Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Weeks 20 and 21: Silhouette and Framed {#OurProject52}

I’m behind two weeks, so I’m having to double up on the pictures and raid the vault. Between emptying the old house, living in a hotel, and then moving to Georgia, I haven’t had my camera out in an incredibly long time. I miss it.

This week’s prompt:


Silhouette {Living Outside the Stacks} #OurProject52

This was taken in my living room at the house in Missouri. I love the way this one turned out. It looks kind of exotic. And, yep, that’s me. I’m wearing this lovely caftan. You can see other pictures in this series by clicking here and here.

And last week’s prompt:


Framed in the Museum {Living Outside the Stacks} #OurProject52

This was my first attempt at street photography. I remember being so nervous that I would disturb the gentleman while he was sleeping or get asked to leave for violating the man’s privacy. Still, I couldn’t help myself. He made such a contrasting image to all that was going on around us. So, I quickly knelt down, aimed, and shot. I’m very pleased with the image. And, I pray, wherever this man is that he is happy, healthy, and safe.

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.


The Big Chop

The Big Chop {Living Outside the Stacks}I finally did it! I chopped off my hair and am now 100% natural! I’d been transitioning {going without a chemical hair straightener for almost a year} and was getting fairly bored with my hair and frustrated with the dual textures. In fact, I got so frustrated that I shaved off the right side of my hair. For two days, I absolutely loved it. Then I thought OH MY GOSH, WHAT HAVE I DONE?!?!?! Now I had a partially shaved head, two different textures of hair, and absolutely no way to do a quick fix hair do if I needed to run to the store real quick. cue the tears

The Big Chop {Living Outside the Stacks}

During one of my crying bouts, The Hubs looked at me and said something I never thought I’d hear him say: “Why don’t you just cut it off and start all over?” This was big for him. He does not like my hair short at all. So I kind of shrugged it off, because I wasn’t sure what to think. Then our oldest daughter arrived to attend our youngest daughter’s high school graduation and I thought, hmmmm, why not? She’s studying to be a stylist, so why not let her do her thing on my head? She did a fabulous job and cut it so that I can blow it out and wear it straight if I like. To see what it looks like straight, click here.

The Big Chop {Living Outside the Stacks}Really, it seems only fitting that I’d begin our new life in a new place with a new style, right? And I’m in an area, Georgia, where I can get my hands on all sorts of natural hair care products that are specially created for women of color.

The Big Chop {Living Outside the Stacks}l’m totally digging the ease of care. Wash and go? Yes, please. And the new hair fits with my easy boho vibe. I’ve worn this skirt before {to see how I styled it previously, click here}. This time I decided to keep things relatively simple and let the skirt take center stage. Because of all the colors, it’s easy to find something that matches. I think next time I wear the skirt, I’ll pair it with a fitted tank, scarf, and flat sandals.

The Big Chop {Living Outside the Stacks}So what big changes have you made in your life lately? Or what change would you like to make?

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Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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Playing Catch Up

So, we’re finally here in Georgia. I can’t believe it. After all of those months of counting down, we’re finally here and settling in to our new home. But before we left, we took some time to celebrate:

1. All five of the kids together in one place at the same time in I don’t even know how many years

The Kids {Living Outside the Stacks} #TeamLOTSMovesIt was amazing. I had to fight with everything inside of me not to cry from the sheer joy of seeing all of our kids together. They were loud and funny and beautiful and everything I wanted our last weekend in Missouri to be.

2. Our daughter graduated from high school

The Graduate {Living Outside the Stacks}

I don’t think there were prouder parents in the auditorium. Not only did our daughter graduate but we {along with everyone else} found out that an anonymous donor gifted her with some money towards her education.

3. We left Missouri and headed to Georgia around 6 in the morning. Longest drive ever.

The Drive {Living Outside the Stacks}

Fifteen minutes into the drive I was squirmy and ready to get out of the car. I do not travel well. At all.

4. Our new home has Magnolia Trees.

Magnolia Blossom {Living Outside the Stacks}

You don’t know how happy this discovery made me. I only saw the house twice before we bought it and that was waaaaay back in March, so I’m discovering all sorts of things that I missed on the walk throughs.

5. Squeekerz is adjusting.

Squeekerz {Living Outside the Stacks}

This dog. He’s taking full advantage of this whole be nice to Squeekerz because he doesn’t understand what’s going on thing. Everything that falls to the floor becomes his property — our pillows, clothes, food, etc.

So that’s about it for us. What’ve you been up to? 

Finally Here,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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