Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

Coffee Talk 1. This week the Supreme Court struck down legislation that makes it a crime to lie about winning military honors {also known as the Stolen Valor Act} on the grounds that it violates the First Amendment {free speech}. Ummm, there is so much wrong with that decision… First of all, how about the fact that it disrespects those who died, were injured or maimed for really winning military honors? Second of all, shouldn’t there be some things that are so sacred that they should be protected? And, yes, I realize that this is a slippery slope but I think our soldiers and vets deserve the utmost respect and honor. Boo and hiss to the Supremes.

2. Ann Curry. shaking my head NBC execs, y’all know y’all some shady characters. How in the world are y’all gonna treat such a classy lady in such a classless way? For 15 years, she supported you all through your good times and your bad times and you give her a 15 minute exit? Seriously? Ann, honey, on to bigger and better, right? Sending you lots of love and prayers.

3. Are you on Pinterest? I am, you can follow me here. Anyway, tell me this is not the most pinworthy thing you’ve seen in a long time! All of these dresses are made out of paper. Paper!!!! Designer Isabelle de Borchgrave came up with the idea after recognizing the versatility of paper and how the crinkles and wrinkles resembled the finest silks and satins. Gorgeous, no?

4. Remember last week when I talked about bus monitor, Karen Klein? Well, she’s supposedly received a ton o’ money from the interwebs to assuage her hurt feelings. Ya know, I think what those kids did was absolutely awful but to get paid for it? I think the kids who did the teasing should have been made to spend their summer cutting her grass, washing windows, painting fences, etc. But getting a little over $64,000? Ridunkulous.

What had you scratching your head this week?


Book Tour: Passing Love by Jacqueline E. Luckett

Passing Love by Jacqueline E. LuckettBOOK DESCRIPTION (FROM THE BACK OF THE BOOK)

Nicole~Marie Handy has loved all things French since she was a child. After the death of her best friend, determined to get out of her rut, she goes to Paris, leaving behind a marriage proposal. While there, Nicole chances upon an old photograph of her father ~ lovingly inscribed, in his hand, to a woman Nicole has never heard of. What starts as a vacation quickly becomes an unexpected adventure.

Moving back and forth between the sparkling Paris of today and the jazz~fueled city filled with expatriates in the 1950s, Passing Love is the story of two women dealing with lost love, secrets and betrayal…and how the City of Light may hold all the answers.


Jacqueline E. LuckettAfter leaving the corporate world, Jacqueline took a creative writing class on a dare, from herself, and began writing short stories and poetry and never looked back. Her essay, “Traveling with Ghosts,” was included in Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011. She is the author of two novels, Passing Love and Searching for Tina Turner.

Connect with Jacqueline E. Luckett on her blog, Jacqueline Luckett, Facebook and Twitter.


I absolutely adored this book! I’m a big fan of the Jazz Age and post~World War II African American culture, but those two topics are usually only covered within the confines of American society. Taking the concepts of racism, black womanhood, poverty and expectation across the Atlantic and intertwining it with romance, mystery, secrets and lies made for a delightful read.

This novel is part history lesson, part fantasy and a whole lot of “oh no she didn’t”. The sometimes antagonistic mother~daughter relationship is played out in a loving way that makes it relatable to women of all ages no matter what their relationships with their mothers. I also enjoyed the way Luckett handled the exploration of parents as people before they came together and created families.  Did Mom or Dad really love someone before they met each other?

Overall, this is a terrific read and would make for some wonderfully creative book group discussions.



Disclaimer: This book was provided to me courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.



Twelve {What I Wore Wednesday}

Hi, everyone! I hope you’re having a fabulous week so far. I know I am. First of all, I’m being featured at Librarian Dreams by Evelynn Alfred, for her Highly Textured Librarian feature. Second, I’m chillin’ with the family and enjoying some rest and relaxation. And, third, I’ve been doing a little bit of shopping!

Can you believe I have two outfit posts this week? I think this may be a record for me. Lately I’ve barely managed to squeeze out one half way decent picture. I don’t know why but I was feeling pretty lazy for a hot minute, but I think I’m back on track now.

What I Wore Saturday

What I Wore Saturday {Living Outside the Stacks}

I wore this to run some errands and hang out with the hubs. It’s cute, flowy and, believe it or not, pretty cool considering it’s black. I think I was attracted to the top because of the embroidery, isn’t it pretty? Definitely leans towards that boho vibe that I like so much. It wasn’t until I saw the pictures that I realized how sheer the top is, next time a cami will be worn underneath.

What I Wore Sunday

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is what I wore to church on Sunday. So cute and comfy. The skirt is long and flowy (gosh, what is with me and that word lately?) and the sweater is thin. I should have taken a picture of the back, it has a slit very similar to the front, except it ties so you can wear it up on the shoulders or do that one shoulder thing a la “Flashdance”. The necklace is a cute little something something I picked up at an antique store in Bollinger Mill.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with what I’ve worn this week. It beats the tee and capris I’ve been living in…

So what did you wear this week? 

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.


July Photo A Day {Photography}

Once again, I failed at taking daily pictures. What is wrong with me? I have a fabulous camera and nothing but time? Have the lazies set in? Has my creativity plunged? Am I uninspired? The answer to all of those questions has to be a big ol’ loud “NO!” because last month’s prompts were so much fun. For me to watch. From the sidelines. But not again. In the month of July, I shall prevail! I will conquer the photographic blahs.

And to make sure I follow through, not only will I post my pictures on Instagram (you can follow me here) but I’ll also post my faves every Thursday. So please check back to see what I’ve captured.

Now for this month’s prompts, courtesy of Chantelle at FAT MUM SLIM

Photo A Day July

Would you like to participate? Here are the rules:

  • Starting 1 July take a picture using the prompt.
  • Once you’ve taken your photo, share the picture on your blog, Facebook page, Twitterflickr or other preferred social media page. If you’re sharing on Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #photoadayJune so others can find your photos.

If you’d like to see my challenge submissions, please click here.


Losing Weight and Getting Healthy #2 {#Cinchspiration}

It’s been a full week since I started using the Cinch® Inch Loss Plan to lose weight naturally. And I’m already seeing and feeling a difference. But before I give you an update, let me tell you what I’ve been doing and what I’ve learned works and doesn’t work for me.

The Cinch® Inch Loss Transformation Kit arrived with a month’s worth of supplies:

  • Cinch® Inch Loss Plan Transformation KitChocolate Shake mix
  • Vanilla Shake mix
  • Full~size shake samples
  • Almond Blueberry Meal Bars
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Meal Bars
  • Pomegranate Energy Tea
  • Lemon Cranberry Snack Bars
  • Chocolate Decadence Snack Bars
  • Peanut Butter Crunch Snack Bars
  • 3-in-1 Boost Dietary Supplement

#Cinchspiration ShakeBasically, the plan is to either eat a bar or drink a shake for breakfast and lunch (taking a dietary supplement with each meal), eat snack bar between lunch and dinner, then eat a sensible dinner. It’s also recommended that you drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day and engage in at least 30 minutes of exercise a minimum of 3 times a week.

According to my weight loss plan, I have to eat 1200 calories per day and burn roughly 93 calories per day. While that may not seem like it’d make much difference, it does when you’re strength training and doing cardio exercises. The thing that makes the Cinch® Inch Loss Plan different from other diet programs is that it helps you to lose inches not muscle (so you’re losing fat and keeping the hard stuff).

My workouts consist of walking at least 2 miles per day and/or doing 20 to 40 minutes of Zumba. I’ve also added this 10 minute arm workout to my routine. So I average anywhere between 200 and 700 calories burned a day, depending upon my workout schedule for that day. I’d like to add more strength training to my routine but that’ll come in time.

The one thing that I’ve found that doesn’t work for me with this program is not maintaining a regular eating schedule. If I go off schedule I get pretty hungry and pretty cranky. The shakes and the meal bars are incredibly filling but I’ve been waking later than usual, which is throwing off my schedule, so I’m eating later than normal and it’s got me all out of whack.

#Cinchspiration Week 1 Weight Loss {Living Outside the Stacks}

Weight Loss: 3 lbs

Goal Weight: 135 lbs

I’m pretty proud of myself, I surpassed last week’s goal of losing 2 lbs! I cannot tell you how happy I am to be in the 150s again. This is crazy exciting and just the motivation that I need to go harder and stronger!

This week, my goals are to:

  • maintain a regular eating schedule
  • increase my strength training
  • drink more water
  • eat more fruits and vegetables

To watch my story unfold, stay tuned as I blog, Facebookvlog, tweet and pin my inches lost. You can follow the Team Cinchspiration conversation on Twitter using #Cinchspiration. I’m also on Instagram, you can follow me here.

Please keep cheering me on, remember your words of encouragement, support and advice are so very important to me. Thank you!

Disclosure: I am receiving free Cinch® Inch Loss Plan products from the Shaklee Corporation in exchange for my participation in the #Cinchspiration campaign. All opinions are my own.

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