On Meet The World's First Bookless Library

At my college (public flagship in the SEC) there was a regular library and a study/learning center that had classrooms, study rooms, reading spaces, a huge number of computers, and a small collection of books in a silent study room that I didn't even know EXISTED until my last semester. One semester I volunteered to be part of a "How do you use the study center?" focus group because it involved pizza and civic participation, which is my game. It was run by two ladies I would describe as hipster librarians- youngish, glasses, Anthropologie/thrifted-looking vintage, soft-spoken, very excited about learning. They each introduced themselves by saying, "I'm Jane, I'm a librarian here at the study center, and I specialize in teaching research methods" and "I'm Joan, I'm a librarian here at the study center and I specialize in community engagement." So we went through the whole process- I think we had pizza, then there was form to fill out, then some guided conversation, then we maybe estimated how often we did certain things in the study center, etc, and at the end was, like, free-form comments. I was a nerd and so I knew that the study center was a part of the campus library system and had librarians, etc, but apparently this was not well-known, because one girl started her comments by saying, "I don't really think of the center as a library. It's just where I do my homework. I mean, I know you guys called yourselves librarians, but-" IN PERFECT UNISON, both of the facilitators immediately interrupted her and said, "WE ARE LIBRARIANS." Don't insult the digital librarians, people! THEY ONLY LOOK MILD-MANNERED.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm 4

On How (Some) Women Dress For Work

"There’s an element of it that feels anti-feminist to be telling a young woman what she can and can’t wear, especially when the complaints originate with men. It’s like, I’m sorry you can’t stop staring at this woman but maybe you should check yourself." I wish this round table (which was interesting!) had questioned the premise of the dress code a little bit more, since it seems that office dress codes are almost exclusively enforced on women. I wonder if there's any actual research on that or if it is just my feminist bias, but I don't seem to hear many stories about young men in their first professional jobs who have to be "counseled" on appropriate attire. Anybody have bias-confirming anecdotes to share??

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 3:40 pm 0

On The Cost of Throwing a Pony Party for Your Seven-Year-Old Daughter Who's Really Into Horses

"It was a really touching gesture, and the generosity behind it made me realize that at a rescue ranch, the horses are probably not the only ones trying to heal past traumas and hurt from earlier in life." I think it was very kind of you to recognize this and find it generous and sweet. We all need more humanity in our lives.

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 11:50 am 1

On Everyone's Born in the Summer Damn Them So What Do You Do?

@eatmoredumplings oh, man, I am so sorry. That absolutely sucks. I'm so afraid of having a low turnout birthday party that I haven't had one (other than with my family) since I was 11. I hope you have/had a great birthday with your husband and your friends. Maybe for your thirtieth YOU could be the fun awesome thing everyone is doing? (Uh. I mean. Um.) Like a beach weekend or camping, but you do a big birthday booze fest one night. Idk, I love to give people advice they didn't ask for. :(

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm 0

On Everyone's Born in the Summer Damn Them So What Do You Do?

@crenb Really?!?! I always felt very cheated by my summer birthday, because all the summer birthdays were celebrated on the last day of school and you had to share whatever kid birthday thing the other kids got all to themselves, like being class leader or returning the milk tray or whatever. SPOILER: I got over it.

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 5:18 pm 0

On Everyone's Born in the Summer Damn Them So What Do You Do?

I turn 29 tomorrow (actual 29, although who knows maybe I'll turn 29 another seven or eight times and then jump right to my late-thirties) and know approximately 82 other people with birthdays in the last two weeks of August and the first two weeks of September, including at least 17 who are my birthday twin (sedectuplets YEEEEAHH!). I call us Eggnog Babies.

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm 1

On Living Our Best Thirty-something Lives

@The Dauphine I only realized a couple years ago that when people say "do a 5k" they often mean run the entire race relatively fast? I have done a bunch of 5ks, but I take walk breaks. The rest of the time, I don't so much run as plod. Counts as far as I'm concerned, y'all.

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm 0

On Disaster Thinking

Heather, I think I read a blog you kept a few years ago, and I remember how moving and beautiful all of your work was. I'm so glad to read this and catch up, as it were. Disaster thinking is so familiar to me- I know which gas stations put a three-day hold on your account rather than charging your debit card immediately, and whether that hold is $75 or $1. Hello, pre-payday fill-up. And for anyone who reads this in the future, liquor stores will often let you take their unpacked cardboard boxes for free. They're narrower and deeper than traditional moving boxes but damn they do the job. Plus they make you feel like a rebellious pin-up when you see them all packed up in one place.

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm 1

On GOOD ENOUGH Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $400K

I now realize it was not clear that my comment is about the converted mill house near the Adirondacks in upstate New York. So for one million dollars you can get a hair salon AND a bunch of grist mill machines yeeeeeeah baby.

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 11:00 am 0

On GOOD ENOUGH Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $400K

Ahahahahahaha for one million dollars some hapless city slicker (LAWL LAWL LAWL) can live in St. J! MY THOUGHTS 1) No one will ever pay one million dollars to live in St. J. 2) It is hilariously not the only (offered at) million dollar home in Central New York! It is one of at least TWO! http://www.vanbillingsrealestate.com/HomesAbove200K.html 3) The mascot of the St. Johnsville High School Saints used to be a "Marching Saint" who was badly rendered in a 20 ft high mural on the gym wall and looked like a big tough fighting angel baby. I am SO FREAKING SAD that I can't find a picture of it online, it was glorious. 4) Look at that slideshow! Those people have a hair salon in their house?????

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 10:17 am 1