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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.


Excellent Bead Party

Yesterday's Bead Party was sooo much fun!

To lend an air of respectability to all the mimosa-drinking, I used the beautiful white table linens that Just Joe and Marianne gave us for Christmas.
a pretty table for brunch

The Man was in full chef mode, and insisted on plating the potato cake before fleeing the growing atmosphere of estrogen.
yummy potato cake

We had a very productive day--everybody made something, and most of us had time to make several pieces. Here Ann models her dangly earrings and I show off two of my necklaces:
oh, the glamour

And here is a round-up of the first set of bracelets:
with our wrists well-adorned

TFLIH and I were last women standing, and we finished the afternoon with a lot of laughing as we tried to make beaded rings following instructions from a Japanese beading book. (Yes, the text is all in Japanese. Luckily, it has lots of pictures.) The results ranged from "Hey, that's pretty cool!" to "I'm just going to send this to my mother and tell her I made it. Then she'll have to wear it."

This morning I still had beads on the brain, so I got that book back out and tried one of the necklace patterns. It took for-frickin-ever but I like the results!
lots of little beadies here

I do believe that The Magpie Instinct's motto, "All that glitters is good," has once again been proven true.

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