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(For an explanation of this post, see the first post in this series for Ries.)

We left the house this morning at the uncivilized hour of 5:30am. Wash traveled beautifully. He had a couple crying jags, but other than that, the trip was smooth. We rolled into New Orleans about noon.

I got Wash his own press pass.

We went to a poster session and a happy hour. Wash was, of course, a big hit. I was able to see all my geeky librarian buddies. It was fabulous.

I was hoping to make another drinks thing at 9pm but Wash was awake until 9:45! and I am exhausted.

I miss being a librarian, but mostly I just miss getting to see some of my favorite people as often as I wish. Life is always about the people.

Shockingly, the weather has been less hot than in Houston, though all the yankees were complaining. It was a nice change from the melting weather at home. I hope it lasts.

I must go to sleep.

Good Night, love.


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I think we should be back to our normal routine in this space soon. Recipes should go up like normal on Mondays and I will write more updates about our family life.

The last few months have been hard. I finished writing a book, though I am now in the editing phase and have yet. more. writing. to. do. After 4 months of concentrated effort, I was tired of writing and short on time. That pretty much accounts for the silence from me around here. The book should be well and truly wrapped up in a few short weeks and that will be that, thank God.

I just got back from a librarian conference, which are always fun. I will be writing regularly now at an old gig I used to have and I am excited about getting back up to speed professionally. I was also able to see a lot of friends, many of which I only see once or twice a year and who are very dear to me. I thought a lot while I was gone about the people in our lives that we care about. Besides my librarian friends, I also saw a group of friends from high school. That’s right. MCC Bands nerds in the house. It was amazing, hilarious, and ended with a bar I did not even remember being in the next day. Ah, memories I wish I remembered.

Seriously though. It was fun and I came home with a head full of great ideas and a heart full of friends. I am a blessed lady.

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Away, Again

It seems like we only come home to do laundry and pack up again.

Thursday, we are headed to Chicago and my first conference since I was 7 months pregnant. I am excited to see everyone and be in my element again. It will be nice to be with people who know Michelle the Librarian. I am looking forward to sharing stories over good beer with great friends.

Though I am taking my laptop and camera (I am going to a nerds’ conference, you see), do not expect anything in this space unless Ries writes it. Even then, he will have to pry my computer from my exhausted fingers to do so. If you want to keep up with us, I will be uploading pictures on my flickr account and writing at A Wandering Eyre.

There will likely be an abundance of librarians, geekery, silliness, more geekery, and yet more silliness. You have been warned.

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Some of you may or may not know that I was a librarian before I was a chaser of a toddler. In July, I am going back for my first conference in a year and half. That may not seem like a long time to some people, but I was going to a conference every couple of months before I got too pregnant with Gideon to travel. I can safely say that I do not miss my job, but I dearly miss conferences, teaching, and seeing my friends. By seeing my friends, I mean geeking out and laughing over drinks. And of course, solving all the problems of every library in the world.

It is what we do.

I am working on a very cool program with a friend and frequent partner in crime. I was able to sit down and work on the program for a solid hour today because Gideon is taking a nap and I have nothing else pressing.

Beautiful, wonderful nap time.

Thank you, God for nap time. I think God made children need naps so that moms could rest, energize, and stay sane. I am positive naps keep me sane, both his and mine.

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That Crazy Mom Thing

Sometimes I think I have lost my mind and then I remember… I am just the mother of a 6 month old. The baby in question is sitting (by himself!) on the floor of the study, looking at me occasionally to make sure I see him being adorable. I do and he is.

I am working on a longer post about what has been going on with me, as I try to figure out who the Momma Michelle is and come to grips with the fact that it is ok to leave behind a lot of the Librarian Michelle. My friend Meredith said at a conference once that librarians are like alcoholics, you can never really stop being one. She was right. I will always be a librarian, but for now, I am mostly a Mom and a Wife. A geeky mom and wife, mind you, and one still prone to lecturing her husband on his research practices.

Gideon is going to be going to college before I know it. He already eats rice and oat cereal, bananas, and sweet potatoes. He swallows more food than ends up on his bib these days and sips water from a sippy cup like a pro. He gazes into my eyes and tells me the most serious secrets. I am definitely in love with this boy.

I told Ries last night that I was surprised I ended up loving being a mom so much (the kind of so much that sometimes I think my heart might burst with it) and that I feel I am fairly good at it (so far). He said he was not surprised. He said I like taking care of people too much not to be a good mom and love doing it. He said I have been trying to be a mom to people to whom I had no such responsibility all my life, why should I be so surprised now when I actually have the job? Why indeed.

It is funny, because that intense love is paralleled with bouts of boredom. Go figure.

I know I am succeeding at this mom thing so far because I manage to keep him fed, clean, and happy and myself sane, mostly. However, I am a better mom than a housekeeper. We can’t all be perfect. I wish there were more naps during which the laundry would magically fold itself or that I could sing to animals to make them do my work for me. Alas, that is not to be.

Despite the rain, Gideon and I have to run to the grocery store. Be safe out there!

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I have a lot of very cool library friends. A couple of them, David Lee King and Michael Porter, wrote a little diddy and made a video. I must warn you that the song gets in your head, but the geek factor is totally worth watching it.

For those that need another reason, Gideon and I are in it towards the end. Enjoy!

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