Monday, July 08, 2019

Fourth of July, Women's Soccer and more

PixlrUgh and it's Monday again and somehow today is really hitting me hard. I didn't really have an extra long weekend so I can't blame that. I did have Thursday off for the 4th but then did go into work on Friday. Always a little weird having a day off in the middle of the week. Of course not complaining about that but it just makes the course of the week feel a little off. It was a busy week which was to be expected. And I have a feeling today is going to be an equally busy day. A lot of people did have Friday off so I think a lot of it is going to be dealing with left over issues and problems. I am also still covering for someone on vacation. Well oh well, will get through this too. 

So let's see. To recap. Thursday we didn't really do much. We slept in and then went to lunch in Fairfield at Flipside. Always a fun place to go and they are one of those places that's open for most holidays so it's always a good place to head when a lot of other restaurants/bars are closed. Watched some more 'Stranger Things' later in the day. We hadn't seen season 2 yet so we wanted to catch up in order to watch season 3 which was releasing on July 4th. 

Friday was a regular work day. And the weekend all in all was pretty low key. Saturday was really muggy with thunderstorms throughout the day. So we went to the movies in the morning and saw the new Spiderman movie. Was a fun film and honestly I never really used to be into these super hero movies but they have started to grow on me. Had lunch in Oxford and later met up with our friends John and Jana for a bit before heading home and watching more "Stranger Things". 

Sunday we headed to TKs to watch the Women's World Soccer Cup, US vs. the Netherlands. TKs has turned itself into a soccer bar which is kind of neat. When I first moved here it was just your standard sports/wings bar but it now has a real focus on soccer. Anyway, the US won which was of course enjoyable. After the match we headed over to Rosy's where we met John again for a bit before going home and binge watching the rest of 'Stranger Things'. We are all caught up now. I won't write anything about it as I don't want to spoil anything. But really, if you have enjoyed the first two seasons then go binge the third. And I already can't wait for the fourth even though I can only imagine it's going to be a while before it comes out. 

Alright, that's all I have for now. Better get ready and face this Monday. 

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

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Monday, July 01, 2019

Hello July

IMG_20190630_123049_742And here we are, at the start of the holiday week. July 1st already. We have Independence Day on Thursday this week (July 4). A lot of people in our company have requested July 5th off as a vacation day which I suppose is a pretty smart thing. I ended up not doing it, as much as it would have been nice to have some extra days off. We didn't have any plans and Mike also has to work on the 5th so I didn't think there really was a point. Oh well. I will enjoy having Thursday off even though it will be a bit of a weird break in the week. But not complaining. Just three days to get through for now, then a day off and then it's already Friday again. 

Well let's see how the week goes. It's been pretty busy in June. Let's see how it goes, now that we are officially in July. Summer is our busy season in relocation which is complete opposite from my old job I used to have at the dairy. There summer was our slowest season due to schools being out. Pretty much the same reason we are busy in relocation. :) Everyone wants to move while the kids are out of school. 

Anyway, enough about all that. Let's see, what else is new? The weekend was pretty decent. The weather was a bit unstable but not too terrible. On Saturday it was more humid so we decided to go to the movies and watched "Yesterday". I would very much recommend it. It is not going to win any awards but it was a fun, mostly lighthearted movie. A romantic comedy at heart. With a lot of Beatles music. If you enjoyed "Notting Hill", "Four Weddings and a Funeral", "Love Actually" etc. and like the Beatles music I would strongly recommend it. 

Yesterday, Sunday, we decided to do something outdoors even though the weather was still quite unstable. We manged to get our 3 mile walk in before the thunderstorms rolled in so it worked out. Went to "The Walkway over the Hudson" which is always fun. It was so windy though and they also had some sort of bicycle race/run going on so pedestrians had to stay to the sides of the bridge. The bridge is quite tall and considering I am super afraid of heights that wasn't too great for me. We have been there before and it usually doesn't bother me as we can walk in the middle of the bridge. But having to be on the edge combined with the crazy wind made for an interesting experience. At least on the way back across the bridge the wind had died down a bit so the walk back wasn't quite as crazy. 

After our walk we went for lunch at Hurricane Grill in Poughkeepsie and eventually headed home to catch up on some Netflix and DVR shows. We started watching season 2 of "Stranger Things" since season 3 is about to be released. Been meaning to watch it for a while but just didn't get to it yet. But of course now that we are watching it is sucking me in again, wanting to continue to see where it goes. 

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

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Monday, June 24, 2019

"Kiss Me Kate" - NYC Saturday

IMG_20190622_231521_035And Monday morning again. Ugh. Somebody recently told me that Monday is their favorite day of the week, because it's a fresh start/clean slate, a whole new week ahead. I understand the sentiment behind it but not sure I can feel the same way. Not sure what my favorite day is. I think my favorite time/day is Friday around 6pm when the work week has ended and the weekend is just about to begin. Yeah, if I had to pick I think that's it. Otherwise Saturday. Because it's the first weekend day and it's a full day and I can still sleep in the next day. 

This Saturday we had a fun day in NYC. Went to see "Kiss Me Kate" on Broadway and then had dinner reservations at Osteria al Doge. Before the show we also stopped at Lilie's again which was a lot of fun. We discovered that place last time when we saw Beetlejuice on Broadway. Such a cool find for midtown. Usually the bars in midtown are all kind of generic and not that great. This is unique and the food is really good too. This time we only had chicken fingers (didn't want to ruin our appetite since we were heading to dinner after the show) But even the chicken fingers were pretty delicious. Will definitely need to go back again. We will also need to check out their other location downtown some time. 

Oh speaking of downtown. Just booked Mike's Christmas gift from last Christmas. I had gotten him a Pizza, Beer & History walking tour in Greenwich Village in NYC. So we are doing that in a few weeks, July 27th. Looking forward to that. We have done music & artist related walking tours in the city before and this one also incorporates food and drinks so what's not to love. lol. Still a month away but I am sure we will have fun. 

Before that we also get to head back out to the North Fork July 13-14 (Sat/Sun) Our American wedding anniversary is July 12 so we centered it around that date. Always fun heading out to the North Fork doing some wine tasting and hanging out. Last time we were out there in February. It's much more low key during off season so we will see what this will bring going out there in the middle of the summer. I don't know if we have ever been out there on a summer weekend. I think one year we went to Montauk but that's so long ago and honestly can't remember when exactly it was. We will have to head out there again some time too. Lately we have been more focused on the North Fork but the South Fork with the Hamptons does of course have some pretty spots too. And Montauk is definitely worth a re-visit. 

Alright, I better get ready for work and face this new work week. Let's see how it goes.  

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

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tuesday already? Quick weekend recap

IMG_20190615_203858_405Alright it's Tuesday morning. Somehow I totally spaced and never made a post yesterday. I used to always post on Sundays and nowadays it seems to be mostly Monday mornings. Oh well. I guess one day won't make a huge difference. 

The weather is a bit dreary this morning. Going to be raining on and off for most of rest of the week I think. It's also weirdly humid. Not really enjoyable. But oh well. On the weekend we at least had nice weather on Saturday so that was good. We decided to go on a hike in Lover's Leap state park in New Milford, CT. We had never been there before so it was fun to check it out. The park still showed a lot of damage from the bad storm a year ago but all in all it was an enjoyable time with some nice views. 

After our hike we headed to the Marketplace Tavern in Litchfield for lunch followed by a stop at Miranda Vineyard where we ran into Melissa from work. I knew she worked there on the weekends but didn't know what days or if it was every weekend so it was a nice surprise. 

Then yesterday, Sunday, the weather turned much more humid and unstable with rain on and off throughout the day. So we decided to go to the movies and saw "The Dead Don't Die". A typical Bill Murray movie really. It wasn't my favorite but Mike really wanted to see it and I didn't hate it. It did have some amusing moments. And there was a lot of commentary on the current state of the world, climate change etc. in the background. 

Alright, that's about all the news here from my end. Work is crazy nuts for me right now. I am not even entirely sure why. Well, it is summer and peak season which always makes things more challenging I suppose. I also was added to a new client a few weeks ago and am still trying to figure out all the nuances on that as well as battling with transition files. Yeah, it is what it is. I guess I'll get through it even though right now I am kind of wishing the summer away which is also sort of sad. Considering how much I hate winter. lol. 

Oh well. Enough babbling. Better get ready and face another day. This weekend we have tickets to see "Kiss Me Kate" on Broadway and dinner reservations at Osteria al Doge in NYC. Cannot wait. Should be a good Saturday. 

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

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Beautiful Weekend

IMG_20190609_134759_130What a beautiful weather weekend. So much of April and May was really crappy weather wise, especially on the weekends, that it's been almost a IMG_20190609_135916_774surprise when it's really nice out. It's also weird because we kind of skipped over spring I feel like. That always seems to happen lately. We don't have true transitions anymore. It's winter and cold and crappy and snowing and then raining forever and one day it's summer.

This weekend we had temps in the 80ies (26-29C) and I really wasn't prepared for it. I was still wearing my jeans and ended up being really hot. It's when I realized it's time to get my summer dresses and summer clothes out. Just wasn't thinking about that because we haven't had such nice weather on a weekend yet. 

On Saturday we went to the movies and saw "The Secret Live of Pets2". I thought it was really cute. Nothing amazing or earth-shattering but a really cute movie. I'd definitely recommend it if you are an animal/pet lover. They do a really good job with pointing out all the traits of cats and dogs especially.  After the movies we went to lunch and then stopped at a local brewery to see our friend John play an acoustic set there. Always fun to see him play and catch up a bit. 

Then Sunday we decided to spend time outside and went to Storm King Art Center. Beautiful grounds. The sculptures were a bit weird to say the least but then I am not always a huge modern art fan and/or don't always get it. But it was still fun spending time outside, walking the grounds etc. The admission price was a bit steep at $18/person so it's not somewhere we will probably go back to very often but  it was something fun to do for this Sunday. 

When we were done at the park we headed to the Newburgh waterfront to have lunch. Newburgh, NY really isn't a great city but the waterfront they have is really nice. And there are multiple restaurants with patios facing the river. We had lunch at Captain Jake's which was delicious as always. Definitely made for a fun Sunday sitting outside, eating yummy seafood and sipping wine while looking out at the water and the boats zipping by. 

And here we are, it's Monday again. And I am not quite ready to face the day and the week yet. But there really isn't anything to be done about it. Oh well. 

So for now I'll make myself another cup of tea and read some more of my book ("Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah) while waiting for Mike to get back from the car dealership.

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

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Sunday, June 02, 2019

Low key weekend - oh hello June

RocketmanActually getting around to updating on a Sunday which seems rare these days. Had a short work week which still seemed long but eventually made it Rocketman2through it. Yesterday, Saturday, we went to the movies to see 'Rocketman" (the Elton John movie) It was set up like a musical and I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it, especially if you are a fan of Elton John's music. It wasn't your typical biopic, definitely more unique. I also think this would lend itself perfectly to Broadway so I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up on Broadway as a musical. After the movies we had lunch at 121 in Oxford and later caught up on some TV shows at home. 

Not really much going on today either. The weather has actually been pretty nice this weekend but since we had a full weekend last weekend we decided to take it easy this weekend and not really do much. Today we slept in and right now Mike has taken the car for service and an oil change. When he is back we'll probably head to lunch at Rosy's. The weather is nice so we should be able to sit outside on their patio. I always enjoy being able to do that. It's a little humid today but I guess that's probably because we are supposed to get thunderstorms later today. 

No huge plans for the rest of the day. Need to head to the store to stock up on some groceries and cat food etc. And then will probably just catch up on some more TV. Sunday is usually our traditional TV night where we watch a bunch of our shows from the DVR. And then it's already Monday again tomorrow. Really dreading that but what can you do? :) Should be a semi decent week as we are having an ice cream social at work on Monday and lunch at a Mexican place on Wednesday. Free food = never a bad thing. :) 

So for now I'll make myself another cup of tea and read some more of my book ("Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah) while waiting for Mike to get back from the car dealership.

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

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend - Finger Lakes Escape

Pixlr (1)Monday morning and for once I am not complaining about it. Haha. Reason behind that is simply that it's a holiday Pixlr_20190527103228081here in the US - Memorial Day. So that means I am off from work. I am sure tomorrow will be crazy at work but I'll try and not think about that until tomorrow morning. 

Mike and I had a really nice weekend. We are currently in the Finger Lakes (upstate NY). Such a pretty region with a lot of lakes, great scenery, great wine, great food. Really a lovely break. And all in all it hasn't been too busy here considering it's Memorial Day weekend either. Some of the wineries have been a little more packed but we have also been at others were it's been really peaceful and quiet. So let's recap our trip so far so I can go back and look at this later for the next time we come up here (I always like to do this so I can remember the name's of places we went/ate/etc) 

Saturday morning we left home a little after 8 and ended up at Dano's for lunch around 12.30. I love Dano's Heuriger. The most delicious food and great atmosphere as well. We had some delicious spreads (Hotel Sacher & Roasted Red Pepper) as an appetizer with some bread and I got the schnitzel as my main course and Mike had the curry sausage. We also had spaetzle and cucumber salad. Definitely a feast. :)

After we were done with lunch we made our way over to Lake Cayuga and our 1st stop was Sheldrake Point WInery. We only did a wine tasting there and didn't linger but they had a nice outdoor patio area where people were sitting, sipping wine and eating some cheese. Next up was Buttonwood Grove Winery. They also had a neat outdoor deck/patio type area overlooking the lake. After that we headed to Varick because I remembered that they sell oils, marmelades, dips, stuffed olives etc. And you can taste most of the things they sell as well. Unfortunately that was one place that was super packed so we decided to leave and move on. Ended at Goosewatch WInery instead. They also had a nice deck so we decided to get a bottle and sat outside. We were just finishing up our wine when it started to rain. Made a mad dash for the car and actually managed to outrun the rain as we drove to our hotel. The Finger Lakes have such a weird micro climate with all the lakes. 

Checked in at our hotel and then headed to "Finger Lakes on Tap" which was kind of a neat place. Lots and lots of draft beer. The building it was in looked like a doctor's office but the drinks were good. We also got a meat and cheese platter as a snack since we were still pretty full from our lunch feast. 

Yesterday, Sunday, we started at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. Went to the Visitor Center and did the 1 mile loop trail. Lots of neat marshy areas. After that we also did the wildlife drive which was also pretty cool. Saw some neat birds, a turtle and plenty of nice scenery. After the wildlife refuge we headed to lunch at the bistro at the Thirsty Owl Winery. Had a yummy egg salad smoked salmon on a croissant type sandwich. Yum! From there we decided to go back over to Seneca Lake. Our 1st stop was Castle Grisch Winery at the bottom of the lake near Watkins Glenn. We did a tasting and then also sat outside for a while as they had a really pretty backyard facing the lake. Next up was Barnstormer which was also really cool because it was all aviation themed inside an old barn. Then headed to Magnus Ridge which was unique as they do cheese pairings with all of the wines you are tasting. So that was pretty cool. After that we made one more stop and then headed back over to Skaneateles to have dinner at Gilda's. We went there before and really liked it. I was a little skeptical that we would get a seat as it is a super small place but we were lucky to get 2 seats at the bar. Had delicious pizza (Nonna's) and veal meatballs and of course some more wine. :)

And well here we are, it's Monday morning and we have to leave this beautiful place and drive back home. Next up is breakfast though. We are going to try a place called Willow Glen Cafe. And after that we may stop at another winery before finally making our way back to Connecticut. And then tomorrow it's back to reality. Ugh. 

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

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Eurovision, thunderstorms and more

Pixlr (4)Monday morning and ugh I am so tired. For once I can't complain about the cold because it's actually 66F (18C) this morning and is going to go up to around 84F (28C) this afternoon. But because of this and the humidity we had really strong thunderstorms overnight. We didn't go to bed till around 11.40pm or so. And the thunderstorms started just a little after midnight and probably lasted for a few hours. So I really didn't get much sleep. I was tossing and turning between the thunder, lightening, being kind of hot and just uncomfortable in general. Not a good sleeping night at all. 

The weekend had pretty nice weather in the low 70ies (22C). Saturday was really nice with bright blue skies and no humidity either. Sunday had a few more clouds and towards the end of the day the humidity definitely started to pick up. We still managed to get a nice 5 mile walk in on Sunday though. Went to the usual trail in Cheshire/Meriden where we tend to go when we want an easier flat but still pretty walk. I think that was the first time we actually went this year as the weather has been so miserable for most of the year. Usually we go at least a couple times before the leaves turn green but this year the weather was just not very cooperative. Let's see how it goes the rest of the year. 

Saturday was the Eurovision Song Contest so I watched that. It's one of those things where you had to grow up in Europe to understand it. Well, I still don't really always understand it (so many crazy costumes and antics *g*) but it's a guilty pleasure of sorts. The Netherlands won so next year's contest most likely will be held in Amsterdam I'd assume. I always enjoy the host country highlighting their country, showing off their destinations, cities, nature and so on. 

Well, let's see what this week will bring. Last week was busy at work. I am now mentoring a new person who started last week plus was also covering for someone who was out. This week I am covering today only so let's see how this week progresses. The one good thing, a light at the end of the tunnel so to speak, is that next weekend we have a holiday weekend with Memorial Day and we'll be away for it as well. Heading up to the Finger Lakes on Saturday. So just need to get through this week. :) 

Letter/Mail Update:  A letter went out to Celia/MA last week. 

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Mother's Day Weekend, Broadway and more

IMG_20190511_124138_135Another Monday. And brrr it's cold this morning, not like May at all. I actually turned the heat on for a bit. When I woke up it was only 40F/4C outside but they said it felt like it was in the 30ies. And the high is only supposed to be 47F/8C today plus it's going to rain. So it's going to be a wet cold Monday. Ugh. The weather yesterday, Sunday (Mother's Day), was not a whole lot better honestly. When I talked to my mom in Austria she said that the weather in Austria was similar at the moment. What the hell. Seems like the weather all over the world is going mad. I mean I know why, climate change and all that, but ugh. 

Anyway, Saturday was at least a decent day. It was mainly sunny and in the mid to high 60iesF/18C. So a really nice day. We were in NYC on Saturday as we had tickets for "Beetlejuice" on Broadway. Before the show we had brunch at a place called Lillie's. What a neat find. It was just a few blocks from the Wintergarden Theater right in the middle of midtown, an area that is usually full of generic Irish pubs, lots of tourists and nothing good. So it was really nice to find that place. We had a delicious brunch there and hung out before the show. The musical was a lot of fun and would definitely recommend it. After the show we headed to the Yardhouse in Yonkers. Holy crap, that place was packed. We were able to snag two seats at the bar but it was just so crowded in there. I guess not all that surprising being Saturday night and Mother's Day weekend on top of that. Anyway we ordered some snacks and had a few drinks and then decided to move on and had a couple more glasses of wine near home at Two Steps in Danbury. Much quieter there, even though they were pretty busy too for their standards with a party and some other stuff. 

And well now it's Monday and another week ahead. Last week was busy at work but somehow made it through. Let's see what this week brings? We have a new person starting today and her mentor won't be there for the first few days so we need to make sure that we keep her occupied. :) I am also covering so definitely shouldn't be bored. The week after this week is going to be a similar situation with vacation coverage and an intern starting so yeah time should be flying by. Oh I am also starting on a new account this week at work. Yeah, like I said. Shouldn't be a dull moment to be had. :)

Letter/Mail Update:  A letter will be going out to Eunice/Malta. 

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Monday, May 06, 2019

Back to the daily grind

Pixlr (3)Alright I am back in the US. The weather has been super dreary, mostly cool and often rainy since I have been back. Yesterday, Sunday, was a dreary, rainy day. But of course today, Monday, the sun is shining and it's supposed to be a beautiful day (around 70F/21C). How does that always happen that way?  We definitely have not been having typical May weather. Looks like today will be a pretty decent day but that of course doesn't help me all that much since I have to head into the office. Also going to shape up to be a pretty busy day so I don't think I will get a ton of chance to spend time outside. I'll try and go for a little walk during my lunch break if possible. 

Anyway, my return to the US last week Monday was pretty uneventful for the most part. Immigration at Newark airport was a nightmare though. There was something wrong with the machines and their whole system was backlogged and clogged up. The lines were sooooo long. It was absolutely crazy. I had never seen it like that. I think it took me about 2 hours to get out of the airport. Crazy. 

The week itself went by relatively smooth. Fighting jetlag, dealing with catching up at work and whatnot. All the usual stuff I guess. The weekend went by way too fast. Also nothing unusual there. 

Saturday we had a vet appointment with our cat Sadie. Mainly a check-up appointment. She's one of the more neurotic cats I have ever met and since Sherlock came into the picture she has been even more neurotic. She really does not like the idea of Sherlock being around. Anyway Sadie's appointment went fine (I was honestly not convinced I'd get her into the carrier but I did) and they said she's fine, her check-up and exam was fine. So she's just weird. :) We'll need to continue working on integrating the cats and hopefully at one point things will return back to normal - whatever that means. 

Sunday we went to see the new Avengers movie. I won't post any spoilers but will say that I did really enjoy it. I thought they did a good job. I am really not a super heroes movie person at all but have seen enough now to be somewhat invested and get the basic stories. I also enjoy the humor behind all of it. Anyway, it was a good movie. Afterwards we were going to do brunch but the place we wanted to go to was super packed so we ended up at different place which was fine. Hung out there for a bit before heading home and catching up on some recorded TV. 

Letter/Mail Update:  Letters have been written to and were all mailed on Wednesday to: Lotte/Denmark, Celia/MA, Kimber/Canada, Nina/WA and Tiffany/OK. 

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