Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


The Light at the End of the Tunnel {and it isn’t a train}

Bollinger Mill Covered Bridge {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is my last full week of work and, man, things are getting real. Next week, the movers will be coming to the house to pack up our stuff and ship it off to Georgia. And the following week I’ll be watching my baby walk across the stage to get her high school diploma. Where did the time go?

Office Door {Living Outside the Stacks}

I started emptying out my office on Thursday night. I don’t know why but I found it a little emotional. I removed a few of the plants that have sat on the shelf for the past 3 years and put them around the library. I considered removing my diplomas but left them on the wall, thinking I’ll take them with me on my final day. I took down and put back up my memory board at least 3 times. That place has been my life for the past 3 years — there’ve been times I’ve been in that building for almost 12 hours at a clip, evenings when I’ve driven up to make sure staff was able to safely exit the building, times when I’ve listened to students cry because they were so overwhelmed with life… My job here has been challenging, rewarding, frustrating, easy.

First Apartment {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Hubs and The Boy spent Friday morning into the afternoon moving our daughter and her friend into their first apartment. It was bittersweet watching furniture that had once occupied rooms in our house taking up space in her new place. My very first sofa {now recovered} is her very first sofa. I fed her on that sofa. I rocked my other babies to sleep on that sofa and now it’s gone. I know it will be well loved for another 22 years.

This weekend will be spent emptying junk drawers, tossing out years’ worth of junk, and making sure that everyone who’s staying in Missouri is settled before we head off into our new lives in Georgia. This is scary, y’all. And exciting.

Ready to Travel,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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Black and White {#OurProject52}

This is my last full week of work, so I’ve been busy making sure that all the little things are done, so I haven’t really had time to get out with my camera and take new pictures. That means I had to dig through my archives to see what I could find to convert to black and white…

Chain Link {Living Outside the Stacks} #ourproject52

Ceiling {Living Outside the Stacks} #OurProject52

The thing about black and white images is that you need to have something with a lot of contrast. For the most part, I prefer simplicity in black and white images like the chain link, because your eye knows where to focus. But the ceiling, with all of it’s gradations of gray and black is interesting as well.

My Daughter Portrait {Living Outside the Stacks} #ourproject52


My Daughter {Living Outside the Stacks} #ourproject52

Pictures I took of my daughter for a previous post, if you’d like to see similar pictures in color, click here.

Black and white portraits are probably my favorite. I like the gritty urban feel they have.

Do you like black and white photography?

Happy Clicking,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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I’m linking up this post with Lipgloss and Binky and Everyday Eyecandy for the Our Project 52 photography challenge. Please check them out and make sure you visit the other participants.


Dress Over Jeans {Repost}

Pink Polka Dot Dress Over Jeans and Sseko Sandals Living Outside the Stacks}

Pink Polka Dot Dress Over Jeans and Sseko Sandals Living Outside the Stacks}

Pink Polka Dot Dress Over Jeans and Sseko Sandals Living Outside the Stacks}

You guys, today we’re having my going away party at work. This makes my leaving all work official and e’erything. As of today I have 6 work days left and that’s it. Things go into overdrive. The packers will be boxing up my stuff and shipping it off to Georgia, my daughter will be graduating from high school, and then it’s the long drive to our new home. It feels like time is speeding up and slowing down at the same time.

Needless to say, with all of the prepping for the move, I haven’t taken any pictures of myself for this week. And, honestly, I wasn’t going to post anything until I saw Suzanne Carillo’s post: How to Wear Jeans with A Dress. If you haven’t checked out her blog, do so now. I’m such a fan of her eclectic style and her tongue-in-cheek writing. She asked if anyone else wears jeans with a dress and I thought, yep, all the time.

If you notice, Suzanne and the ladies that she highlights wore their dresses with fitted jeans, whereas I tend to wear mine with bootcuts. I like them both ways although I don’t think I’ve ever worn my dresses with skinnies before. I think the fitted bottoms give the look a more upscale (think denim tights) look, whereas the bootcuts and flares are more run through the woods chasing butterflies. Oh gosh, maybe I am more Mori Girl than I thought.

Anyway, I’m off to partay! Have a fab day!

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Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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