Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Monday Mingle: Scary Cats, Bird Gangs and Distant Cousins

Monday MingleMonday Mingle is hosted by Jen at Eighty MPH Mom.  If you’d like to participate, all you have to do is answer the 3 questions (you can vlog it, write it or stitch on a pillow, just make sure others can find it), hit the linky and you are part of the gang.  Make sure you visit other minglers and leave some comment love, after all, this is an interactive sport.

This week’s questions are:
1. What animal or bug are you completely terrified of?

I’m absolutely terrified of cats and birds.  I promise you, I think they’re conspiring against me.  Have you ever noticed how cats sorta creep along the side of walls, watching your every move, ready to pounce?  What are they doing that they have to be so suspicious of everyone?  And birds…  Those flying rodents!  Swooping down from the heavens, leaving their little gang signs on cars, statues and whatever else happens to be in their line of sight.

2. How many cousins do you have?

Between the Vaughns and the Moseleys, there are a lot of us.  I come from a long line of breeders.  And not just any type of breeder, we like multiples ~ I’m a twin, my aunt was a twin, my cousin had twins, I have twins, I’ve even heard that there may be a triplet in there somewhere.  Yep, breeding is our specialty.

3. What state are most of your relatives located in? How often do you see them?

We seem to have taken over the northeast part of the U.S., specifically the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia regions.

Next week’s questions are:
To be determined…

Don’t forget to join me for Shoe Style Saturday this Saturday…

To participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is Shoe Style Saturday

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners.


Loose Threads and Other Random Thoughts

Heart of Haiti

1.On Friday I received a beautiful ‘Heart of Haiti‘ pendant in the mail in exchange for a post that I’d written on behalf of Macy’s, as I read the thank you letter, I couldn’t help but to cry thinking about the artisans who create the pendants.  These are women who create handmade works of art to support themselves and their children.  Items range in price from about $8 to about $280.  I’m not receiving any compensation for this, I just think this is a terrific cause.

The Girls on The Back Mountain Trail

To see more pictures from our walk, click the picture

2.  I bribe my kids.  People often ask me how I managed to have such well behaved kids and that’s the answer, I bribe them.  Not with money, I’m a librarian, I don’t have that much.  I bribe them with walks.  I keep them in the house until I want them to do something, then I promise them some quality time with Mother Nature in exchange for some free labor.  Yesterday I promised them a walk along The Back Mountain Trail.  All they had to do was clean the house.  Mostly I wanted the bathroom done.  But they dusted, swept and mopped their little hearts out.  So we went out.  On a 5 mile walk.  The girls came home and slept from 3 PM til 10:30 PM.  I came home and chilled in front of the TV.

Ugli Fruit

3.  The hubs and I went grocery shopping and as I was scanning the fruit section, I saw those ugly little things above.  They’re actually called “Ugli Fruit”.  Ummmmm, they look like rotten oranges to me.  I won’t be trying them any time soon.


4.  I think I have some sort of problem.  I love to pluck my eyebrows.  I don’t get them waxed as often as I should, but you should see me with a mirror and a pair of tweezers…  There is something, ummmm, therapeutic about pulling out those stray hairs.  Now I’m gonna be tweezing away with the little cutie I found at the store the other day. Seriously, aren’t those the cutest tweezers ever?

5.  So today the hubs and I had a bit of a “discussion” about what is and is not appropriate out~of~house wear.  This is how it started…  I bought a maxi dress yesterday while we were out, at his suggestion because he thought it was cute.  Today I wanted to wear it but my bra was showing, so I said I’d have to find a tank or cami to wear under it and the hubs suggested I go bra~less.  dead I whipped off the strapless, pulled up the dress straps and stood there looking at him, fully thinking he’d see the danger of such a suggestion.  Never mind the fact that everything dropped 6 inches but let’s think about the potential harm that could come from any pot holes.  He assured me that it was all in my head and that things were fine.  As soon as he walked out of the room, I changed into a pair of shorts and a peasant shirt.  With a bra.

So my question to you is, would you go bra~less in public?


Shoe Style Saturday

Shoe Style Saturday

Frankenstein Shoes.  Roach Killers.  Snow Crushers.  Butt Ugly Shoes.  These shoes have been called just about every name in the book, yet, they’ve remained in my closet for almost 13 years.  Whenever I feel insecure or unsure about something, these are my go~to shoes.  No, they’re not pretty.  They’re not even comfortable.  Yet, there’s something about them that makes me feel strong and confident when I slip them on my feet.  Maybe it’s the heaviness of the sole that remind me of my days in the Army.  Oh, you should have seen me then.  I was The Woman.  I oozed confidence.  Or maybe it’s the barely hanging on by a prayer strap that refuses to snap, no matter how much I tug.  Cancer, unemployment, returning to college as an adult student, it’s caused me to bend and sway but never to snap…  Yeah, they’re ugly but they’re the footwear equivalent of a wooby.

What brings you comfort when you’re feeling insecure?

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

And don’t forget to grab my badge!


Classic Book Review: Peyton Place by Grace Metalious


When it first appeared in 1956, Grace Metalious’s Peyton Place unbuttoned the straitlaced New England of the popular imagination, transformed the publishing industry, and made its young author one of the most talked about people in America.  Metalious’s debut novel ~ which topped the best seller lists for more than a year and spawned a feature film and long~running television series ~ reveals the intricate social anatomy of a small New England town.  This new paperback edition, which celebrates the seventy~fifth anniversary of Grace Metalious’s birth, will reintroduce readers to a landmark of American popular culture.  An introduction by Ardis Cameron explores  Peyton Place‘s influential role in American literary and cultural history.


Grace Metalious (1924~1964) was the author of three other novels:  Return to Peyton Place, The Tight White Collar, and No Adam in Eden.  She was a resident of Gilmanton, New Hampshire.


One of the cool parts about being an American History instructor is that I get to talk about things that I like and one of the things that I like talking about is American history during the 1950s.  Such a dichotomy ~ on the one hand you had these middle~class families who were creating “sameness” in the suburbs with their white picket fenced encase enclave of  2.5 kids and fluffy dog and on the other hand you had these under currents of rebellion against “the man” (whomever “the man” may be ~ marriage, racism, domesticity, etc).  It was such a fascinating time…

Then here comes this woman, Grace Metalious, who rips the roof off these staid New England communities and exposes their secrets; secrets that were thought to exist only in “those” neighborhoods.  I mean, women were reading these books with paper bags covering them, they were hiding them from their husbands, teenagers were sneaking peeks and libraries refused to carry copies.  This book was a cultural phenomenon; chick lit before it became chick lit.

I’d recommend this book to people anyone who likes literary soap operas.


Contains sex and violence

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post.


What I Wore Wednesday #9 and Real Momma, Real Style

Have you ever wondered what librarians do all day?  I can assure you, we do not read books…

What I Wore Saturday

Denim Jacket, Tunic ~ Burlington Coat Factory
Corduroy Skirt, Knee Socks, Boots ~ Target
Flowers Brooch ~ Handmade by me

Crocheted Flower Pin and Scarf Set

What I Wore Wednesday #9 and Real Momma, Real Style

Crocheted Flowers and Pin/Scarf Set ~ Handmade by me

Classes have ended and the students are gone, so it’s time for us to rearrange the library.  That means moving furniture, shifting books, scraping up things that can’t be identified except in a CSI crime lab.  So that means sore muscles, tired bones and boring What I Wore Wednesday and Real Momma, Real Style pictures…  Hopefully, we’ll get back to the “clean” side of librarianship soon and I can start posting pretty pictures again.

Until then do me a favor and leave a comment telling me why you love your library.  Library budgets are being cut left and right, and if anyone knows the value of books, it’s us moms.

The crochet flowers will be for sale as either a scarf and pin set or individually.  The flowers can be worn as brooches or hair clips (they have alligator teeth clips attached to them).  The brooches/hair clips will be $12 each and the scarf and pin set will be $25 each.

I’m linking up with

The Pleated Poppy

Real Momma, Real Style

Join me for Shoe Style Saturday this Saturday!

I’m a shoe girl big time but I also love clothes, handbags, jewelry and makeup but that’s another story. Anyway, I decided to create Shoe Style Saturday as a way to challenge myself to wear every pair of shoes that I own as well as to celebrate my love and yours for shoes. So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners. For more information, click here.

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