I love having all these buttons on my jean jacket. You can identify most of them; pay special attention to the newest one, upper left in left photo, above. That one came in the mail this week and is the reason I am showing you my collection. The Swiss flag honors my heritage. The American flag is my small attempt to recapture patriotism from the far right. A couple in the second photo honor my short and intermittent career as a librarian. The ribbon with the battle E is from my short but honorable career in the Naval Reserve; I think everyone gets the ribbon as part of their service, but the E means that my unit got an award for readiness. (During peacetime everything is all about readiness.) I personally contributed little or nothing to deserve this award, merely being in the right place at the right time. The wolf's head reminded me of big ol' Bear, our senior dog. And the D is from my accounting firm.
The only downside of the buttons is that it makes it problematic to wear a handknit scarf. It is way too easy to snag it on the buttons. But I persevere. Cuz I am dedicated like that.
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The new look on the blog is because I picked a different Typepad preset theme. I was disgusted with the narrow space allotted to my deathless prose and stunning photographs in the previous one. I'm not in love with the vivid colors of this theme, though; I will probably change it again soon to something less bold. Yeah, I change my computer wallpaper every time the wind blows, too.
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I am meeting up with Cathy-Cate this afternoon for some knitting and chatting and giggling and whatnot. I have my camera ready. Yay for the innerwebs and the way it connects us to friendly and like-hobbied folks!