Sunday, February 25, 2018
Crazy Weather & Low Key Week/Weekend
And already Sunday night again. It's been a relatively quiet week. Well work was busy at times but my private life was relatively low key and quiet as Mike left for a business trip on Wednesday and is not coming back till tomorrow morning. It was an unexpected trip but at least he got some time to enjoy himself over the weekend before heading back. In the meantime I was still here in CT, going to work and doing my usual thing.
Wednesday when he left was the weirdest weather day for Connecticut in February. High temps reached 80F (26C) at one point. So crazy. I worked from home on Wednesday and had all the windows open during the day. The cats were definitely enjoying it. I was able to finish work at 4 and walked downtown to make some use of the nice weather. Went to the library to get some books and then stopped at the new coffee shop right across from the library. After that since it was still so nice out I decided to walk up Main Street and try out the relatively new restaurant/bistro called "Pour Me". I was in luck as they have a special on Wednesdays for 'Wine Wednesday" (2 glasses of wine plus a flatbread pizza) Stayed there for a bit and then made my way back home.
The weather turned more February like on Thursday (schools actually had early dismissals due to sleet) again so I have spent most of my evenings and the weekend indoors. Did manage to make another quick trip to the library on Saturday morning before the rain started but other than that been indoors. Been watching a lot of movies ("The Jane Austen Book Club", "Mother's Day", "All Roads Lead to Rome" and today "The Circle") as well reading. Finished "The Breakdown" by B.A. Paris in a night and also read a murder mystery set at a B&B in the South. Might start another book tonight in a bit.
Also managed to write three letters, vacuum and clean up a little. Also answered all of my outstanding emails. So all in all it's been a few productive days I suppose. I am definitely ready for Mike to be home tomorrow though and for things to go back to normal. As nice as it is to have the bed to myself and to be able to watch chick flicks on end it does get old after a while. :)
Letter/Mail Update: Letters are going out tomorrow to: Kimber/Canada, Lotte/Denmark and Nina/WA.
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Valentine's, Mike's Birthday & snow/weird weather
Such weird weather lately. Saturday into Sunday we had 6 inches (15cm) of snow and Wednesday it's supposed to be almost 70F (21C) That is not normal for February at all . I am definitely over winter and ready for spring and consistent warmer temps. Over the snow. I know it's only February but yeah.
This week was Valentine's Day. We didn't go crazy over it. Just had a nice dinner at Rizzuto's and our friends John & Jana stopped by and joined us.
Saturday we went to the movies and saw "The Greatest Showman". The music and production was really good, the plot a bit flat. But I still enjoyed it overall. Then we had lunch in Oxford and I spent the snowy evening catching up on some letters and reading.
Today is Mike's birthday. We slept in for a bit. Then lunch at Flipside and we are meeting some friends at Rizzuto's for dinner for Mike's birthday. Should be fun. I got him tickets for Kevin Hart's standup show in March. That should be fun.
Letter/Mail Update: Letters are going out on Tuesday (Monday is a mail holiday) to: Eunice and Carmen/Malta and Laura/Spain. Received a letter/owe a reply to: Kimber/Canada, Lotte/Denmark and Nina/WA.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
17 years ... it's really crazy to me to think about the fact that I have now been married for 17 years and 1 day. Where did all this time go? It's so weird. It makes me feel truly old. I mean to be fair I was only 21 when we got married (you do the math where that puts me today) but still. Well, I guess time flies when you're having fun right? We've had our ups and downs but then what relationship doesn't to some degree? But all in all it's been pretty smooth sailing when I look at some other people's relationships. Definitely something to be thankful for. :)
Our anniversary weekend has been very nice so far. Yesterday, Saturday, we went out to the east side of Connecticut to Clinton to have lunch at the bistro at Chamard Vineyard. Always enjoy going there. It was a super dreary day but it was fun nonetheless. The food was super delicious as always. We hung out for a while, snacking and drinking wine. Afterwards we decided to put in one more stop at another winery that I had been wanting to check out. So we drove to North Stonington (pretty much as far as you can go before hitting the Rhode Island border) for a wine tasting at Jonathan Edwards Winery. Definitely a neat place and we will need to go back when the weather is nicer. Seems like a good place to sit outside when the weather is warmer. Soon after we were done there the rain started and we had to make our 2 hour drive back in the rain. Not very enjoyable but other than that it was a nice day. Stopped at Rizzuto's when we got back and finished out the night there.
Today we slept in late which was nice and now are going to have lunch at 121 in Oxford. Then going to start catching up on some of our recorded shows. Managed to get a bit behind again so we'll try and catch up a little. And then tomorrow is already Monday again. Wednesday is Valentine's Day. No huge plans. Just going to hang out at Rizzuto's I think. And next week Sunday is Mike's birthday. No real plans for that yet either. He's not a huge birthday person so we'll see.
Last week Wednesday was our Circle of Excellence dinner at work. I finished off the year at 95.51% with 212 surveys completed. The weather was a bit iffy but luckily not too bad. And the dinner was delicious (it was held at a local steak house). Fun break in the middle of the week. Let's see what else? Oh we booked a 2 night stay in Portland, Maine for Easter weekend so that should be fun. And I also booked flights to Europe to see my parents. Flying to Trieste, Italy on April 25 and will then spend some time in Piran, Slovenia with my parents before heading back to Austria, spending a few days there and flying back from Vienna on May 7th.
Letter/Mail Update: A letter is going out to: Received a letter/owe a reply to: Laura/Spain, Eunice/Malta, Kimber/Canada and Carmen/Malta.
Monday, February 05, 2018
And it's February ...
And somehow it's February already. This year is starting to fly by already. Well, at least I am feeling better so that's something. Still not a 100% but I am definitely feeling much better than a week ago. Colds and the flu definitely seems to be going around. A bunch of people sneezing, coughing, out sick, etc. Well I hope I don't catch anything else any time soon. Fingers crossed.
Not too much else new I suppose. This past week went by relatively quick without too much to report. On Saturday we went to the movies to see "Molly's Game" which was very good. Went to a theater in Torrington (about 55 min away) because the theater near us was only playing it late in the day and we wanted to see an earlier show. Afterwards we had lunch and in the evening I finally took the tree down. Yeah, yeah, I know. I had meant to do it much earlier and then last weekend with being sick it got postponed by another week. But it's finally done now. Tree is down and back in the attic for another year.
Sunday we went to the movies again to see "I, Tonya" Really enjoyed that as well. It's interesting to learn more about that whole story and get some more background info. Of course it's not all true but it's still interesting seeing a movie based on a true story and getting more of an idea about certain things. Went to see that at the theater in the Waterbury mall (same reason again, not playing at a convenient time at our local theater) and then had lunch at 121 in Oxford. Later at night we met up with John & Jana and their friend Nathan for a celebration dinner for Jana's promotion at work. It coincided with the Super Bowl but I am not a football fan and Mike didn't have a huge interest in this year's game either so it was fine. Plus they actually had a TV right above our table so we were able to look up and check the score etc. We also recorded it so if there's anything super exciting we want to go back to we can do that.
Well, now it's Monday and another week upon us. A lot of meetings this week. Also have another orthodontist appointment on Wednesday. And Wednesday night we have our "Circle of Excellence" dinner at work. Of course Wednesday is also the day where they are forecasting snow. Ugh. I am so over winter and over snow. Let's hope the weather doesn't turn out too bad on Wednesday. The unstable weather is partly why we haven't planned any trips. Originally I had thought of taking a day or two off either this week or next week (our wedding anniversary is Feb. 10 and Mike's birthday is Feb. 18) but the weather has just been so unstable this winter we decided it might not be a good idea. So we will postpone it into March. Hopefully by then the weather will be a bit more stable again.
Letter/Mail Update: A letter is going out to: Received a letter/owe a reply to: Eunice/Malta, Kimber/Canada and Carmen/Malta.