Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}

Hi, and welcome to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

1.  Before I bring up this topic, I want to make it perfectly clear that anyone who engages in sexual (be it physical or emotional) relationship with a person under the legal age of consent is a pedophile and deserves to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. That person is a victim in every sense of the word. Now, let’s talk about kidnapping victim, Hannah Anderson, there are a couple of things wrong here:

  • She was allowed to go on overnight trips with this man?
  • They had contact (letters, phone calls, etc) even though she said he made her feel uncomfortable
  • She’s connecting with people on social media after finding out that her mom and brother were brutally murdered

Let me stress again, I’m not blaming the victim but I am raising some questions about the wisdom of the parents. Who allows their teenage daughter to go on away trips with a man? And, no, I don’t think all men are pervs but I do think that parents need to remember that most child abuse is committed by a family member or someone close to the family. Why is her father allowing her to discuss this stuff on social media? I realize this is how kids connect with each other but shouldn’t she take time to decompress, talk to a counselor, and hug her father?

2. Hillary Clinton may be running for President in 2016. Don’t we have any other choices besides another Clinton, another Bush, or any of the other people who’ve been trotted out over the past 4 election cycles?

3. And because I saw it I think you should too. The lap pillow. Good night.

What had you scratchin’ your head this past week?

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The MV Mississippi: Largest Diesel Tugboat {In the Neighborhood}

The Hubs and I often have deep and meaningful conversations, especially on Saturday mornings when we’re trying to decide what we want to do besides eat breakfast…

The Hubs: “What do you want to do?”

Me: “I don’t know. What do you want to do?”

The Hubs: “You can’t answer a question with a question.”

Me: “Oh.”

We finished eating breakfast in relative silence, both of us checking our cell phones and sending each other goofy jokes. Yeah, we’re those people.

Then I saw a tweet from Visit Cape announcing that the MV Mississippi would be docked in Cape Girardeau and they’d be holding an open house. So I casually mentioned to The Hubs that we should go check it out. The MV Mississippi is the largest diesel towboat in the U.S. operating on the Mississippi River.

I don’t know what I was expecting… Maybe something that looked like the tugboat from the children’s story, Scuffy the Tugboat, I don’t know. But what we saw was something much more grandiose:

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}


The mural on the flood walls along the Mississippi River

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

Walking up to the MV Mississippi

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

View of the Mississippi River from aboard the MV Mississippi 

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

If you’d like to see the rest of the pictures, check them out on Instagram.

I’d like to thank the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for providing us with a fun and informational tour of the MV Mississippi.

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Share Your Good News {In the Cafe}

Share Your Good News {Living Outside the Stacks}

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I like to do a little something called “Fist Bump Friday”, where I encourage my friends to share something that has made them happy during the week. Sometimes we get so bogged down with life and the crazy that comes with it that we forget to recognize the good things. So I thought it’d be fun if we all shared and celebrated together.

So please, share your good news in the comments below. Remember, it doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering. If it’s important to you, it’s important to me.

This week, I’m happy that the kids went back to school. I love love love the first day of school. It means Autumn. It means warmth. It means coziness. It means hot coffee and cool breezes. It means I’m one year closer to an empty nest!

What made you happy this week?

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