Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

23
Dec

Nottingham: Mischief Managed

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Nottingham

Kyle and the Babes 2015. Day Seven.

The first thing on today’s agenda actually began last night:  get some sleep!  We’d been running a pretty fast pace, with fairly early mornings and (at least for me) crazy late nights since we arrived.  This morning, I think we all actually started the day out fully recharged and ready for running amok.

We had knocked three pubs off the ten-pub list, last night.  So, today, the goal was to see and experience as much of Nottingham as we could, by finding each of the other highly recommended places on the list.  We sallied forth with enthusiasm, and were successful in our task.  And, we even fit in a Christmas Market and some good shopping, as well as a delightful lunch. Along the way, I took a few photos of architecture and Christmas lights and such.  This beautiful building above most effectively stole my heart.  All my people out there who know or have read about my obsession with the Galveston News building, will understand and not be surprised.  This one is much bigger, of course, and has the added appeal of the Tudor half-timbering on top … but it *feels* similar to me.

Tomorrow we once again travel north, and by sundown we’ll be in the country of our hearts: Scotland.

~MB

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21
Dec

Shopping at the Christkindl Market

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Arlington, Texas is a place I, somewhat begrudgingly, currently call home. It’s got its good points, Arlington does, but its bad points are significant and will be the subject of a post sometime in the future I’m sure.

Today, I will focus on one of the good points. Arlington does have a thriving culture of outdoor markets and festivals. Four years ago, Arlington along with some local investors, created the first annual Arlington Christkindl Market. Marita Beth and I were there. The festival pales in comparison to the Christkindl Markets that I attended as a child growing up in Germany, but it’s a charming, delightful food- and beer-full event that gets better each and every year. It’s a multi-week festival and is open all 7 days of each of those weeks, so it’s quite the commitment for the vendors, but we see the same ones returning year after year, so we can only assume that its at least profitable if not excellent.

Shopping at the Texas Christkindl MarketThis shot was taken as Marita Beth was shopping and chatting with a Nepalese shop owner near the end of our visit. Its indicative to me of the type of person Marita Beth is – she will step into a shop and engage in conversation over what ever may strike her fancy. She’s lovely like that.

Today, the festival is renamed to the Texas Christkindl Market – I hope that the larger (Texas-sized) identity means that there are larger bigger things on the horizon for this lovely, if small, Christmas festival.

Cheers,

~KR

(Photo taken on 20 December, 2014)

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17
Jan

Happy in Florida

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

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Monday, 16 January 2012

Not so daily, anymore, is it? I have taken a break from the daily writing for the KRuMB that has lasted, quite by accident for nearly a year.  It was unintentional, and although the “freedom” has been kind of nice, the void is too great.  I miss it.  So, here I am… no guarantees right now … no solid daily commitment …let’s see how it goes. In fact, let’s see if I even remember how to attach a photo to my written words!

Currently, I am in Florida visiting my mama. We are doing our best this week, to honor my grandmother’s memory and celebrate her birthday. Gammy would have been 100 years old tomorrow. We’ve gone shopping, took a trip in the RV to see a broadway-quality show, played card games, had a few political debates, and just generally enjoyed one another’s company. My week here is passing very quickly.

As a proper resident of central Florida, my mama has decorated one of the bathrooms in her lovely home in Mickey Mouse style.  Wallpaper border, shower curtain and other accessories all display the Mouse and I, of course, love it.  For years, one of the things that has amused me greatly is a framed postcard on the wall, that depicts Mickey and Minnie at the park, and carries the printed words, “We’re happy in Florida.”  It always makes me grin because it seems to me to be a little less “we’re vacationing in FL and wanted you to know” and a little more, “we’ve retired to Florida and aren’t ever coming home!”  And, in fact, that’s very true about my mother—she really is happy in Florida and it shows!

My photo is of Mama and John at the restaurant where we had dinner tonight.  I think they are pretty cute.

~MB

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26
Mar

Back to NTIF

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

ZombieCapn_and_Klobetime Due to the aforementioned foot distress and overwhelming work-related crap, I’ve done nothing in the way of photo-taking. So, I’ve dipped into my reserves to at least get a post a day.

This is @klobetime and @CapnZombi – I leave it to you to determine which is which – relaxing at a music set at the North Texas Irish Festival on Sunday.

We had a truly enjoyable time, the three of us. On Saturday we were joined by, literally, hundreds of friends off and on throughout the day. Sunday, we just sat back and relaxed with some good music and beer, then followed that with a spate of shopping.

Thanks for joining me @klobetime and @CapnZombi.

 

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 March 2011)

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9
Mar

My Awesome Beer Crew

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

My Awesome Beer Crew

6 March 2011

This is a photo of the three wacky guys that worked the first shift at my beer booth Sunday morning.  I had lots of awesome volunteers during the weekend … each manager oversees two shifts of folks … and these guys were the “awesomest!”  This is Stephan, James and Keith.  I should hope to be so lucky as to have them work under me again next year!

I worked my shift, then went to a meeting of beer managers where we shared ideas with each other and the coordinators and wound down a bit.  Then, I found Kyle and we did a little shopping and then went to hear some more good music, before calling it a day and  heading home, by way of Fuzzy’s.

It was a good, long weekend—everything went well. I had a great time. When I first found out that my promotion to beer manager meant I wouldn’t be pouring beer, I’d just be overseeing the pouring of beer, I was a bit concerned that I wouldn’t enjoy it as much. And, it is different. But, I really had fun, and since it seems like I did okay, I will look forward to next year.

~MB

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7
Mar

Abandoned Grocery List #1

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

abandoned_shopping_list I don’t frequent grocery stores, in fact I find them pretty much anathema to my very being. If I had a decent butcher, farmer’s market and beer store near by, I’d never even venture in to a grocery store. But, because I have none of those things closer than 20 miles away, I find myself at the occasional Kroger or Albertsons.

On a recent trip I spotted this abandoned grocery list nestled in to an “action alley” pile of soda pop boxes. It suddenly occurred to me, that I see this nearly every time I go shopping. What makes people so lazy that rather than tucking the list in their pocket or purse, they simply drop the the list somewhere in the store for someone else to pick up? And, oddly, I realized, it sometimes seems that they go through a great deal of effort to tuck their abandoned list behind some cans, or nestle it in amongst the candy.It seems so senselessly wasteful that I intend to catalog them going forward.

This one was located at a Kroger in Arlington, TX.

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 7 February 2011)

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18
Sep

Shopping at Bristol

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

24 July 2010
Shopping at Bristol
Marita Beth & George shopping at the Bristol Renaissance Festival. I wish they were shopping for a new camera for me, because I think mine is on its last legs (you can tell by the focus). :-(
I also think I’m going to build me that little cart you see in the front. That will be a great display for East Wind Games

~KR

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13
May

Beautiful Colours at Lowes

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

3 May 2010
The weekend is over, but Kid’s Daze is about to start. With the help of Marita Beth, Marcus & Evelyn, a short wish-list was made for items that would help make Kid’s Daze a little more tolerable. So, I rushed home from work so that Marita Beth & I could spend the evening dining (at Abuelo’s) and shopping (at Lowes). At some point, we had to head into the garden section of Lowes where it had recently rained. The light was soft, the flowers were wet and I had my camera.
Rain Speckled Beauty
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 13 May 2010)

Listening to:
To Be True by Bruce Springsteen
from Lost Masters Volume VI

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

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3
Nov

My Red Star

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

My Red Star

2 November 2008

Most of my friends know I have an addiction. 

Actually, I suppose I have many . . . antiques, thrift stores, bargain shopping in general, shoes (that’s a big one—still working to claim control over it), and . . . eBay.  I began shopping on eBay way back in the year 2003, when I first got Kyle’s hand-me-down computer and we called it mine.  Kyle had been shopping (and even occasionally selling) on eBay for a couple of years, and I knew a bit about it.  But, I’d never really gotten involved.  Until I had my own machine, that is, and got a little braver with the internet.  It didn’t take long for me to learn what good deals I could find on (shoes) the cool stuff I collect . . . from all over the world!  No longer confined to my local area thrift stores to shop for (shoes) neat Mickey stuff, or items useable in costuming, I was off and running.

Now, many years later, I have the habit well under control.  I no longer spend hours at a time, or lose sleep searching for (shoes) items I really don’t need.  In fact, sometimes days or even weeks go by without me bothering with (shoes) it at all.  But, I do use it to find (shoes) things I need and/or can use in my business.  And, as such, it has become a very valuable source. 

Tonight, after a weekend at faire, I logged into my eBay account and realized I’d reached a noteworthy milestone:  I’ve earned my Red Star.  I have a “positive feedback” rating of 1000—and with zero negatives!  That means I’ve completed successful, happy transactions, either as seller or (more often) as buyer, with 1000 unique individual other eBayers.  (Multiple transactions with the same eBayer can earn you comments but not points.) 

My photo is rather blurry, ’cause I snapped the picture in the truck on the way home.  I know it’s a little bit goofy, but I’m proud.

And, I’m still working on the shoes thing.

~MB

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20
Sep

Learning

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Learning

20 September 2008

It is my goal to never stop learning.  Kyle and I enjoy trivia games and puzzles and the History Channel, and dozens of other things, mostly because we love to learn.  Today, we went book shopping so we can learn more about WordPress and how to program for it.  And, I vowed to learn more about this insane upcoming election on the fourth of November.

My picture above is of Kyle moving through the shelves of books at Fry’s, (after already trying at Border’s and buying instead, WordPress for Dummies) in search of a particular elusive title.  It turned out we’ll need to order it online, but we tried to keep our spending local, first. 

In my path of personal edification, this morning, I came across a short video I really think every American should see.  I know we have readers of all backgrounds and religions, and political persuasions, and I love that.  This is a totally non-partisan message regarding our right, our privilege . . . our duty to vote.  If I tried to convey the same message I wouldn’t be half as entertaining, so enjoy:

My big machine is finally moved back into my workshop, by the way.  I should be getting my act together this week, as planned . . . when I’m not reading my new WordPress for Dummies book! 😉

~MB

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