Sunday, January 15, 2017

Klimt Exhibit, NYC Sunday

IMG_20170115_130748_110And another week gone by again already. Only one week until I go to Pittsburgh for training. 

Had a good week at work. Nothing too eventful to report I suppose. Yesterday I had my yearly check up at the OB/GYN. So that's done for another year as well. 

Also went to the movies yesterday to see "Live by Night", Ben Affleck's new movie. I usually like him but the movie was only meh at best.  It wasn't terrible by any means but also not amazing.  I expected something better I supoose. Oh well. 

Today we went down to NYC to see the Klimt exhibit at the Neue Gallerie (upper East Side, pretty close to the Guggenheim museum). The museum is neat and modeled after Viennese art galleries, filled completely with Austrian and German art. The special Klimt exibit ends tomorrow so I am glad we managed to see it. It must be pretty popular as there was a line to get in when the museum opened at 11am. 

After the museum we went to the Third Ave Ale House where we are now. Had a yummy lunch and just hanging out for a bit now before heading back to CT in a little while.  

Then tomorrow it's Monday and back to work. One more week before heading to Pittsburgh next Sunday. Going to be there for 10 days for training.  

Letter/Mail Update: A letter went out on Wednesday to: Lotte/Denmark. Received letters/owe a reply to: Carmen/Malta, Kimber/Canada and Celia/MA.

Posted by Hanna at 02:10 PM in Austria , Food and Drink, NYC | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Goodbye Europe ... till we meet again :)

IMG_20160614_083644And somehow it's already my last night here in Austria again. How did that happen? Where did the last 2 weeks go? Time really does fly by sometimes it feels like. 

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. 

Posted by Hanna at 03:56 PM in Austria , Family, Food and Drink | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Austria Update

IMG_20160610_220127Hello from Austria :) Arrived here Thursday night after our stop in Slovenia. On our way back from Ljubljana we made a stop in Styria for lunch.  Had delicious fried chicken as well as Fritattensoup. 

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. 

Posted by Hanna at 07:51 AM in Austria , Family, Food and Drink | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend

20160526_132116Happy Memorial Day weekend to everyone here in the US. :) It's a long 3 day weekend for most people and the unofficial start of summer,  the season of picnics and BBQs, pools and bonfires. 

I was actually working Saturday and also tomorrow, Monday, Memorial Day, but I can't complain too much considering I am leaving for Europe on Tuesday night.  :)

The week was busy at work but again that's expected with the holiday.  It's also been really hot which has been a shock to my system cause just a week earlier it was way cool for mid May.  Crazy weather. 

Saturday after work we went for a late lunch in Oxford at 121. And later in the evening I attempted to get most of my packing done. I still have to get my carry on completed and figure out exactly what I am packing where but I am halfway there. 

Today we went to see "The Nice Guys" at the movies and then went for a late lunch at SBC in Milford. Now going to stop at Rizzuto's for a glass of wine on our way home. 

Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Nina/WA and Lotte/Denmark. 

Posted by Hanna at 04:46 PM in Austria , Food and Drink, Holidays | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Mother's Day, Work and stuff

IMG_20160508_135116Happy Mother's Day to all my friends who are moms and of course my own lovely mom. Talked to her on the phone today. I will see her in less than a month when I get to Europe on June 1st. 

Leaving here the Tuesday after Memorial Day and getting to Croatia June 1st. My parents will pick me up from Split airport. They will already be there as they are leaving earlier to drive there. 

So much to do and take care of before then though.  Quite a lot has been going on at work. The company both Mike and I work has been going through financial struggles for quite a while and it eventually ended in them being taken over by another company.  All in all this is not the worst of news as we still have jobs. Could actually be good in the long run. This starts tomorrow so as of tomorrow we will be employed by a new company. Our salary stays the same. And the old company is paying out our accrued vacation and sick time which is quite a substantial amount considering we both have worked there 14+ years. Everything else will need to be figured out on a day to day basis. But all's well for now.

So that's all the news for now.  The weather has been super dreary and rainy for a good week and a half. It seems to finally be clearing up. Will be nice to see the sun again.  

Mail Update: All caught up with my mail for now. :)

Posted by Hanna at 02:49 PM in Austria , Family, Holidays, Work Stories | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Chicago Meetup with Dave

IMG_20160418_160811Hello again. :) Having a really great time so here's a quick recap of yesterday so I don't fall too far behind with my posts. :)

Had a great day yesterday. After Starbucks and lounging around for a bit we met my friend David who came into the city from Indiana. Took the subway out near Wrigley Field to eat at the Julius Meinl Cafe in Southport. I was really excited to go back there again (we had also been there during our 2007 Chicago trip) and it definitely didn't disappoint. 

Everything inside the cafe (all the furniture, wall hanging, etc.) was imported from Vienna so it has a very authentic feel to it. And the food is just delicious. Had yummy Frittaten Soup to start with, followed by a ham & Swiss cheese croissant and Palatschinken (Austrian crepes) for dessert. Oh and a Viennese iced coffee (with vanilla ice cream) So delicious. 

After lunch Mike, Dave and I walked over to Wrigley Field. Took some pictures there and then continued on to a brewpub not that far down the road (Atlas Brewing Company) Had a couple of drinks there while relaxing and chatting. And eventually continued on back to the train/subway to go back to downtown/The Loop. Was really nice to be able to see Dave again. Always nice to be able to hang out with people in person you normally don't get to see all the time. 

After we parted ways with Dave we relaxed in the room for a bit and eventually ventured back out to check out a wine bar (Enolo) Turned out to be a really neat place. Had some nice wine and a few tapas style snacks before eventually heading back to the hotel for the night. Definitely a fun day. 

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Charles/TN, Carmen/Malta, Laura/Spain, Lotte/Denmark and Jessica/DE. 

Posted by Hanna at 05:34 PM in Austria , Food and Drink, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Back to the daily grind - fun NYC Sunday

Collage_20150816193536258Back at work. It's Monday and I have a lot to catch up on. Worked Friday & Saturday last week as well but there's still a lot for me to catch up on. Just the way it goes. Plus now we are right in the midst of all the schools getting ready to start up again so lots to organize and take care of as well. Need to make sure everyone is aware of our new policies, product line, etc. since the switch.

The flight back Thursday was uneventful and I am slowly getting over my jetlag as well. Mostly back to normal now which is good. Always sucks to get back into a normal schedule after having been away for two weeks, plus dealing with the 6hr time difference.

Sunday we went into NYC to see the indie movie "Ten Thousand Saints" starring Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld. Really enjoyed the movie. Had some drinks and a snack beforehand as well. Always enjoy spending time in NYC. Was kind of neat watching the movie in the East Village (which was the setting of the movie - just in the 80ies) 

Well now it's Monday and one of many 6 day work weeks ahead of me. Need to start training someone new soon as the person I did hire is going back to school. Too bad really as he was working out pretty well. What can you do? Just start over and try again. At least I'll have someone semi trained available who might be able to fill during school holidays/breaks if needed. 

Mail Update: Mailed letters today to: Charles/TN,  Caroline/Scotland and Nina/WA. Received letters from/owe a reply to: Kimber/Canada.

Posted by Hanna at 01:25 PM in Austria , NYC | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Time to leave again ... where do the weeks go??

IMG_20150812_194253And here we are. Already time to leave again tomorrow. My cab for the airport will be arriving at 3.30am (joy!) So not a lot of sleep for me tonight. Ugh. 

Had a nice stay in Austria but of course time flew by. Went into Vienna a second time on Monday to meet up with my friend Andrea. Had a nice day even though it was crazy hot.  

Met up with my friend Anneliese Tuesday (who did my nails) and today Wednesday I got my hair done. Got some reading done, had some yummy food and spent time hanging out with my parents and relatives.

Tomorrow I am heading back to the US via Germany  (Dusseldorf) and then it's back to work and every day life Friday.

Looking forward to see Mike. I am glad he is ok as he was rear ended in a car accident today. Not a lot of damage to the car and he's ok mostly too. But just a lot of crap to deal with. More annoying than anything else. Ugh. Just glad he is ok.

Mail Update: Received letters from/owe a reply to: Kimber/Canada, Caroline/Scotland and Nina/WA.

Posted by Hanna at 02:35 PM in Austria , Family, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Hello from Austria :)

Vienna-collageFinally updating from Austria. :) Left northern Germany on Thursday and stayed about halfway Thursday night. Then drove the rest of the way on Friday and arrived at the house around 7pm. Picked up some Chinese for dinner and unpacked the most necessary items. 

Yesterday, Saturday, I took the train into Vienna to meet up with my friend Lydia. Austria is currently experiencing a crazy heatwave so it was super hot. Having temps in the 90ies (30C) on a day to day basis. But Lydia & I still managed to have a nice day. Met up right downtown in front of St. Stephen's Cathedral and went up to the rooftop terrace bar of a fancy hotel. Nicest views from up there. Of course the drinks aren't cheap but it is worth the views over the rooftops of Vienna. 

Afterwards we walked over to the square in front of City Hall where every summer they have the big international culinary festival. Lots of stands with foods from various countries. I chose the Croatian stand and had yummy cevapcici. Absolutely delicious and it's been a while since I had them. After City Hall we walked around some more and found another nice spots for a drink and snack before we had to part ways again. Always enjoyable spending a day with Lydia, as she enjoys good food and drinks as much as me :)

Today, Sunday, I am currently sitting in the garden in the shade, while the heat is still somewhat manageable. It's already getting pretty warm but not so so bad yet. Definitely manageable especially in the shade with a light breeze every so often. Will maybe try and catch up on some of my letters later or read some more. Eventually I will probably have to move indoors though as it's just going to get too hot, even in the shade probably. 

Tomorrow, Monday, I am heading back into Vienna to meet up with another friend. Have a few other people I would like to see but just not enough time on this trip. As much as I would love to see everyone I also didn't want to stress myself and run around the whole time I am in Austria. 

Well, that's all from me here from heat wave plagued Austria. Hope you're all staying cool if it's hot wherever you are as well. :)

Mail Update: Mailed a letter to Lotte/Denmark yesterday. Received letters from/owe a reply to: Caroline/Scotland and Nina/WA.

Posted by Hanna at 04:18 AM in Austria , Family, Food and Drink, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Another busy week, Hopkins Inn and packing

IMG_20150725_190905So another crazy week. I really don't know when it will end.  It does seem to have gotten a tad better but there are still a lot of kinks to be worked out. Lots of small things that are causing problems. I honestly feel bad leaving on Wednesday, not knowing how things will go 

In more positive news I did spend the week training a new employee and things seem to be going ok. He is the younger brother of someone who also works there.  His sister started out in my department as one of my employees many years ago and was honestly one of my best people. Eventually we promoted her out of my department and she now runs our payroll along with HR and some accounting. So there's hope her brother can be an assett as well. :) Fingers crossed. :)

Mike will be at work while I am away as well. So hopefully he can keep an eye on things and help with some of the tasks that I usually cover. 

Saturday we had to work but had dinner reservations at the Hopkins Inn at Lake Waramaug. We usually try to go there every July around our American wedding anniversary (July 12) but it hadn't worked out yet this summer. So Saturday the weather worked out and we enjoyed a delicious dinner on their porch overlooking the lake.  

Today we slept in (we both needed it, just been so drained from all the work stuff), ran some errands and are now at 121 in Oxford for lunch. 

Eventually we will head back and I will start my packing for my Europe trip. I don't leave until Wednesday but I want to get some stuff arranged, update my music, find all my chargers and adapters etc. Also need to pack up some of the things I am bringing with me for people. Always so much to do. So I figured I would have more peace of mind starting tonight. That way if I do need to go out and get something I can always do that Monday or Tuesday. 

Mail Update: Received letters from/owe a reply to: Caroline/Scotland, Nina/WA and Lotte/Denmark. 

Posted by Hanna at 03:35 PM in Austria , Food and Drink, Outdoors, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)