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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.


Starting the New Year with a Bang!

I must have been a very good girl last year :-) My Christmas stocking truly runneth over. Since we spent Christmas weekend in Florida with Mom & Dad, we had a second Christmas on New Year's Eve with Mark's family. That's when my even-more-wonderful-than-usual husband trotted out the Big Surprise Gift:

Needless to say, New Year's Day was spent at the range, getting acquainted with Chester.

Ever since I fired Kim's M1 in September, I've been raving about this gun. Until then, I hadn't "got" the rifle thing. I was perfectly satisfied with Maggie (my shotgun) and then delighted with Ivan (my revolver) and didn't think a rifle was at all necessary or even interesting. Well, a combination of sentimentality and exhilaration changed that. I'll assume that the exhilaration part is obvious ;-) and just post this picture and this link of my grandfather to explain the sentimentality:

Of course Chester is not the folding-stock paratrooper version that my grandfather carried, but it is a 1944 M1 .30 carbine and I am now officially a member of the Nation of Riflemen. Thank you, Kim, and extra-special thank you with-sugar-on-top, Mark. I am a happy woman.

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