Something Pithy Here

"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.


Filtering by Category: Misc

And geekness ensued….

I’ve been frustrated with the performance of my laptop lately, and so have been entertaining the idea of a fresh install. The Windows Home Server is nicely established, so I have backups there, on mozy and on the MO’s big-ass hard drive. After much dithering, I took the plunge on Monday and installed Windows 7. So far things have been (mostly) awesome!

First of all, the installation process was clever enough to realize I already had Vista, and offered to keep all my data (and programs, I think—not really sure because I didn’t choose that option) or go with a blank install. I wanted to wipe the slate clean, so I chose the install. Then I still had the option to keep a copy of my old stuff! Very cool. Yet another backup, I guess….

The install picked up all the basic drivers except for my card reader, and I found those with the “look for this on the web” option. (I haven’t hooked up my printer or scanner yet, so I suppose I shouldn’t get too giddy, but still.) Network, WHS, various Live applications, all so far so good.

EXCEPT. The one thing I didn’t bother to check for compatibility—Windows Live OneCare. Which I have just paid my subscription for. And is apparently being end-of-lifed by M$! Soooo, something called Avast is now pulling virus protection duties. I am still irked by this one. But 7 is purty, and for this magpie, that goes a long way, so I suppose I’ll get over it before long :-)

This post brought to you by peripheral vision

And/Or good brakes. But probably more good luck than anything else..... "Running a red light" usually means someone trying to sneak through a little bit after their light turns red. This morning some dude barreling down Shepherd didn't even see the light, as far as I can tell. I was the third or fourth car in line, and the guy in front of me had just turned left. I'm halfway across the intersection and all of a sudden I'm slamming on my brakes because a pickup truck is zooming across right in front of me! I thought, wtf, I fell asleep in the intersection or didn't notice the light change or what? but I looked up at my light and sure enough it was still green as green can be. I was inches from having a severely t-boned Miata. That's one way to wake up, but I can't say that I actually recommend it.

My Reward

for a morning of laundry and vacuuming and mopping.


Peaches & cava. I sure do love peach season, and I have to admit that Texas makes very tasty peaches. (Coming from Georgia, it was natural to be skeptical....)

San Antonio


1. What We Did on Saturday, 2. Cypress Trees on the Riverwalk, 3. The MO, 4. Emily Morgan Hotel

We spent the weekend in San Antonio, the result of a spur-of-the-moment decision to go see G2 play a high school baseball game. Having never seen a high school game before (well, maybe one time I went to one of Liz's softball games? but that was a long time ago, and I really didn't know anything about baseball at that time) it was a lot of fun. The weather was gorgeous and the food was delicious and we stopped to shoot sporting clays on the way home, so yes, it was a delightful weekend :-)


[Mosaic from Big Huge Labs]

The Latest Musical Obsession

We saw this on MTV-U last night (curses on U-Verse for canning IMF, but MTV-U at least partially makes up for it) and I think the MO has watched it about, oh, a zillion times since then.

Pig Feast

The MO and I saw this on the way home yesterday. No other information was provided. We have to assume it's going to be a restaurant. A pig restaurant. Of feasting proportions. Yummmmmmm.....



Update: Feast is now open, and it is fabulous.

Hi!! Hi!!!

So I'm taking the leap into MT4. Small steps first--supposedly I've set up Refeed to pull in my public Vox posts. We'll see how that goes....

I still haven't decided exactly what to do with this site, now that I have Vox. I hate to let this moulder (more than it already has), especially since I found out that I have such good taste in blog-naming. Maybe I'll try to come up with a new name for here, although I think my BTW is actually a few months older than his :-)

Vox Rocks

Okay, so I've totally switched over to Vox for GP blogging. I bring the feed in here, so you can keep this bookmark and still get all the latest. This address is now a conglomeration of content from Pretty Shiny, TMI and my genealogy pages. Since Vox is limited in terms of customization (which is a relief, in some ways) this page will also be my widget playground. Bring on the widgets!!!

The permalink at the bottom of each post here will take you to the appropriate full entry, wherever it lives. If you've been wanting to comment (or blog!) on Vox and you need an invite, drop me an email and I'll send you one next time I get more. I am absolutely in lurv with Vox....

Meat in Public

Tabblo: Meat in Public

Prime Time Lou, the Fiberglass Badger, the Mad Oilman and TXMagpie travel to Austin to see Ron White at the Paramount....

We stopped in Lockhart on the way and sampled the wares at Kreuz
Barbeque. Six pounds of meat later, we declared ourselves mightily
... See my Tabblo>

Messing About

Having now spread myself all across the internet, I'm playing with making this page an aggregation of all those posts. I'm not super-happy with it, so it may not stay that way.... But for now I'm over it, so you're stuck with the current incarnation :-)

Vox Keeps Rocking

I'm having lots of fun over at vox. I got my cellphone hooked up, so I can send a picture straight to vox, and I'm happy to note that the RSS feeds and direct links honor the privacy settings. (Not surprised, but happy :-)

I've also updated to MovableType 3.3 on my "real" sites and so far everything seems hunky-dory. It's not an overwhelming update, but there are some nice touches. The default entry interface is nicer, the widget thingy shows promise, and best of all, nothing b0rked during the upgrade.

Happiness is well-behaved software.

Playing with Vox

I got a vox invite, so I created Pretty Shiny. I'm kind of on new tool overload lately, what with vox and flock and preloadr.... So far I like flock, although the not-keeping-your-category thing is a huge pain in the butt. Vox seems quite well-done. I'm curious to see if any of the easy-ness of vox made it into the MT3.3 release. Preloadr is a cool idea, but I haven't used it much yet. I hope they give me some vox invites soon so I can have some friends ;-)

But Wait, There's More!

In my never-ending quest to create the perfect suite of websites (ha ha ha!) I've added the latest three entries from TMI and DDC over there on the right. So now I'll be constantly reminded how often I don't update everywhere :-)

I've been doing a lot of genealogy work lately, and trying to decide just how to integrate the blog(s) with my TNG database. Still ruminating and messing about with that....

Oh, and I've been alerted to the fact that my redirect attempts were not overly successful, so I've left a message at the "old" By The Way page to hopefully give folks a hint to come over here. If you got lost in the shuffle, I do apologize! I swear, every time I tackle a web project, I wonder how it is that I manage to keep my day job. Sigh. I mean, after what I've been through at work, you'd think I'd be able to handle a simple little web page, but noooooo. Nothing like unfamiliarity to humble the thinks-she's-a-hotshot computer geek....

Another Brilliant Fashion Idea from France

This is really dumb.

stupid sox

The website claims "Minisocks are unexpected." Well, yeah, that's about the nicest thing you could say. "They will give you a chic parisian touch and will enhance your favorite pair of shoes." I think my favorite pair of shoes would run off screaming if a "minisock" got anywhere near them. Not to mention the reaction The Mad One would have. Running off screaming is probably the mildest possible scenario there.

What an incredibly bad idea.

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