Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


A Quote About Shoes {This or That Thursday}

Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

I know I’ve mentioned that I’m doing the 365 Project: 2013 Edition but did I mention that I’m also doing the 52 Week Project: 2013 Edition? I know, I’m a glutton for punishment. I didn’t even come close to finishing last year but this year will be different. This year I’m celebrating my 40th year of life by documenting life.

Anyway, last week’s theme was “Quote”. So I shared my favorite quote with a pair of my favorite shoes (A gift from my mother. I know, right?) This photo wasn’t my original intent but I’m more than thrilled with the final outcome. And it sums up how I feel about shoes perfectly.

I’m linking up with Deb for This or That Thursday. I just read that Deb will no longer be hosting This or That Thursday as she starts to focus more on her scrapbooking business. I’m so excited for her and if you haven’t checked out her scrapping, you really should. I will continue to share my favorite photo from the previous week’s 365 Project or 52 Week Project right here every Thursday. I hope you’ll continue to join me.


What I Wore {In the Closet}

I’m sitting here in my living room watching the news, we’ve been under a tornado watch for the last 45 minutes or so. Still such a surreal feeling. I keep texting my staff at the library to see if they’re OK. I’m sure I’m getting on their nerves. But I worry. I told them that when they started working with me. So far everything is OK on our end; a lot of wind and rain with a bit of lightning. I can handle this…

Faux Fur Vest, Black V Neck Sweater, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

The weather has been rather bipolar lately. Last week it was freeeeezing, like in the 30s. This week we had two days where it was almost 70°. Seriously, what is this? Yesterday I was complaining because it was cold and dreary and tired of winter, well, I don’t want it flip flopping either. Silly humans, we just can’t be satisfied.

Faux Fur Vest, Black V Neck Sweater, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

This faux fur vest is absolutely perfect for the crazy weather we’re having. I still haven’t quite figured out how to style it though. I see ladies wearing these vests with turtle necks and dresses, both of which I’ve tried with varying degrees of success. At first, I thought I was too ummmm, how should I say this too round to wear a faux fur vest. That’s also why I’ve mostly avoided animal prints, I have no desire to look like I should have a target on my heiny. But with ahem age comes wisdom and confidence. So I’ll be adding the faux fur vest into the rotation.

Faux Fur Vest, Black V Neck Sweater, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Paired with these Sofia Vergara jeans have I mentioned how much I heart these jeans I think it all has a kinda retro hippie chic vibe that is so me.

Faux Fur Vest, Black V Neck Sweater, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Do you own any faux fur pieces? How do you style them?

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Tired {About Me}

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I don’t know if it’s the blah weather or what, but I haven’t been sleeping well. I know, I know, people say it’s all the coffee I drink but it’s something more than that… I think it’s the winter blues. There’s just a general feeling of “I don’t wanna” as in “I don’t wanna get out of bed”, “I don’t wanna go to work”, “I don’t wanna do anything”, etc. It’s hard to feel all energetic and bouncy when you’re facing cold temps and gray skies.

I’m ready for spring. I want to see color. I need to feel the warmth of the sun. I want to smell the fresh air. It’s time.

How about you, are you ready for Spring? What are you most looking forward to doing?


Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. Did you hear about the Houston waiter who refused to serve a family because they asked to be moved away from a family who had a child with Down syndrome? The father reportedly said “Special needs children need to be special somewhere else.” It takes a special kind of idiot to be that insensitive towards a child, any child. The waiter overheard the comment and told the customer that he would be unable to serve them. Fist bump for the waiter because he lost a tip on that one (I’m guessing the family weren’t big tippers though just from the butt headedness displayed, so he may not have lost much). Now, I’ve been out and about and come across some unruly children, in fact, I’ve even left stores because children were just so obnoxious that I couldn’t deal. But from what I gather, this child was just chattering but not misbehaving. I think what the waiter did was pretty cool and I’m glad he didn’t lose his job over it. I do hope, however, that the family learned a little lesson on tolerance.

2. I don’t dislike children and, goodness knows, I heart puppies but if I see one more Facebook post that says some kid is gonna get a puppy if he or she gets a bazillion likes, I’m gonna scream. Getting Facebook likes is not a reason to get a puppy. Puppies are living things that require a lot of work and a lot of patience. And, much like kids, they don’t stay cute and cuddly forever. They grow up, get sick, poop on the floor, and act like two~year~olds forever. Y’all, please stop encouraging all of these “I’ll get this for so many likes” posts.

3. I hope you’re not eating right now. If you are, I’ll wait… I have two totally disgusting pieces of “art” to tell you about but before I do, I wanna know WHO ARE THE PEOPLE WHO’RE BUYING THIS STUFF? AND IF YOU REALLY JUST NEED TO GET RID OF YOUR MONEY, GIVE IT TO ME! OK, now that that’s out of my system… A “designer” had a piece of his own skin surgically removed and mounted on a $500,ooo 24~karat gold band. You can see it here, if you’re so inclined. Another designer has started creating jewelry from finger and toe nail clippings. It’s called “Human Ivory”. You can see it here, if you’re so inclined. When you first see it, it kinda looks like shells or something and then you realize, it’s human “scales”. I just threw up in my mouth. A lot.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?


The Alley {This or That Thursday}

Alley {Living Outside the Stacks}

This week’s theme for the 365 Project: 2013 Edition is “Tilt Shift”. I’m still fighting a lingering cough from my bout with the flu and bronchitis. For those of you keeping count, this is week 3 ofThe Plague“. So going outside in 2o and 30 degree weather just wasn’t in the cards for me this week, so most of my pictures have been re~edits from the archives. From my understanding, in order for a tilt shift to be really effective, the photographer should be looking down on a scenic landscape when taking the picture. So that’ll be my goal in the near future, find a high point with lots of color and snap a picture. I think tilt shift could be a lot of fun and lead to some interesting photos. You can see the rest of my images from the 365 Project: 2013 Edition by clicking here.

I’m linking up with Deb for This or That Thursday.

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