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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Monday, May 21, 2018

Crazy Weather Week

IMG_20180515_133435_478What a crazy week weather-wise. Lots of ups and down in temperatures, a crazy storm and more. Tuesday I had the day off for my orthodontist appointment (was getting the bottom part of my braces put on) and most of the day was actually really nice weather wise. I was done with my appointment around 11.30 and walked to the library to get a few books. Then continued my walk around downtown and decided to have lunch at Pour Me. They have a small patio outside and it was the perfect day for it. Temps were in the 80ies (27C) and it was a great day to sit outside in the shade. Had a delicious salad and some nice strawberry iced tea. After that I walked back and treated myself to an iced caramel macchiato at Barrister's (the coffee shop that opened early in the year) So a really nice afternoon all in all. When I went home I started on some letters. Then around 4.30 is when things went sideways. There were warnings popping up about severe thunderstorms. I didn't think too much of it at the time. Well close to 5 it got really dark and then the sky just opened up. It poured so hard I couldn't see the street, hail, wind, ... All of our windows were rattling and the neighbor's tree next door was bending in all sorts of directions (especially towards our bedroom window) Oh and let's not forget just a few minutes earlier a tornado warning came through on my phone as an emergency alert. It all passed relatively quickly (about 10-15 min.) but holy crap. 

But honestly we were pretty lucky in our area. There was one tree down at the end of our street but all in all nothing bad. Large parts of the city and surrounding towns lost power. So many trees down and such destruction. When I looked at the pictures people were posting the next day. Crazy. Certain neighborhoods looked like war zones. The cleanup is going to take quite a while. They were saying that the destruction was maybe even higher than Hurricane Sandy which did quite a bit of damage in our area some years ago. Anyway, definitely a few crazy days. 

The weather has been very up and down since then. Over the weekend for example on Saturday it was only in the 50ies (10C) with steady rain. Brrr. But Sunday it was humid and in the mid 70ies (24C) Today it is also supposed to be in the 70ies but tomorrow back down to only 60ies (15C) and rain again. Really just very unstable weather. We will see what next weekend brings. It is still a bit too early to tell. We have a holiday weekend next weekend with Memorial Day so 3 days off. Would be nice to have some decent weather on at least one of the days. Originally we had planned to go to some minor league baseball games on that weekend but we will need to see how it pans out with the weather I think. 

This weekend we didn't get to really do anything outside as Saturday was just cold and rainy and miserable. We went to the movies instead and saw "Deadpool". Sunday the weather was nicer but it was very unstable. Sudden downpours, then sunny again, then another downpour a few hours later. Just not very good weather to be planning a longer walk/hike because you never know when it's going to start raining again. We went to Naugatuck to check out a place for brunch (66 Church) which turned out to be pretty decent. We will need to go back again some other time. 

Letter/Mail Update: Letters went out this week to: Celia/MA, Eunice/Malta and Lotte/Denmark. Received letters from/owe replies to: Tiffany/OK. 

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Eurovision + Mother's Day

IMG_20180512_202043_200And it's already Monday again, a whole week since my flight back to the US from Vienna to JFK last Monday. Where does the time go? The flight back IMG_20180513_140936_193was relatively uneventful. Some turbulence but nothing too crazy. Immigration took forever but all my luggage arrived safely (nothing broke, spilled, leaked etc -- so that is always a success) Work has been busy since I got back. Pretty much a combination of trying to catch up from being away as well as just the busier summer months looming just around the corner. You can definitely feel the "summer craziness" as we head towards Memorial Day (end of this month) - the unofficial start of summer in the US. 

This past weekend on Saturday we went to the movies in the morning to see the new Avengers Infinity War movie. I wasn't so sure at first if I liked it (to be fair I am not usually a big super hero fan to begin with) but having let some days pass and looking back at it I did kind of like it. I guess I am curious to see where it all leads in the next installment. After the movies I headed home to watch the Eurovision Song Contest. Not something that is really popular here in the US but something I grew up with in Europe so it is sort of a nostalgic thing. It started at 3pm here (9pm in Europe) so I spent the afternoon watching it. Austria took third place which was very surprising but in a good way of course. Israel won, Cyprus took 2nd and Germany was 4th (also surprising as Germany hasn't done very well in recent years) After Eurovision I puttered around for a bit, straightened out some stuff and then read some more of my latest Teashop Mystery book (finished it Sunday morning)

Sunday we slept in (the weather really was not very nice) and then headed to lunch at Rosy's. It was pretty busy there due to Mother's Day (happy belated Mother's Day to all the moms out there and most of all mine of course) After lunch we headed back home and caught up on some recorded shows. Got a bit behind since I haven't been around for two weekends so we had a lot to catch up on. A lot of the season finales are coming up now so at least we will be able to catch up with some stuff over the coming weeks/months before the new seasons start in the fall. 

Letter/Mail Update: Letters went out last Tuesday to: Nina/WA and Kimber/Canada. Received letters from/owe replies to: Celia/MA, Eunice/Malta, Lotte/Denmark and Tiffany/OK. 

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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Goodbye Europe ... until we meet again

ViennaAnd here we are. It's my last night in Europe. My flight leaves tomorrow at 10.40 from StpoeltenVienna. Catching the train from St. Poelten at 6.32 so I need to get up at 5. Not particular fun but hey it is what it is, right?  HairFriday I had my hair appointment and spent a good amount of that day at the hairdresser. But hey I am not complaining. It gave me a chance to read some more chapters of my book (reading the latest Laura Childs Tea Shop Mystery book) and the end result turned out beautiful as always. There is a reason that I end up only getting my hair colored here at my hairdresser in Austria who I trust explicitly. She takes care of my fragile hair and the colors always turn out beautiful and last for ages. The best of all words really. 

Saturday I went into Vienna and the day just flew by. Managed to stop at the post office to mail a few things and met up with four friends that day, three in Vienna (Johannes, Lydia & Claudia) as well as one in St. Poelten (Anneliese) Was great seeing everybody and catching up. The weather was pretty decent as well and cleared up as the day went on as well. Walked around a lot, had some delicious food and drinks, and just fun hanging out with friends. 

Today, Sunday, I spent most of the morning packing up everything. Always a bit of a challenge when there are a lot of souvenirs coming home. But my mom helped with bubble wrapping all the more fragile things (like bottles of wine, olive oil, etc.) and hopefully everything will work out ok. For lunch we ordered from an Italian place in the next town over. Had some pizza delivered as well as some delicious pork cutlets wrapped in ham and cheese in a white wine sauce with rice. Yum. 

Then later in the afternoon my aunt stopped by and we took advantage of the nice weather and sat outside in the garden for a while. Afterwards I went to see my great uncle (he's almost 94) Always nice to see him. When I got back I watched some TV with my mom. We found a nice TV movie to watch. And well now it's time for bed since I need to get up at 5am. 

So my next post will be back from the US, most likely next weekend. Hopefully by then I will have shaken most of the jetlag. Always the most dreaded part. At least getting up in the morning and going to work is not bad but once the afternoon hits I am more or less done. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Celia/MA, Eunice/Malta, Lotte/Denmark, Nina/WA, Kimber/Canada and Tiffany/OK. 

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