Monday, September 24, 2018

It's officially fall

FB_IMG_1537625985038Ok so it's officially fall and the weather is actually more or less in line with the season. Over the weekend it was mostly cloudy and more or less cool. Not terribly cold but not really warm like it has been either. We also now seem to be getting the cool nights (45-50F / 6-10C) and warm-ish days (mid 60ies to 70ies F / 17-20C) that are typical for fall/autumn. This morning there is some sunshine. Not sure if it is supposed to last but right now it looks pretty. I think we are supposed to get some soaking rain over the next few days. 

Over the weekend it was mostly dry so no real complaints there. Yesterday, Sunday, we went to see "A Simple Favor" starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick. It was entertaining and I would definitely recommend it. It's a thriller/mystery but at the same time also funny and kind of light-hearted, maybe a bit campy. It's such a hard movie to describe. But I definitely would recommend it. You won't be bored. 

Then after the movies we headed into the city to meet up with our friend John, his wife Jana and some of his other friends for his birthday. We went to "The Perfect Pint". There are actually two locations and the one we usually go to is on West 45th Street. So that is where we automatically headed until we figured out that our friends were actually at the one on East 45th Street. LOL. Oh well. At least it was only a 10 min walk so not a huge deal. The menu is pretty much identical at both locations and really the whole place is pretty similar. This was the first time we went to the one on the East side. Usually we are at the other one if we are heading to a Broadway show and want to get a couple of drinks or a snack before the show. Nothing fancy but a nice break from all the generic touristy bars and chain places in Midtown. Blergh. 

Anyway, that's about it. Oh I also started binge watching "This is Us". I finished season 1 and am about 4 episodes into season 2. My goal is to continue to binge so I can catch up and watch season 3 which I think starts this week. I should be able to get caught up relatively soon. It's one of those shows I had heard about for ages but wasn't sure if I would like it. And it's not a show that Mike really would be into so we never watched it. And one of the nights where I was home by myself I decided to give it a go and well, it sucked me in. So now I need to get caught up so I can watch the current season. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Celia/MA. 

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Whirlwind Work Trip Week

Pixlr_20180916152546055And we're back to summer weather more or less. The brief fall interlude from last weekend/early this week didn't really last too long. It's not crazy hot like it has been but still in the 80ies (26C) Pretty decent weather this weekend so no real complaints. Especially considering the weather they are experiencing further down the coast in the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia due to Hurricane Florence. We are supposed to get soaking rain and wind on Tuesday I think but of course nothing like they have been going through further south. 

This past week was broken up by a quick business trip to Pittsburgh for a training session. Worked Wednesday and left around 2.30pm to head to the airport (Laguardia) for an evening flight. I went with one of my co-workers who drove and we were lucky enough not to hit any real traffic delays and even security at Laguardia wasn't too terrible. Everything is under construction there so it is a bit of a mess but it all worked out fine. And we even got bumped up to an earlier flight which worked out well. Were able to meet up with some other co-workers who were already in Pittsburgh for another training class and had enough time to go out for dinner and some drinks. Had some fun hanging out and made the best of our super quick trip. Thursday we spent the day in class and as soon as that was over (bit after 4.30pm) we headed straight back to the airport and back to New York. Got back to Danbury around 9.30pm I think. Definitely a bit of a whirlwind trip. :) 

Let's see what this upcoming week will bring. Fingers crossed it will be a smooth week. This weekend I have been doing a good amount of reading. Went to the library yesterday and borrowed three books. Started and finished "Flowers and Foul Play" all in one go. It's the first book in a new series by this author and I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in this series now. Such a fun read. 

Letter/Mail Update: A letter went out on Monday to: Laura/Spain. 

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Sunday, September 09, 2018

Low Key Fall Weather Weekend

20180909_122047What a change in the weather since last weekend. This weekend it feels like fall. Temps today are barely hitting 60 (15C) and compared to the crazy heat we have had it does feel pretty cool. I am not complaining though. It's a nice break and nice to be able to wear sweatpants and my hoodie and curl up on the couch with a big mug of tea. It is not going to stay this way for long I don't think. Supposed to get back up to summer temps throughout the week. But for right now I am enjoying the cooler temps, being able to turn the oven on without overheating the house etc. 

Brought out my fall deco today since I felt in the mood. When it was so hot and humid I never really felt like putting it out because it just didn't fit. But today it fits. Have my "Warm Apple Crisp" candle burning and everything feels nice and cozy. It's been a pretty low key weekend, sleeping in, cuddling with the cats etc. 

The week, even though it was just a 4 day week, felt pretty long. We'll see what next week brings. I am off to Pittsburgh for a day for mentor certification training. Really quick trip. I leave Wednesday night and come back Thursday night. Not really all that much else new I suppose. 

We have a few fun trips coming up, not sure if I have written about those on here yet. In October we are off to San Diego for 3 nights and in November we are heading back to the Azores (different island this time though - Terceira)  for 7 nights. Looking forward to both trips! 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Laura/Spain. 

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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Labor Day Weekend in DC

IMG_20180901_203113_515And here we are. It's September and unofficially Labor Day weekend always marks the end of the summer here in the US (officially fall doesn't start Pixlr (2)until Sept. 22nd of course) The weather has been hot and humid so it definitely doesn't feel like fall. We were in Washington DC over the long weekend and it was even hotter and more humid there than here in CT. We still made the best of it and had a fun weekend. 

Holiday weekend traffic can be a bitch too but all in all it really wasn't too bad. We drove down on Saturday morning and our GPS rerouted us a couple of times due to accidents and slowdowns but we made good time. On the way back yesterday (Monday) we did end up with about a 30 min. delay due to an accident on the George W Bridge. But all in all it could have been worse I suppose. There were definitely a lot of people on the road, especially yesterday. We stopped at a rest-stop on the NJ Turnpike and holy crap, I don't know if I have ever seen so many people at a rest-stop before. The line for the women's bathroom was almost out the door. Crazy! 

Anyway, DC was fun. We stayed at the Madison Hotel (awesome deal on Travelzoo that also included parking which otherwise would have been $58 per night) which was pretty conveniently located. On Saturday we had lunch at Capitol City Brewing and then headed to the mall to walk around and look at the monuments. We have of course seen them but it's always a neat experience. Ended up getting caught in a massive downpour and drenched to the core but in a way it was almost refreshing because it was a relief from the heat and humidity for a bit. Of course as soon as it stopped and the sun came back out it was even more humid than before. Oh well. 

Sunday we decided to do a few museums. Went to the Spy Museum (really cool), the National Portrait Gallery (which had a bunch of other art besides the presidential portraits as well) and the National Gallery (huge art museum split between two buildings) Th Smithsonian museums are all free so that's always nice. The Spy Museum we did have to pay for but it was a neat thing to do. Next time we want to check out the Newseum (a museum centered around the press/news) Almost wish we had done it this time (seems like something that would be very apropos for the times we are in right now) but we just didn't have enough time. 

Sunday night we had dinner at the Grillfish, always a delicious place. And yesterday, Monday, we slept in before heading for an early lunch at Legal Seafoods. After lunch we headed back and made it back to Danbury by about 7.30pm so not too terrible really. And well, now it's Tuesday morning and back to reality and work. Not sure I am ready but I guess it is what it is, right? 

etter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Laura/Spain. 

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Beautiful Weather Weekend (finally!)

IMG_20180825_141509_625What a nice weekend. The weather has been so crazy all summer (so much rain, humidity and heat) that it was a really nice surprise to have a IMG_20180826_165058_911beautiful weekend. Mostly sunny/partly cloudy but not too hot and not humid. The whole week was actually pretty nice. There were some days that actually almost felt like fall was around the corner with the brisk blue skies. But now this week we are back to the heat, temps in the high 90ies (35C) and humidity. Today is supposed to be when it starts and then tomorrow and Wednesday are going to be the worst of it. So at least just three days I suppose. We will see what next weekend brings. We will be in Washington DC for 2 nights over Labor Day weekend so that should be fun. 

So this past weekend, on Saturday we went for a walk/hike at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, NY. We went there one other time and enjoyed the area and trail so we decided to try a different trail this time. Enjoyable to be outside, getting some exercise and looking at the pretty scenery. Due to the weird weather this summer I feel like I haven't gotten much exercise at all really. Usually we like to go for walks/hikes on the weekends when the weather is nice but it really hasn't been possible on a lot of weekends this summer. 

Yesterday, Sunday we continued to take advantage of the weather and had lunch outside at the Hopkins Inn. Another thing we like to do once every summer and usually earlier in July. But again there really hasn't been that much opportunity for nice weather to sit outside where it wasn't either oppressively humid or storming/raining or both. So it was nice to be able to go there and enjoy a delicious lunch sitting outside enjoying the scenery. Stopped into Hopkins Vineyard for a glass of wine as well. 

Then last night we caught up on some recorded TV shows. I feel like we're really behind this year. Still catching up on TV from last season. The new seasons start up in mid September mostly. Oh well. Anyway now it's Monday again and another week ahead. I have a feeling it's going to be a busy week with Labor Day coming up. Well, guess we will see how it goes. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Laura/Spain. 

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Outlander Convention Weekend

Pixlr (1)And somehow it is Monday again. Where does the time go? Today it is quite a bit cooler though and the humidity seems to have finally broken for right now. It's cloudy and I think there is still a chance of showers (rain, so much rain lately) Such weird weather this summer. 

Saturday I went to New Jersey for the Outlander convention. Originally I was supposed to go with a friend but she ended up not being able to go (so sorry about your dog Falguni -- sending you lots of hugs!!) so I made the trek out to NJ by myself. It was a good although long day. Left on the train at 8.11 am and didn't get back home till after 11pm. The convention was fun even though they didn't have a lot of merchandise. Decorations also weren't all that great but they had some neat large posters where you could take pictures. Saw a bunch of the actors up close. The two main actors, Caitrona and Sam, had to cancel relatively last minute due to conflicting filming schedules but they did Skype them in for Q&A so that was nice. It was fun seeing the actors in person. I didn't spend any extra money for autograph or photo ops but it was still neat being amidst it all and just taking it all in. Met a new friend (on the bus from NY to NJ) and we hung out for the day which made the whole thing more enjoyable as well, not having to spend the whole day alone. So yeah, all in all I'd say it was a good experience. 

Sunday I slept in late which felt glorious. Then we had brunch at the Barndoor and later met up with our friends Cait and Patrick. And finished out the day by catching up on some more TV shows. And somehow it is Monday again. Another week to get through. Nothing really planned for this week or the upcoming weekend. We will see what the weather brings and go from there I suppose. Right now I would be happy to go back to bed. Kind of a gloomy morning, would be great sleeping weather. Oh well. 

  Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Laura/Spain. 

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Movie Weekend

PixlrAnd more humid and unstable weather. I feel like that is all we have had this summer. Haven't been able to get outside for many nice walks or hikes. It's always either hot, humid, raining or all of the above. I am really over it. I know Europe has had crazy heatwaves as well. The weather just seems crazy. Wildfires in California. Crazy all over. Ugh. 

Since the weather has been less than desirable this weekend we decided to have a movie weekend. Yesterday we went to see "The Spy Who Dumped Me" and today "BlacKkKlansman". Two completely different movies but both good. Wanted to see "The Spy Who Dumped Me" mainly because of Sam Heughan but it was an enjoyable movie and the cast was great. I would recommend "BlackKkKlansman" even though it really makes you think about how things really haven't changed that much. Maybe one day. 

Yesterday we had lunch at 121 and then later in the evening I had a nice evening in, just relaxing and re-watching some Outlander. Love me a nice quiet Saturday night, just relaxing. 

Today we saw the movie, then lunch and in a bit we will catch up on some recorded TV shows. Still have a bunch of shows we need to catch up on before the new fall seasons start. So we better get to it. :) 

Not really a whole lot else going on. Managed to get through my week of vacation coverage. Let's see what next week brings. Can't believe it is already mid August. Time is truly flying. Labor Day is only about 3 weeks away. We have a weekend away to DC over Labor Day. Looking forward to that. Always nice to get away for a few days. 

 Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Laura/Spain. 

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Monday, August 06, 2018

Wedding Weekend - Congrats Robin & Ashley

IMG_20180805_135128_234Only realized a few days ago that I totally skipped updating last week. Guess life just got away from me. It's been really busy at work with it being the IMG_20180804_134430_144summer season plus covering for people on vacation. Guess it's August now so another month of absolute craziness, then it should start dying down again at least a little bit in September as we head into fall. 

It's Monday right now and I am just tired. Not sure I am ready for another week of summer covering. Plus the weather has just been too much. Too much humidity and the heat is supposed to go up even more for the next few days as well. Heat advisory until tomorrow night I believe. Ugh. I know everyone in Europe is dealing with the same thing. At least the humidity seems to be less there but the crazy heat is still no fun. I can sympathize. I dread winter, the endless dark days, the freezing cold, ice and snow but I am about done with summer too. I wish fall and spring would last longer but it feels like we always jump from one to the other lately and never get much in between. 

This past weekend was fun but definitely also tiring. :) We headed up to Boston, MA for our friends Robin and Ashley's wedding. It was a lot of fun and it was great to see them get married. But the drive up to MA was crazy with downpours the whole way. The weather finally cleared in the early evening but the humidity was just too much. Ugh. We ended up staying up late, slept in late on Sunday and then had lunch at Legal Seafoods before heading back to CT. 

Now it's Monday again and another week ahead. Let's see have I missed anything else interesting since my last update? Tuesday, 7/24, we went to see Panic at the Disco at Madison Square Garden which was a lot of fun. Another late night and midweek on top of that so the theme of this post definitely seems to be tiredness. Last weekend we took advantage of the one day where it wasn't crazy humid and down-pouring and went for a hike at the White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, CT. They have a really neat long boardwalk trail that goes in a loop around a marshy lake area. Lots of fun. Minus the bug bites. That is also a theme lately. At the wedding I got bitten by a ton more mosquitoes. So over itchy bug bites. 

Alright I better wrap up here and get ready for work and face the Monday ahead. Hopefully this week will go by relatively smooth -- fingers crossed. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Celia/MA. My reply is actually written - just need to get it put together and mailed out. Hopefully tomorrow. 

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Vineyard Hopping

IMG_20180721_140143_811Humidity and tropical weather ... thunderstorms .. downpours ... all that and more for the next 10 days per the forecast. Ugh. So not in the mood for it. This past week was actually pretty decent. We had some storms pass through on Tuesday and after that it was actually really nice. No humidity, sunny and just really perfect. Well of course that was not meant to last.

Yesterday, Saturday, was actually not so bad yet. The weather was a bit unstable and cloudy but the rain didn't start until about 9-10pm. We made the best of the day and went east along the coast. Had lunch in Clinton at Chamard Vineyard. Always delicious and a fun place to hang out. I love their wine and the bistro has some of the best food. Wish it was closer but all in all it's not that far either. About an hour and a half away.

After Chamard we went further east and stopped at Stonington Vineyard. Traffic was a pain all day yesterday with highway closures and backups. Google Maps routed us all over the place (what did we ever do before GPS?) but we eventually got to where we wanted to be. Did some wine tasting and then hung out with some glasses of wine just people watching for a while. Definitely entertaining. 

Today the humidity has sky rocketed and the weather has been super unstable with random downpours. Mike got the car serviced and an oil change while I ran some errands and hung out at Starbucks waiting for the car to be ready. Then had lunch at 121 in Oxford and now just hanging out. Not ready for it to be Monday again tomorrow. Ugh. Lots of things coming up at work in the near future, covering for people who will be on vacation. Busy, busy. 

Thursday I had a dentist appointment and as usual that wasn't too enjoyable. Now with my braces they want me to come in for 3-month cleanings instead of every 6 months. Also gave me a prescription for a special toothpaste and urged me yet again to get my wisdom teeth out because they are causing major inflammation and issues with my gums. Oh the joy. I guess I will need to get on with it sooner or later and just get it done. Really don't want to but I don't think it will be avoidable for too much longer. We shall see.

In more fun news on Tuesday we have tickets to see Panic at the Disco at Madison Square Garden in New York so that should be fun. Just need to figure out when we need to leave work and if we will drive where to park. Guess we have tomorrow to figure it out. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Celia/MA. 

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Monday, July 16, 2018

World Cup Weekend

PixlrHot and humid again. Ugh. The beginning part of the week wasn't so bad. It was warm/hot but not really all that humid. But as the week progressed the humidity increased. Supposed to last through at least tomorrow I think when we may get a line of storms that might clear some of it out. I know you're supposed to love summer but with this hot and humid weather combined with all the craziness at work, summer is really not my favorite season. I love fall but what I hate about it is that it always has such a bittersweet feeling to it because it is ultimately followed by winter. And more snow and ice and cold. Ugh. I am all sorts of cheerful this morning it seems. Just not ready yet to face another week I think.

The weekend was pretty good all in all. Saturday we went to the movies and saw "Sorry to Bother You". I honestly don't even have the first idea how to begin to describe that movie. I would recommend going to see it, lot of social commentary, symbolism and whatnot. The NY Times said "If you’re not bothered — also tickled, irked, mystified and provoked — by Sorry to Bother You, then you’ve fallen asleep on the job" After the movies we went for lunch and then in the evening I just vegged out and binge watched a bunch of "Outlander". 

Then yesterday was the World Cup final. The game was on at 11 here on the East Coast and some sports bars opened at 10 so we went to our local bar TKs to hang out and watch the game. I was rooting for Croatia who ultimately didn't win but at least it wasn't a boring game and Croatia did do a good job. Had way too much fattening food (nachos & wings) followed by a small pizza before heading home and catching up on some recorded TV shows. 

Now it's already Monday again and another week ahead. Dentist appointment on Thursday, other than that nothing too crazy going on. This past week on Wednesday we went to Lucas Local and saw our friend John play and on Thursday we went to J. Lawrence where they also happened to have live music. 

My dad was released from the hospital yesterday as well so that's good news. He's back home and needs to schedule some follow up appointments as well as some physical therapy sessions but hopefully all continues well. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Celia/MA. 

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