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Monday, January 25, 2021


IMG_20210120_122139_347And we made it past Inauguration Day and all went off without a hitch - thankfully.  I enjoyed watching the proceedings on TV, the performances, speeches, etc. I am truly excited for and about Kamala Harris. I really enjoy her and from a historical standpoint it's of course a great and important milestone. And of course I'm happy about Joe BIden as well. Was he my first choice and clear front runner candidate? No, not really. But do I think he is 10000x better than another 4 years of what we previously had? Yes, yes of course. Well, anyway, I am glad the day has come and gone and while of course not everything all of a sudden is all wonderful, rainbows and roses overnight, I just feel more confident and optimistic. So let's hope we can figure out ways to turn things around. The whole Covid mess, climate change, the economy, there's a never ending list of tasks of course. 

Not much else going on really. Can't really leave Connecticut at the moment as most other states around us require you to quarantine and/or CT would require us to quarantine when we get back. Next month is our 20 year wedding anniversary (Feb 10) and originally we had talked about doing some epic trip, something like Fiji or Tahiti. But yeah, that's of course not happening. Yes, there are ways to travel even these days but I am really just not feeling confident doing that. I don't want to be on a plane for such a long time, having to wear a mask, no drink service, etc. All sorts of restrictions at the destination, things are shut down/closed, having to be extra careful non stop. I'd do it if it can't be avoided of course but voluntarily, no not really. Austria has a ton of entry regulations as well so god knows when I will actually be able to get back to Austria. It's been over a year now since I was last there. Ugh. 

The weekend was pretty quiet. Saturday we had lunch at Rizzuto's in Westport. Sunday we went to Notch 8 and had yummy pizza and hung out there for the afternoon. And eventually caught up on our recorded TV shows at home and also started "Wandavision" on Disney+. 

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

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Inauguration Day T Minus 26 Hours

BidenA little late with my weekly post this week. No real reason. Just kind of forgot to post last night when I was done with work and then had already turned the computer off and didn't feel like turning it back on. lol. And it's just easier to type these on the PC rather than on my phone which of course would also be possible but yeah anyway ... I digress. lol. 

Another week and this week we have Inauguration Day here in the US tomorrow for Joe Biden & Kamala Harris. I really do pray that all works out ok and there aren't any crazy incidents. With what we saw at the Capitol not that long ago everyone rightly is a bit on edge I think. So yeah, fingers crossed all goes ok and we can have a peaceful transition of power. That really should not even be a concern in the United States. But yeah, we have apparently entered a different version of realty these days. So here we are and let's see how it goes. 

Not all that much else new really. Didn't do very much last weekend. Saturday we went for lunch at Rizzuto's in Westport and then hung out at Two Steps for a bit where we also met up with our friends John and Jana. And on Sunday I had my monthly massage scheduled in the morning. (really enjoying my annual membership I signed up for with Massage Envy) And afterwards we drove out to Millbrook Winery in Millbrook, NY. They have a special going on for the month of January where they partner with different local restaurants and offer various soups each weekend, alongside some crusty bread and their wine of course. And this past weekend was "Lobster Corn Chowder" which sounded so good. Well, it ended up being kind of a disappointment. I mean it was ok but not nearly as delicious as I wanted it to be. Oh well. We still had fun sipping the wine and stopped at Rosy's on the way home before catching up on a bunch of recorded TV. 

Last night I finished Obama's book. Really enjoyed it and definitely spent a lot of time focusing on it so I could return it in time to the library which worked out since it's due this week Friday so I actually finished it in a week and a half - not bad for 700 pages. Will want to get Michele Obama's book out too in the near future. 

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

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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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