Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Thrift Store Chic {In the Closet}

Happy Wednesday! I hope you guys had a great Labor Day Weekend. I did, I got to see my twin sister and her family. Two days. In a row. By accident. The first trip to Nashville was on purpose, as in we fully intended to surprise her by just showing up at her front door. Which we kinda did. We ended up giving her a head’s up, ’cause, you know, driving 3 hours and then finding out she wasn’t home wouldn’t have been cool. That night as we were driving home, we realized that I had her boots and her stroller in my car, so we turned around the next morning and drove back to her house to return them. Crazy, no?

I don’t have any pictures from our visit because we were so busy talking and laughing that I forgot to whip out my camera. sad panda But trust me when I say we both looked incredibly cute. And so did her kids.

Cream Cardi, Turquoise Tank, and Brown Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

The ladies at work are always talking about how I seem to have a lot of cute clothes and I tell them that they could have the same wardrobe, all it takes is $20. Every pay day, I take a little cash and head over to the thrift shop and peruse the skirts. Have I mentioned how much I’m digging skirts? I figure I work hard for my money, I deserve to get a little something something for myself.

Cream Cardi, Turquoise Tank, and Brown Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I know  thrift shopping isn’t for everyone but I enjoy it. I like clothes, shoes, and handbags, but my taste changes so much that I don’t want to spend a fortune on something I may not like in a few months. I also figure if something is in good condition then why not? And whoever is donating to our thrift shop has incredibly good taste and is making me oh so very happy.

Cream Cardi, Turquoise Tank, and Brown Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Do you shop at second hand stores? Do you tell people?


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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. What is going on with kids today? And why are their parents supporting/defending/protecting them? I’m speaking specifically about the teen who shot and killed a baby after attempting to rob his mother and the three teen boys who beat up another boy on a school bus… Parents, if your kids are robbing people, selling drugs, or murdering innocent babies, they are not “good boys”, they are thugs who need to accept responsibility for their behavior. And accepting responsibility begins at home with you, the parents, being parents and disciplining your kids. Why, why, why are these parents on television defending the indefensible? I understand loving your kids unconditionally but that doesn’t mean that you condone their behavior.

2. And while I’m talking about defending the indefensible, when will we as a nation start to put our words into action and take a tougher stance against pedophiles and child molesters? District Judge G. Todd Baugh please pay attention to that name and if you live in Montana, do whatever you can to have him removed from the bench sentenced former teacher Stacey Dean Rambold remember his name and make sure he never gets another job to 30 days in jail after he was convicted of raping a 14~year~old girl who later took her life. Anyone who rapes, molests, or hurts a child should be put in prison with the general population. These people should never see the light of day. And for a judge, who is charged with seeing that justice is served, to give this guy a slap on the wrist for raping a child… He deserves to be removed from the bench and have his pension removed. He is not upholding the law, he’s condoning criminal behavior. There’s something fundamentally wrong with him and anyone who looks at a child and sees them as sexual beings.

3. Do you agree with the U.S. taking action in Syria? I’m kinda iffy on this one. President Assad is accused of gassing his own people last week as part of a brutal campaign to remain in power. While I see this as a humanitarian issue, I don’t understand how this directly impacts the U.S. And I don’t think that we have the I don’t know the right word to enter into another conflict. Lastly, if we’re just doing this as a police action/humanitarian step in, how come we stood by and did nothing while Africans were being slaughtered, raped, maimed, etc during their civil war? How do we determine who deserves to be saved?

What had you scratchin’ your head this past week?

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Share Your Good News {In the Cafe}

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Amber at Section 391 asking if I’d like to join her, Jen  at Librarian for Life and Styleand Shelley at Miss Lady Librarian for  a CHECK US OUT: A back~to~school link up for librarians. Get it? Naturally, I said yes. I mean, how fun is it to see how other librarians dress for work ~ are they formal or casual? Do they play it safe or add a little bit of funk? I wanna know! And I know you do too, so check ’em out. See what I did there?

Pink Cardi Tee Denim Skirt and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

School is now in full swing at the University and as much as I look forward to the first week of school, I dread it. It’s quite possibly the most stressful week of the year… Students trying to figure out where their classes are, professors have a ton of stuff to put on reserves, and library staff suddenly remember all the projects they’d put off during the summer that need to be finished now.

Pink Cardi Tee Denim Skirt and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

And this week I was feeling the pressure from every angle. I had a ton of new students to train, more meetings than any one person should ever have to attend, and, well, most days I didn’t get to drink my first cup of coffee until after 10 AM.

So I declared Thursday a “no stress day” and decided to dress casually. I rarely wear tees to work unless they’re the school colors but after such a long week, I needed to dress down. And what better way to relax than to have Kermit the Frog extolling the virtues of geekery?

Pink Cardi Tee Denim Skirt and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

I added a cute little cardi to keep things somewhat librarianish while I was working but once I stepped out the building, it was all geeky froggy chic. My co~workers were amused by my tee and thought it was interesting, if a bit unorthodox.

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.

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

This week, I’m happy that I survived the first week of school. I’m also linking up with Lena B, Actually and Rachel the Hat for Passion for Fashion.

What made you happy this week?


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