Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Sun Flare {#OurProject52}

Week 16 Sun Flare {Living Outside the Stacks} #OurProject52

You know I’ve spent so much time trying to avoid sun flare that capturing it is now difficult. When I first picked up my camera, I used to get it all the time and I viewed it as a failure ~ my inability to control light.

Now I see it all over the place and I’m like oooooh and ahhhh, so pretty! So I dug through my archives and found a few pictures that I’d saved:

Week 16 Cape Girardeau Sun Flare {Living Outside the Stacks} #OurProject52 (1)

Happy Clicking,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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Bohemian Glam Caftan and Jeans

Caftan Jeans and Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

Have I mentioned how much I love caftans? I do. Seriously, Mrs. Roper had the right idea: throw on a colorful dress and call it a day. There’s no need to suck in, you don’t really have to worry about accessories {although she did wear some awesomely large bubble gumball necklaces}, and you’re comfortable all day long.

Caftan Jeans and Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve been in one of those moods where I haven’t really felt like wearing a skirt or dress {my normal work day choice}, so I opted for this caftan. It’s so colorful and boho glam that even though I was comfortable, I felt like I was dressed up more than usual.

Caftan Jeans and Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

My coworkers and other library patrons kept stopping me throughout the day and telling me how much they loved my top and how absolutely sure they were that I was the only one who could get away with wearing that to work. *snort*

Caftan Jeans and Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

I paired the caftan with a pair of flare leg jeans and sandals by Sseko Designs to keep with the laid back but dressy vibe. Normally, I don’t wear a lot of jewelry with this caftan because of the gold threading and the sequins but I decided to push the envelope a bit and layer on a few wooden bangles to disguise my Fitbit. I also added a necklace because why not?

Caftan Jeans and Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

I have worn this caftan as a dress before with a pair of sandals. Now that’s not easy to do. You kinda have to make sure that there’s very little wind. Or that you have on some serious underpinnings. I don’t wear it that way often. Only for special nights with The Hubs when I want to look a little va-va-voom.

Do you have a dress or top that you wear in an unconventional way? Where do you wear it?

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1000 Mile Challenge Update

1000 Mile Challenge Update {Living Outside the Stacks}

First of all, I’d like to say that the National 1000 Mile Challenge has raised enough money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Northeastern California and Northern Nevada to grant the wishes of two children with life threatening medical conditions! That is crazy good. And, man, I’m just excited to have been able to help brighten the lives of these kids. Just makes my heart sing all kinds of happy songs.

1000 Mile Challenge

As for my progress… Well, what had happened was it rained a lot I got lazy I’m not doing my best but I’m still in. I’m at 65.72 miles. Not where I should be by any stretch of the imagination. And I have to admit to some pings of jealousy when I see others throwing up the 100 mile ticker, but you only get out of it what you put into it, right?

Mississippi River {Living Outside the Stacks}

From one of the few walks I was able to take outside…

Honestly, I think the hardest part is that I’ve had to rely on the treadmill for getting in a lot of my miles because it’s been so cold and rainy the past few weeks. Normally, I don’t mind the treadmill but getting in more than 1 or 2 miles at a clip is boring. And I’m only counting my intentional miles for this challenge, so my every day steps aren’t counting. In that respect, I’ve been averaging a little bit over 5 miles per day. So, if nothing else, this challenge is definitely making me move more than I would have otherwise.


I have earned a couple of badges with my Fitbit, which is cool. And, seriously, I still get a little thrill when my wrist vibrates because I’ve hit 10,000 steps. It’s the little things. The biggest thing for me to remember is that this is a challenge and not a race. The only person I’m competing against is myself!

I’ll be updating my progress here on the 21st of each month, recording my miles with Fitbitand posting pictures on Instagram.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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