Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Getting to Know Cape Girardeau/Jackson

Wow, so I didn’t go without the interwebs as long as I thought I would.  Thank you, Comfort Suites, for the use of your internet service.  We truly appreciate it. The kids and I thought we’d have to go at least a week or so without being connected, I don’t know what decade we think we’re living in now.  Everything is instant.  And many hotels have free access.  And, um, there are libraries and cafes…

So today was our first full day in our new home state and, so far, we are loving it.  The kids are overwhelmed by southern hospitality.  You should see them freak out every time somebody asks “How you doin’, sweetheart?” and then waits around for the answer.  The kids get positively giddy.  In fact, this was Miss 14′s Facebook status earlier today:

Facebook StatusThey seriously start giggling every time someone says something to them.  Either my kids are easily amused or they’re really not used to human kindness.

The River Walk

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As part of our “getting to know the city tour”, we went and saw the kids’ schools, signed the lease for our house and went down to the River Walk.  The Mississippi River is crazy big!  Can you call a river “big”?  The River Walk is absolutely lovely ~ surrounded by old buildings, beautiful murals and, of course, a lot of water.  There are also plenty of little shops and restaurants, it kind of looks like the city is putting forth some sort of revitalization program because there’s a bit of renovation going on in various places.

For lunch, we took the kids to our new favorite restaurant, The Branding Iron.  The last time we visited the area, we ate here with my husband’s co~worker and his family and all I did upon returning to PA was rave about their ribs. Normally, I won’t eat ribs in public ~ dude, you know how it is, they get good and you wanna sit there, suck your fingers, gnaw on the bone, etc.   These ribs are so good, you’ll forget your manners.  Seriously, I couldn’t wait to get back down here so I could eat them again.  The kids loved them.  Even Mr. 15, who isn’t much of a meat eater.  If you’re ever in this neck of the woods, try the 3 Rib Dinner with Baked Beans and Potato Salad.  Yum!

Tomorrow the kids and I will be preparing to move into the house while the hubs starts his first day at his new job. Squee

Have you ever moved?  How did you learn your way around?


Steaming Along


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I think I can.  I think I can.  I think I can.

I feel like the Little Engine that Could.  I’m being pushed, pulled and dragged by steam and faith alone.  Tonight is our last night at my parents’ house and I’m feeling so many mixed emotions.  I’m excited to be beginning our new lives in Missouri and a little nervous to be starting over in an unknown town where we are really out there on our own.  Yes, the hubs and I are adults but we’ve lived near my MIL for the last 15 years, if we needed a babysitter in a pinch, she was available.  If we needed someone to run to the house to make sure the stove was turned off, we had friends.  Now, we’re completely on our own.  By ourselves.  No MIL living exactly 3.1 miles from my front door.  Our nearest relatives are 5½ hours away. Eep.  I know we’ll eventually make friends and settle into a routine but for now, I’m just a wee bit nervous.

I think I can.  I think I can.  I think I can.

I’m also worried about my kids, will they fit in, will they be able to adjust quickly?  They’ve lived in Pennsylvania all their lives, in fact, this is their first time out of state.  Well, you know, except when the young one was in utero and the older three moved with us to Pennsylvania when they were 2 years old and 6 months old.  And, ohmygosh, Miss 17 is starting college.  So.  Many.  Changes.  At once.  My head is spinning…

I think I can.  I think I can.  I think I can.

We’ll be hitting the road tomorrow and then trying to settle into our new home over the next few days so I don’t know when I’ll have internet access again.  I’ll also be trying to register 3 kids for school and settle one into the dorms, locate doctors, grocery stores, a vet, etc.  If you’d like to keep up with our travels and share words of wisdom or just laugh at me, you can keep in touch with me via Twitter.  Until I’m fully connected remember to do something good for yourself and each other…

Choo Choo


My Parents are Spoiling My Kids

Oh my gosh!  We have been crazy busy this week.  As you know, the kids and I left Pennsylvania for good on 23 July and have been chillin’ with my parents in Mississippi for the week and, lemme tell ya, they sure know how to show their grandkids a good time.

On Saturday, my twin sister and her family came in from Tennessee for a visit.  That was the first time all of our families have been under one roof in gosh close to fifteen years.  Kid you not.  We definitely missed the hubs but he’s taking care of the house and making sure it’s all ready for it’s new owners.  If you wanna buy a house, call me

Adventure AlabamaWe’d originally planned to go to the Memphis Zoo and Aquarium on Tuesday but due to a crazy mix up, we didn’t go.  Apparently, my kids are so quiet that my parents didn’t realize that they’d been up since 5:30 AM waiting for them so that we could get an early start.  My kids quickly learned ~ make lots of noise so the grands know that they’re up.  So we ended up going to Adventure Alabama.  It was 95° but it felt closer to the triple digits.  I ended up with a crazy stripy tan on my feet from my sandals but the kids had a blast on the rides.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to go to the water park because, well, we didn’t know there was a water park.  Nevertheless, the kids had a great time…

Memphis Zoo and Aquarium

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Today we went to the zoo.  Yay!  The only animals I was interested in seeing were the monkeys but Miss 14 had her heart set on seeing the penguins.  And seeing them was totally worth being dragged around the zoo in the heat.  Truthfully, the weather was incredible ~ yes, we sweated and yes, it was hot but it was no where near as hot as it has been.  The animals were kinda lazing around but it was kinda cool to be so close up to them.

We ended the day with a stop at a this restaurant called Chow Time, which serves a mix of Chinese and Southern food.  Kid you not.  I only ate the Chinese selections but they had everything on the Southern food side, including pig’s feet.  And the rules!  They were embossed on a golden tablet at the entrance to the restaurant.  The ones that stuck out most were:

  • No weapons
  • No skirts shorter than 6 inches
  • No wife beaters

Um, yeah.  The others were your basic no profanity, no sharing, etc.

I truly believe my kids won’t want to move with me to Missouri by the end of the week.

How do your parents spoil your kids?


    Wordless Wednesday: Pouty Face

    Boy with Flowers
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    Hangin’ in Mississippi with the Parentals

    ReunitedSoooo this is the longest moving trip ever.  Ever.  But it’s also been a lot of fun.  The kids and I left Pennsylvania Saturday and flew to Alabama where my dad picked us up and drove us to his home in Mississippi.

    The flight itself was relatively uneventful.  Unless you consider the fact that none of our gates were listed on our boarding passes or on the monitors and we had three gate changes in Detroit.  But I’m glad my kids got to see some of the hinks that come with flying.  I like for them to see how even the best laid plans are subject to change, it gives them a chance to see how we ~ their parents ~ adapt and adjust.  Thank you to Carol of “Carol’s Cozy Cabin” for making the safety demonstration soooo entertaining.

    After arriving in Mississippi, my twin sister and her family drove in from Tennessee.  This is the first time that all the grandkids have been under my parents roof at once in over fifteen years.  The kids had a great time hanging out with each other, getting to know my parents, etc.  I took plenty of pictures, so we’ll have visual memories of our day together.

    We’ll spend the rest of the week hangin’ in Mississippi with the parentals and then we’re off to Missouri to begin our new lives.  Can’t wait!

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