Archive for February, 2008

28
Feb

Keyboard and Monitor

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

27 February 2008
Another day working from home (this, sadly, can't go on forever). Another day of resting & elevating the leg. Keeping it medicated, iced & compressed is critical in these early stages (at least that's what my sports-injury training keeps telling me). This day, blissfully, I didn't have to leave the house. That was a treat. But, it also meant not much in the way of photo-ops. So, here we have my keyboard & monitor. Hooray.
Keyboard and Monitor
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 28 Februrary 2008)

Listening to:
Fly by Night by Rush
from Fly by Night

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28
Feb

Welcome Aboard, Marcus

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

26 February 2008
Thanks boss!
My boss allowed me to work from home this day. This allowed me to keep the knee wrapped, my body medicated & the leg elevated. However, I did have other pre-planned business to attend to in the evening and since it didn't involve stairs or too much moving we chose not to change the appointment. So, around 1800, MB and I headed to NFG to meet with Marcus. After a loose, informal interview and some negotiating, we "hired" him. Marcus will be managing the weekend operations of my East Wind Games shop at Scarborough Renaissance Festival. This is a much-needed step in the growth of my small company and I think the hiring of Marcus will be a positive experience for all.
Meet Marcus
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 28 February 2008)

Listening to:
Old Cold Coffee on the Dashboard by Nickel Creek
from Here To There

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28
Feb

Not My Favourites

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

25 February 2008
Awww heck. What a day. I met Marita Beth & Kelly at No Frills Grill as they were hungry and after a long day at work, I could use a break, too. After much fun & good fun, we parted ways with Marita Beth & I heading home while Kelly went elsewhere. The food & company had cheered up my day substantially so I suggested a walk of the dogs…mistake. Walking the dogs on lead is one of the few things we have really neglected when talking about the training and behaviour of our pets. Cormac, in particular, is not a good leash-dog. We're trying to fix that. Unfortunately, the training got curtailed tonight. As I was running him on lead, he decided that getting tangled up in my quickly trotting feet was the proper thing to do. This pitched me forward. I had two choices: continue the fall forward onto the asphalt road on which I was running him, or twist myself sideways and launch myself onto the neighbours lawn. Obviously, the second was the better option but it was executed poorly. I ended up smacking my knee into the curb causing an immense amount of bruising, swelling and lost skin. These, although my saviours of the night, are not my favourite friends right now:
Not My Favourite
Now, two days later, I can limp along, but I can't bend my knee very well and the pain is sometimes overbearing. But, I've had worse…I just was much younger then. Ohh, well, it is what it is.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 28 February 2008)

Listening to:
Forest Walk by Diane Linn
from Conversations With The Moon

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27
Feb

Familiar Things This Week

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Familiar Things This Week

27 February 2008

I am becoming very familiar with this sort of stuff this week.  As I suspected when I wrote my KRuMB entry Monday night, I am a better nurse today than I was then! 

Kyle’s wounds are healing pretty well.  Each time we change the dressing, it looks a little better.  We are concerned about the swelling of the area all around his knee, and are hoping that there is no lasting damage to his knee, kneecap, or attached tendons and ligaments.  Please keep your positive energy flowing for him on that subject.  The last two days, his work schedule (and his generous boss) have allowed him to work from home.  So, while Kelly and I have worked in the workshop, he has worked in the house on his laptop.  And with this injury, he has been under no temptation to get up and move around!  He’s been working practically non-stop!  But, tomorrow, there’s something going on that requires him to actually be “in” the office.  So, after changing the dressing again tomorrow morning, he has to do what he’s been dreading the most . . . put on long pants!

~MB

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27
Feb

Manager Marcus

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Manager Marcus

26 February 2008

If this smiling face isn’t familiar yet, hopefully, it soon will be.  At least for those who visit our shoppe at Scarborough Renaissance FestivalEast Wind Games.  This is Marcus.  He is, as of right now, officially our manager for the 2008 season at faire.  We are very pleased to introduce him!

After two seasons of Kyle working the seven-day weeks, and burning out pretty hard in eight weeks’ time—Marcus is our solution.   We will, of course, still be wholly responsible for the company itself:  all the interfacing with faire management, controlling and ordering product, dealing with vendors, booth upkeep, etc.  But, Marcus will be there for us on Saturdays and Sundays, to open the shoppe, write sales, handle customers with a smile, and in short, help to ensure Kyle’s sanity.

 Thanks, Marcus!

~MB

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26
Feb

The Margarita Rim

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

24 February 2008
Marita Beth spent the greater part of the day away from the house; I spent the greater part of the day recontructing 2007 sales figures for East Wind Games. With the recent computer virus, I lost all electronic records, and this was a particular record I didn't ever print and had no backup of. *sigh* So, the day was spent going through physical transactions and re-recording them. What a chore. But, the day ended with a trip to a nearby Tex-Mex restaurant and margaritas. Yum.
Margarita Rim
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 25 February 2008)

Listening to:
The Man in Love With You by George Strait
from Easy Come, Easy Go

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26
Feb

My Family

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

23 February 2008
I think I’m finally over this crud I’ve had. I slept nearly a full 12 hours finally hauling out of bed near the noon hour. I think that’s the last of it, the final sleep that got me out of this 7-week misery. But, it also means I missed the day. Kelly & Marita Beth were finalising bits and pieces for Melanie’s fitting so, I got some coffee and retreated to my office for a day of receipts and taxes – hooray. Enough is enough, finally, and I emerged bruised, battered & exhausted (mentally & emotionally, not physically). I collapsed in the living room. Marita Beth soon joined me, and not long after that so did the rest of the family. In Marita Beth’s lap is ‘Tia, at her right arm is Artemis, the aloof cat who was duly and irrepressably pissed off that there was a dog in her lap. At Marita Beth’s feet is the newest, and youngest, member, Cormac.
My family
Cheers.

~KR (Wrtten on 25 February 2008)

Listening to:
Ultima Cancion by B-Tribe
from Sensual Sensual

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26
Feb

Inside the Glass Conch

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

22 February 2008
Marita Beth & I joined Ken & Denise tonight for a bit of Fakespearian tomfoolery. The Stolen Shakespeare Guild, a local Community Arts group, performed an abridged version of Merry Wives of Windsor, a modernized version of Volpone (a Ben Johnson play) and Short Attention Span Much Ado About Nothing. Although very obviously an amateur production it was amusing enough that I'll likely go back and watch future productions. The show took place in the Sanders Theatre inside the Community Arts complex in the Ft. Worth cultural district. Although I'd been to the Scott Theatre numerous times, I'd never been to the Sanders Theatre which is right next door. I'm embarassed to admit that, but it's been rectified now. In addition to the theatre, there is also a small museum which I presume houses artwork done by the community. We didn't get to spend too much time there before the show started, but I did manage to take a few photos of some exception glass art pieces. This is the interior of a beautiful conch shell that, for me, was the highlight of the glass work exhibit.
Conch Shell Glass Art
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 23 February 2008)

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26
Feb

Purple Spiral Bound

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

21 February 2008
This spiral notebook used to go with me when I travelled on business. It's seen many, many stations in many different cities and two countries. But, I've retired it recently in favour of a moleskine. Still, it sits on my desk and I refer to it frequently enough for notes I've taken over the years. Perhaps someday it'll be permanently retired.
Spiral Bound
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 23 February 2008)

Watching
The Frighteners

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25
Feb

Fresh Air for Pouches

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Fresh Air for Pouches

25 February 2008

Another full workday.  Kelly finished Melanie’s bustle petticoat today!  I dealt with some inventory issues and in the process discovered a very special scent within the tubby that was home to my pouches . . . the dampness of TRF haunts me!  But, after a whole afternoon in the sun, and a few more hours in the wind as the cold front marches through North Texas (and a whole lot of Febreze!) they are fine.  I snapped this photo in the total darkness, just before I packed them away again just now.  So, it’s not a fabulous composition, but it is the only photo I took at all today.  So, there you have it!

The real excitement of the day came this evening.  Kyle and Kelly and I enjoyed a delightful evening at NFG, made all the more entertaining by the arrival of Brett and Jill.  Then, Kyle stopped at the grocery store on the way home, and I took Kelly back to Ginger’s.  After putting the groceries away, we went out to walk the dogs for a few minutes—dedicated to the notion of giving them some “lead-time” every day this week in preparation for being at NTIF with us on Saturday.  So, we were walking and jogging and practicing the “heel” command, and we had just switched dogs, when, as I looked up from praising ‘Tia, I was surprised to see the tail end (no pun intended) of Kyle taking a tumble over the curb and into a neighbour’s lawn.  To his credit, Cormac, although now technically untethered to human hand, simply sat down!  ‘Tia and I ran to the scene of the crime, to discover that Kyle and Cormac had tangled feet and Kyle’s only hope of preventing the major injuries involved with smacking into the concrete road, was to basically dive for the nearest soft spot!  So, instead of bloody hands, knees, and a possible head injury, he had only a very nasty bloody knee—from where he slammed into the curb as he dove over it.  It was a brilliant save. 

Such an event requires one to draw on old, old memories of scouting badges and first aid training.  I did alright, although, I admit to being very rusty.  At least I know I doctored with love.   Kyle took a seat, elevated his leg, and obliged me by taking the ibuprofen I brought him.  I cleaned the wound as best I could, caused a little suffering I’m afraid, when I poured hydrogen pyroxide on it, cleaned it some more, and finally, satisfied I had it clean enough, and the bleeding mostly stopped, applied neosporin and gauze and tape and a bandage wrap.  Then, we filled an ice pack and after popping an email alert to Terrill, Kyle went off to bed.  I went off to the drug store, to fill in the gaps in our home’s first aid supplies.  Tomorrow morning we’ll redress the boo-boo and re-assess the damages.  Right now, he’s already black and blue and the swelling is such that I cannot tell if the knee itself is okay.  I think he’s going to be very sore and have a few days of not wanting to wear pants!  But, I think he’ll live. 

And I expect that after a couple of days of helping him dress it, and care for it, I’ll be a better nurse when all is said and done!

~MB

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