I may be many things but ‘really into cleaning’ isn’t one of them. Earlier this year, when we moved from Sydney to the South Coast and I took the plunge and went freelance full time, I also became a stay at home mum. It’s an interesting title and one I plan to write more about at some point, but for the purpose of this post, let’s just agree that I am indeed the one who stays home to man the family cave and ensure that our offspring are not carried off by wild animals and the like.

Being the parent at home means that certain other responsibilities have fallen my way. Responsibilities that were previously entrusted to a lovely lady named Kitty who visited our home once a fortnight to vacuum/mop/dust/wipe down benches and bathrooms and otherwise improve the general state of our home while we were out at work. I’m talking about what 1950’s housewives (most likely) excelled at and what I really am hopeless at; cleaning the house.

I’m lucky that I do have a partner in crime (my husband) who is exceptionally good at much of the housework but being that he works 5 days a week, he’s not around much to actually partake in most of the stuff. And it’s not as if I’m bad at EVERYTHING. There are certain tasks that, for some reason, I actually enjoy. Hanging out the washing, folding up clean washing, snapping all of Ollie’s cloth nappies together and cooking are all tasks that I seem to derive some kind of pleasure from. Not sure what’s going on with the washing side of things (possibly high of Ec0-Store laundry liquid fumes) but cooking makes sense.

Cooking is the one ‘chore’ that gives back. Sure, I invest a ton of time and effort but the rewards, generally, are totally worth it. When you cook, you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour. I don’t even mind cleaning up the kitchen afterwards, such is the relationship I have with that area of the house. My kitchen is just a real giver and I’m happy to pay him/her back by ensuring everything is washed up and put away and the the benches are clean and shiny.

The other parts of the house however are not so giving. Frankly, they kind of suck. Yes, they look nice when they are clean but being that we seem to own a menagerie of animals, plus a toddler, that whole ‘gleamingly clean’ thing doesn’t last long. I find the floorboards and carpet to be especially unpleasant. They really are take, take, take with nothing in return. I get that they spend their life being trodden on but seriously guys, lighten up a little.

As such, vacuuming is not really something I enjoy (you can also interchange ‘enjoy’ with ‘do regularly’ as both work in that sentence). I have a plethora of excuses I can whip out out any time. ‘Ollie was asleep,’ ‘The dog was asleep’, ‘I was working’, ‘The person next door was working and I didn’t want to make too much noise,’ ‘The vacuum is really heavy and I didn’t want to risk an injury, carrying it down the stairs’, ‘The vacuum doesn’t like me and I fear it may turn against me while being used and cause my untimely death,’ just your usual range of reasons that I feel validate the few and far between cleans that our floor gets.

Robomaid_ReviewYou can imagine my delight then, when I was contacted by Robomaid about testing on of their products. A vacuum that didn’t require any input from me? A vacuum that could be switched on and left to clean while Ollie and I went about our business doing things far more fun than vacuuming? I was assured that Robomaid could do both these things, and plenty more.

It was good timing that Vera (the name we.. (me).. chose for our new vaccum), arrived when she did as we’d just moved into our new place and it was not a pleasant scene. We really did need all the help we could get and thankfully, Vera delivered. Initially, we just used her upstairs in the bedrooms, where we had carpet (dusty, kind of gross carpet that we had to live with till the new stuff arrived). After a week or so however, we started to man up and brought her downstairs, onto the floorboard. I was a bit nervous about the whole ‘scratching the floorboards thing’ (actually, that’s a lie.. what’s a few scratches between friends when it means you don’t have to wield a vacuum yourself) but my pretend concern was unfounded. There was a setting for floorboards and it worked a charm. I even gave the ‘mopping’ function a whirl and was impressed. Added bonus? It kept the cats entertained for hours on end.

I can safely say that Robomaid was the only product I’ve had in to review that my husband loved as much as I did.

The downside? The only thing I found challenging was learning to use the different settings and working out how to effectively use the electric fence/sectioning off function. I didn’t want ol’ Vera hurtling herself down the stairs while we were out so making sure this was working was important. Once I had a proper read of the manual though (anyone else a bit of a ‘skimmer’ of instructions manuals?), and spoke with the very helpful peeps at Robomaid, I was all sorted.

Now for the exciting part. YOU, lovely reader, have the chance to WIN Vera! Yep, your family cave can become the domain of your very won Robomaid worth $399.. You’ll never have to vacuum/sweep/mop  again! All you’ve got to do to be in with a chance is tell me WHICH household chore you hate the most and why. Just comment below and you’re in with a chance!

Entries close 9.00pm EST on Sunday 8th September 2013. Winner will be announced on Monday 9th August

** Click HERE to read my policy about receiving goods and sponsored posts. I have not received payment for this post BUT was provided with a product, free of charge to test.

Good ol’ Vera doing her thang


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63 Comments on Why I Suck At Housework + Your Chance To WIN A Robomaid

  1. Rebecca
    September 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm (5 years ago)

    I really don’t like putting clothes away after washing them. It makes absolutely no sense! We generally end up finding clean clothes folded up in washing baskets unless my lovely hubby puts them away for us or I run out of washing baskets when I need to do more laundry.

  2. Melissa Lichocik
    September 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm (5 years ago)

    I am not a domestic goddess at all and to choose one household chore which I despise is hard! But I would have to say cleaning my bathroom the biggest chore hate out of them all! A robomaid would be amazing as I could clean the house while I slept! woo hoo!

  3. Deb Thomson
    September 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh Vera, oh Vera – please come and live me. My four children are very messy and drop crumbs, food and other rubbish on my floors all day. Its such hard work keeping up with them. I really hate sweeping constantly and vacuuming every day. You would make my life so much easier and I would take good care of you, I promise 🙂

  4. Carissa Mitchell
    September 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh Vera you would look lovely in my house!

    My least favourite household chore is folding and hanging the clean laundry! So much so Danny and I each have a basket in the bottom of our wardrobes that I shove the clean clothes into.

  5. Skye C
    September 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm (5 years ago)

    Sweeping and mopping the kitchen! It needs to be done daily I have no time whatsoever. So time consuming to sweep then mop then let it dry!

  6. Rebekka
    September 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm (5 years ago)

    Putting the wasing away is the worst in my view, some weeks the wasing stays in the basket till I use the clothes again. they are even folded, I just suck putting them in the wardrobe

  7. Heather Gillies
    September 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm (5 years ago)

    I would LOVE Vera to come and live with me, my messy husband, my three messy kids and our long-haired messy cat! I can’t choose one chore either, as I hate the constancy of it all! But the bathrooms would have to be the worst…

  8. Rebecca
    September 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm (5 years ago)

    This would save me vacuuming 3 times a day and make my life SO much easier.

    As for the one chore I do not like doing, it would be washing, hanging, folding and then putting away the clothes. My boys seem to think wearing something for 5 mins means it is now ready to be put in the wash arrrrr.

  9. Cassie N
    September 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm (5 years ago)

    Do I really have to pick just one chore?! 😛 Well, to be completely honest it would be cooking! I love eating, especially the kinds of delicious things you post about, but the actual act of cooking still, well, scares me. I wish I felt more confident about it and then might possibly enjoy it! (I must add that I too love the washing, hanging and folding of laundry. I love putting each family member’s clothes on a separate quarter of the Hills Hoist, like clothes together, all ready for a smooth transition back inside the house… Ahh… Sweet domestic perfectionism! Heehee!)

  10. Lilybett
    September 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm (5 years ago)

    Vera would be very welcome at our house. There are some (not so) lovely corners for her to hang out.

    My least favourite of the chores is the putting away part of most jobs. Love doing the washing; hate putting the clothes away. Don’t mind packing the dishwasher; hate putting all the dishes and cutlery and Tupperware away. Consequently, things stay put until Lovely Husband puts them away 🙂

  11. Erika
    September 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm (5 years ago)

    Vera, you would be welcome to come and stay at my house any time! Not only does it sound like my floors might have a chance of a proper clean, but I love red appliances and own none so I would be extra fond of you. 🙂 My least favourite chore is probably putting dishes away. I don’t mind actually washing them (most of the time) but then they just sit there hogging the drying rack so that no other dishes can be washed until I make myself put them away first. If only they’d just toddle off and put themselves back…

  12. Sarah E
    September 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm (5 years ago)

    My least favorite chores would have to be dusting and putting the washing away!! With 3 kids and 2 adults it seems that the washing is never ending!! We generally live out of baskets unless ppl are coming over then I spend 2 days cleaning before they arrive for it all to be undone as soon as they leave, washing piles up again toys strewn across the floors. I also find myself vacuuming 2-3 times a day just from all the mess so Vera would be a god send in our house!!

  13. Deanne
    September 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm (5 years ago)

    I hate all chores! With 2 kids under two cleaning the bathroom is an impossible task and pairing up socks never gets finished! My hubby would love Vera as she would save him from all of the vacuuming!

  14. Katie P
    September 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm (5 years ago)

    My least favorite chore is definitely folding and putting away the washing, everything else I can handle but our washing usually stays in the basket until it gets used again. Would love to win Vera for our brand new house to keep it looking amazing

  15. Khayt
    September 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm (5 years ago)

    ‘Sing words to nursery rhyme”pussycat pussycat where have u been”

    Robomaid, robomaid where have you been?
    I need you to help me to keep my house clean!

    Robomaid, Robomaid, I know one things for sure
    With you in my life, I will vacuum no more!

  16. Rebecca Mcilroy
    September 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm (5 years ago)

    Cleaning, cooking, ironing and scrubbing are not areas of strength for me. If I had to chose one it would be picking up crumbs off the floor. Having a picky eater of a toddler we have to get food into him in what ever method works. Often this requires a food bowl being left at several locations around the house. It gets messy. Very messy. Vera would take care of the Connor destruction and bring some balance back to my life!!!

  17. Khayt
    September 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm (5 years ago)

    Sing words to “pussy cat pussy cat where have you been”

    Robomaid, Robomaid, where have you been?
    I need you to help me to keep my house clean

    Robomaid, Robomaid, I hope one things for sure
    With you in my life, I will vacuum no more!

  18. Rinna
    September 2, 2013 at 6:43 pm (5 years ago)

    Argh! Picking just one chore I detest is like asking me to only eat one square of chocolate from the block! But … The one I hate with pure loathing is washing! No matter how many attempts to do a load a day, it never happens, as we speak there is two baskets of clean washing to be folded but will inevitably end up being used until the basket is empty. If Vera decided to live with me I vow and declare to spend my twice a day vacuum obsession to do washing … definitely … well possibly … bahahahaha….pick me Vera!

  19. Kels
    September 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm (5 years ago)

    I hate hate HATE vacuuming and mopping… In fact pre-children I used to op once every month or two. Now I’m 33 weeks pregnant so I tell my hubby it makes me go into premature labour, lol 🙂

  20. Mel
    September 2, 2013 at 8:04 pm (5 years ago)

    I too hate putting the washing away. Time consuming & irritating and reminds me that I need to clean out my cupboards! The chore I hate most though..Doing the floors…mainly because they look exactly the same an hour after its been done!! 🙂

  21. Annalese
    September 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm (5 years ago)

    While I hate housework in general and really really hate putting clothes away! It seems finished when the clothes are clean and dry so that extra step is just a killer!

  22. Megan
    September 3, 2013 at 11:50 am (5 years ago)

    I don’t find joy in any domestic chores which is not a great thing for a work from home mum! I will stare down the apartment until I can’t handle it anymore, or look at my diary to realise I have a day full of trials coming the next morning and then I manage to get the entire unit clean in hours. The rest of the time I procrastinate. I will start to clean the kitchen and decide the cupboards need re-organising and that will take days. I will begin to clean the living room and decide the furniture needs rearranging or I should do it with a DVD on, which of course will distract me and before I know it I am laying on the lounge with a box of tissues, a chai and a packet of Tim Tams watching the note book. But I do love showering with fresh towels and going to bed with fresh linen after washing day – they are my little thing that give back. You can have the cooking Naomi! I might just head over to your place for dinners instead! x

  23. Sophie
    September 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm (5 years ago)

    I neeeeed you Vera!!!! There are so many I don’t like! I put them all off, but maybe the worst one for me would be cleaning the bathroom, actually i take that back Nay, I don’t really mind it once I’m into it- it’s quite rewarding to see the clean take over the grime. It’d be putting the washing away. There is never enough room for it all in our cupboards, so it’s not always easy. Come live with me Vera!!!

  24. Claire Marshall
    September 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm (5 years ago)

    I would love Vera to come and collect the debris all over my floor and to help with my most hated chore-changing and sweeping up the cat litter. No matter how often I sweep there is always a little piece that gets stuck to my foot downstairs! And it stinks – yech!

  25. Victoria
    September 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm (5 years ago)

    Cleaning the floors- with two kids it’s as good as shoveling snow while it’s still snowing!!!

  26. Bojana
    September 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm (5 years ago)

    What do you get when you put together an oversupply of breast milk with a strong flow thats worthy of its own long distance spraying award, and a severe reflux baby? Milk and baby vomit all of the floorboards 7 times a day. Not just in one spot on the floorboards but in the kitchen, the bedroom, the hallway, the baby room, not to mention the bathroom after a hot shower and again the ladies are dripping away. i feel like i am forever bending over to clean up crusty milk and baby vomit (ewwww). I need to invest in some back massages! I am SO over cleaning the floor!!

  27. karen
    September 4, 2013 at 8:26 am (5 years ago)

    It makes no sense, there’s never anyone at home yet it gets so dusty and all… Well I blame the kids for the mess mainly, but I’d loooove to win this robomaid, anything to help would equal me having more me time!

  28. bubble936
    September 4, 2013 at 10:23 am (5 years ago)

    House Chores, some i love some i hate,

    But there is one which always makes me late.

    Two little boys at home hungry ,mobile and up,

    Less food goes into the tummy, more on the floor it piles up.

    Cleaning the floor is a chore I hate,

    If something can help me with it, will be my best Mate.

  29. Lee
    September 5, 2013 at 8:30 pm (5 years ago)

    I hate vacuuming and sweeping up, which is something I have to do a lot with my toddler

    Then last night we saw A MOUSE which means I need to sweep up and vacuum even more now. Help me Vera!

  30. Leanne Stansbury
    September 7, 2013 at 8:48 pm (5 years ago)

    The chore I hate the most is nagging. Nagging my kids to do their chores, walk the dog, clean the kitty litter. Ahhh, so sick of it. I don’t think I would have to nag them at all to set the Robomaid in action, kids plus new technology is a match made in heaven.

  31. kerry santillo
    September 7, 2013 at 9:05 pm (5 years ago)

    LOL!! I hate every household chores to death 🙂 But the worse is the bathroom, no matter how much I clean there is still mould accumulating, hair, as I have boys that should have stared in gorillas in the mist. The screen builds up with scum, ohhhh I hate it . I would love to have help in the home and this would do nicely 🙂 thanks for a chance.

  32. Soleima Dib
    September 7, 2013 at 9:10 pm (5 years ago)

    I’ll happily do the sweeping and dusting
    And I’ll wash the clothes with a smile!!
    I don’t mind mopping and vacuuming,
    But, when I see the dishes I want to run a MILE!!

    September 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm (5 years ago)


  34. karina w
    September 7, 2013 at 9:50 pm (5 years ago)

    Folding and putting the laundry away. I enjoy throwing the dirty laundry into the machine but taking it off the line is my greatest pet peeve!

  35. jody buhagiar
    September 7, 2013 at 10:06 pm (5 years ago)

    I sometimes do the illusion of cleaning and blow the dust away . I hate dusting and vacumming but they must be done. Vera would make my chores less mundane and a little exciting .

  36. Kasey Evans
    September 7, 2013 at 10:20 pm (5 years ago)

    DUST if you must,
    But the world’s awsome out there,
    With the sun in your eyes,
    And the wind in your hair,
    A fall of snow, a shower of rain.
    This day will not come around again.

  37. Susan Banyard
    September 7, 2013 at 11:08 pm (5 years ago)

    Cleaning the toilet. I have 2 young boys and their aim is shocking so when i clean the toilet i have to also clean absolutely everything in the room

  38. Isabel
    September 8, 2013 at 12:32 am (5 years ago)

    Mmmmm i HATE cleaning bathrooms, in particular, shower tiles. It gives me sore back and sore arms, and there is no reward – because I can never clean it well enough to make them shiny again. I also dislike vacuuming, but not as much as I hate cleaning bathrooms. Robomaid creator should invent a machine for cleaning tiles. Now that is a business idea! 🙂

  39. Jennifer B.
    September 8, 2013 at 1:08 am (5 years ago)

    Cleaning my own house is tiresome enough, but I REALLY hate picking up other people’s dog poo on my nature strip – before it finds it’s way into my car.


  40. Lauren A
    September 8, 2013 at 1:21 am (5 years ago)

    I can’t think of any household chores that I actually like, and there were many contenders for “Most Hated” – cleaning the toilet, folding the clothes, ironing… But one chore stood out from all the others, and that was VACUUMING! We have a black dog who sheds constantly on the white tiles, creating great tumbleweeds of wispy black hair that like to meet guests at the front door. And instead of vacuuming them up each day, I would rather sweep the whole house (I even have a stiff bristled broom to sweep the dog hair off the carpet). I need a Vera!

  41. Sharon
    September 8, 2013 at 2:01 am (5 years ago)

    I hate bleaching and scrubbing the toilets. I have a hubby and three boys so I am fastidious with cleaning them, but I hate it!!! Vera looks very relaxed doing her job!!!!

  42. Lisa G
    September 8, 2013 at 7:20 am (5 years ago)

    Visiting Mount Washmore – It feels like ground hog day every time I set foot in the laundry.

  43. andreea cameron
    September 8, 2013 at 7:56 am (5 years ago)

    I really hate picking up all the clutter and putting things away, that is a constant chore, no one in this household knows how to put things back, and it frustrates me when they ask where things are, as they haven’t been put back.

  44. judi Adams
    September 8, 2013 at 8:16 am (5 years ago)

    I hate the vacuuming chore, and would adore, never having to do it forever more, with a robo maid I would always have a clean floor.

  45. Jackie
    September 8, 2013 at 8:21 am (5 years ago)

    Bring on the robots, they can vacuum and clean for me giving me time to do the chores and enjoy time with my families I hate all the chores but love a clean home. The worst has to be the toilet I hate that. My husband thinks I won’t win and said if. I do he will clean the loo for a year.

  46. Meg
    September 8, 2013 at 8:42 am (5 years ago)

    CLEANING GROUT —— That…….. black mouldy……. soap scummy……. time-consuming…….never-ending….. bathroom cleaning chore……… I …….HATE!

  47. Wil
    September 8, 2013 at 10:22 am (5 years ago)

    My most disliked household chore, is tackling my ever growing Mt Washmore. With 3 very grubby kids under five, the pile keeps growing…I’m afraid if it collapses we’ll all be buried alive.

  48. Jasmine
    September 8, 2013 at 10:32 am (5 years ago)

    I hate washing up (washing dishes) because it always ruins my manicure

  49. Jeffrey Lynch
    September 8, 2013 at 11:33 am (5 years ago)

    Worst job is vacuuming.With two young kids,two hand rasied birds the mess just spreads throughout the house.It would be such a joy to have a Robomaid to do this chore !!

  50. Betty
    September 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm (5 years ago)

    I love this time of year when the sun starts shining again but that means my windows need to be clean to let that warm light in.

    Climbing up ladders and wiping away spider webs (and spiders!) to CLEAN MY WINDOWS is my least favourite job of all.

    And even after ALL the work, though cleaner, they still always look streaky. 🙁

  51. Misty1
    September 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm (5 years ago)

    Vacuuming is by far the most hated job for me because I own a cheap hard to pull vacuum that hasn’t got the suction power needed for my large home. Crippled with arthritis in the knees and back I tend to sweep to keep my home reasonable, rather than push the vacuum, agravating my disability. A Robomaid would be an enormous help.

  52. Karlene
    September 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm (5 years ago)

    Mopping. Our mop really wets the floor so either I’m trapped in the far back corner of the house for half an hour waiting for the floors to dry or I just do half the floors at a time then someone in the family will inevitably walk through and leave watery brown footprints before it’s dry. Either option is frustrating which is why I really don’t mop as often as I should.

  53. Lorna M
    September 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm (5 years ago)

    Cleaning the oven! hate having to wipe grease off and poking my head in to clean out of reach edges. Although oven cleaners makes work easier to clean, the stench is another hate of mine. Conclusion, oven cleaning….argh!

  54. Troy Simpson
    September 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm (5 years ago)

    Vacuuming. Because it *really* sucks. Boom tish!

  55. melanie w
    September 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm (5 years ago)

    I hate folding the washing in a family of 6 its a never ending chore mount washmore soon becomes mount foldmore then the cycle starts all over again day after day week after week with all the technology in the world isn’t it about time someone invented a machine to do the folding for us!

  56. Catherine Norris
    September 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm (5 years ago)

    Vacuuming is the WORST job ever, especially when you have 2 little dogs that have taken ownership of our house and have a bad case of the spring malts!

  57. Chelsea
    September 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm (5 years ago)

    The one household chore that I hate the most at the moment is vacuuming. This is because my current vacuum cleaner is not of the quality of a Robomaid (not even close) and so I barely finish a room before it overheats (and it’s not even Summer yet!). With a cool down required after each tantrum it currently takes me about a day to vacuum the entire house. Needless to say Vera would be very welcome in my household!

  58. Charlotte
    September 8, 2013 at 6:56 pm (5 years ago)

    Of all the many household chores,
    The one I really most abhor…
    Without a doubt, hands down, for sure
    Would have to be vacuuming the living room floor!
    It makes the rest seem almost fun,
    Scrubbing? Dusting? Those can be done!
    But when the dreaded vacuuming has begun
    My two poor doggies turn tail and run!

    Sensitive rescue pups, the vacuum equals fear
    They shake and cower if it comes near…
    When it’s vacuum time, they disappear
    And don’t return until the coast is clear!

    If only they didn’t shed so much hair,
    There’d be no need for a weekly scare.
    A Robomaid is the only solution to this awful affair,
    Turn it on before our walks to vacuum while we’re not there!!!!!

    These are my doggies 🙂 – http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h112/syd_and_lauren/427122_290741854315002_72669593_n_zpsa41bde8b.jpg

    Thanks for the chance!

  59. Fi
    September 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm (5 years ago)

    I have a pathological dislike of cleaning the shower tray – getting down on my hands and knees and scrubbing away ‘foot’ grime, soap sludge and not to mention the hairs that collect in the corners and refuse to just go down the plughole. Of course if I cleaned the shower more often it wouldn’t be such a disgusting task!

    I believe cleaning does give back though; I’ve found having the toilets and tops clean and sanitised means we hardly ever get tummy bugs for example.

  60. Karen
    September 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm (5 years ago)

    Cleaning the shower & scrubbing tiles! It’s always so awkward and I always seem to end up wet!!! And of course the horrid DISHES!!! Why are there always dishes, it is never ending, just when you think you’re done you turn around and there are all the pots and pans… Crap! x Karen

  61. Veronica Paterson
    September 8, 2013 at 8:32 pm (5 years ago)

    V-eronica’s my name VERA I’d be pleased to meet you
    E-specially really hate scrubbing & cleaning the loo
    R-eally gross job that no one else will do
    A-bsolutely amazing if I had you VERA make cleaning the loo…….. that much sweeter ewww

  62. Kevin Kelly
    September 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm (5 years ago)

    Cleaning out and around the bird cage, the wife’s always giving me chores to do and this one is the worst, its not enough to do most of the house work, I really need help

  63. Bojana
    October 1, 2013 at 10:34 am (5 years ago)

    Did anyone end up taking Vera home?


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