Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. Have you ever watched TLC’s “My Strange Addiction”? I quit watching after I saw a lady gobble down some of  her husband’s ashes. Kid you not. Anyway, when the show returns on 13 February, they’ll be profiling a woman who eats her cat’s hair. Her favorite way to enjoy the delicacy? Quick and easy, she licks it directly off the cat. Eww eww ewwwwww and that’s not just because cats freak me out either. That show just makes me look at people in a whole new light. And for the record, my weirdest eating habit is that I like to eat Kit Kat bars in a very methodical fashion:

  • Eat the top layer of chocolate and wafer
  • Eat all four sides of chocolate
  • Eat each layer of chocolate and wafer

If you just bite into your Kit Kat please don’t share that with me. That’s just wrong.

2. Vladimir Putin has hired Boys II Men to help boost the birth rate in Russia. I think this is the first time a government has ever shipped inmood music“.  It seems Vlad thinks the group’s soulful sounds and romantic ballads will help get people in the mood by Valentine’s Day so there’ll be a population boom in 9 months. The group is slated to perform in Moscow on 6 February. At his state of the nation address on 21 December, Putin stated that in order for Russia to become stronger “there must be more of us and we must be better in morality, in our competences, our work, and our creativity.” Who says Vlad’s not a romantic?

3. Taylor Swift’s feelings are hurt because people keep making fun of her love life. Or lack there of. Taylor, if you don’t want people to know, quit writing songs about it. In fact, why not take a little time to be alone and figure out who you are and what you want out of life. Have some other life experiences besides dating and breaking up. Enroll in a personal enrichment class: learn to cook, paint some pictures, etc. Just do something besides date.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?


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

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}Wow! Y’all, this is the last Friday of 2012. Is that crazy or what? I just want to take this time to thank all of you for hanging in there with me for the past year. I enjoy reading your comments on my blog, talking with you on Facebook, and sharing our lives on Instagram.

I’ve celebrated with some of you as you’ve added to your families and I’ve cried with others of you as you’ve lost loved ones. You’ve wished me well with all the changes in my life and laughed with me when I’ve had moments of silly. We’ve been through a lot this year and I thank you for sharing with me. My fervent prayer for each and every one of you is that you will find love, health and happiness in 2013 and that God will bless and keep you always.

Now enough of that, let’s bring on the crazy…

1. When I taught at university, I witnessed a lot of helicopter parents and I dealt with a lot of co~dependent kids but I never dealt with anything quite like this… A college student won a restraining order against her helicopter parents. According to newspaper accounts, the student’s parents would drive 600 miles from Kansas to Ohio for unannounced visits. They also installed keylogging software on her computer and a tracking device on her cell phone so they’d be aware of her every move. The school even went so far as to hire guards to keep the parents out of the music major’s performances.  Whoa I’ll admit, when I thought I was leaving my daughter in Pennsylvania, I cried for weeks but it never occurred to me to stalk the girl. That is the epitome of cray cray.

2. A man in Sweden has been granted disability benefits because of an addiction to heavy metal music. blank stare Apparently, his addiction is so bad that this guy can’t function without his skull and crossbones jewelry and long black hair. Nor can he stop attending heavy metal concerts, which led to his being fired because of reliability issues. I think this is just a case of a grown man not wanting to be a man, get a job and support himself. Hope springs eternal for all the gamers living in their parents’ basements.

3. Soooo, TLC has another reality show. It’s called “Wives with Beehives” and it’s all about modern women who live the lives of 50s housewives. insert one~eyed eye roll The four women featured were, um, interesting. On the one hand, I admired their dedication to the lifestyle and one of them even had a valid point about that being a time when “men were men” I have issues with men who spend more time getting ready to leave the house than I do But that being said, I also think those women are delusional. The 50s weren’t all pearls and fresh baked apple pies. Blacks were still being lynched, women were just this side of chattel and men were trying to escape the role of “the other”. I could do a whole history course on women and the 50s; oh, wait, I did. Women, if you want to dress like you live in the 50s, I think that’s fabulous but don’t glamorize the subjugation of an entire race of people and the submission of women to a standard that only June Cleaver could live up to.

This post is one of my most popular features and I look forward to more head scratchin’  in the new year.


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

Coffee Talk1. Honey Boo Boo. What in the world is this craziness on TLC? Have you seen that show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”? I didn’t realize what it was when I first turned it on, I honestly thought it was a new cartoon on one of the kiddie channels. Why in the world would parents subject their kids to that kind of madness? You know, everyone in the world is going to be dogging those kids out (and their parents). How is this helpful to the kids? I know the parents are probably making money off this but pimping out the babies and setting them up for ridicule? Yeah, not cool.

2. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry at this story about eleven people vying for $50,000 in a texting contest. TEXTING, y’all! $50,000. For. Texting. Seriously, I’m in the wrong business.

3. Have you heard about the death of Max Shacknai? He’s the 6~year~old son of Medicis Pharmaceuticals founder and CEO Jonah Shacknai. Anyway, a few months ago, he fell over the balcony at his father’s mansion and died a few days later. At the time of his injury, Max was in the care of his father’s girlfriend and her younger sister. He died four days after the accident, his death was ruled a suicide. Two days later, the girlfriend was found hanging naked from an outdoor balcony with her hands and feet bound. Her death was ruled a suicide. blank stare How many things can you find wrong with that story? Now that Max’s death has been ruled a possible homicide, maybe the “suicide” will be investigated as well.

4. Have you seen that commercial for Walmart where the ladies are having a clothes party and at the end they find out the clothes are from Walmart? I hate that commercial. It just seems so, I dunno, fake. “I’ve never bought children’s clothes from Walmart before.” Sorry, lady, you just don’t look like you only shop on 5th Avenue. Oh, and while I’m discussing commercials that I hate, that stupid Drano commercial with the lady and the two handy men ~ vile. I detest that commercial and I’ll be glad when it’s run it’s course.

What had you scratching your head this week?

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