Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


What I Wore {In the Closet}

I have to admit, I haven’t been doing such a good job of taking pictures the past few weeks. It’s just been so dark and dreary by the time I get home from work that all I want to do is slip into my comfy cozies and veg in front of the television. The few times that I have taken pictures, they just haven’t come out nice enough for me to share. So I’m sharing bits and pieces from some of my favorite outfits this week…

Cream Cardi, Green Tee and Brown Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cardi & Tee Shirt ~ Walmart

Skirt ~ Goodwill

I think this is one of my favorite skirts, it’s a soft floral corduroy that warm but not heavy. I like the muted creams, berries, browns, greens and teals because I can wear it with a variety of tops. And don’t get me started on the boots, tights and socks.

Brown Boots Mustard Tights and Blue Dress {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cardi ~ Walmart

Dress & Tights ~ Target

Boots ~ Sebago via

By far the best clothing purchase I’ve made this year are those boots by Sebago. I wear them with just about everything ~ skirts, jeans, dresses, etc. I like that they’re versatile and add a bohemian flair to everything I wear. If you’re looking for a great pair of lace ups, those babies are on sale at right now.

Citron Cardi, White Button Down and Sequin Tank  {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cardi ~ Target

Sequin Tank ~ JC Penney

Button Down ~ Walmart

My daughters are always making fun of me because I’m obsessed with sequins. I firmly believe that sequins are always appropriate. Even in the library. And, yes, I did wear this sequin tank to work. I felt so funky and dressy all at the same time. And, seriously, how can you go wrong with citron and gold?

What quirky item have you added to your wardrobe?

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How Do I Celebrate/Embrace My 40s? {About Me}

How Do I Celebrate My 40s {Living Outside the Stacks}For the past few months I’ve been bouncing back and forth between acceptance
and angst over turning 40 next month. I’ve been trying to figure out what it is that’s getting to me. Is it turning 40? Is it getting closer to menopause? Is it facing my own mortality? Exactly what is it that’s getting to me?

Well, yesterday I think I figured it out. I was playing around on Instagram and I started typing a little message that read:

“In my 20s, I served in the U.S. Army

In my 30s, I got two Master’s degrees

In my 40s, I…”

I need to do something big in my 40s. Making it through Basic Training and serving in the Army gave me a sense of confidence that I don’t think I would’ve gained otherwise. Many people join the Army, not a lot of them make it through Basic Training, Advanced Individualized Training, and then go on to serve honorably. And getting my degrees showed me that almost no obstacle is insurmountable. I had a husband, 4 children, and cancer; still I managed to walk the stage with my classmates {bald head and all}. Now that I’m turning 40, I need to find a way to celebrate. I need to do something big.

But I’m not sure what I want to do. Do you have any ideas?


My God is an Awesome God {In the Church}

My God is an Awesome God {Living Outside the Stacks}

When I was a teenager, my favorite adjective for anything I found good, fun, or positive was “awesome”. In fact, I used the word so often that it started to lose its meaning. You know how it is when you eat or drink something so much that it ceases to hold the value it once held? Well, that’s what happened to the word “awesome”. So I found other ways to express my joy and, gradually, the word slipped from my vocabulary and was replaced by other descriptors like “that’s great” or “wonderful”. That is, until I started connecting with people online, then it became easy to type a simple “awesome” when I wanted to express my joy over whatever event my friends were celebrating. And, once again, that word became my go to for all things fabulous.

Then last year I participated in a study called Knowing God by Name and was stopped dead in my tracks. Until I started that study and began to learn about the magnitude of God’s love, grace, and power, I didn’t truly understand the meaning of “awesome”. defines “awesome: this way:

adjective:         1. Extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension or fear

2. Extremely good or excellent

As I started to get into the study and think about all the ways that God has shown His might, I realized that the best word to describe Him is “awesome”. But then I went a bit further and started thinking, how can I describe God’s works in the same way in which I describe, say, someone scoring a cute dress on clearance? As wonderful as I think a great sale purchase is, it neither stops me in my tracks nor inspires great admiration. However, realizing that God spoke the world into existence {Genesis 1:1~28} is beyond impressive. Can you speak something out of nothing? And knowing that God was so involved in my creation that He knew me before I was a twinkle in my mother’s eye {Jeremiah 1:5 and Psalm 139:13~16} leaves me speechless. Quick, how many hairs are on your kid’s head? That’s when I decided to reserve the word “awesome” for God.

He created this world from nothing; He knew the tears that I would cry and the joy that I would feel long before I walked this earth; and He gave His most precious gift of life to each and every one of us. And, that, my friends is AWESOME!

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