Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


100 Things: Part VI {About Me}

100 Things {Living Outside the Stacks}

51. I had seizures as a child. In fact, my last one was so bad the doctor told my mother he wasn’t sure I’d ever regain my memory. Can you imagine being told your child may never know who you are?

52. I have an incredibly bad temper and it takes a lot for me to keep it in check.

53. I knew my twin sister was pregnant before she did. Both times. The first one took us both by surprise, but the last two? I was dead on. I also gave her totally different due dates than her doctors. I was right. Both times.

54. People say I wear my feelings on my face. -_-

55. My motto: “Let other people tell you ‘No’.” There’s so much negativity and rejection in the world that I hate for people to count themselves out without even trying. Sometimes, to get what you want, you have to be bold and  have heart.

56. I passed the Defense Language Aptitude Battery when I was in the Army. I’d planned to go to the Defense Language Institute until I found out I’d have to leave my daughter for a year. Every now and then I like to remind her of the sacrifice that I made for her.

57. My twin sister and I used to play horrible pranks on our younger sister. We had her convinced that she was adopted but our parents didn’t want her to know. When they found out, we had to go pick our own switches. *insert violin music here*

58. I can go days without speaking to anyone. There are times when I truly have nothing to say, so I find it best to just keep my mouth shut. I should mention that my family doesn’t tolerate this well and will provoke me until I say something.

59. My biggest pet peeve is people who complain about something without attempting to change things.

60. We spent so much time in church when we were little kids that we used to tease our mom that our first stop on the way home from the hospital was the church. Which wasn’t far from the truth since she had to pass the church to get to our apartment.

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This post is inspired by Katie at Creole Wisdom.

Daenel T


Fist Bump Friday: Being Helpful {In the Cafe}

Fist Bump Friday {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 has 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 recognize the good things. So I thought it’d be fun if we all shared and celebrated together.

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.

This week, I’m happy that I was able to help an older woman learn to use her cell phone… I was looking at yarn at Hobby Lobby, when I kept hearing this woman say “I’m so stupid, I can’t even figure out how to use my phone.” Her friends were standing nearby, proudly showing her how they’d pulled up coupons on their cell phones, while she kept calling herself stupid. For the life of me, I couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t help her, so by the 5th or 6th “I’m so stupid…” I interrupted. “Excuse me, ma’am, I don’t mean to interrupt your conversation but do you mind if I help you?” She smiled and handed me her phone. I took it from her and showed her how to locate the Google icon, type information into the search box, and retrieve her coupons. She thanked me profusely so I explained to her that I’m a librarian, that’s what I do.

What made you happy this week?
Daenel T


Some of My Favorite Outfits of 2013 {In the Closet}

Wow, you guys, this year is rapidly coming to an end and, like every good blogger, it’s time to do that year in review. Normally, I’d wait until the last year of the week but, I think this year, I’d like to take that week just to kick back and relax. So, here goes…

Cream Cardi Citron Tee Denim Leggings and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

I remember when I found that cardi at Goodwill, I immediately knew how I was going to wear it: with citron and brown. Seriously, can you think of a better color combination? It’s neutral but still has POP! And I think the wooden bracelet and the fabric wrapped bracelets just add to earthy feel of my outfit.

Faux Fur Collar Gray Cardi and Navy Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

This outfit totally made me feel like I’d just stepped out of a vintage ad. I’ve had that faux fur collar in my closet for yeeeears, attached to a sweater I knew I’d never wear but couldn’t bear to part with because of the faux fur collar. Then it finally dawned on me: TAKE THE COLLAR OFF, SILLY GIRL! Paired with a full skirt {thank you again, Goodwill} and those super cool Mary Janes and, yeah, I was prepared to give June Cleaver a run for her money.

Brown Jacket Citron Sweater and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

I like this outfit for two reasons: the blazer and the boots! I’m so not a blazer girl, but this blazer has totally converted me. It’s another Goodwill find. Can I tell you how much I appreciate our donors at Goodwill? They have fabulous taste. And, um, hat tip to the citron and gold that bring this outfit to life.

Denim Jacket Black Tee Brown Skirt and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

The hubs and I were grocery shopping the first time I wore this outfit. It almost became the last time. The cashier looked at me and yelled at her friend: “I want her outfit.” Her friend asked me where I got it and as I started to reply, the cashier said: “No, I want to take the outfit off of her and wear it out tonight.” blank stare Needless to say, it was a long time before I went back to that store.

Brown Corduroy Jacket Neutral Scarf Gray Cardi and Denim Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Of all of the outfits pictured, this is probably the one that most closely matches what I wear to work on a regular basis. Again, it’s all the neutrals with the pop of color. And the layers. I just feel all warm and cozy. And incredibly self confident.

My Favorite Outfits of 2013 {Living Outside the Stacks}

What was your favorite outfit of 2013? Did you take any fashion risks?

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Daenel T

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