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Living Outside the Stacks

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Ten Things I Love About Fall {In the Cafe}

Things I Love About Fall {Living Outside the Stacks}

10. Hot apple cider

9. Autumn displays ~ Missouri and Pennsylvania have the most beautiful Fall weather, from the falling leaves to the deep blue skies, nothing is more indicative of the hand of God at work.

8. Heated seats ~ A warm bum. Need I say more?

7. Return to school ~ I enjoy the arrival of the students back on campus. After a quiet summer, the buzz of student activity is refreshing.

6. Boots and socks ~ Can you think of a better cool weather fashion statement for the feet?

5. My favorite TV shows ~ The Walking Dead has given my television viewing new, ahem, life.

4. Big ol’ bowls of soup ~ Have you checked out my Pinterest board? I plan to add every one of those chowders, soups, and stews to the rotation.

3. Comfy sweater ~ It may be because I’m a librarian or because I’m cold blooded, but there’s little better than wrapping up in a cozy sweater.

2. Saturated colors ~ I love the deep rich colors that become so prevalent as the weather grows cooler.

1. Coffee ~ I big puffy heart coffee just about any time but sitting on the front porch with the hubs chatting over a cup of coffee makes my life.

Are you Fall person? What do you love about Fall?


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The MV Mississippi: Largest Diesel Tugboat {In the Neighborhood}

The Hubs and I often have deep and meaningful conversations, especially on Saturday mornings when we’re trying to decide what we want to do besides eat breakfast…

The Hubs: “What do you want to do?”

Me: “I don’t know. What do you want to do?”

The Hubs: “You can’t answer a question with a question.”

Me: “Oh.”

We finished eating breakfast in relative silence, both of us checking our cell phones and sending each other goofy jokes. Yeah, we’re those people.

Then I saw a tweet from Visit Cape announcing that the MV Mississippi would be docked in Cape Girardeau and they’d be holding an open house. So I casually mentioned to The Hubs that we should go check it out. The MV Mississippi is the largest diesel towboat in the U.S. operating on the Mississippi River.

I don’t know what I was expecting… Maybe something that looked like the tugboat from the children’s story, Scuffy the Tugboat, I don’t know. But what we saw was something much more grandiose:

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

The mural on the flood walls along the Mississippi River

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

Walking up to the MV Mississippi

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

View of the Mississippi River from aboard the MV Mississippi 

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

If you’d like to see the rest of the pictures, check them out on Instagram.

I’d like to thank the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for providing us with a fun and informational tour of the MV Mississippi.

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Run for God 5K {In the Gym}

Run for God 5K {Living Outside the Stacks}

So you know how I’d been planning for my first race to be the Capaha Classic 5K on 13 July? Well, my first 5K turned out to be the Run for God on 29 June. I signed up for it for a variety of reasons, the main one being that the proceeds from the race benefited the Amen Center, a program that helps those in our community who are in need. Thank you to Merry Ann who told me about the race {and also about the group that I’m currently running with}.

Run for God 5K {Living Outside the Stacks}

The only problem was that I didn’t realize this race is such a big deal. I thought it’d be a local thing with roughly 50 to 75 people. There were 350 people signed up for the race! Can you imagine?

Run for God 5K {Living Outside the Stacks}

Because this event was sponsored by Lynwood Baptist Church and is a religious affiliated event, the race started with a prayer as well as the singing of the National Anthem. So cool! And planted along the run were verses from the Bible as well as inspirational quotes from different runners. Seeing the signs and hearing people cheer was so motivational. Every time I wanted to quit, a stranger would yell “You can do it!” or “Hang in there!” I got so many high fives as I was running that I thought I was part of the NBA line up! I was able to run 1.5 miles nonstop. I’ve never done that before!

Run for God 5K {Living Outside the Stacks}

By the end of the race, I was pretty exhausted though. I also think I may have been a little dehydrated. I started wheezing a bit and had a hard time catching my breath so I slowed it down. I also think know I was intimidated by the ginormous hill at the top of the finish line. At the beginning of the race, it was a gentle rolling hill, by the end of the race it had transformed itself into a 90° angle.

Run for God 5K {Living Outside the Stacks}

The blogger in me wanted to stop and take pictures along the way but I fought the urge. However, two of my daughters and the hubs were there to catch me in all of my glory. Yeah, that’s what we’ll call all of that sweat: “Glory”. Let’s just say, the girls decided that I should put more effort into my runner’s pose and less in endurance and speed.

Official Time: 40 minutes 27 seconds

Place: 34/44 {age group 40~49} and 220/294 overall {runners}

Distance: 3.1 miles

Date: 29 June 2013

When I first started running, I adopted Philippians 4:13 {“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”} because I knew that I couldn’t accomplish something like this on my own. It took God placing the right people in my life at the right time.

Thank you, Lord.  I’m so proud of myself; I really did this!


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Visit to St. Louis {About Me}

When the kids were little, the hubs and I figured out a work around for the dreaded travel questions. You know the ones: Where we going? How long are we staying? Are we there yet? We simply quit giving the kids advanced notice about trips. Instead, we’d wait until a few minutes before we ready to go and then we’d tell them to go get in the car. We once took them from Pennsylvania to Mississippi using this method. I’m telling you this is the secret!

Anyway, the hubs and I decided to go old school and whisk the kids away for a day trip. So, Saturday morning we told them to get in the car without telling them where we were going. Actually, we had to give them a bit of a heads up that we were planning a trip because they’re teenagers now and they tend to make their own plans and live their own lives. Anyway, they cleared their schedules for us and we kept them in suspense until 10 minutes into our trip to ST. LOUIS!

St Louis {Living Outside the Stacks}
We didn’t go up in the Arch because I’m afraid of heights and tight spaces the line was too long. So we walked around and visited some of the other sights…

St Louis {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Old Cathedral is absolutely beautiful. It kinda reminded me of the churches in Italy… We didn’t stay too long as they were preparing for Resurrection Sunday services.

St Louis {Living Outside the Stacks}

The ceiling in the Old Court House where the Dred Scott case was tried. I had to bend almost in half to take this picture but it was soooo worth it.

St Louis {Living Outside the Stacks}

We didn’t ride in the carriage but I did touch the horse. With one finger.

To see the rest of the pictures from our trip, click here.

How did you spend your weekend?

 

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Date Night at the Mississippi River {In the Neighborhood}

When you’re a parent, finding time for a date night can be hard. Sometimes it seems impossible. But, let me tell you, it’s so vitally important that you carve out time for each other. I know a lot of moms put their children first but your marriage should come first and then the kids. Trust me on this oneOne day your kids are going to grow up and leave your home and you’re gonna be stuck with that man that you married and the last thing you want is to be stuck staring at a stranger who you have absolutely no desire to get to know. Anyway, one of the things that hubs and I like to do is go out for coffee and walk along the river front.

The Mississippi River {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last weekend, the hubs and I went downtown and decided to take a look at the Mississippi River; we weren’t prepared for how much it had risen. Areas where we had just sat the previous month were now covered with water.  click here to see more pictures The ledge where I had captured this couple was now completely submerged. click here to see the picture We were completely blown over.

When you’re a parent, finding time for a date night can be hard. Sometimes it seems impossible. But, let me tell you, it’s so vitally important that you carve out time for each other. I know a lot of moms put their children first but your marriage should come first and then the kids. Trust me on this one. One day your kids are going to grow up and leave your home and you’re gonna be stuck with that man that you married and the last thing you want is to be stuck staring at a stranger who you have absolutely no desire to get to know. Anyway, one of the things that hubs and I like to do is go out for coffee and walk along the river front.

Last week’s theme for the 365 Project: 2013 Edition was “Street Photography”. This was my submission; if you’d like to see my daily pictures, click here.

I’m not sure if this couple is married or if they have children but it was just sweet to see them walking by the river front holding hands.

Date night doesn’t have to be expensive nor does it have to be elaborate; it’s just about you and your husband taking time out away from the kids so you can enjoy each other’s company.

How do you and your husband reconnect?

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