Sunday, July 31, 2022

Hopkins Inn Lunch ... and general updates

IMG_20220731_191846_055Almost August. This year is truly just flying by. I don't want to be wishing away the summer but at the same time I am looking forward to fall/autumn and hopefully work calming down a little once we get past the peak summer season. I also just booked my next trip to Austria. I will be gone September 4 to 26, 3 weeks straight. I will be working for a good amount of time while there, probably about half of the time, and taking time off for the rest of the time. So September will be a blur, that's for sure. 

Not too much else new. Tuesday night I had a massage appointment which was nice (signing up for the membership at Massage Envy in 2020 was honestly the best thing I have ever done for myself) Other than that it was a regular busy week. 

The weekend was nice and uneventful really. Yesterday we had lunch at Rizzuto's and then stopped at Edison and ended up watching "Back to the Future" when we got home. I hadn't seen that movie in ages so that was fun. 

Today we had lunch at the Hopkins Inn at Lake Waramaug. Always a treat going there. We usually go about once a year and it's always so nice to sit outside on their huge patio/porch overlooking the lake eating delicious food. We had escargot to start (my favorite part is dipping the bread into the garlicky buttery sauce - so good) and I had Cordon Bleu for my entree and a Toblerone Sundae for dessert. Way more than I usually eat for lunch but I have leftovers from the cordon bleu which I think I will devour for dinner. 

We will probably watch some TV in a bit. Not sure what show we are going to start on next. There are still so many that we have been meaning to catch up on. Declensions, decisions. 

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

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

Heat Wave

FB_IMG_1532201366304HOT ... just too hot. Stuck in a heatwave. It's been in the mid to high 90ies for over a week and I am really over it. I know it's also been a huge problem in the UK and my mom in Austria has also been telling me about the heat. Ugh. 

But I know that come winter I will be complaining how cold I am and how much I hate the snow and the ice. So yeah, it is what it is right? I guess will just need to deal with it. It does worry me, the more crazy extremes we are all experiencing these days. Ugh. 

It's been a busy week but I guess that was pretty much expected after having been off for a few days. 

Other than that not too much new. Mindy is in a bit of a downward spiral again unfortunately but it's hard to tell how much the heat is also contributing to it. We brought her to the vet on Friday afternoon to get another steroid shot. Hopefully once the heat dies down a bit she will start to feel better. Please keep your fingers crossed for my Mindy cat! 

This weekend was pretty uneventful with the heat. We went to Rizzuto's for lunch on Saturday and today we went for lunch to Hurricane in Newburgh. Traffic was pretty awful on the way back and took us forever to get back to CT. We met up with our friends John and Jana at Centrico and soon going to be heading home and will catch up on some TV. 

And well tomorrow is Monday again. I have a massage scheduled for Tuesday night so I am looking forward to that. Other than that nothing else really going on. 

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

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Saturday, July 16, 2022

Staycation Update

IMG_20220714_173532_649Already to the middle of July. Not sure how we got here but as usual time is flying by. Busy first half of the week and IMG_20220715_153128_087 then had Thursday and Friday off for a mini staycation. Had a nice few days even though they of course flew by as well. 

Thursday we took a day trip out to Eastern Connecticut and had lunch at Chamard Vineyard in Clinton, CT (delicious French bistro) and from there headed to Stonington, CT (right at the Rhode Island border) Checked out the lighthouse and then went to Saltwater Farm Vineyard. Hung out there for a while with some more wine. Definitely a fun day. Super delicious lunch (I had Croque Madame and we shared pommes frites) and great wine. And our way home we stopped at the Quarter in Newtown and ran into our friend Patrick which was fun. 

Yesterday, Friday, we headed into NYC. Took the train to Grand Central and went to MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) to check out the new Matisse exhibit. After the museum we had lunch at the Yardhouse and eventually headed back to Grand Central and stopped at Centrico in Bethel before heading home. 

Two busy but fun days. This morning we slept in nice and late which was relaxing. Lunch at Rizzzuto's and now we are at Edison for a bit. Tomorrow I think we are going to see the new Marvel Thor movie so that should be fun. 

Not ready for the weekend to end but it's only Saturday night so there's still tomorrow to savor before it's back to the grind. :) 

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

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Sunday, July 10, 2022

4th of July and other random things

Pixlr (1)Ok my posting is all of out whack again. I need to get back into a better routine. So let's see what has happened in the last two weeks that I can recap? 

The last week of June was super busy at work, basically the week leading up to the 4th of July holiday. Historically it's always the busiest week of the year I think and this year wasn't any different. This summer season is definitely the craziest summer I have seen since working in this industry. Crazy times all around.

The holiday weekend itself was good. Let's see what did we do? Saturday I think we didn't really do too much, just lunch at Rizzuto's and a relaxed day. Sunday we went to the Mets game in NY and that was a long but fun day. We took the train into Manhattan and then the subway out to Queens to the stadium. The game was fun and the Mets won. But sitting in the hot sun for that many hours was definitely tiring. After the game we headed back into Manhattan and hung out at the Yardhouse in Times Square for a while before catching the train back. I don't think we got home until after 11 so yeah like I said a long and tiring day but definitely fun. On Monday (the 4th) we decided to take it easy and had lunch at Hurricane Grill in Newburgh. And finished "Stranger Things" that evening. So good! 

And now a whole week has already passed again. This was another busy week at work. I think just the fact that it was the week after the holiday plus a lot of people on vacation. Well oh well. Yesterday, Saturday, we had lunch at Rizzuto's again and today we are going to take advantage of the nice, no humidity sunny weather and are going for a walk/hike followed by lunch. And maybe a stop at a winery afterwards. Should be a good day. 

This coming week I also have Thursday and Friday off (mini vacation) so that should be good. No solid plans yet. It will be a staycation with some daytrips. We looked at places to go but everything is so expensive in the summer and too crowded. And flights just seem a pain right now too. Every other person I talk to has canceled flights lately. So yeah, just going to stay put and so some stuff around here. 

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

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Heat Wave Weekend - Roe vs. Wade - what is happening???

Pixlr_20220626180148242 (1)Yes here we are again, Sunday evening. I am so not ready for another week. Ugh. Just need to make it through next week and then the week after will be the holiday week and since the 4th of July falls on a Monday this year we will have a short work week that week so that's something. 

Nothing really to report for this week. Work was super busy as usual. Well, there is the whole Roe vs. Wade being overturned debacle of course. That's a whole mess all in itself and I don't even have words. I really don't even know what to say and don't know what is happening with this country. It's crazy. 

Not too much else to report really. This weekend was fine but way too hot, in the 90ies (F). So we didn't really do anything. Saturday we had lunch at Rizzuto's and met up with our friend John there. Hung out for a while and finished up at Edison in Bethel. And eventually went home and watched "The Man from Toronto" on Netflix. Wasn't the best movie ever but oh well. 

Today we slept in and had brunch at Marketplace in Brookfield. And now we are at Centrico and going to start the new season of "Umbrella Academy" . Finished up the current episodes of "Stranger Things" last weekend. There is just so much to watch. We still need to watch the last season of "Dickensen" and also the new season of "Upload", "The Flight Attendant", "Ted Lasso" and more. 

Next week will be another busy week at work I am sure. One day at a time. :) 

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

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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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