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  1. I made sangria for the first time. I had a bottle of Riunite I needed to use* and the only use I could find for it other than drinking it straight was sangria. I was on the fence about making it, but when I realized we had just enough brandy left from when my husband made Beef Wellington 6 years ago I decided to go for it. It was tasty and perfect for a hot day in our backyard with a couple of neighbors. Next time I make sangria I'll probably use a Spanish wine, though! *I sent my husband out for a specific bottle of dry lambrusco last year, and he came back with that plus a 1.75 L bottle of Riunte, because it also says "lambrusco" on the label.
  2. Now that you mention it I've heard of them in India, too, but I've personally never encountered them outside China.
  3. I don't remember that at the Louvre. I don't think I've ever encountered a hole in the ground outside China. I don't even remember them in Thailand, which is the only other place I've been to in Asia besides China (and Hong Kong).
  4. I got used to holes in the ground during my time in China and didn't mind most of them. My knees were much better then, though. 😂
  5. The nastiest "toilet" I've ever experienced in my life was in Chengdu, China, at the Hei Kafei (Black Coffee) Hotel. It was a tiled subterranean expanse that one squatted over (not a "hole in the ground;" much bigger). Based on the stench and the contents, I can't imagine this area was cleaned more than once a week. (This was in a communal bathroom at the hotel.) Rats also ran through the hallways of this place. This was in 1993 when I spent 6 months studying in China (mostly in Beijing and Nanjing). I have no idea why I feel the need to share this with everyone.
  6. According to my neighborhood listserv Tropical Ice Cream was unable to get a COVID-19 small business loan and is in danger of closing permanently. There's a GoFundMe campaign if anyone is inclined to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-tropical-ice-cream. As of this writing they've raised almost $10,000 of their $15,000 goal!
  7. I just want to go to Rhode Island, where I grew up, at the end of August. We go every summer to see family and go to the beach. Unfortunately a major component is staying with my parents (who enjoy spending time with my 6-year-old). They're in their 70s, so I'm not sure if it's happening this year. We usually fly and we thought about driving instead to minimize the chance we'd infect them (though we'd still probably be stopping in roadside bathrooms), but I still haven't worked out everything in my head. We usually go for Thanksgiving, too, and I'm not even sure that's going to happen this year. I kind of feel like it won't be safe to get up close and personal with them until there's a vaccine, but maybe I'm wrong. The guidance I've seen on safe activities this summer with high risk populations involves seeing them but keeping a safe distance.
  8. I made this lemonade Friday night into yesterday: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/lemoniest-lemonade-recipe Delicious! I thought it would be too tart for the 6-year-old, but she liked it so was unexpected competition with my husband and me. The adults added vodka to ours.
  9. I baked banana nut (pecan) muffins with the 6-year-old. Eating them warm now ... yum.
  10. Very sad. I'm rarely ever anywhere near Sterling, but I made a point to eat here once when I was in the area and quite enjoyed myself.
  11. I've lost almost 20 pounds since starting Weight Watchers in November. With full-time telework I've been running 3-5 miles every other day and I'm actually to the point where I enjoy it and the prospect of missing a run saddens me (at least in this weather; ask me again in July). I'm 46, though, and not exactly lithe even with my 20-pound weight loss, so I wonder how much longer running will be viable for me.
  12. My husband smoked chicken and shrimp and made salsa and we had tacos with salsa and sour cream on flour tortillas.
  13. Did not need to know about the Crisco aspect of Ledo's. 😂
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