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In the Air

Madelyn and I (mostly me) were bored the other day and I had a great idea of trying to take pictures of each other while in the air. It took a while to get the pictures, but it was fun trying. I think we will start a tradition of catching each other in the air when ever we visit an interesting place.

Madelyn floating

Me in the air.


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The Next Step

I will be leaving Zayed University, Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates this June to return home to the United States. It has been a good three years here and I have learned a lot about teaching and life in general. I wanted to wait until things were official before I announced to the general public my next destination. The contract has been signed and received so it is with great pleasure that I announce the following: Starting the fall 2008 semester I will be an assistant professor of art at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. I will be in a tenure track position teaching graphic design courses to the fine (award winning) students in the Art Department of CMU. I am pretty excited about this new opportunity and all of the things I will learn from a new place and new colleagues.

I am also excited about the possibility of seeing SIU play every once in a while. The MAC has competed against the Gateway football conference and the Missouri Valley Conference in the past. It is going to be great. Kristin has some interesting facts about Michigan on her blog.

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Camel Market Panorama

Panoramic image of a camel market in Abu Dhabi

The girls had a half day of School on Wednesday so we decided to go watch some camel races. It was a good (but hot and dusty) time. On the way out I was struck by the size of the camel market and wanted to take a picture. Inspired by the beautiful panorama photographs of the Great Salt Lake by Michael Slade and the ease of stitching together photos in CS3 I snapped some pics and stitched them together. I think the overall image is not bad. Click here to get a larger version and see some of the details better.

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The Jets vs. The Sharks

So when I get home from work today Kristin tells me that Cailin got bit at school. By what, you may ask? A bug? A small animal? Nope. Another kid. A fourth grader.

As it turns out my two darling little girls started a gang fight at school today. Third graders against the fourth graders. All out warfare on the playground and a trip to the principles office. Madelyn insists it was all a big misunderstanding. One or two kids pushing or yelling is a misunderstanding. Gang warfare between grades is on a whole different level.

Oh well, at least they are leaders and not followers.

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Definitely not a mix up at the hospital. Hope is one of us. The picture of Emma was taken a few months ago and when Hope pulled that face I new right away they were cut from the same cloth. We have some exciting times ahead of us.

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And Then Came Hope

Hope was delivered on November 5, 2007 at 9:31 PM (GMT +4) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

After an active labor of 2 hours and 45 minutes and 2 pushes Hope Elizabeth Russell entered the world covered in cheese. She was officially 3 days early, but didn’t seem like it. She weighed in at 8lbs 6oz and is 22 inches long from head to toe. That is 3.9kg and 59cm for all of you metric fans out there. Kristin and Hope came home from the hospital on Thursday afternoon and have been relaxing from the trauma inflicted upon them by the staff and patients of the infamous Al Corniche Hospital. I will post a link when she writes the story.

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Summer Reading

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I am in the mood to read a book over these last few weeks of summer. Classic? Contemporary? Fiction or non fiction? I am going to read through my handy Field Tested Books guide in the next couple of days and see what I can find.

Do you have any suggestions for a good read? I just want to be interested and maybe learn something new in the process.

UPDATE: I read two books actually. Other Voices, Other Rooms from Truman Capote and The Amazing Adventures of Kavilier and Clay from Michael Chabon. Both were good and intertaining. Now to find a new job.

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