Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Labor Day Weekend in DC

IMG_20180901_203113_515And here we are. It's September and unofficially Labor Day weekend always marks the end of the summer here in the US (officially fall doesn't start Pixlr (2)until Sept. 22nd of course) The weather has been hot and humid so it definitely doesn't feel like fall. We were in Washington DC over the long weekend and it was even hotter and more humid there than here in CT. We still made the best of it and had a fun weekend. 

Holiday weekend traffic can be a bitch too but all in all it really wasn't too bad. We drove down on Saturday morning and our GPS rerouted us a couple of times due to accidents and slowdowns but we made good time. On the way back yesterday (Monday) we did end up with about a 30 min. delay due to an accident on the George W Bridge. But all in all it could have been worse I suppose. There were definitely a lot of people on the road, especially yesterday. We stopped at a rest-stop on the NJ Turnpike and holy crap, I don't know if I have ever seen so many people at a rest-stop before. The line for the women's bathroom was almost out the door. Crazy! 

Anyway, DC was fun. We stayed at the Madison Hotel (awesome deal on Travelzoo that also included parking which otherwise would have been $58 per night) which was pretty conveniently located. On Saturday we had lunch at Capitol City Brewing and then headed to the mall to walk around and look at the monuments. We have of course seen them but it's always a neat experience. Ended up getting caught in a massive downpour and drenched to the core but in a way it was almost refreshing because it was a relief from the heat and humidity for a bit. Of course as soon as it stopped and the sun came back out it was even more humid than before. Oh well. 

Sunday we decided to do a few museums. Went to the Spy Museum (really cool), the National Portrait Gallery (which had a bunch of other art besides the presidential portraits as well) and the National Gallery (huge art museum split between two buildings) Th Smithsonian museums are all free so that's always nice. The Spy Museum we did have to pay for but it was a neat thing to do. Next time we want to check out the Newseum (a museum centered around the press/news) Almost wish we had done it this time (seems like something that would be very apropos for the times we are in right now) but we just didn't have enough time. 

Sunday night we had dinner at the Grillfish, always a delicious place. And yesterday, Monday, we slept in before heading for an early lunch at Legal Seafoods. After lunch we headed back and made it back to Danbury by about 7.30pm so not too terrible really. And well, now it's Tuesday morning and back to reality and work. Not sure I am ready but I guess it is what it is, right? 

etter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Laura/Spain. 

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Beautiful Weather Weekend (finally!)

IMG_20180825_141509_625What a nice weekend. The weather has been so crazy all summer (so much rain, humidity and heat) that it was a really nice surprise to have a IMG_20180826_165058_911beautiful weekend. Mostly sunny/partly cloudy but not too hot and not humid. The whole week was actually pretty nice. There were some days that actually almost felt like fall was around the corner with the brisk blue skies. But now this week we are back to the heat, temps in the high 90ies (35C) and humidity. Today is supposed to be when it starts and then tomorrow and Wednesday are going to be the worst of it. So at least just three days I suppose. We will see what next weekend brings. We will be in Washington DC for 2 nights over Labor Day weekend so that should be fun. 

So this past weekend, on Saturday we went for a walk/hike at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, NY. We went there one other time and enjoyed the area and trail so we decided to try a different trail this time. Enjoyable to be outside, getting some exercise and looking at the pretty scenery. Due to the weird weather this summer I feel like I haven't gotten much exercise at all really. Usually we like to go for walks/hikes on the weekends when the weather is nice but it really hasn't been possible on a lot of weekends this summer. 

Yesterday, Sunday we continued to take advantage of the weather and had lunch outside at the Hopkins Inn. Another thing we like to do once every summer and usually earlier in July. But again there really hasn't been that much opportunity for nice weather to sit outside where it wasn't either oppressively humid or storming/raining or both. So it was nice to be able to go there and enjoy a delicious lunch sitting outside enjoying the scenery. Stopped into Hopkins Vineyard for a glass of wine as well. 

Then last night we caught up on some recorded TV shows. I feel like we're really behind this year. Still catching up on TV from last season. The new seasons start up in mid September mostly. Oh well. Anyway now it's Monday again and another week ahead. I have a feeling it's going to be a busy week with Labor Day coming up. Well, guess we will see how it goes. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Laura/Spain. 

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Outlander Convention Weekend

Pixlr (1)And somehow it is Monday again. Where does the time go? Today it is quite a bit cooler though and the humidity seems to have finally broken for right now. It's cloudy and I think there is still a chance of showers (rain, so much rain lately) Such weird weather this summer. 

Saturday I went to New Jersey for the Outlander convention. Originally I was supposed to go with a friend but she ended up not being able to go (so sorry about your dog Falguni -- sending you lots of hugs!!) so I made the trek out to NJ by myself. It was a good although long day. Left on the train at 8.11 am and didn't get back home till after 11pm. The convention was fun even though they didn't have a lot of merchandise. Decorations also weren't all that great but they had some neat large posters where you could take pictures. Saw a bunch of the actors up close. The two main actors, Caitrona and Sam, had to cancel relatively last minute due to conflicting filming schedules but they did Skype them in for Q&A so that was nice. It was fun seeing the actors in person. I didn't spend any extra money for autograph or photo ops but it was still neat being amidst it all and just taking it all in. Met a new friend (on the bus from NY to NJ) and we hung out for the day which made the whole thing more enjoyable as well, not having to spend the whole day alone. So yeah, all in all I'd say it was a good experience. 

Sunday I slept in late which felt glorious. Then we had brunch at the Barndoor and later met up with our friends Cait and Patrick. And finished out the day by catching up on some more TV shows. And somehow it is Monday again. Another week to get through. Nothing really planned for this week or the upcoming weekend. We will see what the weather brings and go from there I suppose. Right now I would be happy to go back to bed. Kind of a gloomy morning, would be great sleeping weather. Oh well. 

  Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Laura/Spain. 

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Movie Weekend

PixlrAnd more humid and unstable weather. I feel like that is all we have had this summer. Haven't been able to get outside for many nice walks or hikes. It's always either hot, humid, raining or all of the above. I am really over it. I know Europe has had crazy heatwaves as well. The weather just seems crazy. Wildfires in California. Crazy all over. Ugh. 

Since the weather has been less than desirable this weekend we decided to have a movie weekend. Yesterday we went to see "The Spy Who Dumped Me" and today "BlacKkKlansman". Two completely different movies but both good. Wanted to see "The Spy Who Dumped Me" mainly because of Sam Heughan but it was an enjoyable movie and the cast was great. I would recommend "BlackKkKlansman" even though it really makes you think about how things really haven't changed that much. Maybe one day. 

Yesterday we had lunch at 121 and then later in the evening I had a nice evening in, just relaxing and re-watching some Outlander. Love me a nice quiet Saturday night, just relaxing. 

Today we saw the movie, then lunch and in a bit we will catch up on some recorded TV shows. Still have a bunch of shows we need to catch up on before the new fall seasons start. So we better get to it. :) 

Not really a whole lot else going on. Managed to get through my week of vacation coverage. Let's see what next week brings. Can't believe it is already mid August. Time is truly flying. Labor Day is only about 3 weeks away. We have a weekend away to DC over Labor Day. Looking forward to that. Always nice to get away for a few days. 

 Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Laura/Spain. 

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Monday, August 06, 2018

Wedding Weekend - Congrats Robin & Ashley

IMG_20180805_135128_234Only realized a few days ago that I totally skipped updating last week. Guess life just got away from me. It's been really busy at work with it being the IMG_20180804_134430_144summer season plus covering for people on vacation. Guess it's August now so another month of absolute craziness, then it should start dying down again at least a little bit in September as we head into fall. 

It's Monday right now and I am just tired. Not sure I am ready for another week of summer covering. Plus the weather has just been too much. Too much humidity and the heat is supposed to go up even more for the next few days as well. Heat advisory until tomorrow night I believe. Ugh. I know everyone in Europe is dealing with the same thing. At least the humidity seems to be less there but the crazy heat is still no fun. I can sympathize. I dread winter, the endless dark days, the freezing cold, ice and snow but I am about done with summer too. I wish fall and spring would last longer but it feels like we always jump from one to the other lately and never get much in between. 

This past weekend was fun but definitely also tiring. :) We headed up to Boston, MA for our friends Robin and Ashley's wedding. It was a lot of fun and it was great to see them get married. But the drive up to MA was crazy with downpours the whole way. The weather finally cleared in the early evening but the humidity was just too much. Ugh. We ended up staying up late, slept in late on Sunday and then had lunch at Legal Seafoods before heading back to CT. 

Now it's Monday again and another week ahead. Let's see have I missed anything else interesting since my last update? Tuesday, 7/24, we went to see Panic at the Disco at Madison Square Garden which was a lot of fun. Another late night and midweek on top of that so the theme of this post definitely seems to be tiredness. Last weekend we took advantage of the one day where it wasn't crazy humid and down-pouring and went for a hike at the White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, CT. They have a really neat long boardwalk trail that goes in a loop around a marshy lake area. Lots of fun. Minus the bug bites. That is also a theme lately. At the wedding I got bitten by a ton more mosquitoes. So over itchy bug bites. 

Alright I better wrap up here and get ready for work and face the Monday ahead. Hopefully this week will go by relatively smooth -- fingers crossed. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Celia/MA. My reply is actually written - just need to get it put together and mailed out. Hopefully tomorrow. 

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Vineyard Hopping

IMG_20180721_140143_811Humidity and tropical weather ... thunderstorms .. downpours ... all that and more for the next 10 days per the forecast. Ugh. So not in the mood for it. This past week was actually pretty decent. We had some storms pass through on Tuesday and after that it was actually really nice. No humidity, sunny and just really perfect. Well of course that was not meant to last.

Yesterday, Saturday, was actually not so bad yet. The weather was a bit unstable and cloudy but the rain didn't start until about 9-10pm. We made the best of the day and went east along the coast. Had lunch in Clinton at Chamard Vineyard. Always delicious and a fun place to hang out. I love their wine and the bistro has some of the best food. Wish it was closer but all in all it's not that far either. About an hour and a half away.

After Chamard we went further east and stopped at Stonington Vineyard. Traffic was a pain all day yesterday with highway closures and backups. Google Maps routed us all over the place (what did we ever do before GPS?) but we eventually got to where we wanted to be. Did some wine tasting and then hung out with some glasses of wine just people watching for a while. Definitely entertaining. 

Today the humidity has sky rocketed and the weather has been super unstable with random downpours. Mike got the car serviced and an oil change while I ran some errands and hung out at Starbucks waiting for the car to be ready. Then had lunch at 121 in Oxford and now just hanging out. Not ready for it to be Monday again tomorrow. Ugh. Lots of things coming up at work in the near future, covering for people who will be on vacation. Busy, busy. 

Thursday I had a dentist appointment and as usual that wasn't too enjoyable. Now with my braces they want me to come in for 3-month cleanings instead of every 6 months. Also gave me a prescription for a special toothpaste and urged me yet again to get my wisdom teeth out because they are causing major inflammation and issues with my gums. Oh the joy. I guess I will need to get on with it sooner or later and just get it done. Really don't want to but I don't think it will be avoidable for too much longer. We shall see.

In more fun news on Tuesday we have tickets to see Panic at the Disco at Madison Square Garden in New York so that should be fun. Just need to figure out when we need to leave work and if we will drive where to park. Guess we have tomorrow to figure it out. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Celia/MA. 

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Monday, July 16, 2018

World Cup Weekend

PixlrHot and humid again. Ugh. The beginning part of the week wasn't so bad. It was warm/hot but not really all that humid. But as the week progressed the humidity increased. Supposed to last through at least tomorrow I think when we may get a line of storms that might clear some of it out. I know you're supposed to love summer but with this hot and humid weather combined with all the craziness at work, summer is really not my favorite season. I love fall but what I hate about it is that it always has such a bittersweet feeling to it because it is ultimately followed by winter. And more snow and ice and cold. Ugh. I am all sorts of cheerful this morning it seems. Just not ready yet to face another week I think.

The weekend was pretty good all in all. Saturday we went to the movies and saw "Sorry to Bother You". I honestly don't even have the first idea how to begin to describe that movie. I would recommend going to see it, lot of social commentary, symbolism and whatnot. The NY Times said "If you’re not bothered — also tickled, irked, mystified and provoked — by Sorry to Bother You, then you’ve fallen asleep on the job" After the movies we went for lunch and then in the evening I just vegged out and binge watched a bunch of "Outlander". 

Then yesterday was the World Cup final. The game was on at 11 here on the East Coast and some sports bars opened at 10 so we went to our local bar TKs to hang out and watch the game. I was rooting for Croatia who ultimately didn't win but at least it wasn't a boring game and Croatia did do a good job. Had way too much fattening food (nachos & wings) followed by a small pizza before heading home and catching up on some recorded TV shows. 

Now it's already Monday again and another week ahead. Dentist appointment on Thursday, other than that nothing too crazy going on. This past week on Wednesday we went to Lucas Local and saw our friend John play and on Thursday we went to J. Lawrence where they also happened to have live music. 

My dad was released from the hospital yesterday as well so that's good news. He's back home and needs to schedule some follow up appointments as well as some physical therapy sessions but hopefully all continues well. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Celia/MA. 

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Monday, July 09, 2018

And the humidity finally breaks just in time for the weekend ...

IMG_20180708_190743_235Hot and humid weather pretty much all week. Ugh. It was so, so hot and humid on most days. The worst of it was in the beginning of the week, Sunday IMG_20180708_191007_883and Monday I think. But the rest of the week wasn't a whole lot better. Eventually on Friday a weather system came through that pushed out the humidity. We had some thunderstorms on Wednesday (on the holiday) as well but that didn't seem to change anything. Just made it even more humid after the rain stopped. 

Wednesday (on the 4th) we went to see "Ocean's 8" at the movies which was enjoyable. Have to suspend belief for a bit of course but it was an enjoyable and fun movie. After the theater we headed to Fairfield to have a late lunch at Flipside. Eventually made it back to Danbury and stopped for a couple glasses of wine at Black Angus to escape the heat/humidity for a bit longer. All in all an enjoyable day. Thursday and Friday was crazy busy at work, mainly due to the holiday and also me covering for manager. Couple crazy things popped up as well. Was definitely glad when the weekend rolled around. 

And just in time for the weekend the humidity broke as well. Saturday it was actually almost cool for July. Only in the 70ies. But a really nice change from the crazy heat. Went to the movies again and saw "Jurassic World". Also enjoyable and not nearly as terrible as some of the reviews suggested. After the movies we had lunch and hung out. Then Sunday we decided to take advantage of the nice weather and spent the day outdoors. Checked out the newly opened CT Audubon Society Sanctuary in Sherman, CT (they only had their grand opening on Saturday) Was fun to be outside & to take a look at some of their trails. We will need to go back and try a few more of their other trails some other time. After we were done there we headed to a vineyard in Amenia, NY called Cascade Mountain. Then made another stop at Millbrook Winery. Weather was perfect so it was great to sit outside with a glass of wine overlooking the pond and grapes. After that we were ready for lunch and stopped at Hurricane's in Poughkeepsie before heading home. So a nice weekend all in all.

Now it's Monday again and another week ahead. Also in less fun news my dad has been in the hospital since Tuesday. They are running some tests to see exactly what's wrong and how to best treat him. Hopefully they will be able to get him feeling better in not too long of a time span. Just need to be patient. For now he's in good hands and good care. Will update as we know more. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Celia/MA. 

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Busy Times - Summer in Relo

RelocationLast day of June. I really don't know where the time is going lately. But summer in relocation .. like one of my colleagues and good friends always says "It's like Christmas at Macy's". It's C-R-A-Z-Y. Everyone wants to move while the weather is nice, the kids are out of school, etc. The number of authorizations go way up and the times to get moves booked as well. I did have some success with making some last minute things happen for people lately. And when everything aligns just right I do feel a bit of joy I have to say. Definitely keeps me on my toes. :) 

Not much else going on really. Honestly these past two weeks it's been mostly about work. Not a whole lot going on besides that. Been doing a little bit of reading, watching some movies but that's about it. I guess eventually we will end up with some day trips or weekend trips but summer is just such a busy time it's hard to plan anything. And with school vacations a lot of places are so booked up and crazy expensive and crowded on the summer weekends - really don't even want to go anywhere near them. Bah Humbug. 

Let's see what else? There are a few movies out that I'd like to see. "Ocean's 8" & "Jurassic World" just to name a couple. "Antman and the Wasp" comes out next week as well I believe. And "The Catcher was a Spy" is also out but only in select theaters. The weather is crazy hot this weekend. Today it's 91 (33C) and tomorrow I think it's supposed to go up to 96 (35C). Humid too. Not as humid as I thought it might be but we shall see what tomorrow brings. Definitely too hot for my taste. I hate the ice, cold and snow but I am also not a fan of the heat & humidity. I would be happy with a breezy 70-75 (21-23C) all year round.    

Guess that's about all the excitement on my end for right now. Hopefully next week's post has something more interesting. :)

Letter/Mail Update: All caught up with my mail at the moment :) 

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Low Key Weekend

Scatch_sniffAnd it's Sunday again. I guess I can't complain too much because I had a pretty low key and relaxed weekend. Mike's flying back today so I had the weekend to myself and didn't really do all that much. The weather was cool and damp yesterday. Originally I had thought to maybe walk downtown to the library or go sit outside in a cafe but with the weather being the way it was that wasn't really a good idea. So instead I decided to just hang out at home and turn the day into a move marathon. Watched "The Lake House", "Sweet Home Alabama", "Notting Hill" and "Dirty Dancing". I had no idea how many DVDs I have. When we moved from our old house to the apartment (god 4 yrs ago?) I boxed them all up and haven't really taken a lot of them out. So I was digging through my box to see what I still have. Because I remember selling a lot of them but I guess I do still have a good amount. 

So that was yesterday. Today it was a lot more humid and warmer. I was trying to decide what to do and ended up going to the mall. It seemed like a good idea but holy crap. So many people!! I guess I haven't been there in a while and definitely not on a weekend. Why do people put themselves through this? I am just not a crowd/people person I guess. I had a cheap Dollar Menu lunch at McDonald's and then walked around and grabbed a few things. Got a new wallet at Primark for $5 (I was in desperate need to replace mine), a body spray & lotion for $8 at Bath & Body Works and a dress for $15 at Old Navy. All in all can't complain about the deals. Got a Passion Iced Tea Lemonade at Starbucks before making a beeline for the exit. Probably spent no more than an hour and a half there. But I guess at least it got me out of the house for a bit and I did pick up some good deals. And I did need a new wallet. 

Once home I did a little online shopping and ordered some new address labels from Colorful Images because they had a 99c shipping deal going on. As well as the new Scratch n Sniff stamps. They look way too cute and the scratch and sniff thing seems fun. Ordered a few other ones as well so I should be set with stamps for a bit again. Now I am just puttering around the web. Will write a letter in a bit and maybe do some reading. I also have plenty of movies I could still watch. Well I'll see what I feel like doing in a bit. And tomorrow it's Monday again. Ugh. 

Letter/Mail Update: A letter should be going out tomorrow to: Lotte/Denmark. (as long as I don't use my energy and don't write it after this post *g*)

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