Sunday, June 25, 2017

Broadway Saturday - Kinky Boots



IMG_20170624_171505_148Sunday afternoon, we meet again. Really, where does the time go? :) It's already super close to July now. Only one week left in June. So crazy. 

Yesterday, Saturday, was a fun day. We took the train into NYC in the morning and had lunch at "The Perfect Pint" before seeing the 2pm show of "Kinky Boots". What a great show. We had been meaning to see it for a while but there are so many shows on Broadway it's hard to make the time and money to see them all. But when Brendon Urie (from Panic at the DIsco) was announced to star in it we finally decided to go see it. I am really glad that we did because it was a truly great show. Very inspiring & heartfelt as well as funny with great music and dance numbers. Would recommend it in a heartbeat.

After the show we stopped into a restaurant/bar on our way back to Grand Central. Had another snack and I had some yummy Frozen Rose. Delicious. Later we took the train back and met up with our friend John at a local place for another couple of drinks. Fun and busy day all around.

Today we slept in late which was nice. Then went for lunch to Oxford. At 121 now. Had lunch and now just hanging out and relaxing with some wine. Nice, relaxing Sunday afternoon.

We will see what next week brings at work. I am sure it's supposed to be super busy. But it will be followed by a 4 day weekend. Management decided to give us Monday, July 3rd off as well as the 4th so we will have a 4 day weekend for the holiday. Really excited about that!!  Well let's get through this coming work week and then I can enjoy my four days off. :) 

Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Kimber/Canada, Eunice/Malta and Caroline/Scotland. 

Posted by Hanna at 03:29 PM in Food and Drink, NYC, Performances, Work Stories | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Fondue Weekend :)



PixlrAnd it's Monday again. And as it seems to be with every Monday the issues seem to already be piling up on my plate and I haven't even gotten to the office yet. I guess that's Monday for you. Guess I'll tackle them one by one and hopefully it can all be resolved smoothly. 

Nothing too eventful to report for last week I suppose. The weather on the weekend was pretty unstable, clouds, some rain, some weird fog, and super muggy. Saturday night I met up with my friend Jana and we had delicious fondue together. Both cheese and chocolate. Plus a bottle of rose. Very decadent and super rich but definitely a fun treat. :) Afterwards we went to see "Wonderwoman". We both had seen it previously but it was still fun to see again. 

Sunday Mike and I went to see "The Book of Henry" which was also a good movie. Had lunch afterwards and later on caught up on some TiVo shows. Was a nice and relaxed Sunday. Let's see what this week brings. 

My parents are now back from Croatia. Mike and I don't have any real trips planned for the summer together. We have a few overnight weekend stays and shows to liven things up at least though. Next weekend we have tickets to see "Kinky Boots" on Broadway. And in July we have our friend Megan and Jonathan's wedding in Mystic, CT and also a weekend in NYC. In August we have tickets to see "The Great Comet" again on Broadway, this time with Okieriete "Oak" Onaodowan (who used to star in Hamilton) as well as Ingrid Michaelson so that should be fun. :)

Well that's all the news here from my end for now I suppose. It's super muggy but there are supposed to be storms coming through later. We will see if that helps break the humidity. I really hope so.  

 Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Eunice/Malta and Caroline/Scotland. 

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Heatwave, Tony's and Father's Day



IMG_20170610_141729_531And like I say every week somehow another week has passed. I really don't know where the time goes sometimes. Already the middle of June. This IMG_20170611_181833_092past weekend we entered the beginning of a heatwave. In the 90ies (32+ C) until Tuesday. Saturday it was in the upper 80ies (29C) but at least not humid. We decided to take advantage of that and found a spot near the water in Stamford (Crab Shell). The restaurant was pretty neat and the food was yummy. I had delicious Cajun Catfish and Mike had a crab melt of sorts with tomato, bacon and cheddar cheese. We also shared a lobster bisque that was pretty good. Nice day to sit outside in the shade.

Saturday night we also met up with our friends John and Jana and ended up sitting outside till late at Prime Pub. The temperature was truly perfect after dark and it was a really nice night to sit outside. Doesn't happen too often when it's not too hot, too muggy or too cold.

Sunday it was even hotter so we decided to skip the outdoors and went to the movies to see "Wonderwoman". I had heard a lot of good things about the movie and was truly happy we went to see it. I am not usually a big fan of super hero or even action movies but every once in a while one comes along that I like. :) After the movies we went for lunch at Red Rooster Pub and later we watched the Tony's on TV. I was excited that "The Great Comet" had 12 nominations but they didn't win nearly as much as I would have liked. But of course it's cool just to be nominated and it was cool to see the shows' performance on live TV.  Sunday was also Father's Day in Austria (here in the US it's next week) so happy Father's Day to my dad. :)

Today is already Monday again. At least the office is air conditioned so I won't have to worry about the heat during the day. Sleeping during this heat is never fun for me. We do have fans blowing and it makes it somewhat bearable but I am looking forward to the temperatures dropping again on Wednesday. I like summer but I don't need it to be quite that hot. I am really not a big fan of extreme temperatures in general. Not a big fan of the super cold and snow either. haha. 

Letter/Mail Update: Letters are going out today to: Lotte/Denmark and Michelle/CA. Received letters from/owe replies to: Eunice/Malta and Caroline/Scotland. 

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Work Praise and wait it's already June .. how did we get here?



IMG_20170603_140848_103Made it through the week and the week actually ended on a very positive note with some nice praise. The company conducts post-move surveys to see how we are doing,  as well as help assess the work of our partner companies (movers, temporary housing, etc). It's always nice to get good scores but it's even nicer to receive some special comments that get recognized company-wide.

"And another super comment for another Hanna. She was “very prompt” and she responded on weekends. Super job all around Hanna!

 I had a lot of questions during our first few calls and Hanna had no problems answering all of them and making sure I had all the information I needed. Hanna was very prompt in response and also accommodating. I got replies on occasions I would not have expected (weekends). I wanted to relocate as soon as possible, and Hanna made sure that happened for me."

So there you have it. If you receive surveys from any companies you have dealt with, please do remember to take the time to fill them out. It can make someome's day. :) And potentially help them in their career. :)

Yesterday, Saturday, we went for a walk to get some outdoor time in which was nice. Then we had lunch at 121 in Oxford. 

Today, Sunday, we went to the movies to see "Paris Can Wait" An indie movie starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin, set in France. It sounded like such a promising concept but the movie was underwhelming to say the least.  Oh well. Can't win them all. :)

Well tomorrow is already Monday again.  Let's see how this week goes. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Michelle/CA, Eunice/Malta, Lotte/Denmark and Caroline/Scotland. 

Posted by Hanna at 05:51 PM in Food and Drink, Work Stories | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 29, 2017

NYC & Memorial Day Weekend



IMG_20170527_181817_254Happy Memorial Day to everyone here in the US. :) I am off from work today and had a nice IMG_20170528_134134_005 3-day weekend. Can't complain. :) It's nice to actually have the holidays off at my new job. But being involved in an international company & industry we are still never a 100% off of course. I have people in other parts of the world who don't have Memorial Day off and where it's business as usual so there is a lot of prep work to be done and a close eye to be kept upon things. But it's still nice to have an extended weekend of course. :) 

Saturday we went down to NYC and spent the day in the city. Had lunch and saw "Waitress" on Broadway. Great musical and it was fun to see Sara Bareilles in it. Afterwards we stopped and had a light dinner and some drinks before taking the train back to CT. Definitely a fun day out.

Yesterday, Sunday, we took advantage of the fact that the weather was semi decent (pretty humid but not raining at least) and went for a 2 3/4 mile walk. We had explored the same trail earlier in the season when the trees were still bare. What a difference a few weeks can make. So green and lush now. Was nice to be outside for a while.

Today it's been raining on and off pretty much all day. So we have been taking it easy. Slept in and are now at the Red Rooster pub for lunch. Going to stop at the grocery store for a few things on our way home and then catch up on some TiVo. Should be a relaxing night. We will see what tomorrow brings at work. At least it will be a 4 day work week so that's something. :)

Well, that's all the news here from my end. Hope everyone in the US had a nice Memorial Day weekend. 

Letter/Mail Update: Letters went out on Friday to: Eloine, NY and Celia/MA.. Received letters from/owe replies to: Lotte/Denmark and Caroline/Scotland. 

Posted by Hanna at 03:29 PM in Food and Drink, Holidays, NYC, Performances | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fun with friends in NYC, a bridal shower and more



Pixlr (3)And already Sunday night again. I know I say that pretty much every week but I really never know how the week flies by so fast. And the weekend seems to be gone before I know it - pretty much every single week.

Well, let's recap last week. Monday I took the day off from work and went down to NYC to meet up with my friends Lena & Joseph. It was great seeing them after such a long time. Had a great day in NYC. Enjoyed a lovely brunch/lunch and walked a lot. Definitely got my exercise but you really don't notice in NYC. There is so much to see and look at plus if you are talking while walking you really don't realize how much you have walked. Fun day and the weather cooperated as well.

The middle of the week was super hot so all in all we lucked out with the weather. This weekend it's quite a bit cooler again. Some rain on the horizon for this coming week. Guess it doesn't matter too much if I am in the office anyway.

Yesterday, Saturday, I went to my friend Megan's bridal shower. We used to work together at my old job but have kept in touch. Don't see each other that often but it's always nice to catch up. Her wedding is in July in Mystic, CT. Always fun to spend some time in that area so definitely looking forward to that. 

I can't remember but I feel like I never mentioned meeting up with my friend/pen pal Mary a few weeks back. We met up the Thursday before I saw Lena & Joseph. First time I had met her face to face but we have known each other since around 2002. Used to pen pal back then when she lived in Alaska. Since then she has moved to WA state but was visiting friends and family on the East Coast. Was nice to meet up and hopefully we will get to do it again some time soon. 

Work is still busy. I think it's pretty much going to be like that until after the summer. Just need to hold on and do my best. :) Mike's figuring out things at his new job as well. Any new job can be a bit daunting and stressful but just need to be patient and hang in there. RIght? 

Letter/Mail Update: A letter went out on Tuesday to: Michelle/CA. Received letters from/owe replies to: Lotte/Denmark, Celia/MA, Eloine/NY and Caroline/Scotland. 

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Eurovision, Mother's Day and more



IMG_20170514_124436_202And somehow it's Monday already again. How does that always happen so fast? Time is really just flying it feels like. Well the good news is that I am off from work today. Took the day off to meet up with my friend Lena and her husband Joseph who are here visiting from Australia. I will write more about that in a separate post. For now lets' try and recap last week. :)

Well let's see. I guess it was another busy week. I am trying to catch up with work and all the craziness. It's not easy as summer is our busy season and I am just getting used to everything. So it's a work in progress so to speak. But that's ok. I do enjoy the job even though it is driving me nuts at certain times. I guess that's normal though with any job right? 

Mike made it through his first week at his new job and like with any new job it can be a bit overwhelming. So that's a work in progress of sorts as well. He is taking over for someone who is leaving and the person he is taking over for was only able to provide one week of training. Guess he will figure things out and ultimately it will all work out. I know he can do it. I do understand that it's going to be a bit stressful and busy in the meantime though. Guess we have a busy summer ahead the two of us. :)

Last weekend we slept in both days and took it easy mostly. Saturday I watched the Eurovision Song Contest online which was pretty entertaining. It's one of those things where you have to have grown up with it to fully understand the madness behind it. haha. It was fun to watch. Not sure if Portugal's song was really my favorite song but then it really isn't about the songs most of the time is it? 

Sunday was Mother's Day (love you mom) and we took it easy again. Just went for lunch and then to the grocery store to stock on some items. Then caught up on a bunch of our TiVo shows. Nice and relaxing night. And now it's Monday morning again. Looking forward to a day in the city. Let's see what the weather brings. Right now it's still a bit cool and wet out there but I think the sun is supposed to come out. We will see how it goes. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Celia/MA, Michelle/CA, Eloine/NY and Caroline/Scotland. 

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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Cinco de Mayo, work stuff & Lularoe



PixlrWell let's start with the best news. Mike has a new job. :) He starts tomorrow, Monday. I haven't written too much on here about it but basically he was laid off from the same company as me (we worked together for the last 14ish years) last summer. Since then he's done stuff on and off here and there and has explored some opportunities. But nothing had quite come through until this latest opportunity. 

He is going to be working for a real estate management company doing a little bit of everything. It's super close to home (5 min drive) and he also works with 2 other people from our former company who also have jobs there now. So it sounds like a win-win. Fingers crossed. :)

 For me work is still busy. Pretty much going to be like this for the summer. Just trying to buckle in and go along for the ride. Let's see if I can survive my first summer in relocation. :)

Today I am meeting up with some people from work. There is a Lularoe and Arbonne party. I am not in the loop with all the cool kids stuff so I am not quite sure what to expect but that's ok. There will be food and wine so hey it's all good. :) 

For Cinco de Mayo we were at Rizzuto's which yes is an Italian restaurant but they have delicious themed specials usually and didn't disappoint this year either. Yum. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Celia/MA, Michelle/CA, Eloine/NY and Caroline/Scotland. 

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Converse Outlet + Work



PixlrAnd now it's Tuesday at 9pm. I am alive I promise. It's just been really crazy at work.

To make a long story relatively short last week on Thursday we were told that one of our team members was no longer employed by the company. The full impact of that didn't really hit me until a little later in the day. All the active files were transitioned to other employees. I received a good amount of them as well. Still being new it takes me a little longer than a more seasoned employee to do everything.  And the "fun" part about transition files can be that you never quite know what you are going to get since you weren't the one who initiated everything.  

We didn't do a lot over the weekend. Saturday Mike had a job interview in the morning so I checked on some of my files and dealt with some backed up work to try and catch up. Then we went to lunch at 121 in Oxford afterwards.

On Sunday we went to the Woodbury Commons Outlets. I had wanted to buy some new Converse and they have an outlet store there. Not usually a big outlet person but I do love Converse. Had lunch at Hurricane's Bar&Grill in Newburgh after.

Now it's Tuesday night and I am not even sure how we got here. We also had a problem with our systems going down (power outage in our main office) so that didn't help. Also covering for someone out so yeah none of that has helped with catching up.

Well, let's see what the rest of the week brings. 

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

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

April Showers, Bailey and more



Pixlr_resizedAnd somehow it's Sunday again. Not even sure how that happened. The week was a pretty busy one. I guess this is the starting point of our summer season where it all starts to ramp up so it's the beginning point of the craziness. There is definitely "crazy" in the air. But it's a good feeling knowing that everyone at work is very supportive and everyone pulls together to power through. It seems like getting through your "first summer in relocation" is some sort of rite of passage so we will see how it works out. Fingers crossed. :) 

Switching gears for a moment, I realized I never wrote about our cat Bailey. Her blood tests came back and nothing too crazy was in them thankfully. She had elevated white blood cells so she had to have 2 shots of penicillin (one was two weeks ago, next this coming week) and hopefully that should kill whatever infection she was harboring. Other than hat she seems to be ok for right now. Fingers crossed it stays that way. 

Not too much else going on. Had a pretty low key weekend. Saturday we slept in late (which felt glorious) and then had lunch at 121 in Oxford. Today we went to see the movie "Gifted" (really enjoyed it, somewhat predictable but still really cute) and then had lunch. Now we are home and going to catch up on some TIVO'd shows while enjoying some cheese and crackers and wine. Should be a nice low key evening. 

Tomorrow it's back to work and real life. But for tonight I will enjoy being low key. Lots of events coming up in the near future. My friend Lena and her husband Joseph are coming to visit from Australia in May so I will try and take a day off to spend with them in NYC. That should be fun. Also have my friend Megan's bridal shower and wedding coming up. As well as a get together of some work people not too soon in the future. Let's see what else? Oh yeah, Eurovision is in May too so I will most likely hang out at home and watch that too. Wish I had some friends who are into that here but I guess I will enjoy watching it by myself as well. 

Alright that's all for now. Will update more again next week. Really happy that spring has finally sprung here in the Northeast and some of the trees are blooming and sprouting leaves. I know Mike's dealing with seasonal allergies so I feel sort of bad about that but I am still happy that it's finally spring. :) The weather has been typical April weather. Showers, sun and sometimes both in one day. :)

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

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