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Happy Anniversary… A year of blogging!

It’s my one year “blog”-iversary today!!! On June 12, 2010 I wrote The Bits ‘N Pieces, which was my very first blog post!  Was it really a year ago already?!?

During these last 12 months Maggie Mae’s Days has seen…

  • 115 Blog posts
  • 7,851 views
  • 30 subscribers
  • 782 comments/pingbacks
While pleased and overwhelmed by those numbers, none of that matters to me in the least.
What matters is all that has changed and how much I’ve grown during that time span.  My blog has helped to fine tune my writing and share my life with all of you.  Writing on my blog helped me deal with and rationalize all the ups and downs and anything and everything in between. Sharing with you has helped me to work through some tough times without anyone holding or passing judgement. I’ve become more confident in sharing my thoughts, views and opinions and have learned to accept compliments and criticisms much more gracefully.
I’ve come to know so many WONDERFULLY AMAZING people through writing this blog; each of whom has  provided support, comfort, smiles and laughter through their own words on their blogs as well as in the words they shared with me personally.  Through comments, personal emails, tweets and Facebook messages I’ve received support and reassurance. I want to thank my blogging friends…I am so blessed to have met you and come to know you through our sharing of words.  There are some that I consider to be true friends even though we’ve never physically met.
You’ve walked with me through the adoption of B-Shane;
you’ve helped me through it all, the tough stuff remembering those gone before me;
you’ve supported me during the loss of my grandma;

Roger Waters

You’ve learned about my love of music, music, music and more music;
You got to see my most favorite things and read through 100 random facts about me;
You’ve watched as I’ve crossed off items on the list , cheered me on through kitchen drama and my return to running, while helping me to refocus when I’ve lost my way.
Through it all I’ve learned that no matter how difficult the days may get, the promise of better days is ever-present; It’s up to me to recognize and acknowledge what I’m presented with and make the best of any and every situation.
Some numbers that DO matter from the last 12 months…
  • Nephew #4 was born only 10 days after I began my blog
  • Nephew #5 will be born exactly 1 month away from today
  • I’ve been to 6 concerts
  • I’ve participated in 5 craft shows
  • Been to 2 weddings
  • My car celebrated it’s 1st birthday
  • I turned 32 and will soon be 33 next month
  • I ran in my first 5k
I really don’t know what made me decide to start this blog since I’ve been writing for as long as I remember.  I don’t know how long I will continue to write on this blog since you just never know what will happen when.  What I do know is, I will continue writing as long as I am able to.  I will continue to write and share with you whenever I can… I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and sharing of myself with you.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed stopping by and that maybe I made you smile, made you laugh or share a tear.  All I ask is that you take a piece of me with you just as I do each and everyday.
I’ve truly enjoyed the journey that Maggie Mae’s Days has taken me on throughout these last 12 months.  Who knows where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing this time NEXT year?!?  I hope that I’ll still be writing and sharing here so that I can look back and reflect just as I have today.  This has been such a rewarding and uplifting experience thus far… I can only imagine the places it will take me and the people I’ll meet in the coming year. Thank you for joining me and coming back for more…
Be sure to check out the hyper-links in case you missed any of those posts!  And if you get a chance, check out my favorite blogging friends!  They’re the BEST of what’s around with out a doubt!
XOXOXO

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson-Throwback Thursday

Michael Jackson dancing with the living dead.

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Before anyone says anything…. YES,  I know it’s not Thursday; it’s Wednesday.  I may be scatter brained sometimes and get my days mixed up, BUT today isn’t one of those days. 

Today is my THURSDAY!  Which means tomorrow is my FRIDAY! And we all know how much I LoVe FrIdAyS, right?  Hooray for Friday!!!!!!! 

Ok, now I’m getting ahead of myself…

Since tomorrow is my Friday, I decided to mix things up a little bit and do my Throwback Thursday today…

Song: Thriller

Artist: Michael Jackson

Album: Thriller

Memory: 

Who doesn’t have memories of this song????   First thing I remember is the poster I got for Christmas one year along with a t-shirt and pencils/notepad… All with the picture from the album cover. 

Michael Jackson was AMAZING to me back then… he was such an amazing artist and seemed to completely have his wits about himself at that stage in his life.  He looked human back then…  It saddens me to think of how much he changed over the years and had such a struggle.  Who wouldn’t crack under constant speculation and criticism?  Not defending or accusing….  Not my place to do so… Back to the music I go!

This video scared the living daylights outta me!  The LAUGH in the song scared me even more…. I don’t think I listened to that song on my tape for a long while after I got it because I was a CHICKEN!  I remember being at my grandma’s house to sleepover with my cousin (Yes, Jess if you’re reading this, it was you!). * For the record… I was a cry baby…   a little cry baby 😉 

 I don’t remember ALL the specifics, but I do have some recollection of Thriller playing, me not wanting it too, probably some crying on my part, wanting grandma to call my mom and dad to come get me and gram saying no.  LOL.  Yup, I could be a cry baby.  BUT I did stay the night at Grams.  🙂 

Ok, so in my opinion, the coolest part of this video is the choreography…  Hello?!?!?  I sooooo wanted to know all the dance moves… heck, I still do!  Probably look like a complete idiot doing them, but who cares!  Pretty sure my older sis would know the moves if I asked her … and if she doesn’t I’m sure she’d be up for learning them!  What do ya say, sis???? 😉

 So who’s up for it?  What are your thoughts on Thriller?  What’s your favorite MJ song?

Totally 80’s

Ok… I must admit that last night’s Thursday Throwback about the movie, “Say Anything” and the song, “In Your Eyes” got me in the mood to listen to some good old 80’s music while reminiscing on all that made the 80’s so wonderfully cheesy! 

I am a product of the 80’s even though I was born in ’78. I mean, come on…. how much does one remember from the first 2 years of their lives??? Not too much.

BUT… I do remember watching Punky Brewster and thinking that her shoes were so cool! I remember wearing flourescent spandex shorts and now wishing that I didn’t. I loved wearing jelly shoes even if they hurt to high heavens and gave me blisters. I remember being beyond excited when I got my first Cabbage Patch doll, whose name was Gwendolyn Merlina, after my mom and aunt waited in a mob of people fighting to get one. I remember going to the movie theatre to see Rainbow Brite and The Care Bears and taking homemade popcorn into the theater. I do remember listening to my favorite 80’s songs well past the 80’s… some of these songs still remain my favorites today…. Come On Eileen, Beat It and Take On Me just to name a few!

I remember the awful outfits and horrible hair. Wearing banana clips and slap bracelets… I remember the pegged jeans, slouch socks and blue eye liner. The only saving grace was, we all looked just as ridiculous! This had got me thinking that I should dig out some pictures one of these days… I’m all for subjecting myself to a little embarrassment! Those will come in a later post! 🙂

Playing with Barbie Fashion Plates, Care Bears, Pound Puppies, My Little Ponies, Strawberry Shortcake….

My favorite "toy" of the 80s

Watching Family Ties, Growing Pains, Facts of Life, Who’s the Boss?, Silver Spoons My Two Dads, The Cosby Show, Mr. Belvedere, Different Strokes, Mork & Mindy and Perfect Strangers every week… 

Mooning over my favorite star crushes Kirk Cameron and Ricky Schroder. 

How could I resist these adorable faces????  I’m pretty sure I wasn’t alone in this! 

I really did LOVE the 80’s! 

A little ways back I got an email titled Child of the 80’s….  Take a stroll down memory lane with me… I got a good chuckle to say the least 🙂 

Cute... isnt it???

You remember Don Johnson when he was “cool” * You know who shot J.R * You remember when Michael Jackson was actually considered something of a sex symbol * You practice getting in and out of your car through the windows * You owned at least one skinny leather tie. * Your first Walkman weighed 10 pounds and was the size of a brick. * You wore L.A. Gear tennis shoes. * You know the meaning of Wax on/Wax Off * You’re always “in the mood for dancing” * If you can “See Better” with sunglasses that have paint splattered all over the lenses. * You wore lace gloves with the fingers cut off, bangle bracelets up to your elbows, bright red * Reebok high tops and parachute pants to a school dance * You need a shopping cart to carry your personal stereo with you. * You remember what Michael Jackson looked like before the surgery. * You go roller skating every Friday night (not to skate, but to ‘hang out’) * You still want to take Karate…(after you move to California) * You watch NYPD Blue thinking, “Well, they’re no Crockett and Tubbs, that’s for sure”. * “Outrageous!” is the term to describe something neat and cool

 * You think that Garbage Pail Kids are your children’s worst enemy*

You had a poster of Bo, Luke & Daisy Duke * There was nothing to question about Bert n’ Ernie living together * The feeling in your

Ferris

thumb is only now just returning after holding down the Atari joystick to control the racecar in Enduro Racer * You went out and purchased the sound track for ‘Miami Vice’ * You remember the magazines of song lyrics * If you think Hulk Hogan is the best wrestler of all time. * If the best non-slasher movie in your opinion is An American Werewolf In London. * Two words: The Clapper. * Six words: “This is your brain on drugs.” * You want to live in ‘the Valley’. * Ferris Bueller was your idol. * You watched ‘Star Search’ on a regular basis. * You can sing all the words to “One Night in Bangkok” by Murray Head, and now you understand that it is about chess.

If you had an entire wardrobe of Esprit clothing (or coveted one.) * If you know the words to the “Oscar Mayer” theme songs * Your bangs are teased perfectly to 7 inches above the rest of your hair. * Have multi-colored earrings that touch your shoulders * Played Upwords, Boggle or Trivial Pursuit (the original) on a rainy afternoon * You’re still bitter that WHAM broke up * You know whose phone number is 867-5309 * You drink Diet Coke because Max Headroom told you to * You can feel St. Elmo’s fire burnin’ in you.*

You still wear a bandana tied around your leg and/or a ponytail off-center on the side of your head. * You have the tendency to turn up the collar of your polo shirts * You never go out for a night on the town without frosted blue eyeshadow and feathered bangs * Everything in your wardrobe is either pastel or fluorescent * People are constantly gagging you with spoons. * You know all the words to “I’m just a bill, sitting up on Capitol Hill” and “School House Rock.” * The phrase “Where’s the beef?” still doubles you over with laughter. * You still can’t believe that Milli Vanilli was deceiving you all that time * Every now and then, you blurt out: “Ooh noo, Mr. Bill!!!”

When the Hoff was cool....

You still watch things on Beta tapes * You know who Martha Quinn is.  * You still carry your boom box on your shoulder * You think David Hasselhoff was awesome in Knight Rider but sucks in “Boob Watch.” * You wanted to be “The Hulk” for Halloween * A piece of folded paper and two hands could tell your fortune. * Knickers and leg warmers were cool * If you remember Bruce Willis from Moonlighting, not Die Hard * You had ringside seats for Luke and Laura’s wedding * You ever had a Dorothy Hammill haircut * You thought a Commodore 64 was the highest technology available

  • When you saw luging at the Winter Olympics you poured water down your driveway and tried it
        yourself.

You want to be “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” * ‘A Different World’ kicked butt * Remember “Dancin’ to a Big Mac at McDonalds!” * You know who played Magnum P.I * One Phrase, “The Plane, The Plane” * You can name at least three members of the Brat Pack

Still think banana clips were a godsend * Still wear Wet n’ Wild makeup * If your idea of hi-tech toys is still the heat-sensitive

What were we thinking????

color-changing sticker on Transformers * You ever wanted to learn to play “Stairway to Heaven” on the guitar and choreographed “Dancing Queen” by yourself in your room.  * You still wear your “Members Only” jacket. * You still have a couple of those barettes made of woven ribbons. * You had snap bracelets * You remember when Pee-Wee wasn’t a pervert. * You had five pairs of socks on at any given time * You still think Donkey Kong can beat Mario up * If you still have your scratch-n-sniff sticker collection * If you ever used Lee Press-On Nails * If you wear jelly shoes * If you remember when you heard that drinking soda and eating Pop Rocks would make your stomach explode. 

  • You still play with that CASIO SK-1 Keyboard

 * You’re still hoping for a New Kids on the Block reunion tour * You still argue over who was better: Tiffany or Debbie Gibson * Every time you hear the “OH YEAH…” song you think of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” *

OH,  THE MEMORIES!!!!  The good, the bad and the inbetween.  I definitely enjoyed reminiscing a bit… Hope you did too!!!

By the way….. I’m VERY happy to say that the New Kids on the Block ARE having a reunion tour… I will be attending in a few short months…. May even have to bust out my over sized pins. 😉

 Yup…. I love 80’s cheesiness!  How about you???

What were some of your best/worst memories from the 80’s?  Anything I forgot???

If the 80’s were before your time what do you find puzzling about the decade?

“Say Anything” – Movie Style, Thursday Throwback

Movie: Say Anything 

Song: In Your Eyes

Artist: Peter Gabriel

Album: So

Changed it up a tiny bit in choosing a movie for the Thursday Throwback this week….mainly because of a SONG in the movie! 

Just upon my saying the name of the movie, you can envision the scene.  The scene that makes the movie…   John Cusack’s character, Lloyd Dobler holding a boombox overhead, blaring “In Your Eyes” outside of Diane Court’s house. 

guy after a gal's heart....

Admit it ladies….

How many of you thought that was the sweetest thing ever?  I know I sure did!  I’d probably fall over flat on my face if my mister ever did that for me… cheesy or not, I’d take it in a heart beat!  I’m a cheesy romantic at heart… what can I say???

The overall premise of the movie is just sweet too… average boy chasing after an intelligent daddy’s girl.  Him seeking advice from his sister and girl friends.  Both trying to decide what they’re doing and where they’re going after graduation.  I just find the whole thing endearing. 

Some of my favorite quotes from the movie… and what I took from them…

 “One question: do you need… someone, or do you need me?… Forget it, I don’t really care.” – Lloyd  

Have you ever REALLY asked yourself that when in a relationship??? I have… If you answer that you need “someone” you’re not in the relationship with the right person.   I want to need that special person, not just anybody to fill a void.  When it’s right it will be right.

 “Why can’t you be in a good mood? How hard is it to decide to be in a good mood and be in a good mood once in a while?” – Lloyd

Sometimes being in a good mood, can be tricky!  It takes effort to pull yourself up and outta the dumps sometimes… Looking on the sunny side when things seem dreary is a CHOICE; one that we all have the ability to make, if we are willing to step up to the challenge.

“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.” 

This sooooooo reminds me of where I was at upon entering my undergraduate work at Edinboro.  One minute I thought I wanted to be an accountant after having always thought I’d go in to education.  Then I toyed with the idea of social work, followed quickly by psychology…only to end up in none other than EDUCATION.  Go figure.  It’s so hard to know what you want to do with your life when you’ve just become an “adult.”  Here I am at age 32 and still don’t know EXACTLY what I want to do with my life… I mean I have ideas and goals, but I’m not COMPLETELY in charge of what goes on here.  I’ve got a little help from Someone else.  Just sayin’. 

In all of the glorious cheesiness that is 80’s pop culture, from the names of the characters to the songs and even the plot, Say Anything is an absolute winner in my book.

BUT THE SONG…. In Your Eyes is just completely beautiful… I WANT to feel this way about the man I marry… I want him to feel the same about me.

“in your eyes
the light the heat
in your eyes
I am complete
in your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
in your eyes
the resolution of all the fruitless searches
in your eyes
I see the light and the heat
in your eyes
oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light
the heat I see in your eyes”

That may make me a dreamer… that may make me naive…

I will say that it makes me hopeful.  Hopeful that two people can find each other… love each other and fight for each other. 

There… that’s it; you’ve suffered through enough of my cheesy smorgasbord!

I don’t blame ya if you never came back after suffering through such a huge heap of romantic blubbering!  I just can’t help it!

I’m a romantic at heart…. All was have been.  Always will be.

“Scarlet Begonias” by The Grateful Dead-Thursday Throwback

Grateful Dead from the Mars Hotel

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Artist: The Grateful Dead

Album: Mars Hotel

Song: Scarlet Begonias

Memory:

At times I seriously think I was born in the wrong decade…. 

Many of my favorite artists were in their heydays well before I was born or when I was a bit too young to partake in catching them in a live performance.  Even still, music has the ability to transcend generations and decades still proving to be relevant to listeners of today and still more to come years down the road. 

While I didn’t grow up listening to The Dead as I did the Beatles, Journey, and the like; one of my best friends in elementary school got me to listening at a pretty young age…12 or 13 years old, maybe.  I pretty much immediately fell in love with their eclectic and unique stylings and arrangements; becoming enthralled by the drawn out jams held on various bootleg recordings. 

I had one missed opportunity to see the band perform before Jerry Garcia passed away, when I was about 14 or so.  Probably thinking it was a very WISE decision on my mother’s part for saying “no” to me going to that concert; not necessarily the best surroundings for the naive 14-year-old I was if you know what I mean.  Up until that point the only other concert I had attended (and twice I might add) was the New Kids on the Block…  Quite a bit different from the Dead, wouldn’t you say?  But you see, even in my younger days, I had a wide range in musical tastes.

My Grateful Dead musical library slow grew over the years from more popular tunes such as Casey Jones, Truckin’  and Touch of Grey to songs like Sugar Magnolias and Fire on the Mountain and further still to my most favorite Grateful Dead songs of all time which include but are not limited to……

  1. Ripple– Reminds me of driving down the mountain from my aunt’s house to campus during the summer of 1999
  2. Box of Rain– Just an awesome up beat song; not to mention an awesome smelling incense and body oil sold at Earthshine in Edinboro, PA
  3. Althea– The intro to this awesome…. Just a kick back, chill, dig that I simply never tire of.
  4. Attics of My Life– the harmonies in this song are BeAuTiFuL!!!
  5. Ramble on Rose – Classic Dead
  6. Unbroken Chain-Absolutely stunningly, awesome song… Catchy as can be, and sticks in my head for days after listening
  7. Built to Last– GREAT lyrics; really hits home with me… Chorus, is the best
  8. Estimated Prophet– HAPPY song ( for me at least) it’s got a sweet vibe
  9. Dark Star– beautifully arranged jam

And my all time favorite….

10.) Scarlet Begonias-  I’ve got lots of memories of this song; from blasting it in my car and in my dorm room to chilling with friends.  Lots of people have done covers of this song too…

From to Taylor Hicks….

to Jimmy Buffet….

to Sublime….

some were pretty good, but for me none is better than the Dead’s version…

 I definitely wouldn’t classify myself as a Deadhead persay;   as I was a good little girl, it didn’t stop me from enjoying their music every second I get… many have a negatively perceived imaged attached as to what one is, but me….  I simply enjoy the music; I love the chill vibe I get from it; I love the arrangements… Quite simply I just LOVE the Grateful Dead, end of story! 

What are your thoughts?  …

Seriously, I was born a decade or two late… Just sayin’!

“Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice – Thursday Throwback

To the Extreme

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Artist: Vanilla Ice, AKA Rob Van Winkle

Album: To the Extreme

Song: Ice Ice Baby

Memory:

Who doesn’t know this song?  I’m pretty sure I am not alone in “bragging” that I still know all the lyrics for this song…  I hear those first few notes of the opening rift and I am bobbing my head like the day I was in 1990 when this song first came out.  I guess besides the fact that anyone and everyone knew ALL the lyrics for this song and the catchy beats , what I remember most about this song and Vanilla Ice all revolve around appearance. 

Those pants…  What the heck were those pants???  All that extra fabric; the gaudy metallic colors; yet people started trying to pull off that look.  I was certainly digging the way Ice was wearing ’em back in the day, but no one else was able to pull it off.  Looking back, what was I thinking?  What was he thinking?  Doesn’t much matter cause he made $ off of us suckers way back when.

His hair… talk about starting a fad with the fellas.  The high top hair style was quite mystifying to me back then.  How”d he get it to stay with all that flitting around the stage?  Guessing he’s partly responsible for depleting a portion of the ozone layer with excessive use of aqua net or some other large quantity of aerosol hairspray.  Maybe it was a form of lacquer or glue, I just don’t know.  And you can’t forget the “steps” he had cut into the sides.  All the boys were getting steps cut into the sides of their hair, the number of steps equating to just how cool they were.  The more steps, the “cooler.”  Or at least we thought so.

I found this Jim Carrey parody and just had to share it with you….

The moves… Come on now… You know you’ve tried pulling ’em off one time or another.  You can’t deny it.  I remember watching a video of one of his concerts at my Aunt Anna’s house.  There were at least 6 of us trying to dance and sing along, acting a crazy fools. Oh what clowns we must’ve looked like?  Thankfully no videos were taken of the embarrassing debacle that we were.

The movie:  Cool as Ice… I can’t even bring myself to writing anything about it.  Barely thought the movie was cool back then… Now I am embarrassed by the lameness that I so freely enjoyed back then.  Eh, what are ya going to do?  Too young and stupid to know any better. 

So here it is…

Yo! VIP, let’s kick it.

Ice, ice baby.

Ice, ice baby.

All right stop,  collaborate and listen
Ice is back with my brand new invention
Something grabs a hold of me tightly
Flow like a harpoon daily and nightly
Will it ever stop, yo I don’t know
Turn off the lights and I’ll glow
To the extreme I rock a mic like a vandal
Light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle
Dance…..

Well, you know the rest. 

What fashion fad did you partake in when you were younger?  Ever try to imitate the image of a celebrity?

  I will admit, I did have a pair or two of parachute pants back then.  Pretty sure one pair was purple and the other was black.  Haven’t found any pictures as proof though, so we’ll just leave it at that!!!

Hugs

Aren’t they GREAT????

I mean who doesn’t love a hug?

Well I guess there are some people, somewhere in the world that aren’t too fond of hugs…

but this girl… LOVES hugs.

The best kind of hugs are the ones that take you by surprise or the ones from a long-lost friend or a family member you haven’t seen in a while.

Hugs for happy times and excitement…for sad times and loss…

for anytime and all the time… hugs rank pretty high on my list.

There are different kinds of hugs too. Have you ever noticed?

In my experience… these are the hugs I have experienced.

The complete wrap around, with both arms around each other in a full embrace.
The halfer hug, one arm around each other with the other hand giving a quick pat on the back.
The guy/guy hug… come on, you know how it is.
The lingering hug, with one person holding on a bit too long.
The leg hug, when a little comes up and hugs your leg because that’s all the higher they can reach.
The running hug, where you’re so excited to see someone or they you and they run up and give you the best hug ever.
The pick up hug, where one party picks ya up a little and gives ya a squeeze.
The spinner hug where one party not only picks ya up and squeezes but also spins ya around…
The falling hug…usually starts out as a running, pick-up or spinner hug and ends with one or both falling down. (Read about an example of this type of hug in All Mixed Up.

You get my point…

 
Hugs from the 10-year-old nephew, B-Shane are loved, though coming to the age that huggin isn’t quite as cool as it once was.

Hugs from the kiddos at work when I walk into the room are pretty awesome too. The littles have a way of makin’ ya feel as if you’re a rock star when you walk into a room… it’s a pretty cool feeling, let me tell ya.

I headed to the after-school program today after putting in a day at the center and was greeted by more hugs. Hugs from former students, high-fives and hugs from new ones too. Hugs are kinda contagious, did you know?

Dropped my car off at the shop after my visits with the kiddos and headed to my best friend Jaime’s for dinner with her family; my second family. And after not having seen them for a while, I was amazed by how much M. Daniel had grown. The little guy and I have an interesting little relationship… see this little guy likes to tease me and used to pretend that he didn’t like me telling me, “No, no Meggie Faith. You go home.” ( At least I like to think he was pretending 😉 ) This kiddo truly cracks me up… Well it was apparent to me that while he also grew in inches, he’s grown up a bit more. There were no “go homes” uttered, just pleads to play mini golf while making dinner. He even showed me his picture he made for mummy while I sat with them for a minute when Jaim ran to the store. He surprised me by giving me a hug pretty much right away as we got back to his house. He let me pick him up and hold ’em too, instead of his usual, “No, no Meggie Faith.”

A good end to a hectic, hug filled day. At least in my book.

Are you a hugger?  What kind of hugger are you???