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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Monday, July 09, 2018

And the humidity finally breaks just in time for the weekend ...

IMG_20180708_190743_235Hot and humid weather pretty much all week. Ugh. It was so, so hot and humid on most days. The worst of it was in the beginning of the week, Sunday IMG_20180708_191007_883and Monday I think. But the rest of the week wasn't a whole lot better. Eventually on Friday a weather system came through that pushed out the humidity. We had some thunderstorms on Wednesday (on the holiday) as well but that didn't seem to change anything. Just made it even more humid after the rain stopped. 

Wednesday (on the 4th) we went to see "Ocean's 8" at the movies which was enjoyable. Have to suspend belief for a bit of course but it was an enjoyable and fun movie. After the theater we headed to Fairfield to have a late lunch at Flipside. Eventually made it back to Danbury and stopped for a couple glasses of wine at Black Angus to escape the heat/humidity for a bit longer. All in all an enjoyable day. Thursday and Friday was crazy busy at work, mainly due to the holiday and also me covering for manager. Couple crazy things popped up as well. Was definitely glad when the weekend rolled around. 

And just in time for the weekend the humidity broke as well. Saturday it was actually almost cool for July. Only in the 70ies. But a really nice change from the crazy heat. Went to the movies again and saw "Jurassic World". Also enjoyable and not nearly as terrible as some of the reviews suggested. After the movies we had lunch and hung out. Then Sunday we decided to take advantage of the nice weather and spent the day outdoors. Checked out the newly opened CT Audubon Society Sanctuary in Sherman, CT (they only had their grand opening on Saturday) Was fun to be outside & to take a look at some of their trails. We will need to go back and try a few more of their other trails some other time. After we were done there we headed to a vineyard in Amenia, NY called Cascade Mountain. Then made another stop at Millbrook Winery. Weather was perfect so it was great to sit outside with a glass of wine overlooking the pond and grapes. After that we were ready for lunch and stopped at Hurricane's in Poughkeepsie before heading home. So a nice weekend all in all.

Now it's Monday again and another week ahead. Also in less fun news my dad has been in the hospital since Tuesday. They are running some tests to see exactly what's wrong and how to best treat him. Hopefully they will be able to get him feeling better in not too long of a time span. Just need to be patient. For now he's in good hands and good care. Will update as we know more. 

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

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Busy Times - Summer in Relo

RelocationLast day of June. I really don't know where the time is going lately. But summer in relocation .. like one of my colleagues and good friends always says "It's like Christmas at Macy's". It's C-R-A-Z-Y. Everyone wants to move while the weather is nice, the kids are out of school, etc. The number of authorizations go way up and the times to get moves booked as well. I did have some success with making some last minute things happen for people lately. And when everything aligns just right I do feel a bit of joy I have to say. Definitely keeps me on my toes. :) 

Not much else going on really. Honestly these past two weeks it's been mostly about work. Not a whole lot going on besides that. Been doing a little bit of reading, watching some movies but that's about it. I guess eventually we will end up with some day trips or weekend trips but summer is just such a busy time it's hard to plan anything. And with school vacations a lot of places are so booked up and crazy expensive and crowded on the summer weekends - really don't even want to go anywhere near them. Bah Humbug. 

Let's see what else? There are a few movies out that I'd like to see. "Ocean's 8" & "Jurassic World" just to name a couple. "Antman and the Wasp" comes out next week as well I believe. And "The Catcher was a Spy" is also out but only in select theaters. The weather is crazy hot this weekend. Today it's 91 (33C) and tomorrow I think it's supposed to go up to 96 (35C). Humid too. Not as humid as I thought it might be but we shall see what tomorrow brings. Definitely too hot for my taste. I hate the ice, cold and snow but I am also not a fan of the heat & humidity. I would be happy with a breezy 70-75 (21-23C) all year round.    

Guess that's about all the excitement on my end for right now. Hopefully next week's post has something more interesting. :)

Letter/Mail Update: All caught up with my mail at the moment :) 

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Low Key Weekend

Scatch_sniffAnd it's Sunday again. I guess I can't complain too much because I had a pretty low key and relaxed weekend. Mike's flying back today so I had the weekend to myself and didn't really do all that much. The weather was cool and damp yesterday. Originally I had thought to maybe walk downtown to the library or go sit outside in a cafe but with the weather being the way it was that wasn't really a good idea. So instead I decided to just hang out at home and turn the day into a move marathon. Watched "The Lake House", "Sweet Home Alabama", "Notting Hill" and "Dirty Dancing". I had no idea how many DVDs I have. When we moved from our old house to the apartment (god 4 yrs ago?) I boxed them all up and haven't really taken a lot of them out. So I was digging through my box to see what I still have. Because I remember selling a lot of them but I guess I do still have a good amount. 

So that was yesterday. Today it was a lot more humid and warmer. I was trying to decide what to do and ended up going to the mall. It seemed like a good idea but holy crap. So many people!! I guess I haven't been there in a while and definitely not on a weekend. Why do people put themselves through this? I am just not a crowd/people person I guess. I had a cheap Dollar Menu lunch at McDonald's and then walked around and grabbed a few things. Got a new wallet at Primark for $5 (I was in desperate need to replace mine), a body spray & lotion for $8 at Bath & Body Works and a dress for $15 at Old Navy. All in all can't complain about the deals. Got a Passion Iced Tea Lemonade at Starbucks before making a beeline for the exit. Probably spent no more than an hour and a half there. But I guess at least it got me out of the house for a bit and I did pick up some good deals. And I did need a new wallet. 

Once home I did a little online shopping and ordered some new address labels from Colorful Images because they had a 99c shipping deal going on. As well as the new Scratch n Sniff stamps. They look way too cute and the scratch and sniff thing seems fun. Ordered a few other ones as well so I should be set with stamps for a bit again. Now I am just puttering around the web. Will write a letter in a bit and maybe do some reading. I also have plenty of movies I could still watch. Well I'll see what I feel like doing in a bit. And tomorrow it's Monday again. Ugh. 

Letter/Mail Update: A letter should be going out tomorrow to: Lotte/Denmark. (as long as I don't use my energy and don't write it after this post *g*)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Busy Times

IMG_20180618_110708_830I am really bad at keeping up lately it seems like. Already a week and a half gone by. I really don't even know where the time is going as of late. Crazy, crazy. I guess work is just really busy which makes the days blend into each other. 

Plus we had a busy weekend. Saturday we went to the movies and saw "Hearts Beat Loud" at the Bethel Theater. An indie movie for sure. Very enjoyable and I'd definitely recommend it. The music was really good as well. And if you like Nick Offerman well just go see it already. :) After the movies we went to lunch and then later I relaxed at home for a bit and spent the evening reading. 

Sunday we made our way up to Syracuse, NY since we had tickets to see Paramore. Syracuse is really nothing to write home about. Let's just leave it at that. The show was great and Paramore put on a great performance as well as Foster The People who opened for them. The venue (an amphitheater) was nice too. The weather was hot (90ies and humid) but at least it didn't rain. And once the sun went down it wasn't so bad all in all. Anyway, so while the venue was nice the whole experience felt super disorganized. I guess they only opened the venue this season and the whole parking lot area was under construction. There was no clear direction of where to go, where to drop off or pick up people etc. Such a mess. 

We ended up back in the hotel at 1am and had to get up a bit after 7 so we could head to work. The 4 hour drive turned into more of a 5 hour drive as well since we hit traffic. Fun. And of course taking 1/2 the day off on Monday sounded like a good idea but of course put me way behind on everything for the whole week. Or at least that's what it feels like. 

Anyway, I guess that's enough bitching for right now. :) Mike's been away on a business trip since Tuesday as well so I haven't had much to focus on besides work. I will make myself some more tea now or hell, I might have a glass of wine to decompress a bit. Why not? :)  

Letter/Mail Update: A letter is going out tomorrow to: Tiffany/Oklahoma. Received letters from/owe replies to: Lotte/Denmark. 

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Tony's, Robin's Bachelor Party & some sad news

FB_IMG_1528657377417Yikes. I just realized it's been two weeks since I posted. Not sure how that happened. 

It's been busy, busy I suppose. Work has slipped right into the busy summer season even though it's not technically even summer yet. But that doesn't seem to mean much workwise. We are in full swing of things. Already booking moves into early July and humming along. Definitely no boring moments there. 

I also started mentoring a new employee as of last week. Crazy to think I am at that point but I guess I have been at my job for a year and a half (2 yrs in November) Time flies. So between mentoring/training/teaching and the busy summer caseload the days have just been flying by. 

Last weekend, let's see, what did we do last weekend? Oh I think we saw "Solo". Or was that the week before? Everything blends into each other. Oh yes Sunday we went to a wine bar in Sandy Hook, CT that we hadn't been to. For brunch. Was pretty neat. 

This weekend Mike went to the city Saturday for our friend Robin's bachelor party. They went to some breweries and then to the Mets-Yankees baseball game. Sounds like everyone had fun, especially the groom to be. So mission accomplished :)

Today Mike and I are just having lunch at 121 in Oxford. And later we are going to watch the Tony Awards on TV. Cheese + crackers, some wine. Should be good. 

In not so good news I received a sad phone call yesterday telling me that my uncle passed away unexpectedly overnight. I am very sorry and heartbroken for my aunt. I can't really even begin to imagine. It's been a long time since I have seen him but it's still sad nonetheless. 

Letter/Mail Update: A letter is going out tomorrow to: Carmen/Malta. Received letters from/owe replies to: Tiffany/OK. 

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend

IMG_20180528_140451_782And here we are. Long weekend already gone and over again. Why does time fly by so fast? Oh well. Had a nice 3-day weekend though so no complaints Pixlr (1) there. Well the weather could have been a bit nicer but oh well what can you do? Saturday we were close to 90F (32C) with a pretty high humidity. We went wine tasting at Brotherhood Winery and then had lunch outside at Captain Jake's in Newburgh. It's on the riverfront overlooking the Hudson River. You sit in the shade so it was bearable to be outside. Still very humid though. We made the best of it and had a yummy seafood lunch. Later in the evening I did some reading while Mike caught up with some friends at Two Steps. 

Sunday the weather was the total opposite. Dreary, rainy, cool and just barely 60F (15C) as the high. So we decided to go to the movies and saw "Solo", the new Star Wars movie. Was an enjoyable and funny movie. I am not usually a huge Star Wars fan but it was a good movie. After the movies we had lunch at 121 in Oxford and then stopped at Rizzuto's to meet up with John & Jana for a bit. So that brings us to Monday. The weather was a bit better on Monday, at least no rain. Temps were supposed to get up to 70F (21C) but I am not sure if they really did. It was overcast and a little damp but we made the best of it and went for a short walk through the trails at the Audubon Society in Fairfield. Everything was super green and super lush, a bit damp but cool and nice in its own way. Had fun walking around for a bit and then went to lunch at Flipside in Fairfield. Later we stopped at Terra at Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury to check it out. It's pretty close to home and we've been meaning to go since they opened but just never did. Had a good time hanging out for a while. Good Happy Hour too. Then caught up on a few shows on the DVR when we got home. 

And well here we are, now it's Tuesday morning and back to reality and work. Ugh. Not sure I am ready for it. I will sip my tea for a bit longer before I have to leave for work. Our cat Mindy has decided to go sit on my lap which is not very motivating either. Guess I will get through it somehow. We will see what the week brings. I am sure it will be busy, no doubt. Now that Memorial Day is over we have officially entered the crazy period at work. :) 

Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Tiffany/OK. 

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