Living Outside the Stacks

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Walking on Tucker Blvd

Tucker Blvd {Living Outside the Stacks}

When I was a little girl, the one thing I wanted more than anything was one of those personalized license plates that I saw in stores. Actually, I wanted anything that was personalized but that was never gonna happen. My name is Daenel. Not a very common name.

So now whenever I see some variation of my name, I have to take a picture.

When you were a kid, did your parents buy personalized items for you? Or do you have an, ahem, creative name too?

Daenel T


100 Things: Part VII {About Me}

100 Things {Living Outside the Stacks}

Soooo, today is the last Monday in 2013. How crazy is that? Very, right?

Usually, I like to take the last week off from blogging so I can spend time with my family and recharge the creative battery but I didn’t do a very good job of timing my “100 Things” posts, and I don’t want to go into the New Year with unfinished business so… Here we go, a total wrap up in one final post.

61. My favorite food is seafood. Specifically, crabs.

62. I check my email obsessively. Even though I rarely get anything important.

63. I don’t set resolutions because I always break them, so I set goals. My goals for 2014 include learning how to use the Manual setting on my camera and learning to code.

64. My name is Daenel and I’m a shoe addict. The hubs had a walk in closet built into our first home with special shelving to hold all of my shoes.

65. I like to randomly text my children the following message: “Don’t tell the others but you’re my favorite.” It was funnier when they were younger but I still enjoy it.

66. I still have one of my childhood dolls but my family thinks she looks like Chucky so she has to stay in the closet.

67. I’m a news junkie. I don’t have a preference for channels or anchors, I just want to know what’s going on in the world.

68. I know all of the words to the movie Dirty Dancing. I also know the dance steps.

69. When I was a teenager I shaved one side of my head just to freak my parents out.

70. I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 20 years old.

71. Sometimes I think about going back to school to get my PhD. I’d like to study protest movements and/or popular culture.

72. I was born in Washington, D.C. and I’ve lived in: Virginia, Texas, Colorado, Italy, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Missouri.

73. Money and safety no object, I’d like to go to Madagascar.

74. When I lived in Korea, the Korean nationals who worked on post used to bring me food because they thought I was too skinny and needed to eat more. I was pregnant, I ate everything they gave me.

75. At the age of 19, I protested to end Apartheid and free Nelson Mandela.

76. In Italy, I used to skip school to hang out at Burger King. My best friend’s mom used to write us excuses to get back into class.

77. I used to say had I been an adult during the 20′s I would’ve been some gangster’s moll.

78. My sisters say I would’ve made a better hippie.

79. Either way, I would’ve been happy and stylish.

80. My favorite teacher was Cathy Devine. She was my elementary school teacher… I can’t remember what she looked like, but I remember that she made me feel special.

81. I’m a creature of habit and I enjoy routine.

82. The hubs says I should be a game show contestant. I can remember random facts but can’t remember why I walked from one room to the next.

83. My best features are my eyes. They’re also my worst. I’m blind as a bat in a tornado during a hail storm.

84. I used to collect Barbie dolls; I still have quite a few of them in storage.

85. Watching dramas with my kids is probably one of my greatest joys. They’re hilarious and can make anything funny.

86. When the kids were little I used to make brownies. One year, their teacher sent home a note saying the kids had been raving about my brownies and she wondered if I would send the recipe along with some brownies for the school Cookbook/Bake Sale. I sent in a Betty Crocker box.

87. I’m totally addicted to Pinterest.

88. I lied. I don’t have a 100 things…

89. I got my first speeding ticket the day after I got my license.

90. In 2014, I’m looking forward to bigger and better. Hopefully, there’ll be a few giveaways and plenty of laughs. Be blessed and enjoy 2014!

You can read other stuff about me by clicking here

This post is inspired by Katie at Creole Wisdom.

Daenel T


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.

You can read other stuff about me by clicking here

This post is inspired by Katie at Creole Wisdom.

Daenel T


100 Things: Part V {About Me}

100 Things {Living Outside the Stacks}

Are you guys sick of me yet? I think you now know more about me than the NSA….

41. I can bake three things really well: Orange Cranberry Loaf, Banana Nut Bread, and Dried Fruit Bread

42. Seinfeld taught me one thing: if you look really frustrated people will think you’re busy and leave you alone. Life taught me one thing: that does not work on children. Or husbands.

43. Crocheting relaxes me.

44. I had to do so many push ups in Basic Training that the Drill Sergeants called me “Private She~ra”. I kept getting in trouble for giggling.

45. Every summer I re~read Peyton Place and Valley of the Dolls. This is a habit I started when I was in graduate school to help me decompress.

46. I didn’t get the Assistant Director’s job at my library. I think this has disappointed me more than I thought it would.

47. I used to hate dresses and skirts but since I discovered thrifting, I’m obsessed.

48. When I was a kid, I used to say that I was only going to have enough eating utensils at my house for myself because I didn’t want people coming over and getting comfortable. I live in a house full of people.

49.  I don’t sleep well. At all. This often results in me emailing myself work notes at 2 AM.

50. My first car was a custom painted Pontiac Fiero.

You can read other stuff about me by clicking here

This post is inspired by Katie at Creole Wisdom.

Daenel T


100 Things: Part IV {About Me}

100 Things {Living Outside the Stacks}

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139:14 {NIV}

What a powerful declaration! Each and every time I hear a story about a child being bullied, I just want to grab him or her and say 2 things:

  1. you are made in the image of God {Genesis 1:27}
  2. God loves you {John 3:16}

I know what it means to be bullied, to go home crying because the teasing hurt so much that I thought I’d break in two. I understand the kid who sits in the dark of night and thinks life will never get better. I’ve felt the sting of rejection from a crush…

I grew up with a twin sister who was always voted to the Homecoming Court, was constantly sought after by the boys, and, in general, was just very popular. I was the odd one out. People looked at me and thought nothing of questioning my paternity {or my maternity, for that matter} in front of me. “Are you two really twins?” They’d stare at my yellow skin, reddish brown hair, and dark freckles in disbelief, “then how come you don’t look alike?” I suffered under constant suggestions for “improvement” from well meaning family members: lose weight, do this with your hair, try a little makeup, suck it up, etc.

I began to take solace in books…

I solved mysteries with Nancy Drew. Fell in love with Heathcliff. Protested with Malcolm X. And cried with Anjuli~Bai.

But, still, in the back of my mind, I could hear those voices telling me that I wasn’t good enough. I needed to reach for something deeper and that came from the word of God. I’m not a mistake. There is value to my life. From the moment we were in our mothers’ wombs, God had a plan for us {Jeremiah 1:5 and Jeremiah 29:11}. We just need to seek after Him to find our purpose. This doesn’t mean that I don’t still have moments of self~doubt, I do; but they’re quickly replaced with the joy that comes from knowing who I am in Him.

I am somebody.

You are somebody.

Embrace your quirks, I do…

31. Sometimes when a really good song comes on the radio, I pull the car over and sing. And dance.

32. My kids used to call me “Lady” when they were little. My biggest fear was that someone would think I kidnapped them.

33. The first time I saw computer {1980something}, I told my teacher that no one was going to have one of those things in their house. I was wrong.

34. I wanted to invest in Starbucks. Our financial planner told us that it was a ridiculous idea. She was wrong.

35. I used to be Scottie Pippen’s biggest fan. I was probably his only fan.

36. When I was a little girl, I fully intended to have one child and one monkey. I wanted to raise them as siblings. I promised my family I’d never ever share that with anyone. I lied.

37. I absolutely positively hate Halloween but I will not turn down a piece of candy. Smartees, please.

38. I received two full scholarship offers to two different colleges and one partial scholarship to another. I chose the partial because the school was in New Orleans. That is not how one should plan his or her future.

39. I tried out for the basketball team in 10th grade. I was awful. The coach felt so bad for me that he made me the team statistician. I got to travel with the team. Which was all I really wanted…

40. My twin sister was born in the back of a police car and I was born 45 minutes later at the hospital door. My mom says we were drama queens from birth. I’d agree.

You can read other stuff about me by clicking here

This post is inspired by Katie at Creole Wisdom.

Daenel T

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