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Exploring Sedona & Haircut!

Last Saturday, Joshua and I decided to take a day trip to Sedona!  For those of you who don’t know much about Arizona, Sedona is about thirty minutes south of Flagstaff, which makes it easy for quick trips like this.  Sedona is pretty much our favorite place in Arizona, in fact, we spent the first part of our honeymoon there!  It’s beautiful with the drive down Oak Creek Canyon, the red rocks, and the mountain views.  From what I’ve experienced, a lot of the people in Sedona are very nice and accommodating, as they are super used to tourists.  In fact, when we found a car wash for our decorated “just married” car on our honeymoon, they gave us the ultimate car wash at no charge.  We also loved The Golden Goose restaurant for a chill but classy dinner, and actually got the entire patio to ourselves with a wonderfully personable waitress.  The only weird thing about Sedona is that almost everything except one grocery store closes down at 9 PM.  I guess they are just used to only day tourists…?  Haha.

I’ve been meaning to blog about our trip all week, but I haven’t had a single chance until now.  I have lots of pictures, though, so here we go!

We started on our trip at 2:30 in the afternoon because Saturdays mean sleep. 😉  Again, Sedona is only thirty minutes away, so we felt like we still had the whole day ahead of us to spend.  Of course, no trip is complete without a coffee run….

Caramel iced coffee with cream.  I don’t get extra sugar because the caramel is a sweetened syrup.

The day started out rainy and windy in Flagstaff, so we were pretty concerned that it would be miserable in Sedona and a waste of a trip.  Siri assured us it would be clear and warm in Sedona, though, so we crossed our fingers and made the drive anyway.  It rained pretty much the whole way down, so that didn’t help our doubts, lol.  Rainy/stormy days are our favorites, but it wasn’t quite what we wanted when we planned on walking around outside!

Sure enough, the weather cleared up about five minutes before entering Uptown Sedona, and remained clear the whole time we were there!  We visit Uptown Sedona the most because it’s the tourist area, plentiful with adorable shops.  Jewelry, knives, guns, psychics, fudge, ice cream, clothing, jams & jellies, mystical stones, vortex souvenirs, and more!  It’s lots of fun to browse and people watch.  Of course, everything is extremely overpriced so we rarely purchase anything unless the price happens to be negligible.

Among the many Uptown shops, we happened across this hilarious sign of which I absolutely had to snap a photo!  I loved it!  Of course, I want my husband with me while I shop, that’s kind of why we went down together, lol, but I still think it’s fantastic.

One of our favorite shops in Sedona has olive oil and balsamic vinegar taste-testing!  There are two shops like this in Uptown Sedona, but this one has bread + cups for tasting, not just cups.  I am a huge fan of balsamic vinegar, so I always love tasting these!  I think my favorite from this trip was Wild Blueberry, but the Maple came close also!

We happened upon a sunglasses shop, which funnily enough also sold a bunch of sandals.  It was at this store that I spotted a wall of Sanuk sandals, which I’ve heard are fantastic.  I’ve wanted a pair for forever, but just never got around to getting them.  However, these were the same price as online, and we were already there, so I decided to get them.  I can’t wait for summer to try them out.  Just need a fresh pedicure now. 😉

(If you don’t know, Sanuk sandals are made out of yoga mat and fabric.  Apparently this makes them really comfortable because you have great support & cushion, as well as no chaffing for your toes, because it doesn’t have that plastic piece.)

Around five, we decided to head to the south side of Sedona for sushi!  We needed to get back home to practice music for church the next day (we are the husband & wife “worship team” lol), so we decided to end our day with sushi and then head back up to Flagstaff.

We love going to Hiro’s for sushi here in Flagstaff, and I found out that there was one in Sedona, so we decided to try it out and see how different/alike it was.  My favorite roll wasn’t there, unfortunately (the Arizona roll), but I tried the Firecracker roll and it was amazing as well!  Crab, shrimp tempura, eel sauce…and other stuff I can’t remember.  It was delish!

We also ordered an avocado roll, though we didn’t realize that it was only rice and avocado, so we won’t be getting that again.  I thought it was sushi with avocado, haha!

Hubby ordered the Volcano roll, which admittedly doesn’t look very appetizing by appearances (to me, at least) but he said it’s his new favorite roll, so I’d say the taste makes up for looks!  Too bad that particular roll isn’t at our favorite haunt here in Flag.  It just gives us another reason to return to Hiro’s in Sedona, such a bummer, lol.  We’ve determined that we will for sure be coming back here when we visit!  It might just become a tradition.  We also love coming to Hiro’s (in Flag & Sedona) because it is super affordable for quality sushi.  For two rolls, we typically only end up spending $35.

The drive back up was just as gorgeous!  Every time we drive this route, it always takes my breath away!

Of course, it helped that the sky was simply spectacular with the storm clouds!

And now, moving onto other news!  I got a haircut yesterday!  I love keeping my hair short, but I can typically go about six months between trims.  Last time I got my hair cut was back in October, and so I was definitely due for a trim!  My hair was getting long enough to get caught under the collar of my shirts/jackets, so I was getting annoyed.  I like keeping the back of my hair above my collar and the front just at my collarbone in an A-line cut.  I’ve had this style since October and I’ve loved it!  It feels so nice to have it trimmed again.

And that’s all for now!  Have a lovely weekend!

Mister’s Wisdom Teeth Surgery

Back on March 23rd, my poor hubby had to get his wisdom teeth out.  You all probably don’t know this, but I had mine out last year on April 15th, so the experience was quite recent for me and I could definitely relate with my love.  (It also gives me a chuckle that we got our wisdom teeth out nearly a year from each other–so close!)

Can I just say…this was the longest week of my life?!  I honestly do feel bad saying that because I wasn’t the one who had the surgery, but getting up every two hours around the clock for multiple days completely exhausted me.  This was also our first surgery as just the two of us, so it was my first time having the whole job of taking care of someone else put on me.  I feel like I became a little grumpy, but my husband doesn’t think so, so I suppose that’s all that matters! 🙂

Thankfully, though, he was able to get all four teeth out, which is definitely recommended so you don’t ever have to go through it again.  When I got mine out, I remember not being able to imagine going back and doing it all over again!  My husband feels the same way!

Of course, our snuggly cat was a very important key to his recovery! 😉

Joshua is recovering super well; he’s actually doing better than I remember doing at this point in my recovery, so I’m very proud of him!  He can eat way easier than I could by now.  At this point, my jaw was still aching terribly and I had to be very careful and slow while eating.  He is still gentle with his jaw, but he can pretty much eat like normal now!  That just goes to show how everyone handles the surgery and recovery differently.  His post-op appointment is on Thursday and hopefully after that he’ll be all clear!

One thing I have to say about the wisdom teeth surgery is that it’s frustrating when everyone acts like it’s nothing and you should be good to go in two days with hardly any pain meds or ice.  Yes, it’s a very common surgery, and some people recover amazingly fast.  Others, though, like myself and my husband take about a week to feel normal again and even then our energy was still draining faster than normal, with some residual pain and limitations.  It bugs me when I talked about my experience, or about my husband’s and people say things like, “You should be fine by now”–because they had an awesome experience.

All I can say is this: everyone’s different.  Everyone reacts differently and if they take longer to heal, it’s not because they are lame or pathetic.  It’s just because their bodies are different.  And that is okay.

I remember feeling such pressure after my surgery to feel normal again within three days tops, and I was actually disappointed in my own body’s healing abilities for taking longer.  I firmly believe now that I shouldn’t have felt that way because everyone is different and it certainly didn’t help my recovery to push myself long before I was ready.

If this comes across as venting, it’s just because this is a mindset that needs to change.  People need the freedom to heal however their bodies demand, whether that’s in two days or fourteen.  Society puts way too much pressure on people to fit in a box.

Anyway, here are some tips for those of you looking at wisdom teeth surgery:

Food.  Stock up on applesauce cups, pudding cups, Carnation Instant Breakfast drinks, mashed potatoes, ice cream, soup, cottage cheese, macaroni and cheese, etc.  Basically all the soft foods you can think of!  For the first day or so, just opening your mouth hurts a LOT.  Also, you may think Jell-O is a good option, but it actually doesn’t have any substance to it so it won’t give you very much nutrition-wise.

Support.  Make sure someone will be available to help you through at least the first day of recovery.  I needed someone with me for the first few days because I had such a hard time, but the first day is the most important.  Their job is at least to wake you for your meds, refresh your ice pack, and make sure you drink enough to stay hydrated.  It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but right after oral surgery, these tasks are very difficult.

Straws.  No straws for ten days, or that sucking motion will risk losing your blood clot and getting dry socket (where the bone & nerves are exposed).  Neither my husband nor I got dry socket, but I’ve heard it hurts horribly and then you’ll have to go back to your doctor for a re-packing and prolong healing.

Rinsing.  After the first day, gently rinse with warm salt water after each meal (or in our case, after every time we ate because we needed to take a narcotic with food every two hours, so “meals” didn’t exist).  Be careful with spitting so as to not dislodge the blood clot.

Rest.  Sleep as much as possible.  Give yourself all the freedom in the world to sleep.  Sleeping through the pain helped me through the first few days!  My husband was unable to sleep and he had such a hard time with the pain. 😦

Exercise.  No cardio or heavy lifting for ten days.  Apparently it can prolong your healing by causing issues….

Reclining.  When resting/sleeping, make sure you are in an elevated position.  Recliners are the best option, but lots of pillows in bed will work as well.  You just to stay partially upright.

Medication.  Take your pains meds every four hours or as prescribed, but exactly when they say.  Don’t push it back just because it isn’t hurting too badly at the moment.  Pain is much harder to alleviate than to prevent.  You want to keep it away to begin with–you’ll actually heal faster if your body isn’t so focused on the pain.

Ice, ice, ice.  Ice keeps the swelling down as much as is possible, and swelling is what causes the majority of discomfort.  Ice won’t keep the swelling away for most people, but it’s your best shot at coping with it.

Time off.  Plan to have at least four days off from work, or better yet, plan your surgery around a long weekend.  If you end up healing quickly, and you don’t need that much time, great!  If you don’t heal quickly, you’ll be grateful for the extra time off.

Heal.  Last, but not least: give yourself permission to rest, sleep, and heal for as long as you need.  Don’t rush to feel better.  Think of it this way: if you got all four teeth out at once, you’ll never have this surgery again.  It’s okay to take all the time you need to recover, even if it’s way longer than everyone else you know.  Your body will thank you.

First Wedded Valentine’s Day

This year was our first Valentine’s Day as husband and wife!  It wasn’t our first Valentine’s together, but it definitely felt different this year celebrating as a married couple.  (And honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way!  Marriage is the BEST!)

This year was also different because we are more strapped for money than we were last year, so it took a quite a bit of creativity to have any extra funds for drinks or dinner.  In the end, though, we decided it’s one day, it’s a holiday, and we wanted to splurge a little because we are just going to drive ourselves crazy if we say “no” to every special treat.

The day started off with $3 chocolate hearts we found for each other at Walmart!  We were amazed at the great deal, and the chocolate tastes delicious!

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Unfortunately, both Joshua and I had to work all day, but thanks to the flexibility of our jobs, I was able to spend all day with him at his work (while I worked on my laptop), so we were together as much as possible!

Later that afternoon, we took a ten-minute break to run down the street for a special Valentine’s Starbucks!  They had the Molten Chocolate Trio (a latte, frappe, or hot chocolate) specialty going on for Valentine’s Day that we wanted to take advantage of.  Thankfully, no one seemed to be at Starbucks around 3:30 in the afternoon, so there was no wait for us!

Of course kisses for Valentine's Day <3

Of course kisses for Valentine’s Day ❤

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When we were off work, we ordered take-out sushi for a special dinner!  (Because actually eating in the restaurant on Valentine’s Day is just far too crowded and chaotic for us introverts. 😉 )  Funny story: Before I met my husband, I had never tried good sushi (aka, I’d only had disgusting, fishy, cheap grocery store California rolls).  He introduced me to a local sushi place here in town and needless to say, I’m now OBSESSED and I wish we could get it far more often than our typical every three-four months.  I guess it keeps it special, though. 😉  Oh my yum, so amazingly delicious.

This was actually an awesome deal: three rolls for $30. (And this is more than enough to STUFF the two of us!)

This was actually an awesome deal: three rolls for $30. (And this is more than enough to STUFF the two of us!)

Once we were home, we had a few minutes before sitting down to eat, so I took the time to sneak around the house and hide Harry Potter Valentine cards for my husband to treasure-hunt.  I printed them up weeks ago and I’m pretty sure it was the highlight of my excitement for the day, other than the sushi.  The sushi pretty much tops all. 😉

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img_2234Before long, I told him he had eight treasures to find and he began his search.  He found the first six super easily but the last two proved slightly more difficult. 😉

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After he found them all (which he LOVED by the way!  A good way for him to remember his nerdy wife, haha), we sat down to eat our sushi and watch a movie.  We originally wanted “Grease” as our Valentine’s Day tradition, but then we thought we should try a new movie in the ‘Romantic Favorites’ category on Netflix.  We went with “The Switch” which was definitely a mistake for a romantic evening (to be clear, it did have a romantic element, but that wasn’t the point of the movie, which was what we wanted for Valentine’s Day).  Next year will be “Grease” for sure!

We ended the night with some light drinks that we splurged on for the very purpose of Valentine’s Day.  I’d never had vodka before, and so we decided to give it a shot.  The consensus: I like it!

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Overall, it was such a blessing to be married this Valentine’s Day!  I hope you and yours had a beautiful day as well! ❤

-Tialla

Our Six-Month Anniversary

(Heads up that this will indeed be a mushy post. 😉 )

On Tuesday, January 10th, Joshua and I celebrated our six-month wedding anniversary.  It’s absolutely amazing to me that it has already been half a year since we said, “I do.”  These past six months have simply flown by.  With each month that passes, I’m reminded of the reality of the saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun.”  I know without doubt that I’m going to blink and we’ll both be decades down the line, amazed at the time that has sped by.

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I think back on what has happened these past months since our wedding ceremony, and it just blows my mind.  Various aspects of work (both Joshua’s and mine), family, friends, aspirations, hopes, plans, goals, projects, and routines…so much has happened, and so much has changed from the day before our wedding.  What an adventure we’ve had so far, both good and bad, and I wouldn’t want to spend this life with anyone else.

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This was the caption I posted on my social media for our anniversary post:

“How has it possibly already been half a year since we said our vows? These past six months have simply flown by. To think, when we had been dating for six months, you proposed, and now we have been married for six months! As I tell anyone who asks, marriage is the best thing ever. Always having my soulmate, best friend, and lover by my side each and every day, through thick and thin. Knowing that no matter what, he is there for me. Many things may happen during the day, but at the end of the day, we have each other. Since July, our lives have seen many changes. Ebb and flow with both the good and the bad, the exciting and the mundane, but the constant is the fact that we still have each other. I’m so grateful to share this life with you, Joshua, to always have you here to support and encourage me, and to give me the blessing of always being there for you, supporting, and encouraging you. And most importantly, I’m so grateful to the Lord for bringing us together, as well as for giving us the humbling opportunity to mirror Christ and the Church with our marriage. It’s such a blessing to settle in married life with you, Mister, to figure out how to be married together, to be your helper, and to go on this journey together, hand in hand. I’m so excited to see where God takes us. Happy six months! I love you to the moon and back! <3″

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We celebrated our anniversary starting with a meal of homemade biscuits and gravy.  This was my first time making both homemade biscuits and gravy and I have to say, I LOVED how they turned out!  Definitely will be repeating.

If this doesn't look appetizing, I apologize, but it really was DELICIOUS! :)

If this doesn’t look appetizing, I apologize, but it really was DELICIOUS! 🙂

After dinner, we headed to the movies to see Rogue One (thanks to my in-laws for a movie theater Christmas gift card!).  It was a wonderful time out together, especially since we can rarely afford to go to the theater these days.

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Happy halfway anniversary, my love!  I can’t wait to see what these next six months (and beyond) hold for us.

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-Tialla ❤

 

The Coconino County Fair

The county fair rolled into town this past weekend!  My family and I have gone to the fair every year for as long as I can remember.  It’s been a first-weekend-of-September tradition.  However, this year, Joshua and I were able to experience it together as a married couple!  Joshua has lived here in Flagstaff for a couple of years, but he hadn’t gone to the fair until now, so I felt rather honored to be the one to show him around.

The fair lasts four days and though my family and I would typically go on the first day (also known as “School’s Day”–when all the schools took field trips to the fair, including homeschoolers), Joshua and I didn’t end up going until the last day.  We also didn’t go until the afternoon, which unfortunately was fairly close to the end of the fair, so a lot of booths were already packing up.  However, it was still lots of fun.

(I forgot to take pictures other than on Snapchat, so you’ll have to forgive me.) 😉

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Upon entering the fair, we immediately headed for the food, because let’s be honest–that’s the best part of the fair.  We both LOVE funnel cakes, which was actually one of the first things we talked about when we initially began dating, haha!  We requested this funnel cake with powdered sugar, hot fudge, and caramel, which was fantastic! (As a side note, it was a bit of a breezy day, which meant I ended up with powdered sugar all over my shirt, pants, skin, and purse!  Haha!  Ah, the joys of powdered sugar.)

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And of course, what is a county fair without cotton candy and kettle corn?  Cotton candy was really just for the nostalgia, but the caramel kettle corn was delicious!  Sweet and salty!

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All in all, it was a wonderful time!  We walked through the food vendors, then continued onto the booths and exhibits as I pointed out various places I had entered items when I was younger.  We didn’t have a chance to go on rides as they are very expensive, but it was still fun showing them to Joshua!

Do you enjoy attending county fairs?  What is your favorite part of the fair?

-Tialla

Our Honeymoon!

We were blessed to have an absolutely fabulous honeymoon.  Though I must say, Joshua and I are both introverts and huge “home bodies.”  Thus, the more adventurous part of our honeymoon–aka, the parts with out of state/out of country traveling–definitely had us wishing for home, even with how much fun we had.

Anyway, our honeymoon started in Sedona, Arizona.  Sedona is an absolutely beautiful place here in Arizona, so if you ever have a chance to visit, I highly recommend it!  The town is surrounded with beautiful red rocks formations and gorgeous valleys.  However, there are some really weird things about Sedona as well.  Such as the belief in vortexes is huge, the amount of palm readers and mystical shops is surprising, and everything is overpriced because, well, tourists.  We knew about all this before deciding to spend the first few days of our honeymoon in Sedona.  However, Sedona is still beautiful and it’s a really cute town, so we planned on it, and we don’t regret it!  In fact, it was our favorite part of the honeymoon.  But Sedona does have another quirk we discovered: everything, literally EVERYTHING is closed at 9, or maybe 9:30 at the latest.  Even Taco Bell, Burger King, KFC–everything.  So weird, and a little unhelpful when you and your newlywed husband want a late night snack.  The only business we found open was a Bashas’ grocery store, so at least we had that!

We also got a free car wash when we drove up with our “Just married” decorations.  It only helped us love Sedona even more!

Here are some photos from our Sedona adventures….

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We saw Tarzan! Honestly, I don't remember much from it, though.

We saw Tarzan! I don’t remember much from it, though.

 

Dinner at "Golden Goose Grill" which was delicious and service was phenomenal! We had the entire patio to ourselves. :D

Dinner at “Golden Goose Grill” which was delicious and the service was phenomenal! We had the entire patio to ourselves. 😀

 

Starbucks of course. One of my favorite photos of us. <3

Starbucks of course. One of my favorite photos of us. ❤

Our next stop on our honeymoon was the Flagstaff train station!  We took the train from Flag to LA!  It was SO exciting.  We loved it, and are totally planning on taking the train again when we want to travel somewhere out of state.  Way easier than dealing with airports!

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We got a sleeper roomette, which made it so much easier for the overnight trip than sitting upright in coach. ;)

We got a sleeper roomette, which made it so much easier for the overnight trip than sitting upright in coach. 😉

 

Once in LA, we took a cab to the cruise ship port!  As first-time cruisers, we were both very confused about where to go, who to talk to, or what to do, and people seemed very reluctant to help.  That was discouraging, but we finally figured it out!

Also, the Queen Mary was right next to our ship in LA.  If we wanted to do another “cruise,” I think we would just go on the Queen Mary because it is stationary!  We had fun on the cruise (the unlimited food and free room service being the best part), but the motion of the ship got to us (not making us sick, just throwing us “off” all the time), and it was too crowded/too rowdy.  It was a party cruise for sure, haha!  And we are too introverted for that. 😉

The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary

First glimpse of our ship!

First glimpse of our ship!

 

The interior of our ship was very much into bronze, gold, and LOTS of colors. A little dated in my opinion, but maybe that's just because it was headed to Mexico!

The interior of our ship was very much into bronze, gold, and LOTS of colors. A little dated in my opinion, but I suppose they were going for a “festive” look since the ship was headed to Mexico!

 

Pano of the very top deck!

Pano of the very top deck!

 

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My favorite part of our room would definitely be the portholes and window seat!

My favorite part of our stateroom would definitely be the portholes and window seat!

 

Pano of Mexico!

Pano of Mexico!

 

We definitely had fun! It was a bit windy so my hubby had to hold my hat. <3

We definitely had fun! It was a bit windy so my hubby had to hold my hat. ❤

 

All dressed up for fancy night!

All dressed up for fancy night!

 

Our waiter was so nice on the last night of our cruise!  He had this small cake made for us!

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We had quite a gap between disembarking from our cruise ship and catching our train back to Flag, so we took a cab to an outlet mall.

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Yep, on our honeymoon, we joined all the little kids and saw The Secret Life of Pets. With all of our luggage still with us, because there was no where to put it. The movie was cute!

Yep, on our honeymoon, we joined all the little kids and saw The Secret Life of Pets. With all of our luggage still with us, because there was nowhere to put it. The movie was cute!

 

After the movie we walked outside for a while, found a Barnes and Noble, and browsed there for a bit.

 

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The view from the cab.

The view from the cab.

 

And the train ride back to Flagstaff!

And the train ride back to Flagstaff!

 

After we got back to Flagstaff, we still had another week set aside for our honeymoon, giving us two weeks total.  Unfortunately, Joshua did have to work half-days that week, and even though we didn’t like being separated for that, it was helpful to have something for a paycheck. 🙂  All in all, it was lots of fun, and a wonderful time to just relax with each other.  We definitely miss those days of spending every moment together without the need to go to work or anything, but we enjoyed it while it lasted!

-Tialla

♫ Going to the chapel and we’re going to get married ♫

My brother’s wedding was this Sunday (the 24th)!  I’m not sure if I posted about their engagement, so if I didn’t, they were engaged back in May, and married this past weekend.  Here are some photos – they aren’t professional quality by any means (hello, smartphone camera), but they still capture the moment.

I wish my brother and his wife all the best and pray for the Lord to bless their marriage!

 

 

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-Tialla ♥