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laura x

laura x

Librarian. Native Iowan. Wyoming expatriate.
Here's what #toddlerx has been up to lately.
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he's training to be an astronaut! - Sir Shuping is just sir
I kinda can't handle how much of a big boy he is now! And still really cute :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
He is 2.5. It stuns me on a daily basis. - laura x
There is not enough caffeine in my bloodstream. Rectifying that now.
RT @lydiakiesling: The good-citizen-do-what-they-say contortions w/ which people justify police actions, from detention to murder, make mockery of free society
Ginger lemon honey whiskey hot toddy, you're my only hope.
33 years later, I still miss my father. Today I discovered that Grinnell has put the finding aid to his papers online:
love to you, Laura. - Marianne
Hugs - Janet from FFHound!
<3 - Jenny H. from Android
I took classes my first year at Grinnell from your father. He was very kind to me and I learned a great deal from him He moved to Cornell the next year. - Clay Williams
What a wonderful legacy. - Megan loves summer
Thank you, all, and Clay, thank you for telling me. It means a great deal. - laura x from iPhone
Confronting Reality by Reading Fantasy - The Atlantic
Confronting Reality by Reading Fantasy - The Atlantic
RT @familyunequal: Shoot yourself twice, shame on you: MT @saramayeux: disgraceful use of the passive voice in the NYT
RT @familyunequal: Shoot yourself twice, shame on you: MT @saramayeux: disgraceful use of the passive voice in the NYT
Nothing inspires self-pity like a bad head cold.
Truth. Hope you feel better! - Katie
*passes the hot toddy flask* - Kirsten
I hope you feel less miserable soon. - John (bird whisperer)
And summer colds are the worst :( feel better soon. - Jen
Oh noooooooooooooo - Meg VMeg
so true - lris
Who would like to come over for banana pancakes? #toddlerx is not a fan. I have tons.
ohh ohh me! I would! - Sir Shuping is just sir
I'm anti-banana, except when I'm not. I suspect that makes me toddler-like. ;) - ellbeecee from Android
Let me just fire up the teleporter. - Julian
I would, but I'm on #TeamToddlerX. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
I'd love some! But maybe just put them in foil in the freezer for easy morning breakfast. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
I'd eat them. Would toddlerx like mr and ms 2's sandwiches? Turkey, havarti, mayo,tomato, lettuce. One top bun may be missing - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Christina, possibly, but it's hard to say. I'm really happy to eat all the pancakes. - laura x from iPhone
May I add some strawberries and a splash of chocolate syrup? - LB: Unable to Can from Android
May I add ice cream and chocolate syrup? - April Russo
Anything you like, if you bring it. :) I have strawberries, blueberries, butter, and real maple syrup (grade B!) here. - laura x
*packs* - LB: Unable to Can from Android
Leftovers in the morning! - laura x from iPhone
15 minutes and $0.04 at Ace Hardware and I have a functional pepper grinder again. #toddlerlife
One of my local heroes died. He wrote new words to old labor songs for Students Against Sweatshops, and anything I know about running a tight meeting I learned from watching him preside over the City Fed. Don't mourn, organize.
Neil Young, people. Haters to the side. #soundtrackfortoday
"Verdi's Requiem played back through spinning vuvuzelas" Roto-operaismo, 2014 (roughcut documentation) on Vimeo -
My friend does weirdly fascinating things. - laura x from Bookmarklet
Dear God, please send reinforcements. Or patience. Or an early bedtime.
Hang in there, Laura! - MoTO: Team Marina
Funny. I'm thinking the same thing, but mine is 19 years old. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
How about a glass of wine? - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Thanks, all. Yvonne, I'll take that too. Though to be fair I did already have one. One hour to go.... - laura x from iPhone
Did you make it? Are you alive? - Joe
"From legendary Pixies frontman, Black Francis, comes a bold and visually arresting illustarted novel about art, conflict, and the origins of a certain type of cinema" - laura x from Bookmarklet
Holy crap! - laura x
Well. - Marie
A Tool That Answers 'What's That Typeface?' - The Atlantic -
A Tool That Answers 'What's That Typeface?' - The Atlantic
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"When you start thinking about the way words look, and how the shape of each one influences the way you feel about what you're reading, it's hard to stop. Pause for a minute and look around. Letters are everywhere, which means we're surrounded by typographical choices almost all the time." - laura x from Bookmarklet
Check out the New York Public Library’s hilarious archive of librarians’ harsh children’s book reviews - Quartz -
Check out the New York Public Library’s hilarious archive of librarians’ harsh children’s book reviews - Quartz
"You can hear their spirited voices in the catalog of about 6,400 index-sized cards, which offers everything from critical take-downs of Green Eggs and Ham (“typical of Suess’ late-period”) to racy reviews of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and scandalized reactions to Judy Blume’s Forever. Perhaps because the reviews were for internal purposes only, the librarians were unabashed in their criticism." - laura x from Bookmarklet
We are watching Pete Seeger videos, and #toddlerx insisted on getting his guitar so he could play along. I like to think Pete would would be proud.
Tonight's dinner was a reminder that Iowa isn't so bad: pasta with garlic scape and parsley pesto, corn on the cob, and heirloom tomatoes.
The corn came from the bank, natch. - laura x from iPhone
"Julia had been very very good for a long time, and the funny thing about that was, if you're too good too much of the time, people start to forget about you." --Lev Grossman, The Magician King
RIP, Margot Adler. You helped me figure out how to be a grown up and still be myself.
Judy Blume: 'I thought, this is America: we don't ban books. But then we did'' | Books | The Guardian -
Judy Blume: 'I thought, this is America: we don't ban books. But then we did'' | Books | The Guardian
"Forever…, she says, was written after a request from her teenage daughter (it's dedicated to her: "For Randy as promised … with love"). "She was reading all these books, where a girl succumbed [to sex], she would be punished, sometimes she would die. And Randy said, 'Couldn't there ever be a book where two nice kids do it and nobody has to die?' And I thought 'Yes, I need to write this'."" - laura x from Bookmarklet
She's one writer I would love to meet in person. - Corinne L
Meeting her would be amazing. - Heather
Reminds me of god I loved that show. - Joe
Anyone here ever leased a car?
I did, and it worked really well for me. Did you have any specific questions? - holly #ravingfangirl
I'm just starting to ponder it, because at some point I will actually need to get a car (I'm borrowing one at the moment), but I'm sort of sick of buying ancient cheap cars, and I have no money, so this seems like a good option. But I've never had a car I had to worry about cosmetically, which is really my only hesitation. - laura x
So, that is not helpful in terms of specific questions. :) I'm just casting about at the moment. - laura x
we did, but after we leased it, we really wished we had bought it instead. we have never leased one again. - Marianne
problems: 1) they were a pain in the butt about the cosmetics even though it was still in great shape, 2) it ended up being almost as expensive (month-to-month) as buying it would have been and when we wanted a different car we didn't have a trade-in. - Marianne
Ugh. I currently have no trade in and no down payment, which is the only reason I'm really considering this route. - laura x
yeah, that's why we did it too, but then it turned out to make things mildly worse instead of mildly better. it wasn't the end of the world or anything, just not a great idea after all, for us. - Marianne
Luckily I do not have to make this decision immediately. Just eventually. - laura x
Yes. It worked very well for me. I drove limited miles and took exceptional care of my vehicle. Any lease will be about as much per month as a purchase but you have to remember the lease model has people who constantly want new cars in mind, not those who can't afford a vehicle. One plus, of course, is that you don't have to worry about maintenance (although make sure you do those X-#... more... - Soup in a TARDIS
I think sometimes there are lease-to-own options? - lris
With one exception (all hail, 1998 Honda Civic) I have never had a car that lasted me more than a couple of years, because I've always had to gamble on old used cars. I wiped out the last of my savings on the last of those lemons, which brings us to today's unhappy state. - laura x
Check with credit unions. They often have low to no downpayment and lower interest rates. - sglassme
Coffee Oreo ice cream is a thing and I just had some. You are envious.
I am! - Steele Lawman
yes - lris
want - jambina
Yuppers. - Joe
yes, I am! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
You get all the good ice cream and mom likes you best! *weeps in envy* - MoTO: Team Marina
I am always envious of coffee ice cream, even if it does have Oreos in it (I prefer Heath bars crumbled up in mine) - April Russo
who makes this ice cream? - Big Joe Silence
RT @melvillehouse: Right now your public library definitely has the competitive edge on Amazon Unlimited:
RT @melvillehouse: Right now your public library definitely has the competitive edge on Amazon Unlimited:
Brilliant. Feminism and the "50 Shades" Hangover
Yes. Excellent review. - ɥsıuɐʎɹ
Found at the library today. Label reads "Files from old computer index--see 'Computer Files' pre Y2K."
this would make a good slide for something - maʀtha
CC-BY. :D - laura x
"I just think it’s foolish to not invest in the world, because the world has invested in you." Proud to know Cassi.
(I think it has to be to work... ) - Marianne
Our library's IP address range is currently blocked from Craigslist.
no more shenanigans for you, missy! - maʀtha
RT @infagit: A formerly midwestern friend's main excitement about my @wagingnv piece was the "dope Iowa public librarian" (that would be @newrambler).
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