Sunday, February 18, 2018

Valentine's, Mike's Birthday & snow/weird weather

PixlrSuch weird weather lately.  Saturday into Sunday we had 6 inches (15cm) of snow and Wednesday it's supposed to be almost 70F (21C) That is not normal for February at all . I am definitely over winter and ready for spring and consistent warmer temps. Over the snow. I know it's only February but yeah.

This week was Valentine's Day. We didn't go crazy over it. Just had a nice dinner at Rizzuto's and our friends John & Jana stopped by and joined us. 

Saturday we went to the movies and saw "The Greatest Showman". The music and production was really good,  the plot a bit flat. But I still enjoyed it overall.  Then we had lunch in Oxford and I spent the snowy evening catching up on some letters and reading. 

Today is Mike's birthday.  We slept in for a bit. Then lunch at Flipside and we are meeting some friends at Rizzuto's for dinner for Mike's birthday.  Should be fun.  I got him tickets for Kevin Hart's standup show in March. That should be fun.  

Letter/Mail Update: Letters are going out on Tuesday (Monday is a mail holiday) to: Eunice and Carmen/Malta and Laura/Spain. Received a letter/owe a reply to: Kimber/Canada, Lotte/Denmark and Nina/WA.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Anniversary Weekend

26872553_1566093346778459_7949125102069612544_n17 years ... it's really crazy to me to think about the fact that I have now been married for 17 years and 1 day. Where did all this time go? It's so weird. 26868887_101001854053586_6974658831481569280_nIt makes me feel truly old. I mean to be fair I was only 21 when we got married (you do the math where that puts me today) but still. Well, I guess time flies when you're having fun right? We've had our ups and downs but then what relationship doesn't to some degree? But all in all it's been pretty smooth sailing when I look at some other people's relationships. Definitely something to be thankful for. :) 

Our anniversary weekend has been very nice so far. Yesterday, Saturday, we went out to the east side of Connecticut to Clinton to have lunch at the bistro at Chamard Vineyard. Always enjoy going there. It was a super dreary day but it was fun nonetheless. The food was super delicious as always. We hung out for a while, snacking and drinking wine. Afterwards we decided to put in one more stop at another winery that I had been wanting to check out. So we drove to North Stonington (pretty much as far as you can go before hitting the Rhode Island border) for a wine tasting at Jonathan Edwards Winery. Definitely a neat place and we will need to go back when the weather is nicer. Seems like a good place to sit outside when the weather is warmer. Soon after we were done there the rain started and we had to make our 2 hour drive back in the rain. Not very enjoyable but other than that it was a nice day. Stopped at Rizzuto's when we got back and finished out the night there.

Today we slept in late which was nice and now are going to have lunch at 121 in Oxford. Then going to start catching up on some of our recorded shows. Managed to get a bit behind again so we'll try and catch up a little. And then tomorrow is already Monday again. Wednesday is Valentine's Day. No huge plans. Just going to hang out at Rizzuto's I think. And next week Sunday is Mike's birthday. No real plans for that yet either. He's not a huge birthday person so we'll see. 

Last week Wednesday was our Circle of Excellence dinner at work. I finished off the year at 95.51% with 212 surveys completed. The weather was a bit iffy but luckily not too bad. And the dinner was delicious (it was held at a local steak house). Fun break in the middle of the week. Let's see what else? Oh we booked a 2 night stay in Portland, Maine for Easter weekend so that should be fun. And I also booked flights to Europe to see my parents. Flying to Trieste, Italy on April 25 and will then spend some time in Piran, Slovenia with my parents before heading back to Austria, spending a few days there and flying back from Vienna on May 7th. 

Letter/Mail Update: A letter is going out to: Received a letter/owe a reply to: Laura/Spain, Eunice/Malta, Kimber/Canada and Carmen/Malta. 

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Monday, February 05, 2018

And it's February ...

Hello-february-months-month-february-february-quotes-hello-february-QiRyoy-clipart3And somehow it's February already. This year is starting to fly by already. Well, at least I am feeling better so that's something. Still not a 100% but I am definitely feeling much better than a week ago. Colds and the flu definitely seems to be going around. A bunch of people sneezing, coughing, out sick, etc. Well I hope I don't catch anything else any time soon. Fingers crossed. 

Not too much else new I suppose. This past week went by relatively quick without too much to report. On Saturday we went to the movies to see "Molly's Game" which was very good. Went to a theater in Torrington (about 55 min away) because the theater near us was only playing it late in the day and we wanted to see an earlier show. Afterwards we had lunch and in the evening I finally took the tree down. Yeah, yeah, I know. I had meant to do it much earlier and then last weekend with being sick it got postponed by another week. But it's finally done now. Tree is down and back in the attic for another year. 

Sunday we went to the movies again to see "I, Tonya" Really enjoyed that as well. It's interesting to learn more about that whole story and get some more background info. Of course it's not all true but it's still interesting seeing a movie based on a true story and getting more of an idea about certain things. Went to see that at the theater in the Waterbury mall (same reason again, not playing at a convenient time at our local theater) and then had lunch at 121 in Oxford. Later at night we met up with John & Jana and their friend Nathan for a celebration dinner for Jana's promotion at work. It coincided with the Super Bowl but I am not a football fan and Mike didn't have a huge interest in this year's game either so it was fine. Plus they actually had a TV right above our table so we were able to look up and check the score etc. We also recorded it so if there's anything super exciting we want to go back to we can do that. 

Well, now it's Monday and another week upon us. A lot of meetings this week. Also have another orthodontist appointment on Wednesday. And Wednesday night we have our "Circle of Excellence" dinner at work. Of course Wednesday is also the day where they are forecasting snow. Ugh. I am so over winter and over snow. Let's hope the weather doesn't turn out too bad on Wednesday. The unstable weather is partly why we haven't planned any trips. Originally I had thought of taking a day or two off either this week or next week (our wedding anniversary is Feb. 10 and Mike's birthday is Feb. 18) but the weather has just been so unstable this winter we decided it might not be a good idea. So we will postpone it into March. Hopefully by then the weather will be a bit more stable again. 

Letter/Mail Update: A letter is going out to: Received a letter/owe a reply to: Eunice/Malta, Kimber/Canada and Carmen/Malta. 

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Ah-choo ... laying low

PixlrUgh. The first part of this week passed by rather uneventful. Then on Wednesday I started to get a tickle in the back of my throat and was hoping that it wouldn't turn into more. Well Thursday it turned into a bad sore throat and a bit of a cough. Had a fever Thursday night and took some Nyquil, went to bed early and thought I had mostly slept it off. Luckily Friday I was working from home so that helped but I felt mostly ok. A bit sluggish but I thought I was over it. 

Saturday morning we had our vet appointment with Mindy. Getting her into the carrier is always a challenge to say the least. We were able to manage though and the appointment passed without too much of an issue. She has gained 3/4 of a pound. Guess I am not surprised. She is a massive cat and would love to eat just about anything in sight if you'd let her. So they said in order to avoid having her get diabetes we should consider putting her on some diet food. They gave me some samples and big surprise she's really not crazy about the food. Well, we will see what happens. I am also going to make sure she is not around any open food sources and restrict her intake more so hopefully doing all that will help. 

After the vet Mike and I went out to lunch and throughout lunch I started feeling kind of off again. Spent the late afternoon and evening at home sneezing and sneezing and sneezing. Pretty sure I developed a low grade fever again too. So more Nyquil. This morning I was feeling ok-ish. Really wanted to go see the movie "The Post" so we went to see that. After that I came back home and been mainly spending my day drinking tea, reading an Agatha Christie book and just vegging out. I really hope I feel better by tomorrow. Ugh. 

So yeah that's about all the news here from my end. Just feeling sorry for myself. I would love to watch "The Grammy's" later tonight but not sure how late I will be able to stay up. May just end up in bed with more Nyquil again. Ugh. 

Letter/Mail Update: A letter is going out to: Tiffany/OK and Celia/MA. Received a letter/owe a reply to: Eunice/Malta, Kimber/Canada and Carmen/Malta. 

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Chevy Cruze & Book Launch

IMG_20180120_182320_552Happy Sunday everyone. This weekend is flying by way too fast and I am definitely not ready for Monday just yet but I guess luckily I still have the IMG_20180120_182559_748afternoon before the new work week starts again tomorrow. 

This past week was pretty busy in the sense that I had a couple of appointments (a dentist and doctor's appointment - for check ups) so that always means needing to fit everything in at work to be able to leave earlier and then catch up afterwards. At the dentist I was also told I have a small cavity so I'll need to go back in a few weeks. Ugh. I guess it's been a little while since I have had one. I also need to get my wisdom teeth out. I will try and get that done in the spring maybe. Preferably before the busy summer season at work and also in enough time to not interfere with my May Europe trip (still need to figure out all the details but I am supposed to go join my parents in Croatia again - still need to look at flights and figure out the exact timeline) So maybe I will aim for March, we'll see. 

Yesterday, Saturday, we had an appointment at a Chevy car dealership in East Hartford. We spent over 4 hours there (just took so freaking long) but at least we are now the proud owners of a 2017 Chevy Cruze LT. The car has about 6000 miles and we got a decent monthly rate so really can't complain. Just took forever. And we were also in a bit of a hurry because my friend's book launch was set for 5pm in Scaresdale, NY (about 2 hours away from East Hartford) We managed to wrap up at the dealership and drive to the Barnes and Noble and I got there with literally a few minutes to spare.  I am glad that I was able to make it and get there in time for her speaking/reading. Really nice event. Afterwards we drove back to Danbury (about 1 hr) and had a late dinner. After that I was pretty much done, long day.

So today we slept in a bit. Going to head to lunch in a little bit and I assume we will catch up on some TV shows later. Then I'll see what next week brings. On Friday I have an orthodontist appointment to get my braces checked. It's been a little over a month since I first got them put on. 

Letter/Mail Update: A letter is going out to: Eloine/NY. Received a letter/owe a reply to: Eunice/Malta, Celia/MA, Kimber/Canada and Tiffany/OK. 

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Monday, January 15, 2018

January Musings

Pixlr (11)And another Monday upon us. Ugh. The weekends always fly by way too fast. And it's cold again. Brrrr. Ugh. Last week felt like a long week at work. I guess it was the first full 5 day week after all the holiday days off plus I was covering someone for a few days so it just felt like a long week. I was very excited when Friday rolled around but somehow the weekend flew by super fast. We didn't even really do anything much. Saturday we went to the movies and finally saw "Star Wars". We are not big fans of seeing these types of movies in a super crowded movie theater so we always wait a few weeks. Even then, on a Saturday at a 11am showing there were still a decent amount of people in the theater. I guess it's the type of movie that people go and see multiple times, which is why it plays for so long. Anyway, I enjoyed it. I am not a crazy Star Wars person but I did enjoy the movie. Afterwards we went for lunch and in the evening I just hung out at home. 

My Saturday evening was super lazy really. I re-watched the "Print Shop" episode of Outlander while drinking tea. My niece went to a Latin American deli/restaurant and picked up some food because her and her boyfriend were staying over so I had some food. Trying to be better with my eating in the new year because I do want to lose some weight but it's just hard. Ugh. lol. Anyway after I was done with my Outlander episode I just vegged out on the couch curled up under my blanket, surfing the web. 

Sunday we slept in and I also managed to de-clutter a little bit. Brought some of the seasonal stuff up into the attic. The tree is still up. I know it needs to be taken down, just haven't had the energy. My ankle is still bothering me at times, especially when I walk up and down stairs so trekking up into the attic especially when it's this cold out is not that fun. Although I am happy to report when I brought up some of the other seasonal stuff on Sunday my ankle was bothering me far less on the stairs than it had some weeks ago so I suppose that's good news. Also vacuumed the bedroom (it really needed it) and felt semi productive after all that. 

Later on we had lunch at a Mexican restaurant and then later caught up on our recorded shows. We are actually caught up on them which is pretty good. Well we still haven't watched 'Stranger Things" (season 2 I mean) but we are caught up on all the other normal network stuff. So hey, that's something. Anyway now it's Monday. I have a dentist appointment at 4pm today. (originally it was scheduled for a week and a half ago when we had the snow storm but I re-scheduled) It's just a cleaning but it will be my first cleaning with the braces on. Well I guess we will see how it goes. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter/owe a reply to: Kimber/Canada and Tiffany/OK. 

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Happy 2018

Pixlr (10)Happy 2018. And we are already 8 days into the new year. Time seems to continue to fly. Last week at work was somewhat a mixed bag. There were some days that were relatively calm and some that were absolutely nuts. We will see what this week brings. I have been glancing at my email and have seen a few things blow up, a few things I mended to at least keep until today and a few that need asap attention when I get into the office. Well, I guess I won't be bored today. 

The weather has been absolutely super cold this past week. Brrrr. We have had no highs above freezing and with the windchill the temps were just crazy low. I think we are finally in an up swing again. We also had snow last week on Thursday which wasn't fun. Got maybe 10 inches or snow, maybe a bit more. But because of the winds it was just blowing everywhere and we had super high snow drifts in some areas. I was able to work from home at least on Thursday so that was good. Just over the cold, the snow and winter in general. But it's only January 8th so we still have some ways to go before spring. Ugh. I am over it. 

Let's see what else. Our North Fork weekend was really nice over New Year's. On the 1st we slept in, had breakfast at a diner and then headed back to CT where we had dinner at a Mexican place. Nice, relaxed New Year's Day. 

No vacations, trips or days off on the horizon. Trying to see if we can figure out a long weekend for February maybe. Well, we will see. All depends on what both Mike and I can do with vacation days etc. We will see. It's something to potentially hold on to and look forward to at least I guess. Really dreary outside this morning and I would really prefer to just crawl back into bed and curl up under the covers. I guess that's not an option so I'll try and muster up some energy to face the Monday ahead. Full steam ahead. :) 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter/owe a reply to: Kimber/Canada and Tiffany/OK. A letter is going out to Nina/WA today. 

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year's

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Happy New Year's everyone. :) We are on the North Fork of Long Island enjoying ourselves. We have been out here quite a few times but never quite this late in the season so it's a bit different of an experience.

Yesterday it snowed when we drove out here on the 30th and that was quite annoying. The weather forecast was all over the place and it really wasn't supposed to snow,  at least not in the morning.  Well sure enough things turned out differently so we had to drive out to Long Island in the snow.  And then also make our way to lunch at Greenport Brewery in the snow.  Managed to stop at two wineries (Pinard & Lenz) on the way back and then had dinner at the bistro at the Indigo Hotel before turning in for the night.  

Today we had breakfast at the Airbnb. They gave us honey and fig jelly from their honey bees and fig trees.  And bagels.  Yum. After breakfast we made our way back East for more wine tasting. We stopped at a couple vineyards and then we had lunch at Sparkling Pointe. What a neat place.  They only have sparkling wine but they also had a lot of neat food options. So we had camembert, cheddar, caviar and hot soppressata. Very delicious.  

Stopped at a few more vineyards on the way back and hung out for a while before heading back to the AirBNB. Stopped there for a second before heading back out to dinner at Pure North Fork Craft Kitchen. Apparently this place is at a golf course but it has good reviews and seems pretty neat. Food was yummy too. 

When we are done here we will head back to the Airbnb and catch some of the Times Square coverage on TV. I am not sure if I will actually make it to midnight. But we shall see. :) Anyway Happy New Years everyone!!!

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter/owe a reply to: Nina/WA and Tiffany/OK. 

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Post

Pixlr (9)Merry Christmas everyone. :) Well I hope everyone had a nice holiday. I know in Europe today is also a holiday which I always found kind of nice, recuperating from all the holiday stuff, getting an extra day to just sleep and veg out. Oh well. It's back to work for me today but I am definitely dragging. Hopefully I'll perk up a little once I get there. A lot of people are off this week so the office should be quiet in some ways but also quite hectic in others as people are covering for the people who are off. Well, we shall see what happens. Either way it was nice to have my four day weekend even though it went by too quick. 

Friday I was home since Mike still had to work. I took care of some more wrapping and last minute prep, put on the winter bedset, wrote a letter, mostly a relaxing day. Then Saturday we slept in and went to the movies to see "Pitch Perfect 3". Good ending and nicely wrapped up storyline and everything actually came together pretty well. I wasn't too sure from the trailers but was happily surprised. Had lunch after the movies and in the evening I just vegged out on the couch with a big mug of tea and watched a Christmas movie (well not technically a Christmas movie but a movie themed around Christmas - "The Family Stone")

Sunday, Christmas Eve, we slept in and went to the movies again (pretty much the theme for the holiday weekend for us) Saw "The Shape of Water" and that was really amazing. Weirdly beautiful and just a neat, unique movie. Hung out at Rizzuto's for a bit before heading home and having food at home. Had some veggies & dip, shrimp cocktail, cheese & crackers. And caught up on some recorded shows. 

And yesterday, Christmas Day, was sort of a repeat of all that. In the morning we opened our gifts with Mike's sister, niece and nephew. We didn't go crazy with the gifts this year but everything I got was very nice and we had a nice relaxing morning. Then headed to the movies again, this time to see "Downsizing". It was a bit slow but definitely unique and different. Afterwards we stopped at Bambu before heading home and having more of our food at home. Some more recorded shows (we are actually pretty caught up now - the only thing we still haven't gotten to is "Stranger Things") before eventually heading to bed. 

And now here we are Tuesday morning and back to work. Oh, it also snowed unexpectedly Christmas Eve into Christmas Day so we woke up to a snowy Christmas morning. I am really not big into the snow as it causes way too many headaches and I am also paranoid/terrified of our driveway when there is snow and ice but I do have to say that it looked pretty at least for a little bit. It's going to be bitter cold for the next few days, definitely not looking forward to that. I am already looking forward to spring. :)  

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter/owe a reply to: Nina/WA and Tiffany/OK. Letters have gone out or are going out today to: Celia/MA and Lotte/Denmark. 

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Almost Christmas

IMG_20171215_162111_257How is it already December 20th? Christmas is 5 days away, Christmas Eve 4 days. The holidays truly snuck up on me this year. I think everything threw me a bit off balance with going away for a full week over Thanksgiving. Then as soon as we got back things started getting wonky with Bailey so I wasn't doing much holiday prep. And well now it's a few days away. Crazy. 

Well I am slowly getting there. We do have a decorated tree, cookies were baked, I even received a traditional Vienna Sacher Torte delivered straight from Vienna. Thanks Mom & Dad. It is the traditional Sacher Torte (a chocolate cake layered with apricot jam) from Hotel Sacher in Vienna. And to add to the bounty of sweets it looks like I am also getting an Imperial Torte delivered today. It's a competing delicious cake from the Hotel Imperial in Vienna. The company I used to work for in Vienna used to ship those all around the world and my old manager from there still sends me cake every so often. Can't argue with that. :) Well the diet in January is definitely going to be necessary but for now let's enjoy all the delicious sweets. 

Last week on Friday I had the day off to get my braces. All in all it wasn't such a bad appointment but it is definitely getting some used to having the braces on. And right now I only have the top half done too. Going to get the bottom half eventually. Well oh well. I guess it is what it is. Just need to get used to it and the 2 years will go by somehow. 

Work's been surprisingly busy. Not crazy busy but also not dead slow. I guess because people still want to get things done before the holidays. Not sure what next week will bring as a lot of people are off and out of the office. But hopefully it will also be a quieter. We are closed on Friday this week (22nd) as Christmas Eve is falling on a Sunday. Also closed Monday (25th) Christmas Day. Then open Tues, Wed and Thur and half a day on Friday (29th). We normally close for 1/2 a day on New Year's Eve but since that also falls on a Sunday we get 1/2 the day on the 29th. 

Mike and I also eventually decided that we are going away over New Year's. We are not going as far as Nantucket but we booked an AirBnB on the North Fork of Long Island. Always a neat area, wine tasting, farm shops etc. It will be a quieter period out there with plenty of places closed for the winter season but I think the ones that are open will see a decent business over New Year's weekend. Either way we'll have fun and enjoy a quiet weekend away. 

No real plans for Christmas. We'll open our gifts with Mike's sister, niece and nephew (I am still not done shopping --- yikes) and probably go to the movies a couple of times. Guess we have a few days to figure it all out. We will probably want to have some food at home on the 25th too so we probably should stop at a store to get some veggies & dip, some shrimp cocktail maybe. Cheese, crackers. Well that's my plan for right now anyway. We'll see how it goes. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter/owe a reply to: Celia/MA, Lotte/Denmark and Nina/WA. 

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