23rd Feb2015

Transitional Style Wish List: Cool Day Outfit

by Daenel

I am so completely and utterly done with Winter. Like fantasizing about warmer weather on the islands over it. I go to bed and wake up thinking praying that this’ll be the day that the cold weather breaks and we’ll reach the turning point…

Since I can’t exactly force warm weather to come our way, I thought I’d share an outfit that I’m looking forward to wearing when the weather finally does break:

Cardigan

Coffee Cart Stop Cardigan Modcloth - Transitional Style Wish List

From Modcloth

I absolutely adore this knee length cardigan. Long cardigans are my go~to when the weather starts to warm up and I can ditch the coat. And, ummm, this cardi has the word “coffee” in it, how can I not?

Top

Cosmism Embroidred Tank Anthropologie - Transitional Style Wish List {Living Outside the Stacks}

From Anthropologie

Normally, I don’t wear skinny strap tops {I’m pretty busty} but I could totally rock this layered over a navy tank, which would allow me to make sure the girls are properly supported. Seriously, isn’t this tank just gorgeous?

Bracelets

Outer Banks Gemstone Bracelet Sloan and Themis - Transitional Style Wish List {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

From Sloan + Themis

Honora Cultured Keshi Pearl and Gemstone Stretch Bracelet QVC  - Transitional Style Wish List {Living Outside the Stacks}

From QVC

I love the look of layered bracelets. They add a lot of interest to my morning coffee pictures on Instagram. wink And, gosh, who doesn’t like arm candy? I like to mix my bracelets with some vintage silver pieces that I inherited from The Hub’s grandmother.

Jeans

Hot in Hollywood Boyfriend Jean HSN - Transitional Style Wish List {Living Outside the Stacks}Hot in Hollywood Boyfriend Jean HSN - Transitional Style Wish List {Living Outside the Stacks}

From HSN

I’ve been asked if I wear jeans. I do. My preference is distressed boyfriend jeans {I think they’re incredibly sexy but in a low key kind of way} which is why I don’t wear them very often. It’s just hard to make distressed jeans work for the library. But this pair from Hot in Hollywood would be a perfect addition to my weekend wardrobe.

Bag

Clayton Handbag Dooney and Bourke {Living Outside the Stacks}Clayton Handbag Dooney and Bourke {Living Outside the Stacks}

This Clayton bag by Dooney and Bourke is quite possibly the best bag I own. It’s heavy as heck and big as a small child but it’s worth the visits to the chiropractor. I kid. Kind of. But I am serious about my love of this bag. It’s so versatile ~ I can wear it crossbody or on the crook of my arm all La Di Da Pinkies Up Style.

Shoes

Gray Leather Suede Bootie Sseko Designs - Transitional Style Wish List {Living Outside the Stacks}

From Sseko Designs

How cute is that bootie? I have a pair of Sseko Sandals that I absolutely adore, so I can only imagine how much more I’d love wearing the booties.

What’re you looking forward to wearing when the cold weather breaks?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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21st Oct2013

Pantone~Inspired Fall Color Challenge: Day 1 {In the Closet}

by Daenel

I love a good challenge, especially when it’s hosted by librarians. Add in clothes and I’m all in.

Magenta Cardi Floral Blouse Khaki Skirt Black Tights and Brown Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

The first color up is “vivacious”: which is described as magenta. The whole time I was looking for something to wear, all I kept hearing was Blanche Deveraux from The Golden Girls talk about how she uses magenta to describe her mood when she’s not quite blue with depression and not quite green with envy…

Magenta Cardi Floral Blouse Khaki Skirt Black Tights and Brown Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

I think I kind of understand where Blanche was coming from… Magenta is one of those colors that isn’t quite happy but not really sad either. Or maybe it has the potential to go either way, depending upon the colors it’s paired with. Like our emotions. My emotions.

Magenta Cardi Floral Blouse Khaki Skirt Black Tights and Brown Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

Today was one of those days that had the potential to go either way: magenta sad or magenta happy. It was magenta happy. I was able to help a couple of students find some information they needed, my meetings went well, overall, I had a blessed and happy day.

How about you? Was your day magenta sad or magenta happy?

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Daenel T

16th Apr2013

First Impressions {In the Closet}

by Daenel

For the most part, I’m comfortable with myself. There are days when I think I look like a big hulking figure clunking through the stacks at the library but then there are days when I feel like I’m strolling down my own personal red carpet. The times when I’m most unsure are when I’m meeting someone for the first time. First impressions are lasting impressions. So I usually try to wear something that makes me feel confident.

Cream Cardi Floral Dress Mustard Tights and Brown Mary Janes {Living Outside the Stacks}

And, believe it or not, short hair does it for me. I’d been wanting to cut my hair short for a long time but I’d been resisting the urge. Short hair makes me feel both funky and feminine.

Cream Cardi Floral Dress Mustard Tights and Brown Mary Janes {Living Outside the Stacks}

With short hair, I have to really work to keep from looking too masculine, so that means wearing girly clothes, fun accessories, and more makeup. Yes, Shontel, that includes lipstick. My sister is forever telling me that I need to wear lipstick.

Cream Cardi Floral Dress Mustard Tights and Brown Mary Janes {Living Outside the Stacks}

What makes you feel confident when you have to make a good first impression?

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03rd Apr2013

Weird Compliments {In the Closet}

by Daenel

Last week I shared an interesting grocery store encounter with my Facebook friends, so I decided to share it here because it was, well, weird. Although deep down inside I’m sure it was meant as a compliment…

Cashier #1: “When we go out tonight, I wanna wear what she’s wearing.” (looking at me)
Cashier #2: “You wanna go shopping?”
Cashier #1: “No, I want what she has on right now. Take her clothes…”
Me: “Uhhhh” I didn’t know what to do with that conversation so I backed away slowly

Denim Jacket Black Tee Brown Skirt and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

I didn’t think there was anything particularly theft worthy about my outfit. Just about everything was purchased either second hand or on clearance.Denim Jacket Black Tee Brown Skirt and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

OUTFIT DEAL: TEES FROM WALMART ~ $5.99 each

In fact, the most expensive thing I’m wearing is that handbag. It’s by Sharif for HSN. I love most of his bags. They’re just this side of funky and you don’t see everyone carrying them.

Denim Jacket Black Tee Brown Skirt and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Now I’ve had people compliment my outfits before but I’ve never had anyone want to take the clothes off my back. So that brings me to this, have you ever received a compliment that kinda freaked you out?

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27th Mar2013

Warding Off the Chill {In the Closet}

by Daenel

Hi, everyone! How’re things going in your neck of the woods? It’s still kinda chilly cold here. And I am so over it. Seriously, y’all where is Spring?
 Brown Jacket Citron Sweater and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

To ward off the chill, I decided to dress in layers and add a handmade scarf. You can’t tell but that scarf has gold thread woven through it that gives it just a bit of glitz.

Brown Jacket Citron Sweater and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Those jeans are rapidly becoming my faves; I like that they’re all broken in and kinda baggy. A couple of more washes and they’ll have the perfect amount of softness to them.

 Brown Jacket Citron Sweater and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

OUTFIT DEAL: Corduroy Jacket from Goodwill ~ $3.99

This is what I wore on Saturday to hang out with the hubs. We went out for breakfast, ran some errands, and then visited a couple of antique shops. The hubs found some candlestick holders that he liked; I found a vase and a vintage embroidered handbag from India. You can take a sneak peek at the handbag by clicking here. My plan is to use as a decorative accessory for the end table but I may carry it on a date night.

 Brown Jacket Citron Sweater and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

How was your weekend?

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19th Mar2013

Pattern Mixing {In the Closet}

by Daenel

It was bound to happen, after months of watching other bloggers do it and do it well, I’ve finally mixed my patterns! I don’t know what took me so long, I guess it was nerves. We were always taught to never ever mix florals and plaids or stripes and dots.

Salmon Cardi Floral Tee and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

But then we were also taught not to wear white after Labor Day and I threw that out the window years ago. So, you’d think I would’ve tossed this rule too. Maybe I’m a little bit more traditional than I like to think. shudder

Salmon Cardi Floral Tee and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

This pattern mixing worked for me because the main color of the cardi matched the accent colors in the tee. I don’t know if I could do pattern matching with mixed matched colors. Which is so odd for me considering my matching code goes something like this: “If you see the colors together in nature, you can wear them together on your body.”

Salmon Cardi Floral Tee and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

OUTFIT DEAL: Target Tee from Goodwill (with the tags) ~ $3.99 

And speaking of being traditional and all that, I recently read a discussion about how female bloggers (specifically, fashion bloggers) are all starting to dress alike because they’re we’re being so influenced by each other. Hmmm, interesting thought but I don’t agree. I think, if anything, there’s more celebration and embracing of the uniqueness and diversity of style that exists among women.

What do you think? Are we all starting to dress alike?

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12th Mar2013

Geek is Chic {In the Closet}

by Daenel

A few weeks ago I was asked by a friend if I ever have a casual day. Ummmm, yeah. All. The. Time. Most of the pictures that I post for What I Wore Wednesday are taken when I’ve either just gotten home from work or before I head off to church. If I’m just hanging out around the house, I’m in jeans and a tee or, much to the hub’s horror, sweats and an over sized tee.

Citron Cardi Geek Tee Jeans and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

However, last Friday I was feeling pretty rushed casual, so I wore a tee, cardi, and jeans to work. I “amped” it up a bit by adding a pair of funky oxfords. Fortunately, for me, I work in a relatively casual environment so I didn’t raise too many eyebrows. Although I was called “geek” all day long. I didn’t mind. I own my geekiness.

Citron Cardi Geek Tee Jeans and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

And, you know what, you can never go wrong with Kermit. AmIright?

Citron Cardi Geek Tee Jeans and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

OUTFIT DEAL: Tee from Dollar General ~ $6

 What do you wear when you’re having a super casual day?

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05th Mar2013

Neutral Boho {In the Closet}

by Daenel

For the past year or so I’ve been posting a fashion post of some sort on Wednesdays, but I’ve never really addressed why I decided that this is something that I wanted to do consistently. So I like that Kelly at Kiwi Women’s Style decided to make this the topic for this week’s Wardrobe Wednesday.

Gray Cardi White Tee Brown Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Like many of you, when I first started participating in these weekly linkups, I was a stay~at~home wife and mom who rarely felt the need to dress in anything more than comfy sweats and a stolen borrowed tee. On the rare occasions when I did leave the house, I would go all “Models, Inc.” as the hubs likes to say. The weeks of sweats with the few breaks of dress started to take a toll on my self~esteem. I started to feel like nothing… Like I didn’t matter. Or worse, that I was invisible. Crazy how much putting on clothes can influence the way one feels, huh? And, yeah, it’s easy to say Why didn’t you just get dressed every morning then? But it’s hard to get dressed just to sit around the house, ya know? I’m telling you, Abby at Dear Abbyleigh hit the nail on the head when she said “dress for the day you’re having and not the one that’s having you.”

Then I discovered Lindsey’s What I Wore Wednesday posts on The Pleated Poppy and I was stunned to realize there were other women out there who felt the same way I was feeling. It was great to be a part of a community of women who were sharing similar experiences. As time progressed and I started reading beyond the style posts, I found women who offered advice on moving through the various life stages. This connection became crucial to helping me through a tough time {I was unemployed for what felt like forever and my children were at that stage where they only needed me for taxi and ATM purposes, etc}. Life was hard.

Gray Cardi White Tee Brown Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Gray Cardi & Socks ~ Target

White Tee ~ Dollar General

Necklace ~ The River Runs Thru It Antique Shoppe

Belt & Skirt ~ Thrifted

Boots ~ Payless

Reading the comments from different bloggers has helped me to embrace my quirky style and try new things… Who knew I was a lover of skirts? And, omg, if it weren’t for these weekly linkups I never would have discovered the joys of thrifting. I also wouldn’t have found so many dear friends whose blogs I enjoy reading on a daily basis.

So why do you participate in the weekly fashion linkups?

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27th Feb2013

Casual in a Black Maxi Skirt {In the Closet}

by Daenel

Hi, all! I hope you’re having a great week so far. Mine has been so~so. And it’s only Wednesday. Like I tell the hubs, sometimes my job interferes with my ability to live. Know what I mean? I get off work at 5, have about a 15 to 20 minute commute depending on traffic then I get home and really want to do nothing. Instead, I change clothes and start cooking; I realize this is every woman’s routine (whether she works in or out of the home) but it’s exhausting.

Gray Cardi, Black Scarf, Citron Tee, and Black Maxi {Living Outside the Stacks}

The hubs has precious little free time too, so when we do get a chance to spend time together, I get all excited and I start planning my outfit waaaay in advance. When I first looked in the mirror, I wasn’t sure if the actual picture was as nice as my mental one.

Gray Cardi, Black Scarf, Citron Tee, and Black Maxi {Living Outside the Stacks}

I wanted things to be simple yet dressy because we really didn’t have a plan for how we’d spend our time together. Cute initial necklace, huh? It was a gift many years ago from one of my kids from the school Christmas store. I didn’t start wearing it until this year, who knew my kids had such good taste?

Gray Cardi, Black Scarf, Citron Tee, and Black Maxi {Living Outside the Stacks}

For weeks, I’d been looking for a black maxi skirt. Thank you, Pinterest, for these random fashion obsessions. But it was almost impossible until last week when I walked into Walmart and saw this one hanging on the rack all by it’s lonesome. It was just begging to come home with me; naturally, I obliged.

Gray Cardi, Black Scarf, Citron Tee, and Black Maxi {Living Outside the Stacks}

When I walked out of the room, the hubs whispered “Wow”. Let me tell ya, that’s the best compliment ever. You can see some of the pictures from our wandering by clicking here.

What’s a typical date night outfit for you?

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13th Feb2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

If you follow me on Facebook, then you know the last week at work has been nothing but meeting after meeting after meeting. These endless meetings have only solidified my belief that meetings should never occur before noon or after 3 PM. Nor should they happen on Mondays or Fridays. And whoever calls it should have to supply food and coffee.

Coral Cardi, Brown Cami, Brown Skirt and Black Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

I mean, seriously, what is with 2 hour meetings? Unless, of course, we’re discussing something fun like shopping, decorating, or playing with makeup. You know, stuff I really enjoy doing.

Coral Cardi, Brown Cami, Brown Skirt and Black Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

But, hey, I was comfortable and felt relatively cute, so I’m not complaining. Too much. Really, is there anything worse than having a good hair day, fab clothes day, or spectacular makeup day and not having anyone to show it to?

Coral Cardi, Brown Cami, Brown Skirt and Black Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Also I’m thinking now that I’ve moved the picture taking inside and am using a mirror I probably need to clean it. Funny how you never notice those things until it’s too late.

How do you get through meetings?

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06th Feb2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

Hey, everyone! Hope you’re having a wonderful week so far. I know I am. Nothing particularly great is happening, I’m just happy to be able to see another day. Throwing my hands up and praising God! Good health and a fabulous hair day, what more could a girl ask for?

Teal Cardi Floral Shirt Tan Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few weeks ago, one of my coworkers said “You have just got to stop coming to work looking so cute!” I started laughing and said “But I’m a blogger.” Because that’s the answer to everything. But it’s true, when you know you’re going to post pics of yourself, you step up your game. That’s not to say I don’t have days when I wanna take it down a notch but dressing nice does make me feel better.

Teal Cardi Floral Shirt Tan Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

It also makes me feel pretty confident. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a tucker but I wanted my outfit to resemble one that I found on Pinterest, so in the shirt went. And you know what? No one pointed at me and laughed. No one said “Girl, you know that gut is too big to be wearing that.”

Teal Cardi Floral Shirt Tan Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

And even if someone had said something, I wouldn’t have cared. Well, maybe just a little bit. But I was having a good day and my confidence was on full display.

What makes you feel confident?

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29th Jan2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

I’m sitting here in my living room watching the news, we’ve been under a tornado watch for the last 45 minutes or so. Still such a surreal feeling. I keep texting my staff at the library to see if they’re OK. I’m sure I’m getting on their nerves. But I worry. I told them that when they started working with me. So far everything is OK on our end; a lot of wind and rain with a bit of lightning. I can handle this…

Faux Fur Vest, Black V Neck Sweater, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

The weather has been rather bipolar lately. Last week it was freeeeezing, like in the 30s. This week we had two days where it was almost 70°. Seriously, what is this? Yesterday I was complaining because it was cold and dreary and tired of winter, well, I don’t want it flip flopping either. Silly humans, we just can’t be satisfied.

Faux Fur Vest, Black V Neck Sweater, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

This faux fur vest is absolutely perfect for the crazy weather we’re having. I still haven’t quite figured out how to style it though. I see ladies wearing these vests with turtle necks and dresses, both of which I’ve tried with varying degrees of success. At first, I thought I was too ummmm, how should I say this too round to wear a faux fur vest. That’s also why I’ve mostly avoided animal prints, I have no desire to look like I should have a target on my heiny. But with ahem age comes wisdom and confidence. So I’ll be adding the faux fur vest into the rotation.

Faux Fur Vest, Black V Neck Sweater, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Paired with these Sofia Vergara jeans have I mentioned how much I heart these jeans I think it all has a kinda retro hippie chic vibe that is so me.

Faux Fur Vest, Black V Neck Sweater, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Do you own any faux fur pieces? How do you style them?

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23rd Jan2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

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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16th Jan2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

Blue Scarf, Black Tunic, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Yesterday was one of them days. You know the one you want to hurry up and end so you can go home, get into your comfy cozies, drink coffee and watch mind numbing nonsense like The Sisterhood. I honestly don’t know what was wrong with me. I kept forgetting how to do the simplest of things. My coworkers chalked up to my having been out with the flu for 10 days, I think I just needed a big ol’ cosmic do over.

Blue Scarf, Black Tunic, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Maybe I should’ve taken a cue from my outfit and played artist for the day. If it hadn’t been so cold outside I would’ve taken my camera on gone on a photo walk during my lunch. I really needed to take some time to collect myself.

Blue Scarf, Black Tunic, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

I think this outfit reflects my personality, it’s relaxed and easy going but intricate in its detail. Or maybe I’m just over thinking everything because I’m all caught up in my own feelings. I don’t know. It’s one of those days so that makes it one of those posts…

How do you deal when you just want to hole up with a cup of coffee and not too much else?

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09th Jan2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

I’ve spent the last four days in the same pair of sweat pants and tee, huddled under my blankets with tea, tissues and the TV to keep me company. That’s right, 2013’s gift to me was some horrid nastiness that completely stripped me of my voice and, at times, my will to live. But I survived. For that, I’m incredibly happy. Funny, how one’s desire to die, lessens when one is no longer hacking up a lung. Of course that means that I don’t have a “real” What I Wore Wednesday post because, well, my sweat pants are disgusting.

So I decided to highlight some of my key leg looks from last year and one from this year. I know, you’re thinking Leg looks? Whatever do you mean? When I was a teen in the ahem 80s, I loved wearing colored and patterned tights. It drove my family nuts. Seriously, there wasn’t a striped hose or neon patterned leg that I didn’t like.

I don’t know why I stopped wearing colored tights. I know why I stopped wearing neon ones, what I don’t know is why I started wearing them in the first place. But I absolutely adore them now. I almost never wear them as a match to my outfits but more like a contrast to my outfit, I just think that makes my clothes more fun.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite leg looks from last year:

Burgundy Tights {Living Outside the Stacks}

Although I’m wearing five different colors, I think this works because everything is sort of muted. Your eyes sort of graze over the entire outfit instead of getting stuck in one place. You can see the original outfit by clicking here.

Mustard Legs

This had to have been my favorite look of the year. I don’t know if it’s because of the mustard colored tights or the mustard against the teal or what, but I just adored this. In fact, I liked the look so much that I spent weeks looking for a mustard colored cardi. Cannot wait to show that to you. Anyway, you can see the original outfit by clicking here.

White Sweater Tights {Living Outside the Stacks}

Whoever invented white sweater tights should get some sort of medal. I think they’re highly underrated but they’re so versatile. Really, next time you see a pair, grab them, you’ll wear them with everything and you legs will stay toasty warm. You can see the original outfit by clicking here.

Blue Legs {Living Outside the Stacks}

I think this is one of the outfits that would’ve totally freaked out my parents back in the day. I’m not sure if I’d wear this again, it was fun but it was a little too bold for me. You can see the original outfit by clicking here.

What’s the craziest color tights you’ve ever worn?

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04th Jan2013

Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}Hi, if you’re a regular reader you know that on Fridays I write a little post that I like to call “Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head”. It’s all about the crazy stuff that  I’ve read on the web or heard about on TV during the week. After writing that post for a year, I’ve learned one thing: there is a never ending stream of bizarre among the human race. And I love us for that.

With the new year I’ve decided to do a little revamping of these posts. The only things I’ve changed are the title and the picture. I like to think of these posts as if they’re conversations you and I would have over coffee. So I hope you’ll continue to join me each Friday for a cuppa and some head scratchin’…

1. Rape isn’t funny. And those who commit it, regardless of their age or athletic ability should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This past week a young lady who was gang raped in India died from her injuries. In Ohio an underaged girl was raped by members of a football team who videotaped the incident and then texted and tweeted about the incident. Reportedly members of the football boosters and others in the town helped to cover up the incident to protect the reputations of the football players. This is why Penn State happened. Stop giving athletes carte blanche to be jerks. Social media activists, the victims parents, and Anonymous are collecting information to help prosecute the rapists. I applaud them and the others who’re helping to bring this young lady’s rapists to justice.

2. I didn’t watch CNN’s New Year’s Eve show. I never watch it. And I’m glad I didn’t as it seems the big drop was Kathy Griffin falling to her knees and kissing Anderson Cooper’s crotch. Seriously. I don’t know who keeps telling her that she’s funny, she’s not. I don’t know who keeps telling her that she’s edgy, she’s not. I don’t know who keeps putting her on television, stop! This is one of  the reasons teens don’t appreciate the intimacy of sex.

3. When I was a kid I suffered from the ugly trifecta: thick glasses, braces, and freckles. I remember when I was about 15 years old a guy actually said to me “Someday you’re going to be irresistible.” I wanted to throat punch him. After nearly 5 years in braces and promises of all sorts of good things, my parents bought me contact lenses and I came into my own. But those braces were hard. And they hurt. That’s why I find it so mind boggling that there are people who’re wearing fake braces. Apparently, fake braces are all the rage in Asia and kids are dying from them. Black market braces I can’t believe I just typed that cost about $100 and can contain lead. Some teens are even putting them on themselves and then choking on the pieces when they come lose and slide down their throats. Hey, teens, you know what’s really cool and fashionable? Sending me your $100!

4. Another college student has nearly died because of hazing. deep sigh How many stories are we going to read like this before students get it through their heads that being whipped with a paddle, drinking as much alcohol as quickly as possible, or any of the other stupid stuff they do is not the way to acceptance? Of course, the parents are planning to sue the school because they didn’t watch their kid close enough; but my question is, Mom and Dad, what’re you planning to do to your kid? When are parents going to make their kids take a little responsibility for the dumb things they do? Theoretically, your kid is an adult meaning they’re supposed to be making smart decisions, and on some level they have to know that hurting themselves to join a sorority or a fraternity is ridiculous.

So what had you scratchin’ your head this week?

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