Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


“I Voted” Badge on Foursquare

Foursquare:  I Voted Badge

Photo Courtesy of Foursquare

Currently, I’m teaching American National Government at Misericordia University, and this has been just as much a learning experience for me as it has been for my students.  When the class first started, I told my students that along with meeting the University’s goals, I have several outcomes for the course too.  I want them to:

  • Vote
  • Know the issues
  • Evaluate their sources of information
  • Understand the values that they bring with them to the polls

In each of my classes (I’ve taught two so far), I explain not only the foundations of the government and the political process but I also explain the origins of the Articles of Confederation and the evolution of the Constitution of the United States, with a focus on the events that lead to the right to vote for women and minorities.

This semester, one of the more interesting discussions in this course has been about how social media has changed politics.  People who were not otherwise engaged in politics have become more involved due to social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and, now, Foursquare.  Foursquare is a location~based mobile application that allows users to “check in” to venues and collect virtual badges.

On Wednesday, Foursquare announced that it’s offering an “I Voted” badge for everyone who “checks in” from their polling place on Tuesday,  2 November. In order to unlock the special “I Voted” badge, users have to give a “shout out” from one of the 107,000 polling places using the “#ivoted” hashtag.

According to the announcement, Foursquare created the badge for three reasons: “to encourage civic participation, increase transparency in the voting process and develop a replicatable system for the 2012 Presidential election.”  No matter what your political affiliation, I ask you to please take the time to vote.  Do not let the “talking heads” on television or the radio make you believe that your vote doesn’t count.  It does.  And after you vote, check in with the hashtag #ivoted so everyone knows that you made a difference.


Breast Cancer Awareness: 3~Day for a Cure

Click here to donate to Team Cardona as they walk in the Susan G. Komen Dallas/FT. Worth 3~Day for a Cure!

Thank you on behalf of my friends as well as all of those who have fought and lost the battle against breast cancer as well as those who continue to fight.

Disclosure:  This post is in no way endorsed by the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  I have known Mylynka and Lupe for over 20 years and I want to support and encourage them in the best way that I know how ~ through my words.


A Letter to My Husband


Photo Courtesy of Barnes and Noble Website

Dear Tony,

By now you’ve heard me exclaim ad nauseam how much I love love love that I took the plunge and downloaded the Nook app to my Droid.  In fact, you’ve benefited from my download immensely.  You know how we have different sleeping habits, and how I used to want to keep the TV on even though you were sleeping because I didn’t want to get up out of our warm cozy bed?  Well now, I just whip out my phone and read.  It doesn’t even disturb you, does it?  Well, the problem is that I kill my battery because sometimes I forget to plug the phone up before I go to sleep (which leads to you yelling at me because, well, my phone is dead).

I’ve discovered a solution to both our problems:  me being able to read at night and you being able to get in touch with me whenever you want.  It’s the Nookcolor.  You’ve seen me at Barnes and Noble and you’ve seen the way I gaze longingly at the Nook whenever we’re there…

Cue cheesy eighties teen classic “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany….

Honey, I would LOVE to receive a Nookcolor for Christmas.

The Nookcolor offers:

  • a 7 in color touchscreen
  • holds up to 6000 books (without the memory card)
  • access to full color magazines and newspapers
  • as well as a social aspect (I can lend you books free of charge for 14 days)
  • built~in WiFi

All for $249 (much less than those tires you want to buy for your car)…

So please, let’s save our marriage and purchase the Nookcolor.

All my love,

Disclosure:  I didn’t receive any compensation for this post, I just really want a Nookcolor.


Monday Mingle: It’s All About the Shoes!

Monday MingleMonday Mingle is hosted by Eighty MPH Mom. If you’d like to participate, simply create a short vlog in which you answer the questions and then hit up the linky. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants. Afterall, isn’t that what mingling is all about?

This week’s questions were submitted by Jendi from Simple Vlogging Tips, and they are:

1. ‘Fess up – how many shoes do you own?
2. What is your favorite type of shoe to wear?  Sneakers, stilettos, kitten heels, ballet flats?
3. Do you have a shoe story you could tell us?

The Shoe Shop on Facebook

Next week’s questions were submitted by Alexes from One Cluttered Brain and they are:

1. What is your favorite way to spend your time during the day?
2. What do you think about guest posting on other people’s blogs?  Have you ever done it before?  Did you like it?
3. What is the craziest item in your purse?


I Love My Hair Courtesy of Sesame Street

Hair.  How is it that those strands of protein can cause so much angst? Especially for black women.  Seriously, I wish they’d had videos like that when I was a kid.  Do you know how many young black girls might have embraced instead of rejecting their hair?

Last year I decided to go “natural” and stop chemically straightening my hair.  That was a big step for me, I’d been straightening my hair since my mom first gave me the go~ahead at 13 or 14.  I didn’t need to but I wanted to because my sisters were doing theirs.

Anyway, I loved my natural hair ~ even when it didn’t do everything that I wanted it to do.  But just discovering what my natural curls looked and felt like was an amazing thing.  I enjoyed being able to wash my hair and go.  Do you know how much time I gained by not having to worry about blow drying and flat ironing?

A few months ago, I found out that my husband wasn’t a big fan of the natural hair look so I made the decision to go back to relaxing my hair.  I have mixed feelings about going back to the “creamy  crack” but, for right now, this is one of those compromises that one makes in marriage.  For a year I had the chance to see my natural self and to gain a confidence that I never knew that I had.  Maybe someday I’ll go back to my natural self, until then I’m going to strut my stuff and love my hair in all of its states!

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