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Friday, September 26, 2008

Skywatch Friday (Unofficially)

Don't you love memes (and that color of blue)? Anyway, I lifted this one from Bookgirl, so feel free to use it as well if you're in need of a blog topic. :)

On your nightstand now: Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Good before bed reading.

Book you’ve “faked” reading: Usually, I'm pretty honest about what I've not read, but it's been so long since I've read The Grapes of Wrath that I think I've actually forgotten it. Or maybe I just blocked it from my memory. :)

Book you’ve bought for the cover: Most of my coffee table books. Most recently, a Mary Cassatt book. Well, actually, it's a combination of the cover and what's inside. Does anyone really buy a book only for the cover?

Favorite book when you were a child: The Monster at the End of This Book (by Grover, from Sesame Street). It's really scary.

Book that changed your life: Many, many, many. So many, in fact, that I'm now wondering if I'm too easily influenced by books! Most recently, though, Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell.

Favorite line from a book: "Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course. Piracy, for example, is a tradition that has been carried on for hundreds of years, but that doesn't mean we should all attack ships and steal their gold." From The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket

Top five favorite authors: C.S. Lewis, Amy Tan, Dr. Seuss, J.K. Rowling, Ann Patchett (But as Bookgirl said, my list might be different tomorrow.)

Books you recommend as regeneration when people say, “I’m bored by almost all contemporary American writers”: The Best American Short Stories from that year

Book you can’t believe that everyone has not read and loved: Life of Pi

Book you are an “evangelist” for: I couldn't pick one. I don't feel so great about picking two. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Book you most want to read for the first time: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I've gotten more recommendations for this than for anything else!

The More Things Change, The More They Remain the Same

Four years since Jason and I went on our first date. (Well, it was technically our second first date, but I'll save you the complicated story.)

Since I think in lists, here's what was rattling around in my head during our celebration...

Four Things That Have Changed in Four Years...
-Location. The biggest one--we're Texans now.
-Jobs. Neither of us is working in radio any longer.
-Credentials. Jason finished his Bachelor's; I got my Master's.
-Bedtime. Four years ago, we had lunch at Jason's, watched a Bama game, then hung out and walked around campus until midnight or so. Last night, we came home, walked Fred, and fell asleep at 7:30.

Four Things That Have Not Changed...
-Direction. Jason is still heading towards "something in ministry," and I'm still in the library world.
-Taste buds. We ordered the same things we always do at Jason's Deli--Texas spud for him, 1/2 spud au broc and tomato basil soup for me.
-Fred. Still as dramatic and fluffy as ever.
-My hair. It's the same length it was four years ago, just before I cut it all off. Hmm...

Four Things We're Considering for the Next Four Years...
-More credentials. Jason should finish up this Master's sometime in 2010, and we're both thinking about PhD possibilities after that. We'll see.
-Location. We have no idea where God will lead us after this, so that's both exciting and scary.
-Kiddos. That will depend on jobs, degrees and my level of panic and terror at the idea.
-Another puppy! (Don't tell Jason.) But this is not nearly as scary as a kid. :)

And, because I want to have four lists of four things but can't really think of a fourth one that relates to our date-a-versary...

Four Things We're Planning for This Weekend...
-Watching Bama surprise Georgia with a win. And watching it with a die hard UGA fan. Fun.
-Homework. For both of us. Not so fun.
-Church. Our church is in a time of transition right now, so you never know what's going to come up on Sunday morning. Should be interesting!
-Buying sunglasses. Mine broke. Again. Again.

How is YOUR weekend shaping up?

Friday, September 19, 2008

Children's Lit

Children's literature...more fun for kids or adults? Hands-down, it's my favorite thing to read.

A query on the SLIS listserv this week asked for recommendations for a small collection of American children's books. In no time, there were almost 20 responses.

This is a topic that is close to the hearts of many librarians.

Responses ranged from some of my favorites (The Giving Tree, The Berenstein Bears, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) to some I'm not so wild about (Heather Has Two Mommies) to some I've never even heard of (Llama Llama Red Pajama, anyone?).

So, I'm curious. What are YOUR favorite children's books? If you have kids, what do they enjoy?

Meanwhile, here are 10 of my favorites (but I have hundreds more). :)

Dr. Seuss-absolutely anything
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola
You Are Special by Max Lucado
Duck for President and Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka
So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George

Pumpkin & Spice & Everything Nice

Fall!!!

Thanks to Ike, we are actually having beautiful fall weather here. 70s/80s for daytime highs and down in the 50s at night! It's perfect!

To me, Fall = football, dark denim jacket, hearing the crisp leaves under your feet, cinnamon, brown colors everywhere, wearing a coat to walk the dog in the morning, watching "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," scary stories, fall music...but the absolute best thing about Fall is the...

Pumpkin Spice Latte

If you keep up with me on Facebook, you've probably read my status updates extolling its virtues and describing my daily cravings. Seriously, the week they came out--I drank five. It was killing my diet and my budget! So, now I'm down to two a week...or sometimes three.

Anyway, for further proof of my obsession, I altered Dolly's classic "Here You Come Again." Hey, it was a long drive to work this morning. Enjoy, and happy Fall. (I'm off to Starbucks.)

Here you come again
Just when I've begun to get my weight together
You waltz right in the door
Just like every Fall before
And wrap my heart 'round your little finger

Here you come again
Just when I'm about to make it to work without you
I pass you on all my drives
And you lie those pretty lies
And pretty soon I'm wonderin' what's an afternoon without you

All I have to do is smell that smell
And there go all my defenses
Just leave it up to you and in one quick fell
You're messin' up my mind and fillin' up my senses

Here you come again
Lookin' better than a coffee has a right to
And shakin' me up so that all I really know
Is here you come again ...And here I go

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Librarian Links

I'm still reading! Reviews incoming a.s.a.p.

Meanwhile...

Lately I've been more interested in librarianship as a career (theories, trends, etc.). Interesting article on the future of that career choice...
http://www.libraryjournal.com/info/CA6593128.html?nid=2673#news1

If you're a newcomer to the field, here are a couple of links that will help clarify some of the jargon...
http://lu.com/odlis/about.cfm
http://wikis.ala.org/professionaltips/index.php/Acronyms

Meanwhile, what do you think about age-rated books and the new Google browser?

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Happy Birthday, Dad!

We celebrated Jason's birthday, Labor Day and my dad's birthday (which is actually today) all rolled into one last week when Dad came to visit. We missed going to Dallas because he left a day early (wanted to beat Gustav home), but it was still a lot of fun. Here is my mini photo essay from our trip to Fort Worth's "historic" Stockyards. Good times!
Jason at the Stockyards...
Dad at the Stockyards...




Future hamburgers...it was actually kind of sad seeing the death march. I kept thinking of the Phoebe song from Friends and wanted to say "Run, guys!"



View of the Stockyards shopping area...


Dad at a place called Curly's, which is his wife's name. Curly's (the place, not the person) has amazing custard...



Thursday, September 04, 2008

Emerging Readers

We had a great Labor Day visiting with my dad, and we took lots of fun pictures, which I will share soon.

But right now all I can think about is my book club, which meets tomorrow. We're exploring the literature of the "emergent" church, which is a pretty loosely defined movement, but here's what we read:

Blue Like Jazz, which was a little too abstract for me...

The Shack, which was an interesting novel, but shouldn't be taken for theological truth...

Velvet Elvis, which I think absolutely every person should read...


Seriously, this one is going on my all-time favorite list. I wanted to share several quotes, but I've already loaned the book to a friend. (Also, I think I would end up just quoting the whole book.)

So, go read it for yourself; then let's discuss!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Read from the beginning...