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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.

 

Pantry Cat & Teh Cookie Kitteh Choir make their debut

CATDIP V is finally underway.... This time around we're doing album covers for imaginary bands. The original picture for the first round was already manipulated--Mom put a tabby cat in her pantry. The theme was Religion, so I invented Pantry Cat and Teh Cookie Kitteh Choir. I found some wig images to cut out to give Teh Kittehs some style, a song for them to sing, and away we went.

catdip v round 1

I drew the text and scanned it into GIMP, and then used the bitmap tracing tool in Inkscape to make pngs. (That was new for me, and SO EASY! I am going to experiment so more with that on more complex line-art scans and see how it goes. I'm hoping it's a good solution, because I really hate doing the magic wand/eraser stuff just to try to get a good black-and-white image.) I used kuler to pick the background and text colors and then just fiddled with the layout til I got tired of messing with it ;-)

All in all, I'm very pleased.

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