Monday, January 11, 2021

Random Stuff

Pixlr_20210111180730031Already mid January. Nothing much to report from last week I guess. It was the first full work week in a while so it felt extra long in a way but all in all a normal week. I was going to try and do dry January but it hasn't really been working out all that great. So instead I am going for a dry-ish January, basically limiting myself and skipping some days altogether. Mainly trying to lose some weight after having paid no real attention to my diet over the holiday period. So trying to do better and get back into the swing of things. 

The weekend was pretty low key too. Saturday we had lunch in Westport at Rizzuto's and then stopped at Two Steps for a bit. Started Barack Obama's book "The Promised Land" and been really enjoying it. Saturday night I stayed up till around midnight reading. I borrowed the book from the library and since it's a new book it has a 2 week limit and there are a bunch of holds for it so it can't really be renewed. So I'll do my best to get through the 700 pages before it's time to return it. After I am done with this post I'll make myself a big mug of tea and read some more. 

Sunday we slept in and then had brunch at the Marketplace in Brookfield. Our friend John joined us and we hung out for a while before going home and catching up on our recorded TV shows. Also decided to rent a movie with Gerard Butler called "Greenland". It was $$19.99 and honestly I am not sure that it was worth that. If it was free/included with Prime or Netflix, ok but to pay extra for it - I'd advise to save your money and wait. I mean it wasn't terrible but it also wasn't amazing. But whatever I guess. 

Anyway that's all really. Nothing much else going on. Today is already Monday again. Let's see what this week brings. Inauguration Day is next week. I am excited and nervous for it all at the same time. 

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

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Monday, January 04, 2021

Hello 2021

20202021. We finally made it through 2020. What a weird year it's been. Before starting to write this post I looked back at my first post of 2020 and of course back then I had no idea what the year would bring. It's weird thinking about it that way. I mean of course you don't know what lies ahead. Year end and year beginnings are always a bit nostalgic for me. Looking back at a year and the various months, seasons and what happened and changed. And then there is the new year, a new clean slate and ready to start over and create a new story. Well, let's see what 2021 brings and what kind of year it will be. Let's hope it's a good one or at least better than 2020. 

Last week was another short work week for me. Monday to Wednesday were regular days and then Thursday was 1/2 a day for New Year's Eve and then off Friday to Sunday. We went for an early dinner at Chuck's for delicious steak and lobster tails. So good! Then hung out at Two Steps for a bit before coming home and watching TV. Tuned into Anderson Cooper's New Year's Eve coverage on CNN this year which was way more entertaining than Ryan Seacrest so we'll need to do that again next year.

Friday we slept in and then went for lunch at Flipside in Fairfield. Saturday we headed to Rizzuto's in Westport and yesterday just had lunch locally at Rosy's since the weather forecast was a bit iffy with ice and snow. Only ended up with about an inch and a half of snow so not too bad. Binged a bunch of the second season of the Mandalorian yesterday and now just have 2 episodes to go. We have been switching between the various streaming services (HBO Max, Disney+, Apple, etc) and signing up for a month at time, watching what we want to watch and then cancelling again. The only thing we regularly subscribe to is Netflix and Amazon Prime as we do use those very frequently. 

Well, that's about all there's for now. A normal regular work week this week. Kind of weird to be back to a normal five day week with no days off in the foreseeable future. Well maybe eventually travel will be a thing again, hopefully sooner rather than later. Our 20 year wedding anniversary is in February this year. Originally we had talked about a far flung trip, something like Bora Bora or Tahiti or maybe the Maldives or Mauritius. But yeah, not really seeing that happening. We will just have to postpone it and go when we actually can go. 

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

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Christmas Weekend Update

IMG_20201226_142820_902And another Christmas done and checked off. Had a four day weekend that somehow flew by but then isn't that always the way? 

Monday to Wednesday was kind of busy at work since I was covering for someone out on vacation. Wasn't too terrible though. Made it through the three days ok and then had Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the weekend off. So that fell nicely this year, no complaints. 

On Christmas Eve we slept in a bit and then headed to Stew Leonard's to pick up some stuff to eat for later and the next day. When we were done with that we headed to Rosy's for lunch and hung out for the afternoon. Eventually headed home and had our food (baguette, brie, broccoli & horseradish dip, shrimp cocktail, some other cheeses and crackers) and wine while finishing "The Flight Attendant". 

Christmas Day we also slept in and then headed to the movies to watch the new Wonder Woman movie. I know everybody has been kind of complaining about it and Mike wasn't in love with it either but I didn't hate it. I mean it wasn't the best movie I ever saw but it was entertaining enough. And it was fun to be at a movie theater again with actual movie popcorn. Hadn't done that since March so that was nice. After the movies we headed home and watched more stuff at home. All in all watched four movies that day (Wonder Woman, Midnight Sky, The Witches and Superintelligence) 

Saturday we slept in (sense a theme here? :)) and then drove to Westport to have lunch at Rizzuto's. Later we stopped at J Lawrence for a bit where we met up with John and Jana. And on Sunday I had a massage scheduled for 10.15 (so relaxing) and then we headed to Brotherhood Winery to pick up some sparkling wine for New Year's Eve. From there we drove to Newburgh to have lunch at Hurricane Grill and again stopped at Rosy's for a bit before heading home. 

And well here we are and it's Monday. Made it through the day ok. It's another short-ish week and we have a lot of people out so I am wearing a lot of different hats. But keeps me busy and makes the day go by fast. Can't believe it's 2021 in just a few days. I guess I am definitely ready. 

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

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Let it Snow

IMG_20201217_191728_785Sunday Fun Day. :) Always happy when it's the weekend. Haven't really been doing all that much but that's ok. A relaxing weekend isn't a bad thing. This past week was fine. I had the dental implant surgery on Tuesday and then was off on Wednesday to recuperate a bit. All in all not too terrible. I have a follow up appointment tomorrow, Monday, to make sure all is healing ok but yeah I think should be fine. The pain was just bad the first day and a half or so. Since then it hasn't been bad really. So that's something. 

Thursday and Friday I worked as normal - still WFH - I don't know when we will actually be able to go back to the office. I was going for a while once per week (although there were hardly any people there even then) but then they completely shut down our office in I think late October or early November when there were more spikes again in CT. I am not complaining too much. The work from home thing definitely has its benefits. I have been able to linger in bed much longer in the mornings and of course there is no commute :) 

Oh the snow. Forgot to write about that. That was Wednesday night into Thursday morning. We ended up with about 14 inches or so I'd guess. Really heavy wet snow so it was kind of a pain to shovel. So Thursday we spent a good amount of time outside cleaning the car off, the area around the car, walk ways, stairs, etc. It does look pretty I suppose but I am really not a big winter person. But it is what it is. I do like the idea of four seasons so I guess I'll just have to continue to deal.

Yesterday, Saturday, we went to Rizzuto's in Westport for lunch and then hung out at Two Steps for a little bit before calling it an early night. Today we are going to head for brunch at the Marketplace in Brookfield. And going do a TV night later. We finished "The Queen's Gambit" which I thought was really good. And have now started "The Flight Attendant" - on episode 4 now and enjoying that as well. We also need to watch the second season of the Mandalorian. So that will be up next I think. 

Crazy to think it's already Christmas next week. Where has this year gone? I guess I am happy 2020 is coming to a close. Let's see what 2021 brings for us. 

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

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Dental Implant Surgery, Impending Snow Storm, Quarantine, ...

SnoopyI feel like it's been ages since I last posted even though that's really not true. Only been a little over a week. But anyway, let's see. I feel like a lot has happened since then. 

As I mentioned in my last post, the weekend before last I went for a Covid test. When I finally got the results back the following Tuesday night they came back positive. I guess not all that surprising since I had been in close contact with two other people who also tested positive. Mike did another test and that came back negative too and he also tested positive for antibodies so somehow he had this before and I didn't catch it at that time. Anyway, I stayed home and quarantined and then re-tested this past Friday and got a negative result. So all better again. What a weird experience it has been. Luckily my symptoms were pretty mild. But the no taste-no smell thing was the weirdest thing. Especially for somebody who loves food. And I really couldn't smell a thing for days. Mike kept holding things under my nose (spices etc) but nope, nothing. Well, luckily that has started to fade and go back to normal again. It's not a 100% but at least it's much better. So yeah, it's been very strange. I am glad I and our close friends and Mike's niece all had mild symptoms and we all of course stayed quarantined and out of people's way as soon as we found out/showed symptoms. 

Anyway, so that was that. Since I tested negative I was able to go ahead with my dental implant surgery which was scheduled for today. All in all not a terrible experience I suppose but when is going to the dentist and having someone drill around in your mouth ever any fun? I do have pain meds so hopefully that takes care of that. And will be eating soft foods for the foreseeable future. Hopefully by next week I'll be able to go back to somewhat more normal foods again. But we don't really have any big plans for Christmas so no huge deal either way I guess.

I did buy tickets to see "Wonder Woman 1984" on Christmas. We haven't been to the movies since early March I think so that will be both fun and kind of weird. I am looking forward to it. And the theater is only selling tickets at 50% capacity plus enforcing social distancing and masks. So should be fine.

Not too much else has happened I guess. Due to having to quarantine I was able to get all of my Christmas cards and mail done so that was one positive side effect. Although god knows when they will actually get to people. Especially overseas mail seems like a random gamble right now. I know my friend in Spain got my card and so did a friend in the UK but people in Austria have not. Guess we'll see if they eventually show up. 

I am off tomorrow to continue recuperating from the dental surgery. Just going to have a quiet day. Sleep in, make some mashed potatoes and binge more "Poldark". :) And then tomorrow night we also have our work Holiday Happy Hour via Zoom. So hopefully I'll feel ok enough by then. And we also have a crazy snow storm forecasted with 12 to 16 inches for our area. So yeah, not going anywhere, just going to stay put. 

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

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Sunday, December 06, 2020

It's beginning to look a bit ...

20201202_192925_resized_1... like Christmas :) To be fair the picture I am showing here I took right after I decorated the tree on Wednesday night. What you can't see in the picture is that the top part (it's a fake tree) broke somehow since last year and we had to figure out a way to duct tape it. Since then the top has slated quite a bit to the left, leaving me with a very strange looking lop sided tree. lol. All very 2020 I suppose. But oh well. I'll look for a new tree during the clearance sales I guess. 

I feel like it's been quite the week. Been having a bit of a cold, sore throat, mild cough, congestion, headache etc. Didn't think all that much of it. But was at home anyway since I am working from home etc. But on Friday we heard from our friends that they tested positive for Covid as well as Mike's niece. Ugh. Mike was able to snag an appointment for a rapid test on Friday morning and his test came back negative. I got tested Saturday morning but mine was a regular test, they said takes about 2-3 days for results. Mike also ended up getting tested for antibodies and that came back positive. Interesting. It's fascinating to know that he somehow had Covid already at one point even though he never had any real symptoms. I do wonder if I am negative too, considering we live together and spend most of our time together. But I guess I'll just have to be patient. Been quarantining at home, finished most of my Christmas cards, put up the decorations, etc. I do have the "no smell/taste" thing which I know is very common for Covid but I have also had this exact same thing with a bad cold/stuffy nose so god knows. Will just have to be patient and wait. 

Other than that everything's the same. What a strange, strange year it's been. Will catch up on some TV later. I think we will also start "Queen's Gambit" on Netflix since everyone has been raving about it. And tomorrow is Monday again.

Will make myself another big mug of tea and see if there's anything else I can accomplish while at home. 

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

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Thanksgiving Weekend

IMG_20201127_163605_592And another Thanksgiving done. It's been a nice four day weekend and I am kind of sad today is already day four but can't complain. We have had a 20201128_190544_resized_1nice relaxing long weekend. 

Monday to Wednesday was pretty hectic with work. But that was to be expected with the short week plus covering for someone else. But made it through of course. On Thursday we went over to our friends John and Jana's house for Thanksgiving. Jana made a turkey meal (from Blue Apron) and we also made Sachertorte for dessert. Had a lot of food and wine and a good time hanging out. After dinner we watched "Happiest Season" on Hulu which was a fun movie. 

Friday we slept in and then met Shannon, Mike's niece, and her boyfriend Kyle for lunch at Two Steps. Stopped at Rosy's for a bit and then caught up on some TV before calling it an early night. Since I went to bed early Friday I ended up getting up early-ish on Saturday and finally made a dent in my mail. Wrote four letters Saturday morning so that felt good. It's been a while since I wrote letters so it felt good to catch up. Still have one more to go, hopefully I'll get that done soon too. 

Also wrote all my international Christmas cards and mailed those earlier in the week. Now I still need to get the US ones done. Also managed to get most of my Christmas shopping for my oversees friends done already. Now just need to get the tree and decorations put up. Maybe tomorrow. 

Anyway, yesterday, after my letter writing, we went for brunch at J Lawrence. And later in the day I headed back over to John and Jana's for some Christmas baking. Their friends Maya and Eddie were staying over so Jana, Maya and I made some Rugelach and Linzer cookies. And Jana also made beef stroganoff for dinner. Followed by playing board games. 

Today we slept in and are heading to Rizzuto's in Westport for lunch. The weather is actually pretty nice, in the low-mid 50ies. We had talked about going for a walk before lunch but ended up being lazy instead. Oh well. Nice to have a low key day before heading back to work tomorrow. Well, since I am still working from home it's really not that much of a difference. Haha. But yeah. 

Mail Update: Letters went out on Saturday to: Celia/MA, Carmen/Malta, Lotte/Denmark and Kimber/Canada. Received a letter from/owe a response to: Nina/WA. 

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Almost Thanksgiving

IMG_20201122_104422_761Yup it's Thanksgiving next week. I really don't even know how we got here. Every year passes fast as you get older but this year has just been such a Snoopyweird year. It's Thanksgiving next week and I feel like I haven't done anything this year. Normally we would be heading somewhere on vacation right about now. My TimeHop app and Facebook Memories has been sending me pictures from all of our recent trips, the Azores 2 years in a row and Austria/Croatia last year. I am of course happy we are safe and healthy but the selfish side of me still laments the fact that we can't go anywhere this year. We did a few smaller weekend trips, one over the 4th of July and one in early September. But yeah, I don't know if we will get to do anything the rest of the year the way the cases are rising. Just doesn't feel safe to go somewhere, even if it's just a neighboring state. And a lot of states even around us are requiring quarantines etc. So yeah, no thank you. I guess we'll just stay put and make the best of it. I am able to roll my vacation time into next year so hopefully something will change at some point in 2021 so we can go on an actual trip. 

I see people on social media going on trips, pictures of people in Florida and whatnot. And it makes me so jealous. But I just don't feel comfortable doing that at the moment. Ugh. It's ok. Will still have a nice Thanksgiving. Will be a Friendsgiving this year. Our friends John and Jana invited us over to their new home for Thanksgiving so that should be a nice relaxed day. 

Other than that not too much new. On Friday I went to a friend/co-worker's house and worked at her house (about 25 min away) She has a new kitten so I had to go see of course. She has 2 dogs and 2 cats so it was fun working from her house and hanging out with all of her animals. She owns the brother of our cat Sherlock and it's amazing how similar Styx and Sherlock are personality wise. They have so many similar traits. And the new kitten - Ash - OMG just way too cute and adorable. And of course her two dogs, Atlas and Cleo, are super friendly too. 

Yesterday, Saturday, we had brunch at J. Lawrence and then later met up with John and Jana at Centrico and hung out there for a while. Today we are going to head to Rizzuto's in Westport and then eventually will do our grocery store run and catch up on some TV/Netflix. And tomorrow is already Monday again. At least it's a short week but I have a feeling that I'll be pretty busy for the three days I am working since I am covering for a co-worker. Well, we shall see. 

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Celia/MA, Carmen/Malta, Nina/WA, Lotte/Denmark and Kimber/Canada. 

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Monday, November 16, 2020

November Musings

SnoopyMid November and next week is Thanksgiving already. I know, I know, super cliché, cause I say it every week and every year, how I can't believe it's already this month or that season or whatever it may be. But this just has been such a strange year altogether. And I really can't wrap my head around the fact that it's Thanksgiving next week already. No travel plans for us this year (obviously) It's kind of sad. Because that has been our go-to thing to do over the Thanksgiving holiday break. Last year we were in Austria and Croatia, the two years before that the Azores. We have done Canada multiple times as well. Ugh. I miss Canada too. Really want to go to Montreal badly. One day. Hopefully next year. 

Of course everything is spiking everywhere and I have no idea what the rest of the year and the winter will bring. But I guess we just have to stay positive, be as safe as possible, wear our masks, social distance and hope this eventually blows over when a vaccine can be developed and distributed. Ugh. 

Anyway, really not a whole lot else new. On Thursday last week I had a consult appointment at the oral surgeon for getting my implant. Have another scan appointment this week and then the actual implant surgery mid December. I'll also need to coordinate that with getting my braces off and whatnot. Oh joy. 

Last Friday I had my physical appointment. All pretty well, just low on calcium for some reason so I bought some extra calcium to take in addition to my regular multi vitamins. The weekend was low key. Saturday I had a massage which was nice. Afterwards we had lunch at Bottega. And on Sunday we drove to Westport to Rizzuto's and later stopped at Centrico for a bit before heading home and catching up on some TV. Had a tornado warning last night around 9pm too. Ugh. So weird. Luckily nothing besides strong wind happened in our immediate area. 

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Celia/MA, Carmen/Malta, Nina/WA, Lotte/Denmark and Kimber/Canada. 

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Monday, November 09, 2020

Gorgeous November Weather - History in the Making

IMG_20201107_141127_796Well "election week" is finally over and I am happy that it "only" took a week to get the result. Of course there's still a lot left to be done and the other IMG_20201107_141940_993
side has not conceded and god knows what else may happen. But hopefully we can somehow move on and move forward from here. Let the healing of the country begin. I honestly don't know how that will be possible considering how hugely divided the country is right now but I guess time will tell and time is also the only thing that helps with healing. So hopefully with a positive outlook and leadership we will be able to get there. Certainly not going to be easy but I am feeling much more relieved than I had been in a while. I am also super excited about Kamala Harris and seeing history being made in front of my own eyes. The first female vice president elect and the first female black and Asian woman. So cool. And I really do like her, such a powerful woman. 

Other than that, the weather has been absolutely beautiful this past weekend and today. It's really crazy considering the day before Halloween we had snow and now this past weekend we were in the mid 70ies (20ies C). On Saturday we went to two vineyards (Gouveia and Paradise) We had been there previously in March. With the nice weather we were able to sit outside at both places. Gouveia has a gorgeous view. We also had a delicious cheese and fruit platter there. And Paradise has a nice outside area as well so we hung out there for a while before meeting John at Centrico and sitting around the firepit there for a while.

Sunday we went for a walk at Sherwood Island park, along the beach/water and back through the marshy/grass areas. And then sat outside at Rizzuto's for a leisurely lunch. Definitely took advantage of the perfect weather. Today was nice as well. Went for a walk during lunch time.

Now it's 7pm and I am going to curl up with my book and get some more reading done. I really need to write some letters but just haven't been motivated. Soon. I really do need to catch up. 

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to:  Carmen/Malta, Nina/WA, Lotte/Denmark and Kimber/Canada. 

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