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We are trying to keep this Germany thing hush-hush. We don’t want anyone at BBBY to hear that we might be moving soon. Because of that, I won’t be posting anything on Facebook or MySpace while I’m gone, so all the news and pics will be posted here. I am hoping that I’ll be able to update a few times while I am there, but I don’t want to be rude and spend a bunch of time on the computer while I’m visiting the in-laws. :)

9 days!

Beth thinks that they might offer me the job at the end of the interview! Whoa. That would be really exhilarating! Rob thinks I should tell them that because of the information they’ve given me today (I have a few questions about the position, salary, benefits, etc. to ask them), I need to discuss the final decision with my husband. I guess that’s perfectly normal… but I really just want to say yes right away. :)

Beth and James leave for Guatamala on Tuesday. I should be done with my interview hours before their plane leaves the air. Crazy. I’m still not used to the idea. I guess they are completely moved out of their place and will leave it for good tomorrow. Kind of reminds me of the beginning of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Oh, the interview is Tuesday, August 7 at 11 a.m., which is 4 a.m. CST. Prayers, thoughts, happy feelings all welcome: aim ’em towards Giessen, Germany!

HP7 leaked? We’ll see…

“New Potter Book May Have Made Its Way to Web” is the title of Motoko Rich’s NY Times article reporting that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows may have been leaked, but I want to know for sure. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing right now. There’s no way of knowing until I get my hands on a copy at 12:01 a.m. early Saturday morning.

Despite the uncertainty, I am posting an image of this suspected leak. It’s the first page of the first chapter, so there shouldn’t be any spoilers. To be honest with you, I’m only reading first sentence (Dr. Smith always said that the first, middle, and last sentences are usually very important, although how he would locate the “middle” sentence in a Harry Potter book is beyond me). For something that I have anticipated for over two years, I don’t want the ending–or the events leading up to the ending, for that matter!–spoiled. But I digress. Take a look at the first page. Read the first sentence, or even the first few paragraphs. Does it sound like Rowling to you? Or just an copycat, and elaborate hoax, as some are charging?

So we can see this supposed first page and when we open our books for the first time, we will know if it really was leaked. What I want to know, but never will, is how this HP Leaker got the book out of wherever he (the hands look distinctly male to me) got it from. How long did it take him to take take a picture of each page? And I mean each page–Rob showed me about three sets of blank pages after the end that appear in many books because of printing configurations–that our mysterious photographer captured ever so dutifully. Did he tell his girlfriend, roommate, wife, best friend, that it was he who did it? Is he bursting with excitement at having read the most anticipated novel of the early 21st century five days before anyone else in the world, save the author and a few editors, while at the same time, is unable to share his excitement for fear of penalty? Is this man a true Harry Potter fan or just someone who got paid the big bucks to upload his files to a downloading site? The world may never know.

Meanwhile, I’m counting down the hours, minutes, seconds, until midnight on Friday. 2 days, 14 hours, 15 minutes, and 33 seconds, 32, 31. . .

I don’t want to subject anyone who does not want to see the page to an accidental viewing, so click here to see the first page. I think Photobucket (where I’ve stored the image online) resized the file, so if you really want to see it close up, I can email you the file. The actual file can be zoomed greatly and allows for more easy reading.

Here’s a Treat

Okay, now I am going ask if any one is reading this. If you are, you’re getting a secret-ish type thing today.

We don’t want to announce this to everyone yet, because it’s just an interview, but here’s the news. A couple weeks ago, I sent an application in for a full-time tenured position at Justus-Liebig-Uni in Giessen, Germany, teaching bachelor’s and master’s level English teachers. Today when I opened my Gmail, there was an email from Dr. Legutke asking me to come to Germany for an interview on August 7!

I was sitting in my (brand new private) office and I jumped up and squealed a little bit. Then I called Rob at work.

We’ve both been looking at flight prices, and it won’t cost too much extra to fly into Frankfurt (the airport nearest to Giessen) and out of Berlin (where his family is from), so it looks like I’ll get to spend some time with die Schwiegereltern (the in-laws) even!

You know, even if I don’t get the job, at least I will have had a nice little Deutschland vacation (plane tickets seem to be cheaper if you’re there for at least a week)!

But… if I do get the job: anyone want to buy some furniture or adopt two adorable kitties? :)

Renewal: Germany, Canada, and a Running Challenge

Okay, I was getting ready to write a post about how I wish people would let me know they are reading this blog more, but then I realized that it’s just like staying in contact: as much as I haven’t called you, you haven’t called me. So if I want people to read this, I probably should start posting stuff, huh? :) Well here’s my first attempt… I’ll go for a weekly post at the very least, okay?


Teaching in Germany?
Big news lately? I applied for a full-time tenured position at a Uni (that’s Deutsch for “university”) in Giessen, Hessen, Germany (that’s “city, state, country”)! My application was received this past Monday, so no, I haven’t heard anything yet, but the position begins on October 1, so I’m assuming the latest I’d hear back would be the end of August or the beginning of September.

It’d be an awesome job to have–teaching English to future English teachers–but I just don’t know that I’m as qualified as they want. They are looking for three years of experience, and I have two academic years, plus two summers. It equals six semester, but is not technically three years. I get pretty excited just thinking about it, so I’m trying not to set up false hopes.

Moving to Canada?
Apparently BBBY is opening stores in Canada soon, and the district HR guy called Rob (and all the other managers) about a month ago and asked him if we’d be interested in either moving there for good or just him going to open a store (he’d be gone for about three months). We said “Yes!” Funky thing is about this: they are reluctant to set down a time table, so we have no idea when (or if?) it’s going to happen.

R-U-N for a Running Challenge?
My running partner, Sarah, and I ran our 10k on June 23 (Happy 6th Anniversary to Nick and Morgan!), and are now preparing for our half marathon in November. We even decided to issue a running challenge to all our friends, and we’ve received a few responses from people who are up to the challenge. Interested? There’s a summary below, and if you’re interested, email me or comment on this message. We even have a t-shirt design in the works!

Run for the Summit: 1 mile or 5k (3.1 miles) — the cost isn’t posted yet, but races usually run between $10 and $20

Saturday, September 8:00 am

Sequiota Park, Springfield


There are a variety of reasons:

  • Burn off that post-baby fat
  • Get in shape for rodeo season (or other athletic event)
  • Get in shape for swim suit season (it’s never too early, right?)
  • Bond with Linden and/or Sarah
  • Lose some weight before the holidays
  • Discover a new, healthy hobby
  • To tone a pair of sexy calves, hammies, and hips


  • We can (and will!) help and we have some web resources to help:
    5K Training (http://www.halhigdon.com/5K%20Training/index.htm) – Hal is pretty much the best there is…
  • Walk / Run Training (http://www.americanrunning.org/associations/412/files/12-week_walkrun.pdf) – This program is perfect for you if you have never run more than 50 feet before–it’s the program that helped Linden get started.

You can also run with us at Sequiota Park (better call / email us to verify times; if it’s raining, we typically run at the Y on Republic Road):
Tuesdays, 7 am; normal miles
Wednesdays, 7 am; speedier running
Fridays, 7 am; normal miles
Sundays, 6 am; long run

Random, unexplained, maybe even a little unorganized. Just thoughts.

“I think I was focusing on the little things to keep me from dealing with bigger, more important matters.” From Sarah W.’s blog.
Am I doing this?



I don’t want [my daughters] to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting … a thousand things before ‘thin.’ –J.K. Rowling

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. — Sir Edmund Hillary

A man’s errors are his portals of discovery. — James Joyce

The gods favor the bold. — Ovid

Slowly but surely.