Thursday, July 18, 2024

Still hot .. is it cooling down soon?












FB_IMG_1569408742886Yup just kind of over it - it's still hot. Was better today than the past days/week but still hot. Tonight it is supposed to go down to 60F (15C) which should be nice but the caveat to that is that it won't get to 60 until about 6am and not below 70 (21C) until after midnight. Ugh. I am over this summer. I know, I know, ask me again in February and I will be complaining about the cold, ice and snow. But still, ugh.

Other than that not all that much new. Work has been busy, mainly just catching up from the long 4th of July weekend plus people out on vacation, sick, etc. Dealing with coverage and trying to help people stay afloat to make sure nothing too much falls through the cracks. It's always a bit of a balancing act really.

But yeah, really not a whole lot else new. Last weekend we went to see "Fly Me to the Moon" in the theater which was a good movie. Entertaining and funny and just all around a fun watch. Been reading quite a bit and just trying to stay cool or at least not overheat too much. Been going through La Croix water like it's going out of style. Happy to say I found it for a decent price at Target so that made me happy. And Stop n Shop had Ben & Jerry's ice cream on sale for a great price so we got 3 pints of that. Doing all I can to stay cool. :)

No big plans for the upcoming weekend either. I think the weather is supposed to be less hot and less humid but god knows. I believe when I see it sort of thing is where I am at with that at the moment. But I guess we'll see.

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Celia/Tucson, AZ and Kimber/Canada.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2024

Hot, muggy, humid ... UGHHHH











SnoopyVery much over this current weather but it does not look like there is an end in sight ... ughhhhh.

I know, I know. Ask me again in the dead of winter and I will tell you that I am craving summer and hot weather. And yes at least you don't have to worry about shoveling heat or falling, slipping or sliding. But I am still over it. I hate this heat especially combined with the crazy humidity. It's been ongoing for days and does not look like it's going to let up any time soon either.

It's especially bad at night when I am just tossing and turning and can't get any sleep. We are probably one of the very few people here in this area who don't have AC at home. And normally I really don't mind, I didn't grow up with AC, not something that is very common in Austria. We have a bunch of fans, stand up ones, ceiling as well as window fans. And normally that works perfectly fine. But with this crazy heat and humidity it is just relentless. If this is the kind of summers we will be having going forward we may need to re-think the no AC thing.

Anyway besides complaining about the heat/humidity not really too much going on. Friday I spent the day at home binge watching Bridgerton. The weekend was pretty quiet too.

Well besides the fact that on Sunday we ended up with a flat tire while out. Were on a road with nowhere to pull over either which was not fun. At the last minute we came upon an area to pull over thankfully and had road assistance come out to put on the spare tire. The tire doesn't look like it's repairable which is annoying. So dealing with that and seeing if it's possibly still under warranty. It's always something isn't it?

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Celia/Tucson, AZ and Kimber/Canada.

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Thursday, July 04, 2024

Happy 4th!










Pixlr_20240704131342395Happy Independence Day! Of course time if flying again and last week and the beginning of this week was just a bit of a blur at work leading up to the holiday. Our US offices at my company are closed today and tomorrow so we have a long holiday weekend which is nice. Getting prepared for it is always a lot of hectic craziness though. But we made it, as we always do, one way or another.

The weather has been so-so. We had some nice, a bit cooler and much less humid days but now it's quite a bit more humid and hotter again. Supposed to rain later, maybe it will help and cool things down a bit, but not sure.

Didn't really have any big plans last weekend and nothing too much planned for this holiday weekend either. Today we went to TKs and had some wings & nachos. And later are going to watch some stuff on Netflix probably. Yesterday we watched the new Beverly Hills Cop movie that just released on Netflix. Was a fun enough watch, especially if you are a fan and have a bit of nostalgia towards the original movies.

Tomorrow I am just going to hang out at home and binge watch the new Bridgerton season. And if I have more time I'll start the latest Virgin River season. We had cancelled Netflix for a while so just catching up on some of the stuff I missed.

Other than that really not too much going on. Hard to believe we are already in July. In my mind it's still April or May. But that always seems to happen to me.

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Celia/Tucson, AZ and Kimber/Canada.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Heatwave, Wedding Weekend etc.

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Hello almost July. Yup, time's flying. Survived last week's heatwave and ugh god it was so brutal. Disgustingly hot and humid with temps in the 90ies (mid 30ies C) Just awful. The heat finally broke Monday but today it's hot again and tomorrow isn't supposed to be great either but then it goes back down again on Wednesday so at least not as long of a period this time.

So yeah with the heat it felt like a long week last week.

Sunday we had a wedding (bartender friend of ours) to attend and sitting outside for the ceremony a bit after 4pm was just brutally hot and humid as well. Glad when we were able to go inside to enjoy the reception. Had a good time though and didn't get home till after midnight (the venue was about 30 min away from where we live) Nice to spend some time just hanging out and celebrating the happy couple.

Yesterday, Monday, was a bit of a drag but made it through the day. And well here we are Tuesday already again. Next week is already the 4th of July holiday so this week at work is of course extra busy. Otherwise not too much else to report. Just hope I'll make it through the summer without melting. ;)

Thursday this week I have a dentist appointment but yeah other than that nothing too much going on.

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Celia/Tucson, AZ and Kimber/Canada.

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Monday, June 17, 2024

Upcoming Heatwave








FB_IMG_1553553319733Happy Monday. Already mid way through June. I really don't know where the time goes. In my mind it's still early spring and here we are heading into our first crazy heat wave of the season. Ugh. Not really looking forward to it.

Other than that not too much new to report I suppose. Last week kind of dragged, partly with work just being extra busy and also being somewhat under the weather. I think I caught something while in Salt Lake just before leaving and ended up super congested which turned into an annoying cough. A week later I am finally feeling somewhat more normal and with it again.

The weekend was super nice with weather in the mid 70ies F (25C) Sunny, breezy and just pleasant. Saturday we decided to head to Broken Symmetry and sat outside for a while just enjoying the pleasant weather. Sunday was another nice day filled with a few errands and brunch.

Also watched "Anatomy of a Fall" on DVD that we borrowed from the library. And read more of my book, the latest one in the Applemore Bay series by Rachel Lucas. Fun, lighthearted read.

Now we are two weeks away from the 4th of July which is always a busy time period at work as well. My company decided to give us the 5th off as well since the 4th falls on a Thursday so that's something to look forward to.

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Celia/Tucson, AZ and Kimber/Canada.

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Monday, June 10, 2024

Salt Lake City Recap








IMG_20240608_134129_541And it's Monday already again and our time away of course flew by but that's how it usually goes. IMG_20240605_204734_778

We had a crazy early flight out of Newark on Wednesday which meant getting up at 3am but at least traffic wasn't terrible that early and we got to the airport ok and from the off airport parking place (Snap Parking) to the terminal quickly. The security line was super long but all in all everything went pretty smoothly and we arrived in Salt Lake City around 10.30am I think. Had to wait for our rental car a little bit but after that were able to head to the hotel. The room wasn't ready yet but at least were able to familiarize ourselves with the location, got changed and then headed out to downtown.

Had lunch at Red Rock Brewery and then ventured out to wander around downtown. Checked out Temple Square as well as the Capital Building. Nice mountain views from the Capitol. After a while the heat combined the elevation was starting to get to us a bit though. Kind of a weird feeling. So eventually stopped at a mall to chill in the AC for a bit before heading back to the car.

Back at the hotel we checked out the rooftop bar and hung out for a bit before calling it a night. Definitely the most unique hotel we ever stayed at but great location and super friendly people.

Thursday we headed to the Valley Fair Mall to have lunch at In & Out Burger. So delicious. Afterwards went back to the hotel to get changed for the wedding and had a couple drinks at Fisher Brewery before heading out to the venue. After the ceremony and reception we eventually headed back downtown and stopped at Slackwater before heading back to the hotel.

Friday was a long day spent mostly on sightseeing. In the morning we headed to Antelope Island State Park, exploring the park for a while. Saw some bison up close which was pretty cool. And also did some hiking out to the salt flats which was pretty strenuous but worth it/super cool. When we were done there we made our way across the Guardsman Pass on a windy mountain road across to Park City. Got all the way up to the snow line right next to the road, pretty neat. And explored Park City when we got there. Neat Main Street with a lot of shops, restaurants and galleries. Lots of stuff to look at. Had a late lunch at Top of Main Brewpub before eventually heading back to Salt Lake. That night was Friday night and the hotel bar got a bit more lively ending with a drag show. Definitely a first for us but was a lot of fun.

Saturday we checked out of the hotel and headed downtown to meet Veronica & Chrissy (our friends who got married) for lunch. Met at Squatter's Pub and walked around a little after lunch. Mike and I headed to Fishers for a bit before eventually making our way to the airport for our evening red eye flight. Returned the car and settled into an airport pub only to discover our flight to be delayed and delayed some more and then some more to the point where we would have missed our connection in Denver (even though we had a 3 hour connection) Luckily the delay ended up being due to a mechanical issue with our plane so United paid for a hotel for us at the airport in Salt Lake along with $60 in meal vouchers. So long story short we didn't actually go anywhere on Saturday besides taking the airport shuttle to the hotel and then back to the airport Sunday morning. United put us on the direct flight to Newark (luckily they had 2 open seats, even though not together but at least on the same flight) So we eventually made it back to Newark around 6pm Sunday night.

And well here we are Monday night already again. Made it through the first day back which is always a pain. Also caught some kind of cold/bug while away. I assume due to being in and out of the constant blasting AC and crazy 90 degree heat. Congested with a runny nose now but I guess it could be worse.

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Celia/Tucson, AZ and Kimber/Canada.

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Tuesday, June 04, 2024

Busy Week







IMG_20240601_174138_553Alright here we are. 9.15pm and the alarm is set for 3am to leave at 3.30-3.40am to get to our early morning flight from Newark to Salt Lake City, UT. Fun times. 

It's been a bit of a crazy time at work so 3 days off does seem nice but also feel a bit bad about being away during slightly turbulent times. But of course it is what it is. 

This past weekend was pretty low key. On Saturday we spent most of the morning (9 to 1.30pm-ish) at the car dealership. Our check engine light was on plus we kept getting a "reduced engine power" warning intermittently. Bottom line it's 3 things that needs fixing. Thankfully nothing too crazy but of course it all adds up. But of course nothing is ever simple or quick.

When we were done there we headed to the Fairfield Hills campus in Newtown and went for a walk followed by some pizza at Newsylum. 

Sunday was pretty low key too. Had some errands to run to grab some things for our Utah trip. And Monday and Tuesday were pretty busy at work and well here we are. 

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Kimber/Canada.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Memorial Day Weekend Recap







Pixlr_20240528204336808Yup and here we are end of May past Memorial Day which kind of marks the unofficial start of summer here in the US. Time as always is flying.

Last week was a busy week at work, always tends to be the week before the holiday. But we managed to get through it and was able to enjoy the three day weekend.

Saturday we were invited to our friends John & Kim for a BBQ and to hang out. The weather cooperated as well and had a really nice time sitting outside chatting, eating and drinking. And eventually moved to the fire pit and sat for even longer just chatting. Didn't get home till almost 1am which is definitely unusual for us but always a good time hanging out with them.

Sunday we decided to take a trip to hang out at some wineries. Started at Hopkins Vineyard in the early afternoon and had a nice time just hanging out enjoying our bottle of wine. Weather was a little breezy and a mix of sun and clouds. After we were done at the vineyard we decided to pop over to the Hopkins Inn for a small lunch. Shared some appetizers (escargot & garlic bread) followed by a shared dessert (mint parfait) Very yum. And from there made our way to Woodbury to Walker Road Vineyard where we ended the day before heading home.

Monday was a bit of a wash out weather wise but that worked out nicely for us to go to the movies to see the Amy Winehouse movie. Afterwards went for happy hour at the Marketplace in Danbury and eventually headed home and watched the newest Troll movie in Peacock.

Hope everyone in the US had a nice Memorial Day weekend as well even though I know that's not what the holiday is all about of course.

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Kimber/Canada.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Back in the US

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Alright here we are, already a week+ after being back in the US. As usual time is just flying. 

Came back last week Monday (5/13) and all in all the trip back was relatively uneventful. Traffic was a pain when I arrived so had to wait for Mike to pick me up and also took us a while to finally get back to Connecticut once he was able to pick me up. But all in all nothing too crazy.

Over my jetlag again as well which always takes me a few days but back in a more normal routine now. Work has been ok although this week is a bit nutty but that's to be expected being the week before Memorial Day, always a hectic week. But will make it through, we always do.

Last weekend was pretty low key and the weather was decent enough as well. Went to the movies on Saturday and saw "Fall Guy" with Ryan Gosling which was a fun movie followed by some pizza at Newsylum Brewery. And Sunday we just had a low key day hanging out and also went for a walk at Wooster Cemetery checking out the baby geese - so cute.

And here we are, already Tuesday night again. Tomorrow morning I have a dentist appt but other than that pretty much business as usual. No big plans for the weekend at this stage.

Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Kimber/Canada.

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Goodbye Europe .. until we meet again





IMG_20240511_213057_994And here we are, it's Sunday again and tomorrow I am on a plane back to the US. I have no idea where the last three IMG_20240511_212440_796 and a half weeks went and how time can fly by that fast. This has been the longest period of time I have been in Europe in one stretch since I moved away but it still flew by. 

This past week I worked Monday through Thursday so my days typically included time with my mom in the mornings, breakfast, going for a walk, some TV, lunch and maybe another walk before starting to work around 2pm. Wednesday her speech therapist also came by. 

Friday I took the day off again and went back into Vienna. This time I met up with my friend Andrea for lunch. Went to a delicious Italian restaurant where I had pizza with tuna. And afterwards had some time to leisurely stroll along Mariahilferstrasse (big shopping street). Got myself some gelato and eventually just continued strolling until I reached Wien Mitte where I met up with Claudia at 5.30pm. After getting a drink we continued on to have dinner at an Indian restaurant close by. And then had a couple of drinks at Cafe Rochus before eventually heading back. 

Saturday we went out for lunch with my mom, aunt and our neighbors as well as my mom's aid Anka. Had a nice lunch sitting outside and afterwards spent some more time with my mom in the afternoon sitting outside. Been having some nice weather so really can't complain too much. In the evening I watched the Eurovision Song Contest which was fun to watch live for a change. Had to stay up till 1am but was still fun to be able to watch live. And I do like the Swiss entry quite a bit so I am happy they won. The whole contest was a bit of a mess this year with all of the Israel protests and the last minute Dutch entry qualification. But it was still fun to watch.  

Today, Sunday is Mother's Day. No big plans. Just spending a quiet day before the airport transfer picks me up at 4.15am tomorrow. Went for a walk with my mom earlier and will likely go for another one in the afternoon. Had a nice lunch and watching some TV now. Also managed to pack all my stuff. God knows how heavy the suitcase is so I may still be in for a surprise but at least everything is all in there so that's something anyway. 

Mail Update: Letters went out last Friday to: Celia/AZ and Nina/WA. Received a letter from/owe a response to: Kimber/Canada.

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