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A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, work, miscellany, and enjoying life.

COVID baking: Doubletree Cookies

Thanks to COVID-19 (there’s a phrase you don’t hear every day…), many big brands are releasing their “secret recipes”, including Doubletree Hotels. I’ve long been a huge fan of their signature cookies (served warmed at check-in, yum!) so when they published the recipe, I had to try them. I made a batch of Doubletree cookies a few weeks ago and I have to say these did not disappoint. At all. […]

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Easter Sunday, COVID-style

Today is Easter Sunday, but it sure doesn’t feel like it, which makes it hit home once again how surreal life is during Coronatime. I started off Lent as I normally do – giving up something that is not easy for me to give up – but not too long into Lent, that didn’t seem to matter much any more as larger issues and concerns filled the days. As the […]

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Song parodies: a COVID coping mechanism

I love a good song parody (I’ve been known to make up a few of my own here and there) so naturally, I was interested to see what folks would come up with with COVID-19. I was not disappointed. 😂 In the midst of so much worry and stress, humor is absolutely a valid and useful coping mechanism. This post is not meant to dismiss the seriousness of this pandemic […]

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Silver linings

My husband and I were out for one of our now daily walks in our neighborhood the other day and couldn’t help but notice how many of our neighbors we were seeing perhaps for the first time (we’ve lived in this house for more than 10 years). We’ve commiserated with the man desperately trying to keep his new sod alive as he hand-waters it. We watched a father hand his […]

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Grocery shopping in the time of COVID-19

I watched this video a few days ago from a doctor about sanitizing your groceries before putting them away. I already was treating my Amazon and other deliveries as biohazards after learning the virus can live on cardboard for a day or whatever. Those came into the house and sat by the front door for at least a day or were immediately unboxed and box disposed of – both followed […]

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French lessons, pandemic edition

Eiffel Tower at night

I’ve been taking French lessons for a couple-few months now in preparation for two trips to France this year (both of which have obviously been canceled, thanks COVID-19). Just a couple of weeks ago, my lessons revolved around fun, travel-related things: speaking to hotel desk clerks about my reservations, inquiring about train schedules, and the like. My most recent lesson however is yet another sign of the times. I did […]

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Rust Life

I saw this in the parking lot at the grocery store recently and I confess I fully appreciated the owner’s sense of humor  –  the play on the ubiquitous #saltlife prominently featured on cars and trucks here, the “Rat-rod” and “Rust Bucket” emblazoned on the tailgate, and the “Yes it’s real rust and I’m not painting it” declaration on the rear window. I think perhaps I most appreciated the way […]

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What a difference a week makes in COVID-time

I’ll admit that like many people outside of China and the rest of Asia, when COVID-19 first popped up in the news, I didn’t give it much thought. After all, SARS, MERS, H1N1, zika…most of them had marginal impact on most of the US (at least that’s how I recall it) and none of them escalated anywhere close to COVID-19 levels. So when COVID-19 showed up in Italy, I thought, […]

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Feats of strength

We stopped to watch this performance at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on a recent visit and I was blown away by the sheer amount of strength it would take to do the various formations in their routine. This one though….unbelievable! Notice that the man in blue is supporting himself with just the palm of his hand on the other poor gentleman’s head.

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