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

Misc

Love is a verb

As I mentioned in my last post, we recently moved our kids back to college. For my husband and I, this was a given. We have helped move both of our kids in and out of dorm rooms and apartments since their freshmen years. It’s not that we enjoy carrying stuff up and down stairs, especially in the Florida heat, but for us, it’s important to be there for our […]

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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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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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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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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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