Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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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 my hair looks like it’s finally trying to grow. I’m tired of sporting the TWA {Teeny Weeny Afro}!

What made you happy this week?

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Training for My #5Kfor40 {In the Gym}

Training for My #5Kfor40 {Living Outside the Stacks}I’m so proud of myself. I can’t believe I’m still running. This is the longest I’ve ever stuck with anything. As far as fitness goes, anyway. I’m running 3 times a week {alternating between the park and the track} and then doing a treadmill workout the other two days. On Saturdays and Sundays I rest unless I get bored. Then I go for a short walk.

I have to be honest though, this past week has been a bust. My mother~in~law, sister~in~law, and nephew have been here and the ladies have been throwing down in the kitchen. Can you say homemade pizza, stir fry, apple pie, baked chicken, oatmeal cookies, and banana bread? Yes, that has all been going down in this house. And it’s so hard to resist. I’ve been making up for it by drinking green smoothies in the mornings and eating fruits and vegetables for lunch. Shout out to the Blender Babes! I’ve also started limiting myself to 2 cups of coffee and increasing my water intake. This adjustment to my eating habits combined with the running definitely has me feeling better and sleeping more soundly.

Training for My #5Kfor40 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Today we had our second timed run. I was pretty nervous but I did so much better this time around. I only walked twice. My goal the next go around is to run two laps without stopping.

Official Time: 11 minutes 46 seconds

Distance: 1 mile

Date: 19 June 2013

On a side note, I had no idea that I look so hostile when I’m running. I don’t know whether to ignore it or hang a sign on my back that lets people know I’m not as mean as I look. At least now I know why our trainer is always asking me if I’m OK. I look like I’m having some very bad thoughts. The truth is when I run, I really don’t think about anything until I get to that last half mile. Then I’m chanting in my head “You can do it. You can do it.”

Have you ever seen a picture of yourself working out? Do you scare yourself?

Feel free to follow my training here on my blog and cheer me on via  Instagram and Twitter as I RUN the Capaha Classic 5K on 13 July.

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Dressing Cute on a Budget {In the Closet}

Gray Sweater White Dress Black Tights and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}
A couple of days ago, the hubs and I were talking to a friend about our shopping habits after the friend asked if he has a problem with how much I spend on clothes. Obviously, this person doesn’t read my blog, because I state quite clearly where my clothes come from. Anyway, the hubs pointed out that much of what I wear comes from thrift stores, discount stores, and the sales racks, so, no, he doesn’t have a problem with my wardrobe. And, even if there was some question, I make my own money, so as long as I’m not shorting the family, the hubs is pretty easy on me about the spending. And the same goes for him.

Gray Sweater White Dress Black Tights and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

That being said, I do follow a variety of fashion bloggers and there’s a part of me that wonders how they manage to spend so much money on one blouse. Or a tube of lipstick. Is there a part of me that wishes that I could drop a couple of bills on a skirt or a pair of shoes at will? Yes, let’s be honest here, I’d love to have a cute pair of red bottomed shoes in my closet. But, I also know, that’s not my reality. I have kids and bills, I have to watch what I spend.

Gray Sweater White Dress Black Tights and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

So I compromise. I spend when and where I can. I want to prove to women out there that you can look cute on a budget.

Are you a shopper? How do you balance your need for style with your family’s need to eat?

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