Posts Tagged ‘Beer’

23
Feb

A Whole Week … and a Window

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

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19 February 2011

Not off to such a good “re-start,” am I?

It’s been a whole week since I returned home from Sacramento, and the camera never came out of my purse. It’s been a week of cleaning and catch-up and meetings with customers. And, unfortunately, a few trips to the hospital. I delivered Stephen there on Friday and brought him home on Monday, with a couple of visits in between. And, now, I’m full swing into my sewing season.

Saturdays are a break from all that, though, as Kyle and I are thoroughly enjoying our volunteer status at the Rahr & Sons Brewery. We both poured beer last week, although I worked longer than he did. But, for good reason; we were joined at the brewery by not only Kara, but Terrill, as well! So, Kyle got in some good quality time with them at the brewery, and then we all went to Yucatan Taco Stand for food and yummy margaritas. This week, it was just he and I, and we worked the door most of the time—him unpacking cases of pint glasses and me taking $7 from each guest. We still followed all that fun with lunch from Yucatan and then we went to the T and P, where it turned out, most of the Rahr staff and volunteers had also gone. It was a good day.

I snapped this photo of a window in the old T and P Building … a fun bit of irony, I thought, and some awesome deco architecture.

~MB

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14
Feb

Success in the Studio … and Beer!

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Frit

9 February 2011

My last day in California. And, a day of triumph. I have learned so much this week—honed some skills I’ve been building for six years, and jumped head first into others. I’ve had to remember, relearn, unlearn and develop muscle memory—both physical and mental! I have gained tons of confidence and am very proud of where I am. And, today (with Kyrana’s prodding and assistance) I plead my case to the gaffer and convinced her I was ready to make a tumbler. I knew I needed coaching—the only reason I hadn’t tried a little clear cup the night she left me to practice snowmen—but I was confident I wouldn’t need a further bail-out. I knew I could make my own bubble, now. I knew I could do all my own gathering and marvering. I was pretty sure I could handle the jacks and the papering (although it turned out that the papering was my weakest spot). There were a couple of other areas that were still pretty foreign (dealing with the blow-hose), but I figured I could do what I was told to do. And, Shannon would punte and ultimately break the piece off the punte if I got it that far. So, after some quiet convincing, she gave the project her blessing and redirected the rest of the afternoon into that flavor of teaching. I went first, then Minda, then Kyrana.

It was a bit grueling, and at one point, I wasn’t sure the little thing was going to live, but when all was said and done, I put a charming little purple cane and white frit covered glass into the leer! Other than the punte and break-off, Shannon didn’t touch it. I was ecstatic … elated … and so, so grateful! The tears of relief (that I hadn’t disappointed the gaffer) and of joy and of pride were quick to the surface, and hugs all around were heartfelt and full of thanks.

Minda, too put a little cup in the leer, but it was her first attempt ever! She had more help, much like Ginger and Kelly and I all did six or so years ago on the Bristol floor when we first began our apprenticeships. But, it was very straight and indicative of how quickly she seems to pick up the movements she’s learning. Kyrana’s cup also went into the leer, with only one false start and a small bit of help. She has logged many more hours in the studio than I have, but had never tried a cup by herself. We were all so proud—of ourselves and of each other!

Shannon and Kyrana and I celebrated by going to a book signing we’d had our eye on, and then to the third of Shannon’s favorite local brewpubs—Hoppy Brewing Company. There, I had the best selection of beers I’d had all week—of the nine tastes in the flight, I loved over half of them, and only didn’t finish one.

Great friends, personal growth and success, awesome beer … beautiful glass, fabulous weather …  dinner parties, lunch parties, and ice cream … six fun dogs, a few cats and a couple of chickens … it’s been an incredible week!  Tomorrow, I go home.  Glad to be going home … but so sorry to be leaving here.

~MB

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23
Jan

Pretty Beer

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Pretty Beer

22 January 2011

Darned near the perfect Saturday.

We slept ’til we woke up. We drank coffee and relaxed all morning until we started to get ready to head out … to the Rahr. We grabbed some fast food breakfast/lunch on the way and got there just before one o’clock. Kara and Mike joined us there, and Brett and Jill stopped by, too. I snapped this photo of the bottom of the glass Kyle used today, while we were enjoying Rahr’s award-winning brews.I think it’s really pretty, the way the light is filtered through the beer and down through the star-shaped molded glass on the bottom of the stein.  The inspiration for taking the photo is all from Kyle.

We visited with brewery friends, and witnessed one the largest crowds there we’ve ever seen. Last call, and then a bit more visiting and we finally headed toward Yucatan Taco Stand around 4 p.m. A fabulous meal, more quality time with Kara and Mike, a quick run through the house to take pity on the dogs, and then out again, to a birthday party.

Donny turned 41 today … and had chosen a new Arlington restaurant, Babe’s Chicken, as his spot to celebrate with friends. I knew we’d get to see folks we don’t see often enough, but the crowd was even better than I’d expected! It was great to see everyone and I ate way too much chicken fried steak!

Happy Birthday, Donny!

~MB

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18
Sep

The Refrigerator of Love

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

Taken on 17 July
Marita Beth Loves Me
My wife loves me. This is the sight that greeted me when she sent me down to fetch her a beer. The conniving vixen. :-)
Cheers
~KR

Camera Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure 0.4
Aperture f/2.8
Focal Length 5.8 mm
ISO Speed 100
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash Off, Did not fire

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5
Nov

Goose's Acre Taps

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Goose's Acre Taps

29 October 2009

The birthday celebration continues.  We left today for TRF, rather than waiting until Friday.  Kyle had heard about this little pub in The Woodlands, and had informed me opening weekend of faire, that he wanted to visit the place on his birthday weekend.  So, I put it on the calendar, we made plans to take friends along with us, and we made it happen.

Kyle and I got to faire, unloaded the stuff and then loaded up three beautiful women:  Roxy, Damaris and Kelly.  That’s when the rain really got intense.  It had been raining most of the day (most of the week, too, I think) and we knew it was supposed to quit before the weekend.  But, I, at least, didn’t realize it was to get so much more violent before it ran its course!  Kyle drove us from faire to The Woodlands in some awful rain and strong, high wind.  We got there safely, and while there, the rain did finally peter out.

The place is very nice, if a little off the beaten path.  It is in a modern setting—not what I’d expected, but that’s okay—and it is designed and decorated within to recreate a little pub in the UK that was demolished to make way for a motorway expansion.  Apparently, a couple of Americans with money had fallen in love with the place, and when they found out it was closing and being torn down, they made a deal to buy the contents of the pub. We are unclear as to just how much of the interior of this Texas place is original to the British pub, but we know for sure the bar and barback are from across the pond.   

My photo is of the amazing array of taps on the front of the bar—very British in style.  We had a wonderful time—good food, good beer and great company in a delightful setting.  And the drive back to faire was smooth and quick in comparison with the first leg of the trip.  So, birthday celebration day #2 was a wonderful success.

~MB

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5
Nov

Pub Guys Recording Session

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

PubGuys Recording Session

27 October 2009

My day was spent with an eye on the clock, ’cause once again, I was going to be sure to attend the PubGuys recording session, and this time, I didn’t want to be late! I got my wish—in fact, I got chauffeur service! Kyle was able to stop and pick me up on his way on down Hwy 287 to the Firehouse Grill where today’s recording was to take place.

This is a great place, by the way . . . and a little too off-the-beaten path to be as well-patronized as it deserves.  It’s in Mansfield, in the same shopping center with the Home Goods and Marshalls store . . . right along Hwy 287.  Awesome food, huge selection of beers, (Rahr Octoberfest is on tap!) full bar, and great people!  Check it out.

It was a good session . . . made a little more special when the pub/restaurant owner came over to join the guys at the mics!

~MB

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11
Mar

Kyle in the Beer Aisle

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Kyle in the Beer Aisle

8 March 2009

Sundays are for sewing in these last weeks before faire, but today, my husband surprised me with the suggestion that we go see a movie! So, in the middle of my work day, I was spirited away to enjoy Hollywood’s brilliant rendition of one of the best comic books of all time. Watchmen. No spoilers, here. I will simply say that I cannot imagine any comics fans not absolutely loving this film. I am afraid, however, that for those who aren’t prepared, or who head to the theatre expecting another good-triumphs-over-evil-super-heroes-save-the-day-movie, there will be some shock and disappointment. Oh well. This is a fabulous film.

After the movie, we did the grocery store thing —a job neither of us enjoy. But, I amused myself by taking a few photos, as did Kyle, I believe. I didn’t even realize when I took this, that it was the beer aisle he was walking. I am now amused.

Back to work, then . . . there is much hand-sewing in my near future.

~MB

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14
Dec

Our Table at Bobby V's

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Our Table at Bobby V's

14 December 2008

Another day off!  A girl could get spoiled! 😉

Kyle and I have really enjoyed spending a couple of days together where the most important thing we are obligated to do, is eat a couple of meals and walk the dogs!  We were hungry for a really good burger today, and ended up at Bobby V’s.  We weren’t disappointed, either.  The atmosphere was fun—with three or four different football games on various televisions.  And our burgers were in fact, delicious.  One errand to buy cat food on the way home was the closest we really came to being responsible. 

As I write this, we’re relaxing, with two tired dogs, and watching some mindless TV.  Life is good.  Tomorrow I’ll get back to the work at hand, but this weekend has really been divine.  I needed the downtime much more than I had realized.  I hope all my friends and customers who might read this, will forgive me.

~MB

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3
Dec

Rose Drinks a Beer on Friday

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

28 November 2008
I put this together for the challenge, but it appears I’m a couple of hours too late. Oh well, here’s a second faire mosaic.
Rose Drinks a Beer
This is my dear friend, Rose, of Iris & Rose (Wild & Thorny). During their shows folk often buy them beers…sometimes with the challenge to "chug them." This was one of those times. :-)
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 3 December 2008 )

Listening to:
It’s Showtime by David Lee Roth
from A Little Ain’t Enough

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26
Nov

Just Another . . . Monday

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

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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