Goose’s Acre Taps Thursday, Nov 5 2009 

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

Pub Guys Recording Session Thursday, Nov 5 2009 

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

Kyle in the Beer Aisle Wednesday, Mar 11 2009 

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

Our Table at Bobby V’s Sunday, Dec 14 2008 

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

Just Another . . . Monday Wednesday, Nov 26 2008 

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

Beers and Their Bottles Saturday, Oct 4 2008 

30 September 2008
So, by now, we all know I like my beer. Nor am I afraid to try new beers. I mean, how else will you find that new special favourite? I’ve had some real skunks over the years, I’ve also found some truly sparkling gems. Both are represented here:
New Glarus & Breckenridge Breweries
The New Glarus Spotted Cow is a fine, easily drinkable beer that goes with every bit of food I’ve paired with it. By contrast, the Summer Wheat from Breckenridge Brewery tastes much like crocodile swill (or at least what I would imagine crocodile swill to taste like). However, I’m also a firm "believer" in the Irish barrel that awaits me upon my demise. So, crocodile swill or not, I drank it. I just won’t buy it again.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 3 October 2008 )

Listening to:
Rag & Bone by White Stripes
from Icky Thump

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The Perfect Pour Thursday, Aug 28 2008 

27 August 2008
(With apologies to A & W)
My Guinness Stout,
it has that frosty pint taste,
frosty pint taste!
Yes, my Guinness Stout has that frosty pint taste.

I do love my Guinness.
Perfect Pour
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 28 August 2008 )

Chad by Cold Electric
from Cold Electric

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My Goodness Wednesday, Aug 27 2008 

26 August 2008
One of these days, I’ll learn to pay closer attention to the little focusing square in my camera. Perhaps it was the "late" hour, perhaps I was distracted by the subject. Either way, the center of focus is most certainly not what I would have chosen, had I but paid attention.
My Goodness
It is what it is. During the fall & winter months and bleeding into spring, this is my beer of choice. I will always prefer water over beer for overall consumptive purposes, but a photo of the water spout on the refrigerator is decidedly less interesting than a gaggle of Guinness bottles in the icebox.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 27 August 2008 )

Listening to:
A conference call

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Guinness – It’s Good For You Sunday, Jul 27 2008 

22 July 2008
There are certain concessions that corporations allow their employees. One of those concessions is the decorations and gewgaws that employees are allowed to use to decorate their offices – or in my case a cubicle. I have surrounded myself in my office with happy things, things that make me smile and remind me of why I work. One of those things, and the first thing I see when I walk into my cubicle each morning is this poster:
Guinness Poster
It’s a simple reminder that at the end of the day, I can walk away and have myself a Guinness. After all, Guinness is good for you.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 27 July 2008 )

Listening to:
Best I Ever Had by Gary Allan
from Tough All Over

A Croxley’s Ale Saturday, Jun 21 2008 

19 June 2008
After a very long, immensely frustrating day of software and hardware conversion, Lou & I went to celebrate a job done & over. We were going to meet a co-worker, but she backed out at the last minute being knackered beyond; and living in the area – thus, close to her bed – she went home. Lou & I continued with our plans, we just changed locations. We wound up at Croxley’s Fine Ale House in Rockville Centre, some 20-25 minutes East of JFK.
An Ale at Croxley's
A meal and a couple of drinks later, back to the hotel we went.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 21 June 2008)

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