Before starting this post, I sat here staring at a blank screen for a good five minutes unsure of what to write about the Paris attacks. It’s November 16 — three days after terrorists wreaked havoc on the French capital and took the lives of at least 129 people leaving hundreds more injured. It’s the worst attack France has seen since WW2.
What is going on in the world? I don’t know how France and the world will fight back. I don’t know how long things will take to go back to “normal,” but I know our collective strength will help everyone to heal. My heart goes out to those affected by the Paris attacks as well as those affected by the attacks in Beirut and Baghdad. Take care of yourself and your loved ones.
Monday Mishmash 11/16/15
Like you, I’m watching the details of the Paris attacks emerge on TV with goosebumps on my arms. People’s stories are haunting and I’ve had to turn the TV off several times. It brings me right back to the worst day of my life. I don’t think I’ve really mentioned it on my blog before and probably won’t go into detail, but I was in NYC the morning of 9/11/01 not far from Ground Zero. I’ll never forget what it was like seeing that morning unfold with my own eyes along with millions of other New Yorkers. It was one of the only times in my life where I felt sheer panic, chaos and disabling fear. I see that same fear and confusion in the eyes of everyone being interviewed in Paris right now and it makes me so sad for what our society has turned into.
I’m going to stop there and continue on with this post since I have nothing of value to add. It feels almost wrong to go back to business as usual. But the terrorists will not win this war.
I was in Paris last week until Wednesday and the city was lively and buzzing with energy as people went out and lived their lives. It saddens me to know the city’s spirit has been dimmed. The holiday decor was just set up on the streets and here’s a shot I took not far from the Tour Montparnasse. Paris will recover. Thank you to everyone who wrote to make sure I was OK.
For the time being, let’s put all of that aside and continue with this Monday Mishmash.
I always get excited about online shopping but for Black Friday as someone living abroad, it really is like an early Christmas. What deals are you looking forward to this year? I’m stocking up on dog food and treats for Dagny, probably some clothes and winter boots. And funnily enough, it seems that some French retailers are following suit with the Black Friday trend and offering deals on Friday and all through the holiday weekend!
Quest Protein Powder
I have a weakness for Quest Protein Bars and finally got my hands on Quest Protein powders that come in a variety of flavors like Chocolate Milkshake, Salted Caramel, Strawberries & Cream and more.
Each packet has 23 grams of protein with barely 1 gram of sugar. You can pour the powder and water in a shaker and have your shake on the go or put it in a blender with ice. Because this is a really thick protein shake, I like the blender and ice method which makes the shake extra cold. I haven’t tried all the flavors yet, but it’s a solid product that you may want to check out if you’re in the market for a tasty shake you can whip up after the gym.
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Ladies & gents, if you’re reading this Monday Mishmash, it probably means you’re a regular around here and I’d love to hear from you if you have a minute. You can message me if you don’t want it to be public. Or comment below. I want to know:
1) What type of content do you love reading on Oui In France?
Sometimes I’ll spend hours on a post that gets little to no engagement and then others that come together quickly end up being big hits, so would you weigh in on what types of things you love the best? Get specific!
Do you love picture-heavy posts, graphics, audio, video, posts about French culture, expat topics, a nice mix, what? Are you curious about a topic I haven’t covered? I was going to put together a survey like I’ve seen other bloggers do but my blog is just a hobby and not income for me so I figured I’d just ask you informally here. I have so much fun with Oui In France and would love to get your input!
As always, thank you for reading and supporting Oui In France. I hope you have a wonderful week. Please keep Paris in your thoughts!!