Monday, February 08, 2021

Super Bowl Sunday - Snow

Pixlr (4)Snow, snow and more snow. Guess nature is making up for the fact that we haven't had much snow these past two winters. We had some ice storms but only a few inches of snow really. Well, so far we had the storm in December just before Christmas this winter and then 19 inches a week ago on Monday. And then about 5 and a half more inches yesterday, Sunday. And there's more snow in the forecast for tomorrow. Anywhere from 2 to 6 inches depending on what forecast you want to believe. And more possibility of snow on various days in the upcoming 10 day forecast but of course that's all TBD because it's not really possible to know where these storms actually go and how they will really track until we get much closer to have any real idea if or how much snow we will get. 

Anyway, I guess it's winter and we just have to deal with it. Just not a huge fan of it but it is what it obviously. Not too much new really otherwise. Like I said last week Monday we had the big storm with a bunch of snow. Some of it did melt over the following days but not all that much so everything has been white outside for a while now. Saturday we went down to Westport and had lunch at Rizzuto's and then stopped at Centrico to say hi to our friend Cait before heading home to catch up on our recorded TV. Then yesterday, Sunday, we made our way out to Rosy's for lunch. We had to walk to the city parking garage where the car was (due to the snow street parking ban) which was a hassle. It's not that long of walk, barely a mile and a half or less. But the main issue was that it had snowed over icy sidewalks so you never knew where it was safe to step and we ended up slipping and sliding all over. Ugh. Luckily the roads to Rosy's are main roads and mostly flat. Made it there ok and stayed until the weather had passed and by the time we drove home the roads were clear. Watched the Super Bowl when we got home and then the SNL from Saturday that we had recorded. 

And well here we are, Monday night already. Made a spicy shrimp and broccoli fettucine dish for dinner. And now just going to veg and read for a while. Really not motivated to do anything else tonight. Oh well. 

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Kimber/Canada, Tiffany/OK and Eunice/Malta. A letter went out to Celia/MA last Friday. 

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Monday, February 01, 2021

Blizzard - Snow Day

Snowfall_Map-1Let it snow. Looking out the window all I can see is snow and more snow, blowing everywhere. It's been snowing since after midnight last night and is supposed to continue until tomorrow morning. It's a slow moving storm that is dumping a good amount of snow on us, that's for sure. It's also affecting a lot of area and not just Connecticut. Been seeing so many snow pictures from all over. The wind is really starting to pick up now too. Ugh. Fingers crossed we don't lose power. The working from home model definitely was beneficial today. Not planning on going out there until tomorrow morning. Was thinking of going out there this afternoon to get a head start on the steps and walk way but honestly the way the snow is blowing around might as well wait until the morning when it's all said and done. Our landlord takes care of the plowing of the driveway but we do have to shovel the back steps and walkway. Mike ended up putting the car in the city garage (they open it up for free during snow storms) and walking home (about a mile) to avoid having to dig out the car after the storm. After the last storm the landlord had plowed the car in so much it took us ages to dig out. 

Well, not too much else new really. The weekend was fine but crazy cold. We had some super frigid weather at the end of last week with wind chills in negative F. Brrrr. Went to lunch at Rizzuto's Saturday and at night we hung out with our friends John and Jana at their place. Had pizza and some apps and watched the movie "Black Bear". Fun night. Sunday we slept in, went to the store (which was a mad house due to the upcoming storm) and had brunch at Marketplace. And caught up on some TV at night. 

Going to make dinner in a bit and we'll probably catch up on some more recorded TV after dinner. Ugh. I am really over winter. I know it hasn't been so bad all in all but I am really just not a winter person. To be fair I don't care for crazy heat and humidity either but at least you don't have to shovel that. LOL.  

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

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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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Monday, December 28, 2020

Christmas Weekend Update

IMG_20201226_142820_902And another Christmas done and checked off. Had a four day weekend that somehow flew by but then isn't that always the way? 

Monday to Wednesday was kind of busy at work since I was covering for someone out on vacation. Wasn't too terrible though. Made it through the three days ok and then had Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the weekend off. So that fell nicely this year, no complaints. 

On Christmas Eve we slept in a bit and then headed to Stew Leonard's to pick up some stuff to eat for later and the next day. When we were done with that we headed to Rosy's for lunch and hung out for the afternoon. Eventually headed home and had our food (baguette, brie, broccoli & horseradish dip, shrimp cocktail, some other cheeses and crackers) and wine while finishing "The Flight Attendant". 

Christmas Day we also slept in and then headed to the movies to watch the new Wonder Woman movie. I know everybody has been kind of complaining about it and Mike wasn't in love with it either but I didn't hate it. I mean it wasn't the best movie I ever saw but it was entertaining enough. And it was fun to be at a movie theater again with actual movie popcorn. Hadn't done that since March so that was nice. After the movies we headed home and watched more stuff at home. All in all watched four movies that day (Wonder Woman, Midnight Sky, The Witches and Superintelligence) 

Saturday we slept in (sense a theme here? :)) and then drove to Westport to have lunch at Rizzuto's. Later we stopped at J Lawrence for a bit where we met up with John and Jana. And on Sunday I had a massage scheduled for 10.15 (so relaxing) and then we headed to Brotherhood Winery to pick up some sparkling wine for New Year's Eve. From there we drove to Newburgh to have lunch at Hurricane Grill and again stopped at Rosy's for a bit before heading home. 

And well here we are and it's Monday. Made it through the day ok. It's another short-ish week and we have a lot of people out so I am wearing a lot of different hats. But keeps me busy and makes the day go by fast. Can't believe it's 2021 in just a few days. I guess I am definitely ready. 

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Nina/WA. 

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Let it Snow

IMG_20201217_191728_785Sunday Fun Day. :) Always happy when it's the weekend. Haven't really been doing all that much but that's ok. A relaxing weekend isn't a bad thing. This past week was fine. I had the dental implant surgery on Tuesday and then was off on Wednesday to recuperate a bit. All in all not too terrible. I have a follow up appointment tomorrow, Monday, to make sure all is healing ok but yeah I think should be fine. The pain was just bad the first day and a half or so. Since then it hasn't been bad really. So that's something. 

Thursday and Friday I worked as normal - still WFH - I don't know when we will actually be able to go back to the office. I was going for a while once per week (although there were hardly any people there even then) but then they completely shut down our office in I think late October or early November when there were more spikes again in CT. I am not complaining too much. The work from home thing definitely has its benefits. I have been able to linger in bed much longer in the mornings and of course there is no commute :) 

Oh the snow. Forgot to write about that. That was Wednesday night into Thursday morning. We ended up with about 14 inches or so I'd guess. Really heavy wet snow so it was kind of a pain to shovel. So Thursday we spent a good amount of time outside cleaning the car off, the area around the car, walk ways, stairs, etc. It does look pretty I suppose but I am really not a big winter person. But it is what it is. I do like the idea of four seasons so I guess I'll just have to continue to deal.

Yesterday, Saturday, we went to Rizzuto's in Westport for lunch and then hung out at Two Steps for a little bit before calling it an early night. Today we are going to head for brunch at the Marketplace in Brookfield. And going do a TV night later. We finished "The Queen's Gambit" which I thought was really good. And have now started "The Flight Attendant" - on episode 4 now and enjoying that as well. We also need to watch the second season of the Mandalorian. So that will be up next I think. 

Crazy to think it's already Christmas next week. Where has this year gone? I guess I am happy 2020 is coming to a close. Let's see what 2021 brings for us. 

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Nina/WA. 

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Dental Implant Surgery, Impending Snow Storm, Quarantine, ...

SnoopyI feel like it's been ages since I last posted even though that's really not true. Only been a little over a week. But anyway, let's see. I feel like a lot has happened since then. 

As I mentioned in my last post, the weekend before last I went for a Covid test. When I finally got the results back the following Tuesday night they came back positive. I guess not all that surprising since I had been in close contact with two other people who also tested positive. Mike did another test and that came back negative too and he also tested positive for antibodies so somehow he had this before and I didn't catch it at that time. Anyway, I stayed home and quarantined and then re-tested this past Friday and got a negative result. So all better again. What a weird experience it has been. Luckily my symptoms were pretty mild. But the no taste-no smell thing was the weirdest thing. Especially for somebody who loves food. And I really couldn't smell a thing for days. Mike kept holding things under my nose (spices etc) but nope, nothing. Well, luckily that has started to fade and go back to normal again. It's not a 100% but at least it's much better. So yeah, it's been very strange. I am glad I and our close friends and Mike's niece all had mild symptoms and we all of course stayed quarantined and out of people's way as soon as we found out/showed symptoms. 

Anyway, so that was that. Since I tested negative I was able to go ahead with my dental implant surgery which was scheduled for today. All in all not a terrible experience I suppose but when is going to the dentist and having someone drill around in your mouth ever any fun? I do have pain meds so hopefully that takes care of that. And will be eating soft foods for the foreseeable future. Hopefully by next week I'll be able to go back to somewhat more normal foods again. But we don't really have any big plans for Christmas so no huge deal either way I guess.

I did buy tickets to see "Wonder Woman 1984" on Christmas. We haven't been to the movies since early March I think so that will be both fun and kind of weird. I am looking forward to it. And the theater is only selling tickets at 50% capacity plus enforcing social distancing and masks. So should be fine.

Not too much else has happened I guess. Due to having to quarantine I was able to get all of my Christmas cards and mail done so that was one positive side effect. Although god knows when they will actually get to people. Especially overseas mail seems like a random gamble right now. I know my friend in Spain got my card and so did a friend in the UK but people in Austria have not. Guess we'll see if they eventually show up. 

I am off tomorrow to continue recuperating from the dental surgery. Just going to have a quiet day. Sleep in, make some mashed potatoes and binge more "Poldark". :) And then tomorrow night we also have our work Holiday Happy Hour via Zoom. So hopefully I'll feel ok enough by then. And we also have a crazy snow storm forecasted with 12 to 16 inches for our area. So yeah, not going anywhere, just going to stay put. 

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Nina/WA. 

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Sunday, December 06, 2020

It's beginning to look a bit ...

20201202_192925_resized_1... like Christmas :) To be fair the picture I am showing here I took right after I decorated the tree on Wednesday night. What you can't see in the picture is that the top part (it's a fake tree) broke somehow since last year and we had to figure out a way to duct tape it. Since then the top has slated quite a bit to the left, leaving me with a very strange looking lop sided tree. lol. All very 2020 I suppose. But oh well. I'll look for a new tree during the clearance sales I guess. 

I feel like it's been quite the week. Been having a bit of a cold, sore throat, mild cough, congestion, headache etc. Didn't think all that much of it. But was at home anyway since I am working from home etc. But on Friday we heard from our friends that they tested positive for Covid as well as Mike's niece. Ugh. Mike was able to snag an appointment for a rapid test on Friday morning and his test came back negative. I got tested Saturday morning but mine was a regular test, they said takes about 2-3 days for results. Mike also ended up getting tested for antibodies and that came back positive. Interesting. It's fascinating to know that he somehow had Covid already at one point even though he never had any real symptoms. I do wonder if I am negative too, considering we live together and spend most of our time together. But I guess I'll just have to be patient. Been quarantining at home, finished most of my Christmas cards, put up the decorations, etc. I do have the "no smell/taste" thing which I know is very common for Covid but I have also had this exact same thing with a bad cold/stuffy nose so god knows. Will just have to be patient and wait. 

Other than that everything's the same. What a strange, strange year it's been. Will catch up on some TV later. I think we will also start "Queen's Gambit" on Netflix since everyone has been raving about it. And tomorrow is Monday again.

Will make myself another big mug of tea and see if there's anything else I can accomplish while at home. 

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Nina/WA. 

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