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 there may be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

“You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride

This has become my standard response whenever I hear or read someone use the word “blessed” in a tweet or Facebook status e.g.“We were blessed today, #Scandal has been renewed!” or “I was blessed to meet {insert name of random actor, rapper, celebutante here}!” Think about it, were those really blessings or was one the result of excellent ratings and the other a great opportunity?

For me, the word “blessed” is sacred; it means that God has done something miraculous for me. He has made something wonderful and awesome happen in my life. The definition of “blessed” is:

  1. consecrated; sacred; holy; sanctified: the Blessed Sacrament.
  2. worthy of adoration, reverence, or worship: the Blessed Trinity.
  3. divinely or supremely favored; fortunate: to be blessed with a strong, healthy body; blessed with an ability to find friends.
  4. blissfully happy or contented.
  5. Roman Catholic Church, beatified.

Call me crazy but I have a hard time ascribing the renewal of a television series about murder, adultery, and other, ummm, scandals to the wondrous works of a God who expressly forbids those actions. The Ten Commandments, anyone?

I think it’s OK to be happy that a favorite show has been renewed or to be excited to meet your favorite celeb but I also think it’s about perspective. God does not put anything into our lives that is not good or uplifting towards Him. Waking up with a sound mind, healthy body, the ability to work, being surrounded by people you love and people who love you, those are blessings. A renewed TV show or celebrity encounter, not so much.

What say you? Do you think I’m being too literal in my definition of the word “blessed”?

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Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. Republican politicians, can I tell ya something? You really need to work on your “Hate the sin, love the sinner” message ’cause right now you’re failing miserably at explaining anything that has to do with women and rape.

2. And while I’m on the political, women can handle heated debates, so stop saying that Obama’s and Romney’s sparkless debate was because they’re “courting women voters and women can’t handle conflict.” Ummm, have you ever had contact with a woman? In this century?

3. I hate that saggy pants thing that guys do. It’s so not cool. Especially when the guy is over the age of 20. By that time the guy should have long been able to afford to buy a belt. I actually saw a guy fall while crossing the street because his pants were so saggy. The reason I’m bringing this up is because a lot of cities are trying to pass ordinances to ban saggy pants. While I’m all for ending this horribly tacky trend, I think cops have bigger issues to worry about. Then again, aren’t there already decency laws on the books?

4. Have you seen Brad Pitt’s Chanel No. 5 commercial? What in the world is he talking about? At first I thought it was some sort of PSA. This guy takes himself way too seriously.

4. A New York City police officer was arrested for allegedly plotting to kidnap, rape, kill and eat women. What the what? Here’s the thing, ladies, if you’re driving alone at night and you see flashing lights in your rear mirror, throw on your hazard lights, slow down and do not pull your car over until you’re in a well lit area. You can also dial 911, give them your location and ask for backup. If the cop is legitimate, he will understand. Do not pull your car over on a remote road. Be safe, people are crazy.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?


Monday Mingle: Voices that Speak to Me

Monday MingleMonday Mingle is hosted by Jenn at Eighty MPH Mom. If you’d like to participate, simply create a short vlog in which you answer the questions and then hit up the linky. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants.  After all, isn’t that what mingling is all about?

This week’s questions were submitted by Lynsey:
1. Who has the best voice you have ever heard? Or sexiest?
2. Would you rather be smarter, more athletic, or better looking?
3. If you were a doctor, which specialty would you choose?

Next week’s questions are:
1.  How do you feel about doing fun challenges for Monday Mingle every once in awhile?  Like take a video of yourself trying to blow the shell off of a hardboiled egg (just an example)
2.  Who is one of your heroes and why does he or she inspire you?
3.  What was the best TV sitcom ever?

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