Romance and/or Travel: the journey or the destination?

Travel.  The word can bring forth thoughts, memories, feelings.  Yet, it is just a word.  A six-letter word.  Looking up definitions for such a word, I found many variations.  As a verb, travel was defined as early as the 1300’s:

travel  (v.)

c.1375, “to journey,” from travailen (1300) “to make a journey,” originally “to toil, labor” (see travail). The semantic development may have been via the notion of “go on a difficult journey,” but it may also reflect the difficulty of going anywhere in the Middle Ages. Replaced O.E. faran. Travels “accounts of journeys” is recorded from 1591. Traveled “experienced in travel” is from 1413. Traveling salesman is attested from 1885.

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Sometimes the romantic travel of our lives seems just like this definition – travail.  Finding a soul-mate seems even harder than finding comfort in economy/coach class airline seats.

TSA CheckpointThe good thing is that  airline travel is a temporary thing, whereas the saga of finding a soul-mate seems to last a lifetime.  Given  the difficult journey of finding someone to enjoy spending time with, maybe one would be better off standing in the TSA line for the rest of their lives.

A new twist on tuna salad

Xterra Foldable TreadmillHubby and I have been needing to reduce calories.  We do not spend as much time on the treadmill as we did before he went back to work.  We try to get our minimum 7500 steps – preferring to make it to 10,000 steps on our Fitbit watches. But it doesn’t always happen.  After taking off 40 pounds during the Covid-19 lockdown, I did not like that in the past 6-9 months I have gained back 10 of those hard to lose/lost pounds. Continue reading “A new twist on tuna salad”

Lemon Vodka Shrimp Scampi

Lemons and VodkaThis is a recipe I concocted from about 5 different recipes, none of which appealed to me. I took one ingredient from here and one ingredient from there and, voila!  my personal version of shrimp scampi. Cheap vodka is ok because the alcohol cooks off before serving.  We like to be skimpy with the pasta since we are working on trimming calories for weight control (hence angel hair or thin spaghetti).

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Charming

Have you ever thought about the word, “charming”? I recently began ruminating on the word. Dictionary.com describes the word as an adjective:

Charming – adjective

pleasing; delightful.
using charm; exercising magic power.
One of the interesting words of this description is “power“.
Charm: to act upon (someone or something) with or as with a compelling or magical force.
One of the things I was thinking about is how it seems to be a male descriptor. After all, Cinderella, Snow White, what the heck, the wicked Witch of the West, were never described as “charming”.  But Prince Charming was most sought after…..
Prince Charming is a fairy tale character who comes to the rescue of a damsel in distress and must engage in a quest to liberate her from an evil spell.

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Our COVID-19 lockdown: gardening-cooking-exercise, Part 1

COVID-19 changed our lives, and yet, those changes were already happening. My husband and I adopted an austerity program when we returned from Lisbon in June 2019. Several reasons led us to this program – a desire to retire permanently with more travel involved was a main reason.  Home improvements (including upgrading kitchen appliances & a major bathroom renovation) was another. Continue reading “Our COVID-19 lockdown: gardening-cooking-exercise, Part 1”

Retirement leads to more questions than answers

Social Security StatementA few years back we started discussing the retirement options. We decided I should take social security at 62 while Mike continued to work.  After he reached 66, we began to revisit the questions again. Since most of his work is performed as a contractor (i.e., not FTE) in 6 to 60 month gigs, it is easy to put off the retirement decision each time a contract expires and a new one starts. Continue reading “Retirement leads to more questions than answers”

Possessions – positively memorable or evil reminders?

I used to sell our possessions on Ebay when we either grew tired of them or they no longer were useful. I had an excellent online reputation and sold an amazing number of items of technology, tools, clothing, bric-a-brac, nostalgia, antiques – you name it nothing was sacred. If we were tired of a possession, I sold it so we could buy a new item. I won’t say I made a profit but the way we looked at it, we had the use of an item until it no longer was useful.  Then someone else got the joy of owning it. Continue reading “Possessions – positively memorable or evil reminders?”

Sabot Lucky Burgers – an afternoon in Sintra

For Sale in SintraWhen we went to Sintra, not long after our arrival in Portugal, we wandered the village, looking at the houses, homes, Airbnb and shops near the train station. I was not as on top of my game as I would have liked in order to be able to enjoy the town.  But I was hungry and thirsty. We had a late start on the day as well. Continue reading “Sabot Lucky Burgers – an afternoon in Sintra”

Cascais – a day trip

At the top of my bucket list for this trip was a visit to Cascais.  It is fairly simple to get to, but we took the long way to the train station (on foot via the cobblestone sidewalks – a tough one for my sense of balance). We got sort of lost a couple of times. The easy way was to go to the Rossio subway station and take the green line to Cais do Sodre where we switch to the train to Cascais.  But we walked. Eventually we reached the western waterfront of downtown. Google and the GPS said we were there, but we could not seem to find it.

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