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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Monday, January 20, 2020

Snow and cold ... brrrrr

ColdRemember how I wrote about the super nice weekend last week? Yeah, that of course was a fluke. We went back to January weather this past week. Brrr. Today the high is only 27F (-2C) and the temp this was morning was around 15F (-9C) with the windchill making it feel like 2F (-16C). Yeah, not really looking forward to going outside this morning. It's supposed to be cold pretty much all week.

This past weekend we also got some now. Really not all that much. Danbury got about 3 1/2 inches (8.5 cm) But it was enough to make the roads a mess of course. We went out to lunch at Rosys and by the time we were coming home our road hadn't seen a snow plow yet. We live on a crazy hill so without any sanding or plowing you can pretty much forget about it. We did try but made it barely half way up the hill. Ended up going back down and parked on the cross road at the bottom of the hill. Not really very far up to our house so not a huge deal. The mayor had declared a snow emergency (which really is ridiculous for 3 inches of snow) so technically we weren't supposed to park on the road. But there were a bunch of other cars parked as well so we took our chances.  Worked out ok as our car was still there Sunday morning. :) 

Sunday the weather was actually pretty nice. Sunny and above freezing so it melted some of the snow already. But now it went down to crazy freezing temps so whatever is left of the snow will most likely hang around for the rest of the week. It's Martin Luther King Day today but neither Mike or I get it off so business as usual for us really. Let's see what the week brings I suppose. Not sure I am ready to face another week but you know, it is what it is. Right? 

Not too much else going on really. I don't think I wrote on here yet that I booked my next Europe trip to visit with my parents. Will be going towards mid May, spending a few days in Croatia and the rest in Austria with them. The weather should be pretty nice by then in theory. Definitely looking forward to the nicer weather months. Never been a winter person. I know some people absolutely love the snow, skiing, snow boarding, all that. Yeah, never really been my thing. I know, I know, I am probably one of the few Austrians who doesn't ski. lol. 

Anyway enough of my babbling. I better finish my tea and get on with it to get ready for my Monday. 

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

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Warm January Weekend

IMG_20200113_072257_882What a nice weekend we had and now we're back to January temps. Well today won't be so bad still. Right now it's right around freezing which is of course normal for January. And our high is supposed to be a cloudy 44F (6C) which isn't bad. But over the weekend we had temps in the high 60ies (18C) which for January just felt absolutely glorious. So strange. 

Saturday I ended up taking care of a bunch of stuff around the apartment that needed to be done. Put away laundry, vacuumed, put away all the Christmas decorations and the tree, decluttered and cleaned the living room a bit and even managed to get 2 letters done. I think the warm weather almost made it feel like a mini spring clean. Well whatever works, at least it's all done so that's good. 

Then on Sunday we took advantage of the warmer weather and went for a 3.5 mile walk at a trail in a nearby town. Paved and relatively flat so nothing crazy but it was nice to be outside for a change and shake off the cabin fever. It also made me realize that I am definitely not in shape - haha. But it was still nice to be outside and fun to get some exercise. Afterwards we went for lunch at the Barndoor. And eventually caught up on some of our recorded TV shows. 

And well here we are. It's Monday again. Ugh. Not sure I am really ready to face another week. But here we are nonetheless. Let's see what this week brings. Nothing really much new otherwise. 

Letter/Mail Update: Letters going out today to: Nina/WA and Celia/MA.

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Monday, January 06, 2020

2020 ... Happy New Year!

15728918142020-Golden-Transparent-Clip-Art-ImageOk so first Monday of 2020. And just realized this is also my first post of 2020 so a Happy New Year's is in order I suppose. So let's see, New Year's was pretty uneventful all in all. New Year's Eve I had to work for 1/2 a day. Mike ended up getting out a little early too. Around 4pm we went to Centrico to hang out with our friends Cait and Pat. Stayed there till about 8.30-9 and then made our way home where we watched some TV (some more Mandalorian episodes - finished them New Year's Day) and eventually switched to the Times Square coverage, waiting for the ball to drop. It really did not seem that exciting. Maybe I am just getting old. lol. Anyway, was in bed around 12.30 probably. 

Then New Year's Day we went to see "Cats". I had heard such awful things about it that it actually did not disappoint me as much as I thought it might. The music and score was very good but the movie itself - definitely crazy bizarre and weird. I don't know what they were thinking when they made it. I did want to go and see it, just to see for myself and I am glad we did, but not something I will need to re-watch any time soon. 

Then there was work Thursday and Friday. And then the weekend. I did love the short work weeks these past few weeks but I think I am ready to get back on track and a more normal schedule. It's been crazy trying to keep track what day it is. Haha. Anyway, the weekend was pretty low key. Saturday we went to see "Uncut Gems", the new Adam Sandler movie. What a stressful movie. I did enjoy it mostly but yeah, not a quiet moment in that movie whatsoever. Sunday we didn't really do anything. Slept in late, ran a few errands, had lunch at Rosy's and then caught up on some TV before watching the Golden Globes. I do like Ricky Gervais but not sure how I felt about him as the host this time around. But all in all, a standard awards show. 

And well here we are. It's Monday and off to face the first full week of 2020. Let's see how it goes. 

Letter/Mail Update: I received a letter from/owe a reply to: Nina/WA.

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Monday, December 30, 2019

North Fork Wine Weekend

Pixlr_20191230070356026And it's Monday morning and almost New Year already. Time is definitely flying. Had a nice Christmas. Christmas Eve we saw "Bombshell" and went Pixlr (4) to Outback for dinner. And on Christmas Day we opened our gifts with family in the morning (didn't go crazy with gifts this year but did receive some nice things, tea, scented candle, a coloring book, wine glasses and a bottle of wine etc) and then went to see "Little Women". After that we hung out at home and watched a Christmas movie (Noelle) and then some more recorded stuff we had on our DVR. 

And this past weekend we were away on the North Fork on Long Island visiting our favorite wineries. As always it was a great weekend and we mostly lucked out with the weather too. It was relatively mild and sunny for most of the trip. It did start raining as we were getting ready to leave on Sunday so that made the drive home not that much fun but all in all it was good. 

We left home Saturday morning, stopped at Starbucks and got to our first winery, Macari, around 11.10am.  Macari is always a lot of fun even though it is one of the bigger wineries. Had a glass there and then continued on to Osprey's Dominion. Been there plenty of times as well. Usually when we go in the off-season, like this weekend, it's quiet and relaxing. When we went in July it was crazy how big of a change it was. But anyway this time it was quiet and we ended up getting a bottle of wine and sat outside where they had a fire going. It was cold but in the sun and near the fire it was actually pretty nice. Then from there we continued on to lunch at a place in Greenport called "First and South". We had never been there before but it was a really good find. I had a bowl of chowder which was absolutely delicious and we also had some bread and shared a burger. All really yummy. From there we continued on to Sparkling Pointe as we wanted to pick up a bottle of sparkling wine for New Year's. Actually ended up with 2 bottles since they had an offer to receive the tasting for free when you buy two bottles. :) And from there we went to Sannino to check out their new building/tasting room. When we went there the last time, probably a year ago, they were still in a really small space but had shown us their blue prints for the new tasting room they were going to open so that was neat to check out. And well from there we continued on to our last stop at One Woman WInery. We had never been there before and it really was a fun find. Very small tasting room but they do have some outdoor space for the nicer months as well. They had a Gruener Veltliner (the only winery on the North Fork to offer one apparently) and the people there were fun to talk to. So yeah, definitely a good find. 

After all the wineries we headed to our hotel (Indigo) in Riverhead. This time I had booked through Snaptravel which proved a little challenging with them finding our reservation but they did locate it and all was well in the end. The rate we received was great ($109 incl. breakfast) so it was worth the little hassle. :) Anyway freshened up in our room and then went downstairs and hung out at the bar for a bit. They also had live music which was pretty fun. A nice way to end the night. 

Then yesterday, Sunday, we had breakfast. Their breakfast buffet really isn't anything great and I wouldn't pay for it but with it being included it worked out to get a little something in our stomachs before heading out to more wineries. Our first stop of the day was Paumanok. They have a really pretty rustic wooden deck area outside overlooking the vines and even though it was a bit chilly we decided to sit outside in the sun for a bit anyway. From there we continued on to Clovis Point. They also have an outdoor area but they must heat it during the winter (it's semi enclosed) so it was nice and cozy. After that we headed to Lenz. When we pulled in I knew we had been there before but sometimes it's hard to keep track of all the different wineries and which one is which. The last time we had been there it was during the winter when it had just snowed and the whole place looked like a winter wonderland with a covered bridge type entrance and a cute courtyard. Anyway the plan originally was to get come cheese as a snack for lunch but they actually had sold out of their cheese. So we just had some wine and then ended up going to lunch at a place nearby called Red Rooster. What a great accidental find. Mike had shrimp dumplings and I ordered a ham, brie and tomato sandwich and both were absolutely delicious. It being off season it was very quiet as well. From there we headed to our last and final stop - Coffeepot Cellars. Definitely our favorite winery - partly because of the cute pug Beasly and also the sweet people running the place. It's a small winery but always fun to hang out. So many stories and always fun to catch up. 

Like I said the ride home wasn't too great due to the rain but we made it back a little before 7pm so really not so bad. Stopped at Two Steps and met our friend John there for a bit before heading home. And well here we are, it's Monday again. Really not looking forward to work but hey what can you do right? Tomorrow for New Year's Eve we just half a day and then off for New Year's Day so that will break up the week again. While I am looking forward to some more time off I do have to say that the holidays in the middle of the week are totally messing with my inner system and schedule. It's hard to keep track what day it actually is. Well anyway, I guess better get on with it and face the week. Right?

Letter/Mail Update: I received a letter from/owe a reply to: Nina/WA.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

And it's Christmas Eve ...

IMG_20191224_110654_388Christmas Eve already. Where has this year gone? Really crazy. But then I do say this every year but this year it feels like the year has flown by especially fast somehow. But anyway, it's a nice day today. Sunny, cool but not freezing cold. It has warmed up a bit these past few days so all the ice finally melted. After our ice storm it was super cold for almost a week straight so none of the ice really ever melted. All the trees and grass and surfaces were all coated in ice for a week straight. I will admit that it did look a bit more Christmassy when everything was coated in white outside but I will trade that for being able to walk outside and down our outside stairs without having to worry about breaking my neck. lol. 

Over the weekend we went to see the new Star Wars movie which I did enjoy. I am not a huge Star Wars fan but do enjoy the movies. Friday was our Christmas party at work and that was also a lot of fun. Always entertaining. And Sunday, let's see what did we do Sunday? I think Sunday was mostly just a relaxed day. Oh yeah, Mike got the oil changed on the car and then we had lunch at Flipside in Fairfield. With a stop at Centrico to drop off some gingerbread for our friends afterwards. 

And today it's Christmas Eve already. Work has pretty hectic yesterday, covering for a co-worker who took the week off, plus trying to get a bunch of stuff done before being off for two days. It is nice having the 24th and 25th off. A three day work week definitely can't be complained about. I do have a feeling Thursday and Friday will be a bit nuts again but we shall see. Maybe it will be quiet. One can hope right? 

Anyway today I finally wrapped all of the gifts. Just waiting for one more gift card that is coming in the mail later and then I am done. Also finally finished unpacking all the suitcases/luggage from our Europe trip. Yeah I know, we have been back for a bit now but somehow I just didn't get around to it yet. So finally took care of that today. In a little while we'll go see "Bombshell" at the theater. Also going to brave Stew Leonard's to pick up some shrimp cocktail and veggies/dip for tomorrow. And then dinner at Outback. 

No huge plans for tomorrow either. We will open gifts with my sis-in law and my niece and nephew around 10. Then we are going to see "Little Women" later. And will just relax the rest of the day, eat and catch up on some TV. 

Letter/Mail Update: I received a letter from/owe a reply to: Nina/WA.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Low Key Movie Weekend

Pixlr (3)Already Monday again. I don't even know how that happens. We already made it through our first week back in the US. Got back last week on Sunday. All went pretty smooth with the flight (some annoying fellow passengers but hey that's about normal I guess) and immigration took forever (also nothing unusual I guess) so all in all ok. Then we headed back to work on Monday. And of course our system at work went down for almost the whole day on Monday which didn't help with me needing to catch up. I did manage to mostly get caught up throughout the week. Well, let's see what this week brings? A lot of people are taking days off between now and Christmas so it's a bit of a hectic time. 

The weekend was pretty low key all in all. We went to the movies twice (saw "Knives Out" on Saturday and "the new Jumanji" movie on Sunday) and other than that just went to lunch/brunch and caught up on some recorded TV. Nothing crazy. Saw some friends and were able to drop off some gingerbread/cake and chocolate care packages. We always end up with way too much stuff when we travel to Europe so it's nice to share with everybody when we are back. 

Can't believe we are only a little over a week away from Christmas. I am really not ready. I have sort of figured out most of the gifts now but am waiting for everything to get delivered and then need to wrap. The Europe trip definitely put me behind with a lot of my organizational stuff. I did manage to write my Christmas cards prior to us leaving though so that was good. It's funny too because some people received them within a few days and others have just received them now. The postal system really is wonky at this time of the year. My US packages I only mailed this past Friday (wanted to include some things I bought in Europe) so hopefully all those will make it where they need to go in time as well. 

Missed a storm while we were away which I am not unhappy about. Now tonight there is supposed to be a front moving in and my main concern with that one is that it is supposed to be freezing rain/ice on top of the snow. Ugh. I absolutely hate that. I guess we'll see what tomorrow morning brings when we wake up. I do have the option of working from home if it's really bad but I do try to get to the office if possible. I guess will just need to wait and see what it's actually like tomorrow morning. Ugh.

Letter/Mail Update: Letters went out on Friday to: Lotte/Denmark, Celia/MA and Carmen/Malta. I received a letter from/owe a reply to: Nina/WA.

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