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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.

 

Catan Withdrawal

While Mom & Dad were here, we played Settlers of Catan at least every other night (we even took it with us to California) and now I am in serious withdrawal. The MO did find some two-player rules on the net and we played the first version over the weekend, but he isn't usually up for games during the week, so I'm anxiously waiting for the weekend. Meanwhile, Mom & Dad have been playing this 2-player variation at home (we got them so hooked we had to go to Nan's to buy a copy to send home with them, and they bought the Seafarer's expansion for us :-) so I'm looking forward to trying that version as well.

I'm learning that the MO and I have rather different approaches to gaming. (He might suggest that I'm learning this very slowly ;-) He's all about winning, and I'm all about having a good time. I especially don't like to feel like I'm at an advantage just because I've played a particular game more often. You can see where these two viewpoints might cause friction....

Anyhow, we spit at each other every now and then over this (usually lightly disguised as a discussion about "being serious"), and lo and behold, here comes an article in The Games Journal telling us we're both wrong ;-) I am certainly guilty of providing unsolicited advice and he has a penchant for suggesting obstruction of the current leader.... Other than that we're both perfect, I'm sure.

Whether you agree with the points in the linked article or not, I do suggest that you check out The Games Journal site (if you're a gamer, that is). I find the articles well-written and interesting, and certainly on topics near and dear to my heart. (Discovering that the MO likes to play games ranks as serious Eureka! moment in my life.)

[In my defense, I don't like to be on the inexperienced end of the teeter-totter, either, so my advice-giving is (in my mind, at any rate) a do-unto-others type impulse, and in his defense, I can get a bit pissy about it if I feel like I've made a bad move out of ignorance. Unfortunately for him, I feel pretty damned ignorant about MTG no matter how many times we play. Have I mentioned that he is a very patient and forgiving man?]

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