I’ve been having a string of bad luck. First of all, the weather. This isn’t really bad luck but it has confined me to our apartment. I just don’t like to get outside when it’s really cold and especially when there is a wind chill on top of it.
Current Conditions in Paris
28Â°F / -2Â°C
Feels like 15Â°F / -2Â°C
Wind: NNE at 21 mph / 34 km/h
Pressure: 30.3 inches / 1026 mb
Sunrise: 8:17 AM
Sunset: 5:49 PM
Conditions updated at Thu, 02 Feb 2012 3:28 pm CET
Hi: 28Â°F / -2Â°C
Lo: 16Â°F / -9Â°C
Notice the wind chill of 15 degrees F. That’s really chilly. A cold front from Siberia has moved down into Europe and we went from those days in the 50’s and 60’s to this. I’m wondering if we can get a cheap flight to some warm tropical island somewhere.
A photo from last Spring. I haven’t been outside except for quick trips to the grocery store wrapped in every winter accessory that I have along with a very heavy coat that gives me the silhouette of a bear. And, as I stated before, I am on that Dr. Dukan Diet which requires keeping certain foods in the house. I miss those days when I cut myself a slice of cheese and pour a glass of wine for “dinner”. And I have to cook a lot so I’m always washing dishes. The diet is working though but the weight loss has really slowed down with the introduction of vegetables so I don’t know how much longer I will be doing this. I really want to continue to the end so I don’t gain the weight back. You have to sort of trick your body because it is just waiting to start adding those pounds back again. I’m not sure how much I want to lose, I just know I want to get rid of my fat waistline.
Gosh, this looks great. I’m looking forward to being out again without my heavy winter coat. Back to Dr. Dukan’s Diet. If you are squeamish stop reading here. The other day I was making one of the recipes in the diet book and was using a mandoline (which comes with all sorts of warnings to be careful with the blade) to try and slice the eggplant and, you guessed it, I sliced off a part of my thumb. In retrospect, I should of run down to our pharmacy where they do things like help stop minor bleeding but, being an ex-nurse, and not wanting to try my luck at an emergency room, I put some ointment on the area, wrapped several quickly soaked bandaids on my thumb, applied pressure and kept my hand up. It finally stopped bleeding after two hours. I was afraid to take off the bandage because I knew it would bleed again so I left it on until the next afternoon when I discovered that the bandaid was now welded to my wound. I had to soak my thumb for three hours in warm water and then hydrogen pyroxide before it finally came free and then, of course, it bled some more. I can now mostly go without a bandage but it’s going to be a long healing time. Maurice wanted me to throw my mandoline away but surely I will safely use it from now on.
I’m looking forward to all of the blooming plants that can be seen once Spring is here. A few days ago, just as the cold front was moving in, I bundled up and went out for a speed walk. My face got really cold and I took off my glasses and put them in my pocket and when I returned home, they were gone. I had an appointment or I would have gone back out to see I could find them and now it’s so cold I don’t want to go outside. I can’t find my old pair of glasses although I found three pair that Maurice has. I think they must be packed in storage in Provence. I can do pretty well for distance without them but reading is hard so I turn on a bright light and put on my prescription sunglasses. I no longer have my old prescription and have to go to a doctor and I can’t get in until Monday and then there will be that wait for new glasses to be made. I could kick myself for so many things but that doesn’t do any good so I’ll just carry on as best I can and wait for warmer days.