Sunday, July 24, 2016
Broadway NYC Weekend
Had a nice weekend nonetheless. Yesterday, Saturday, we had tickets to see "An Act of God" on Broadway. Took the train into NYC and walked from Grand Central to Times Square. Had a drink at a pub before heading to the theater. The show was really good and a lot of fun. Sean Hayes did really well.
After the show we went to dinner at Osteria al Dodge. We've been going there for 16 years and it's always great to be back. Super yummy food and just a great place considering it's right in midtown and tourist central. Had lasagna which is my go to dish there (honestly BEST lasagna EVER!!!) and Mike got the spinach ravioli with a butter sage sauce, his favorite there. Yum.
After dinner we walked back to Grand Central and took the train back and met up with a few friends locally at Two Steps in Danbury.
Today we went to the movies to see "The Secret Life of Pets" which was pretty funny and adorable. They did well with the personalities of the various animals.
Letter/Mail Update: No outstanding mail at the moment :)
Friday, July 22, 2016
Sadie & ugh this heat
Tuesday we had a vet appointment with our cat Sadie. She was doing fine for the most part, eating, playing, acting as she normally does but she was having this weird cough on and off. I wasn't sure what was causing it so after about a week and a half of her doing that I decided that we should take her to the vet to get things checked out.
Sadie is a sweetheart but to say that she's neurotic on a good day is an understatement so you can only imagine that the trip to the vet was not any fun. I lucked out getting her into the carrier as she was sleepy so I was able to grab her relatively easy. Once she realized that she was trapped she was NOT happy though. She normally doesn't talk/meow very much or very loudly but oh my god the volume she developed was ear piercing. She was bouncing around in the carrier like a tasmanian devil trying to get out. I felt really bad.
Well to make a long story short, we got her to the vet, they checked her out, took x-rays and determined that she had a bit of a respiratory infection so they gave her a shot of antibiotics. She also has mild asthma so they gave her a steroid shot that's long-lasting so she should be ok for some time. If she starts coughing again then we will take her back to the vet and she will get another shot but hopefully that won't be needed for at least a few months.
In other news ... ugh it's so freaking hot. The weather was pretty decent and actually really nice on Tuesday and Wednesday. But yesterday it started getting really hot again. Today it's hot and humid and tomorrow is supposed to be even worse.
We have tickets to see "An Act of God" on Broadway tomorrow. Looking forward to it but not looking forward to being in the city when it's that hot and disgusting out. At least we won't be outside very much, just walking in between Grand Central, the theater and the restaurant for dinner afterwards. So all in all it should be fun of course. :)
Letter/Mail Update: No outstanding mail at the moment :)
Monday, July 18, 2016
Hot weather, new TV & trip planning
And here we are, week one of being at home is done and over with. Spent a good amount of time playing around with my resume, looking at various job openings and reading up on things on different job search websites. There are so many websites out there geared towards job search. Mainly trying to figure out exactly what sort of job I am looking for versus what is out there in openings.
Besides that I did some things around the apartment, cleaned and vacuumed and straightened out a few things. It doesn't help that it's so freaking hot. Ugh. Went for a walk most mornings except Friday when it was just too hot. Didn't go today either because it was already in the 80ies at 9am. It's supposed to be better tomorrow so I will make sure to go for my walk tomorrow.
Also been catching up on my reading. Finished "Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and now am already halfway through "The Ashford Affair" by Lauren Willig. Have another Agatha Christie book to read when I am done. Yay for free library books. And the library is also within walking distance of where we live so that's convenient.
In other fun news we took advantage of the Amazon Prime Day deals last week and bought a new TV. The one we had was small and we had talked about replacing it for a while but just never did. Glad we waited because we ended up getting an awesome deal. Only $299 for a 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV. So cool. We used to have a big screen TV but it was a projection TV and really heavy so when we moved from the house to the apartment a year and a half ago we decided to leave it behind and ended up using the smaller TV we had in the bedroom as our main TV. Nice to have a big TV again. :)
And in more fun news, we booked a one-week vacation to the Northwest for early August. We decided it would be nice to go on a trip because who knows when we will be able to take a real vacation again once we find and start new jobs. So it will be nice to get away for a week. Flying to Seattle and spending 3 nights there, then 2 nights in Portland/Oregon and another 2 nights along the Oregon coast. Really looking forward to it!
Had a nice weekend despite the heat and enjoyed some time on the patio at Rosy Tomorrow's and The Foundry. Delicious seafood fest at Rosy's and yummy deviled eggs at the Foundry as a snack, with some nice Gruener Veltliner wine. Relaxing Sunday.
Letter/Mail Update: Mailed a letter on Thursday to: Emilia/Finland.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Work News and other stuff
Monday was the 4th of July and we were at work but got out around noon. Afterwards we checked out a winery not far from the office in Newburgh (Glorie Wines) for some wine tasting and then had lunch near the water at the River Station Restaurant. Had a nice afternoon.
Tuesday we went into the office as normal but things went sideways from there. I haven't really written much about what's been going on at work. I think I did write that our company was recently (early May) taken over by another bigger company. Everything was fine at first but let's just say it started to become clear relatively quickly that our future there might not be so bright.
Well to cut a long story short. The office/branch where Mike and I work is being closed down and we were laid off. I finished out the week working for my old boss to tie up some loose ends. And Mike is doing the same until the end of the month.
It's obviously not ideal but it's ok. One door closes and another one opens. We will land on our feet and find something else. Going to spend next week reworking my resume and looking at various job sites.
On a more fun note, today Mike and I went for a quick walk at a park in Southport followed by lunch at Flipside in Fairfield. Going to be hanging out with my friend Jana later at night. Already have a date set up to meet up with my friend Falguni on Tuesday as well. Going to try and see my friends while I have some extra time on my hands. Might as well enjoy some of this. :)
Mail Update. I received a letter/owe a reply to: Emilia/Finland.
Monday, July 04, 2016
4th of July weekend
Happy 4th of July to all my American friends. :) The holiday happens to fall on a Monday this year which is turning this into an extended weekend for most of the country. I say most of the country because I still ended up working on Saturday and today. But it's ok, not the end of the world.
We really aren't the BBQ or picnic type people mostly anyway so it's not the end of the world. We actually did have an invitation to go to a BBQ/picnic yesterday but already had other plans so that didn't work out.
Saturday after work we had a leisurely lunch at 121 in Oxford. And on Sunday we took advantage of the nice weather and spent some time outdoors. Went to Hyde Park and walked along a trail by the Hudson. The weather was pretty humid though so even the short 2.5 pretty flat trail felt like a challenge. We did have fun being outside though.
Afterwards we went to the Mill House in Poughkeepsie for a late lunch and to watch the France-Iceland Euro game. When that was done we went to the place where Candy Hearts was playing. It was at a pizza place in Poughkeepsie and had more of an open mic feel. Kind of weird but pretty neat all in all. There were a bunch of other people playing before Mariel came on. Had fun hanging out and listening to the various people though.
Today we are at work but should get out of here by noon. Afterwards we are going to check out a winery not that far from here (Glorie Wines) for some wine tasting and then lunch near the water at the River Station Restaurant. Should be a nice afternoon.
Mail Update. A letter went out to Eunice/Malta on Tuesday last week. All caught up with my mail at the moment. :)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Fuzz Fest - Scranton, PA
Had a busy-ish week at work, nothing too out of the ordinary I suppose. On Wednesday we were able to take a longer lunch to watch the Austria - Iceland soccer game. Unfortunately Austria lost but honestly I didn't expect a different outcome. They actually did play very well in that game and stepped it up quite a bit, just wasn't enough. So Austria didn't make it through the elimination but it's nice that they were actually in it for a change which is already more than usually happens. :)
Saturday we worked and after work went for a leisurely late lunch at 121 in Oxford. And Sunday we headed to Scranton, PA for Fuzz Fest. The radio station in that area is called 92.1 The Fuzz. lol. So that's where the name comes from. We stayed at the same hotel where we stayed last time two years ago when we saw Paramore at the same venue. The Radisson at Lackawanna Station is a pretty neat hotel at an old remodeled/renovated train station, pretty cool. Were able to check in when we got there around noon and then headed downtown for lunch at a place called Ale Mary's. Had a great lunch, really fun spot. Afterwards stopped at the hotel bar for a glass of wine before heading up the venue. The show was at the Pavillon at Montage Mountain, a big area on top of a mountain (ski resorts in the winter, water park in the summer, a minor league baseball stadium and whatnot) It's an amphitheater and really a pretty neat venue.
The show was epic and lasted about 6 hours with 4 acts. Andrew MacMahon, AWOL Nation, Panic at the Disco & Weezer. Pretty cool line-up. Andrew MacMahon had so much energy, running and dancing through the crowd. I wasn't into AWOL Nation all that much but I have to say they won me over by the end of their set. Panic at the Disco was absolutely amazing and Weezer was great as well. The whole thing started around 6pm and we didn't get back to the hotel till after midnight. Definitely an epic night.
Slept in a little bit Monday morning and then made our way to work to our office in Newburgh, NY which is luckily on the way from Scranton (only about 1 hr 15 min)
Here are the links to the videos I recorded if anyone's interested by the way:
Mail Update. Wrote a letter to Eunice/Malta. Just need to get in the mail. Hopefully today, if not tomorrow. :)
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Back to every day life
Arrived back here on Wednesday afternoon. Everything went pretty smooth (the flight, immigration & customs, luggage etc) so no complaints about that. The ride back from JFK wasn't all that bad either I suppose so that was good.
Worked Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Am slowly shaking the jetlag. Mostly back to normal now except I am still waking up pretty early in the morning. Not an issue on work days but today I would have enjoyed sleeping in some more. Oh well. Hardly the biggest issue.
Yesterday after work we took the train from Danbury to South Norwalk for a late lunch at the Local Kitchen. Had a nice meal and hung out for some time before taking the train back.
Today we decided to head to the movies to see "Love and Friendship". The weather has been nice and sunny but a bit hot to really spend any extended time outside. Would like to go for a walk or hike but we will see how the weather develops. As summer approaches we might just need to get used to the hotter temperatures and learn to deal.
Mail Update. Wrote a letter to Jessica/DE today that should be mailed tomorrow. Still owe a letter/reply to: Eunice/Malta.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Goodbye Europe ... till we meet again :)
I spent Sunday and Monday in Vienna and had a really nice time on both days. Sunday I met up with my friend Lydia. Had a great time catching up with her. We first went to the Australian pub Crossfield's (yes an Australian pub in Austria .. but it's a lot of fun) and then to the brewpub 1516. Had a great time eating, drinking and catching up. Shared a huge plate of nachos at Crossfield's and afterwards I had some buffalo mozzarella with tomatoes, fleur de sel sea salt and basil pesto at 1516. Yum.
Monday I took the train into Vienna again and met up with Claudia for lunch at the Hard Rock. It was great to see her and catch up as well. We originally know each other from spending a study year abroad in CA (Santa Barbara) in 98-99 but have kept in touch since then. It's always fun to meet up with people and to reminiscence a bit and talk about days long past. :) It's weird because often it feels like yesterday I was in CA for my year abroad but obviously that's not true. :)
After lunch with Claudia I met up with my friend Andrea for ice cream. Well we actually ended up having iced coffee but either way. :) It's always great to see her as well. We used to live in apartments next to each other growing up, from grammar school till High School. So we have definitely known each other a really long time :)
After that I also had a class reunion to go to. About 10 people from High School, mostly my graduating class and a couple from a year below ours I believe. I only had about 20 people in my graduating class to begin with so reunions aren't those big massive events. But it's still fun to meet up, catch up, exchange some gossip etc. We ended up staying till about 10.30pm and I slept at my friend Barbara's house. Took the train back out to St. Poelten, to my parent's house, this morning.
Then today was filled with various errands, a couple dr. appts for my mom and lunch at the Heurigen (a vineyard with a small restaurant open seasonally) plus packing up all my stuff and various purchases/gifts of course. And tomorrow I am already off again, back to NYC.
Mail Update. Mailed letters from Vienna on Monday to: Nina/WA and Lotte/Denmark.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Yesterday, Friday, I had my appointment at the hair dresser. I wasn't sure what color I wanted to get so I made a quick decision but am happy with the end result. Turned out very nice. Later in the day we went over to my friend Anneliese's apartment. Probably going to see her again in a little while tonight as well.
Today we ran some errands and bought some groceries, half things that I want to bring back to the US, as well as things to eat while I am still here.
In a little while my aunt is going to stop by so that will be nice. Definitely been keeping busy. Tomorrow and Monday I am going to be heading to Vienna.
Mail Update. Received letters from/owe replies to: Nina/WA and Lotte/Denmark. Letters should be going out on Monday when I head to Vienna and stop at the pay office.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Goodbye Croatia, hello Slovenia :)
And here we are. Already Wednesday night in Ljubljana. Time's flying as usual of course. Had a nice remaining stay in Croatia and was kind of sad to say goodbye to my balcony with the lovely view of the ocean/sea. So beautiful and blue, truly perfect.
Monday we took a trip to the Krka National Park. Took a boat ride to the waterfalls. It was kind of hot so we didn't actually walk close to the falls but I saw them from the distance. Had a lovely lunch and great time before thunderstorms started to threaten the area. Had the most delicious tuna salad with black beans, corn, onion, cucumbers, tomatoes - so good.
Tuesday we ran a few errands to pick up some gifts for people back in Austria and the US (cheese, wine and whatnot) and had another lovely lunch at the restaurant in Simuni. When we got back to the hotel in the afternoon I spent a few hours by the pool and went swimming. It was probably the hottest day so perfect to spend some time hanging out in and by the water.
Today, Wednesday, we packed up the car after breakfast and then made our way towards Slovenia. Had a delicious lunch while still in Croatia. Eventually crossed over to Slovenia and then checked into the hotel in Ljubljana. Tomorrow we will be on our way to Austria.
Lots planned for once I get to Austria. Hair dresser appointment, meet ups with friends and family both in Lower Austria and Vienna. As usual I will be busy and I am sure time will fly by. For now I still have a week to go before I have to board my plane back to NYC. Lots more food and adventures to be had so stay tuned. :)
Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Nina/WA and Lotte/Denmark.