Sunday, February 20, 2022

Valentine's, Mike's birthday and other random stuff

FB_IMG_1618129571371Already 3/4 through February. The year is definitely flying by already. Only about one more week of February left before we turn to March. I am not really a huge fan of March, it's too blah and muddy, but it does signal that we are closer to spring so there's that. We have some warmer days ahead and then it turns freezing again mid week and there's also accumulating snow in the forecast for later in the week right now. That's been the story with the weather lately. It is freezing, then gets warmer (and usually rains), then goes back to freezing. Crazy. 

Really not all that much new since my last post. We watched "Death on the Nile" last Sunday which was fine but not all that awesome either. Had a nice brunch at Lucas Local after and watched the Super Bowl at home. 

Busy week at work. On Tuesday we had a work happy hour at a local pizza place (Stanziato's) It was a great turn out and was a lot of fun to see a lot of people I haven't seen in person in a while (our company is still very "you do you" when it comes to working in the office) Oh and Monday was Valentine's Day. We are not huge Valentine's Day people but it's a fun excuse to have some special food and chocolate. :) Had a yum Mexican dinner at Avocado in Bethel. 

And Friday was Mike's birthday. Didn't have a huge celebration but had a nice dinner at Edison. The weekend was pretty low key which was fine. Yesterday, Saturday, we had lunch at Rizzuto's and then hung out at Rosy's for a while. Today we slept in late and then had brunch at the Marketplace in Brookfield. Going to catch up on some recorded TV later. 

And tomorrow is already Monday again and a whole nother week starts. Tomorrow is President's Day and not a day I get off (oh well) so will be just another regular Monday. But at least the weekend was nice and relaxing. Oh and yesterday I also had a facial in the morning which was very nice. Good times. 

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

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Saturday, February 12, 2022

Hello February .. busy and interesting times :)

IMG_20220210_143308_051Yup here I am, behind on my posting again. Seems to be the way that happens lately. And already in mid February. IMG_20220211_104749_804 February always tends to go by kind of quickly I feel like. Of course it's a shorter month but just by a few days so that shouldn't make that much of a difference but we also always have a bunch going on so that probably adds to it. 

February 10th was our wedding anniversary. 21 years. How crazy is that? We had talked about going away for a long weekend but ended up not doing that. I ended up working a full day on Thursday (10th) but took Friday 11th off. Thursday night we went to Chuck's Steakhouse for a delicious dinner and then had some more drinks at Rosy's. Ended up staying much later than we had intended but it was a fun night. 

Then Friday I took the day off and spent the morning at Mothership Bakery. Had a nice low key morning walking there taking advantage of the great weather and eating avocado toast, drinking Earl Grey tea and finishing the latest Outlander book "Go Tell the Bees that I am gone". Met up with Mike afterwards and hung out at Rosy's and finishing with a yum dinner at Edison. 

And today is Saturday and the weather continued to be nice, mid 50ies, so we took a nice walk along the beach at Sherwood Island state park before heading to lunch at Rizzuto's. Tomorrow it's going back down to freezing and I think we will go see the Agatha Christie movie "Death on the Nile" and will then figure out what to do from there. I think Mike may want to watch the Superbowl so we'll see. 

Let's see what else? It's been an event filled week of sorts with our wedding anniversary and I also received a promotion at work, going to be a team lead starting next week Wednesday and officially a manager. Pretty exciting, not going to lie. :) Interesting times ahead. Mike also started his orientation for his new job so things have been good. No complaints. :) 

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

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Nor'Easter .. continuing winter blues ... where's spring?

FB_IMG_1549149218165And it's been a week and a half or more since I last posted. No real excuse either. Was just busy with work and never got around to it and honestly nothing super exciting or noteworthy happened either so I didn't have much to talk about. Still don't really but I figured I should get on with it and update anyway. :) Right now it's Saturday just a little before noon and I am watching the snow blow around out there. The whole East Coast is getting hit with a Nor'Easter. Tons of snow, wind and freezing cold temps on top of it. They predicted anywhere between 6 and 12 inches for our area. I think we are on the lower side of things, maybe we'll be at 6 inches when it's all said and done. It's kind of hard to tell really right now. We ended up putting our car in the city garage last night and walking home to avoid having to clear off the car today if we really did get a foot of snow. I don't know if that was really necessary but I guess at least there won't be any cleaning off for the car and we'll just have to worry about shoveling our steps and walkways, the landlord does the rest for the driveway etc. Not being very productive right now, just kind of sitting here, watching the snow outside, drinking a big mug of Earl Grey tea. Maybe I'll do some more reading, that could be good. Just not feeling like doing much today I don't think. 

Anyway, not a whole lot else new. Life's just been mostly work and getting from one day to the next. And still just feeling kind of blah with the winter weather. I am truly ready for spring. I know we still have a long ways to go for that but yeah. I am never a big fan of winter but this year it's really getting to me. I think because there just isn't anything else to get my mind of it. No planned travel, no shows, concerts, nothing really. Maybe I should look into Broadway tickets, see if there's something affordable we could go see. We haven't been to the theater since before Covid. Would be a fun diversion. 

Last week Thursday I had a massage which was a nice highlight. And last week Sunday we tried out brunch at Edison (the new place where J. Lawrence used to be in Bethel) which was really good. So yeah, that's about all I have to report for right now I think.

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

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Same stuff different day - more winter blues

FB_IMG_1614441916245And yes you guessed it, another week gone by. Nothing all that much new. This part of the year truly is my least favorite part. I hate the weather, the cold, snow, ice, it's dark and just not very exciting. Today was another super gloomy and dreary day. We had some snow last night overnight into this morning which then turned into rain which made everything a big mess and it stayed dreary and gloomy all day. I know this kind of weather is normal for this time of year and I generally do like the idea of four seasons but just not a big winter fan. Never have been. 

Work is still super busy which probably isn't helping my general mood. And yeah, just don't have much to really share or say that's exciting or new. Had a dentist appointment last week and another one tomorrow, also with the orthodontist. My dental work feels like one of those never ending stories but I guess one day it'll be sort of done.

The weekend was pretty quiet. Saturday we had lunch at Rizzuto's in Westport and stopped at Two Steps on way home before catching up on some shows at home. And Sunday morning I met up with my friend Jana and we hung out at a local bakery/coffeeshop called Mothership. Really neat place. Had some great tea, avocado toast and spent some hours just hanging out, catching up and relaxing. Sunday night Mike and I caught up on some more Tv and well here we are, Monday night already. Once I finish this post I am going to get ready for bed, grab my book and spend some time relaxing and reading. Also kind of dead tired so it may end up being an early night for me. Guess we'll see. 

Sorry for this dreary post but I guess it just reflects my general state of mind at the moment. I'll snap out of it again. 

Mail Update: Currently caught up with my mail. 

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Winter Blues

FB_IMG_1543346597296And somehow it's already Tuesday night. I don't even know how we got here or why I was delayed with my posting. Usually I am good about posting Sunday or Monday nights but I never did on Sunday and yesterday just turned into a mad day at work and when I was done with it I was just done with all computer stuff and wanted to log off, curl up with the cats and continue reading my Sophie Kinsella book. So yeah, that's it I guess. 

Anyway not a whole lot new I suppose. I am pretty much over winter and it's barely mid January. We had our first semi significant snowfall of the season last week on Friday (about 5 inches) and now the weather has turned super cold (our high today was something like 17F which is minus 8C. And the low is going to be somewhere around 5F which is minus 15C and with the windchills it of course feels way way colder. Ugh. Not a fan. 

Last weekend was pretty low key. Saturday we didn't do much, just had lunch at Rizzuto's. At night I made chili and had a veg out night reading. On Sunday we went to see "Nightmare Alley" and had a late lunch at Newsylum and then met up with Maryellen & Rich at Michael's before heading home and catching up on our recorded TV. 

Monday was just a blur of a day. Busy day, And today not that much different. Not all that much else going on this week. Thursday I have a dentist cleaning appointment and well just looking forward to the weekend. So that's about all the news I got for now. :)

Mail Update: Currently caught up with my mail. 

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Monday, January 03, 2022

Happy New Year

1641260214800Hello 2022! I am really not sure how it's already January and a new year but I seem to say these things pretty much every month don't I? And time just seems to fly faster and faster the older you get I think. But anyway, I guess let's see what 2022 will bring. I am feeling a bit indifferent towards it I suppose. I want to have high hopes and great optimism but I am not really too sure. I guess we'll see how it goes. I miss traveling (and with that I mean just regular tourist travel, not visiting family) and also traveling without all the restrictions, needed tests and all the ever changing regulations and required entry forms for various countries. I guess one day things will go back to somewhat normal but I am not too sure when that will actually be. Or I guess maybe we'll just get used to it and accept this as the new normal and learn to deal with it better. I don't know. 

Covid cases are spiking a lot in our area again at the moment but I guess it was to be expected after the holidays with people having gatherings and parties and all of that. Hopefully things will calm down and the surge will stop again relatively soon. Our office has been shut down since before Christmas and is still closed till January 7th with everyone working from home. I am not sure if they will extend it beyond the 7th - it wouldn't surprise me but I guess we'll see. 

Other than that really not all that much new. The week between Christmas and New Year's was a busy week with a lot of people off at work, covering and all that. It's always a bit of a weird week. But we made it through and then I had 1/2 of the 30th off as well as the whole day on the 31st plus the actual weekend. On New Year's Eve we went to the movies and saw "The King's Man" - was pretty good but not as good as the first few in the series but then I guess that was to be expected. At night we stopped at Rosy's and then had a yummy dinner at Chuck's Steakhouse. Spent some time with our friend John and also ran into two of our friends, Maryellen and Rich, who we hadn't seen in a really long time so it was great to randomly run into them. Ended up getting home around 9.30pm and watched Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen on CNN for their New Year's Eve coverage which was entertaining. Got to bed probably around 1.30am. 

New Year's Day was a quiet slow day. Went to Rizzuto's in Westport and at night I just curled up on the couch with some tea and my book and had a quiet night in. Then yesterday, Sunday, we went to the movies again and saw "Licorice Pizza" which was neat and then had a late lunch at Flipside in Fairfield. Stopped at Centrico for a bit and then went home to watch "Thor Ragnarok" which we somehow hadn't seen yet. And here we are, Monday night. Nothing too much going on this week. Just trying to catch up from the holidays. 

Mail Update: Currently caught up with my mail. 

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Monday, December 27, 2021

Christmas Post

IMG_20211225_121831_558Monday night but I actually had the day off as well as Friday so it's been a nice long extended 4 day weekend. Merry Christmas to all my friends who celebrate :) This week is a bit of a weird one between Christmas and New Year's. The way the holidays are falling this year and the additional days we are getting off from work I am actually only going to be working 2 and a half days this week. Tomorrow, Tuesday (28th), Wednesday (29th) and half day on Thursday (30th) and then I am off the 31st and back working again on Monday 3rd. 

Christmas was nice and low key which really made it enjoyable. I had Christmas Eve off and we went to Stew Leonard's  to pick up a bunch of goodies for Christmas Day (shrimp cocktail, brie, baguette, cheese, crackers, pigs in a blanket) and then had lunch at Marketplace. At 3 I went over to John and Jana's house to meet up with Jana for baking. John's mom also joined us and the three of us spent some hours baking Christmas cookies. Then around 6 - 6.30 Mike and John joined us and we had dinner and later ate cookies and also watched a Christmas movie (Noelle) Got home around 10.30pm. Definitely an enjoyable day. 

Christmas Day we slept in a bit and I had a low key morning reading more of Diana Gabaldon's new book. We didn't do a big gift exchange this year which is fine. Mike wants a ride in an open cockpit World War 2 type plane which we will do in the spring/summer. And I said I wanted tickets for the upcoming Broadway musical "Mr. Saturday Night" starring Billy Crystal so we'll get tickets for that. Neither of us really needs or wants more stuff so that was a good compromise. :) Then we went to see the new Spiderman movie at 1.30pm and when we got home just vegged out on the couch for a long time watching more movies and TV and eating our delicious feast of stuff and drinking wine. A very low key day, nice and relaxing. Yesterday, Sunday, was low key as well. We slept in and went to Westport for lunch at Rizzuto's and then stopped at Centrico for a bit before heading home and having our leftovers of our feast food. :) Plus more movies/TV. We watched "Don't Look Up" on Netflix as well as 'Encanto" on Disney+ and finished "Hawkeye" as well as other various recorded stuff. 

Today, Monday, we had another low key day. I checked on some work stuff in the morning and we then went for lunch. Originally we were supposed to meet up with Mike's niece and nephew Shannon and Erik but that fell apart last minute as Erik wasn't feeling well and Shannon banged herself up sliding down some stairs last night. So we postponed our lunch to this coming Sunday instead. Not a huge deal. 

Now just having a low key night at home. Going to make dinner in a bit and then going to spend some relaxing time on the couch reading more of "Bees". Even though I am only working for a few days this week I am sure it will be pretty crazy since a lot of people took the week off between Christmas and New Year's so not really looking forward to tomorrow. But for now I'll just relax, sip my tea and read my book and will try not think about tomorrow just yet. 

Mail Update: Currently caught up with my mail. 

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Sunday, December 19, 2021

One week till Christmas

IMG_20211219_154324_115Happy Sunday. And already the end of the weekend again. I really don't even know how that happens. And I had a long weekend too because I had Friday off. I had a sick day left to use that I couldn't carry over into the new year so I requested the day off and made it a mental health day for myself. 

Anyway not really much new since last week. It's just one week until Christmas now. I am mostly done with my shopping so that's good.  We aren't doing anything big which is fine. We really aren't huge holiday people.

Last week was another busy week at work. Thursday night I had a massage and then Friday off. Mostly just spent the day relaxing. 

Saturday we went to Rizzutos for lunch and then stopped at Rosys and ended up staying way later than I had thought we would. Was a fun night though.  And today we were going to go to an early showing of Spiderman but then realized this morning that it was actually sold out (honestly wasn't thinking of that since we haven't had that problem since prepandemic but I guess it being a Marvel movie and the weekend just before the holidays and just having released too and getting great reviews it makes sense) So we ended up having breakfast at a diner and then seeing a slightly later showing of West Side Story. It was very well shot and done.  The story is a bit depressing to me, very Romeo and Juliet but still glad we went to see it. 

Now we are at Newsylum Brewery and just hanging out for a bit. Probably going to stop into Centrico before heading home and catching up on some recorded TV. 

Mail Update: Mailed a letter on Saturday to: Celia/MA. 

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Sunday, December 12, 2021

Relaxed Weekend

IMG_20211212_150250_696Happy Sunday. Sunday Funday. :) Figured I'd get my weekly post done today. Just hanging out at the moment waiting to hear from our friend John. We agreed to help him with the move of his mom, just some unloading of some heavy things. So just waiting to hear when they are going to be arriving in town. In the meantime we went for brunch at the Marketplace in Brookfield. Just a pretty chill and non eventful Sunday which is fine by me. It's been so busy at work and also with personal stuff, always having something to do, getting my cards done, the tree, the packages to be mailed out and ordered etc. 

Last night I actually gave myself a nice quiet night at home and watched "A Castle for Christmas" on Netflix, had some gingerbread and tea and relaxed. Watched another Hallmark movie after that and had some wine and just enjoyed a nice quiet nothing evening/night at home. 

Last week was a busy week and I have a feeling the next few weeks until the year is over is going to be just as busy. But will get through it, always do. Nothing too much new otherwise really. 

Yesterday earlier in the day we went to Rizzuto's for lunch and then later in day I spent time at home relaxing. 

No big plans for Christmas really. We will probably have some family time in the morning and maybe we'll go to the movies and we should probably stock on some snacks to have later in the day. We'll see how it goes. Nothing big planned for New Year's either. We really aren't big holiday people.

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

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Monday, December 06, 2021

Christmas Tree, cards, booster shot, etc.



IMG_20211204_124635_134Happy Monday and all of that. I am getting pretty tired so this may be a quick post. Got our Covid booster shots today and so far I can't complain too much about the side effects. I am pretty tired and my arm hurts. With the last shots I developed a fever for a short time overnight so I guess we will see what happens but so far it isn't too bad. Just tired and kind of out of it.

Other than that, let's see what else is new? Not too much I suppose. Put up our tree last Friday night (Dec 3) and also managed to get all my Christmas cards done now. Need to get them into the mail tomorrow. The international ones I already mostly mailed out at the end of November but this is my domestic US batch. Also mostly ordered gifts for people. Not 100% done with my shopping at all but not in terrible shape. Always try to focus on my international stuff first as that can take longer with shipping and whatnot. 

The weekend kind of flew by. Saturday we went for a walk at Sherwood Island in Westport and then had lunch at Rizzuto's. Spent the night writing my cards and then watched some TV. And Sunday we went to the World Market in West Hartford as I wanted to get some gingerbread and other international goodies. Had lunch at the Cambridge House, hadn't been there in quite a while so it was nice to see they still exist and hang out there. Spent Sunday night catching up on more TV and starting Hawkeye on Disney +. 

Oh I also received a delicious Imperial Torte straight from Vienna, courtesy of my ex boss at my old job in Vienna. It's a bit of a tradition that he send one every year - always very much appreciated!!

And well here we are Monday night. Another busy day at work. I have a feeling it will be busy until the holidays are over. Guess we'll see how it goes. One day at a time right?

Mail Update: A letter is going tomorrow to: Carmen/Malta. Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Celia/MA. 

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