Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Daenel THi, welcome to Living Outside the Stacks!  Handing you a cup of coffee

About Me:
My name is Daenel and I have the research skills of a librarian, the preservation skills of an archivist, the organizational skills of a mother and the domestic skills of a Stepford Wife.  I’ve been married for sixteen years and have five children and two grandchildren.  We have a dog named Squeekerz who would sell out the family for a slice of bread or a box of Girl Scout Cookies (the shortbreads).

I have mad crazy love for monkeys and an irrational fear of birds and cats.  It’s best not to delve too deeply into that but let’s just say the bird thing stems from living in Italy for several years and, um, cats jump ~ it freaks me out. Before I became a librarian, I used to model.  My favorite gig was working at the Nascar races in the Poconos.  So.  Much.  Fun.  And so incredibly loud.

I enjoy kicking back with a cup of coffee and watching television when I have down time.  I love rocking out to Glee or getting caught up in historical mysteries, Brad Meltzer call me, or enveloping myself in conspiracy theories, Jesse Ventura ~ you’re the man!  My favorite tech toys are Vivi, my Vivienne Tam notebook and Dori, my Droid.  They go everywhere with me and, yes, I’ve named them.

What I Write About:
I write about a lot of things, some of them related to the silly things that my kids have said, like in the post called Mommy, What Color Were Our Eggs? Sometimes I write book reviews, so far Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay is my favorite book of the year ~ very emotional.  I’m also an avid vlogger, sometimes I simply prefer to talk, ya know?  Anyway, I invite you to look around and make yourself at home.  Feel free to look through my photo albums, listen to some music, grab a book from my library or just wander around my blog.  And please, leave a comment to let me know you were here.

Connect with Me:
Twitter:  @DaenelT
Flickr:  DaenelT’sPhotostream
Contributing Blogger:  Eighty MPH Mom

Ultimate Blog Party 2011Party Invitation:
Everyone is welcome to this party.  All you have to do is head over to 5 Minutes for Mom and follow the directions.  Don’t forget to grab the badge, leave a link to your post and then do some partying at your neighbor’s blog.

What I’d Like to Win:
I don’t enter contests very often but when I do, I hope that I win.  Really, why else would I enter, right? Anyway, here are the giveaways that I’ve entered and the prizes that I’d like to receive…


Family Movie Night: Truth Be Told

Family Movie Night:  Truth Be ToldEver since Adam first ticked off Eve, everyone’s been trying to figure out the secret to a successful marriage.  Books have been printed, advice columns written, television shows aired and hands thrown up in surrender.  No one knows why some marriages work and others don’t, the only thing everyone seems to agree on is that they’re a lot of work.

So what happens when a marriage counselor goes against her own advice that honesty is the key to a successful long~term relationship?  Find out in Truth Be Told, the next movie offering in the successful Family Movie Night franchise sponsored by Walmart and Proctor & Gamble.

Truth Be Told synopsis

When leading marriage counselor Annie Morgan (Candace Cameron Bure) is offered an opportunity to host a relationship talk show, she jumps at the chance. But fearful that being single might ruin her big break, she conspires with an old college friend and recent widower, Mark Crane (David James Elliott), to pose as a married couple with kids. Their story starts to unravel when Annie and Mark join her eccentric soon-to-be boss (Ronny Cox) for a weekend at his ranch in New Mexico. Comical misunderstandings mark the event as Annie struggles to keep up the ruse, finding herself emotionally invested and conflicted by her own conscience. Will she confess the truth about her marital status and her feelings for Mark… and will the truth set them free?

Sounds like an interesting movie, huh?  And how fun is it to see little DJ Tanner all grown up and married?  Yes, I’m having a moment… Anyway, I’m asking all of my friends to join me and my family on Saturday, 16 April at 8/7 C to watch Truth Be Told (check your Fox channel for the correct station).  If you plan to join us, let me know by leaving a comment telling me the best marriage advice you ever heard.

Family Movie Night is part of Family Moments, an initiative created by Proctor & Gamble and Walmart to bring families together by providing meaningful entertainment.  For more about Family Movie Night, click here.

You can also “like” Family Movie Night on Facebook.

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  I just think Family Movie Night is a great idea.  However, my husband is employed by P&G.



What I Wore Wednesday #1

So I’ve decided to join yet another meme.  I think somewhere on this blog I mentioned how much I love them.  Anyway, this meme is called “What I Wore Wednesday” and it’s hosted by Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy.

What I Wore Wednesday

  • Cardigan ~ Target
  • Blouse ~ Dots
  • Jeans ~ Old Navy
  • Boots ~ Target
  • Bag ~ Maxx New York
  • Bracelet ~ 3 Sisters

This meme was started by Lindsey as a way to force herself out of the stay~at~home/work~at~home mom wardrobe of tees and sweats.  Now others have joined in just because, well, it’s fun and it gives you ideas for different ways to mix and match your clothes.  And, seriously, don’t we all need a little inspiration? To join in, all you have to is take a picture of what you wore on Wednesday, post it to your blog and then let Lindsey know…


Blogging Through the Gospels

Today I finished the Bible in 90 Days Challenge and I’m so incredibly excited.  Seriously, y’all, I grew up in the church and had never read the Bible from cover to cover.  There is some crazy, interesting, jaw dropping, faith growing things in there! Anyway,  ever since I saw the end drawing near, I started wondering what do I do next?

I tossed around the idea of just reading a few scriptures here and there on my own or picking up a book from the bookstore and doing something that way but I wasn’t feeling it.  I enjoyed the structure, sense of community and support that I received while participating in this 90 day challenge so I’ve decided to join up with Amy from Mom’s Toolbox for Blogging Through the Gospels.

Blogging Through the Gospels is a 14 week program of reading, studying and blogging through Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  I can’t guarantee that I’ll write a post for each and every reading but if something strikes me, I’ll definitely share it.

If you’d like to join in, all you have to do is head over to Mom’s Toolbox and let her know in the comments.  I’d also like to know if you plan to participate…


Mommy, What Color Were Our Eggs?

Mommy, What Color Were Our Eggs?One of the things about having four children that I love and hate the most is that my oldest daughter has taken it upon herself to parent the younger kids.  Actually, it’s kinda cool that she mothers them because it’s less work for me. However, she has a bad habit of telling them everything she knows.  Even when I tell beg her not to…

When my oldest daughter was about ten years old, she started asking questions about babies and where they come from, how they get into the mommy’s stomach and all of those other buggy little questions that kids ask.  Now, I have always operated under the “use the proper words for everything” policy with my kids. So I sat her down and explained that we were going to have a mommy~daughter talk and she DID NOT need to share this with the younger kids.  She smiled and agreed

Well, as soon as we finished talking she must have gathered up the young ones and told them everything because the next day, as we were driving to the store, my little one said:  ”Mommy, what color were our eggs?”  I looked in my rear view mirror quizzically and said “Huh?”  She replied “When we were in your tummy, what color were our eggs?”

Has your kid ever said something that made you slam on the brakes?

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