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laura x

laura x

Librarian. Native Iowan. Wyoming expatriate.
"Nothing very very good or very very bad ever lasts for very very long." --Douglas Coupland, Generation X
The long winter of pregnant people: http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs...
OH HEY I KNOW HER - kendrak
I'M FRIENDS WITH AN NYT AUTHOR - lris
LOOKEE THERE MY FRIEND'S IN THE NYT - Catherine Pellegrino
*swoon* - WebGoddess
I'm sorry you felt that way, Laura. *hug* - Steele Lawman
Wow. - YvonneM
that's a beautifully written and very sad piece. thanks for telling your story. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
*hugs* Thanks for sharing that time with us. - Anne Bouey
Thank you all. It's been a strange trip. - laura x
I feel like running around telling everyone I know LAURA IS IN THE NY TIMES!!!!!!!!!! Even though they don't know you. Love to you, and I can relate to the whole delayed experience of trauma thing. *hugs* - Marianne
I was already meaning to buy your book, and this made me want to read it even more. I finally got off my ass and bought it, about time. - Georgia
Love your writing. And I understand missing the good feelings during what is supposed to be a special time. - Yolanda from Android
beautifully written. - Jen from BuddyFeed
What a poignant, well-written piece. I am so glad it's in print/on screen in the NYT! Wow. - Galadriel C. from Android
Thank you thank you! At what point does "have I mentioned my piece in the NYT?" become an obnoxious opening gambit? 'Cause I am hoping I get a few more days. - laura x from iPhone
you can continue saying it for another week or so. - Sir Shuping is just sir
Laura I think you definitely have several more days! - Galadriel C. from Android
I'd say at least a week or two. Heck, if it was me, I'd be insufferable for months...but you're a better person. - Walt Crawford
I know it's not the same, but when I found out I had toxo (and thus had to wait months after birth to find out if baby was really OK) I mourned the happy, carefree pregnancy I never got. Thanks for sharing. (Also, holy cow you're in the NYT!) - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
Jaclyn, it's all so difficult. I always knew (or intuited) that my baby would be okay. I can't imagine not knowing that. - laura x from iPhone
The awesome @griffey scores big! Please check out Library Box if you have not. I donated my book to it! http://jasongriffey.net/wp...
The awesome @griffey scores big! Please check out Library Box if you have not. I donated my book to it! http://jasongriffey.net/wp/2014/04/22/librarybox-receives-a-knight-foundation-prototype-grant/
RT @kjdellantonia: The pregnancy was unexpected and unwanted—and now @newrambler wishes she'd been able to enjoy it http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2014...
RT @kjdellantonia: The pregnancy was unexpected and unwanted—and now @newrambler wishes she'd been able to enjoy it http://bit.ly/1hduJTN
We are making up fake patrons this afternoon at the library. Meet Marshall Arts and his daughter Libby. #harharhar
You are cards, you are. - MoTO Moca Blend
I suddenly want a Ford Mustang. Does this mean I am having a midlife crisis?
I bought one at 35. Great car. Toddler friendly? - MoTO Moca Blend
#toddlerx's big sister is running the Boston Marathon today!
I've never believed Ed Abbey when he said they had all the wilderness they needed in Hoboken. But it is good to hear the birds in Iowa City.
Hoboken is on the Hudson and close to the Meadowlands, so it has at least some natural spectacle available to it. But that's not really wilderness. - John (bird whisperer)
The toddler has confused dinosaurs and elephants. I assume this is not a sign of intelligent design.
RT @melvillehouse: If your city has a university, it probably has a ton of librarians: http://www.mhpbooks.com/data-re...
RT @melvillehouse: If your city has a university, it probably has a ton of librarians: http://bit.ly/1nuCKEE
My mom sent me flowers. She is the best. http://t.co/NKqahRgEPk
My mom sent me flowers. She is the best. http://t.co/NKqahRgEPk
Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag http://nyti.ms/1eDOhkY
Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag http://nyti.ms/1eDOhkY
I live with the world's cutest terrorist.
Webster? - Steve C
We're gonna party like it's 2005 and have blogs on our new website. Please help me think of a better name than Adult Blog.
Ooooh. ADULT blog. - SAM
You're going to have several? I would probably get clever and not say adult or teens or children explicitly. Is there something unique to your physical library/ies you could capitalize on? What is the focus of the blog? Reviews/events/services, or something narrower? I like SPL's names--Shelf Talk is their adult blog and Push to Talk is for teens. NYPL has some good names for their... more... - kaijsa
Sorry. Other people will probably be more helpful and think of actual names. - kaijsa
Yes, we're going to have an adult one, a teen one, and a children's one (as I said, it's like 2005!). I am only responsible for the adult one, which I very much do not want to call Adult Blog, for obvious reasons. - laura x
I would read something called Adult Blog if you were the author, laura. - Marie
Twenty-One Up; Read For Your Life - Pete
Could you be more specific about the focus? It will help with the clever. - Holly's favorite Anna
[No-one ever let me use the slogan "Lonely librarians waiting for your call" for our virtual reference service. :-( ] - Deborah Fitchett
Lonelylibrarianswaitingforyourcall would make a great tumblr. - Joe - Systems Analyst
The adulterated blog. You could have a click through agreement that asks if the reader is over 21 like a liquor website. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Is Coralville famous for anything? - maʀtha
Unadulterated - maʀtha
For mature audiences only. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Library L<3ve - maʀtha
Dial L for Library. - Joe - Systems Analyst
I Just Sit Around and Read Books All Day - maʀtha
Okay, I see you have fossilized coral, a dam, and a mall. Hrm. - maʀtha
It has no focus (can you tell how well we've planned? also have I mentioned we're also going live with a new ILS at the very same time as this new website?). So far I've written posts about the new catalog and cool things you can do with it, a nostalgic post about computer programming, and books with plot twists. - laura x
I'll bet that is how Coralville got its name. - Joe - Systems Analyst
We are mostly famous locally for being an endless strip mall. In fact, someone once wrote a book called The Strip just about our strip as an iconic American strip. Perhaps I should just call it The Strip. - laura x
Trying to figure out how to involve the word tease as part of that name. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Coralville Corral - maʀtha
I like that. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Literary Strip Mall. - kaijsa
There Used to Be Ocean Here - maʀtha
Am I helping yet? - maʀtha
The Strip: An Adult Blog - Holly's favorite Anna from Android
^^^LOL - lris
laurax, we use "adult blog" too, cuz yeah. It's in the "Adults" area of our website, cuz yeah. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
Mature Blog Would Read Again A++++++++++ - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
This might improve your Google Analytics stats - maʀtha
I'm pretty sure menstruation is a bug, not a feature.
Practically a must read: http://friendfeed.com/aswang... - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I am going to make myself go to Target this afternoon over my lunch break because we need more non-spilly sippy cups. Please tell me something frivolous I could get there for me for $10-15 that will cheer me up.
cute socks? - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
boxed wine - kendrak
a t-shirt in an outrageous color - Catherine Pellegrino
Easter candy - Catherine Pellegrino
Bottle of wine :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
A place mat and plastic flatware and dish for lunches at work. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I totally misread gel pens and wondered when Target started selling sex toys... - WebGoddess
Bouquet of flowers. - Kirsten
Bunny ears. - Yvonne from FFHound!
If I could get a decent sex toy in that price range anywhere I'd be astounded. :) - laura x
"decent sex toy" seems positively oxymoronic. - DJF
I was going to go now, but all the other senior staff have left the building, which makes me feel I should stay. - laura x
You guys, I suck at frivolity. I bought sippy cups, two glass canisters for food storage, envelopes, and a mop. - laura x
Were they frivolous envelopes? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
No. #10 safety. - laura x
was it a fancy mop? - ellbeecee
It was the best of a lot of bad options. I really miss my old mop that I bought at the Container Store years ago and foolishly left with my mother. - laura x
Swiffer. - Laura Norvig
I refuse to buy Swiffers because I am obnoxious that way. - laura x
boxed wine is a necessity. my new thing is placemats. - kendrak
I hate Swiffers. I thought it left my floor less clean than when I started. - ellbeecee
the only thing left that we haven't discussed are the glass canisters. do they have frivolous lids? - Marie
No. They're about the most frivolous things on the list, since I could go on storing the granola in a plastic bag on the counter, I suppose. - laura x
Dang, now I'm reminded that I really need a new mop and am thinking about what my options be other than a Swiffer. I guess an old school one with the wringer bucket? - Derrick
Nah. I'm with ellbee and laura on Swiffers. Good old sponge mops. Too bad Target discontinued the snazzy architect-designed spongemop and its refills (a couple years back); none of the newer ones work as well. (Can't remember the designer's name--he did dozens of household things for Target, but now designs for JCPenney, as a sideline.) - Walt Crawford
I used to mop my kitchen floor with cloth diapers and soapy water and then rinse with plain hot water or maybe hot water w/ a splash of vinegar. Way better than Swiffer, but my knees can't take it and it takes about five times as long and uses more water. - Laura Norvig
I have this thing by Libman that's like a Swiffer WetJet but with reusable pads and a refillable canister and it is my BEST FRIEND EVER. I think Rubbermaid makes one too. - Catherine Pellegrino
yup, i have the rubbermaid one and it is great too. it's has reusable pads, including one that you can use dry with fringy stuff on it to pick up stuff. ETA: http://www.rubbermaid.com/categor... - ~Courtney F
Close enough; I think mine's an earlier generation, but it's the same principle. - Catherine Pellegrino
WebGoddess - Some Target stores do sell the Trojan sex toys (or, so I'm told). - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Gotcha. Gonna swing by the hardware store after work. :) - Derrick
Target has some DVDs for $13 or less this week. That might have added to the frivolity. http://www.target.com/sb... - LB: Ratchet Bear
i use a libman sponge mop and alternate that with swiffer wet and then sometimes just a wipe under my foot and skate around a bit... and my floors are still pretty dirty - Christina Pikas
I never watch DVDs, sadly. [ETA: Except of course for Stop Making Sense, which we watch daily.] - laura x
1. I like placemats for the cat food dishes. 2. Does anyone else think "libraryland" when they use their LibMan thingie? I have a LibMan scrubbie and every time I see it, I want to ask you all that. :-) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I haven't watched "Stop Making Sense" in years. I should dig that out & see if my VCR still works. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I just used the phrase "active learning" in an email. Lovers gonna love; haters gonna hate. I'm not even sure what category I'm in.
Yup. - Marianne
I just loathe that there is teaching and training so bad that we need the phrase. - laura x
Dinner tonight?
I'm having popcorn. - Katy S
Saffron skillet risotto with chicken, leeks, and carrots. Not quite as good as I hoped, but not at all bad. A decent white table wine. Dark chocolate with mint for dessert if I decide I want it. - laura x from iPhone
Halibut en Cocotte with Roasted Garlic and Cherry Tomatoes http://www.americastestkitchen.com/recipes... - holly #ravingfangirl
Shrimp laksa with a side of steamed spinach. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
Enchiladas and homemade tortilla chips. Brownies for dessert. - RepoRat
Clearly, my dinner was lacking. - Katy S
Boeuf bourguignon (OK, leftover stew, but it's really good rump-roast stew), asparagus, yolkless egg noodles. My wife will probably have Concannon Crimson & Clover (a red blend she really likes); I'll have Husch Chardonnay. - Walt Crawford
Pot stickers, broccoli and oyster mushrooms. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
A meatball pita from here since I went out grocery shopping: http://cavamezze.com/ - Katie
Chicken salad salad. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
tater tot casserole. - Big Joe Silence
trail mix - Elena
Green salad with grilled chicken. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Leftover Thai. - Jason P
We have not gone out to eat in months. Five Guys vegetable sandwich, it was delicious. - Janet from FFHound!
Shrimp scampi spaghetti, salad. - Marie
Grilled Tj's bulgogi & asparagus, steamed broccoli, mac & cheese for the kids. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
This is going to sound so stereotypical but we had roast beef and yorkshire puddings with roast potatoes, carrots, broccoli and cabbage, followed by hot-cross-bun-bread-and-butter pudding ;-) - Heleninstitches
@Katie - Which Cava did you go to? I went to the one in Rockville a few years ago and loved it. - Corinne L
Grilled cheese, probably. - Melly
It'a 5:15am. Why would I think about dinner?!? - Uli
Kids had grilled cheese, Josh had leftover bolognese sauce on toast, I had a bagel with bacon. - Melly
Corinne, I go to the one in Columbia Heights. It's the one I started going to periodically with my friend who I knit with, and now that I've moved into walking distance, I'm going a lot more often :D - Katie
Katy, my brain just omitted "opc". *headdesk* - Uli
I made risotto, roasted root vegetables, and teriyaki chicken strips. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
I did another pork roast, this time braised in 1/3 cup chicken stock, 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (I used Red Apple Balsamic) and 1 tablespoon each of honey and worchestershire sauce. Served it over egg noodles with green beans on the side. It was pretty yummy. Today's lunch is leftover Chicken Tikka Masala that I made Saturday night and that turned out pretty well, though not *quite* as good as our local Indian place makes it... - WebGoddess
i had wine and cheese and grapes and strawberries. then i came home and had cookies. and toast. - Marianne
Spaghettios at 10:30. - Jenica from iPhone
The boys are upstairs in the band practice room telling ghost stories a and I have been told girls aren't allowed.
Storm woke us up at midnight, and I'm still awake. Ugh.
Boo. :( - Jenny H. from Android
Hope you got some sleep. - Kirsten from Android
blech *hugs* - Marianne
It turns out that even days with perfect weather are hard with a toddler. But good. But hard.
72 and sunny. Shorts and tshirts. Park. Maybe the world isn't ending after all.
We have actual controversies in my town. Then we have this. http://littlevillagemag.com/girls-d...
We have actual controversies in my town. Then we have this. http://littlevillagemag.com/girls-director-jesse-peretz-we-are-going-to-definitely-go-to-iowa-city-and-we-will-be-shooting-some-there/
Girls director Jesse Peretz: ‘We are going to definitely go to Iowa City and we will be shooting some there’ | Little Village - http://littlevillagemag.com/girls-d...
Girls director Jesse Peretz: ‘We are going to definitely go to Iowa City and we will be shooting some there’ | Little Village
We have actual controversies in my town. And then we have the controversy about whether or not Girls should be able to film on campus. - laura x from Bookmarklet
The 2yo wants me to play cars with him, but he will not let me touch them. Boys are so mean.
yes, we are. #sorry - MoTO Moca Blend
I'm honored to have been added to a list of Thinkers on Higher Education. I have lots of thoughts on it, but I mostly tweet about my toddler
RT @the_rumpus: Yes, you're a real artist. http://therumpus.net/2014...
RT @the_rumpus: Yes, you're a real artist. http://bit.ly/1k0RRWs
Dear Committee Members | Julie Schumacher - http://www.julieschumacher.com/writing...
Dear Committee Members | Julie Schumacher
"Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University, a small and not very distinguished liberal arts college in the midwest. His department is facing draconian cuts and squalid quarters, while one floor above them the Economics Department is getting lavishly remodeled offices." - laura x from Bookmarklet
"In short, his life is a tale of woe, and the vehicle this droll and inventive novel uses to tell that tale is a series of hilarious letters of recommendation that Fitger is endlessly called upon by his students and colleagues to produce, each one of which is a small masterpiece of high dudgeon, low spirits, and passive-aggressive strategies." - laura x
I am SO looking forward to this. I read her first novel (which is differently but equally wonderful) while I was on maternity leave. - laura x
She was one of Sarah's profs at UMN - maʀtha
keep this book AWAY from me... I will learn MUCH TOO MUCH from it. *g* - RepoRat
I also just requested a digital ARC of a new translation of the Bacchae with the note, "I've read it Greek, yo." - laura x
I can't decide if this looks wonderful or if I'll be crying because it's so familiar... - Hedgehog
ooo. - Marianne
You had me at beleaguered! - reminds me of Straight Man, which I try to re-read every time I take academia a little too seriously. - Jen
Jen, I also recommend Nabokov's Pnin for that purpose. - DJF from Android
Straight Man is one of my all-time favorite books. - laura x from iPhone
Sundaybrarian:
Guest pass, guest pass, guest pass, study room, study room, study room (times many). - laura x
Books about how one becomes a chef for a kid and her mom doing a school project. Way fun. No books, but we explored the OOH and one of our career databases, and then they decided to go look at the prefaces to cookbooks (brilliant idea!). - laura x
Three computers down. - laura x
No, I cannot extend your time, because we have no open computers. - laura x
Soccer mom in urgent need of a computer... to update her FB profile photo. We also had to crop it. - laura x
Consumer Reports on air purifiers. - laura x
Assorted tax forms and publications for someone whose mother just died. - laura x
Print account, study room, and lots of dead air (first nice day in two weeks). - GretelSK
So many printing questions. So many study rooms. - laura x
Wow - maʀtha
Overheard at the research desk just now: "You are going to be a horrible boyfriend someday." - Steele Lawman
It's the Sunday at the tail end of spring break and student workers are suffering from schedule amnesia. - barbara fister
In the middle of clearing paper jams I get an IM grilling me about what reference librarians' work weeks are like. - Steele Lawman
Another IM, this one looking for EBSCO. - Steele Lawman
Public library Sunday: 10.5 hours of business crammed into 4 hours. - laura x from iPhone
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