Sunday, June 19, 2022

Random Stuff

Pixlr_20220619165708766Yup you guessed it. It's Sunday evening again. Why, oh why? The weekend was nice though.  No complaints. 

Yesterday, Saturday, we went to Rizzutos for lunch.  And had a nice relaxed evening at home. Also watched another episode of Stranger Things. Two more to go from this latest batch which we will finish tonight.  

Today, Sunday, we went for a walk at Tarrywile (local park) to get some fresh air and exercise. Weather was nice,  a bit cool and windy,  but sunny and overall pleasant. Then we headed to Flipside in Fairfield for lunch. 

So really nothing all that much new to report. Was another busy week at work but that's pretty much going to continue until at least the fall I imagine. 

This upcoming week is the first day of summer I think.  Summer Solstice. Crazy to think we are already almost halfway through the year. Seriously, where does all of the time go?? 

I have a week of vacation time in mid July but not really sure what I will do with it yet. There is the possibility I may go visit a friend in the UK but it all depends on schedules lining up. Otherwise I may come up with something in the US. Guess we will see how it turns out.

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

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Mark Twain House and more

IMG_20220612_122116_441Hello Sunday! Why is it already Sunday evening again? Really don't know where the time goes anymore these days :) 

Had a nice weekend though. Yesterday, Saturday, I had an appointment for a facial at Massage Envy so that was a nice relaxing way to start the day. Then we had lunch at Rizzuto's and later in the evening I made a delicious crispy skin salmon and zucchini, sweet pepper, garlic orzo dish. 

And today we went to Hartford to tour the Mark Twain house. It's one of those things we have been talking about and meaning to do for ages but just never got to. So it was fun to finally get to go there and see the house and learn more about his history and family and the house. Such a neat home too. 

Afterwards we had lunch at Red Rooster in Newtown and now hanging out at Centrico for a bit before heading home. I think we are going to start "Stranger Things" when we get home. I know, I know, a lot of people already binged through it so no spoilers please. :) 

But other than that it's just been the same old. Mindy has been hanging in there and doing ok. She has been eating and drinking and while she has definitely lost weight she has been alert and affectionate. So we just operate day by day. 

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

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Monday, June 06, 2022

Memorial Day Weekend, Mindy and other stuff

IMG_20220528_181531_176So behind on life and my posting. I always tell myself I will do better and keep up with my posting and updating but then it doesn't happen of IMG_20220530_111642_079 course. 

Let's see what's new? Struggling a bit with our cat Mindy. Back towards the end of March she was not feeling well and we had brought her to the vet and they had diagnosed her with severe anemia. There really isn't anything that can be done for that and the underlying cause can be a lot of things, none of them pleasant or fixable. At the time they gave her a steroid shot in hopes of making her feel better and it actually worked very well for about 6 weeks. But about a week and a half ago she started to act weird again, wasn't eating right and so on. So we brought her back to the vet and they gave her another steroid shot. This one didn't really kick in quite as well as the last one and I was getting pretty worried. She has made some improvements since then and at least seems comfortable/not in pain and is eating some/drinking water. She has definitely lost quite a bit of weight and unfortunately it's probably just a waiting game but for now she seems comfortable so we are keeping an eye on her and hoping we get to keep her around for a while longer. 

In more upbeat news we did have a nice weekend away over Memorial Day weekend. I was quite worried going away with Mindy being sick but luckily she was fine throughout the weekend. 

We left Saturday morning and had a lunch reservation at 12.30pm at Dano's Heuriger on Seneca Lake. Delicious food as always. The drive up was pretty rainy on + off but as we got there the rain stopped and during lunch the clouds started to clear. So once we were done at Dano's we headed to Boundary Breaks and hung out there for a while. Weather was nice enough to be able to sit outside and since they have a pretty outdoors area facing the lake it was a great afternoon. From there we headed to our hotel (Holiday Inn) in Auburn and had a snack and a few more drinks at the hotel bar before calling it a night. 

Sunday we stopped at Starbucks and then made our way over to Keuka Lake. Our first stop was Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery where they had some great wines (including Gruener Veltliner). Sat outside for a while as we enjoyed a wine flight. After that we headed to lunch at the Waterfront restaurant. Such a pretty spot and great food as well. Enjoyed our lakeside lunch. And after lunch we checked out a few more wineries. First one was Bully Hill Vineyard which had decent wine but just felt too commercial. But our second stop was Keuka Lake Vineyards and their tasting room was in an old refurbished barn and had a really cool vibe to it. Definitely a cool find. After that we headed back towards Auburn and had dinner at Chilli's. We are not usually big into chains but there really wasn't anything else of interest. 

Then Monday we checked out from the hotel and had breakfast at a diner in Auburn. And from there headed to Anyela's Vineyard at Skaneateles Lake where we hung out for a while. We had been there before and definitely a really pretty place. Enjoyed our wine and really didn't want to leave but of course all good things do have to come to an end. 

And well since then a whole other week has gone by and of course work has been super busy. This past weekend was pretty relaxed. Saturday we went for a nice walk at Sherwood Island State Park by the beach and then had lunch at Rizzuto's. And on Sunday we went to see the new Top Gun movie and then had brunch at Lucas Local. And later I met up with my friend Jana and we went to see the Downton Abbey movie. Both movies were great but of course very different. :)  

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

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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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