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.

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