Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


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.


What I Wore {In the Closet}

Cream Sweater, Citron Tee, Brown Cami, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought Dang, I look cute? Yes? Well, that’s how I felt all day Friday. I got up to go to work and I just felt like wearing something bright and cheery but relatively warm. Dude, I am so over these freezing cold temps. I know it’s winter and everything but seriously? We can’t have temps in the 60s? So anyway, I started fumbling around in my drawers and I found the citron tee and was like JACKPOT!

Cream Sweater, Citron Tee, Brown Cami, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

And let me tell ya something, when you know you look cute, it makes even the little buggeries easier to tolerate. I’m starting to think there may be something to Abbyleigh’s motto: “Dress for the day you want to have, not the one that’s trying to have you.”

Cream Sweater, Citron Tee, Brown Cami, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

I know it sounds kinda superficial but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being confident, squaring your shoulders, and facing the day.

Cream Sweater, Citron Tee, Brown Cami, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

And it doesn’t hurt that that absolutely adorable sweater only set me back $6! I’m telling you, I absolutely love our Goodwill. I never thought I’d ever say that… I remember having to shop there as a kid and hating it, now my girls are all “Mom, next time you go to the thrift store, take us with you!” My how things have changed.

Do your clothes affect your mood?

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The Power of the Tongue {In the Church}

Speak wisdom {Living Outside the Stacks}

On Sunday morning we had a guest speaker at our church named Evangelist Rodney Warren. He often speaks at our church in our pastor’s absence and I enjoy listening to him because I always learn something. Which is a good thing because, well, that’s part of the reason why we go to church, right? For the past year or so, the Lord has been dealing with me on two fronts: my temper and my mouth.

I have a pretty bad temper. Not an I’ll cuss you out or cut you kinda temper but an I will verbally cut you down to size and do my best to inflict as much emotional harm as possible kinda temper, which can be just as bad as cutting someone. The hubs likes to say that words are like mud against a white wall, you can wash it away but the stain remainsAnd over the years I’ve done my fair share of staining.

Anyway, as Evangelist Warren was speaking the two verses that kept bouncing around in my head were:

Ephesians 4:26

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:


Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Wow! How many times have I laid in my bed thinking of all the hurtful things I could have/should have said in response to whatever has gotten me going? How many times have I wrestled against the angry text? How many times have I thought people should be grateful we now have cell phones and I can’t call them and slam the phone down? I was the queen of the phone slam, y’all. In my anger, I was sinning because I was going to bed and waking up angry. Actually, I was going to bed, laying there, falling asleep and waking up angry. And, goodness knows, I was thinking all sorts of awful stuff. For the record, if you’re thinking it, you might as well say it….

The Bible doesn’t say don’t get angry; Jesus got angry (remember he threw the money changers out of the temple in Matthew 21:12~13) but Jesus did not sin. As Christians, we are called to be Christ like in all aspects of our life, on a daily basis. I know that I haven’t lived up to the standard that he has set for me but I’m publicly acknowledging my sin and asking for God’s grace and forgiveness. And to all of those who’ve been hurt by my words, I ask that you forgive me as well. From this day forth, I speak life, love and blessings on you and your loved ones.

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