Monday, September 04, 2017
Labor Day, Green Day, September, ...
Happy Labor Day to all my US friends. :) Had a very nice three day weekend which is winding down now. Was nice to have the day off and still always a bit weird to me since I never had these days off during my last job. We were always open on Labor Day and Memorial Day and almost always on the 4th of July. So it's weird having three day weekends since I often worked on the Saturday before the holiday as well as the actual holiday. But no complaints of course. :)
This past Tuesday we went to see Green Day in Hartford and it was a really amazing show. They are so great live. We saw them once before on their American Idiot tour and they were just as great, if not even better, on this tour. Of course it was super late (1.30am) by the time we got home but it was worth it.
The weekend has been pretty relaxing. Saturday we had a vet appointment with Bailey and she luckily passed with flying colors. We now don't have to go back until April so that's good. After the vet appointment we set up our new DVR (we are replacing our old TiVo) and our new vacuum cleaner. Happy with the new vacuum. The one we had before we have had for about 3+ years and it really just wasn't performing properly anymore. So far the new one seems to be pretty good so fingers crossed it lasts.
Sunday the weather was cool and rainy all day so we decided to sleep in late. Then had lunch at 121 in Oxford. Stopped at the store for a bunch of errands and eventually caught up on some recorded TV. We are finally more or less caught up from last season's shows so that's good. Just in time for the new seasons to start up.
And today we slept in and then decided to do something outdoors since the weather was a lot nicer. We had decided on a trail in Danbury but there was a lot of flooding from the rain the day before. So we decided to try a trail in Brewster instead. It wasn't anything too exciting or too long but at least we walked for a little over 2 miles and got some exercise in. So not a bad thing.
Now we are at RIzzuto's winding down and enjoying the last bits of our holiday weekend. Tomorrow it's back to work and real life. But at least's it's only a 4 day work week. And then the week after that I leave for Europe. So there is lots to take care of before then,
Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Celia/MA and Eloine/NY.
Sunday, March 05, 2017
Panic at the Disco and more
And it's already Sunday afternoon again. How does that happen? Had a relaxed and quiet weekend overall so I can't complain too much. Sipping a delicious Peach Bellini right now and savoring what's left of my Sunday.
Wednesday I had lunch with my friend Sharon which was great as it's been a little while since I have seen her. It was great to meet up and catch up a bit.
Thursday we went down to NYC after work to see "Panic at the Disco" at Madison Square Garden. They really put on an amazing show. His voice is crazy. He can reach such high notes and still stay in tune. It's pretty impressive. Lots of screaming teenage girls (I guess I am getting old - lol) but it was still a lot of fun. Here are some clips if you are interested (both originals and covers)
Don't threaten me with a good time
Nine in the Afternoon
I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Let's see what next week brings at work. I will have to prepare for vacation coverage as the week after one of my co-workers will be out for a week. That will be the first time covering for someone else for a whole week. I have done it for a day or two but not for an entire week. Well fingers crossed everything goes well. :)
Also just booked a hotel in Mystic, CT for one night in July. Our friends Megan and Jonathan are getting married at Mystic Seaport so that should be fun.
Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe a reply to: Laura/Spain.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Fuzz Fest - Scranton, PA
A little behind on my updating but it's been a busy weekend so finally getting around to it. :)
Had a busy-ish week at work, nothing too out of the ordinary I suppose. On Wednesday we were able to take a longer lunch to watch the Austria - Iceland soccer game. Unfortunately Austria lost but honestly I didn't expect a different outcome. They actually did play very well in that game and stepped it up quite a bit, just wasn't enough. So Austria didn't make it through the elimination but it's nice that they were actually in it for a change which is already more than usually happens. :)
Saturday we worked and after work went for a leisurely late lunch at 121 in Oxford. And Sunday we headed to Scranton, PA for Fuzz Fest. The radio station in that area is called 92.1 The Fuzz. lol. So that's where the name comes from. We stayed at the same hotel where we stayed last time two years ago when we saw Paramore at the same venue. The Radisson at Lackawanna Station is a pretty neat hotel at an old remodeled/renovated train station, pretty cool. Were able to check in when we got there around noon and then headed downtown for lunch at a place called Ale Mary's. Had a great lunch, really fun spot. Afterwards stopped at the hotel bar for a glass of wine before heading up the venue. The show was at the Pavillon at Montage Mountain, a big area on top of a mountain (ski resorts in the winter, water park in the summer, a minor league baseball stadium and whatnot) It's an amphitheater and really a pretty neat venue.
The show was epic and lasted about 6 hours with 4 acts. Andrew MacMahon, AWOL Nation, Panic at the Disco & Weezer. Pretty cool line-up. Andrew MacMahon had so much energy, running and dancing through the crowd. I wasn't into AWOL Nation all that much but I have to say they won me over by the end of their set. Panic at the Disco was absolutely amazing and Weezer was great as well. The whole thing started around 6pm and we didn't get back to the hotel till after midnight. Definitely an epic night.
Slept in a little bit Monday morning and then made our way to work to our office in Newburgh, NY which is luckily on the way from Scranton (only about 1 hr 15 min)
Here are the links to the videos I recorded if anyone's interested by the way:
Andrew MacMahon in the Wilderness - Cecilia and the Satellite
AWOL Nation - Sail
Panic at the Disco - Victorious
Panic at the Disco - This is gospel
Panic at the Disco - I write sins not tragedies
Panic at the Disco - Bohemian Rhapsody
Panic at the Disco - Bohemian Rhapsody
Panic at the Disco - Hallejujah
Panic at the Disco - Don't threaten me with a good time
Weezer - Bevery Hills
Weezer - I want you to
Mail Update. Wrote a letter to Eunice/Malta. Just need to get in the mail. Hopefully today, if not tomorrow. :)
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Pretty Little Demons
Happy Tuesday. Dragging a little this morning as we went to the city to see a show last night. But hey gotta have fun and live a little every once in a while right?
It's always fun to be in NYC. Got to explore a new area on the Lower East Side we had never really been in before. Ate at Spitzer's Corner, then headed over to The Wren across the street from the Bowery Hotel for a few more drinks and another snack.
After that it was time to go to Pianos to see "Pretty Little Demons". It was the first time I saw them live and I was really excited to finally get to see them play. It's amazing how much talent they have at only 12 and 13 years old. Makes me wish I had any sort of musical talent, even just a little bit.
Anybody reading this should definitely check out their music. They even played at Lallapalooza in Chicago this past weekend. So cool. Now it's back to CA for them.
Well, that's about all the news here from me at the moment. Normal work day for me today. Need to get some things done, start preparing for the schools to start back up in just a few weeks plus Labor Day (where did this summer go?)
Received a letter/owe a reply to: Charles/TN.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Just a quick update on the Black Keys concert we saw in Hartford last night. Had a really good time even though the venue is way bigger than the places we usually go to (it holds about 30 000 people, 7500 in seats and 22500 more on the lawn) The seats we had were great though, only six rows back. We were able to get them in a pre-sale from a local radio station when the venue was first announced/added to the tour. Very cool.
Left work around 3pm to drive up to Hartford for a leisurly pre-concert dinner at the City Steam Brewery Cafe. Always a fun place to go. They have a great Happy Hour as well. Really wish the place was closer and more convenient to get to. Oh well.
After we left City Steam we headed over to the Comcast Theater. It was my first time at this venue and it is definitely massive. Concession stands that remind of a big stadium and the whole layout is just crazy big. Had some over priced wine in a plastic cup while watching the opening band perform.
The show was definitely a lot of fun and went by very fast. Getting out of that venue was of course anything but fast. First the mile long trek back to the car where we had to remember where we even parked in the sea of cars in a huge gravel/field space, then inching slowly forward in line trying to actually get out. We finally made it home a little before 1am. Needless to say I am not really all that awake for work at this particular moment. :)
Mail Update: Received letters/still owe a response to: Laura/Spain, Jessica/DE, Charles/TN and Lotte/Denmark.
Friday, May 17, 2013
A quick update on our 2 days in Boston. Drove up (about 2 1/2 hrs from where we are) Wednesday morning and came back yesterday evening. The drive up was pretty good, on the way back we got stuck in traffic for hours which wasn't any fun. But always seems to happen that way.
Had a great time during our stay though. Wednesday we had breakfast before we left Danbury, then drove to Cambridge to our hotel. From there we took the T over to Fenway. Had a quick drink at Boston Beer Works before our Fenway tour at 3pm. For any of my friends who read this and aren't from the US, Fenway Park is the oldest baseball park in the country (est. 1912) and therefore has lots and lots of history. It was interesting to walk around the stadium, listen to stories, etc. We also got to walk around inside the press box which was pretty neat. After our tour we stopped in the team store really quick and picked up a little shirt for Jackson (son of our Australian friends Nicki & Damien) whose 1st birthday is coming up very soon. :)
After that we had dinner at the Yardhouse (love those!!) and then went to the House of Blues to see Paramore. It was great to finally get to see them live. We (Mike especially) have been fans of them for quite some time so it was great to see them live. It's also amazing how popular they have gotten over the past few years. When we first started listening to them it was completely different. After the show we stopped in at the Yardhouse for another drink and late-night snack. Actually made it to "last call". Haven't closed down a bar in a little while. LOL.
Thursday morning we checked out at the hotel and then headed over to the zoo. Spent about an hour there. The weather was just gorgeous (80ies F = 26C) so it was nice to be outside and walk around for a bit. What a change too, because Wednesday it was much cooler, windy with showers in the afternoon. After the zoo we had lunch at a brick oven pizza called The Dogwood. After that it was time to head back home and after fighting all the traffic we eventually made it back to Danbury, just in time for Thursday trivia night. :)
Now it's Friday and back to work. Ugh. Working tomorrow, Saturday, too to make up for one of the days we took off. Well, oh well, can't complain too much since I'll be off to Europe in less than two weeks.
Mail Update: A letter is going out shortly to: Lotte/Denmark and Laura/Spain. Owe replies to: Tiffany/OK.
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Dollyrots - check them out!
Here's a random post from me to break up the normal routine. Let's call it "Friday Fun". :) I am happy that it's Friday, the sun is shining and the weekend is just around the corner. Since I am in a happy/fun mood I thought it would be cool to share one of my new favorite artists with everyone. If you are friends with me on Facebook you have probably seen my random posts but not all of you are on there so I figured it couldn't hurt to make a blog post too. :)
My newest music discovery is a band out of Southern California called "The Dollyrots". They have actually been around and in existence for a while, their first album came out in 2004. Their sound is a mixture of punk/rock/pop and has some very cool loud songs but also some fun happy-go lucky poppier ones. They seem to be more famous with more exposure on the West Coast of the US so I thought why not try and give them a shout out on here to help them get more well-known in the rest of the world. :)
You can read a fun little bio here to learn more about them. My favorite song by them is "Rollercoaster"
Also check out "Because I Am Awesome" and a really cool acoustic cover of the song "Almost" by the band Bowling For Soup.
If you want to see a live performance by them and live in the greater L.A. area you can see them play with The Muffs in Long Beach, CA on June 22nd. You can check out the poster for the show/venue here.
If you are anywhere else in the world you still have the chance to catch a live performance online on May 23rd. Here is the link to their upcoming performance. Seems like they are going to be covering Beatles songs which should be a lot of fun.
So make sure to check them out and let me know what you guys think. :) I have a very reliable source who tells me Kelly is a super cool chick ;) so don't miss out and go click on some of my links.
Mail Update: Owe replies to: Lotte/Denmark, Laura/Spain and Tiffany/OK.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Busy week and weekend
The end of this past week and the weekend definitely flew by. Thursday was trivia night, Friday Mike's birthday (we went to TK'sw with a few friends) and Saturday was the David Garrett concert and our friend Kim's birthday. Everything went off without a hitch. I took the train to New Jersey to catch the show which was a hike but worked out ok. Had dinner and then headed to the theater. Also met up with another member of the David Garrett fan forum which was neat. The show was absolutely incredible, really loved every minute of it and of course it went by way too quick. One of my favorite things he played was a take on Beethoven's 5th symphony (you can see it here on You Tube) and lots of other cool stuff.
After the show I decided since I was by myself to hang out for a bit and stood out in the freezing cold (and wow was it cold & super windy) waiting by the stage door with a bunch of other people. After standing there for a while shivering we were rewarded by seeing David come by and walk to his tour bus. He said hello and even signed some things etc. I was so close to him, if I had stretched out my hand I could have easily touched him, but I think I was so star struck I couldn't even say a single word. But regardless it was still a fun experience and nice to see him so up close. :)
Mike & Tim had a good time at Kim's birthday too and Sunday they came to pick me up in New Jersey and we went to the Museum of Modern Art to check out the new Picasso exhibit there. Afterwards we had dinner at Cafe Steinhof (Austrian restaurant) in Brooklyn. Super yummy schnitzel.
Now back to work and regular every day stuff. Had more snow today too, ugh. After some nice days last week I really wasn't in the mood for more snow. I am so ready for a nice spring. The sooner the better.
Short Mail Update: Wrote letters to (should mail them tomorrow hopefully): Caroline/Scotland and Charles/TN. Received letters from: Lotte/Denmark, Nina/WA, Sarah/Canada and Carmen/Malta.