The Crooked Claw! Wednesday, Sep 24 2008 

23 September 2008
Even though I’m still feeling generally icky, I can almost (not quite) always be talked into beer at my favourite watering hole – No Frills Grill. Brett & Jill texted us earlier in the day with the invite “If u r up 2 it, nfg?” How could I possibly refuse such eloquence? 🙂
We found, while there, that tomorrow (today, as of this writing) the 24th of September is their one year anniversary! So, we took a bunch of silly photos to help commemorate that momentous occasion.
Beware the Claw!
Here Brett is threatening Jill with his patented “Crooked Claw” hand hold and she is just simply “terrified”! 🙂
Happy Anniversary Brett & Jill!
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 24 September 2008 )

Listening to:
White Wedding by Billy Idol
from VH1 100 Greatest Songs

(I didn’t even realize as I was typing this, that I was listening to White Wedding)

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To the Rescue Wednesday, Sep 24 2008 

22 September 2008
I’ve been sick. I started feeling puny last Wednesday and that carried into Thursday. Then, I was back at work on Friday, but by Saturday evening, I was puny again and Sunday I was feeble and pathetic. Monday, although I went to work, but also bad and I’m sure my co-workers don’t appreciate the continual hacking going on in my office. So, on the way home Monday night, I stopped at the store and purchased some Alka-Seltzer Cold & Cough medicine. I took some almost as soon as I got home
To the Rescue
(who knew it was going to be pink?), and almost immediately stopped coughing. Twenty minutes later, while lounging in front of the TV, I dozed off into blissful, cough-free sleep. Now, if it would only stay cough-free.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 24 September 2008 )

Listening to:
So Long, Marianne by Leonard Cohen
from The Best of Leonard Cohen

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Happy Anniversary, Brett and Jill! Tuesday, Sep 23 2008 

Happy Anniversary, Brett and Jill!

23 September 2008

After another long day of working at home, Kyle came home from work and swooped me up for dinner at No Frills Grill.  We met Brett and Jill there, and had a fun evening of trivia and silliness.  As we were preparing to leave, we were reminded that tomorrow is their one year anniversary!   So, of course, we decided they needed to be the subject of our Daily KRuMB photos!  One down . . . a lifetime to go!

On the Galveston front:  here’s a link to a story with a slightly different slant—doesn’t sound like we’ll be having Oysters Rockefeller this December! <pout>

http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2008/sep/20/ikes-damages-at-least-6-billion-early-estimates/?printer=1/

And another one that corrects my misconception that the island reopened yesterday—apparently, that happens officially tomorrow.

http://kohd.com/news/national/46768

~MB

iPod Love – Late, Rather than Never Tuesday, Sep 23 2008 

21 September 2008
I resisted the siren call of the iPod for a long time. If you read my ramblings, you will have noted that I love my music. I even include the song I’m listening to when I write a particular post at the bottom of the post. I’m almost never without music in some form. So, when the iPod came out I was delighted as it meant easy access to portable music in the form of iPod clones. Unfortunately, every clone I tried was worse than the one before. They were clumsy to use, too small to hold enough songs for a long flight, or too large to fit in my pocket comfortably.Finally, despite my overarching despite for anything proprietary, I broke down and bought an iPod. I bought a refurbished one so I didn’t have to pay the obnoxiously expensive full price; and haven’t looked back. The iPod truly is a remarkable feat of mechanical engineering. It’s slick, easy to hold, easy to navigate and easy to use. I detest iTunes, but haven’t found anything else I prefer more yet…although believe me I keep trying. This is my iPod
iPod
It’s got 40gb of music ranging from classical (Mozart, Brahms and Strauss primarily) to hip-hop/rap (JayZ & Eminem) to Death/Black Metal (Ministry, Blind Guardian). I also have most every CD I’ve ever bought at a Renaissance Festival (Corsairs, Queen Anne’s Lace, Jolly Rogers &c.) and most of the music I’ve bought at Scottish & Irish Festivals (Brother, Clandestine, Saw Doctors &c.) across the country.
In a comment to my post yesterday, Deborah asked why I like the Saw Doctors and how I found out about them. Here’s the story:

Several years ago my boss & I were on a business trip to Portland, Oregon. We had some time on our hands, so being who we are and what we do when travelling, we found a local bar. This bar, the name of which I can’t recall, was an Irish bar of some flair. Beautifully decorated, with a fine selection of Scotch & Irish whiskies and a decent selection of draught beers. We settled in. It wasn’t too long before I commented on the hat that the bartender was wearing, as it was a Pogues hat. We established soon thereafter that the bartender and I shared a common love of the neuevo-Celtic sound that was being made popular by groups such as the Pogues, the Flogging Molly’s, the Dropkick Murphy’s and the Saw Doctors. I aired my ignorance and asked who the Saw Doctors were. He disappeared into the back and brought forth two CDs which he gifted me. The first, Play it Again, Sham was by the Saw Doctors while the second was the debut album of Four Men & A Dog. When we left, the Saw Doctors CD went straight in and we listened to it for the remainder of that trip. Both Terrill & I liked them so much that the next summer we made a trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul to see them in concert at a little Irish Festival they have up there. I’ve been a monumental fan of their’s ever since.
Deborah, I hope that answers your questions.

I hate to admit it, but I love my iPod.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 23 September 2008 )

Listening to:
Still in Love Song by The Stills
from Veronica Mars Unofficial Soundtrack

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Curls . . . for a few minutes Monday, Sep 22 2008 

Curls . . . for a few minutes

22 September 2008

Autumnal Equinox — First Day of Fall

Residents of Galveston will mark the first day of autumn by knowing they can go home!  It still sounds like it’s not really a good idea to me, but I understand the pull to return home.  People are anxious enough to see their homes and begin to deal with mold and water damage, that they’re willing to deal with spotty electric service, or flushing only once a day to save water.  Here’s a great article by USAToday regarding Galveston and it’s history of recovery after recovery. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-09-15-galveston_N.htm

It’s sobering to remember that before the Great Storm in 1900, Galveston was the fourth largest city in the US.  Officials are saying that although the port is about to reopen, and people will repopulate the island, the full recovery will take three to five years.  It will be easy for those of us not living and/or working there, to forget about that pretty quickly.  I hope we can try not to forget.  Put Galveston Island on your weekend getaway list—those local businesses need our dollars!

I know we are looking forward to Dickens on the Strand.  It’ll be different.  But, it’ll be special.  As I had the pleasure of lunching with Arta and Heather this afternoon, we discussed the fact that if there are fewer hotel rooms available on the island, it might hamper attendance at the festival.  And, we all pretty much agreed, that it might be like a “rain day” at faire—with only the real die-hards like us being there!  While there’s a certain appeal to that, what the island really needs is a huge turnout!

Ginger just found an article online stating that the Mitchell hotels, The Galvez, The Tremont, and The Harbor House, are undergoing repairs, now, and are planning to reopen on 15 October.  That’s great news!  Thanks, Ginger!  Now, we just have to wait and see, I guess, if “our” ballroom will be ready for us to use on the fifth of December!  http://www.khou.com/news/local/stories/khou080918_mh_galveston_historic_hotels.8aceaab2.html

My photo today is of the results of last night’s curlers!  It was really pretty for about twenty minutes.  Then it was okay for another two hours or so.  By the time I finished lunch, and got to Beading Dreams, where I had a delightful visit with Allyson, the hair was just sad.  A few gentle waves remained, but tended to make it simply look unkept.  I’ll try again—but obviously, I need to leave them in for more than twelve hours!  My worry is that by the time they’ve been in long enough to make curls last, my hair won’t still look clean! 🙂  <sigh>

~MB

Pizza Perspective Monday, Sep 22 2008 

20 September 2008
I watched some football this morning, then Marita Beth & went errand running. In the course of the errands, I managed to convince her that beer & pizza are a lovely combination and that we should have some. 🙂
This is that pizza
Pizza Perspective
which we acquired at BJ’s Brew Pub in Arlington. The pizza was quite tasty and I’ve always been fond of their Jeremiah Red. MB had a hefeweissen of some sort, then we shared their Oktoberfest lager. I told you beer & pizza was a good combination.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 22 September 2008 )

Listening to:
Stars Over Cloughanover by Saw Doctors
from The Cure

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Would you believe . . . curlers? Monday, Sep 22 2008 

Would you believe . . . curlers?

21 September 2008

I have straight hair.

I’ve always had straight hair.  My mama used to painstakingly put it up in “pincurls” every night before bed.  When it was short, and I was young, it held those little criss-crossed bobby-pin curls pretty well.  But, as I got older and wanted longer hair, there was less and less it would do.  I used a curling iron all through junior high and at about age sixteen or so, I’d had it with straight.   Home permanents became a regular thing, and once on my own, salon perms . . . until I’d literally damaged my hair so badly it refused to grow. 

From the day I quit using chemicals on it, to the next time it needed a trim . . . about six years!  Once it finally began to grow, I was hooked on long hair and content enough with it being straight.  I used hot rollers every once in a while, but the curls never held.  The least little bit of humidity and . . . flump.  Straight hair.

For the last twenty years or so, my hair has seen little in the way of products and chemicals.  I don’t colour it, or dye it, or perm it, or use hairspray or gel.  I am blessed with genes (from my mama) that continue to provide me with a warm brunette only barely beginning to show signs of silver (which I love, by the way!)  I wash and condition it about three times a week, and in between it’s usually up in a bun or a twist.  When I go out with my husband, I try to remember to take it down, ’cause he prefers that, so I use a small hairstick, a barrette, or clip of some sort to keep it out of my face.  Once a year for Dickens on the Strand, I rely on a friend to braid most of it, and give me some sort of period “do”—usually involving what Kelly refers to as “China-hair” or clip on hairpieces.  And once in a while on a faire weekend I do something fun with it like bunches of tiny braids that result in what one friend used to call “mermaid hair,” or I might get a professional hairbraid.  In all these years, I’ve kept it long (just above my waist most of the time) and just gave up on having curls.

Just before the turn of the year, it was time for another trim.  I had let it get way too long (I was sitting on it!), and I had Ginger take about 13 inches off of it.  It was so fun, and felt so short, I tried curling it for Hogmanay!  Unfortunately, my busy New Year’s Eve day didn’t allow for enough time for the rag curls (my old hot roller set was dead) to set, so it looked kind of curly for the first twenty-five minutes of the party!  Grrr.  I was frustrated, but wanted to try again.   I got another trim this summer, and have had curls on my mind.  (Thanks, Ginger!)  This week, while in an Ulta store, I saw these crazy soft rollers and decided it was time to give curls another go.  So, right now, I sit here in front of my laptop, with leopard-print (it was my only choice) soft curlers in my hair.  I’m going to try sleeping on them, and see if I have curls tomorrow!

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

~MB

Learning Saturday, Sep 20 2008 

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

Right Here, Right Now. Saturday, Sep 20 2008 

19 September 2008
I was feeling well enough to head back to work today, so despite the lingering headache and the unrelenting whooping cough, I stumbled on into work. While digging into my daily duties, I discovered a cache of mistakes from the previous days attempt at work. Note to self: Don’t do the important work tasks while out of your head with pain & fever.

Late in the day my friend Mary posted this little bit on her blog along with a photo:

Rules:
1. take a picture of yourself right now.
(Don’t change your clothes, don’t fix your hair… just take a picture!)
2. Post that picture with NO editing.
3. Post these instructions with your picture.

I decided to play along.
Hard at Work
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 20 September 2008 )

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Discarded Lunch Saturday, Sep 20 2008 

18 September 2008
Home sick with the second worst headache I think I’ve ever had. I sweat and shook and chilled through the night, so I think my fever has broken. Hoping the day looks up from here.
As part of my ongoing attempt to lose weight I’m doing things differently. For instance, I’m eating apples and strawberries instead of a small bag of chips. I’m drinking a pint of water rather than a 12oz soda pop. I’m photographing my food rather than eating it.
No. Kidding about that last one.
Lunch
But, here is my uneaten lunch from Wednesday. I just didn’t feel like eating yesterday, so today I took a photo of it instead.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 20 September 2008 )

Watching:
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Episode: Automatic for the People

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15)
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