I definitely agree that stats and computer science were torture! :P

Those smoothies look so refreshing for a hot day like today!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Looks delish! I need to be on an all juice diet after this weekend’s beer… errr… food. :)

Have you ever had 21 Amendment’s Hell or High Watermelon beer? OMG. Addicting.


Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me July 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I love organizing and purging things. Once I start, I don’t stop either!


Tracy @ Commit To Fit July 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm

That smoothie looks fantastic and so refreshing!


Luv What You Do July 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I can’t wait to see your salad recipe after the tweeks. I will definitely be making that smoothie this summer. Great idea!


Fit Chick Britt July 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Oddly I’ve never thought to put watermelon in a smoothie. I bet it’d be delcious! We have so many books to get rid of. I never know what to do with the old school books.


*Andrea* July 4, 2011 at 9:56 pm

mmm that drink looks delicous!!!

love all your creative meals on this blog- your love for food that tastes great and energizes the body is very inspiring :)


Jen July 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Your watermelon smoothie sounds lovely! The other day I had a kale, lemon and watermelon juice — sounds odd, but it was so good! Perhaps you could try your hand at a version?


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 5, 2011 at 7:12 am

That sounds cool! I rarely juice kale though- I prefer to blend it because not much comes out of my juicer! lol


Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner July 4, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I LOVE YOUR SMOOTHIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Angel7 July 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I love to go through the house and get rid of things that are just collecting dust. I do this throughout the year, but especially when family and friends have garage sales–another man’s/woman’s junk is another person’s treasure :) It is always fun to get some money back from unwanted items at a garage sale, but is more rewarding to donate it to a good cause.

That smoothie sounds fan-tabulous :)


Sportsgirl July 5, 2011 at 1:57 am

If that was my picture above, my glass would be the one with the drips next to it! I am such a messy eater sometimes. I like to think its because I enjoy my food thoroughly.

I had red roses for my wedding bouquet too! I chose it because I knew it would pop in the pictures, and it did.


Danielle July 5, 2011 at 3:38 am

Wow, that’s one thirst quenching smoothie! Love:) I’m very curious to you berry salad. You make food look so good!


Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 5, 2011 at 4:30 am

It always feels good to make some room by clearing out junk!

That salad looks yummy, really summery :)


Kathy July 5, 2011 at 5:09 am

I just so happen to have all the ingredients I need to make The Pink Flamingo…
;)oh is this going on the menu for tomorrow morning!!


Sarah @ Food and Love Diaries July 5, 2011 at 7:52 am

I love the glasses you serve them in! I’m planning on a smoothie for breakfast in a bit :)


Dolores July 5, 2011 at 8:37 am

Hi Angela! I LOVE your blog and I am so glad I found it. What my question was is what kind of kale do you use for your smoothies? Also do you ever sautee it? And do you remove the stalks before eating? Sorry so many questions! :) I am about to make my version of a green smoothie for breakfast with pea protein in the mix!


Christina July 5, 2011 at 10:16 am

I recently did the same thing with books/DVDs/CDs! It’s the best feeling to just get rid of some clutter. I have to admit, I do feel like I need to take a day or two off to really dig in deep and get rid of a bunch of stuff. I guess I’ll leave that for the next holiday.

Oh man my pepper plant isn’t doing well at all :( I just can’t seem to grow much of anything. I like to think that it’s because I live in NY and we have tons of polution. Yes. I know. I probably over water then leave it too dry but it is what it is. I’m praying that my tomatoes make it!


eva @5fruitsNveggies July 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm

my family lives on watermelon, strawberry, and banana smoothies—we also throw in some vanilla soy milk for a more creamy taste…in fact, since childhood i never really cared for watermelon, so i missed out for a long time on the wonderful nutrition benefits…but putting watermelon in a smoothie was like the rebirth of watermelon to me…and now i love it


Alena {Oh, It's Just Perfect!} July 5, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I went on an organizing spree this weekend too and it felt great!! I finally re-did our kitchen storage and everything. Whew. I’m glad it’s over.


Carey @ Positively Blonde July 5, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Seeing all those psychology books reminded me of what my bookshelves look like! I would say about 70 percent of the books on my shelves would fit that category!!


Georgia July 5, 2011 at 10:59 pm

That’s so funny- we did the EXACT same thing on the 4th. We somehow ended up purging all of our book shelves (and man it felt good) and we both spent time in our offices making huge piles for Goodwill. I don’t know how everything piles up, but man it feels good to dig in and scrape away the crap!


Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 6, 2011 at 6:47 pm

that smoothie sounds delish! i love organizing and cleaning too…once i start, i can’t stop!! it’s madness. I think i just love the feeling i get once everything is orderly and organized


Kelsey July 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm

aw, the binder is lovely! That’s so cute and a good idea. My friend Lindsay is getting married soon and bridal magazines are all she looks at.
I see your Nicholas Sparks in there! I read those as well.


Kathy July 11, 2011 at 11:03 am

I am always in awe of the recipes you come up with. I have printed out several I am anxious to try. (Though I really don’t cook too much) I like Kale and want to try simply sauteing it like you did. I usually end up sauteing kale with onions and canned beans and eat it with a bit of sale & pepper. Really want to try something different. The split pea and spelt berry salad looks awesome. Would love if you would post the recipe for the Salad above. Really enjoy your site. I keep coming back to see what all new you have here. Keep up the awesome job!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Hey Kathy, the recipe is on my recipe pages. You can search salads on this page and all my salads will come up. :)


GlowingBIL July 12, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Ok so I’m late catching up on your blog I’m a few days behind.. but when you get tired of cleaning out your closet feel free to come help with ours (and bring some smoothies for the kids)


Karina July 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm

i just made these and they were delicious! so nice and refreshing on a hot day!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm

So glad you enjoyed them….mmm I need to make more!


Marianne August 1, 2011 at 2:59 am

Great looking summer smoothie!

And if you could come over and clean out my junk, that would be awesome! I need to do a serious purge of my belongings, but just can’t get myself started on it.


Ashley May 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Mmmm… sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it!!!

We’ve always had really good luck growing chard in our garden. We usually have to give some away because we can’t eat it fast enough! Another good green to grow :)


Anne @ Zen and Genki May 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Looks and sounds delicious! I’ve found in the past that when I use watermelon in a smoothie, even in my Vitamix, it get sort of “frothy”…I think perhaps the trick with this one will be the rest of the frozen ingredients…looking forward to giving it a go- thanks!
(ps- nice job on the purging….sooooo hard to part with books!)
Have a great weekend!


Eve July 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

If you haven’t already made your trip to the library, you might want to check out an AWESOME website called “Paperback Swap”.com……. It is an amazing free book exchange site where you can post ANY books you have (paper back, hard back, audio, etc…). People then contact you if they want one of your books and you mail it to them (book rate here in the US is very, very cheap) and then you get *points* for each book you send out. It’s 1 point per book, so you can then use your points to get free books from others. There are MILLIONS of books posted and this isn’t based on the *value* of the book. Which means you can send out a small paperback someone else wants of yours and pick out a great big wonderful hardback coffee table book to have sent to you. It’s a really wonderful way to pass on books you no longer want and pick up those you do! And when you’re finished reading, you can always repost it and pass it on! :)


Amanda Collins October 28, 2012 at 10:36 am

I got a watermelon at this weekend’s Market on the Move ( and had no idea what to do with it (I don’t like watermelon straight). This smoothie was the answer! I always have frozen bananas and strawberries, so I just added a bit of protein powder to make a fantastic breakfast!


Shanda May 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Just made this after sitting through hot baseball games. Perfect and simple! I also made your hummus today to take to the game. Best ever! My 2 year old was eating it with a spoon, it was cute


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