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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Monday, May 15, 2017

Eurovision, Mother's Day and more



IMG_20170514_124436_202And somehow it's Monday already again. How does that always happen so fast? Time is really just flying it feels like. Well the good news is that I am off from work today. Took the day off to meet up with my friend Lena and her husband Joseph who are here visiting from Australia. I will write more about that in a separate post. For now lets' try and recap last week. :)

Well let's see. I guess it was another busy week. I am trying to catch up with work and all the craziness. It's not easy as summer is our busy season and I am just getting used to everything. So it's a work in progress so to speak. But that's ok. I do enjoy the job even though it is driving me nuts at certain times. I guess that's normal though with any job right? 

Mike made it through his first week at his new job and like with any new job it can be a bit overwhelming. So that's a work in progress of sorts as well. He is taking over for someone who is leaving and the person he is taking over for was only able to provide one week of training. Guess he will figure things out and ultimately it will all work out. I know he can do it. I do understand that it's going to be a bit stressful and busy in the meantime though. Guess we have a busy summer ahead the two of us. :)

Last weekend we slept in both days and took it easy mostly. Saturday I watched the Eurovision Song Contest online which was pretty entertaining. It's one of those things where you have to have grown up with it to fully understand the madness behind it. haha. It was fun to watch. Not sure if Portugal's song was really my favorite song but then it really isn't about the songs most of the time is it? 

Sunday was Mother's Day (love you mom) and we took it easy again. Just went for lunch and then to the grocery store to stock on some items. Then caught up on a bunch of our TiVo shows. Nice and relaxing night. And now it's Monday morning again. Looking forward to a day in the city. Let's see what the weather brings. Right now it's still a bit cool and wet out there but I think the sun is supposed to come out. We will see how it goes. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Celia/MA, Michelle/CA, Eloine/NY and Caroline/Scotland. 

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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Cinco de Mayo, work stuff & Lularoe



PixlrWell let's start with the best news. Mike has a new job. :) He starts tomorrow, Monday. I haven't written too much on here about it but basically he was laid off from the same company as me (we worked together for the last 14ish years) last summer. Since then he's done stuff on and off here and there and has explored some opportunities. But nothing had quite come through until this latest opportunity. 

He is going to be working for a real estate management company doing a little bit of everything. It's super close to home (5 min drive) and he also works with 2 other people from our former company who also have jobs there now. So it sounds like a win-win. Fingers crossed. :)

 For me work is still busy. Pretty much going to be like this for the summer. Just trying to buckle in and go along for the ride. Let's see if I can survive my first summer in relocation. :)

Today I am meeting up with some people from work. There is a Lularoe and Arbonne party. I am not in the loop with all the cool kids stuff so I am not quite sure what to expect but that's ok. There will be food and wine so hey it's all good. :) 

For Cinco de Mayo we were at Rizzuto's which yes is an Italian restaurant but they have delicious themed specials usually and didn't disappoint this year either. Yum. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Celia/MA, Michelle/CA, Eloine/NY and Caroline/Scotland. 

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Converse Outlet + Work



PixlrAnd now it's Tuesday at 9pm. I am alive I promise. It's just been really crazy at work.

To make a long story relatively short last week on Thursday we were told that one of our team members was no longer employed by the company. The full impact of that didn't really hit me until a little later in the day. All the active files were transitioned to other employees. I received a good amount of them as well. Still being new it takes me a little longer than a more seasoned employee to do everything.  And the "fun" part about transition files can be that you never quite know what you are going to get since you weren't the one who initiated everything.  

We didn't do a lot over the weekend. Saturday Mike had a job interview in the morning so I checked on some of my files and dealt with some backed up work to try and catch up. Then we went to lunch at 121 in Oxford afterwards.

On Sunday we went to the Woodbury Commons Outlets. I had wanted to buy some new Converse and they have an outlet store there. Not usually a big outlet person but I do love Converse. Had lunch at Hurricane's Bar&Grill in Newburgh after.

Now it's Tuesday night and I am not even sure how we got here. We also had a problem with our systems going down (power outage in our main office) so that didn't help. Also covering for someone out so yeah none of that has helped with catching up.

Well, let's see what the rest of the week brings. 

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

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

April Showers, Bailey and more



Pixlr_resizedAnd somehow it's Sunday again. Not even sure how that happened. The week was a pretty busy one. I guess this is the starting point of our summer season where it all starts to ramp up so it's the beginning point of the craziness. There is definitely "crazy" in the air. But it's a good feeling knowing that everyone at work is very supportive and everyone pulls together to power through. It seems like getting through your "first summer in relocation" is some sort of rite of passage so we will see how it works out. Fingers crossed. :) 

Switching gears for a moment, I realized I never wrote about our cat Bailey. Her blood tests came back and nothing too crazy was in them thankfully. She had elevated white blood cells so she had to have 2 shots of penicillin (one was two weeks ago, next this coming week) and hopefully that should kill whatever infection she was harboring. Other than hat she seems to be ok for right now. Fingers crossed it stays that way. 

Not too much else going on. Had a pretty low key weekend. Saturday we slept in late (which felt glorious) and then had lunch at 121 in Oxford. Today we went to see the movie "Gifted" (really enjoyed it, somewhat predictable but still really cute) and then had lunch. Now we are home and going to catch up on some TIVO'd shows while enjoying some cheese and crackers and wine. Should be a nice low key evening. 

Tomorrow it's back to work and real life. But for tonight I will enjoy being low key. Lots of events coming up in the near future. My friend Lena and her husband Joseph are coming to visit from Australia in May so I will try and take a day off to spend with them in NYC. That should be fun. Also have my friend Megan's bridal shower and wedding coming up. As well as a get together of some work people not too soon in the future. Let's see what else? Oh yeah, Eurovision is in May too so I will most likely hang out at home and watch that too. Wish I had some friends who are into that here but I guess I will enjoy watching it by myself as well. 

Alright that's all for now. Will update more again next week. Really happy that spring has finally sprung here in the Northeast and some of the trees are blooming and sprouting leaves. I know Mike's dealing with seasonal allergies so I feel sort of bad about that but I am still happy that it's finally spring. :) The weather has been typical April weather. Showers, sun and sometimes both in one day. :)

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

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Vermont Easter Weekend

IMG_20170415_093757_559 IMG_20170415_152328_998 IMG_20170416_123426_177A little behind with my updating but here's a quick recap from our weekend in Vermont over Easter. :) 

Went into work at 7am on Good Friday so I was able to leave at 11am (only 1/2 day for us) Once I was out of work we drove up to Vermont. About a 4 1/2 hour drive. We were slowed down by some construction work so I think it took us about 5 hours but still not too terrible. 

Once we made it to Burlington we checked in at our hotel. We had booked a neat boutique hotel in South Burlington (Green Mountain Suites Hotel) Our room had a cozy fireplace and a nice layout overall. After freshening up a bit we went to check out a store called 'Wine and Cheese Traders". Really neat store. Vermont definitely seems to be all about the cheese. Not a bad thing in my eyes. :)

Afterwards we headed into downtown Burlington. Walked around for a bit and ended up having dinner at the Vermont Pub & Brewery. Pretty neat place. Then on Saturday we headed out of the city to go wine tasting. It turned out to be a really nice day even if it didn't start off that way initially. On our way up from CT the day before we had gotten a tire pressure warning in the car. We checked on the tires but they didn't seem to have any real issues. The next day we put some air into the front tire and that made the warning go away (well for a bit anyway) Once we got to the first winery we checked the tire again and by that point it had really gotten low so clearly something was off. At that point it was Saturday mid morning on Easter weekend. We called around and luckily found a tire repair shop some miles away. And by some miracle we managed to limp to that place without getting stranded on the side of the road. They couldn't fix the tire (there was a screw in it) but they had a compatible tire at least. Fixed us up and we were on our way to continue the wine tasting for real this time. Stopped at two wineries and were able to sit outside, enjoy a cheese platter & drink some wine. Very enjoyable way to spend the day. 

Once we got back into Burlington we had dinner at Citizen Cider. Neat to be able to taste various ciders while also having yummy food. And well Sunday it was already time to head back. We had breakfast and stopped at the Ben & Jerry's Factory on the way home which was fun. Got to taste some ice cream and break up the drive home a bit. Yesterday, Monday, it was back to work. Lots of Europe had Monday off for Easter Monday so my communication with any European offices was slowed down quite a bit. We will see what today and the rest of the week brings. The weather is very up and down in typical April fashion. Can't complain too much I guess.  

Letter/Mail Update:Letters went out yesterday to: Bianca/Germany, Eloine/NY, Nina/WA and Eunice/Malta. 

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Monday, April 10, 2017

More nice weather - finally recovered from the stomach bug

IMG_20170409_115534_457And iIMG_20170409_122256_859t's Monday again. No idea how the weekend went by that fast but I guess it always happens that way. I am just glad that I am finally feeling better. This stomach bug/virus thing I caught last weekend turned out to be a really nasty little bug. I thought I was feeling somewhat better by Tue/Wed but then it came back with a vengeance and made me feel crappy again for Thursday and Friday. I finally recovered by Saturday so at least got to enjoy the weekend this time around. Really glad that seems to finally be over and done with now - ugh, just horrible. 

Well let's see what this week brings. This past weekend we had a vet appointment with Bailey (our newest cat). She's such a little thing. It was her 3 month check-up after her surgery (getting the mammary tumor removed) so they wanted to do blood work to check on a few things. But because she is such a little cat and has very low blood pressure they couldn't get any blood from her paws so they had to sedate her to get some from near her neck. She ended up staying at the vet for a few hours, just to make sure she was doing ok. Should get the blood test results today - fingers crossed everything comes back fine. We shall see. 

Another busy week at work ahead. Summer is our really busy season and I am not sure how that will go just yet. I guess we will see. Will just hold on, buckle in and go along for the ride. All I can do really. :) This week on Friday I have a 1/2 day for Good Friday which is nice. We are heading up to Burlington, VT for 2 nights for Fr and Sat so I am looking forward to that. It's not a super long trip but it will be nice to be away for a bit. A change of scenery is always nice.

I guess that's about all the news here from my end for now. Going to get ready and head to work in a few. At least it's a nice sunny day today. I am still waking up and not quite ready to face the day but it being nice and sunny out definitely helps. Last week we had a couple super dreary, cold and rainy days where it was dark all day. That was just super depressing and not motivating whatsoever. Combined with the fact that I wasn't feeling great due to the stomach bug .... yeah ... this is definitely much nicer. I think tomorrow it's supposed to be even warmer. Maybe I'll bring my book and read outside during lunch. :) 

Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe a reply to: Bianca/Germany, Eloine/NY, Nina/WA and Eunice/Malta. 

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Monday, April 03, 2017

Beauty and the Beast, Stomach Bug, some nice weather and more

Instaweather_20170402_171751Finally saw "Beauty and the Beast" last Saturday. We saw it at the 10am showing and the theater was still packed. When we tried to see it on opening weekend it was sold out. So yeah the movie is definitely doing well. I am glad we saw it and I liked it. The weather was pretty crappy on Saturday so it was a good movie day too.

Over the weekend I caught some sort of stomach bug/virus. Really annoying. Ended up with chills and a fever, stomach cramps. running to the bathroom, all that fun stuff. It's slightly better today so that's something at least. I was able to work from home today so that was helpful. Thank god for understanding people at work. :) Also had a check-up follow-up appointment at the dentist today and everything seems to be healing ok. I have a consult for braces scheduled for the 19th so we will see what that brings once it gets there.

Sunday despite fighting my stomach bug I decided that we needed to take advantage of the nicer weather. Just been going stir crazy so it was nice to get out and go for a walk. Probably walked for a bit over 4 miles checking out the Still River Greenway Trail. Nice to find another paved trail that's good for rainy/muddy spring weather where everything else is difficult to manage.

Other than that not too much has been going on. Work's been busy but I know it's only the beginning as our busy season is the summer so I am sure I haven't even begun to see the real craziness yet. I guess will get there soon enough. :)

Oh in fun news. I booked my flights to Europe for September. Heading to Croatia to meet my parents there on their vacation and then spending a few days in Austria before flying back to the US. By the time September rolls around it will have been a year and a half since I last went to Europe. Crazy how time flies.

Well, going to rest and read some more before calling it a night. Been trying to rest up in an effort to rid myself of this stomach bug. Our little cat Bailey also has some sort of bug (unrelated I assume but I understand how she feels) She was puking yesterday. She's over that today and seems happier but just lethargic. Hopefully she's back to her old self tomorrow. If not we will need to call the vet to get her looked at but hopefully she bounces back ok.    

Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe a reply to: Bianca/Germany, Eloine/NY, Nina/WA and Eunice/Malta. 

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Rainy, dreary March

PixlrWhat a dreary gloomy day today. It was one of those mornings where I would have loved to just stay in bed. It was really dark most of the day. Ugh.

Yesterday my dad told me that he was planning their vacation for September. They are going to be heading back to Croatia. Fingers crossed that I can manage to take some time off and join them. I will try and figure that out over the next week or so. Will try and request time off. By September I should have enough vacation time accrued to make it work. Fingers crossed.

In less fun news my tooth saga continues. Had 3 appointments Monday and Tuesday last week. On Tuesday I had the tooth pulled. It really is startling having a big gap right in the front. Luckily they fitted me with the flipper the same day and it looks pretty decent. I need to stay away from spicy or crunchy foods for a week. Only bland and soft foods. We are close to the 1 week mark now and I think things are healing up ok. Eating with the flipper is still somewhat of a challenge but it's getting better. Talking is a bit weird still too but not awful. 

I have a check up appointment next week on Monday (week from today) and also need to make an appointment with the orthodonist for a consult on braces. Ugh. 

The weekend was quiet and uneventful. Just wish it wasn't Monday already again. Lets see what this week brings. 

Letter/Mail Update: Letters went out last Friday to: Eloine/NY and Lotte/Denmark. Received letters from/owe a reply to: Nina/WA and Eunice/Malta. 

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Snow, work and a broken tooth

PixlrSurvived the blizzard on Tuesday. I guess at the end of the day it's just snow. Never any fun though. We got about 14 inches of snow in the end. It was super heavy through so no fun to shovel at all. Our landlord plows our parking lot in the back of the house but we are still responsible for the stairs, walkways and the sidewalk. Plus digging the car out after he plows since it is then plowed in. I was able to work from home which is definitely helpful. 

The work was a busy one as I covered for one of my co-workers who was on vacation. But I made it through the week and managed to get things done. So that's good. 

The not so fun thing happened towards the end of the week. Thursday night I ordered a corned beef sandwich. I ate a few bites and then I heard "crack". I have a front tooth which I have had trouble with. Had a root canal on it last May. Been shaky ever since. So I got a dentist appt at 11 yesterday (Saturday) and the tooth is fractured at the gumline. It was so loose it almost came out when they did the xray. They bonded it for the weekend so I don't have a gap.

I have another appointment tomorrow (Monday) at 3pm. They are making me a "flipper" which is basically a thing that you put in so it looks like you have a tooth there. Ultimately I need an implant. Ugh. But I probably have to get braces first cause of the way my teeth are and my bite etc. Tuesday I probably have an appt with the oral surgeon. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. So yeah that's been my "fun" for the last few days.

Letter/Mail Update: Letters will be going out tomorrow to: Laura/Spain and Celia/MA. Received letters from/owe a reply to: Eloine/NY and Lotte/Denmark. 

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