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Monday, October 31, 2022

Halloween Weekend

Pixlr_20221031095822144I wrote the below yesterday but then had trouble posting so just getting that done now.

And already Sunday night again. Why do weekends fly by so fast? I really don't want it to be Monday tomorrow. But what can you do, right?

Our little North Fork break was a lot of fun so can't complain too much. On Tuesday after checking out from the hotel we went back to the bagel place for breakfast and then headed to Clovis Point. Hung out there and then continued on to Paumanok where we had some lovely baguette with olive oil and hung out for a while before eventually heading back to CT. Work Wednesday to Friday was busy as usual.

Saturday we went to Rizzutos for lunch and from there went to John and Kim's Halloween party. It's been such a long time since we hung out with them so it was fun to catch up with them. Stayed till after 10pm.

Today, Sunday, we slept in and then went for a walk around the pond at Wooster cemetery. And from there to lunch/brunch at Red Rooster. Now at the Quarter and eventually going to head home and watch some recorded TV.

Let's see what next week brings. We do have tickets to the Klimt experience in NYC next week on Saturday. I am really looking forward to that.

Mail Update: All caught up with my my mail.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

North Fork Birthday Getaway

Yup really behind with my updating once again but do have some free time this morning so figured I should try and get caught up. :) Last thing I posted about was the Garlic Festival. Really not that much to report after that I suppose. The week after that was pretty uneventful, usual work stuff. Trying to remember what we did on the weekend. Oh yeah, Saturday (15th) the weather was pretty nice and we went for a walk at Sherwood Island at the beach before having lunch at Rizzuto's. And I think Sunday we went to see a movie. Trying to remember, oh yeah, "Don't Worry Darling". Was a decent movie, not amazing but not bad either. After the movies we had lunch at NewSylum. Always delicious pizza for sure.

And the following week was another normal, busy work week. Saturday (22nd) we met up with Robin & Ashley at Rizzuto's which was a lot of fun. We always say we need to make plans to meet up more often but then it doesn't seem to happen. But either way it's always fun to see them and catch up.

And that brings us to Sunday (23rd) and the start of little birthday getaway. We started the day off with breakfast at Elmer's, always very yum. And after a quick stop at Starbucks from there started our drive to the North Fork of Long Island. Went all the way out to the furthest winery Kontokosta and got there around 11.30 or so. The weather was dry for most of our drive but the rain started soon after we got there. Been raining on and off, sometimes more, sometimes less for the whole time we have been here. Oh well. It does seem to have stopped now so we should at least be able to drive back without rain later today which is good.

After Kontokosta we headed to One Woman but unfortunately due to the rain they didn't really have anywhere to sit as they have a super tiny tasting room so we just bought a bottle of Gruener to bring home. :) Then went on to Lenz which is always nice. Got a bottle to enjoy with some cheddar and olive oil crackers. They had the door open but we were inside and could watch the rain dripping down outside, kind of cozy. From there we went on to Bedell. Got a couple of glasses and sat outside on their covered deck. It was a bit chilly I have to say but still nice to hang out for a while. Last stop of the day was Coffeepot where we got to see Laura & Beasley the pug. He is so old now but it's always a pleasure to see them both. Hung out there for a while before driving to our hotel. This time we are staying at the Hyatt Place instead of the Indigo because the Indigo's pricing was through the roof for some reason. The Hyatt doesn't have a real bar but there is a restaurant/bar called "Jerry and the Mermaid" literally next door so it's been fine.

Yesterday, Monday, for my actual birthday we started the day at a bagel place with a delicious hearty breakfast. From there we went on to Pellegrini Vineyards and hung out there for a while and then stopped into Ev&Em which is the old Laurel Lakes vineyard but rebranded. They are now all about sustainability which is neat. We also met somebody who used to work at One Woman and recognized us which was fun. From there we headed to Osprey which was super quiet, I guess being a Monday and all. Stopped at Coffeepot one more time to pick up some jam and also got to meet Adam, Laura's husband and winemaker, which was fun. After that we were off to dinner. The original plan was to have a seafood dinner at A Lure but when we got there we realized they had switched over to their fall hours and weren't open on Mondays. So instead we went to their sister restaurant A Mano. Had a yummy dinner before heading back to the hotel.

And here we are, Tuesday morning, just catching up with my blog. In a bit we will head back to the bagel place for breakfast and then pick up some more wine to bring home and stop into one or two more wineries before heading back to CT. Not ready to face reality just yet but we do still have today to enjoy before it's back to the grind tomorrow.

Mail Update: All caught up with my my mail.

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Sunday, October 09, 2022

Garlic Festival Weekend

IMG_20221009_213941_020And here we are already the second week of October and it's definitely feeling like fall now.  We had a frost warning last night and leaves are turning colors even though they are not that bright which I guess isn't super surprising with the drought we had. 

The early part of this week was pretty dreary with a lot of rain. Finally the sun came out in the later part of the week and Thursday & Friday was even in the 70ies. But the weekend went back down to high 50ies and low 60ies. 

Thursday I had a dentist appointment for a cleaning. Other than that just a busy week with vacation coverage for a coworker and some IT issues with our VPN being down for a while. 

Saturday we  had a low key day with lunch and catching up on some shows. Also spent some time reading and having a quiet night.

Today, Sunday, we went to the CT Garlic & Harvest Festival in Bethlehem, CT which was fun. It's been some years since we have been and it was fun checking out the different stands and trying samples of stuff. We bought some rosemary foccacia as well as some jalapeƱo hot sauce. Afterwards headed to Walker Road Vineyards for a glass of wine. Even though it was cool and a bit breezy it was still nice enough to sit out on the deck in the sun. After we went to the Marketplace in Woodbury for a late lunch. And now we are home watching the Mets - San Diego post season game. Unfortunately the Mets aren't doing so hot and this is a do or die game. Guess we will see what happens. 

Mail Update: All caught up with my mail for once :)

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Sunday, October 02, 2022

Hello October

FB_IMG_1664746422906Yup it's already October. I guess I shouldn't be surprised since I spent three weeks in Austria so really most of September just flew by and well here we are, October 2nd. :)

The travel back last Monday was fine. Relatively uneventful I suppose, no major delays, just a minor one. The layover in Amsterdam worked out pretty ok even though there were long lines at passport control but I ended up having enough time to sit down and have a quick snack and a glass of wine before needing to board the next flight. We did end up having a ground delay leaving Amsterdam and sat on the tarmac for quite a while. Made up some time in the air and ended up being late by about 15-20 minutes I think. 

Of course the rest of the week was busy, trying to catch up at work. But I made it through the week. Now it's already Sunday night again. Ugh. Not sure I am quite ready for another full week ahead. 

The weekend has been pretty quiet. The weather has been dreary with rain/wind. The leftovers of hurricane Ian making there way through here. Can't complain of course as it's really just been dreary, no real issues. Looking at some of those photos from Florida ... truly heartbreaking and gut wrenching. Whole towns almost wiped out and destroyed. Crazy. 

Yesterday we watched "Meet Cute" on Peacock TV and then caught on some recorded shows and today we went to the movies and saw "See How They Run" which was a lot of fun. Hanging out at the Quarter in Newtown right now and eventually will head home and catch up on some more recorded shows. 

Well, that's about all really. Let's see how the next week goes. I am sure I will power through one way or another, always works out somehow. 

Mail Update: All caught up with my mail for once :)

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