Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 13 to Day 19

Annnd so another week begins. Gosh, it’s like you just get into the weekend groove and it’s time to go back to work. I really need someone to invent a non~work day between Sunday and Monday.

Day 19: {S is for…}

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Star.

A beautiful pendant that I don’t wear nearly enough.

Day 18: {R is for…}

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Retro.

I think once a year ladies ought to put on the perfect dress with pumps and pearls and guys should sport suits and fedoras.

Day 17: {Q is for…}

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Quote.

I’m cheating here. I did this in 2013 but it was late and my kids were home for the weekend so I dug through the archives.

I also took this with my Nikon D3100

Day 16: {P is for…}

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Pearls and plaid.

The perfect combination.

Day 15: {O is for…}

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Opening.*

I know this isn’t really an opening but it kinda looks like one. And I wanted to share this beautiful picture again.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100.

Day 14: {N is for…}

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Nose.*

When I was a kid  hated the freckles across my nose… Kids teased me: braces, 4 eyes, freckles, yellow skin, and frizzy red hair. Now that I’m a mom, I embrace those things.

I never want my kids to share my insecurities. They are {I am and you are} wonderfully and fearfully made by the creative hands of God.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100.

Day 13: {M is for…}

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Favorite coffee picture of the week

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Because sequins are always appropriate in the library…

I’m joining up with Fat Mum Slim and a host of other people for her Photo A Day Challenge. Check out the hashtag #fmsphotoaday on Instagram to see the other participants.

Have a great week! Hope to see you around the interwebs, I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and, of course, Instagram. Give me a yell.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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Happy Fist Bump Friday: The Walking Dead Edition

Happy #FistBumpFriday {Living Outside the Stacks}If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I like to do a little something called “Fist Bump Friday”, where I encourage my friends to share something that made them happy during the week. Sometimes we get so bogged down with life and the crazy that comes with it that we forget to acknowledge the good things. So I thought it’d be fun if we all shared and celebrated together.

This week I’m happy that The Walking Dead returned. Did you see it? How could you not be happy? I mean, dude, I had all sorts of feels when Darryl and Carol were reunited. Tyrese finally handled his business. I still want him gone but at least he did a solid. And Carol. spiritual hum Y’all, she is a one woman army. Saved e’erybody. She is the woman!

So please, share your good news in the comments below. Remember, it doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering. If it’s important to you, it’s important to me.

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Blogtober: My Hobby

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

A little over 3 years ago, The Hubs bought me my first “real” camera. It was a GE X500 Power Pro. I loved that camera. And I took it every where with me. But as I became more comfortable with photography, I started to recognize the limitations of my “bridge” camera {a step above a point and shoot and a step below a DSLR}; but I didn’t want to ask The Hubs to buy me a new camera either. We’d just moved from Pennsylvania to Missouri and were trying to get settled in a new place. A new camera was a luxury I just didn’t think we could afford.

Then one day The Hubs came home and said, “How’d you like a new camera?” I immediately started protesting until he said, “I want to do this for you.” So we hopped in the car, went to the store and he helped me pick out the Nikon D3100. This is, hands down, the best gift The Hubs has ever given me. And that includes our children.

The reasons I enjoy it:

  • I’m an introvert and photography allows me to be part of the action without necessarily interacting with people.
  • I like that photography allows me to capture memories and share them with people.
  • I enjoy the creative process; figuring out how I’m going to process the picture: light or dark, over or under.
  • I can tell a story. A whole story or part of a story. It can be real or imagined.

Some of my favorite pictures:

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

This was my first photo to ever go viral. I was and still am very proud of it.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

An abandoned house in Fruitland, Missouri. I love the textures, the colors… I wonder about the people who used to live there. I want to know who owns it now.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

Katie and Robbie are the owners of Dynamite Coffee in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. They’re such a fun couple and I wanted it to show in the picture.

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This guy right here. I told him to hold the ball for me so I could take a picture. This is what I got.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

There’s something about old vehicles that appeals to me. I guess I really like old stuff. Maybe it’s the historian in me?

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

I also enjoy portrait photography. I prefer to capture people doing stuff rather than posed because I like the idea of capturing someone doing something they enjoy. But I do appreciate posed photography as well. In this case, my daughter and I were talking about random silliness and I told her to stop and this happened.

My photography goals are:

  • To get more comfortable shooting in Manual. I do it but I get really anxious about how the pictures will turn out.
  • Take my camera out in public more. I get angsty in front of people.
  • Street photography is calling my name. I’m barely comfortable asking people I know if I can take their pictures so going up to strangers will be a real challenge.

You can see some of my other photographs by clicking here.

What’s your favorite thing to do? How do you make time for your hobby?

Blogtober 2014 {Natty Nikki}

I’m linking up with Natty Nikki for Blogtober 2014, a month long blogging challenge. Please feel free to join up, leave comments, share the posts, you know, spread some love.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

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