Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. It’s no secret that I absolutely positively hate birds and cats. Birds because they fly over head and are, um, inconsiderate. And cats because of that jumping thing they do. Well, I’ve found out that I’m in good company. Apparently Zach Randolph of the Grizzlies hates cats too. Fist bump, dude, they are some scary critters. He doesn’t like the scratching, I don’t like the jumping. It’s like we were separated at birth.

2. I know art is subjective buuuut…. I think this is stupid. A performance artist in China stripped down to his skivvies, hung three roasted chickens across a plank that was tied to his back and then had an art student cover his body in hickies for an hour and a half. At the end of the “performance”, she doused him in cold water. The message? That Chinese youth should “seek out the excellent genuine love and feelings of traditional China.” What the what?

3. Jerry Sandusky is requesting a new trial on the basis that his attorneys didn’t have enough time to properly prepare for the first trial. eye roll When is this man going to do the decent thing and just go away? I’m so sick and tired of child  rapists and killers turning victim after they get caught. But I’m even more annoyed by a judicial system that allows these creeps to keep wasting tax dollars by rearing their ugly little heads every now and then. Once they’ve been tried and convicted can’t they just be banished to a cave deep in the bowels of the earth never to be seen or heard from again?

4. The list of potentially life threatening weapons seems to be expanding. A Portland man was arrested this past week for trying to choke his girlfriend with his dreadlocks. blank stare The man was arrested and charged with kidnap in the second degree along with several other Domestic Violence felony crimes. Does this mean that people are going to want to legislate hair length? And, if so, I’d like to side with the people who believe hair length is a personal choice. After all, it doesn’t matter how long or short a person’s hair is, the hair only becomes dangerous when on the head in the hands of a crazy person.

So what had you scratchin’ your head this week?


Today I’m Whining {This or That Thursday}

Leaves {Living Outside the Stacks}

The above picture is from my 365 Project. This week’s theme is monochrome and I thought this perfectly captured my mood for the day week. You can see my other pictures by clicking here.

This has been the longest week ever. I’ve been sick with the flu. Not fun at all. Today I was supposed to begin my monthly self portraits in anticipation of my 40th birthday on 10 March but the last thing I want is a picture of me with tissue smooshed up to my nose. Yes, I’m whining. And you know why? Because women so rarely get the chance to do it.

We get sick and we suck it up. Wake the kids and get them dressed. cough cough sneeze Make sure the hubs has his work stuff and is ready to go. sneeze sneeze cough Clean the house, feed the dog, start the laundry drip sniffle cough

My stomach and my head hurt from coughing so much. I’m alternating between freezing and burning up. I want this nastiness to end. Now.

OK, I’m finished whining. Thank you for indulging me and, please, ladies, stay healthy.

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


What I Wore {In the Closet}

I’ve spent the last four days in the same pair of sweat pants and tee, huddled under my blankets with tea, tissues and the TV to keep me company. That’s right, 2013′s gift to me was some horrid nastiness that completely stripped me of my voice and, at times, my will to live. But I survived. For that, I’m incredibly happy. Funny, how one’s desire to die, lessens when one is no longer hacking up a lung. Of course that means that I don’t have a “real” What I Wore Wednesday post because, well, my sweat pants are disgusting.

So I decided to highlight some of my key leg looks from last year and one from this year. I know, you’re thinking Leg looks? Whatever do you mean? When I was a teen in the ahem 80s, I loved wearing colored and patterned tights. It drove my family nuts. Seriously, there wasn’t a striped hose or neon patterned leg that I didn’t like.

I don’t know why I stopped wearing colored tights. I know why I stopped wearing neon ones, what I don’t know is why I started wearing them in the first place. But I absolutely adore them now. I almost never wear them as a match to my outfits but more like a contrast to my outfit, I just think that makes my clothes more fun.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite leg looks from last year:

Burgundy Tights {Living Outside the Stacks}

Although I’m wearing five different colors, I think this works because everything is sort of muted. Your eyes sort of graze over the entire outfit instead of getting stuck in one place. You can see the original outfit by clicking here.

Mustard Legs

This had to have been my favorite look of the year. I don’t know if it’s because of the mustard colored tights or the mustard against the teal or what, but I just adored this. In fact, I liked the look so much that I spent weeks looking for a mustard colored cardi. Cannot wait to show that to you. Anyway, you can see the original outfit by clicking here.

White Sweater Tights {Living Outside the Stacks}

Whoever invented white sweater tights should get some sort of medal. I think they’re highly underrated but they’re so versatile. Really, next time you see a pair, grab them, you’ll wear them with everything and you legs will stay toasty warm. You can see the original outfit by clicking here.

Blue Legs {Living Outside the Stacks}

I think this is one of the outfits that would’ve totally freaked out my parents back in the day. I’m not sure if I’d wear this again, it was fun but it was a little too bold for me. You can see the original outfit by clicking here.

What’s the craziest color tights you’ve ever worn?

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