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My family's travel is upended by the coronaviris.

One daughter lives in Singapore with her family. Another daughter and her husband and three kids had long-standing plans to go visit her sister, three weeks from now for school vacation week.

Second daughter's company just told her that "Singapore is ok right now but the situation is extremely fluid and that I should consider how critical a trip to Asia is right now."

She had trip insurance, but they're telling her she can only get a credit and it has to be used by August. I said one solution might be for them to go ahead with the first leg of the trip, which is to London, and make that a memorable vacation. She's calling to see what her options are.

When HelloFresh meets set-in-their-ways.

Our busy daughter subscribes to a meal delivery service for her five-person family, and persuaded us to try a free week. The box arrived today. Two big pork tenderloins and two portions of trout. Two packs of small potatoes. Two packs of green beans. Two packs of asparagus spears.

Sounds good, right? But you're supposed to keep the two meals separate, and you're supposed to use the dozen accessory packets and condiments to make sauces and seasonings and toppings.

I froze both fish and one pork roast because I already had salmon ready to cook tonight. I combined the asparagus and we'll have it with the salmon. I'll boil a few potatoes but I'm not making the "horseradish mashed potatoes" the meal calls for, using various packets.

I sent daughter a picture of my counter covered with all the ingredients piled and jumbled together and she texted back, WHAT? You were supposed to keep each brown bag separate! Each bag is a separate meal! They will keep in the frig for a week! Please tell me you didn't mix up the sauce packets! What are you doing!

I told her not to worry, I'm sure it will all be great.

But my real opinion is that it's much easier and cheaper for me to go to the store and buy a piece of fish and a few vegetables, and use my Penzey's Spices collection. No sauces, no frills; we're just two old people who eat simply.

Waiting at the mall to return a kid's shirt.

Stores open in five minutes. Lands End has 21 people waiting at the door. No other stores have more than two waiting. I'm alone at Abercrombie Kids. What in the world did LE sell that nobody wanted?!

We just saw Little Women. My hopes were very high.

I loved her books so much as a kid, I named my youngest daughter (now 41) Amy, and she grew up to be an artist too! But none of the cast of this movie matches how I see them in my head, or actors in previous movie adaptations.

If you haven't read Little Women, like my husband, your main problem will be with continuity. If you've read the book, you'll recognize all the major plot points as they check them off.

Scenery is nice. It's entertaining, and does not plod. The sad part was truly sad. I don't know why I didn't love this movie more.

A receipt-cheat story

I bought something at a sports-apparel store and noticed the clerk's sleight-of-hand with the receipt as he appeared to put it in the bag. I asked where it was. He said it was in the bag. I looked, under the items and all around, and it wasn't. He said oh I'm sorry, here it is -- as he scooped it from a box of receipts I could see under the counter.

What is the point of this? So I couldn't return anything? Or does the clerk sell the receipts at a discount, along with matching stolen items, so someone can return the items for credit?

I'm still puzzling over this.

Just saw Knives Out. It was pretty good.

Jamie Lee Curtis looks older than her 61 years, but at least she has the guts to be authentic.

The things we do for bling

It's 19 degrees and we're heading to a 5K. At 75, with all my joint replacements, I'm sure to win a medal! (Unless there are more than two other crones over 70, which is rare even in a field of 2,000+ runners.) I wish I had an IMPEACH sign on my back.

Greetings from London.

Yesterday being our 35th anniversary, and tomorrow 11/11 being my 75th birthday, we popped over from Massachusetts to take our pictures sauntering across Abbey Road. We had a brisk beautiful sunny day for it.

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

No, I won't attend a Bernie debate-watch party on the 15th in Somerville.

What I really hate is getting a text on my cell phone, addressing me by my first name, like we're friends. I know other candidates do it. I guess my info is out there.

Today I am special! Michelle Obama sent me a long uplifting email,

topped with that gorgeous photo from BECOMING. She wants me to keep the conversation going, and stay in touch. She signs it "Much Love, Michelle."

This is one mailing list I am happy to be on. 👍
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