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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.


My Next Million-Dollar Idea

I think drugstores and grocery stores should let me, the customer, benefit from those frequent shoppers cards they use to learn all about me. Here's how it would work.

They already keep track of everything I buy, right? I want to log into a website where I can manage that list. In particular, I would check off items that I want to purchase the next time I'm at the store. When I get to the store, near the door where I pick up my cart or basket, there is a little scanner/printer. I wave my card under the scanner and it prints my shopping list for me. Arranged by aisle according to the layout of that particular store. I get a couple of coupons at the end, based on what I'm buying. Once I go through the checkout line, my "selected items" list gets zeroed out, ready for next time.

It might even print the whole list, showing x's or quantities next to the items I indicated I wanted to buy, and blanks next to the other stuff. This would serve as a reminder of all the stuff I normally get, in case I've forgotten that I need something. If I haven't selected anything to purchase, then it definitely prints the whole list.

One key is that this list needs to be legible, but not too long. Some of the grocery receipts today are just ridiculous--miles of paper touting all sorts of stupid savers programs that I'm not interested in. The shopping list needs to be fairly succint. And there should be a trash can at the checkout so I can throw it away. Or shred it! (Way more fun.)

I'm sure I'm not the only person who habitually forgets to bring my shopping list to the store....

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