Monday, January 23, 2023

Half Way Through January

Pixlr_20230123204043225And almost to the last week of January. As always time is flying by. Only about 2 1/2 weeks until our trip to Spain/Portugal. We leave on February 8th. I am sure it will be here before I know it. Really can't wait. The last time Mike & I went on an overseas vacation together was at the end of 2019. We really haven't done any real vacations besides the occasional wine tasting weekends to the North Fork and the Finger Lakes, which of course have been fun, but aren't anything new. I am really looking forward to exploring a new place and doing some sightseeing. And of course all the yummy food. Will be a jam packed week but I am sure a lot of fun. 

Other than that not too much new. Had a dental cleaning appointment last week. Nothing too much going on this week I guess.

Last weekend was pretty low key as well. Saturday we went to Rizzuto's for lunch and on Sunday to Flipside. Caught up on recorded TV and some streaming stuff, but that's about it. 

Had our first vet appointment with Wednesday last week as well. Next one will be February 18th after we get back from Europe for his rabies shot. He definitely is the most adorable, rambunctious, not afraid of anything cat I have ever met. He loves to play and get into just about anything he can get into. And he loves people, he is definitely not a shy cat at all. Such a cutie pie. And Sherlock seems to slowly be getting used to him as well. It's a work in progress but one day at a time right? 

Mail Update: All caught up! 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Hello Wednesday!

IMG_20230118_215636_756Time flies when you are having fun ... or when you have a kitten in the house. :) Today marks the exact one week point of having our new kitten. His name is Wednesday and yes we got him on a Wednesday but that isn't entirely why we named him that. lol. We had been watching "Wednesday" on Netflix and thought it would be a fun name especially since we were watching "Elementary" when we adopted Sherlock (a Sherlock Holmes show) So it's all kind of fitting in its own way. 

It's been a lot of fun having a kitten in the house. He has been such a joy. A crazy little 3 month old lunatic who sleeps and plays hard. He is super social and will follow you around from room to room.

Our other cat Sherlock has not quite warmed up to him yet. I think it's going to take a bit more time but we are making slow progress. One day at a time and all that. Let's just hope we don't have another 3am kerfuffle I guess.

Otherwise not too much has been going on. We had Martin Luther King Day on Monday which means it's a shorter week for me but somehow it's turning into an extra crazy week at work.

Last weekend we went to see "A Man Called Otto" on Sunday which was a good movie. Tom Hanks does make that movie but either way I definitely enjoyed it.

No big plans for this upcoming weekend so far. Just trying to get through the week for now and then we will see from there.

Mail Update: All caught up! 

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Sunday, January 08, 2023


FB_IMG_1569076833227First work week in 2023 - check. Off to the second week tomorrow. And the week after we already have a short week again with Martin Luther King Day on Monday (16th) - no complaints about that. 

The first week of course was busy but not too bad. A lot of catching up and trying to set ourselves up for success for the new year.

Nothing too eventful really happened. The weather has been all over the place. Some strangely warm days followed by colder more seasonal days but luckily no snow. The weekend has been pretty quiet too. Yesterday we went to Rizzuto's for lunch and hung out for a while. In serendipitous news we found out that somebody working at Rizzuto's has kittens he is trying to find a home for so my next post may just be very kitten centric. :)

Today we went to Red Rooster for lunch and will catch up on some shows later probably.

No big plans for next week besides the new cat acquisition :) I will write more about that in my next post once it is all settled. :) Oh and on Friday next week we have our holiday party at work so that should be fun. Our company decided to do it after the actual holidays this year which is fine by me.

So yeah that's all the news for now. Stay tuned for a lot of kitten spam in my next few posts. :)

Mail Update: All caught up! 

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Monday, January 02, 2023

Goodbye 2022 .. Hello 2023

IMG_20230101_135507_578Hello 2023! I know it is all a bit arbitrary but in a way early January always feels like a clean slate to me. Like anything is possible, curiosity to see what the year ahead will bring and a positive outlook for the months to come. I guess we will see how 2023 will shape up. 2022 was kind of a blur to me in many ways. I was promoted to team lead in February of 2022 and the whole year at work was a bit of a whirlwind trying to grow into the new position while being short staffed and trying to keep up with the day to day tasks. Things have started to look up towards the end of 2022 so I am hoping that 2023 will be a good year at work, turning some things around. Fingers crossed and all of that.

Vacation wise we didn't really go on any big trips in 2022. I went to Austria twice, in April and in September, which of course was nice but is more of a home visit than an actual vacation, seeing sights and all that. Went to the Finger Lakes over Memorial Day and to the North Fork in October for my birthday but yeah that was about it. 2023 is shaping up better trip wise as we have the Barcelona/Lisbon trip booked for February. So we are off to a good start. Hopefully we can find some other things to do later in the year too. Would love to go to California again. Last time was in 2019. Our last Europe trip together (Mike + I) was also in 2019 (Croatia + Austria) So hopefully in 2023 we can get back to traveling more. Now that Mike is a bit more settled at his new job I think things will start to fall back into place more. 

Let's see, anything else new? Last week at work was a short week. Busy with coverage and random stuff but we made it through. Had a half day on Friday and also today off due to it being a federal holiday (since the 1st fell on a weekend) Been doing some stuff around the apartment, watching some Jamie Oliver, reading and whatnot. Nothing earth shattering. A nice quiet veg out day. 

New Year's was nice and quiet too. We had lunch in Westport, then headed to Chuck's for dinner and had a delicious meal and some wine (also ran into our friends Maryellen and Rich which was nice) Left there around 8.45pm and then spent the rest of the night on the couch watching CNN's Times Square New Year's coverage with Andi Cohen & Anderson Cooper. Opened a bottle of rose prosecco and stayed up till just after midnight. lol. 

New Year's Day we went for brunch at Craft. Delicious food and bottomless mimosas/bellinis. And later started watching "Wednesday" on Netflix. I know, I know, a bit late to the party. But we managed to get through 3 episodes and definitely enjoyed it. 

Well tomorrow is the first work day of the new year and mostly every body will be back (a lot of people took off time for Christmas/New Year's) 

Mail Update: All caught up! 

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Monday, December 26, 2022

Christmas Post

Pixlr_20221226130919400And another Christmas done and in the books. Just a few days until 2023 now. It is weird thinking about 2023. In my mind the whole Y2K Year 2000 thing is really not that long ago and somehow we are almost 23 years removed from this now. Where has the time gone? I know, I know. It's my go to line 'where does the time go?' and it does always feel like it's flying from one week to the next. But then at times like New Year's it becomes even more apparent. It really is crazy and makes me realize I am getting old. Haha. 

But anyway, is what it is right? I am on day four of a four day weekend which has been nice. I had Dec 23rd and Dec 26th off due to the 24th and 25th falling on the weekend this year. No complaints of course. Friday (23rd) I did a few things around the apartment, had a curry sweet potato turkey soup for lunch and in the evening was invited over to my friend Jana's house. She made some yummy food and we had a bunch of prosecco and watched various movies. A fun night. 

Saturday, Christmas Eve, we went to Westport to have lunch at Rizzuto's. Actually before that we went to Stew Leonard's and bought a bunch of yummy food (shrimp cocktail, cheeses, crackers, pigs in a blanket and more) After lunch we stopped at Rosy's for another drink before heading home and watched "Glass Onion", the second Knives Out movie on Netflix. I wasn't really sure what to think of it at first but did end up liking it.

Sunday, Christmas Day, we slept in a bit and then went to the movies at 11.15 to see "Babylon". It was over three hours along but we didn't have anywhere else to be so it was a fun way to spend the afternoon. I did like the movie, didn't love it but it was a fun watch. Afterwards we came home and hung out at home for the rest of the day. Had our Christmas feast and binged the second season of Ted Lasso on Apple+. Was a fun way to spend the day. 

Mike and I decided not to really do gifts this year. I bought a Kindle Paperwhite for myself during the Black Friday sales and we also booked the Barcelona/Lisbon trip for February during Black Friday sales as well. And we are also looking to get Broadway tickets for the new year. Just waiting to figure out Mike's schedule as it may change after the new year. So instead of buying random stuff we didn't really need we decided to just leave it for this year. 

Today I am just vegging out and will probably curl up on the couch with some tea and a book for the afternoon. 

No big plans for New Year's. I am working Tues, Wed, Thur and half a day on Friday this week. New Year's Eve falls on a Saturday so we will likely have lunch at Rizzuto's in Westport again and will probably have dinner at Chuck's and then head home and watch some New Year's stuff at home.

Mail Update: All caught up! 

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

NYC Christmas Weekend

IMG_20221218_161319_290Just a few days till Christmas. Time is of course flying. 

This past Saturday we went down to the city to see Ingrid Michaelson & the NY Pops at Carnegie Hall. Went to Rizzuto's in Westport for lunch and then took the 4.01pm train from the Westport train station which got us to Grand Central around 5.15pm I think. When we got off at Grand Central we were faced with a really busy train station so I had a good feeling that midtown was going to be pretty slammed with people which turned out to be very true.

Sooo many people. Haven't seen it like this since way before Covid. We made our way to a bar/pub a couple blocks away from Carnegie Hall and had a few drinks and a snack there before heading over to Carnegie Hall for the show. The concert was absolutely amazing and reminded me how much I love seeing orchestras live. And Ingrid Michaelson was of course great and the whole combo was just really fun.

After the show we made our way back to Grand Central and thought it being later in the night that stopping by the tree at Rockefeller Center would be an easier undertaking. Nope. Even at 10.30pm there were still crowds and crowds of people, absolutely crazy. But we snapped our picture and then made our way back to Grand Central. Had to wait for our train for a bit but that may have been a good thing because at least that way we were able to get a seat. 11 car train close to midnight and still it was pretty much full. Ended up at home in bed probably somewhere between 1.30 and 2am.

Sunday was therefore a low key day. :) Went to Rosy's and Mike watched the World Cup final game. And eventually headed home to catch up on some recorded TV.

This week has been busy gearing up for some time off and helping team members prepare for their time off as well as coverage. Our office is closed on Friday and Monday (23rd + 26th) so that will give me a 4 day weekend. And then next week we also have a 1/2 day on Friday so next week will be just a 3 1/2 day work week. No complaints. :)

Mail Update: All caught up! 

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

10 days to Christmas Eve ... time is flying as usual

Pixlr_20221214124354198 (1)Happy Wednesday - 10 days to Christmas Eve from today. 

Had a good couple of days off last week, Thursday through Sunday. Didn't really do a whole lot but was a nice couple of relaxing days. On Friday I wrote 2 letters and watched a Hallmark Christmas movie. Saturday we headed to Rizzuto's for lunch and later watched some recorded shows. Finished Dickinson on Apple TV+. Really enjoyed that show, too bad it's done now. It's all about Emily Dickinson's life and set as a period piece but with a lot of modern elements. Hard to describe but I thought it was really well done.

On Sunday we went to the movies and saw "Violent Night" with David Harbour from Stranger Things. Definitely not a movie that will win any awards but it was entertaining for what it was. Definitely very violent though. Afterwards we had brunch at Lucas Local and saw our friend Cait and eventually headed home to watch the SNL we had recorded (with Steve Martin & Martin Short) plus some other stuff. 

Monday and Tuesday were regular busy days at work and today I am off again as I had an eye doctor appointment and still had a sick day to use up. All fine with my eyes but getting an updated prescription and some new glasses. It's been 3 years since I last went so it was about time. 

After my appointment I went to Mothership Bakery where I am hanging out now for a bit. Eventually I will make my way home and will probably read some more of the Christmassy book I have been reading. I am sure tomorrow and Friday are going to be super busy at work again. Going to be a bit nutty until year end I am sure. 

For the weekend we have tickets for Ingrid Michaelson & the NY Pops at Carnegie Hall Saturday night so that should be fun. No plans for Sunday but I am sure we will be home late Saturday (or early Sunday morning however you want to look at it) so we will probably just have a low key day on Sunday. 

Mail Update: All caught up! Letters went out yesterday to: Celia/MA and Eunice/Malta. 

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Thursday, December 08, 2022

Random Stuff

20221202_180528 Already December 8th, basically just 2 weeks away from Christmas. Where does the time go? I know, I know I say it all the time but really, 

Nothing too eventful last week. The weekend was pretty low key too. Saturday we went to Rizzuto's for lunch and later hung out at Edison for a bit. On Sunday we were going to go to the movies but then ended up scratching that plan because nothing we wanted to see was playing at any good times so we went to Flipside in Fairfield instead and had lunch there and hung out for a while. And met up with John at Rosy's before heading back home to watch the recorded SNL we had. So yeah low key weekend

Beginning of this week had been busy but then when isn't it? We had another new person start on Monday. Lots and lots of training going on all around. And I am actually off today and tomorrow. Just hanging out and burning some leftover vacation days that I can't carry over into the new year. Mike still has to work so I am just doing stuff at home. Slept in a bit and finally vacuumed which was way overdue. Watched the Diane Sawyer 20 year Love Actually special I had recorded - can't believe that it's been 20 years? And yeah somehow the day went by pretty quickly without really doing much. 

No big plans for tomorrow either but some down time and relaxing isn't a bad thing. Been feeling a bit under the weather with a cough and congestion so been having a lot of tea with lemon and honey. Have 2 letters I need to answer so I may do that tomorrow. Other than that no big plans. I have a Hallmark Christmas movie I recorded and also reading a Christmassy book right now so I should keep myself entertained without too much of an issue.  

Oh I forgot to mention that I received a delicious Imperial Torte from my ex boss in Vienna. It's been 20+ years since I have worked there but I am always super thankful for the delicious Christmas cake when it comes. So yum. 

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

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Monday, November 28, 2022

Thanksgiving Weekend Recap

IMG_20221124_192308_914And here we are, Thanksgiving is done and over and we are just a few days away from December. I honestly don't Pixlr_20221128211057721 know where this year has gone but hey, here's to 2023. Just a little over a month away now. 

Thanksgiving was nice and low key and really my whole Thanksgiving break (Thursday to Sunday) was nice and quiet. We ended up with no real big plans so it was just a lot of relaxing, watching TV, reading and whatnot. 

Thursday we slept in a bit and I finished up most of my Christmas cards in the morning. Then around lunch time we started watching the newest season of Manifest on Netflix before heading out to the Hopkins Inn for our 4pm reservation. Had a lovely delicious dinner. Our table was right by the fireplace which was nice and cozy. I had Wiener Schnitzel and Mike had the scallops, both with all he traditional Thanksgiving sides like mashed potatoes, stuffing, veggies, cranberry sauce and so on. After dinner we headed home and watched "Spirited" on Apple TV before binging more Manifest. 

Friday I wrote a few letters and Mike wanted to watch the US - England World Cup game at 2pm. And later we finished up Manifest. Saturday wasn't very eventful either. Had lunch at Rizzuto's and later in the evening I put up our Christmas tree so that's done as well. 

Sunday we went to the movies and saw "The Fabelmans" which was a neat movie, followed by a late lunch at Newsylum. And eventually headed home and watched more TV, starting on the most recent season of Dickenson on Apple TV. So as I said was a pretty low key and quiet few days. 

In more exciting news we took advantage of a couple Black Friday deals. I treated myself to a new Kindle Paperwhite and we booked a great travel deal. Heading to Barcelona & Lisbon for 7 days (3 nights in each city) in February. $650 per person including all the flights and hotels. Definitely a great deal. It's been a while since we have been overseas together (Croatia in 2019) so that should be fun for sure.

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Celia/MA. Letters went out today to: Carmen/Malta and Kimber/Canada. 

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Not a great week but a fun brunch to close off the week

20221120_133821And already the weekend before IMG_20221118_184943_963 Thanksgiving. This year is truly flying by. This week has been a bit of a blur and not necessarily in a good way unfortunately. 

Been a bit under the weather. Both Mike and I have been battling an annoying cold all week. We have both tested multiple times for Covid (Mike pretty much every day at work) so we know it's not that.  Just an annoying bug.  Started with the sniffles/congestion which turned into a cough. Mainly just been tired. 

Friday I got my Omicron Covid booster shot which made me even more tired but I am glad that's done. My arm hurt a lot for a day and a half and I had the chils overnight but all is well. 

The other thing that put a big damper on the week is that Mindy passed away on Tuesday. I know I had mentioned she was in a bit of a downward spiral again but things progressed rather quickly unfortunately. We had a vet appointment for her Wednesday but Tuesday she passed away at home. I guess in a way it's good she wad spared another car ride to the vet and she took the decision out of my hands. We would have tried to get her another steroid shot but clearly she decided she had enough. I do miss her dearly. But it is what it is of course and just part of owning pets. 

Let's see how next week goes. It's a short week with Thanksgiving on Thursday. We have reservations at the Hopkins Inn so that should be good.  

Today we met up with Shannon & Erik (our niece & nephew) for brunch. It's been a while since we have been out with them so that was fun. 

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Carmen/Malta and Kimber/Canada. 

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