Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


What I Wore: Fashion Flashback

Have you ever gone back through your outfit pictures, looked at something and thought: Hmmmm, why haven’t I worn that again? That’s totally what I was thinking when I looked at this picture from 2012. Like, seriously, this is such a “Daenel outfit”…

So I’m resharing the post in the hopes that you’ll be inspired to go back through your closet and revisit a fashion fave.

What I Wore Sunday

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret, I absolutely positively love Junk Gypsies on HGTV, so when I went to their website and saw that mug on sale, I just had to have it. Unfortunately, you can’t see it very well in that picture, but trust me, it’s one big honkin’ hunk of ceramic fabulousness. I didn’t receive any compensation for this, I just big puffy heart that show and, well, that ginormous mug helps me to get my coffee happy on.

What I Wore Sunday

Anyway, I wore this outfit to church on Sunday, the dress is a little somethin’ somethin’ I picked up from Walmart a few years ago but rarely wear. Not really sure why, since I absolutely adore it. And, yo, it was a steal for something like $12. The jacket has been in my closet forever.

What I Wore Sunday

See how I’m finally starting to work accessories into my outfit? I don’t know why it’s taken me so long, I have so much great stuff that just sits in my drawer…

What I Wore Sunday

Ever since we moved to Missouri a year ago, I have been dying to get a pair of cowboy boots. I mean, like seriously scoping out cowboy boots only to get sticker shock. As much as I love shoes, there’s no way I could justify the price. So when my coworkers and I went into this little consignment shop called The Clothesline, I about fainted when I spotted a red pair sitting on a shelf. Honestly, how perfect are those boots? And they only cost me $8.50. Shut the front door! Total score, right?

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So what outfit will you revisit?

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Coffee Talk: Common Sense, Television, Dog Fur, and Coffee, of course

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}

Wow, it’s been a long time since we’ve chatted. How’ve you been? I’ve been OK. Just busy with, well, life… You know how that is, right?

Anyway, I’d like to welcome you to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

1. Daniele Watts, an African American actress who was in the movie “Django Unchained” is accusing Los Angeles police of racism for cuffing her while responding to complaint. The actress says that she and her boyfriend were targeted because she’s black and her boyfriend is white. I read the story and listened to her interview on CNN yesterday morning and I’m gonna to have call nonsense. Someone reported that a couple was engaged in a sex act in a Mercedes; she admits that she and her boyfriend were “making out” but that it had ceased by the time the cops arrived. In the video, you can hear the cop ask for her ID several times and you can hear her refusing several times. She then throws out the race card, the actor card, and the “it’s my right to make out with my boyfriend” card as excuses for why she won’t comply with the officer’s request. insert eye roll here

Girlfriend, had you just followed your boyfriend’s lead and given the officer your ID, you never would’ve been cuffed and detained. As a general rule, when the cops ask you to stop and put your hands up, you should just do it. If they ask for your ID, give it to them. I’ve been followed, profiled, pulled over, etc. and every time, I’ve complied with the requests. Even when I knew the stop was unjustified. I’m looking at you, Mr. Police Officer who pulled me over and asked me why my kids were in the car with me instead of at school. It’s just easier. Yes, it’s frustrating. Yes, I’ve cried. But I’ve never ended up in cuffs or face down in the asphalt.

Here’s the deal, there are enough people who’re dealing with genuine race based discrimination out there that people don’t need to make things up or bring crap on themselves… A whole lot of Jesus and a little bit of common sense, people, that’s all it requires to get through this life.

2. I’ve stopped watching Extant and Under the Dome. Both shows had me wondering what the heck is going on here? And not in a good way either. But Hell on Wheels? If you are not watching that show, stop everything you’re doing and catch up. Then get back at me so we can discuss Sunday’s episode. Oh. Em. Gee. Anson Mount and Common had me all in my feelings.

3. You guys, I love Squeekerz. Goodness knows, I love that dog. I cried right along with the kids when he ran away. And I cried even harder when he came back with a pregnant cat. But there is no way in the world, I’m going to walk around with a purse made out of his fur. Yep, someone is making dog fur purses. And people are buying them. The rational side of me says this is no different than carrying a leather or cowhide bag but there’s another part of me that goes ewwwww…. But I will say one thing, they are GORGEOUS!!!! shudder

4. Coffee served in an ice cream cone? Yes, please.

Talk to me, what’s got you scratching your head?

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#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty relaxed. We’re still adjusting to life as a family of three, but the kids are doing a good job of keeping in touch. This makes me incredibly happy. My biggest worry was that they’d lose touch with us and/or each other. But we usually send or receive at least one mass text per day. That makes the separation a bit easier to handle.

Instead of doing my usual weekend wrap up, I’m sharing some of my pictures from the September Photo a Day Challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in a challenge and I’ve pretty much failed at the 52 Week Project: 2014 Edition, I decided to give it a try. If you’re participating, leave a comment below so I can check out your pictures. And don’t forget to give me a follow on Instagram.

Day 14 {Healthy}

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I run…

Day 13 {Out of Place}

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Take your pick.

Day 12 {Spring/Fall}

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I love when the leaves start to change colors.

Day 11 {How I Feel Today}

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I’m also tired.

Day 10 {Repetition}

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I had a hard time with this one.

Day 9 {Orange}

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A Fruit Loop Tree. It could happen. Right? I think I was delirious

Day 8 {Broken}

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Sorry, Mr. Owl. I guess they figured out our secret.

My favorite coffee picture of the week:

Fresh Beans from Dynamite Coffee #VisitCape

Fresh roasted beans from Dynamite Coffee. I wish you could smell them, just, yes, please, forever and always…

The biggest thing for me to accept with this challenge is that not all pictures are going to be perfect. As a hobbyist photographer, I want all of my pictures to pack a punch, but that’s life…

I’m linking up with Jeanette at Life Rearranged for InstaFriday.

How was your week?

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