Monday, November 12, 2018

It's getting cold outside + lots of misc stuff + Happy Birthday Mom

Winter-is-coming-o-pnts-its-getting-cold-out-6300031Brrrr. This morning the temp I woke up to was 24F (-4C). I am not ready for this. Over the weekend there were snow squalls and some sleet as well. Nothing crazy and nothing that even lasted for any length of time and didn't stick to anything but just the sight of snow. Just not ready for it. It's definitely getting to be the season though. Ugh. Not ready for it at all. Overall the weekend had relatively decent weather. It was sunny but really chilly and windy which made it feel even colder. 

We had originally thought about doing something outside, going for a walk maybe, but even though it was sunny it just didn't feel every inviting. There really weren't any movies out we wanted to see so instead we slept in both weekend days which was nice in itself. Sunday morning I got up a little earlier to watch the 2nd episode of "Outlander". I suppose that will be my routine going forward for the rest of the season probably. :) Saturday we ran some errands in the morning and Saturday night I started my Christmas cards. Yes, yes, I know. It's way early. But I'll be traveling quite a bit over the next few weeks and if I don't get started now they just won't get done. I needed to get the international cards done which I accomplished. I won't mail them until right before we leave for the Azores but at least they are written and done. 

Anybody move/change addresses over the last year? I emailed/messaged a few people but thought I would put something on here as well just in case. :) 

Let's see what else. Last week Thursday I had my physical/yearly dr. appointment. All in all everything went well. Thursday night we also went out at work for Happy Hour with one of our partner companies at work which was fun. And this week I have a presentation to attend for work. Let's see how it goes. Fingers crossed. Anyway, never a dull moment really. Last week I was also covering for a co-worker for a few days and oh yeah we also had a full day training session on Tuesday. So like I said never a dull moment. Let's see what this week brings. One more full week and then next week Wednesday night we already leave for the Azores (21st). Crazy how time flies. 

Oh and last but not least, let's not forget this. Happy Birthday Mom. :) It's my mom's birthday today. :) 

Letter/Mail Update: A letter should be going out shortly to: Eunice/Malta. Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Nina/WA, Carmen/Malta and Tiffany/OK. 

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Monday, November 05, 2018

Outlander is back - low key weekend

OutlanderAnd somehow it is November. I honestly don't know where the year has gone. The other day when we walked into Starbucks everything was red and all the Christmas stuff was out. Transformed overnight pretty much. It used to be that Christmas stuff didn't really start until after Thanksgiving but nowadays it seems to be November 1st more or less. I don't know. Maybe I am being a Grinch. Haha. I am just not ready for it. 

I also feel like this remaining part of the year will be super busy. We were just in San Diego and in just 2 1/2 weeks we are off to the Azores for 8 days. We leave the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and don't get back until the Thursday after. And less than a week after that I am off to Austria. I'll be there for a week. I am mostly working though while I am there but it will still be nice to be there and see my parents and some friends. We'll see how it all works out. Just so much going on in such a short time period.

I think by the time Christmas and New Year's actually rolls around I'll be very happy to just relax and not do anything. Work is in the less busy season now but I have still been busy with various projects. I am also mentoring someone new. We're in week 5 or 6 now I think. She works in our Houston office so it's been a remote mentoring situation which can make things a bit more tricky and challenging. But I guess one day at a time, that's pretty much what I have been telling myself.

This past weekend was relatively low key. On Saturday we went to the movies to see "Bohemian Rhapsody", the Queen biopic. I really enjoyed the movie and would definitely recommend it. Afterwards we had lunch and in the evening I just relaxed. Sunday morning I watched the first episode of Outlander season 4. It's back. Yay. :) I really enjoyed it and thought they did a good job. Did they change some stuff? Yes. But it didn't bother me all that stuff. I guess I am generally pretty laid back when it comes to that but I always enjoy reading all the discussions and fierce opinions on the various message boards. Always entertains me reading all of that after an episode airs. Definitely shows that you just can't make everyone happy. Right? 

Well, anyway, another Monday and I better get ready for work. Let's see what this week brings? Tomorrow I have a training course I need to attend, at least that one is in house so no additional travel involved. And on Thursday I have my appointment for my yearly physical/Dr. appointment. 


Letter/Mail Update: A letter should be going out shortly to: Celia/MA and Lotte/Denmark. Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Eunice/Malta, Carmen/Malta and Tiffany/OK. 

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

San Diego Re-Cap

Pixlr (1)I absolutely do not want to go back East. We are currently at the airport in San Diego. Arrived here on Saturday and I have been meaning to make a post since then but just didn't happen. We have been busy pretty much every day but it''s been a lot of fun. 

We left NYC on Saturday morning and the drive down to JFK was absolutely awful as we were hit with a Nor'Easter which brought a lot of wind and rain to the East Coast. Taking off in it was no fun either but eventually we managed to get to San Diego, even without a delay really. Landed in San Diego, headed to our hotel and eventually made our way to Baloboa Park. We didn't realize that there was a Halloween event going on so the park was pretty crowded but we still had a nice lunch at Panama 66 and then checked out the Art Museum afterwards. Stopped at the Gaslamp Quarter to walk around and I bought a shirt at the Hard Rock Hotel. Then headed back to our hotel on Shelter Island.

Sunday we went to the San DIego Zoo in the morning and spent 4 hours there. So many cute animals and lots and lots of walking. :) Afterwards we stopped at Stone Brewing at Liberty Station. I had some delicious mac n cheese and some wine while Mike tried a few of their beer flights. We then headed back to the hotel and went for a swim in the pool before heading out to dinner at Puesto (yummy Mexican). 

Monday we headed to the San Diego Wild Animal/Safari Park north of the city and spent 3.5 hours there wandering around looking at all the cute animals. When we were done there we continued north to Temecula Valley for some wine tasting. Stopped at Mount Palomar, Doffo Winery & Chapin Family Vineyards. Had fun hanging out, wine tasting and drinking some wine outside on their patio area. When we were done we headed back to Shelter Island where our hotel was for some more Mexican at Miguel's Cocina. Delicious. 

And that brings us to today, Tuesday. Slept in a bit and then checked out the Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument. Walked around for a bit and then headed to the Unconditional Surrender Statue. Took some pictures and then headed for lunch at the Fish Market. Had a delicious seafood lunch and fun hanging out sitting outside watching the boats go by. 

And well here we are, now hanging out at the airport at the Stone Brewery restaurant. I am so not ready to go back to work tomorrow morning (after we land after our red-eye flight) but I guess it is what it is. We had a good time and I suppose all good times have to come to an end eventually. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Eunice/Malta, Carmen/Malta, Celia/MA, Lotte/Denmark and Tiffany/OK. 

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Monday, October 22, 2018

It is getting cold ... brrr

Pixlr (3)Brrr. Woke up to 30F (-1C) weather this morning and just not quite ready for this yet. It is supposed to warm up to 50F (10C) later so that's something at least. But still. Brrr. We don't seem to have any real seasons anymore. The weather just goes from hot to cold with very little in between. It's also been weird with the foliage this year. There are still a lot of trees that are still completely green. Others have turned colors or even lost all their leaves but still a lot of completely green ones too. I think nature is just as confused as I am with the way the weather has been. Late in the week we actually had pretty mild weather but now it turned back to cold again. 

Let's see what else. Thursday I had a dentist appointment, just a cleaning, so that went by relatively quickly at least. Have to go for cleanings every 3 months now due to my braces. And on Saturday we had our vet check-up appointment with Sadie. It's always a struggle to get her to the vet and honestly emotionally draining. She acts like a Tasmanian devil when you first put her inside the carrier and develops a volume of sound that is pretty crazy. I always think the neighbors must wonder if I am trying to murder my cat or something. Anyway we got her to the vet, they did their check-up exam, gave her her shots, etc. She has a little bit of asthma and bronchial issues so they gave her some antibiotics and a steroid. That seemed to do the trick the last time we went so hopefully that should help again. They also discovered that one of her paws had an ingrown claw and that her paw was swollen. I felt so bad because I honestly hadn't noticed it. She had been acting completely fine, racing around like usual. To be fair the vet didn't catch it during the initial exam either. They only saw it when I asked them to cut her claws. Anyway they had to pull out that claw and we will need to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't grow back the same way. 

Well that's about all the news here from me. Trying to figure out why Typepad doesn't seem to be displaying my blog correctly. None of my pictures are showing up etc. So I will need to figure that out. Ugh. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Eunice/Malta, Carmen/Malta, Celia/MA and Tiffany/OK. 

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Movie Weekend

Pixlr (2)The weather has officially turned to fall weather now. We had frost at night over the weekend and the temps were only in the 50ies (10-12C) Today it's supposed to get up to 63 (17C) but with showers. And then back down to the 50ies with some days barely above freezing over night. Brrr. Not quite ready for this just yet. I mean I am happy we are done with the excessive heat and humidity don't get me wrong. But not really ready for freezing temps yet either. Oh well. Is what it is. 

Made it through last week and my week of covering plus my new mentee. So let's see how this week goes. Hopefully better but I do need to catch up from last week so there will definitely be some catching up to do especially in the beginning part of the week. 

Over the weekend we took it relatively easy and went to 2 movies. Saw "A Star is born" on Saturday and "First Man" on Sunday. Originally we were supposed to go to the "Museum of Pizza" in NYC on Saturday. But our tickets were for the 10.30am admission. When I bought them the location wasn't disclosed yet since it's a pop up museum with a limited run. Anyway the location ended up being in Brooklyn, in a part that is just really hard to get to. In order to get there by 10.30 we'd have had to leave the house at 6.30am and take four trains. Or drive but then figure out how to deal with parking since there aren't really garages in that area. Yeah, as much as I was curious about this thing I wasn't that curious either. So we decided to skip it. Instead we went to the Colony Grill since I did need my pizza fix. :) They are famous for their hot oil pie. Delicious. 

Caught up on some recorded DVR shows on Sunday and well here we are and it's Monday again. We'll see how it goes. I have a dentist appointment on Thursday and on Saturday we have a vet appointment (just a check-up) with Sadie. Always something going on lately. 

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

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Monday, October 08, 2018

Busy Weekend

Pixlr (1)And it's Monday again. Not ready for this week to be honest. I am covering for a co-worker who is on vacation which is always a bit tricky and also am mentoring a new employee remotely out of our Houston office. The mentoring is a rather new development and is going to be a bit of a "trial and error" situation until we can figure out the best way to train remotely. I am able to share my screen which is helpful. And there are also Skype training sessions set up for the new employees so all that's helpful. It will all work out in the long run. Just may be a bit of a "winging it" situation until we get there. 

The weekend was fun even if the weather wasn't as great as they had originally forecasted. Saturday we went to the Connecticut Garlic & Harvest Festival which was a lot of fun. The weather was rather dreary and even a bit drizzly and slightly chilly but not too terrible. We had fun walking around and since we went relatively early the crowds weren't too bad yet. We bought some olive oil, ciabatta bread (with green olives + red peppers) and a spicy red pepper cheese spread. Lots and lots of booths with various dips, cheeses, oils, jams, jellies, honey and everything in between. You were able to taste most of it as well so that's always fun. Anyway a fun time. 

Sunday we went into NYC for a walking tour. The Greenwich Village Rock Tour to be exact, focused on the musical history of the area. It was one of Mike's Christmas or birthday gifts I got him last year and we finally got around to scheduling it. We had done a similar tour before, punk music in the East Village, and that was really fun as well. So we spent a little over 2 hours walking around the Village. Luckily the weather was relatively decent. Rather humid but otherwise not too bad. No rain at least. When we were done we stopped at the Penny Farthing for brunch. Always a good spot. Eventually made our way home and caught up on some recorded TV. 

And well here we are and it's Monday again. Let's see, anything else I missed from last week? Oh yeah, Wednesday I went for my wisdom teeth consult. They gave me the cost of the procedure (I need to get all 4 wisdom teeth out), what it would cost out of pocket. Next step will be to figure out exactly how much insurance will cover. Well, we will see I suppose. I now need to actually call and make an appointment so that will need to happen sooner rather than later so I don't procrastinate for too long. I am figuring some time in January. Well, we shall see. 

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

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Monday, October 01, 2018

Brunch Weekend

PixlrOctober 1st. The year is flying by but I guess it's one of those things I say every year. I really enjoy fall but it's also bittersweet because it means that the winter season is not far behind. And winter honestly feels like the longest season out of all of them. Last year we had snow all the way into April. I guess we will see what this year brings. 

Right now we are having nice fall weather. Cool nights but warmer days. The weekend was mostly sunny and we were able to spend some time outside on both days. Saturday we had brunch at J. Lawrence and were able to sit outside on the patio. And on Sunday we met up with a friend and also ended up spending some time outside on their deck.  This may be my favorite weather. Still warm enough to spend time sitting outside but cool enough to wear hoodies and sweatshirts. 

The cats have been enjoying the cooler weather as well and have been really cuddly. Sleeping on the bed a lot and also curling up with me while watching TV. Too cute. 

Let's see, anything else new? This week on Wednesday I have my consult for my wisdom teeth. I need to get them out and been dragging my feet on it for quite a while. But it's really time now. I need to get them out to help with the braces and to avoid more potential for infection and whatnot. Definitely not looking forward to it. I probably won't get it done until January but I need to get the consult done and over with. That way I'll also have a better idea of the cost. I know insurance covers some of it but definitely not all of it. So it will be good to get a better idea on the cost as well to plan for it. Everything to do with dental work is so expensive. Ugh. 

Well enough complaining. Let's hope the week goes by relatively smooth. Fingers crossed. :)

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

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Monday, September 24, 2018

It's officially fall

FB_IMG_1537625985038Ok so it's officially fall and the weather is actually more or less in line with the season. Over the weekend it was mostly cloudy and more or less cool. Not terribly cold but not really warm like it has been either. We also now seem to be getting the cool nights (45-50F / 6-10C) and warm-ish days (mid 60ies to 70ies F / 17-20C) that are typical for fall/autumn. This morning there is some sunshine. Not sure if it is supposed to last but right now it looks pretty. I think we are supposed to get some soaking rain over the next few days. 

Over the weekend it was mostly dry so no real complaints there. Yesterday, Sunday, we went to see "A Simple Favor" starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick. It was entertaining and I would definitely recommend it. It's a thriller/mystery but at the same time also funny and kind of light-hearted, maybe a bit campy. It's such a hard movie to describe. But I definitely would recommend it. You won't be bored. 

Then after the movies we headed into the city to meet up with our friend John, his wife Jana and some of his other friends for his birthday. We went to "The Perfect Pint". There are actually two locations and the one we usually go to is on West 45th Street. So that is where we automatically headed until we figured out that our friends were actually at the one on East 45th Street. LOL. Oh well. At least it was only a 10 min walk so not a huge deal. The menu is pretty much identical at both locations and really the whole place is pretty similar. This was the first time we went to the one on the East side. Usually we are at the other one if we are heading to a Broadway show and want to get a couple of drinks or a snack before the show. Nothing fancy but a nice break from all the generic touristy bars and chain places in Midtown. Blergh. 

Anyway, that's about it. Oh I also started binge watching "This is Us". I finished season 1 and am about 4 episodes into season 2. My goal is to continue to binge so I can catch up and watch season 3 which I think starts this week. I should be able to get caught up relatively soon. It's one of those shows I had heard about for ages but wasn't sure if I would like it. And it's not a show that Mike really would be into so we never watched it. And one of the nights where I was home by myself I decided to give it a go and well, it sucked me in. So now I need to get caught up so I can watch the current season. 

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

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Whirlwind Work Trip Week

Pixlr_20180916152546055And we're back to summer weather more or less. The brief fall interlude from last weekend/early this week didn't really last too long. It's not crazy hot like it has been but still in the 80ies (26C) Pretty decent weather this weekend so no real complaints. Especially considering the weather they are experiencing further down the coast in the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia due to Hurricane Florence. We are supposed to get soaking rain and wind on Tuesday I think but of course nothing like they have been going through further south. 

This past week was broken up by a quick business trip to Pittsburgh for a training session. Worked Wednesday and left around 2.30pm to head to the airport (Laguardia) for an evening flight. I went with one of my co-workers who drove and we were lucky enough not to hit any real traffic delays and even security at Laguardia wasn't too terrible. Everything is under construction there so it is a bit of a mess but it all worked out fine. And we even got bumped up to an earlier flight which worked out well. Were able to meet up with some other co-workers who were already in Pittsburgh for another training class and had enough time to go out for dinner and some drinks. Had some fun hanging out and made the best of our super quick trip. Thursday we spent the day in class and as soon as that was over (bit after 4.30pm) we headed straight back to the airport and back to New York. Got back to Danbury around 9.30pm I think. Definitely a bit of a whirlwind trip. :) 

Let's see what this upcoming week will bring. Fingers crossed it will be a smooth week. This weekend I have been doing a good amount of reading. Went to the library yesterday and borrowed three books. Started and finished "Flowers and Foul Play" all in one go. It's the first book in a new series by this author and I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in this series now. Such a fun read. 

Letter/Mail Update: A letter went out on Monday to: Laura/Spain. 

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Sunday, September 09, 2018

Low Key Fall Weather Weekend

20180909_122047What a change in the weather since last weekend. This weekend it feels like fall. Temps today are barely hitting 60 (15C) and compared to the crazy heat we have had it does feel pretty cool. I am not complaining though. It's a nice break and nice to be able to wear sweatpants and my hoodie and curl up on the couch with a big mug of tea. It is not going to stay this way for long I don't think. Supposed to get back up to summer temps throughout the week. But for right now I am enjoying the cooler temps, being able to turn the oven on without overheating the house etc. 

Brought out my fall deco today since I felt in the mood. When it was so hot and humid I never really felt like putting it out because it just didn't fit. But today it fits. Have my "Warm Apple Crisp" candle burning and everything feels nice and cozy. It's been a pretty low key weekend, sleeping in, cuddling with the cats etc. 

The week, even though it was just a 4 day week, felt pretty long. We'll see what next week brings. I am off to Pittsburgh for a day for mentor certification training. Really quick trip. I leave Wednesday night and come back Thursday night. Not really all that much else new I suppose. 

We have a few fun trips coming up, not sure if I have written about those on here yet. In October we are off to San Diego for 3 nights and in November we are heading back to the Azores (different island this time though - Terceira)  for 7 nights. Looking forward to both trips! 

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

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