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. 

Posted by Hanna at 06:47 PM in Family, Food and Drink, Weather | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

Posted by Hanna at 04:00 PM in Food and Drink, Holidays, NYC, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

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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