Sunday, May 22, 2022

Heat Wave Weekend

Pixlr_20220522180700028Happy Sunday everyone! Yup, here we are again, another week gone and already Sunday evening again. Let's see what I can write about last week. The week was busy as is always the case these days. Tuesday we had a happy hour after work hosted by one of our vendors/partner companies which was fun. Thursday I had a dentist cleaning which was less fun but uneventful all in all. 

The weekend has been a scorcher. The weather has been so crazy. It was cold for so long and now has switched to mid 90 degree weather (35C). Luckily it was just for the weekend, going to go back down to 70ies and 80ies for the week. But yeah climate change is definitely real people. We never seem to get a true spring or fall anymore. It's just hot or cold and not much in between. 

Yesterday, Saturday, we went to Westport to have lunch at Rizzuto's and then caught up on some TV at home. And today, Sunday, we went to see the new Dr. Strange Marvel movie. FInally got to go to the newly re-opened Bethel Cinema - now Greenwood Features. Glad that they have reopened. When we got out of the movies we were caught in Bethel's Memorial Day Parade and couldn't leave the parking lot so we sat and watched the parade because what else can you do? :) Afterwards caught a late brunch at Edison and eventually will go home and catch up on more TV. 

Next weekend is Memorial Day weekend and we booked 2 nights (Sat-Mon) away in the Finger Lakes in upstate NY. Always a fun place to be and hang out. Such pretty scenery and of course lot of great wineries. 

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Nina/WA and Kimber/Halifax. 

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Eurovision and Winery Weekend

PixlrAnd here we are, Monday again. I have been so behind with my updating and writing. 

So let's see. Last weekend we were at Rizzutos Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday we went to see the new Fantastic Beats movie which I liked. Mike Pixlr_20220516072921491 wasn't as into it but then that's to be expected with sequels I guess. I thought it was still good, just a bit long but then that's also a thing with most movies lately, that they are just too long.  

Then the week was a normal busy week. This weekend on Saturday we went to Rosy Tomorrow's for lunch as I wanted to be sure to be home for 3pm so I could watch the Eurovision Song Contest. Ukraine won which was expected and exciting in its own way. Let's see how that plays out with them hosting next year but I assume somebody will step in if need be. Watching Eurovision is a tradition for me so it's always fun even though it's super cheesy and over the top. 

Sunday the weather was supposed to be a bit shifty weather wise but worked out well. We went to two wineries in Wallingford. Started at Gouveia and then switched to Paradise Hill. Had a great time and day sitting outside enjoying the beautiful weather.  Really couldn't have asked for more. Of course I got a little sunburned but not too bad. Need to remember that we are in that season/period of the year again where I really need to remember to bring the sunscreen with me because I burn so easily. 

And well now it's Monday morning and I am not sure I am ready for another week but it is what it is I guess, right? So full steam ahead. 

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Nina/WA and Kimber/Halifax. 

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Sunday, May 01, 2022

Back in the US of A

E0TzpBkXEAUEiY8Hello from back in Connecticut. :) Got back on Wednesday and today is Sunday and the jetlag is finally starting to ease up. Usually I am not that affected by it especially coming back to the States but I think having been away for 3 weeks just messed with my system. But finally getting back into the normal swing of things and routine. 

Worked on Monday, then had Tuesday off to run some errands, get my Covid pre-departure test, pack and so on. Wednesday was my travel day. Had a 4 hour connection in Dublin which kind of worked out since my first flight from Vienna to Dublin was over 2 hours delayed. There were mechanical issues and problems with the engine and they couldn't tell me if I would even make the connection but it all ended up working out in the end. Landing at JFK was no fun either as there were really strong winds which caused us to bounce all over the sky during landing. But like I said it all worked out ok in the end. Since I was able to pre-clear US customs/immigration in Dublin I didn't have to go through immigration/customs when landing so that helped speed up things for sure. 

Thursday and Friday I worked. Thursday is a bit of a blur between jetlag and some work events (celebrations for a 60th birthday of a coworker as well as a retirement party/ pot luck during lunch and happy hour after work)

The weekend flew by of course as well but I guess isn't that always the way? Saturday we went to the movies and then had lunch at Flipside. Went for a walk when we got home in the late afternoon and then made a yum salmon & vegetable farro dinner and binged some "Bridgerton" season 2. 

Today, Sunday, we met up with our friends Robin & Ashley at Rizzuto's in Westport. And eventually going to start the last season of "Ozark". And well tomorrow is Monday again and a whole new week ahead. 

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Nina/WA and Kimber/Halifax. 

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Time flies

IMG_20220424_112803_221And it's Sunday again somehow and I have already been here for over 2 weeks. My flight back to the US is on Wednesday so just 3 days away, How do 3 weeks fly by so fast? It's mind boggling somehow. 

So let's see, last week I worked on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday my mom, aunt and our neighbors went for a nice lunch to a local vineyard/Heurigen. And on Thursday I went into Vienna in the afternoon and met up with my friend Lydia. Had a great day. We started with lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant in downtown Vienna and then walked around for a bit and had some Aperol spritzers in a great setting, the weather worked out perfectly that day so we were able to sit outside. Then finished at a cafe with some toast and white wine spritzers. Definitely a great afternoon. 

Friday the weather was cool and miserable again but since I had to work anyway it wasn't a huge issue. 

Saturday we didn't really have any plans but somehow the day flew by quickly anyway. We went for a walk, ordered in lunch and later in the day went into St. Poelten for some shopping and another walk. 

And today, Sunday, I took the train to Salzburg and met up with my family/cousins there. Was a fun day with great lunch and some nice time spent with family. And Salzburg is always a fun visit and such a great city. 

Tomorrow is Monday and another work day for me. Then Tuesday I have off and need to get some last minute things done such as packing and getting a Covid test (required for entry into the US) And then Wednesday morning I am off to Dublin and on to New York. 

Still not sure how three weeks can go by that fast but I guess it is what it is. And definitely had some quality time with my mom, friends and family. Probably will come back in the fall again so no all that long really. 

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

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Easter Week

Pixlr_20220417192106259Happy Easter! Easter Sunday today and honestly we didn't really do very much which was fine. A quiet, relaxed IMG_20220413_221303_630 Sunday. Can't believe I have already been in Austria for 10 days  10 more to go. No idea how time flies that fast but it's just the way it goes. 

This past week I worked on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so my work days are a bit of a blur anyway. I try to keep my normal routine with my mom in the morning, breakfast and then a walk around the neighborhood, then lunch and then I start my work from around 2pm to 10pm to be available EST hours. 

On Wednesday we were invited over to our neighbor Helga's place for a lunch/spread with various cold cuts/smoked meats/cheeses and dessert. Spent most of the afternoon over there and had a good day. 

On Friday we met up with Andi and had lunch at the Boothaus which was really delicious. And on Saturday I went into Vienna to meet up with my friends Claudia and Andrea. Went for brunch at "Freiraum" on Mariahilferstrasse with Claudia and then for a nice stroll afterwards. Met up with Andrea in front of the opera in afternoon and we also went for a walk and spent some time catching up at a cafe. Definitely a nice day and got my steps in. :)

The weather has been very up and down. In the middle of the week it was pretty warm. On Wednesday we were able to sit outside for our lunch but then it cooled down quite a bit again and was much more unstable. Oh well. 

Next week looks to be a mixed bag weather wise too. I will be working Monday, Tuesday and Friday next week. Wednesday I think we may plan an outing and Thursday I am heading back into Vienna to see my friend Lydia. And then next Sunday, a week from today, I am going to take the train to Salzburg. So lots to come still. 

Mail Update: Letters went out on Saturday to Celia/MA and Eunice/Malta. Received a letter from/owe a response to: Nina/WA. 

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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Austria Musings

IMG_20220408_201724_842Hello from Austria. :) I have already been here since Thursday and today is Sunday, time is definitely already flying IMG_20220408_201433_214 but isn't that always the way?

It was hectic getting ready to leave but again that's also nothing super new. Worked 1/2 a day on Wednesday and then had my flight out of JFK a bit after 5pm on Wednesday. Flew with AerLingus via Dublin this time and all in all everything went smoothly and with no issues so no complaints really. Arrived in Vienna Thursday morning around 10am, caught the train to St. Poelten where my aunt met me at the train station and we were at my mom's house before noon. 

Had Friday through today, Sunday, off and had some relaxed days for the most part. Friday I had my hair appointment and spent a good amount of time at the hairdresser's. On Saturday the weather turned quite a bit cooler and more unstable with rain and wind. Still went for some walks with my mom and we also watched a sappy movie in the afternoon and ordered pizza and Italian food for delivery. And really more of the same today. Went for some walks, stopped in at a close family friend's house for a chat, ate, watched a movie etc. Also managed to catch up a little with work today so hopefully tomorrow won't be quite as crazy but I guess we'll see about that. Mondays always tend to be nuts no matter what. 

But yeah, last few days have been mostly low key which has been fine. Next week I will work Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday we have an appointment at the bank in the morning and I think we are also invited over to our neighbor's place for lunch/dinner. No real plans for Friday yet. Next weekend on Saturday I am meeting up with 2 friends in Vienna and nothing set in stone for Sunday (which is Easter Sunday) yet. 

The weather is supposed to get better and warmer over the next few days so we'll see if that turns out to be true. So far it's been very April weather since I have been here switching between nice and sunny, cold, rainy and windy in a matter of minutes over and over. 

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

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Sunday, April 03, 2022

Grammys, Mindy & getting ready

FB_IMG_1618260696031Happy April. Even though it's April now and I think should have more of a spring feel today was kind of cold, dreary and rainy. A wet, cold day. Oh well. The weather in Austria in March has been unseasonably warm a lot of days but of course now that it's getting closer to me getting there it's cooled down quite a bit. Oh well. I will be there for 3 weeks so there is always the possibility of change in the weather. Which actually is making it a bit difficult to pack and I am trying to pack relatively light (to keep some room for goodies to bring back) but also be prepared for all the different possibilities in the weather. Short sleeve, long sleeve, sweaters, t-shirts, all of that. 

I leave on Wednesday so just 2 1/2 days away really. Trying to get ready, pre-packed a few things today and also tried to catch up on some work stuff but yeah nowhere near ready to leave just yet. I will be working about half of the time while I am there but there's still a good amount of prep work to be done. 

Tonight are the Grammy's. Let's hope they go more smoothly than the Oscars last week with the whole Chris Rock Will Smith fiasco. 

In happy news our cat Mindy seems to be doing better. I hesitate to say that she's back to her old self because I don't think we are quite there yet but she definitely seems to be better, eating, drinking, washing herself, playing and paying more attention to her surroundings. I am hoping that the steroid shot she received will last for a while and maybe just maybe even a long while. So we will see how it goes but for now she's at least acting more normal and content so that's good for sure. 

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

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Sunday, March 27, 2022

Oscar Sunday, Mindy and more

FB_IMG_1534703081788Remember how I said "happy spring" and all that last week. Just now I looked out the window and there was snow blowing sideways. Yeah it's not really going to stick but it's cold and tomorrow it's barely going to get above freezing. Brrr. It will warm up again after that but yeah. Definitely ready for some more consistent nicer weather but March is always that way and even April. You never quite know what you are doing to get, it's a mixed bag. 

Another really busy week. And only a bit over a week to go before I leave for Europe. Definitely not quite ready or prepared for that. That's for sure. 

We are also dealing with issues with our cat Mindy which has been consuming a lot of my thoughts. She is 12 year old so not super young but also not crazy old. About a week and a half ago she started acting kind of weird and off. Nothing too crazy but she was always sitting in one spot and wasn't moving much and just seemed off. Also eating less than normal and just not herself. We ended up bringing her to the vet on Tuesday and they couldn't really give a definite reason but ran blood-work and xrays. The xray showed that she is eating litter which was weird enough in itself. We finally got the blood results back Thursday night and let's just say it wasn't great. She is severely anemic which in cats apparently can have a few underlying reasons such as bone marrow cancer, kidney failure, liver disease, auto immune disease etc. So basically all the reasons are bad and not really fixable. The vet suggested trying a steroid shot to see if that would perk her up a bit, at least short term. So we brought her to the vet Friday morning. She then proceeded to sleep most of Friday but when she got up late Friday afternoon she did have a few bites to eat and some water and she has been eating a little and drinking water since then. She is still not perfect or back to her old self by all means but she is washing herself a little, eating a little, drinking a little, using her litter box, really all we can ask for. She doesn't look super uncomfortable and mostly relaxed so we'll just take it one day at a time to see how it goes. 

So yeah that's been what's been occupying my mind mostly. Other than that went to the movies to today and saw "The Lost CIty" which was a fun movie. Silly for sure but entertaining. Also watched "Being the Ricardos" on Amazon Prime yesterday and tonight we will be watching the Oscars. 

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

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Sunday, March 20, 2022

Welcome Spring!

SnoopyHappy first day of spring! :) I am happy we have winter officially behind us. Last Friday we had a super gorgeous day with sunny weather in the low 70ies (low 20ies C) Of course since it was a Friday I did have to work but I had the windows open and was able to go for a quick walk around lunch time so that was still nice.

The weather over the weekend wasn't nearly as nice but ok. Yesterday, Saturday it was rainy and cooler. Had a massage in the morning which was nice, lunch at Rizzuto's and a nice laid back evening on the couch watching some shows. Today, Sunday, we slept in and then went for a 15-20 min walk. The weather was pretty cloudy but decent enough to be out for a quick walk. Had lunch at Red Rooster and eventually will end up catching up with more DVR shows and Netflix and just vegging out. 

And well tomorrow is already Monday again. Guess we'll see what this week brings. Work has been pretty nutty as of late again so fingers crossed. Only about three weeks now until my trip to Austria too. I have a feeling it will be here before I know it. 

Not too much else new really. I think the weather for this coming week looks ok. Not super warm and nice but not terribly cold either. I am hoping that we have the real cold and snow type weather mostly behind us now. Fingers crossed and all that. 

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

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Sunday, March 13, 2022

Lots of random stuff

FB_IMG_1531439450985Can't believe the last time I posted was on February 20th. Where has the time gone? I normally have been very good about posting once a week but somehow these past weeks things just never went as planned. Work's been very hectic since the promotion, just lots of new processes and things, making everything work together, eventually reducing my overall caseload but making it all work in the meantime, learning new things and whatnot. It's been interesting and challenging but also just very busy, which is normal with any new thing of course. 

Let's see what else? We also had our "Circle of Excellence" dinner in early March (based on the post-move surveys) which was a lot of fun. This was my 5th year in a row (every year since I have been at the company) in the COE. And every year they have a nice dinner celebrating everyone who made it into the circle of excellence (scores of 90% or more) Last year we had to do it via Zoom but either way it's always a fun time. Of course more fun in person so I am glad we were able to do it again in person this year. 

Yesterday we watched "The Adam Project" on Netflix and today we went to the movies to see "Uncharted". Both fun movies. 

Oh and yesterday I also booked my tickets to go back to Austria. Going April 6 to April 27. I'll be there for three weeks and will work for about a week and a half while there. That's another nice perk with my job being able to work remotely. Of course I do have to work East Coast hours which means working 2pm to 10pm while in Austria but that's ok. Still get to spend time with my mom and will try and make plans to hang out with some friends so should be good. 

The weather has been all over the place here in CT lately. We have had some super nice almost spring like days followed by freezing weather and snow. It's a lot of up and down. Hopefully I'll get some decent weather when in Austria in April but there's no knowing, wait and see I guess. 

Oh and we switched over to Daylight Savings time today as well. The US always does it earlier than Europe so we'll be out of sync with Europe for a few weeks time. I really wish we could stop with the whole time change thing and just pick a time and stick with it. Maybe one day. 

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

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