Sonny and Brenda Clip Party

S&Bers!!!

Hi!

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So, as so many of you have seen, I have been posting clips on our Sonny and Brenda Haven Facebook page. Sonny and Brenda Haven Go click that link and watch the clips I’ve already posted. While I’m not posting every single scene, I am posting enough so the newbies can get a good idea of our couple, and enough so my seasoned S&Bers will get that love-bite for our couple and send themselves down that inevitable S&B YT Vortex.

Why am I doing this you ask? Well, the answer is somewhere between simple and complex.

I blogged recently about Giving Love to my Fandoms and in there, I of course paid my homage to my S&B and beautiful S&Bers. We have been together, whether we knew it or not since 1993. 23 years later, we still want the same thing. We want our beloved couple to be together and someday ride off into the sunset together. Until that “sunset” day, our Ride is Far from Over.

In June, we found out that Jax was coming back to #GH for a short stint, concerning Joss and her kidney. His first airdate, as far as I know, is July 29. I will be tweeting & blogging his return. Let’s hope it’s gonna be good! (I know, I know… It’s Jax—– welp, I’m bored & this will be a way to pay homage to the era that created him. #LabineRiche)

That made me start to think. Thought about when Jax first arrived in PC and what followed from that fateful day. It kicked off the very best triangle in the history of soap operas! The dynamic between Maurice, Vanessa and Ingo was so fiery, passionate and raw, they made you feel and understand all sides in this love triangle. You knew what made each of the players tick, why they wanted what they wanted (Brenda :D) and you saw her genuinely torn between her two lovers. We felt her joy and anguish. We cried many times along with our Brenda. We still do, it IS that powerful of a story!

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As a full-fledged adult now, not a young 20-something with her head in the clouds like our Brenda, I understand the value of Jax and why Brenda needed him as an alternative to the chaos of Sonny and his life. I still think Jax was always her safety net and #2 in her heart, that’ll never change. Sonny was that endless, fiery passion for Brenda…. S&B always burned for each other. B&J were more conventional, Jax was more of a domestic, traditional type— Yes, Sonny has “traditional” values as well, but he brings much danger with him.. Sometimes exciting, sometimes too chaotic and out of control. How do you choose between exciting/passionate and safe?

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Anyway, these thoughts sparked that endless vortex on YT, looking at S&B images and actually visiting my board (which is currently like a ghost town– sigh). I started mulling over my options. Not many of them since it isn’t our Brenda coming back, but Jax. I had thought perhaps I would just do a clip party of JUST the triangle. So, I searched and somehow came across the First Meeting on the Docks. I watched the cute and mad Brenda carrying her heavy suitcase and Sonny brooding on that bench. He went to help her– “Hi, I’m Sonny Corinthos.” “And, I’m leaving!” was Brenda’s sassy response to him. LOL! Well, that inspired me to just start our ride over from that epic moment!

FWIW::: As far as I know, Vanessa Marcil is NOT returning to General Hospital to reprise her role as Brenda Barrett Corinthos at this present time. (Yes, I’ll leave that Corinthos there, because I can.)

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General Hospital right now is just a shell of what it used to be. Watching the clips has really shown a spotlight on that very real fact! Brenda spent SO much time on the phone! Just like we did in the 90s! Getting to know Sonny, talking to Lois and getting to know her! Back and forth! Having a sleepover at Karen’s house with Robin– the 3 were flopped out on Karen’s bed eating and drinking soda, all the while dishing about their men! I so related to B back in the day! Scenes like that, scenes of Brenda on the phone and then having fantasies about mostly Sonny– all relatable as a 22 year old girl! I did all those things! Now, what do we have? There’s no romance or real friendships– everything is a plot point and you can’t even keep track of the stories at this point. I think I counted that we have somewhere in the vicinity of 30 open stories running now. Too many!

So, yes, please do come with me on the Sonny and Brenda Ride on Facebook and Twitter. Come play with the S&Bers, we always welcome new players in our threads! The more the merrier! Another thing that I love is the continued love both Vanessa and Maurice give to their most successful coupling! Every now and then Vanessa tweets/Instagrams S&B images 😀

One day she will come back. One day we will all hop back on that gorgeous S&B bus and savor the ride once again! Sonny and Brenda are not cut and dry… They are messy, passionate, fiery, angst ridden, they understand each other and are just meant to be (sounds like S&Bers, too!)— They are Moths to a Flame, just like we are.

Hopefully, I’ve answered some questions for those who have them but have not asked me personally. I have really been overwhelmed by the response of my clip party, pic parade(s) and tweets over the past week! Thank you all for your support, thank you for providing me the platform to be able to share in our love for this very special pairing. I do what I do because of each and every one of you S&Bers. Even after all this time, for so many of you to come out of the woodwork to get sucked right back in to where we were 20 years ago is just so unbelievable to me! It truly has made my day and inspires me to keep the bus rolling.. I hope you all continue to enjoy our ride, sometimes it’s incredible, sometimes painful, always interesting, always a journey of 2 AWE-INSPIRING souls who not only set their world on fire, but our world, too.

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Again, a HUGE thank you to Wendy Riche and the Labines for creating such a story to capture our hearts & imaginations in such a timeless way! After 23 years to still have the same feelings, emotions and reactions (after seeing the same clips hundreds of times, too, mind you)— It’s like seeing it all for the first time, every time. It’s just beautiful. We love you, Wendy and the Labine family… S&Bers hold you all in the utmost of esteem, ALWAYS.

Of course, we love our Maurice and Vanessa— They hold the key to the magic of Sonny and Brenda. Their intense connection makes the viewer believe what they see on screen, ALWAYS. Acting soulmates is what they are and thank you to both of you for all you do to honor Sonny and Brenda! xo

TTFN~~Ro xoxo

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Giving love to my fandoms…

Ahh, yes… Long time, no post from Miss Ro.. again. I wish daily that the status of my first love, General Hospital and my beloved Sonny and Brenda would change but, alas, Brenda and her spectacular jacket have not come back… YET. #ImWaitingWithBaitedBreath #BringBrendaBack

Let’s talk fandoms. Everyone has one or 5 that they belong to right? It’s not just me who has an obsessive compulsive side to them that needs to be a part of something amazing? Right? I hope not! I am part of a few different fanbases now. For sometime, it was exclusively General Hospital/Sonny and Brenda. But, here we are 3 years after Brenda’s last foray into PC happened and I have evolved. Kinda.

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Sonny and Brenda…. Ahhh, the GORGEOUS, lustful and passionate couple I fell in love with 23 years ago. They captured my heart, my imagination and swept me out into the rain and into a powerful love story that most S&Bers still covet today. While things for our couple NEVER end on a high note, there’s always hope! Why is there hope? Because Brenda ALWAYS comes back and then… Like Moths to a Flame, they cannot stay away from each other! I just need Carly to die sometime soon. When you come back, Brenda, bring that leather jacket! Yes, this one!!

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The S&B fanbase is still out there. Unfortunately, because of TPTB writing, particularly for Sonny, has been pretty crummy and in return, it has turned a lot of people off on the character. But, I have a feeling everyone would come together for both Sonny and Brenda if Vanessa Marcil would come and reprise her role as Brenda one day. I pretty much guarantee the S&Bers would flock back to see their girl in action once again. Let’s have Sonny grovel, have a few health check ups and let’s hop on the S&B Bus once again!

P.S. I will blog about Jasper Jacks return on July 29!! (Sssshhh… He helped create the magic & nostalgia we all loved and miss for the 90s. Perhaps his return will be interesting!)

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I think you all know where to find me— I mostly play on Twitter at this point @SonnyandBrenda. Look for new blog posts soon for Jax– I really can’t believe that I am looking forward to seeing him, but I guess it’s really just a bit of nostalgia, baby!

 

Now, my newest love…  Outlander! Look at the pretty:

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Jamie and Claire… Have you not read the books? No? Hmmm… Have you taken a peek at the GORGEOUS show? No? Well, come sit by me and let me tell you a bit about my couple! Outlander was originally a book, written in practice by Diana Gabaldon and was first published 20 years ago on June 1, 1996. It is about Claire Randall, who was a nurse in England during WWII. She was married to Frank Randall and after the war was over, they went on a second honeymoon to the Scottish countryside. Long story short, she goes to a stone circle to pick some little forget-me-not’s she saw the day before. Claire touches one of the huge stones and in moments, she is thrust back in time and soon after, she meets Jamie Fraser. Jamie becomes her husband in 18th century Scotland.  Jamie and Claire are the type of couple that love each other with every fiber of their beings. They are truly connected and their love transcends through time, war, space, Black Jack and Frank Randall. So many things happen to this couple, it’s really quite tremendous what they overcome over the course of 8 big books! We are in season 2 of the Outlander tv show and just got renewed for 2 more seasons. (SO EXCITING!!) It’s not a spoiler but if you, like I was, are looking for an ENDGAME couple, this series of books is for you! There’s a touch of  sci-fi, history, love story, family drama, medical drama, homeopathy and an army of characters who stay with you, even after their part of the story is over— Or is their story over? Will they show up again 5 books later? You should read the novels to find out! Best story I have ever read! Outlander airs on Saturday nights on Starz at 9pm est. You can purchase the Outlander series of books here: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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Okay, so here we are.. I’m digging deep, very deep into my past. Remember how I once wrote I Loved a Hair Band from the 80’s? Welp, this is really in the same vein.

After David Bowie passed away in January, I really started thinking about my musical history. It is pretty varied but most specifically originates from the 80s. I have no shame to say that that decade contains all my favorite music! I like the dance, pop, rock and hair bands from that era. I mostly loved rock and pop bands from England. One person in particular is my very favorite; George Michael. Follow @GeorgeMichael on Twitter and send him a little tweet of love!

I think that we should honor our favorite musicians, actors and everyday people while they are still alive and can appreciate our love and affection. When they die, it is entirely too late.

Music, in particular, gives us so much through our lives. It’s there to excite you, comfort you, fall in love to, break up with, it’s there to make you feel good and remember awesome times with your friends. The people who create our music are given such an amazing gift that they choose to share with all of us. That music becomes the soundtrack to all of our lives. No matter the genre of music you most adore, it is all important.

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Ahh..  George and Andrew Ridgeley were Wham! Now, I loved Wham! a lot prior to George heading off on his own. They were a fun duo from England. Had some great hits: Everything She Wants, I’m Your Man (my personal favorite!), then there’s Last Christmas and Careless Whisper, just to name a few of the goodies from that time period. I loved it all in my young teenhood! My friend, Wendy and I listened to them all the time and then The Final! happened. We didn’t know if we’d see either of those fine lads again… We were very pleasantly surprised with “I knew You Were Waiting”, the duet with Aretha Franklin came out! Who knew what was coming next!

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Faith was what happened to be next….  WOW! That album was amazing at the time! That Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go guy grew up and was hot as hell and in every single way possible! I was 17 at the time when I saw George Michael preform his Faith Tour in Philadelphia. It was August of 1988 when the tour came to our area. Wendy and I saved all of our babysitting money to buy tickets to his show. I remember being on the phone, on and off for an hour prior to when the tix went on sale, got our tickets and the whole venue was sold out within 10 minutes! We felt so lucky and spent the whole summer planning our concert night out! (Oh, to be 17 again!! THIS was a HUGE deal for us!) Life was gloriously fun and completely wide open to pretty much everything! Music was insane back then. Seriously, it was a time where the radio and MTV were EVERYTHING!

Anyway, Faith was George’s debut as a solo artist and he hit it big with that album! It captured so much of my imagination! I loved the naughtiness of I Want Your Sex, the soulful Kissing a Fool really hit home, Faith was so much fun, and to be honest, there’s not a track on that album I skipped over. (Now might be different, in that I look for different songs/emotions– I don’t seek out I Want Your Sex as Wendy and I used to hit repeat/rewind/or put the needle back on the record back in the day!) His music had grown from the Wham! days. This was a bit more mature as a bridge from youthful fun to lusty, adult music to the evolved serious, honest music he wrote later on.

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January of this year found me very retrospective about life, paths chosen and where life will take me next. I’m 45, so I suppose it’s that time in my life to see where I’ve been and to look to the future and what could possibly be next.  So one day back in late January, I popped in George Michael’s Ladies and Gentleman CD and haven’t looked back since. After a week or so, I found myself gravitating less toward the music that I knew on the CD’s, but connecting with the newer songs I had avoided in the past. I was in such a haze of babies, with very little time for myself that I really only had time for a quick fix of what I knew. (That familiarity aspect of music is comforting and certain songs become a “go-to.”) But now, with a little more time on my hands (both kids in school) and morning car rides around town, I dove into the GM stuff I didn’t know.  I slowly became familiar with his velvety voice again and got to know his very complex and extremely thoughtful lyrics. Then, I realized, I DID know this “new” stuff… I never heard it before BUT the adult in me knew it because I have felt some of those emotions, I have experienced love, pain and loss (maybe not on same level, but, love, pain & loss are universal.), and what happened along the way was the realization not only did I grow up, but George did, too.

The music George Michael made after Faith is beautiful. It is mature, sensitive, incredibly honest and complex. His dance music is fun, lusty and beautiful in the upbeat rhythms he creates. George’s music that isn’t the flowery, everyone is always happy kind of beautiful, but, really life sucks beautiful and YOU WILL OVERCOME beautiful.  GM’s music is real, it’s about life. You can connect with it emotionally and feel the heart he has put into his life’s work.  George doesn’t write cheery love songs and he likes to write a lot about his experiences, in both his love songs and his dancing songs. You know what? It’s okay that he doesn’t, life isn’t always happy BUT, in everything he writes, there is always HOPE somewhere included in his lyrics. He always has hope in the future. I love that. When I listen to his music, there’s really a wide range to go to from Wham! days through White Light to choose from. Something for every mood, something for different stages of life.

During this time, I discovered a group. No, not a help group to get me over my fandom obsessions, but a George Michael group. It’s an incredible group of people, run by the coolest person I have come in contact with online for a really long time, Gus. Gus is a WEALTH and treasure trove of information, music, videos and images of George and Wham!. I think I have become a full-on fangirl just for him! Honestly, all joking aside, he’s a cool guy, great admin for the group and a fun person to be friends with. (follow @TheGMCollector on Twitter)

I love the interactions of the people in the GM group & Outlander fanbase, so many of us from all around the world… That’s another thing: When you are part of a fandom, you make friends with people from EVERYWHERE! You learn about them and where they are from, you cultivate friendships where it was really impossible prior to the internet/FB/Twitter.

The GM group is so diverse,  interesting and always puts a smile on my face with everyone’s enthusiasm! (Sometimes I even join in… lol okay, I join in commenting all the time and I loveeeeeeee it! Reminds me of early days with the S&B girls at the forum)

Come and join me there if you’re a George Michael fan or a Wham! fan or both— Or perhaps you are seeking some new music you haven’t heard or maybe you feel like revisiting your inner 80’s self… George Michael group

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So now you all know. I love George Michael, Outlander and Sonny and Brenda. The people I come across daily are interesting, fun and informative. We have fun in all 3 areas of my interest, maybe one or all 3 could be an area of interest for you, too.

TTFN~ Ro xoxox

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Vanessa and Ingo’s event 6/9/13

Hi there everyone!! Long time, no write and I’m sorry about that. Things have been quite slow in the Sonny and Brenda universe and there just hasn’t been anything noteworthy to write about. But, I went to an event and would LOVE to share my experience with you all. 🙂

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Yesterday, I went to a Vanessa Marcil and Ingo Rademacher event in Point Pleasant, NJ. I know, I know, J&B… yuck… BUT I left that feeling at the door and was very open to meeting Ingo. If we really look back to the triangle of the century and really looked at the magic of what made it stick and resonate with us, it was the magic that happened between Maurice, Vanessa and Ingo. We cannot deny that and I was really curious to meet him and see what he was all about. I can say that I was not disappointed and very pleasantly surprised with my feelings!

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I got VIP tickets for the event some time ago and was looking forward to event day very much. My cousin, Mandy, joined me and unfortunately, Lisa-Lo couldn’t make it, so I invited a local S&Ber, Bianca to join us. We arrived a little early and were there in time for when the doors opened at 9am. Uncle Vinnie’s is a small venue in Point Pleasant, NJ and such a great place to see a comedy act or a meet and great such as this. Dino is the man in charge. He’s a great guy, very accommodating, friendly and I liked him very much. Anyway, we scoped out our table, next to the stage and made ourselves comfortable. More info about Uncle Vinnie’s http://www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com/ Follow him on Twitter @UNCLEVINNIESCC

Vanessa, Suzanne and Ingo arrived around 11am. They walked in to a very excited crowd. In fact, the place was filled with very eager, excited fans! Vanessa saw me and came over to greet me, Mandy and Bianca. Following her was Suzanne, who showed me her very gorgeous engagement ring!! (Congrats again, Suzanne!! eeeeeeeeee) They both went back in to the private area and then Suzanne came back out and entertained us with an introduction of herself. She spoke about her struggles with cancer and how she became friends with Vanessa on the set of “Las Vegas.” Suzanne told us about how she came to do her part of Polly (a one day part) and how Vanessa encouraged her and the writers to continue the role. During the time Suzanne was appearing on “Las Vegas,” she and Vanessa became best friends. So, after a few minutes, Suzanne introduced Ingo and Vanessa. They entered into the room to the still very excited crowd and took their seats.

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The three of them bantered back and forth and created a very comfortable, inviting atmosphere between them. They took some questions from the crowd. There were questions to Ingo about DWTS and he even showed us some moves. I must say that Ingo is such a stunning man in person. TV does not do him any justice! He is very funny, open, honest and at ease with himself. People asked him about his son, Peanut; how did his name originate (they called him Peanut in the womb and when he was born, he fit his nickname with how he looked and the nickname became his permanent name.), they asked about SUP boarding (Ingo has a huge meet to train for that is in about 2 months, July 28, in Hawaii), then we got on to what were your favorite scenes and such. Ingo loved the magic of the ’90’s and wishes that they could go back to that style of writing. His favorite was the triangle between S/B/J. He also loves his banter with Carly/LW. He told us about his passion for sports and especially now, SUP boarding. For more information on what he does check out here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ingo-Rademacher/154978244652427?ref=ts&fref=ts http://www.yoloboard.com/team/ingo-rademacher/ @IngoRademacher

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Vanessa spoke about her last stint and how she wasn’t able to talk about it and spoil anything. She said that she loves playing Brenda and whatever the writers write for the character is okay with her because that is who the character is at that time. She then told us the story of when she first started working with Ingo and how he ggot fresh with her after their scene and he slapped her on the ass and when along on his way. She then went up to Wendy Riche’s office and said she didn’t want to work with him. Wendy said to her that once Vanessa sees the scene on-screen and sees the magic, she’ll change her mind about him. VM said it took about 6 months for her to change her mind and fall in love with him. She also said that Steve Burton took her to her prom. You can follow Vanessa on Twitter @VanessaMarcilG. She is funny and interacts with her fans. Check her out if you haven’t already. You can also visit her website: www.babygagoo.com

The question of if they were coming back soon came up and the both said that if they were asked and their schedules allowed, they would be back. Ingo told us to continue tweeting RC &FV that we want them back and that was our best tool in expressing what we want.

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They finished up their Q&A and took pictures with the fans. Always gracious, fun, kind and very patient with the approx 100 people in the venue. Then they took a break, the regular ticket holders left and the 45 of us VIP’s stayed for a longer meet and greet with V,I & S going from table to table. Ingo came and sat with us with a cup of coffee. We spoke about Hawaii and pretty much stuck with that. He and his family raise chickens and have an amazing island life. I loved to see how passionate he was about his family, Hawaii and his life there. It’s really nice to see a person comfortable and happy with his life.

Vanessa came around and took pictures of Ingo and me (hehe, she took about 10 of them. :)) and then we took pictures with her. V looks very healthy, happy and there’s a luminosity about her that is very evident. It was a pleasure to see her as always and she is absolutely one of my very favorite people to see. She’s so giving, joyous and lovely. She chit chatted with us for a moment and went along to the other tables.

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Suzanne came by and we talked about cancer, her engagement (she is beyond happy and excited) and she is just very inspiring. You can follow Suzanne and learn more about her journey on Twitter @SuzanneWhang or on FB https://www.facebook.com/suzannewhang?ref=ts&fref=ts

It was time to go and unfortunately, in the rush to go, I forgot to say good-bye to Suzanne and Ingo. (bad Ro!!) I thank them from the bottom of my heart for a fabulous day and for being so amazing with everyone. So patient and kind!! I did say bye to Vanessa and she is just so sweet to me. I just love her to pieces.

Upshot on my feelings for Jax/Ingo. Ingo>Jax. I am totally TeamIngo but anti-Jax. hehe Still and always a S&Ber but I think that Ingo is the BOMB!! Now, just to get Maurice, Vanessa & Ingo into one room and have a pic with all 3… It would be amazing!! haha It also would keep this S&B fan of the 90’s VERY HAPPY and inspired!!

I didn’t see any S&B/J&B competition. It was a very nice event in that way. Everyone was accepting of each other with no eye daggers anywhere. There was one moment where Ingo was telling us how he was tweeting how Maurice wasn’t verified, so he was joking that he wasn’t sure it was him. He then encouraged us to tweet Maurice and get him riled up. hehe, reminded me of the time at Vanessa’s event in 2011 where we knew that Maurice and his family were coming and Vanessa & Nancy told us not even acknowledge that Maurice entered the room. He is very accustomed to fanfare. It was really very funny! I also saw the guy who was at Maurice’s NJ/SI event in 2011 who  joined Maurice onstage and acted out a S&B scene. The guy played “Brenda.” We laughed so hard that day, we were all in tears! He’s such a good sport! I then saw him in LA at The Sportsman’s Lodge and then again, yesterday. I told Vanessa about it and she thought it was hysterical. She then at one point during Q&A asked him what it was like to play Brenda and act opposite of Maurice!! HAHA …. I then found out later that night that his name is Tim and he went to school with my cousin Frank! What a small world!

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Okay, so that pretty much concludes your newest installment of the Adventures of Ro and hopefully something fun will come down the pike and I will have more soapy S&B goodness to share soon. I hope so!!

TTFN xoxo~Ro

The Sonny and Brenda Piano Theme

Lisa had an old mp3 of the original Sonny and Brenda Theme and we decided to share it with you all. We hope you enjoy it and keep the magic of Sonny and Brenda’s love story alive and well. We’ve had a bumpy ride with our beloved couple, an unforgettable, amazing ride for almost 20 years! (You may need to sign up and there is an ad that runs before the theme starts, be patient, please! It’s worth it!! )

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Have a very happy Tuesday!

xoxo—- Ro & Lo ❤