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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Jason's Birthday Post

A long time ago (Monday) in a state far, far away (from Alabama)...Jason and I finished off his month-long birthday celebration at the Star Wars exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

I was a late-comer to the Star Wars stuff (and more into the movies than the science), so I didn't think I would enjoy the exhibit as much as my husband. And, OK, I probably didn't. But seeing the costumes from the films, the actual sizes of Yoda and Darth Vader, the little mini-R2s...it was all really very cool.

And I think that, combined with the iPod and an exquisite lemon cake (haha), made for a pretty decent birthday for Mr. Norris. So, for the last time this month, happy birthday, Jason!

Scroll down for the pics if you're interested.









Congratulations!

Congratulations Mashea and Dave on a little girl!

Mashea is one of my dear friends, and we go back a long way. I'm so thankful she and her daughter are doing well...even though Emerson Caroline made her debut a little earlier than expected...weighing in at less than four pounds (which is about what her mom weighs, incidentally). Just kidding. :)

Now, Mashea...you've got to get a blog or a myspace page, so we can see some pictures!

Congratulations again, and I can't wait to see Emerson!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Pics from Texas!

My old lady corner-ha! Scroll down for more pics from our new place!

Mobile blogging!

One more pic. Believe it or not, many of our books are under the table. We need more shelves!

Blogging from my phone!

More apartment pics. My gifted brother-in-law, Michael, did the paintings.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Trumpeter of Krakow

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly


Joseph knew only a few things when he left the Ukraine with his mother and father.

Mostly he knew...

-His family was in danger.
-They had powerful relatives with connections in Poland.
-His father guarded, transported and highly valued a seemingly average pumpkin.

When his family arrived in Krakow, Joseph learned...

-The people who had been chasing them in the Ukraine had made it to Poland as well.
-Their relatives had been run out of town.
-The pumpkin Joseph's father guarded held an ancient, mystic secret.


The title The Trumpeter of Krakow isn't a perfect description of the book's plot, but it does give a hint about the interesting sub-plot to the main action. After securing a place to live in Krakow, Joseph's father becomes the trumpeter of the city and has to play a certain tune every hour. He also enlists his neighbors' and others' help in trying to obtain an audience with the king, believing the king is the only one trustworthy and powerful enough to share his secret. However, with dangerous Tartars searching for him and double-crossing neighbors out to secure their own fortunes, his time is limited.

Joseph, meanwhile, makes friends quickly with the girl who lives upstairs. He also enrolls in school and becomes somewhat of an apprentice to his father, learning the piece to play on the trumpet. This skill works greatly in his and his family's favor later in the book.

While the plot briefly drags at times, and today's readers might find the language a bit stiff, The Trumpeter of Krakow is still a worthwhile read. Readers will find ancient mysticism mixed with a bit of history, young romance and the fate of a city resting on the wit and logic of Joseph.


Favorite quotes:

The prestige of the various colleges and the reputation of the men who taught there had drawn to Krakow not only genuine students but also many of the craft that live by their wits in all societies, in all ages--fortune tellers and astrologers, magicians and palmists, charlatans, necromancers, and fly-by-nights who were forever eluding the authorities of the law. Here, somewhere on the Street of the Pigeons, they all found lodging.

He is not a servant of the Church, though a good Christian.

A priest he might have been, a brother of some order he seemed, but a scholar he was certainly, for there was that in his face and a droop to the shoulders that proclaimed him a man of letters.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Houndstooth and Hopefulness

Wow...so I've been absent from the blogging world for what feels like forever.

So much has happened in the last few weeks that I don't know exactly where to start!

I guess I could tell you about our l-o-n-g moving experience, where the movers (Midwest Relocation Services, by the way) were late, rude and a bit careless. (These pictures are of Jason and Fred in Tuscaloosa and Fort Worth, respectively...absolutely worn out by our waiting, waiting, waiting...then unloading, unloading...and, yes, unloading.)














Or I could talk about our new apartment, pictures of which are included below (the bedroom and my "book nook" for now...more to follow).















Or I guess I could tell you that I'm now the supervisor of about 20 graduate students at the Audio-Visual/Computer Learning Centers at the seminary. (Read more at my
pro. blog.)

But...even though my body is in Texas, I guess my heart is still in Alabama because I've been dwelling on the upcoming football season, making connections with Alabama folks here (including my boss) and coveting these houndstooth shoes...available only in Tuscaloosa, apparently. :(


To go along with the shoes...how about some quotes from The Bear?


-If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, "Roll, tide, roll!"
-It's kind of hard to rally around a math class.
-I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.





(sigh)

OK, moving back to reality and to Texas stuff...things actually are going well.

We're getting settled in our new living quarters (the poor house as Fred calls it-ha). I'm starting to hit my stride in the new job, and Jason starts classes tomorrow. And as he said, the longer we're here, the more clear it is that this is, indeed, where God wants us to be. While stretching our faith, He just keeps giving us one affirmation after another, and that is exactly what we need right now.

So, please pray for us, and I'll try to do a better job of posting (not to mention commenting)!

Back in the Blogging Business

So...wow, I've been gone from the blogging world for awhile. But I'm trying to get caught up now, and I promise to do better now that my schedule is a bit more adjusted!

I'm currently working as the supervisor at the Audio-Visual/Computer Learning Centers at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The biggest challenge so far has been transitioning from being one of two librarians who handled everything from circulation to cataloging to reference to computer problems to being a manager of a staff of about 20 graduate students.

I now delegate, delegate, delegate, which is particularly challenging for someone as task-oriented as myself! I really like it so far, and I'm working with a wonderful group of people. It's also nice being able to have lunch with my husband every day because he's a student at the seminary. :)

Anyway, continuing the tradition on this blog, I won't be saying much more about my current job, but I will still be inundating you with quick links, book reviews and anything else that pops into my head--haha.

The Trumpeter of Krakow and Mockingbird reviews will be coming soon, but, for now...here are some quick links to distract you on this Wednesday!

Open Library article

Podcast interview with the new president of the ALA

Ebsco/UA News

Bibliomules??!!

Man Rows Boat to Work in Lieu of Sitting in D.C. Traffic??!!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

More thoughts and pics...

So...since life will be up in the air for the next few days...or weeks, I'll be going "radio silent" on my blogs for awhile. Not to worry...I'm reading as much as ever, and I'll be recording all my brilliant thoughts and observations to share with my many, many readers a.s.a.p. ;)

Oh, and if you didn't get the "Alias" reference, please go out and rent the DVDs. Immediately. Right now. Great show.

Meanwhile...I was just messing around with some pictures...




More thoughts and pics

So...since life will be up in the air for the next few days...or weeks, I'll be going "radio silent" on my blogs for awhile. Not to worry...I'm reading as much as ever, and I'll be recording all my brilliant thoughts and observations to share with my many, many readers a.s.a.p. ;)

Oh, and if you didn't get the "Alias" reference, please go out and rent the DVDs. Immediately. Right now. Great show.

Meanwhile...I was just messing around with some pictures...




Read from the beginning...