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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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Daylight Savings, Pizza, snow on the horizon

PixlrHappy Daylight Savings Time to everyone here in the US (well except AZ) Ugh. I am really not a fan of the springing ahead and losing an hour. And it being dark again in the morning when I have to get up. It's worse that we do this even earlier now than the rest of the world. That's a fun Bush legacy.  Ugh. 

On a more fun note. We went to check out "Colony Grill" in Fairfield today. Been meaning to for ages and finally got around to it. Delicious pizza!! Super thin crust and just really good.  It's pretty much a bar with pizza. No other food. Full bar, beer, some wine. But such amazing pizza. Yum!

Been busy at work as I started covering for a co-worker on Friday who is on vacation. Definitely have my work cut out for me but powering through. :) Always good to learn new things and figure out how to handle different scenarios. Never a dull moment. :) 

There is a bunch of snow (possibly a foot and a half .. 1/2 meter) of snow in our forecast for Tuesday. Ugh. I am ready for spring. We even had some really nice weather in February, not normal winter weather at all, but now it's turning back to actual winter weather instead of spring. Ugh. I am not ready for it at all. 

Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe a reply to: Laura/Spain and Lotte/Denmark. 

Posted by Hanna at 04:43 PM in Food and Drink, Weather | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Panic at the Disco and more

PixlrAnd it's already Sunday afternoon again. How does that happen? Had a relaxed and quiet weekend overall so I can't complain too much. Sipping a delicious Peach Bellini right now and savoring what's left of my Sunday.

Wednesday I had lunch with my friend Sharon which was great as it's been a little while since I have seen her. It was great to meet up and catch up a bit. 

Thursday we went down to NYC after work to see "Panic at the Disco" at Madison Square Garden. They really put on an amazing show. His voice is crazy. He can reach such high notes and still stay in tune. It's pretty impressive. Lots of screaming teenage girls (I guess I am getting old - lol) but it was still a lot of fun. Here are some clips if you are interested (both originals and covers) 

Don't threaten me with a good time

Nine in the Afternoon

I Write Sins Not Tragedies

L.A. Devotee

Bohemian Rhapsody

Movin Out

Let's see what next week brings at work. I will have to prepare for vacation coverage as the week after one of my co-workers will be out for a week.  That will be the first time covering for someone else for a whole week. I have done it for a day or two but not for an entire week. Well fingers crossed everything goes well. :)

Also just booked a hotel in Mystic, CT for one night in July. Our friends Megan and Jonathan are getting married at Mystic Seaport so that should be fun. 

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

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Oscar Sunday, Weather Temp Swings and more

PixlrHappy Oscar Sunday :) Going to be watching the Oscars in a little while. Right now we are at Red Rooster pub. Went for lunch and some drinks. Had a yummy omelette and delicious peach bellinis. Yum! :)

Yesterday the weather was warm so we went for a walk in Cheshire followed by lunch in Oxford. The weather warmed up quite a bit Thursday and Friday (close to 70F/20C) So crazy. Definitely not normal for February. Today it is much cooler again and much more normal for the time of year.  But it was amazing to have warm spring like weather for a few days. So nice!

Mike was in L.A Monday to Thursday. It was nice to spend some time by myself,  writing letters, reading and watching movies. But it's nice to have him back.  Especially sleeping by myself and waking up alone didn't feel quite right.  So it's nice to have him back. 

But I am glad he got to meet up with our Australian friend Nicki. Wish I could have gone out to CA too but everything worked out for the best so it's good. And I am glad he had a fun few days away before diving back into the job search. 

Let's see way next week brings for me at work. We just booked a 2-night getaway to Burlington, VT over Easter weekend. Can't wait!! 

Letter/Mail Update: Mailed letters on Thursday to: Eloine/NY, Bianca/Germany and Tiffany/OK.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Valentine's, Birthday Weekend for Mike, Broadway and more

PixlrAnother busy week has come to an end. Already Sunday afternoon again, how does that happen? 

Had a good but definitely busy week. Tuesday was Valentine's Day. I had to work till 6 but after I got out we made our way over to Red Rooster in Newtown. First time I had been there but I really liked the place. It was busy but we lucked out and managed to get a seat at the bar. Yummy thin crust pizza.

Yesterday was Mike's birthday and we headed down to NYC to see "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway. Been wanting to see it for ages, it's been on Broadway since 2011 I think.  It was definitely worth the wait and really funny.  Had lunch at "The Perfect Pint" prior to the show and afterwards we went to dinner at Ibiza back in CT - yummy tapas. 

Today we slept in and then stopped at my office for a min. Wanted to hang up a couple of things I got for my cubicle. Afterwards we headed to 121 in Oxford for lunch. Relaxing and drinking some delicious rose from Provence now.

Let's see what next week brings at work. Mike is actually off to CA for 3 nights starting tomorrow. Our Australian friend Nicki will be in L.A. so he will meet up with her. I would have loved to have been able to go but with my new job and saving up vacation time it is really not a good time. Oh well. At least the weather has turned almost spring like here in CT at the moment too. Can't complain too much.  :) 

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter/owe a reply to: Eloine/NY, Bianca/Germany and Tiffany/OK.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Snow, Grammy's, work etc

Pixlr (2)Made it through the first full week at work after the training. It's a bit weird having an actual caseload and files of my own. I know I am being eased into this but it's definitely still a bit overwhelming at first and an adjustment period. I helps that I truly enjoy the field and the company overall. I am a perfectionist at heart though so not knowing everything and having all the answers can be a struggle for me. I had been at my old job for 14 years so I had encountered most questions and scenarios and nothing all that new or different could really be thrown at me. This is a different and new experience and I just need to be patient with myself, which isn't always my strong suit. Well, next week is a new week so we will see how it goes.

Thursday we had the first big snow storm of the season (we have had smaller storms but nothing too significant), dumping about 14 inches of snow on us. I was lucky that I was able to work from home and didn't have to venture out. Definitely a plus. 

Had some more snow over the weekend but hopefully everything should be ok for the morning so I can get into work without an issue. Ugh, I am so over winter. I really am. 

Had a relaxing weekend and slept in both days which was really nice. Yesterday we went for lunch at 121 in Oxford and today we met up with friends at Square 1 for lunch. Then caught up on a few shows we had on TiVo and are now watching the Grammy's. Nice relaxing night. 

Let's see what next week brings. I should be meeting a friend for lunch on Tuesday. Tuesday is also Valentine's Day. I have to close that day (work till 6) so not sure what we are doing yet for dinner. Friday, Feb. 10, was our wedding anniversary (16 years - so crazy!!) and we had a nice dinner at Rizzuto's. Next weekend on Saturday (Feb 18) we are going to see "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway for Mike's birthday. Should be a lot of fun. 

 Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter/owe a reply to: Bianca/Germany and Tiffany/OK.

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Sunday, February 05, 2017

Back in CT and regular day to day life

IMG_20170203_232035_657Arrived back at JFK on Wednesday night. The rest of the stay in Pittsburgh went fine. Sunday we had breakfast at a close by diner. Sharon and Susanna got their nails done and did some shopping while I spent some time at Starbucks drinking Earl Grey and reading.  

Monday to Wednesday was new hire orientation which went by pretty quickly.  We left the office around 2.30pm ob Wednesday to head to the airport. 

Thursday and Friday went fine.  It's a bit weird being back at the office again.  I was assigned one own file as well but haven't had any real work on it yet. Guess that will be next week's project. 

Friday night I took the train down to NYC and met up with my friend Jana.  Went to see "The Great Comet of 1812". I had already seen it back in October when it was in previews but it was a lot of fun to go back and see it again with my friend. 

Oh and in other good news I passed the test we had to take during our training with a 97, 1% higher than the previous highest score in our office. So that's pretty cool.  

Well, we will see how next week goes, assuming I end up having actual files of my own to work on. I will update when I know more. 

Letter/Mail Update: Letters went out last week to: Celia/MA and Carmen/Malta. Will be mailing a letter tomorrow to: Eloise/NY. Received a letter/owe a reply to: Bianca/Germany and Tiffany/OK.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pittsburgh Update

IMG_20170128_130201_896Hello from Pittsburgh. :) Already a week gone by more or less. I got here last week on IMG_20170128_152434_540Sunday and it's Saturday evening now. The week went by pretty quick as we kept busy all week during our training. A lot of it was presented by my manager but there were also a bunch of guest speakers and presenters from different departments, talking about their functions and importance.

It was an interesting week and definitely a lot to take in. We had training from 8pm to 5pm every day except for Friday where we had our test in the afternoon. Fingers crossed for the results. I am pretty confident that I passed (we only need a 70 to pass) but really I am hoping for a good score. I probably won't find out for two weeks until all the tests have been reviewed and graded. I will update once I know more. 

We have been trying out different restaurants each night as our hotel (the Hyatt Place on Campbells Run Rd) is very close to a bunch of restaurants, a mall and various stores. So far we went to Cadillac Ranch, Bahama Breeze, Longhorn Steak House, Burgatory, The Downey House and Sada Sushi & Hibachi.

Today we ventured into downtown Pittsburgh and went to the Andy Warhol Museum which was really cool. Hadn't been there before so I was glad to be able to check it out. Definitely worth a visit. Afterwards we had lunch at a brewpub across the street from PNC Ballpark. And eventually made our way over to the incline so we could take some pictures of the views from Mount Washington. The weather was a bit dreary and gloomy and also pretty windy/chilly (but I guess it is January so what do you want?) but the views were still nice overall. Took an Uber back to the hotel and been relaxing for a bit. Wrote a letter, read a few chapters. At 6.30 we are going to meet up again for dinner downstairs. Getting hungry again so I am definitely looking forward to that.

Not sure what we are doing tomorrow, Sunday, yet. I guess we will figure it out and talk about it later. Plenty of museums, malls/shops and other stuff around here to keep us busy I suppose. Then on Monday we start our new hire orientation until Wednesday, which is the day we fly back on. I am sure the next few days will fly by pretty fast as this first week went by pretty quickly as well. Missing Mike and the cats but not too long until I am back now.

Letter/Mail Update: Letters have gone out to: Celia/MA and Carmen/Malta. Received a letter/owe a reply to: Kimber/Canada and Tiffany/OK.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

President Trump ?!@%$?!

IMG_20170121_154921_129I think I have been in denial ever since election day, hoping, praying and wishing that somehow by some miracle yesterday wouldn't come and something would happen that would cause a different outcome. Of course that didn't happen and I guess logically I knew that it wouldn't.  

So somehow we now live in a world where Donald Trump is the current president of the United States. I can't even say that out loud with a straight face. I really can't.  How did we get here? How did this happen?

It doesn't seem to matter what crazy things he says or does, his core supporters still support him. It's insanity. Mind boggling insanity.

Not even a day passed, mere hours after his inauguration, the White House website removed all pages on climate change, health care, civil, LGBTQ and Native American rights. Seriously? I feel like we are in for a rough ride. And this is coming from a white middle class person. I am however also female and an immigrant so while I don't feel crazy threatened I can definitely understand the concerns and fears of many people in this country.  

I really want to believe that I am wrong. I want to be hopeful and I want to think "Well maybe he will still surprise us all" but I am just having a really hard time believing that.

The only thing that gives me hope right now is seeing all the news coverage about the Women's March on Washington and all the other marches across the country and the globe. Maybe somehow this divided country can come together and by bonding together and fighting for women's and human rights in general, continuing to stay strong and fight for what's right,  something good will come out of this whole mess in the end.  Let's see how it does. 

In other news I am heading to Pittsburgh for training for work for 10 days tomorrow. Will update when I have time.  :)

Letter/Mail Update: Received a letter/owe a reply to: Carmen/Malta, Kimber/Canada and Celia/MA.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Klimt Exhibit, NYC Sunday

IMG_20170115_130748_110And another week gone by again already. Only one week until I go to Pittsburgh for training. 

Had a good week at work. Nothing too eventful to report I suppose. Yesterday I had my yearly check up at the OB/GYN. So that's done for another year as well. 

Also went to the movies yesterday to see "Live by Night", Ben Affleck's new movie. I usually like him but the movie was only meh at best.  It wasn't terrible by any means but also not amazing.  I expected something better I supoose. Oh well. 

Today we went down to NYC to see the Klimt exhibit at the Neue Gallerie (upper East Side, pretty close to the Guggenheim museum). The museum is neat and modeled after Viennese art galleries, filled completely with Austrian and German art. The special Klimt exibit ends tomorrow so I am glad we managed to see it. It must be pretty popular as there was a line to get in when the museum opened at 11am. 

After the museum we went to the Third Ave Ale House where we are now. Had a yummy lunch and just hanging out for a bit now before heading back to CT in a little while.  

Then tomorrow it's Monday and back to work. One more week before heading to Pittsburgh next Sunday. Going to be there for 10 days for training.  

Letter/Mail Update: A letter went out on Wednesday to: Lotte/Denmark. Received letters/owe a reply to: Carmen/Malta, Kimber/Canada and Celia/MA.

Posted by Hanna at 02:10 PM in Austria , Food and Drink, NYC | Permalink | Comments (0)