Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Re-entry

Our 2012 Christmas card

Hello, friends & readers.  Happy 2013.  It's been a while.

The more observant of you may have noticed that I haven't posted since October 29th.  (Note: and I even left a giveaway open.  What terrible blogging etiquette!)  And the truth is, the longer I've gone without posting, the more intimidated I've become to post again.  So I'm just going to dive right in with a quick update and hopefully make it easier to start posting more regularly again.

The #1 question I've always received on my blog is "how do you do it all?"  Sewing, quilting, blogging, swapping and Fat Quarterly, all on top of a full-time corporate job and raising 3 small children.  In short, it all caught up to me in 2012.

Professionally, the summer and fall brought a whirlwind of activity resulting in a major promotion at work.  Now leading a global team, I've been on the road a lot more than I had been in the past.  If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you've probably followed me along on my trip to Argentina as well as countless trips to Boston, New York, and Atlanta.  In fact, I finished up this post in the Munich airport and am posting it while on the Heathrow Express on my way into London.  You can imagine how all of this travel has impacted my sewing time!

Personally, my family went through a major transition in 2012.  Without going into too much detail, my Christmas card above shows that the face of my family changed over the year.  Everyone's healthy -- don't worry -- but I've spent a lot of time working through this transition and I'm currently adjusting to a new pace, a new schedule, and a new lifestyle.  To be frank, I went for several months without the desire to even walk into my sewing room.  There was just too much on my plate.

So, yeah -- a lot has been going on.  But I've missed this space.  I've missed being creative and making things.  I've missed the community and camaraderie of blogs, Flickr, Twitter, sewing events, and my local quilt guild.  Most of all, I've missed you.  The past few months helped me to realize how many true friends and kindred spirits I've met and been blessed with through this very blog, and it's too much of a valuable treasure to give up.

And now we're all caught up.  I promise my next post will name the winner of the Art Gallery Fabrics giveaway -- quite possibly the longest giveaway ever open in the history of blogging!  I also have some fun new stuff coming up both with Art Gallery and Liberty of London fabrics.  I have about 8 draft posts in my blogger account of things I've made and meant to blog about in 2012, so I'll try my best to catch up on those.  And Portland Quilt Market and the 2013 Fat Quarterly retreat are both on the horizon.

There's much to blog about, but I can't promise that I'll be able to get to all of it as quickly as I might have in the past.  I'm hoping to ease back into things.  If I can post once a week or even 3 times a month for a little bit, I'll consider that a success.  In the meantime, I'll continue to be more active over on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram -- let's face it, they're MUCH easier to handle on a phone!

Thank you all for your patience and support.

xoxo
John

110 comments:

  1. Sometimes life can get in the way of life, can't it? I don't think blogging is about schedules, it's about sharing at times when you feel like sharing. Having said that, it's nice to have you back.

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  2. Glad to hear that your doing well. Isn't Munich awesome?

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  3. Glad to have you back blogging, buddy! Here's to good friends, good times and I wish you a fantastic 2013. We both know 2012 was pretty (insert expletive of your choice here).

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  4. Welcome back and enjoy your time in London. Please don't laugh at us too much over how bad we are at dealing with a little bit of snow.

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  5. Glad you are doing okay and would lve to read whenever you have the chance to blog.

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  6. Nice to see you back! Nice card, those kids are cuter than ever! I don't know about you, but I can't take much more of this cold weather (okay so it's only been two days, but still).
    So not only will I be looking forward to spring, but your blog posts as well!

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  7. I think we're all just glad to hear you're still alive John! Working and raising young children is the toughest gig there is. Take care & look forward to seeing what creative direction you choose to go in 2013 x

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  8. Hey John, We've all been thinking of you at TriangleMQG. So glad you're back up and blogging. Personally, with all that is going on, I'm surprised you've hit the blog in only 3 months of away time. Just know that we all miss you! I hope you'll find your stride.

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  9. You've been missed, big fella! Welcome back. It sounds like you've been through a rough patch. I'm glad to see you are on the other side of it now and are working towards a new normal. I wish you peace!

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  10. I travel a lot for work, too, so I understand (about missing sewing and sewing community)! I am so glad you're back, though; we have missed you!

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  11. Wow, that's a lot of things happening in just one year... hope this year you will settle in your new job and new life and I wish you (and your kids) all the best! Hugs!

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  12. Welcome back. I travel for work a lot, so I've started to do a lot more hand work. I also understand not wanting to go into your sewing studio for a while. My husband and I separated in September and I didn't step foot in my quilting room until November. To get my sewing mojo back, I signed up for a few swaps and begun doing more with my guild. Hang in there, things will get better and you'll get your mojo for sewing back. The quilting community is an amazing thing and has really helped me get my mojo back. Wishing you the best!

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  13. Welcome back John and here’s to a wonderful 2013! Glad to hear you are doing fine. Great picture of you and the kids. Take care!

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  14. Welcome back! Hopefully 2013 will ease itself towards a slightly less hectic schedule for you and you'll be able to cross the threshold of the sewing room every now and again.

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  15. Lovely to hear from you, I thought you'd been a bit quiet! I hope things settle down a bit for you now, but congratulations on the day job promotion! Don't give yourself a hard time about not blogging, there are much more important things in life, and remember to be kind to yourself :)

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  16. Welcome back. If your transition it what I think it was just know that things will get better. Been there done that. Hugs to you and your family. Julie - The Intrepid Thread

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  17. I just discovered you through the Martingale book giveaway, and I selfishly hope you'll be posting more, as I'd love to see it :-)

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  18. Welcome back! You've been missed :) Good to see your face again!

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  20. You go, Dad! I'd love to win the Modern Quilts book from Martingale. Thanks!

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  21. Sorry, didn't check my spelling before sending...
    In a nutshell, glad you are back ...I've missed you!

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  22. So glad you're back. I often look at the blogs I like which is listed on my sidebar and I had wondered where you were since it had been awhile.
    Take care!!

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  23. Good to see you back. It happens to all of us that "real" life takes over and the blog thing takes an unintentional break. That's why I never delete inactive blogs off my reader because you never know when people will get back to it. Blogging is fun ,but it is time consuming. I look forward to your monthly or more often updates. Best wishes for 2013 on all fronts, professional, family and quilting :o)

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  24. So glad you're back! Kind thoughts heading your way!

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  25. Welcome back, John! You have been missed! May 2013 bring success, peace, and more of all the things you love most!!

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  26. Great to hear from you again. Don't fret about having been MIA, we are always glad to hear from you whenever!

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  27. Glad to hear from you again! Breaks are part of the ebb and flow, I think. Take your time and we will be glad to see you whenever you have time to pop in!

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  28. Welcome back, Q-Diddy! Having taken long hiatuses before I know how awkward it can be to finally hit publish after a long absence and the sense of internal pressure… Worry not - we love you regardless of the frequency of your posts. :-)

    Terribly sorry to hear about your family transition but change can be a very positive thing, too, and I wish you the very best as you adjust to the new. Remember that challenges illuminate who we really are and encourage growth far better than easy times. So get down with your bad self! :-)

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  29. Missed you and hope everything is OK!

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  30. Welcome back. Blog when you can. Family comes first!

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  31. It's great to see you post again! Hope your family is doing well, and sorry to hear about those unexpected changes. Life doesn't always go as planned, but we still need to do our best for our kids and ourselves to be happy and enjoy it along the way.

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  32. Hey John! Glad to see that you are working your way back. . . family comes first at all times, though.

    Looking forward to whatever updates you post. . . .and I guess I better look for you on FB (which I am hardly ever on these days!)

    Welcome back.

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  33. Glad to see you back, of course blogging slowly is just as great as blogging a lot!

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  34. Welcome back John. I'm glad you're back too. Every time a blogger I follow disappears for a while, I always say a little prayer that they are ok. It usually means big life changes of some kind are going on. Post when you can, we're always here.

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  35. Glad to see you're back. I missed your blog.

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  36. So sorry to hear life has dealt you a big whack across the chops. I had wondered where you had got to, but I know how things can get in the way of blogging. Great to see you back again.

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  37. Welcome back, John... 2012 was the year I'd like to strike off the record as well. No major changes to the family, but we had a house fire and then my husband smashed his collarbone in four places and had to have surgery just before we moved back into our totally renovated home. It was a spectacularly stressful year, which in retrospect seems a little weird that it would have gotten to me so much. But like you, I pulled way back from blogging. Still participated in small amounts on Instagram and Flickr but it was hard to throw myself fully into anything with so much looming in my personal life. I'm just now starting to come out from the storm shelter and it's good to see the sun again.

    Hugs to you.

    Elaine / messygoat

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  38. I'm glad to see you back in blogland again, John! Don't stress yourself, we'll be happy to hear from you from time to time, real life always comes first! Wishing you a peaceful and joyful 2013!

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  39. Always love your work so it is good to see you back. I can totally relate to not wanting to sew when life is out of balance. Having 3 children myself I am always in awe of people who can make and be so creative. I average 3 quilts a year! But family first. Look forward to more posts throughout the year. Crafting is a lifestyle and i always figure i have the rest of my life to finish all the projects I want to do. Take it easy. Best of luck for 2013

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  40. Long time lurker here - nice to see you back on board! All the best for 2013!

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  41. Best wishes to you and the kids, John! Excited to see more blogging from you as you have time and inspiration for it!

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  42. Welcome back John! I hope 2013 brings you lots of happy times. :-)

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  43. I am glad that you have found time to do an update,as I found your blog in the fall and was so interested in your pillows, so am looking forward to your projects for 2013
    Thanks for sharing

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  44. Welcome back! Wishing you lots of good things in the year ahead - sounds like you're ready for it, and that's often just the invitation good things need! Cutest kids!!!

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  45. Welcome back! Hope 2013 is full of big joys and fun projects for you!

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  46. Duuuuude.....missed you bunches....consider yourself hugged!:)

    I think you need to come see me at the Sew South Retreat in Charlotte March 21-24 so I can give you a real one!

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  47. Glad you're back, John.....Happy New Year!

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  48. Glad you are back! Hope this can be a place of support for you.

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  49. Welcome back! We will be here whenever you have the time to join us. Safe travels!

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  50. I'm new to your blog, sooo, nice to meet you and looking forward to see what you blog about. Thanks

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  51. WELCOME Back!!! What a busy guy you have been! Thanks for being so cool about re-entry! You put it so well about how hard it is to blog, etc, when you've been away. We're with you!

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  52. Glad to hear from you again! I just moved to Charlotte, so no more bumping into you at David's :-(

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  53. I've missed you, Padre Q. I am glad you've returned!

    XO, Meg

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  54. Next year I hope your family cards reads, "Greetings from Portland" on it! (and you wouldn't even have to mail me the card!)

    Love you bunches, homie - so flippin' happy you're making the re-entry. XXOO!

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  55. I only started following you in the summer, but you've already inspired one (three of that one project) of my makes! Glad you're dipping your toe back in :) i love seeing all the different creative perspectives that exist. good luck and best wishes on your re-entry!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2I8AoB1xgU

    (technically not a *re*entry, but certainly very smooth!)

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  56. Hi John,
    I am new to your blog but it is obvious you are well liked and well respected. I look forward to catching up with you as and when you blog. I hope London wasn't too grey for you at this time of the year and I hope you got time to visit a few sights.

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  57. Life just does tend to get in the way sometimes, i hope this is where i can enter to win a copy of that new book, i could sure use it after tax time!

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  58. I am glad you are finding a pace and lifestyle that aims to balance all the things that are important to you and those big smiles are all lovely. I have enjoyed your blog for a long time and I am glad you will be here again, also looking forward to seeing you again in London at the FQ Retreat.

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  59. Yay! Rare commenter but semi-consistent blog stalker...so happy you are back! You and your kids make a great holiday card.

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  60. Welcome back! Hope life will let you post a bit more frequently. Missed you. All the best to you as you work through "the new normal."

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  61. :) from me who usually lurks & am happy to read your blog update. A little history here, when Hancock Fabrics was still in Cary I cut your fabric prior to the store closing. And why do I recall, you inquire? You knew how to re-fold the pattern tissue & fit it perfectly back inside the pattern envelope.
    May you 2013 be all you hope for.

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  62. Wow, you've had a huge amount on your plate. Thanks so much for sharing an insight into your 2012 with all of us blog-readers, it's much appreciated. I'm sorry you've all been through such a tough time.

    Here's to 2013 bringing peace, good stuff and happiness as you all live your new normal. I follow you on ig - I so love that space - so quick, easy and instant - a great way to share the love. take care, Catherine

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  63. Great to have you back John! I totally get where you are coming from having been there myself over the past twelve months. I missed it, and I have nowhere near the following or inspiring projects you have. Looking forward to seeing what you get up to this year. Joy (the mermaid doll quilt lady;))

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  64. Whoops, that came across a little wrong, I refer to being there in terms of life throwing challenges in 2012, although not in the same way it has for you. Sometimes a break away from things helps us to refresh, reconnect, and start again. Best wishes for 2013!

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  65. Welcome back John! We missed you so much. Hope to see new posts on new topics more here. :)

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  66. I hope 2013 treats you well, John. You do have a lot on your plate!

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  67. Many people seem to have had a rough 2012, me included so alot of us get it. Welcome back to the safe haven of the quilt world. A good place to get to.

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  68. lovely christmas card and beautiful family - thinking good thoughts for you and the little ones. :-)

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  69. I love your card, John! Sorry you've hit a rough change in your life but I'm glad you're back to blogging!

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  70. Welcome back. I've missed your posts. 2012 was a tough year for alot of us but 2013 is gonna kick some butt. The kids sure looked so cute and have grown inches since the last pic was posted. Keep smiling...

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  71. Glad to hear from you. Hope you are adjusting to your new normal, be creative soon!

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  72. Dear John,

    Congratulations on being included in Martingales new book of projects. "A Shift in Perspective" is wonderful with it's modern feel and colors.

    In all transitions i find it important to "pet" fabric. There is just something soothing about fabric with all it's different textures and colors.

    It's great to see another man who knows how to sew. My Dad sewed (not creatively) but he modeled sewing and taught me the basics.

    Good Luck and Best Wishes,
    Lyn, WA state

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  73. Awesome! Love It!! Pick Me :)

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  74. I found out from Martingale you are a comfounder of Fat Quarterly! Which I love love. Glad your back. Pick me.

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  75. Congrats on the publication in Martingale's book. How do I get my husband involved in quilting?

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  76. So glad to see you back. Huge hugs to you and the kiddos!! Great deal on the promotion, you deserve it.

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  77. Glad you're blogging again. Have missed reading them. Best wishes for 2013

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  78. Welcome back! I am counting the days to get to see you in Portland!! Good times and big hugs for a dear sweet man!!

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  79. Thank Goodness! A serial lurker from the UK here. Was beginning to worry you'd never post again. Hope 2013 is positive. Look forward to your freative input. Congrats on the new job x

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  80. hi John, good to see you back here! It is really sad that we couldn´t meet here in Munich but i just keep hoping that it will happen one day, when your path leads you back here :-)
    I wish you all the best for this year, lots of strength, love and laughter. Take good care of yourself!!
    see you this summer
    Claudia

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  81. Crossing my fingers! The book looks amazing!

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  82. Glad you are back and doing OK!

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  83. Glad to see you back. Kids are getting so big...happy quilting.

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  84. Welcome back! Looking forward to more of your creativity! Really love your quilt!

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  85. So glad you're ok! Welcome back to the blog-o-sphere!

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  86. Welcome back! Take your time...we'll be here... :)

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  87. Very nice quilt design and very good design...I am beginner in quilt designing and making ..i got some ideas by your post. Thanks for your post.
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  88. I am a new reader (and a new-ish quilter) and I just wanted to offer a little support. I'm so sorry about what you are going through... BTDT although I don't have children. Anyway take care of yourself and don't stress about the blog. Your readers will be here whenever you feel like posting. I'm really enjoying making blocks from the Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters... I really love your designs. I'm a fellow Tarheels fan, too... got my undergrad degree there and then went to vet school at NC State... I miss the Triangle. I moved to California about 9 years ago but still hope to one day get back there. :) Hope 2013 is coming up roses for you and congratulations on your job promotion. Take care!

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  89. John-
    Just found your blog and your post was heart-felt. Here is sending you some inspiration of sunshine and I hope to see new posts soon to follow.
    -S

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  90. Great stuff, keep up the good work.

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  91. Good to read your post and looking forward to more as time and life allows. Keep smiling.

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  92. oh! Has estado en Argentina!! Te sigo y soy tu admiradora. Haberlo sabido!!

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