#WeekendCoffeeShare (October 25, 2020)

It’s already late Sunday evening. I was up real early today, but still didn’t get to blog so far. Today, I’m joining in with #WeekendCoffeeShare. We may still have some coffee, although our official evening coffee break has passed. Otherwise, I can offer you green tea or water. Let’s have a drink and let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee, I would share that last week, I bought a new Fitbit Inspire 2. It’s pretty cool to be able to track not just my steps and distance walked, but also my minutes in active heart rate zones. I got more than twice the required number of minutes this week.

That being said, I’m already looking at someday buying myself an Apple Watch. I discovered just a few days after I’d purchased the Fitbit, that there’s a new Apple Watch SE that’s significantly cheaper (or should I say less expensive?) than the regular one. I’m really hoping I’ll be able to buy that one someday.

If we were having coffee, I would share that I had a health check on Tuesday. Like I said, it showed that my blood pressure was somewhat high and of course I’m significantly overweight.

I did find out on Friday that my blood pressure is actually pretty normal when resting, ie. just after waking up. It was 115 over 75 then, but rose to 129 over 91 after I had showered and gotten dressed. I have no clue of the significance of this, but my staff E-mailed my GP about it, as the nurse from the health check-up had recommended.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you how frustrated I was when discussing my health check with my husband. He wanted me to go on a diet. I want that too, but it’s hard for me to follow through especially long-term and the staff refuse to enforce a healthy lifestyle.

After a sleepless night and some frustrated discussions with my staff, they talked to the behavior specialist. She recommended we make a food plan together, my staff and me. Then all of us know what I’m supposed to eat and not eat and the staff can redirect me when I want to overeat. So far, it’s going okay’ish. That is, the staff have still occasionally offered me food I’m not supposed to eat at that moment and then I struggled to refuse it. I did eventually talk to the staff about it and try to make up for my bad choices later on. I’ve not yet had a moment when I requested food I wasn’t supposed to eat, which according to my food plan would require the staff to tell me it’s not wise and to offer an alternative.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my husband came by for a quick visit today to take me on a walk. That was fun.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I finally updated my iPhone to iOS 14. I hadn’t expected iOS 14.1, which came out a few days ago, to solve any of the many accessibility bugs the original iOS 14 had come with. After all, the release notes didn’t mention VoiceOver at all. To be sure, I asked on a Dutch VoiceOver users group about it and got a reply from the most critical iPhone user on the list saying that the update had fixed most of the bugs. Practically all other list members had already updated, claiming that most bugs can be circumvened. I didn’t want to take the risk, but I do believe this particular member. So far, it’s all pretty good. I am having a play around with VoiceOver recognition, which describes images. It’s pretty cool so far.

What have you been up to?

12 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare (October 25, 2020)

  1. Sounds like a fairly good week and I’m glad your staff is working with you to help you. We’re supposed to get lots of rain from the latest hurricane./tropical storm in our area on Thursday, yuck.

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  2. I’m glad you’re enjoying your fitbit. 🙂
    I’d imagine it would indeed be quite difficult to be on a diet in a care facility, where you aren’t fully in control of what’s for meals and other things like that. But I hope it’ll work out and your staff will become more helpful over time.
    I was quite early updating my iPhone, even though I felt very apprehensive about some of the bugs in the new iOS but at the same time I was really curious of what it’ll be like with things like VoiceOver recognition. In hintsight, I could have as well waited because some of the bugs like very jumpy focus affected some of my apps quite significantly, and I didn’t get anything particularly substantial out of the VoiceOver recognition like some people have apparently managed, quite the opposite, it actually made some apps more difficult to navigate. But the 14.1 version is more stable indeed and with the recognition I’m sure it’ll get better as it’s such a new thing.

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    1. Yes, I agree being on a diet is hard in a care facility, but it’d also be hard if I lived with my husband, as then I’d basically give him almost full control. Although that may be good for my weight, it doesn’t feel that good emotionally.

      As for the iPhone update, I tend to wait a while before I do any major updates. With iOS 13, I didn’t upgrade until 13.1.3, but still that was too early. I do understand VoiceOver recognition might make some apps harder to navigate, but thankfully you can turn it off.

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      1. I understand what you mean about the diet and letting your husband take the control.
        Oh, I didn’t have my iPhone yet when iOS 13 was first released, but I’ve heard it was quite awfully buggy and a lot of blind people waited a long time with updating. And yeah, that’s certainly a good thing that we can turn VoiceOver recognition off.

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        1. Yes, I agree. I still had my old iPhone when iOS 13 was first released. I could have used that one as a test phone to test iOS 14 on, but it wouldn’t have had VoiceOver recognition etc. as it’s too old a model for that. So I opted to just wait and see what other more knwoledgeable and daring users were running into.

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