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laura x

laura x

Librarian. Native Iowan. Wyoming expatriate.
RT @illusclaire: feminists kidnapping susan pevensie is probs the best act of fandom ever
I think #toddlerx has a cavity. A hurty cavity.
Poor little guy! - Katy S
oh nooooo - Meg VMeg
:( - Marie
Aww, hope he feels better soon. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
Guess we have to bite the bullet and go to the dentist. At least he has his dad's dental insurance - laura x
"All praise to thee, my God, this night / For all the blessings of the light." Solstice greetings with thanks to Thomas Tallis.
Amen. - Catherine Pellegrino from iPod
I would like to go back and tell my 25 year old self that you don't really know what loneliness is like till you have a kid on your own.
*hugs* - Yolanda from Android
Much love to you. - Meg VMeg from Android
*hugs* - Anne Bouey
RT @oodja: I know it's hard to believe, but you actually can be both against police brutality and brutality against police.
I am out of both butter and salt. Who runs out of salt?
yesterday i finished making salt dough ornaments, and realized i had used the last of the bazillion canisters of salt that my ex-husband bought 5 years ago when he decided that everyone needed to stockpile salt in case of the apocalypse. - Jenica
I had to switch to the sea salt for a couple of Thanksgiving recipes. A canister of salt lasts a long time, so I never think to check if it's running out. - RepoRat
Seriously. I think this is the first time in my life I've actually used an entire thing of salt before moving. - laura x from iPhone
It's my birthday. Feel free to celeb by liberating some information. http://archive.org/stream...
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy birthday! :D - Jennifer Dittrich
Happy birthday Ms. X! - Steve C Team Marina
Yikes. CELEBRATE, not celeb. I can't even type anymore. That's how decrepit I've become. - laura x
Efficient. The word is efficient. - Deborah Fitchett
It's your birthday and I'll celeb if I want to. - Steele Lawman
Dear FF, I kicked off my birthday weekend with sautéed Swiss chard, sweet potato fries with aioli, and a motherfucking local grassfed NY strip steak.
And wine. - laura x from iPhone
I'd eat that. - SAM
Everything is right with this. - Julian
damn girl, you do birthdays right. - Marie
Happy early birthday! - The First NoeLB from Android
I repeat, HUZZAH! - MoTO: #TeamMarina from Android
Happy birthday!! Wonderful celebratory food choices :D - Katie
We're going to need more birthday weekend food updates. For science. - Corinne L
This morning a friend took us out for apple cider doughnuts at the market. Lunch was the tail end of the steak with carmelized onions and a green salad with creamy garlic dressing. Dinner is going to be broccoli and pasta with walnut sauce. - laura x
#toddlerx had french fries for lunch with my mom and is now apparently having french fries for dinner with his dad. - laura x
My friends send the best cards.
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"It's been a great party... but as soon as I find my panties I really must go." - laura x
THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH MY SOUNDCARD AND MY COMPUTER AT WORK CAN'T PLAY MUSIC ANYMORE. PLEASE SEND HELP.
Happens to me once in a while. A reboot fixes it on my machine usually. - Stephen Francoeur
*sends provisions* - Julian
OH THANK FUCKING GOD REBOOTING WORKED. I OWE YOU, FRANCOEUR. - laura x
also someday I will stop yelling. - laura x
NEVER STOP YELLING - kendrak
Saturdaybrarian reporting for duty.
So far the group that always cancels their meetings has, unsurprisingly, cancelled their meeting for today. - laura x
I've learned that you can sign up to get Flag Status Notifications from our governor. https://governor.iowa.gov/constit.... Current status: Half-mast in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Weekend. - laura x
Poll: Do you know anything about any of your great great uncles? We're taking your great grandparents' siblings here.
No. - Joe
Not a thing. - RepoRat
Maybe a little. - John (bird whisperer)
Yes. - Jenica
I do a bit - for some of my great-grandparents but not all. - Jennifer Dittrich
No, but I know a bit about a great great Aunt - Katy S
Yes, thanks to ancestry.ca. I have names, pictures and such. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
I know their names. I set up a family tree on geni.com - Rodfather
Yep! My great grandfather's brother was in vaudeville with his wife & daughter. - Corinne L
I used to but I've forgotten most of it. Could reconstruct a lot of it since I know many ancestor stories, just bad at remembering who goes with who (ie the "was that a great great uncle or my grandfather's 3rd cousin?" dilemma) - but there are genealogists on both sides of the family. - Marianne
Quite a bit actually. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Yes, on my mother's side. My great-grandafther was the youngest of 7. The first four kids' names don't follow any pattern, as far as I can tell. The last three kids were named Homer, Virgil, and Milton. On that side of the family, I can trace it back to the 1600's. - bentley
On one of my great-grandparent's side, I can trace the family back to Adam. Adam Hampshire, that is. :-) - bentley
I think I heard a story about one of them once, about how a jaguar attacked his log cabin, and it (the jaguar) screamed like a lady. I am not trying to be funny. Oh! Yes! And another one was named Millard, and we have a lot of furniture from him, and he did stupid impressions and made ladies uncomfortable. - Meg VMeg
Oh, I know a lot about them if I ask my dad. That's just what I remember offhand. - Meg VMeg
This seems like an oddly specific question. - Steele Lawman
Yes, thanks to family reunion lore and genealogy. - Jenny H. from Android
Yes, some. Most of what I know about them is from Ancestry instead of personal stories passed down by my family. - Greg GuitarBuster
no. I'm not even sure if I had any great great uncles. - ellbeecee
Yup, and now you do, too. http://baseballhall.org/hof... - April Russo
I just realized you meant real-people stories. Yeah, I know a few. We used to visit one of them, my grandmother's Aunt Marjorie, when I was little. We'd drive down to Toledo for the day. (On the same visits, we also visited my grandmother's much older Cousin Pearl, who must've been in her 60's when I met her and on the first visit demonstrated that she could still do a headstand.) - bentley
"But Ms. Young Got Pregnant." The NYT somehow manages to make it sound like it's her fault even while defending her. http://nyti.ms/12iC0x2
"But Ms. Young Got Pregnant." The NYT somehow manages to make it sound like it's her fault even while defending her. http://nyti.ms/12iC0x2
I went to Vassar, not Smith. But this, so much this: https://anxiouswaves.wordpress.com/2014....
"We have no right to become the vulnerable women that our educations were meant to protect us from becoming. Even unintentionally. We cannot be weak. We cannot be average. We cannot resemble a sheet of statistics or a sheet that has been bled and pissed upon. We cannot be poor or struggling. We cannot be abused. We cannot hold jobs that do not require a degree. We cannot be alone or scared. We cannot be in need. Our lives cannot resemble the less fortunate women we studied in school or for whom we’ve dedicated our lives to helping." - laura x
"Smith claims to have a commitment to honoring diverse backgrounds, but honoring diverse futures? Not so much." - laura x
^^ I was just about to paste that quote before I realized that you had done so already. - Steele Lawman
Yeah. It's killer. And so true. - laura x
Love the first comment, too: "I would like to point out that I undermined the SAQ’s culture by pretending to be a drama therapist trainer for tigers at the Bronx Zoo in an Alumnae update, and they contacted me to do a cover story piece with professional photos of me working with the tigers, but despite many pleas to my social connections, I couldn’t find any tigers with which to pose." - Steele Lawman
There is a standoff going on in the staff kitchen over. I don't know who will cave and finally empty the dishwasher.
It'll be me. I'm the only one who empties the dishwasher. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
you have a dishwasher? Fancy! - DJF
There is a schedule, but the person who's turn it is this week hasn't done it yet, and apparently everyone has decided not to do any favors to anyone else this holiday season. - laura x
New computer! Step 1) Download Firefox. Step 2) Open PhotoBooth. Step 3) Post to FF. Hi, all!
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Air? - Meg VMeg from Android
Yup. 13" with extra gigs. - laura x
*waves* 👋 - Julian
Your hair looks great. - Meg VMeg from Android
STEP 4 INSTALL ADBLOCK PLUS. - laura x
Hi Julian! And thanks, Meg! My stylist is a genius. Also I am experimenting with leave-in conditioner. - laura x
Hi Laurax! - Aaron the Librarian from Android
Don't forget: 5) PROFIT! - imabonehead
The hair is stunning, kudos to your stylist and which leave-in conditioner? - Janet
Yes, love the hair!! - Mama Lawson
Pretty Laura is pretty. - MoTO: #TeamMarina from Android
Hooray for a new computer!!! - maʀtha
Hi and congratulations on the new computer! - Galadriel C. from Android
Janet, it's some hippie stuff from the coop. Whatever was on sale. Sadly, the waves fell out when my hair dried. Oh well. My stylist is still a genius, though, 'cause it still looks good. - laura x
hair looks great! … what computer did you end up getting? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
13" MacBook Air with extra memory and stuff. - laura x
JELLUS! - MoTO: #TeamMarina
yay you!! nice hair AND a MacBook Air!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
*cuteness bump* - Marie
Still so cute! - Meg VMeg
incredibly so - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Words That Should Actually Be Banned - The Toast - http://the-toast.net/2014...
Words That Should Actually Be Banned - The Toast
"1. Female when used to refer to a human woman. 2. Crazy when used to refer to your ex-girlfriend(s). They cannot all be crazy. Maybe it’s just you." - laura x from Bookmarklet
Well, my ex-girlfriend was crazy. But then, so was I. So I shouldn't point fingers. - Steele Lawman
I feel awkward about using the word "woman" to refer to myself, and I'm trying to stop saying "girl." So I tend to use female or lady. I don't see anything wrong with female, unless it's used as "the female" or "females." - Heather
I don't have a problem with female either. The comments include some context for why people dislike the term, but I remain 100% okay with it - Soup in a TARDIS
RT @liberalbias: I retweeted this once but need to post it again: THIS---> #Ferguson #HandsUpWalkout http://t.co/wjCpcZ6f5x
RT @liberalbias: I retweeted this once but need to post it again: THIS---> #Ferguson #HandsUpWalkout http://t.co/wjCpcZ6f5x
Why does the child hate the cat so much?
Competition? - Meg VMeg from Android
Beautiful minds: The untold story of how Sam and Betty enriched generations of Washington University students​​​​​ | Newsroom | Washington University in St. Louis - http://news.wustl.edu/news...
Beautiful minds: The untold story of how Sam and Betty enriched generations of Washington University students​​​​​ | Newsroom | Washington University in St. Louis
Beautiful minds: The untold story of how Sam and Betty enriched generations of Washington University students​​​​​ | Newsroom | Washington University in St. Louis
. - Joe
If I accomplish nothing else this month, I will still have done this. http://t.co/KT7RcICv91
If I accomplish nothing else this month, I will still have done this. http://t.co/KT7RcICv91
yay (boo!) - ellbeecee
I am inordinately proud of my tire changing abilities. Also, I got to use my lug wrench. I love my lug wrench. - laura x
I tend to be very proud of mine too. And it's also kind of fun to say to the men who pull up offering to help "nah, I'm ok". My brother and I used to time each other changing tires. This doesn't mean I always do it because sometimes I just don't want to. But I know I can. :) - ellbeecee
As a typical macho man, here's how I dealt with a flat tire a few weeks ago (fortunately, in the garage at the time: unrepairably flat): I got to use my AAA card, which I almost never do. Person came in a truck with a good, safe jack (instead of the crappy little Honda jack), person changed the tire. - Walt Crawford
I have long coveted a decent jack, but I have not yet acquired one. I don't have AAA because I object to their politics, and I just let my Better World Club membership lapse because my warranty comes with roadside assistance for a few years. But in this case, it was much faster for me to do it than to wait around. Got it off, got the donut on, dropped off the tire with the nail in it at... more... - laura x
Good for you. My wife would object strenuously to my changing the tire myself (mostly because of the jack), and I guess CSAA's politics don't bother me. In our case, the nail--actually a really long wood screw--went through the tread and right into the sidewall, so a patch wasn't a possibility. Main impact (other than the cost of a new tire) was that it was a Wednesday and I had to skip the weekly hike. - Walt Crawford
It doesn't, of course. And I saw all these things happen there. My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK http://gawker.com/my-vass...
It doesn't, of course. And I saw all these things happen there. My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK http://gawker.com/my-vassar-college-faculty-id-makes-everything-ok-1664133077
This article screams what I still (and will always) feel EVERY SINGLE DAY -- that I know just how much more I have to work compared to others to prove myself worthy of *being* -- even as others assure me that I should not think so much, worry so much, try so hard, [insert plausibly false assurances here], etc. - Julian
The whole world is not out to get me by association, but my guard can NEVER be down (especially when it comes to how people treat me, even with the smallest of things) because there is at least someone out there (hopefully someone whose presence I will never have to share) who does not "get it." - Julian
Julian, I can't even imagine, but I can believe that it sucks. FWIW, I think you're awesome, intelligent, and funny. - laura x
New writing room (currently being used to post to social media, of course).
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Celebrated another great Buy Nothing Day this year by staying home and getting rid of some stuff. #buynothingday
Waiting for my mom, Peter, and turkey to arrive. Everything else here is set. Listening to Holly Near and Ronnie Gilbert singing about agitators for justice and love and heartbreak and trains. Grateful that, as the song says, I won't be blue always. Grateful for you all.
Happy thanksgiving. - Meg VMeg from Android
I think everyone at the coop was just barely restraining themselves from singing along with Judy Collins. #bothsidesnow #iowacity
Do you have a MacBook Air? If so, what size, and do you like it?
I have a 4-year-old Air in the big size (13") and I love it. It's still running like new and is on Yosemite, but I've had to replace the charger twice because the cords fray eventually. A good friend got the 11" at the same time and I'm kind of jealous of him because that would fit my purse. - kaijsa
3 year old 11". Its good laptop. Sits by my bed for when the tablet can't cut it. Its also the bedrooms Media center for when the Roku won't cut it. It also is the guest laptop when needed. I don't like people on my main rigs. - Me
Two year old, 13", love it. - Todd Hoff
2012 Macbook Air 13" with 256G SSD. Best laptop I've ever had. - Eric - ill subliminal
I miss my 13" Air. Easily best laptop I ever had. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
I live off of my 2013 11" Air. Can be fully opened on any economy class plane or train on the planet* [*that I've tested it on] - Cameron Neylon
So for someone who has never owned a mac and want to start using what would you recommend? - aaron from Flucso
That depends. If you're using it for normal library stuff, then a macbook air of some size is probably fine. If you're going to be doing media editing on it, then a macbook pro. - DJF from Android
I really just want something I can write on (and check FF on) that doesn't want to install updates for 15 minutes every damn time I open it up. - laura x from iPhone
For writing, do you need Word? Because if not -- especially if Google Docs is an acceptable alternative -- I'd really recommend a Chromebook. Plus, they're super-inexpensive. - Catherine Pellegrino
No, I almost never write in Word (I haven't even owned it in years). I just want a keyboard and trackpad I don't hate and a computer that's not constantly in need of Windows updates. - laura x from iPhone
I still use the 2010 11". I still love it. The battery could be better. - Rodfather from Android
We got J this one about 6 months ago, and I use it for Google Apps work stuff sometimes, and it's been lovely: extremely portable and reliable, no (noticable) updates. Can't say whether you'd hate the trackpad, though: http://amzn.com/B00FJXVRM8 - Catherine Pellegrino
I'm LOVING my new Chromebook 11 for writing!!! - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
I have a Chromebook and it's good for web surfing stuff, but the sound and trackpad are so inferior to my Air that I rarely use it. I use mine mostly in the kitchen with recipes. Can't beat the price, though. - kaijsa
Yeah, the price is great, but so was the price on my current laptop, which I hate. Maybe I'll brave Best Buy tomorrow and see if I can try some things out. - laura x from iPhone
If you're willing to pay more for a better machine, I am biased toward recommending a Mac. - kaijsa
Macs cost more than cheap laptops. They also last two or three times longer than cheap laptops. - DJF
I adore my 13" Air. And I also am quite fond of the gaming laptop we have at home, but my hatred for its constant need for Windows updates is unspeakable. So if you don't need the graphics or processing power of something more robust, the Air is, IMO, unbeatable. - Jenica
Windows updates take forever, too. - kaijsa
Mac all the way. Jojo (son) loves his Air. I have a 13" non-Retina Pro that I'll trade in for a 15" Retina this summer (it's a VAR program here where I trade in the machine every two years). Because Macs last longer when you're not driving it into the ground with giant image and video files and hundreds of megs of font files, you can save a few hundred dollars by buying a refurb from Apple or a machine that's a couple years old from http://macsales.com or http://smalldog.com. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
2 yr old 13" MacBook Air - Best thing I've ever owned. - SAM
I made my wife and parents all get 13" MBAs. They like 'em just fine. My parents travel at least two-three times a year so they really like the lightness. - rönin
Wow. You *made* your wife get a specific computer. I've only been married 36.9 years so far; I can't even imagine *making* my wife buy a specific computer (or much of anything else). (OK, so we're both happy Windows users, even with the usually-once-a-month updates.) - Walt Crawford
And, admittedly, if I was traveling a lot I'd probably buy a lighter machine. It would probably be a Chromebook. - Walt Crawford
Tech stuff are the only things I can get away w/doing that. She just doesn't care w/computers & phones. I just hand her things, "Here, use this." Anything else in the house though, forget about it. - rönin
Until my current machine, I've always had Macs at home. I decided to save money last time I got a computer and I have been regretting it ever since. I've gone back to writing by hand because I know by the time the current machine gets going, I'll have forgotten my idea. Mostly I'm wondering if people find the Air a satisfying alternative to a MacBook Pro, which I don't want to pay for. - laura x from iPhone
It doesn't have the retina screen, otherwise I like mine (13 in) - maʀtha
Laura, the biggest differences between the air and the pro are the optical drive and the number of ports. If you don't use cds/dvds, and don't plug a lot of stuff into your computer, then you can get away with an air. I got a pro because I needed those extra connections. - DJF
Thanks--that was my impression, but I wanted to be sure I wasn't missing something I should be thinking about. Now I just have to find some money hiding under a rock or something. - laura x from iPhone
well, the pro also has a faster processor, but that's not a problem if all you're doing is web/email/youtube/netflix. - DJF
If you buy an Air, I've heard that getting extra RAM will make the computer last much longer (i.e., you'll have room for OS upgrades and new applications). You can also buy discounted Applecare on Ebay (though you should use PayPal and "beware fraudulent sellers" : http://www.ebay.com/gds... ). These are all my plans when I get around to replacing my MacBook with an Air. - Meg VMeg
You can also get extra RAM and flash memory later. My bro is a Genius and is going to help me upgrade my Air (I might put in a faster processor, too). I'd love the retina screen, but can't justify replacing a machine that runs almost perfectly even if it's getting old. Correction: he's a Creative who works Genius a few hours a week. Sorry, Brother. - kaijsa
DJF: no more cd/dvd drives in the MacBook pro, fwiw...haven't been for a couple of cycles now. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
Kaijsa: you can't actually get new RAM for the Air...the ram is soldered to the motherboard, not slotted. I'm fairly sure even the Geniuses don't do that level of hardware work. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
Yeah, he just corrected me and said I can add bigger flash memory but not RAM. This is okay for my purposes. - kaijsa
So I assume I would then want to start with the largest amount of RAM possible? - laura x
^^ yes. And I TOTALLY support a MacBook Air - I LURVE mine. It's so light for conferences & so much easier to type on than a tablet. It's pricey tho, but worth it, imho. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I have the latest 15" MacBook Pro, and I like it much better than the previous version I had. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Get the best standard config MacBook air (ie they sell four models at Best Buy, the best one) as d you should be good for the life of the laptop. - Eric - ill subliminal from iPhone
I'm going with the 13" with 8GB. I thought about the 11", but I think that's a little too small even for me. Thanks, everyone! - laura x
Awesome call. I would advocate for those 2 extra inches pretty aggressively. Makes all the difference. - SAM
I'm late to the party, but I'd like to comment that the 13" MBA's 12 hour battery life is amaaaaaazing! Very comfortable with all day usage without a power adapter. - Arlan K.
RIP Marion Berry. You fought for a lot of people and against yourself.
APB out on Big Thomas, Little Thomas, and Percy at Casa X this morning. Please let us know if you see them.
Sir Topham Hat is going to be RIGHT PISSED at those shirkers. - Stephen Francoeur
Turns out both Thomases were in the car. Peter found Percy, so I assume he hid him on purpose. Rascal. - laura x from iPhone
I am interested in knowing why he'd hide Percy on purpose, but I know Toddler X has his mysteries. - kendrak
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