Tuesday, February 03, 2015

SNOW + David Garrett

IMG_20150203_071324Been meaning to update since Sunday but time's just getting away from me. Had another snow storm Sunday night into Monday which totally messed up everything, especially at work. It wasn't even that bad. Maybe 6-10 inches I would guess, maybe a bit more, but over the course of Sunday night to Monday night.

Some other areas we deliver to received more snow though so we ran into difficulties delivering and had to reschedule a bunch of routes from Monday to Tuesday and Tuesday to Wednesday. Having to do that always ends up messy, making sure we don't forget anyone, making sure people end up on the right routes/trucks etc. Plus checking school schedules, seeing who is closed or delayed and how much milk they have on hand and/or need. 

 Last week was absolutely crazy too after having a "blizzard of the century" warning for Tuesday, closing our offices down, and then not really getting a lot of snow in the end. We were struggling the whole rest of the week trying to recover from that. What a mess. I know quite a lot of New England did get a ton of snow but the forecast for NYC and our area of CT was just dead wrong. Ugh. 

In more fun news Sunday was a great day for me. Went down to NYC to meet up with some friends for the "Devil's Violinist" screening at the Quad Theatre in the Village. David Garrett was scheduled to be there for a Q&A and short performance after the movie. Had a lot of fun meeting up with some other fans and seeing the movie. We sat in the first row which was a bit of a pain during the actual movie but paid off afterwards when we were super close to David during the Q&A and performance. 

It was great to see him again and was made even better when I was able to get his autograph and even a picture with him. I was completely beside myself. :) It was a truly amazing day. And definitely worth the trip down to NYC and the late train ride home. So much fun. 

Now it's back to reality, snow and crazy work. Let's hope this week gets at least a tad better but I am not sure how hopeful I want to be either. There is snow in the forecast on various days so it will all depend on how much we get if anything. It's also super cold so that's not helping either. I am SO ready for spring. 

Mail Update. Letters went out today to: Jessica/DE and Charles/TN. Received letters from: Tiffany/OK, Nina/WA, Emilia/Finland, Lotte/Denmark, Kimber/Canada, Celia/MA and Alexandra/Peru. 

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hiking, movies, NYC, all around fun weekend

Collage_20140817174842532_20140817174853067And already Sunday evening again. Where do my weekend hours go? Can't complain though, we did have a very nice weekend. We had both Saturday and Sunday off which was really nice.

Saturday we decided to take advantage of the nice weather and went for a hike. Checked out a 10 mile portion of the Appalachian trail that runs through a part of CT near us. The whole trail runs from Maine to Georgia and is over 2000 miles long. This particular part here in CT is relatively flat and hugs the Housatonic River for a good junk of it so there are lots of pretty views. After our hike we had a late lunch at the White Horse Pub in Marbledale. Yum.

When we got home we watched the first and second episode of "Outlander". The second one was on yesterday so now it's another week's wait till the third one. :) Yeah, yeah kind of obsessed but hey everyone has to have some kind of obsession or craziness in their lives right? ;)

Today, Sunday, we went out for breakfast and ended up driving down to see "Life after Beth" at an indie theater in NYC (the Angelika in SoHo) It's only out as a limited release right now so we decided to go see it there rather than wait for a wider release. It was a good movie. Afterwards we drove back up to Stamford to have some tapas and wine at "Barcelona". 

Tomorrow it's already Monday again. Not sure I am ready for a another long week at work. Now that Labor Day is only 2 weeks away work is going to get pretty hectic. Plus the schools are starting up very soon as well so that always takes some prep too. Well oh well, one day at a time and all that. 

Received a letter/owe a reply to: David/IN,  Charles/TN and Lotte/Denmark. 

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ollie, Elton John and more

Elton JohnAnother weekend off which was definitely nice. Slept in on both days, which was even nicer. :) 

Mid-week we had a vet appointment with Ollie. We suspected that he might have an UTI (urinary tract infection) as he was peeing on the bed, which he normally never does. So off to the vet we went. They took his blood to test everything else since he has the kidney issues. That actually came back with positive results where his kidneys seem to be functioning slightly better, probably due to the medication and special food he is on. He is showing a tad of anemia, which is probably a side effect of the kidney problems, and unfortunately not something that can be treated. But right now it's just a minor concern.

They couldn't get a urine sample from him since he decided to pee all over me in the car on the ride to the vet so of course had an empty bladder once we got there. So they kept him for the day but even at the end of the day when I called and checked up on him they still couldn't get a sample. So he had to stay overnight but luckily by the morning they were able to get the sample. The results have been back since then too and he does have a bit of an UTI so he is now on a 20-day antibiotic treatment for it. Luckily giving him pills is easy these days, as he loves the pill pocket treats where you can hide the pills inside. Thank god. :)

So that was my excitement for most of the week. Worrying about Ollie, bringing him there, picking him up etc. In more fun news we got to see Elton John in concert on Friday in Bridgeport. When the tickets had gone on sale originally they sold out pretty much immediately. So we waited and checked StubHub every so often. Eventually the tickets did go down, as people were afraid they wouldn't sell them probably. We ended up getting our tickets for face value so no loss there. The show was amazing. He played for over 3 hours. 

Let's see, what else? Yesterday we slept in, picked up Ollie's antibiotics at the vet and then went to the movies to see "About Time". I really liked the movie, same person who created "Notting Hill", "Four Weddings & A Funeral" and "Love Actually" so same feel to the movie. Afterwards we hung out at Two Steps for a while.

Today more sleeping in and in a bit we are off to the White Horse Pub in Marbledale for brunch. Yummy place. 

Mail Update: Received letters still owe a response to: Nina/WA, Charles/TN, Jessica/DE, Emilia/Finland and Carmen/Malta.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Before Midnight, packing, Memorial Day weekend etc.

BEFORE-MIDNIGHT-PosterSo here I am, Sunday night, pretty much done with my packing for my Europe trip. Leaving on Wednesday but tomorrow we are invited to a Memorial Day party after work and Tuesday night I just want to relax. So I procrastinated forever but finally got it done today. I think I am all set but as always have that nagging feeling that I am forgetting something. At least packing a few days beforehand I have a couple of days to figure out what it is I might be forgetting. :) 

The weather is what concerns me the most. It looks kind of unstable in both England and Austria so I really wasn't sure what to pack. I also didn't really have room to overpack since I have limited space, plus bringing along a bunch of gifts/treats/goodies for people. So we will see how that works out. :) 

Yesterday, Saturday, we went to see "Before Midnight" in NYC. It released in New York and L.A. this weekend. I was super excited to see the movie and it definitely did not disappoint. For those of you who don't know this is the 3rd movie in this series, the first ones being "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset". The first movie was set in Vienna, the second one in Paris and the third one now in Greece. I am hoping they will eventually make a fourth movie to continue the story of Jesse & Celine. It was great to be able to see the characters again. 

After the movie we had dinner at a Mexican place called Dos Caminos. We had walked by the place a million times when in the neighborhood but just never went. So yesterday we finally got to try it out and it was definitely good. Wouldn't hesitate to go back. Delicious margaritas. 

Tomorrow it's Memorial Day. We will be at work for a good part of the day. Will see how it goes. After work we are heading to our friends Tim and Sam's place for a party they are having. Then one more full day of work on Tuesday and Wednesday I will be on a plane to England. Yay. :) 

Mail Update: Letters are going out tomorrow to: Charles/TN and Jessica/DE. Owe replies to: Celia/MA, Carmen/Malta and Tiffany/OK.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Still busy but trying to make the best of it

Midnight+in+paris_m Work is still insanely busy, actually more so because we now also have the 4th of July holiday to deal with that's coming up in just a week and a half. So I am dealing with lots of Excel spreadsheets, trying to figure out everyone's schedule, who can get delivered on what day to make sure everyone is taken care of. Also need to set up lists so we make sure to call all these people on the right days to get their orders.

On top of that we are also changing a bunch of customer's delivery schedules starting this coming week because of the summer (no more school deliveries) so it's guaranteed that people will be all sorts of confused I am sure.

On a more fun note, went to the movies with my friend Jana yesterday and saw "Midnight in Paris"   which I really enjoyed. It was a Woody Allen movie and I usually like those because they tend to be kind of quirky. But this was actually one of his best movies I have seen I think. I won't give away too much but honestly I would completely recommend seeing it. It wasn't your typical romantic comedy at all, much more witty, nostalgic, smart and intellectual all at the same time. Hard to explain. :)

 Mail Update: Received letters from: Nina/WA, Tiffany/OK, Carmen/Malta, Eunice/Malta and Sarah/Canada.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Busy, busy, busy


Just a quick post here from me. Had a great remaining time in Halifax. Of course the days just flew by. Sunday the weather was kind of rainy so we did all indoor stuff. Went to Pier 21 - the immigration museum which was really interesting. After lunch we went to Keith Brewery for a brewery tour which was also very cool. They have costumed guides acting out the period (1862) telling you a lot about the history and brewing process along with songs & games.

Monday we went to Dartmouth across the harbor for a little walking tour. The ferry ride back to Halifax was especially neat because of the harbor and skyline views. Met up with my pal Kimber for lunch. It was great to see her in person for the first time after writing for so many years. In the afternoon we went to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic which had a really neat exhibit on the Titanic. Halifax was one of the first cities to respond to the disaster and a lot of victims are buried there as well.

Tuesday we started our drive back and stopped in Kennebunkport, ME for the night. Kennebunkport is such a cute town and I am always happy when we get to be there, even if it's for one night and dinner. Had a yummy dinner at Federal Jack's. Then Wednesday morning we left Maine and headed straight back to work.

Work's been busy but I have lots of outside-of-work activities to keep me busy too. Today we are going to see "Hamlet" on Broadway, starring Jude Lawe. Probably will have dinner after the show which means we won't get home till after 2am most likely. Tomorrow we are going to see "The Time Traveler's Wife" at the movies since I have been wanting to see that for ages. Also need to pack tomorrow since I am off to Phoenix on Monday. Flying there Monday, Tuesday is the launch/release party for Echo and then flying back to the East Coast on Wednesday. So yeah, I am keeping busy. :)

Mail update: Letters went out on Monday to: Alex/Spain and Caroline/Scotland. Letters went out on Thursday to: Celia/MA and Jetta/Finland. Received letters from/still owe replies to: Charles/TN, Lotte/Denmark and Eunice/Malta.

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