Sunday, March 08, 2020

Friend Meet-ups, Daylight Savings, ...

IMG_20200308_130707_499Getting in an update on a Sunday for a change. Mike's in CA, coming back tonight on a red-eye. He's been away since Wednesday. It's been a quiet and busy week all in once somehow. I spent some quiet nights at home with the cats but also went out with my friend Susanna on Thursday for sushi. I haven't seen her since Sept. when she switched jobs to a different company. So it was nice to meet up and catch up. We afterwards also went to Trader Joe's and I had a great time buying way too much. But it worked out well to have some extra goodies at home while being home alone. And yesterday, Saturday, I went to Stamford by train to meet up with my friend Falguni. It's been quite a while since we have had lunch too so was nice to meet up and catch up with her as well. She picked me up from the train station and we went to Bar Taco which was of course delicious. Then spent the evening at home, reading, watching some Amazon Prime and relaxing. 

Today is another quiet relax day which is good. Sometimes it's nice to have a quiet nothing day. Slept in which was good. I always hate the stupid time change (the US put the clocks forward today for Daylight Savings Time) Then watched the new Outlander episode, puttered around the web for a bit and am now going to make myself some more tea and sit on the couch to read. Sounds like a relaxing peaceful afternoon to me. 

Not really much else new otherwise. Casino night is less than a month away so that's fun. (it's something we do through work where we have a dinner and drinks at the Mohegan Sun casino, a scavenger hunt with prizes and whatnot) 

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

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Monday, March 02, 2020

Vineyard Weekend

IMG_20200302_073116_996Hello March! March is not my favorite month but at least we're closer to spring so that's something. Another Monday and another week ahead. Let's see what this week brings. Had a nice weekend. Saturday we slept in and had lunch at 121 in Oxford. And I spent the evening relaxing and reading. Then on Sunday we went to Chamard Vineyard in Clinton, CT. They have a French bistro there with some super delicious food. Had baked Camembert for an appetizer and Croque Madame for my main dish. So good! Afterwards we checked out two other wineries in Wallingford. Gouveia and Paradise Hills. We had never been to either so it was fun to check out some new places. We will need to go back when the weather is more spring like to enjoy their outdoor spaces and sitting outside. Although we actually did sit outside at Paradise Hills yesterday which is kind of funny considering it was below 40 degrees. But it was super crowded inside with live music. Sitting outside in the sun was actually much more enjoyable, believe it or not. Made our way home after a quick stop at Centrico, to catch up on our recorded TV. 

And well here we are, another week ahead. Nothing much else really happened last week. Felt like a really long week. Let's see what this week brings. A little tired right now but I guess I'll get through the week as always. Am supposed to meet up with a work friend (or well she used to work at the same place but actually hasn't in a little while now) on Thursday night so that should be good. Nothing else going on really. 

Nothing too note worthy on the calendar for March really. Easter falls into early April this year and we have a 2 night trip planned to Niagara on the Lake so that should be fun. And in May I am supposed to go to Croatia and Austria. We'll see how that works out. 

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

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Sherlock 1 - Hanna 0

Black-cat-clipart-2-2019-34And it's already the last week of February. Somehow this month went by pretty quickly. January seemed to last forever but February went by relatively quick. One more week and we are in March. I am not usually a huge fan of March. It's a mostly dreary, wet, muddy month I feel like. But at the very least it feels like we are closer to spring. We're less than a month away from spring. Although what I am really looking forward to is probably more April when nature starts to become green again. But of course that also means we'll be getting closer to the busy season at work again. Guess every good thing has to come with something not so good too. Oh well. :) 

Nothing all that much new here from my side right now. Didn't really do much this weekend. Just tried to catch up on a bunch of our recorded TV, went to lunch. Oh, yeah, we were supposed to have a vet appointment with Sherlock on Saturday. I think I already blocked that out. It was just a check up appointment to update her rabies shot and whatnot. Yeah, needless to say, it didn't go too well. I love that cat but god she is so wiry and squirly. We tried to get her in the carrier probably 10-15 times. I had the whole bedroom up-ended. Stuff moved out of the closet when she was hiding in a corner in there. Stuff moved out from under the bed. And at the end I had blood running down my arm and puncture wounds all up and down my arms. So finally had to call the vet, apologize and tell them I'd need to call back and reschedule. No idea how we will get this to work the next time. I mean we brought her to the vet before. We had multiple appointments with her when we first got her as a kitten but of course she was much smaller then. She is not really all that much bigger now but god she is strong for such a small cat. I look like I fought with a wild animal rather than a tiny cat. :) I did put antibiotic cream on all the punctures and scratches and that seems to be doing the trick. Everything is black and blue, bruised, now but nothing swollen so looks like we're ok. 

So yeah, that was the excitement of the weekend. Otherwise luckily pretty quiet. Let's see what this week brings. Also booked a 2-night stay in the Finger Lakes for Memorial Day weekend so that's nice. Always good to have something to look forward to. :) 

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

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Mostly a quiet week

Snoopy1Happy President's Day. It doesn't really matter too much in the big scope of things since both Mike and I still have to go to work. But that's ok. I never got President's Day off at my old job either so it's not a big loss. Of course would be great to have a long weekend but hey is what it is right? I do have a sushi date with two work friends later so that will be fun and something to look forward to to get me through my Monday. :) 

This past week was pretty quiet. Our wedding anniversary was on Monday (10th). We were going to a special dinner but then decided to push that to Tuesday instead. Tried a Mexican place we had been meaning to try for quite a while - Hacienda Don Manuel in Brookfield. Was pretty tasty and the margaritas were really good. We'll need to go back some time. Rest of the week was pretty low key as Mike was in Chicago Thursday to Sunday. So I had a bunch of quiet evenings and a quiet weekend. 

Saturday I went to the library and got a few books and then stopped at the coffee shop across the street for a bit. Had some tea and a breakfast sandwich while watching the world go by. Eventually made my way back home. Brrr was a cold day on Saturday. Sunday was a bit warmer and I think today isn't supposed to be too too bad. I mean I know it is winter but I am just not a fan of it, what can I say? 

Tomorrow is Mike's birthday. No big plans really. He's not a fan of big celebrations so I guess we'll see how it goes. May have a few friends join us for dinner/drinks. We'll see what happens I suppose. Will see what we do this coming weekend too. Had to cancel our plans for Chamard last weekend so maybe we'll do that this weekend or maybe the following one instead. We have a check up appointment with Sherlock at the vet on Saturday (can't believe it's been a year). So yeah, we'll see. It's only Monday so the weekend feels ten million years away. Haha.

Oh, I forgot to say. I applied for an open Associate Team Lead position in my department and had my interviews these past weeks. And found out late last week that I got it. There were two open positions so it's me and one other girl from my department. It's a promotion and a raise. Pretty exciting and a bit terrifying all at once. haha. But it's good to set challenges for one self and be able to grow and learn. On to the next adventure so to speak. :) I was a manager at my old job so really shouldn't be that much of an adjustment but of course corporate culture tends to be a bit different than what we had at my last smaller family opened company. But like I said, on to new things and new challenges. Let's see what 2020 brings. :) 

Letter/Mail Update: Letters going out to: Celia/MA, Lotte/Denmark and Carmen/Malta. 

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Jagged Little Pill, Oscars, Anniversary & more

IMG_20200208_182229_552Yup, Monday again. It's dark and raining outside. Cold, rainy, miserable day. I guess it's better than snow. There is some snow mixing in a bit north of us but not where we are. Anyway not really motivating weather for a Monday morning but is what it is, right? Stayed up late last night watching the Oscars so that of course makes Monday even less fun as well. The Oscars were ok. The whole no host thing is a bit weird to me still. And some of the presenters seemed just out there. I dunno. 

Had a good weekend. Saturday we went to the city to see the Alanis Morrisette musical "Jagged Little Pill". Such a cool show. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I really have to say they did an amazing job with creating a storyline with her songs. Such a topical current day narrative as well. Anyway, would definitely recommend. After the show we had dinner at Osteria al Doge. Delicious as always. 

Sunday we slept in and ran a few errands in the morning, then had lunch at 121 in Oxford. And eventually watched the Oscars. A pretty relaxed day.

And today is our wedding anniversary - 19 years. How crazy is that? I honestly don't know where all the time has gone. Not doing anything big today really. We'll have a nice dinner but that's it. Friday is Valentine's Day. No big plans for that either. But we made plans to go to Chamard Vineyard in Clinton, CT on Saturday (15th). They have delicious food at their bistro and well of course great wine. Still need to get through this week first though. Ugh, I hate Mondays. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received mail/owe letters to: Lotte/Denmark and Carmen/Malta. 

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Monday, February 03, 2020

Hello February

FebruaryAnd it's February. January did seem like it lasted forever. We will see how February goes. February is always a kind of busy month for us. February 10th is our wedding anniversary (19 years this year - holy crap), February 14th Valentine's Day and February 18th Mike's birthday. As the years go on we have been doing less in terms of gifts and going all out with stuff but still try to do something small. I guess we'll probably do a nice dinner. Still need to figure out what I am getting Mike for his birthday. :) Again will probably be something small but really when you have been together for that long, also makes no sense to me to get stuff that just sits around the house and collects dust. Lately we have been going more in the direction of experience gifts (walking tours, concert/Broadway tickets, ...) or vacations. Makes more sense to me.

Our work dinner on Wednesday was nice. Had way too much food of course but it was delicious. I will need to get back to eating better this week so I don't completely ruin the few pounds I managed to lose in January. Losing weight really is not easy, especially the older I get. Ugh. Anyway enough complaining about that for now. 

Let's see, anything else interesting to report? Last week was a busy week at work with my year-end review, the work dinner and some other things. Oh and on Friday I was off as I had to head to the city to go to the Austrian consulate to renew my passport. All in all that appointment went pretty smooth. I did have to bring a bunch of supporting documents (birth certificate, marriage certificate, proof of citizenship, my old passport, my greencard, ..) but luckily I had everything they needed and was on my way pretty quickly. Hung out at Starbucks drinking Earl Grey tea for a bit and then had lunch at the Austrian Cafe Sabarsky about 10 blocks north of the consulate. Stopped into Old Navy and H&M on my way back to Grand Central. So yeah, all in all a pretty good day.

The weekend was pretty low key. Saturday we went to Oxford for lunch at 121 and later I spent the evening reading and cuddling with the cat. Sunday we headed to Hurricane in Newburgh for lunch and then later caught up on some recorded TV shows. Didn't bother with the Super Bowl which was fine with me. Not really a football fan. Like I said, an uneventful weekend. This upcoming weekend we have Broadway tickets to see "Jagged Little Pill". Looking forward to that!  

Letter/Mail Update: Received mail/owe letters to: Lotte/Denmark and Carmen/Malta. 

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Lowkey weekend

Pixlr_20200127072033163And another week ahead. Almost the end of January now. I have been doing "Dry January" where you don't drink for the month of January. I decided it would be a good break and may also help with trying to lose some weight. I have lost a few pounds so that has worked out pretty well. I did give in yesterday and had some wine while watching the Grammys. Definitely feeling it this morning. Haha. I guess when you don't drink for 3+ weeks that's what happens. lol. Oh well, I will power through it, just feeling a little sluggish that's all. Going to finish out the rest of the month with no alcohol. Well except for this week Wednesday. We have our "Circle of Excellence" work dinner on Wednesday so will allow myself a couple of glasses of wine for that. 

Not too much else going on really. Didn't do much this weekend. Saturday the weather was cold and rainy, with really heavy downpours at times. Very strange weather for January. But got rid of most of the snow anyway. Yesterday was nicer, a mostly sunny day. Supposed to be pretty decent for this week I think. On Friday I have to head down to the city for an appointment at the Austrian consulate to renew my passport. Kind of a pain but at least we live close enough to the consulate where it's not that big of a deal. 

Yesterday, Sunday, we headed to Fairfield to have pizza at the Colony Grill. Always super delicious. Then later we watched the Grammys which was fun. It is weird though how they barely hand out any awards on TV anymore. The whole Grammy show is basically various performances. And of course it ran late so didn't get to bed till close to midnight. Oh well. 

Alright that's about all. Nothing much else going on. Somewhat busy week ahead with a doctor's appointment and various work things. Let's see how it goes.  

Letter/Mail Update: All caught up with my mail for now. :)

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Snow and cold ... brrrrr

ColdRemember how I wrote about the super nice weekend last week? Yeah, that of course was a fluke. We went back to January weather this past week. Brrr. Today the high is only 27F (-2C) and the temp this was morning was around 15F (-9C) with the windchill making it feel like 2F (-16C). Yeah, not really looking forward to going outside this morning. It's supposed to be cold pretty much all week.

This past weekend we also got some now. Really not all that much. Danbury got about 3 1/2 inches (8.5 cm) But it was enough to make the roads a mess of course. We went out to lunch at Rosys and by the time we were coming home our road hadn't seen a snow plow yet. We live on a crazy hill so without any sanding or plowing you can pretty much forget about it. We did try but made it barely half way up the hill. Ended up going back down and parked on the cross road at the bottom of the hill. Not really very far up to our house so not a huge deal. The mayor had declared a snow emergency (which really is ridiculous for 3 inches of snow) so technically we weren't supposed to park on the road. But there were a bunch of other cars parked as well so we took our chances.  Worked out ok as our car was still there Sunday morning. :) 

Sunday the weather was actually pretty nice. Sunny and above freezing so it melted some of the snow already. But now it went down to crazy freezing temps so whatever is left of the snow will most likely hang around for the rest of the week. It's Martin Luther King Day today but neither Mike or I get it off so business as usual for us really. Let's see what the week brings I suppose. Not sure I am ready to face another week but you know, it is what it is. Right? 

Not too much else going on really. I don't think I wrote on here yet that I booked my next Europe trip to visit with my parents. Will be going towards mid May, spending a few days in Croatia and the rest in Austria with them. The weather should be pretty nice by then in theory. Definitely looking forward to the nicer weather months. Never been a winter person. I know some people absolutely love the snow, skiing, snow boarding, all that. Yeah, never really been my thing. I know, I know, I am probably one of the few Austrians who doesn't ski. lol. 

Anyway enough of my babbling. I better finish my tea and get on with it to get ready for my Monday. 

Letter/Mail Update: All caught up with my mail for now. :)

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Warm January Weekend

IMG_20200113_072257_882What a nice weekend we had and now we're back to January temps. Well today won't be so bad still. Right now it's right around freezing which is of course normal for January. And our high is supposed to be a cloudy 44F (6C) which isn't bad. But over the weekend we had temps in the high 60ies (18C) which for January just felt absolutely glorious. So strange. 

Saturday I ended up taking care of a bunch of stuff around the apartment that needed to be done. Put away laundry, vacuumed, put away all the Christmas decorations and the tree, decluttered and cleaned the living room a bit and even managed to get 2 letters done. I think the warm weather almost made it feel like a mini spring clean. Well whatever works, at least it's all done so that's good. 

Then on Sunday we took advantage of the warmer weather and went for a 3.5 mile walk at a trail in a nearby town. Paved and relatively flat so nothing crazy but it was nice to be outside for a change and shake off the cabin fever. It also made me realize that I am definitely not in shape - haha. But it was still nice to be outside and fun to get some exercise. Afterwards we went for lunch at the Barndoor. And eventually caught up on some of our recorded TV shows. 

And well here we are. It's Monday again. Ugh. Not sure I am really ready to face another week. But here we are nonetheless. Let's see what this week brings. Nothing really much new otherwise. 

Letter/Mail Update: Letters going out today to: Nina/WA and Celia/MA.

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Monday, January 06, 2020

2020 ... Happy New Year!

15728918142020-Golden-Transparent-Clip-Art-ImageOk so first Monday of 2020. And just realized this is also my first post of 2020 so a Happy New Year's is in order I suppose. So let's see, New Year's was pretty uneventful all in all. New Year's Eve I had to work for 1/2 a day. Mike ended up getting out a little early too. Around 4pm we went to Centrico to hang out with our friends Cait and Pat. Stayed there till about 8.30-9 and then made our way home where we watched some TV (some more Mandalorian episodes - finished them New Year's Day) and eventually switched to the Times Square coverage, waiting for the ball to drop. It really did not seem that exciting. Maybe I am just getting old. lol. Anyway, was in bed around 12.30 probably. 

Then New Year's Day we went to see "Cats". I had heard such awful things about it that it actually did not disappoint me as much as I thought it might. The music and score was very good but the movie itself - definitely crazy bizarre and weird. I don't know what they were thinking when they made it. I did want to go and see it, just to see for myself and I am glad we did, but not something I will need to re-watch any time soon. 

Then there was work Thursday and Friday. And then the weekend. I did love the short work weeks these past few weeks but I think I am ready to get back on track and a more normal schedule. It's been crazy trying to keep track what day it is. Haha. Anyway, the weekend was pretty low key. Saturday we went to see "Uncut Gems", the new Adam Sandler movie. What a stressful movie. I did enjoy it mostly but yeah, not a quiet moment in that movie whatsoever. Sunday we didn't really do anything. Slept in late, ran a few errands, had lunch at Rosy's and then caught up on some TV before watching the Golden Globes. I do like Ricky Gervais but not sure how I felt about him as the host this time around. But all in all, a standard awards show. 

And well here we are. It's Monday and off to face the first full week of 2020. Let's see how it goes. 

Letter/Mail Update: I received a letter from/owe a reply to: Nina/WA.

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