Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Geek is Chic {In the Closet}

A few weeks ago I was asked by a friend if I ever have a casual day. Ummmm, yeah. All. The. Time. Most of the pictures that I post for What I Wore Wednesday are taken when I’ve either just gotten home from work or before I head off to church. If I’m just hanging out around the house, I’m in jeans and a tee or, much to the hub’s horror, sweats and an over sized tee.

Citron Cardi Geek Tee Jeans and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

However, last Friday I was feeling pretty rushed casual, so I wore a tee, cardi, and jeans to work. I “amped” it up a bit by adding a pair of funky oxfords. Fortunately, for me, I work in a relatively casual environment so I didn’t raise too many eyebrows. Although I was called “geek” all day long. I didn’t mind. I own my geekiness.

Citron Cardi Geek Tee Jeans and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

And, you know what, you can never go wrong with Kermit. AmIright?

Citron Cardi Geek Tee Jeans and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

OUTFIT DEAL: Tee from Dollar General ~ $6

 What do you wear when you’re having a super casual day?

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.


Three Things {About Me}

This year is a year of celebration for me. Not that I don’t celebrate every year, but this year I turned forty. Actually, I turned forty on yesterday and today I’m celebrating my eighteenth wedding anniversary. Yes, I realize I totally hosed myself on the gift departmentbut being married to my bff is the gift. Yeah, I’m totally gagging, ’cause we do not talk like that. We make fun of people who talk like that.

Anyway, I decided to celebrate my fortieth year by taking photos of myself. Because, you know, the weekly What I Wore Wednesday pictures aren’t enough… Anyway, here’s what I have so far:

1. January

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I’m an overachiever. The doctor diagnosed me with both the flu annnd bronchitis.

2. February

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Updating the blog because it doesn’t update itself. For the record, I don’t always look like that when I’m working but I was having a particularly good hair and makeup day and decided to commemorate it.

3. March

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Eighteen years, y’all. It hasn’t always been easy… There’ve been times when I’ve thought no court in this country would convict me, but I’m glad we stuck it out.  If you’d like to find out how we met, click here. P.S. what is up with my butt in that picture? Yes, that’s what I noticed.

You can follow my year in pictures by clicking here.


Rock the Red Pump {In the Cafe}

First of all, I’d like to give all honor and glory to God for allowing me to celebrate my 40th birthday today. He has blessed me with so much: good health, a loving family {some by blood, many by choice}, friends who mean the world to me, and this platform that allows me to reach so many with the truth of His love and grace.

Today, the United States will recognize National Women and Girls HIV/AIDs Awareness Day, an initiative established in 2006 by the Office on Women’s Health to raise awareness about HIV/AIDs infection among women and girls. I have dedicated today’s blog post to The Red Pump Project, a grassroots organization that raises awareness about HIV/AIDs prevention and offers support for those whose lives have been touched by the disease.  The Red Pump Project was started by Karyn of The Fabulous Giver and Luvvie of Awesomely Luvvie. The red pump symbolizes the strength and courage of women fighting HIV/AIDs or who have been affected by it both directly and indirectly.

I’m honored to be joining with these women and hundreds of other bloggers as we Rock the Red Pump {or the red cowboy boots}.
Rock the Red Pump {Living Outside the Stacks}

Some important facts about HIV/AIDS to keep in mind:

  • Every 47 minutes a woman in the U.S. will be diagnosed with HIV
  • HIV/AIDS is the fifth leading cause of death for women in the U.S., ages 25~44
  • The rate of AIDS diagnosis for Black women was approximately 23 times the rate for white women and 4 times the rate for Latina women

If you you’d like to support women and girls who’re living with HIV/AIDS, you can:

Please, ladies, protect yourselves, get tested, and know your status!


These statistics are from The Center for Disease Control’s website and the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Fact Sheets (which cited the CDC). You can get more information about the effect of the epidemic from these sites.

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