For those who have expressed concern about visiting Paris with the ongoing “gilet jaune” protests, I’ve been keeping a close watch on the situation. I’ve also had recent contact with people I know who live and work in the city. I don’t mean to downplay the severity, but (according to my contacts), in Paris itself the protests have been limited to certain days and areas, and can be avoided. The destruction and vandalism are always disturbing of course. I’m hopeful that the situation will have de-escalated by the time I’m scheduled to travel.
While the tenor was quite different, in 2014 we were in Hong Kong during the height of the student protests. We watched a tense standoff from the lobby of a hotel next to ours as the police confronted protestors and dismantled the barricades the students had set up.
Staying Healthy At 60 Plus: It’s Always Something…
I had my annual physical last week. I was a bit shocked when my doctor reported my test results now put me (barely) into the “pre-diabetic” range. All of my other results are “within normal ranges.” There’s no history of Type II diabetes in my family, I’m at a healthy weight, and I don’t eat much sugar or processed foods. I do eat a lot of whole, fresh foods. My doctor suggested I increase my daily exercise and have a consultation with a dietician, which I have scheduled for later this week. I’ll let you know what she suggests.
It seems there’s just so much contradictory information out there right now regarding “best practices” for healthy eating. I feel best on a low(er)-carb diet, but cut back on animal products and started including more foods like oatmeal and beans/legumes a few months back to try to lower my cholesterol. That’s why I’m hoping a dietician can help sort it out.
I took the plunge yesterday and finally upgraded my years-old iPhone to the XR. Which meant a new case and a new Pop Socket. Best little gadget ever for a smartphone! I upgraded specifically to get the better camera, and the Pop Socket allows me to hold the phone steady and take pictures with one hand. I LOVE the “portrait” feature on the XR camera, BTW. I’m hoping to share some videos from Paris, which I’ll post on my Instagram and Facebook.
A Belated Happy Hanukkah to those who are celebrating!