Sunday, March 29, 2020

Another weekend done .. still quarantined ..

BreakfastAnd already Sunday evening again. WHY do weekends fly by so fast? And we didn't even really do much. Oh well I guess. Yesterday, Saturday, we slept in a bit. And then decided to take a ride to two wineries to pick up some local wine. Figured it was a way to get out of the house, take a ride and support the local vineyards. We went to Hopkins and Hawk Ridge. Both great vineyards that we enjoy and happy to support. Afterwards we stopped at J Lawrence and picked up some food for dinner. I finished the book I was reading while Mike caught up on CNN and later we watched a bunch of recorded shows from our DVR. Ended up staying up till around 1am.

So today, Sunday, we slept in late. Then went to the grocery store, liquor store (some more prosecco to make mimosas) and Elmer's (our favorite local diner) for some breakfast take out. Made mimosas, ate and watched some TV. Then I watched the new Outlander episode while Mike is catching up on more CNN and other news stuff. I would like to change the bed sheets/covers but the cat is currently happily curled up on the bed so I figured I'd update my blog in the meantime. Eventually we will probably catch up on some more DVR shows. Once we are all caught up on those I guess we'll have to find other stuff to watch on Netflix or Amazon. Plenty of shows and content out there. 

Tomorrow marks week 3 of working at home. It's definitely been a weird "new normal". Thursday and Friday I went for a walk around lunch time to try and get some exercise and fresh air. I will try and keep that up if the weather cooperates. The weekend has been kind of dreary and rainy. Cold and wet. 

I have downloaded some books on my Kindle so I'll need to pick a new book to start. The quarantine has definitely been good for my reading. Been getting much more reading done than normal. I guess have to look on the bright side for something. 

Well that's all for now. Everyone stay safe and hopefully this will blow over at some point soon. One can hope, right? 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Nina/WA and Celia/MA.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

First Week of Working From Home, Hudson Valley Hike, ...

IMG_20200324_075342_385Ok so week 1 of working from home has been completed and we're already on day 2 of week 2 now. Made it through last week ok but it did feel like an endless week. I shouldn't complain because at least my job is pretty much set up where I can work from home without many issues. All I need is an internet connection, a phone and my laptop and I am set. I know a lot of people are struggling right now. People who either cannot work from home (hospital staff, doctors, supermarket and other essential staff, ...) It's also crazy the people who get paid minimum wage and need to go out to do their jobs. And the rich people who say things like "Oh you should get a REAL job". Well where would we be without those people right now? The rich people wouldn't be able to get their groceries or get food delivered etc. Ugh. 

Alright I won't turn this into a social rant because it's not going to help anything. The weekend was pretty good even though it was a bit weird of course. On Saturday we went for a nice hike/walk in the Hudson Valley. We went to a trail at Poets' Walk Park in Rhinebeck, NY. Really pretty. We of course kept our distance as much as possible from any other people on the trail. After our hike we stopped at Millbrook Vineyard to buy a few bottles of wine. They have a discount on all bottles purchased right now so that was a nice perk as well. Plus it's always good to support the local businesses. We have also been doing take out from some of our favorite local restaurants last week. Some have now decided to stop doing take out though and are closed. I think the take out/delivery business just isn't as profitable unfortunately. I do hope they can survive and open up again when this is all over, whenever that may be. 

On Sunday we slept in late and then went to the grocery store and the liquor store to stock up on some things. And then got breakfast take out from one of our local diners. Also got a bottle of OJ and some prosecco so I was able to make mimosas to go along with the breakfast. Then we caught up on some recorded TV. 

And well now it's already the new week again. Tuesday morning already. So I better get on with it and log into my work laptop to get started on my day. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Nina/WA.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

COVID 19 ... Social Distancing .. Working from Home ...

637195158875230000What a change a week can make. Crazy times all around at the moment I feel like. Connecticut has now also joined the restaurant/movie theater/etc. ban starting last night. I am working from home until at least April 6 is what we're being told. Social distancing and all that. Crazy world out there right now. Travel restrictions abound all over the place which of course makes my job which is very international (corporate relocation) interesting too. But can you do? We can only make the best of things and we'll get through it. Not much else that can be done. 

This past weekend we ran some errands on Saturday and had brunch at J. Lawrence. Then on Sunday we went to see "Emma" (I am glad we were able to go see it before the movie theaters shut down) and had lunch in Oxford followed by catching up on TV at home in the evening. 

This week and the coming weeks most likely will bring a lot of at home time since everything is pretty much closed. No restaurants/bars, museums, movies, etc. If the weather cooperates maybe we will go for a walk over the weekend to get out and get some fresh air. Right now it's pretty dreary outside, cold and rainy. But it's only Tuesday of course. We will need to see what the weekend brings. 

Also pretty much looking like COVID 19 is also messing with all my travel plans. We had a 2 night stay booked for Niagara on the Lake over Good Friday/Easter but guessing that probably won't happen. And in May I was supposed to travel to Europe to see my parents. I know May is still some time away but the way things have been going I am honestly wondering if I will be able to go or not. Guess I'll see how it goes. One day at a time is pretty much all we can do right now. Well everyone stay safe, wash your hands and curl up with a good book. :)  

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Nina/WA.

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Sunday, March 08, 2020

Friend Meet-ups, Daylight Savings, ...

IMG_20200308_130707_499Getting in an update on a Sunday for a change. Mike's in CA, coming back tonight on a red-eye. He's been away since Wednesday. It's been a quiet and busy week all in once somehow. I spent some quiet nights at home with the cats but also went out with my friend Susanna on Thursday for sushi. I haven't seen her since Sept. when she switched jobs to a different company. So it was nice to meet up and catch up. We afterwards also went to Trader Joe's and I had a great time buying way too much. But it worked out well to have some extra goodies at home while being home alone. And yesterday, Saturday, I went to Stamford by train to meet up with my friend Falguni. It's been quite a while since we have had lunch too so was nice to meet up and catch up with her as well. She picked me up from the train station and we went to Bar Taco which was of course delicious. Then spent the evening at home, reading, watching some Amazon Prime and relaxing. 

Today is another quiet relax day which is good. Sometimes it's nice to have a quiet nothing day. Slept in which was good. I always hate the stupid time change (the US put the clocks forward today for Daylight Savings Time) Then watched the new Outlander episode, puttered around the web for a bit and am now going to make myself some more tea and sit on the couch to read. Sounds like a relaxing peaceful afternoon to me. 

Not really much else new otherwise. Casino night is less than a month away so that's fun. (it's something we do through work where we have a dinner and drinks at the Mohegan Sun casino, a scavenger hunt with prizes and whatnot) 

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

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Monday, March 02, 2020

Vineyard Weekend

IMG_20200302_073116_996Hello March! March is not my favorite month but at least we're closer to spring so that's something. Another Monday and another week ahead. Let's see what this week brings. Had a nice weekend. Saturday we slept in and had lunch at 121 in Oxford. And I spent the evening relaxing and reading. Then on Sunday we went to Chamard Vineyard in Clinton, CT. They have a French bistro there with some super delicious food. Had baked Camembert for an appetizer and Croque Madame for my main dish. So good! Afterwards we checked out two other wineries in Wallingford. Gouveia and Paradise Hills. We had never been to either so it was fun to check out some new places. We will need to go back when the weather is more spring like to enjoy their outdoor spaces and sitting outside. Although we actually did sit outside at Paradise Hills yesterday which is kind of funny considering it was below 40 degrees. But it was super crowded inside with live music. Sitting outside in the sun was actually much more enjoyable, believe it or not. Made our way home after a quick stop at Centrico, to catch up on our recorded TV. 

And well here we are, another week ahead. Nothing much else really happened last week. Felt like a really long week. Let's see what this week brings. A little tired right now but I guess I'll get through the week as always. Am supposed to meet up with a work friend (or well she used to work at the same place but actually hasn't in a little while now) on Thursday night so that should be good. Nothing else going on really. 

Nothing too note worthy on the calendar for March really. Easter falls into early April this year and we have a 2 night trip planned to Niagara on the Lake so that should be fun. And in May I am supposed to go to Croatia and Austria. We'll see how that works out. 

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

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Sherlock 1 - Hanna 0

Black-cat-clipart-2-2019-34And it's already the last week of February. Somehow this month went by pretty quickly. January seemed to last forever but February went by relatively quick. One more week and we are in March. I am not usually a huge fan of March. It's a mostly dreary, wet, muddy month I feel like. But at the very least it feels like we are closer to spring. We're less than a month away from spring. Although what I am really looking forward to is probably more April when nature starts to become green again. But of course that also means we'll be getting closer to the busy season at work again. Guess every good thing has to come with something not so good too. Oh well. :) 

Nothing all that much new here from my side right now. Didn't really do much this weekend. Just tried to catch up on a bunch of our recorded TV, went to lunch. Oh, yeah, we were supposed to have a vet appointment with Sherlock on Saturday. I think I already blocked that out. It was just a check up appointment to update her rabies shot and whatnot. Yeah, needless to say, it didn't go too well. I love that cat but god she is so wiry and squirly. We tried to get her in the carrier probably 10-15 times. I had the whole bedroom up-ended. Stuff moved out of the closet when she was hiding in a corner in there. Stuff moved out from under the bed. And at the end I had blood running down my arm and puncture wounds all up and down my arms. So finally had to call the vet, apologize and tell them I'd need to call back and reschedule. No idea how we will get this to work the next time. I mean we brought her to the vet before. We had multiple appointments with her when we first got her as a kitten but of course she was much smaller then. She is not really all that much bigger now but god she is strong for such a small cat. I look like I fought with a wild animal rather than a tiny cat. :) I did put antibiotic cream on all the punctures and scratches and that seems to be doing the trick. Everything is black and blue, bruised, now but nothing swollen so looks like we're ok. 

So yeah, that was the excitement of the weekend. Otherwise luckily pretty quiet. Let's see what this week brings. Also booked a 2-night stay in the Finger Lakes for Memorial Day weekend so that's nice. Always good to have something to look forward to. :) 

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

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Mostly a quiet week

Snoopy1Happy President's Day. It doesn't really matter too much in the big scope of things since both Mike and I still have to go to work. But that's ok. I never got President's Day off at my old job either so it's not a big loss. Of course would be great to have a long weekend but hey is what it is right? I do have a sushi date with two work friends later so that will be fun and something to look forward to to get me through my Monday. :) 

This past week was pretty quiet. Our wedding anniversary was on Monday (10th). We were going to a special dinner but then decided to push that to Tuesday instead. Tried a Mexican place we had been meaning to try for quite a while - Hacienda Don Manuel in Brookfield. Was pretty tasty and the margaritas were really good. We'll need to go back some time. Rest of the week was pretty low key as Mike was in Chicago Thursday to Sunday. So I had a bunch of quiet evenings and a quiet weekend. 

Saturday I went to the library and got a few books and then stopped at the coffee shop across the street for a bit. Had some tea and a breakfast sandwich while watching the world go by. Eventually made my way back home. Brrr was a cold day on Saturday. Sunday was a bit warmer and I think today isn't supposed to be too too bad. I mean I know it is winter but I am just not a fan of it, what can I say? 

Tomorrow is Mike's birthday. No big plans really. He's not a fan of big celebrations so I guess we'll see how it goes. May have a few friends join us for dinner/drinks. We'll see what happens I suppose. Will see what we do this coming weekend too. Had to cancel our plans for Chamard last weekend so maybe we'll do that this weekend or maybe the following one instead. We have a check up appointment with Sherlock at the vet on Saturday (can't believe it's been a year). So yeah, we'll see. It's only Monday so the weekend feels ten million years away. Haha.

Oh, I forgot to say. I applied for an open Associate Team Lead position in my department and had my interviews these past weeks. And found out late last week that I got it. There were two open positions so it's me and one other girl from my department. It's a promotion and a raise. Pretty exciting and a bit terrifying all at once. haha. But it's good to set challenges for one self and be able to grow and learn. On to the next adventure so to speak. :) I was a manager at my old job so really shouldn't be that much of an adjustment but of course corporate culture tends to be a bit different than what we had at my last smaller family opened company. But like I said, on to new things and new challenges. Let's see what 2020 brings. :) 

Letter/Mail Update: Letters going out to: Celia/MA, Lotte/Denmark and Carmen/Malta. 

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Jagged Little Pill, Oscars, Anniversary & more

IMG_20200208_182229_552Yup, Monday again. It's dark and raining outside. Cold, rainy, miserable day. I guess it's better than snow. There is some snow mixing in a bit north of us but not where we are. Anyway not really motivating weather for a Monday morning but is what it is, right? Stayed up late last night watching the Oscars so that of course makes Monday even less fun as well. The Oscars were ok. The whole no host thing is a bit weird to me still. And some of the presenters seemed just out there. I dunno. 

Had a good weekend. Saturday we went to the city to see the Alanis Morrisette musical "Jagged Little Pill". Such a cool show. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I really have to say they did an amazing job with creating a storyline with her songs. Such a topical current day narrative as well. Anyway, would definitely recommend. After the show we had dinner at Osteria al Doge. Delicious as always. 

Sunday we slept in and ran a few errands in the morning, then had lunch at 121 in Oxford. And eventually watched the Oscars. A pretty relaxed day.

And today is our wedding anniversary - 19 years. How crazy is that? I honestly don't know where all the time has gone. Not doing anything big today really. We'll have a nice dinner but that's it. Friday is Valentine's Day. No big plans for that either. But we made plans to go to Chamard Vineyard in Clinton, CT on Saturday (15th). They have delicious food at their bistro and well of course great wine. Still need to get through this week first though. Ugh, I hate Mondays. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received mail/owe letters to: Lotte/Denmark and Carmen/Malta. 

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Monday, February 03, 2020

Hello February

FebruaryAnd it's February. January did seem like it lasted forever. We will see how February goes. February is always a kind of busy month for us. February 10th is our wedding anniversary (19 years this year - holy crap), February 14th Valentine's Day and February 18th Mike's birthday. As the years go on we have been doing less in terms of gifts and going all out with stuff but still try to do something small. I guess we'll probably do a nice dinner. Still need to figure out what I am getting Mike for his birthday. :) Again will probably be something small but really when you have been together for that long, also makes no sense to me to get stuff that just sits around the house and collects dust. Lately we have been going more in the direction of experience gifts (walking tours, concert/Broadway tickets, ...) or vacations. Makes more sense to me.

Our work dinner on Wednesday was nice. Had way too much food of course but it was delicious. I will need to get back to eating better this week so I don't completely ruin the few pounds I managed to lose in January. Losing weight really is not easy, especially the older I get. Ugh. Anyway enough complaining about that for now. 

Let's see, anything else interesting to report? Last week was a busy week at work with my year-end review, the work dinner and some other things. Oh and on Friday I was off as I had to head to the city to go to the Austrian consulate to renew my passport. All in all that appointment went pretty smooth. I did have to bring a bunch of supporting documents (birth certificate, marriage certificate, proof of citizenship, my old passport, my greencard, ..) but luckily I had everything they needed and was on my way pretty quickly. Hung out at Starbucks drinking Earl Grey tea for a bit and then had lunch at the Austrian Cafe Sabarsky about 10 blocks north of the consulate. Stopped into Old Navy and H&M on my way back to Grand Central. So yeah, all in all a pretty good day.

The weekend was pretty low key. Saturday we went to Oxford for lunch at 121 and later I spent the evening reading and cuddling with the cat. Sunday we headed to Hurricane in Newburgh for lunch and then later caught up on some recorded TV shows. Didn't bother with the Super Bowl which was fine with me. Not really a football fan. Like I said, an uneventful weekend. This upcoming weekend we have Broadway tickets to see "Jagged Little Pill". Looking forward to that!  

Letter/Mail Update: Received mail/owe letters to: Lotte/Denmark and Carmen/Malta. 

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Lowkey weekend

Pixlr_20200127072033163And another week ahead. Almost the end of January now. I have been doing "Dry January" where you don't drink for the month of January. I decided it would be a good break and may also help with trying to lose some weight. I have lost a few pounds so that has worked out pretty well. I did give in yesterday and had some wine while watching the Grammys. Definitely feeling it this morning. Haha. I guess when you don't drink for 3+ weeks that's what happens. lol. Oh well, I will power through it, just feeling a little sluggish that's all. Going to finish out the rest of the month with no alcohol. Well except for this week Wednesday. We have our "Circle of Excellence" work dinner on Wednesday so will allow myself a couple of glasses of wine for that. 

Not too much else going on really. Didn't do much this weekend. Saturday the weather was cold and rainy, with really heavy downpours at times. Very strange weather for January. But got rid of most of the snow anyway. Yesterday was nicer, a mostly sunny day. Supposed to be pretty decent for this week I think. On Friday I have to head down to the city for an appointment at the Austrian consulate to renew my passport. Kind of a pain but at least we live close enough to the consulate where it's not that big of a deal. 

Yesterday, Sunday, we headed to Fairfield to have pizza at the Colony Grill. Always super delicious. Then later we watched the Grammys which was fun. It is weird though how they barely hand out any awards on TV anymore. The whole Grammy show is basically various performances. And of course it ran late so didn't get to bed till close to midnight. Oh well. 

Alright that's about all. Nothing much else going on. Somewhat busy week ahead with a doctor's appointment and various work things. Let's see how it goes.  

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

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