Archive for November, 2008

29
Nov

Wire Basket

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Wire Basket

27 November 2008

ThanksGiving Day

Happy Birthday, McKenna!

My niece is nine years old today!  And not only did I remember to call and wish her a Happy Birthday, but I even remembered to ship her birthday presents early enough in the week, that they arrived two days early!  I have come so far! 😉

It is a sad fact that the schedule change at the Texas Renaissance Festival, effective in 2007, has rendered us unable to easily celebrate the thanks-giving holiday in any sort of traditional fashion.  But, despite the fact that  we had to load and pack and drive four hours south, one thing remains sacred—I got up this morning and watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, on my television in my living room.  I was actually not as impressed with it, as I normally am, but I suspect that perhaps it’s the coverage that’s lacking, rather than the parade itself.

During the parade, I successfully made Pillsbury breakfast rolls, despite the fact that our oven tries very hard to ruin all that enters it’s gates.  And, when St. Nick had waved his last, and the parade was over, I let the football game play on the TV and went to work for a while.  I had a couple of projects I really wanted to finish before heading out to faire.

We hit the road around four-thirty, and the trip went well.  It wasn’t until I was in bed and already tired, that I realized I hadn’t taken a photo, yet.  Not a very big room, this one—so I felt at a loss for photo subject matter.  What you get is a shot of the three-tiered hanging baskets near the bed.

And that’s our Thanksgiving Day.  Good thing we don’t need a turkey and all the trimmings to be able to observe the meaning of the day.  We are truly thankful for so much! 

~MB

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29
Nov

Upside-down Drums

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Upside-down Drums

26 November 2008

Another work day.  Another day with too few hours in it.

When Kyle got home from work, he was in the rare mood for Asian food and decided to treat me to a meal at our local PF Chang’s.  I had never been to one of these well-known restaurants, and was glad for the experience.  My photo is of the unique (yet, I understand common to this restaurant chain) overhead lighting in the dining room.  We both had tasty meals, and enjoyed stepping outside our norm.

I also took this cute photo of Kyle with his glass of wine.

~MB

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28
Nov

Bigger Than My Head!

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Bigger than my Head!

25 November 2008

Forty-six ounces of tequila and lime and Grand Marnier yumminess.  Kyle and I shared it!

It was a night of joy for our taste buds, even if our digestive systems argued with us a bit later in the evening.  We met after work, Kyle and I, at Mi Tierra Latin Fusion Restaurant, where, after a business meeting, we enjoyed a delicious sampler plate of appetizers.  Then, after a quick stop at the house to lose a vehicle and check on the pups, we headed to the west side of Fort Worth for dinner with Ronnie and Tracy and Morgan (in the background of the photo) and Taylor and Nathan.  Morgan is home from A & M this week for the holiday, and we’d been trying to plan this get-together for months.  Tonight was the night.

~MB

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27
Nov

Mi Tierra Light Cover

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25 November 2008
It’s dead quiet at the office today. Beautifully, wonderfully quiet. So much work can get done when the interruptions are kept to a minimum. When the phone remains silent. When the meetings are no longer filling the calendar. When the management is all gone and adhoc report requests aren’t coming in fast & furious. I love the holiday season for this very reason.

The early evening was filled with a trip from one Latin restaurant to another. I had to meet with Damaris, the owner & chef at Mi Tierra Latin Fusion restaurant about website design. Turns out, I was a week too late, and she’d already done a website. Chalk that one up to unfortunately procrastination in conjunction with travelling. We had an appetizer and I took a photo of the light cover in her foyer.
Light Shade at Mi Tierra
From there we headed to the West Side to meet with friends for dinner at a locally-owned Tex-Mex restaurant stopping at the newly-opened Goody-Goody flagship store (holy cow!!!).
Two completely different dining experiences, but both lovely.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 November 2008 )

Listening to:
Dear by Carbon Leaf
from Echo Echo

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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27
Nov

Chili's To Go

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24 November 2008
It’s amazing to me that after a long weekend, neither of us wants to stay in and relax on Monday nights. Maybe it’s just because we don’t want to cook on Monday nights. Anyway, we ended up at Chili’s for dinner. We were sitting in the "Lounge" area in a small booth next to a window. I liked the way this image composed itself for me complete with reflections and cropping
Chili's To Go
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 November 2008 )

Listening to:
I’ll Remember You by Sophie Zelmani
from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ultimate Soundtrack

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/5
Focal Length: 18.6 mm
ISO Speed: 250
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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26
Nov

Just Another . . . Monday

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Margarita Monday at Chili's

24 November 2008

Really.  Call it manic.  Call it mundane.  Call it maddening.  Whatever label we give it, it can be made to look a whole lot more . . . merry . . . with a margarita.  My husband is very good at humouring me . . . this time it was at Chili’s.

Just one more weekend . . . and one more faire season Monday.  Of course, that one will be spent packing down the booth!  Oh, boy . . . I can hardly wait.

~MB

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26
Nov

Dancer in a Spin

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Dancer in a Spin

23 November 2008

I took a break from the shoppe today!  My first time out of the booth during the faire day in three weeks.  I had intended to walk the areas of the faire I hadn’t seen yet, this year, but instead, I spent a lot of my time at the nearest stage to our booth, watching Wine and Alchemy.  Formerly E-Muzeki (with a different mix of members), the amount of enjoyment I got from this show was a surprise to me!  Some dancing, some singing, lots of fun instrumentation, and perhaps the highlight—an incredibly talented male dancer!  This guy completely commanded my attention when he danced.  I was so impressed. 

It was another average day for us in sales, although up until the last sale of the day, I was a little worried.  The crowd was very light—kept small by the weatherman who had foretold rain that never really came.  We felt a few little drops at one point, but anything wetter must have happened somewhere else.   But, at least the small crowd allowed me to see a show!

~MB

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25
Nov

TRF Collage

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23 November 2008
Clay, a good friend of ours, saw my recent post about wishing for a Nikon D-series camera. So, the man showed up at TRF this weekend sporting a spare Nikon D-70 camera which he loaned me. I am spoiled now, I think. I do love my Canon PowerShot 850IS, but it’s limited. It’s fantastic for travelogues and for slipping in your pocket on the way out the door. But, this fully-featured Nikon D-70 was simply amazing in my hand. I had more fun shooting photos on this day then I have in years…and I have fun taking photos. Clay tells me that the D-70 is outdated and that there is a D-90 (?) on the market that is heads and shoulders better than the D-70. Say it ain’t so!
On a typical faire day, I’ll shoot perhaps 20-30 photos and keep less than half. On this faire day, I shot just under 400 photos and kept 274 of them. Amazing.
This is a mosaic/collage of some of my favourites for the day. It also fits the Mini-Challenge this week of “Mosaic Stories”. Therefore, I present “Faire Story: A Day in the Life of CrazyBobcat at the Texas Renaissance Festival – Part 1.”
mosaic
Thanks, Clay!
Cheers

~KR (Written on 25 November 2008 )

Listening to:
Sad But True by Metallica
from Best of the Best

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25
Nov

A Rose by Any Other Name

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22 November 2008
I started the day fairly early and worked for a number of hours on various website commitments (Sherrie, yours is almost done as is yours Damaris) and some basic scripting. I watched The Day the Earth Stood Still, Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds and The Commitments. By the end of three movies, two websites & some scripting, I was ready for a change. I put on my outfit (scholar) and went out into New Market Village. With beer in hand, I made a direct line for the Sea Devil Tavern to meet up with my friends Iris & Rose. I snapped this photo
Rose
just before I took this photo of Rose then went out and watched them perform. I spent the remainder of the business day in their company. I sold their swag for them during the shows and relaxed with them in between sets. Thanks girls.

~KR (Written on 25 November 2008)

Listening to:
Blue Ridge Laughing by Carbon Leaf
from Ether-Electrified Porch Music

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.077 sec (1/13)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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25
Nov

Tanner (and Codie)

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Tanner and Codie

22 November 2008

Codie doesn’t like cameras.  It’s one of the first things his friends learn about him.  But, now that he has embraced the role of “grandpa” so completely, he finds he can’t always avoid them.  This photo, however, represents his creativity in trying! 

Actually, it was the precious little “tiny tall” hat from La Paloma that started it.  With Tanner all bundled up in Grandpa’s Half Moon Travelling Cloak, the hat above his head was awfully cute.  It wasn’t until I actually had the camera focused on them, that I realized how goofy the perspective was, and what a fun shot I really had.

So, thanks Codie—and Tanner—for being such good sports!

It was a lovely day at TRF, although pretty darned cold most of the day.  It did warm up throughout the day, and just as the sun was going down it had finally gotten warm enough to remove outer woolen layers of clothing.  Of course, as soon as it was dark, we wanted them again!  But, it never got as cold Saturday night as it did on Friday night.  I think I’m glad!

~MB

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