Monday, July 24, 2017

Mystic Wedding Weekend



Pixlr (2)So here we are and I made it through week 1 of vacation coverage ok. I won't lie and say that it was easy but hey I made it through. That's all that matters in the end. I have three more days to go as my colleague will be back on Thursday this week. So fingers crossed that I can make it through these next three days without too many issues as well. At least there is an end at sight, light at the end of the tunnel type thing. Haha. I do complain but really, if I had to cover for anyone (and there's no way around that, you go on vacation, people cover for you, they go on vacation, you cover for them .. it's just life) I would honestly always pick this co-worker. Her files are in great order, well organized and documented plus I am familiar with a good junk of them or the policies at least as I am on the same client as her. So hey, that's something. 

Let's see, what else is going on besides work? This past weekend we went to Mystic to attend our friend's Megan and Jonathan's wedding. The venue (Latitude 41 at Mystic Seaport) was really great and the weather held up as well for their outdoor ceremony. It was muggy and humid but no rain. The forecast earlier in the week had looked a lot worse so I am glad that it all turned out ok for them. Truly beautiful ceremony and reception. Was happy to be able to share the day with them. We stayed at the Quality Inn which was really nothing special but prices in Mystic during peak season are just off the charts. Megan and Jonathan had a discounted rate at their hotel but that was still more money so we opted to just stay at the Quality Inn. Nothing fancy or luxurious by any means but we really just needed a room to crash in so whatever. 

Oh, on the way to Mystic on Saturday we stopped at Chamard's Vineyard in Clinton and had a great lunch at their bistro. I really enjoy that vineyard and we don't get to go too often since it's really not very close. Been wanting to try their bistro ever since they opened it but never got around to it. So I am glad that we were able to combine that with this trip out to Mystic. 

Sunday we slept in and then checked out at 11. Stopped in Hartford at City Steam Brewery for lunch. Always great food and lots of beers for Mike to try. And well now it's Monday again. Ugh. I want another day to just relax. Haha. It's dreary and raining outside so it would be the perfect day to just stay in bed and sleep. Oh well. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Laura/Spain, Eloine/NY, Michele/CA, Carmen/Malta, Kimber/Canada and Nina/WA.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Hopkins Inn



IMG_20170716_143250_869And here we are, it's Monday again and I have a week of coverage in front of me. Let's see how it goes. To be fair at least I am covering for a co-worker IMG_20170716_150118_736 I am pretty familiar with/know a lot of the clients she works on etc. Her files are usually very well documented and she goes out of her way to make things smooth. So fingers crossed I will make it through the next week and a half alive. Haha. :) 

Let's see what's new. Last week was busy but then all weeks in the summer seem to be busy of course lately. The weather was weirdly unstable pretty much all week. Thunderstorms, massive downpours, humidity. It mostly cleared out Friday into Saturday at least so that was nice. I think we are supposed to have a similiar weather pattern this week. Guess we'll see. So far it seems ok today but I think tomorrow we are supposed to get more rain. 

Saturday we went to the movies to see "The Big Sick". Really enjoyed that movie and would recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it or hasn't heard of it. It's based on a true story and Kumail Nanjiani does a really great job, as well as the rest of the cast. It's pretty much a romantic comedy but based on true events. To sum it up in one sentence: It is the story of a relationship between a Pakistan-born aspiring comedian and a grad student who falls ill as they get to know each other. Anyway, go see it. :) 

Sunday we went up to the Hopkins Inn for our annual dinner. We usually go once during the summer, usually around our American wedding anniversary (July 12). The weather was great and we were able to sit outside on the porch and enjoy some delicious food. Had escargot, mozzarella & ham & arugula for starters, Wiener Schnitzel and Seafood Saute for the mains and Toblerone Sundae and Mint Parfait for dessert. Paired with a delicious bottle of Gruener Veltliner. Definitely a great meal. 

Well, now it's Monday morning and I'm getting ready for the day. I actually had some leftover schnitzel and roesti potatoes for breakfast. Yum. :)

Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Kimber/Canada and Nina/WA.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

NYC Weekend



IMG_20170709_162755_805And it's Monday morning again. How does that happen so quick EVERY time? :) Had a really nice weekend in NYC and of course the time just flew by. IMG_20170708_165236_718Our American wedding anniversary is next week (July 12th) so we decided to spend a weekend in NYC to celebrate. 

Stayed at the Andaz Hotel near Wall Street (a boutique Hyatt hotel). Really nice hotel with lots of amenities (free wi-fi, free non-alcoholic drinks and snacks in the room etc). We took the train down and then from Grand Central the subway. Short walk from the subway. Were able to check in and then decided to go walk and explore for a bit. The weather wasn't even that crazy hot but god so humid. We walked over to Wall Street, the Stock Exchange, etc. then over to the Battery. From there we made our way up into Tribeca. It's always fun walking around NYC but the humidity was definitely killing me. Eventually we ended up at a place called AOA Bar & Grill. Really neat place with yummy food. We hung out there for a bit before heading back to the hotel. On the way back we stopped at the 9/11 Memorial. Then refreshed at the hotel for a bit before heading back out for a light dinner. Went to wine bar we had been before called Terroir. Really cool place. Lots of different Rieslings among other stuff. Had some light dinner and eventually headed back to the hotel for a couple more drinks at the hotel bar. 

Sunday the humidity was a bit less thankfully. We checked out from the hotel, left our bag there and then headed over to the ferry terminal to take the ferry over to Staten Island. The weather was beautiful and it was a really nice day for a ferry ride. You get great views of the lower Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. So many tourists around as well. On Staten Island we made our way to the Staten Island Museum. I thought it was still close to the ferry terminal but apparently part of it relocated about 1 1/2 miles so we made our way to that location. It's now inside a neat older building inside a park so pretty cool. Checked out the museum before walking back to the ferry.

The original plan had been to eat dinner at a restaurant near the ferry building as it has nice views of Manhattan. But the restaurant ended up being closed due to a power outage so instead we took the ferry back to Manhattan and wandered over to the Open Door Gastropub. Yummy food and a nice spot sitting inside but near the open front of the building. Hung out there for a while before making it back to the hotel, the subway, up to Grand Central and back to CT eventually.

And well here we are and now it's Monday.  

Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Kimber/Canada and Nina/WA.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

4th of July Weekend



Pixlr (1)Happy 4th of July to all of my US friends. :) I have had a four day weekend which is pretty nice considering in my last job that would have never happened. To be fair since I work in an international company work never truly stops as businesses and offices around the world aren't closed for US holidays. But it's still nicer to be occasionally checking into things & logging in for a few hours from home rather than being in the office itself. Not looking forward to tomorrow though. It will be the first day back after our office having been closed for 4 days plus I am covering for a co-worker out on vacation. So yeah, gonna try and not think about that until tomorrow. :) 

We have mostly been taking it easy on this weekend which is fine by me. Saturday we went to the movies and saw "Baby Driver" which was really good. Then had lunch and relaxed. Sunday Mike met up with our friend John and I spent some time at home writing letters and reading. And later for dinner Mike and I went to Rosy Tomorrow's for dinner which was really nice. It was the perfect summer night to be sitting outside, enjoying dinner and some wine and dessert. Only thing not perfect are the mosquito bites that are still bothering me now. Grrr. 

Yesterday, Monday, Mike had to work so I spent the day at home going back and forth between writing more letters, reading and logging into my work emails trying to catch up on a few things. Was a pretty relaxed day all in all. Had plenty of time, played with the cats, nice day all around. At night we went out to Rizzuto's. Today we haven't quite decided what we are doing yet. We slept in and are now pondering the rest of the day. Will probably have lunch and then catch up on some TV shows later. 

And then tomorrow it's back to work and reality but at least it will be a short work week. And then we have a room booked in NYC for Saturday night next weekend. So we will get to spend Saturday and Sunday in the city. No real plans yet on what we will do but we will come up with something I am sure. 

Letter/Mail Update: Letters went out yesterday to: Celia/MA, Eloine/NY, Eunice/Malta and Caroline/Scotland. Received letters from/owe replies to: Kimber/Canada.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Broadway Saturday - Kinky Boots



IMG_20170624_171505_148Sunday afternoon, we meet again. Really, where does the time go? :) It's already super close to July now. Only one week left in June. So crazy. 

Yesterday, Saturday, was a fun day. We took the train into NYC in the morning and had lunch at "The Perfect Pint" before seeing the 2pm show of "Kinky Boots". What a great show. We had been meaning to see it for a while but there are so many shows on Broadway it's hard to make the time and money to see them all. But when Brendon Urie (from Panic at the DIsco) was announced to star in it we finally decided to go see it. I am really glad that we did because it was a truly great show. Very inspiring & heartfelt as well as funny with great music and dance numbers. Would recommend it in a heartbeat.

After the show we stopped into a restaurant/bar on our way back to Grand Central. Had another snack and I had some yummy Frozen Rose. Delicious. Later we took the train back and met up with our friend John at a local place for another couple of drinks. Fun and busy day all around.

Today we slept in late which was nice. Then went for lunch to Oxford. At 121 now. Had lunch and now just hanging out and relaxing with some wine. Nice, relaxing Sunday afternoon.

We will see what next week brings at work. I am sure it's supposed to be super busy. But it will be followed by a 4 day weekend. Management decided to give us Monday, July 3rd off as well as the 4th so we will have a 4 day weekend for the holiday. Really excited about that!!  Well let's get through this coming work week and then I can enjoy my four days off. :) 

Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Kimber/Canada, Eunice/Malta and Caroline/Scotland. 

Posted by Hanna at 03:29 PM in Food and Drink, NYC, Performances, Work Stories | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Fondue Weekend :)



PixlrAnd it's Monday again. And as it seems to be with every Monday the issues seem to already be piling up on my plate and I haven't even gotten to the office yet. I guess that's Monday for you. Guess I'll tackle them one by one and hopefully it can all be resolved smoothly. 

Nothing too eventful to report for last week I suppose. The weather on the weekend was pretty unstable, clouds, some rain, some weird fog, and super muggy. Saturday night I met up with my friend Jana and we had delicious fondue together. Both cheese and chocolate. Plus a bottle of rose. Very decadent and super rich but definitely a fun treat. :) Afterwards we went to see "Wonderwoman". We both had seen it previously but it was still fun to see again. 

Sunday Mike and I went to see "The Book of Henry" which was also a good movie. Had lunch afterwards and later on caught up on some TiVo shows. Was a nice and relaxed Sunday. Let's see what this week brings. 

My parents are now back from Croatia. Mike and I don't have any real trips planned for the summer together. We have a few overnight weekend stays and shows to liven things up at least though. Next weekend we have tickets to see "Kinky Boots" on Broadway. And in July we have our friend Megan and Jonathan's wedding in Mystic, CT and also a weekend in NYC. In August we have tickets to see "The Great Comet" again on Broadway, this time with Okieriete "Oak" Onaodowan (who used to star in Hamilton) as well as Ingrid Michaelson so that should be fun. :)

Well that's all the news here from my end for now I suppose. It's super muggy but there are supposed to be storms coming through later. We will see if that helps break the humidity. I really hope so.  

 Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Eunice/Malta and Caroline/Scotland. 

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Heatwave, Tony's and Father's Day



IMG_20170610_141729_531And like I say every week somehow another week has passed. I really don't know where the time goes sometimes. Already the middle of June. This IMG_20170611_181833_092past weekend we entered the beginning of a heatwave. In the 90ies (32+ C) until Tuesday. Saturday it was in the upper 80ies (29C) but at least not humid. We decided to take advantage of that and found a spot near the water in Stamford (Crab Shell). The restaurant was pretty neat and the food was yummy. I had delicious Cajun Catfish and Mike had a crab melt of sorts with tomato, bacon and cheddar cheese. We also shared a lobster bisque that was pretty good. Nice day to sit outside in the shade.

Saturday night we also met up with our friends John and Jana and ended up sitting outside till late at Prime Pub. The temperature was truly perfect after dark and it was a really nice night to sit outside. Doesn't happen too often when it's not too hot, too muggy or too cold.

Sunday it was even hotter so we decided to skip the outdoors and went to the movies to see "Wonderwoman". I had heard a lot of good things about the movie and was truly happy we went to see it. I am not usually a big fan of super hero or even action movies but every once in a while one comes along that I like. :) After the movies we went for lunch at Red Rooster Pub and later we watched the Tony's on TV. I was excited that "The Great Comet" had 12 nominations but they didn't win nearly as much as I would have liked. But of course it's cool just to be nominated and it was cool to see the shows' performance on live TV.  Sunday was also Father's Day in Austria (here in the US it's next week) so happy Father's Day to my dad. :)

Today is already Monday again. At least the office is air conditioned so I won't have to worry about the heat during the day. Sleeping during this heat is never fun for me. We do have fans blowing and it makes it somewhat bearable but I am looking forward to the temperatures dropping again on Wednesday. I like summer but I don't need it to be quite that hot. I am really not a big fan of extreme temperatures in general. Not a big fan of the super cold and snow either. haha. 

Letter/Mail Update: Letters are going out today to: Lotte/Denmark and Michelle/CA. Received letters from/owe replies to: Eunice/Malta and Caroline/Scotland. 

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Work Praise and wait it's already June .. how did we get here?



IMG_20170603_140848_103Made it through the week and the week actually ended on a very positive note with some nice praise. The company conducts post-move surveys to see how we are doing,  as well as help assess the work of our partner companies (movers, temporary housing, etc). It's always nice to get good scores but it's even nicer to receive some special comments that get recognized company-wide.

"And another super comment for another Hanna. She was “very prompt” and she responded on weekends. Super job all around Hanna!

 I had a lot of questions during our first few calls and Hanna had no problems answering all of them and making sure I had all the information I needed. Hanna was very prompt in response and also accommodating. I got replies on occasions I would not have expected (weekends). I wanted to relocate as soon as possible, and Hanna made sure that happened for me."

So there you have it. If you receive surveys from any companies you have dealt with, please do remember to take the time to fill them out. It can make someome's day. :) And potentially help them in their career. :)

Yesterday, Saturday, we went for a walk to get some outdoor time in which was nice. Then we had lunch at 121 in Oxford. 

Today, Sunday, we went to the movies to see "Paris Can Wait" An indie movie starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin, set in France. It sounded like such a promising concept but the movie was underwhelming to say the least.  Oh well. Can't win them all. :)

Well tomorrow is already Monday again.  Let's see how this week goes. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Michelle/CA, Eunice/Malta, Lotte/Denmark and Caroline/Scotland. 

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Monday, May 29, 2017

NYC & Memorial Day Weekend



IMG_20170527_181817_254Happy Memorial Day to everyone here in the US. :) I am off from work today and had a nice IMG_20170528_134134_005 3-day weekend. Can't complain. :) It's nice to actually have the holidays off at my new job. But being involved in an international company & industry we are still never a 100% off of course. I have people in other parts of the world who don't have Memorial Day off and where it's business as usual so there is a lot of prep work to be done and a close eye to be kept upon things. But it's still nice to have an extended weekend of course. :) 

Saturday we went down to NYC and spent the day in the city. Had lunch and saw "Waitress" on Broadway. Great musical and it was fun to see Sara Bareilles in it. Afterwards we stopped and had a light dinner and some drinks before taking the train back to CT. Definitely a fun day out.

Yesterday, Sunday, we took advantage of the fact that the weather was semi decent (pretty humid but not raining at least) and went for a 2 3/4 mile walk. We had explored the same trail earlier in the season when the trees were still bare. What a difference a few weeks can make. So green and lush now. Was nice to be outside for a while.

Today it's been raining on and off pretty much all day. So we have been taking it easy. Slept in and are now at the Red Rooster pub for lunch. Going to stop at the grocery store for a few things on our way home and then catch up on some TiVo. Should be a relaxing night. We will see what tomorrow brings at work. At least it will be a 4 day work week so that's something. :)

Well, that's all the news here from my end. Hope everyone in the US had a nice Memorial Day weekend. 

Letter/Mail Update: Letters went out on Friday to: Eloine, NY and Celia/MA.. Received letters from/owe replies to: Lotte/Denmark and Caroline/Scotland. 

Posted by Hanna at 03:29 PM in Food and Drink, Holidays, NYC, Performances | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fun with friends in NYC, a bridal shower and more



Pixlr (3)And already Sunday night again. I know I say that pretty much every week but I really never know how the week flies by so fast. And the weekend seems to be gone before I know it - pretty much every single week.

Well, let's recap last week. Monday I took the day off from work and went down to NYC to meet up with my friends Lena & Joseph. It was great seeing them after such a long time. Had a great day in NYC. Enjoyed a lovely brunch/lunch and walked a lot. Definitely got my exercise but you really don't notice in NYC. There is so much to see and look at plus if you are talking while walking you really don't realize how much you have walked. Fun day and the weather cooperated as well.

The middle of the week was super hot so all in all we lucked out with the weather. This weekend it's quite a bit cooler again. Some rain on the horizon for this coming week. Guess it doesn't matter too much if I am in the office anyway.

Yesterday, Saturday, I went to my friend Megan's bridal shower. We used to work together at my old job but have kept in touch. Don't see each other that often but it's always nice to catch up. Her wedding is in July in Mystic, CT. Always fun to spend some time in that area so definitely looking forward to that. 

I can't remember but I feel like I never mentioned meeting up with my friend/pen pal Mary a few weeks back. We met up the Thursday before I saw Lena & Joseph. First time I had met her face to face but we have known each other since around 2002. Used to pen pal back then when she lived in Alaska. Since then she has moved to WA state but was visiting friends and family on the East Coast. Was nice to meet up and hopefully we will get to do it again some time soon. 

Work is still busy. I think it's pretty much going to be like that until after the summer. Just need to hold on and do my best. :) Mike's figuring out things at his new job as well. Any new job can be a bit daunting and stressful but just need to be patient and hang in there. RIght? 

Letter/Mail Update: A letter went out on Tuesday to: Michelle/CA. Received letters from/owe replies to: Lotte/Denmark, Celia/MA, Eloine/NY and Caroline/Scotland. 

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