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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.


The Beads are Here!

Just look at these goodies!

The Beads are Here!

My moms & I ordered together from Fire Mountain to get the quantity discount, and I got the shipment today. Some stuff was backordered, but still a gorgeous selection! I love love loooooove beadies....

In this picture: red aventurine, peach aventurine, red jasper, rhodonite, mookite, unakite, autumn jasper, jade, and jadeite. The red stuff isn't really quite as red as it looks (on my monitor, at any rate) but it is all beautiful. We tried to get stuff that "goes together" and we did a much better job than usual. In real life, the aventurine, jasper and rhodonite look quite smashing together. Also got some Swarovski crystals in what turned out to be fairly random colors that don't really go with the gemstones after all, but you can't really call a swaro bead ugly no matter what. So I guess it's time to put together a Bead Party and make some stuff! Woohoo!

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