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Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Favorite Pictures from January {In the Dark Room}

One of my photography goals this year is to learn to shoot in Manual. To accomplish this goal, I’m participating in 2 photography challenges on flickr: Challenge Friday and 52 Week Project: 2014 Edition. These are my favorite pictures from the month of January.

Earrings - Red {Living Outside the Stacks}
Earrings ~ Red

Tweezers - Tool {Living Outside the Stacks}Tweezers ~ Tools

Clouds - Edge {Living Outside the Stacks}Clouds ~ Edge

Cape Girardeau - Urban {Living Outside the Stacks} #visitcapeCape Girardeau ~ Urban

Are you participating in any photography challenges this year? Do you have any favorite photos from this month? Post a link so I can check them out.
Daenel T

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Coffee Talk: Placenta Prints; Home Decor; Photo Challenge, Maybe {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}Hi, and welcome to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

1. Are you pregnant? Do you dig original art? Well, now you can have your placenta turned into a Tree of Life Print. dry heaves Seriously, who looked at their placenta and thought this is totally craft worthy? thoughtful pause I assume the same folks who thought, I’m hungry and this bloody veiny mass looks nomtastic, maybe I’ll have a nibble. I guess having a kid for eighteen years isn’t enough of a souvenir anymore. I don’t get it…

2. Do you change out your home’s accessories with the seasons? Adding Placenta Prints does not count. I never have before but this year, I thought I’d switch things up and bring in more saturated colors. Maybe I’ll post some pictures. I’d be interested in seeing how you’ve decorated your space. Feel free to share your pictures with me on Facebook.

3. Did you know yesterday was National Coffee Day? I celebrated with 2 cups of coffee and an addition to my “I Heart Coffee” stream on flickr. I think next year I’m going to try to do 365 days of coffee. I’m being ambitious. I have yet to succeed at a daily posting. Have you ever tried a daily something? How’d you do with it?

What had you scratchin’ your head this past week?

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Ten Things I Love About Fall {In the Cafe}

Things I Love About Fall {Living Outside the Stacks}

10. Hot apple cider

9. Autumn displays ~ Missouri and Pennsylvania have the most beautiful Fall weather, from the falling leaves to the deep blue skies, nothing is more indicative of the hand of God at work.

8. Heated seats ~ A warm bum. Need I say more?

7. Return to school ~ I enjoy the arrival of the students back on campus. After a quiet summer, the buzz of student activity is refreshing.

6. Boots and socks ~ Can you think of a better cool weather fashion statement for the feet?

5. My favorite TV shows ~ The Walking Dead has given my television viewing new, ahem, life.

4. Big ol’ bowls of soup ~ Have you checked out my Pinterest board? I plan to add every one of those chowders, soups, and stews to the rotation.

3. Comfy sweater ~ It may be because I’m a librarian or because I’m cold blooded, but there’s little better than wrapping up in a cozy sweater.

2. Saturated colors ~ I love the deep rich colors that become so prevalent as the weather grows cooler.

1. Coffee ~ I big puffy heart coffee just about any time but sitting on the front porch with the hubs chatting over a cup of coffee makes my life.

Are you Fall person? What do you love about Fall?


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Date Night at the Mississippi River {In the Neighborhood}

When you’re a parent, finding time for a date night can be hard. Sometimes it seems impossible. But, let me tell you, it’s so vitally important that you carve out time for each other. I know a lot of moms put their children first but your marriage should come first and then the kids. Trust me on this oneOne day your kids are going to grow up and leave your home and you’re gonna be stuck with that man that you married and the last thing you want is to be stuck staring at a stranger who you have absolutely no desire to get to know. Anyway, one of the things that hubs and I like to do is go out for coffee and walk along the river front.

The Mississippi River {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last weekend, the hubs and I went downtown and decided to take a look at the Mississippi River; we weren’t prepared for how much it had risen. Areas where we had just sat the previous month were now covered with water.  click here to see more pictures The ledge where I had captured this couple was now completely submerged. click here to see the picture We were completely blown over.

When you’re a parent, finding time for a date night can be hard. Sometimes it seems impossible. But, let me tell you, it’s so vitally important that you carve out time for each other. I know a lot of moms put their children first but your marriage should come first and then the kids. Trust me on this one. One day your kids are going to grow up and leave your home and you’re gonna be stuck with that man that you married and the last thing you want is to be stuck staring at a stranger who you have absolutely no desire to get to know. Anyway, one of the things that hubs and I like to do is go out for coffee and walk along the river front.

Last week’s theme for the 365 Project: 2013 Edition was “Street Photography”. This was my submission; if you’d like to see my daily pictures, click here.

I’m not sure if this couple is married or if they have children but it was just sweet to see them walking by the river front holding hands.

Date night doesn’t have to be expensive nor does it have to be elaborate; it’s just about you and your husband taking time out away from the kids so you can enjoy each other’s company.

How do you and your husband reconnect?

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Google Reader is Disappearing {In the Cafe}

Ya know, it seems like every time I start using a product or get hooked on a TV show, Jericho, anyone? it gets discontinued and I’m left scrambling to find a replacement… And so it is with my favorite feed reader, Google Reader.
Thursday Likes {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last week’s 365 Project: 2013 Edition theme was “Double Exposure”; this was my submission. If you’d like to see my daily pictures, click here.

It was announced on 13 March that Google Reader will retire on 1 July 2013. What? Who made that decision? And how come they didn’t talk to me first? That gives us three months to find a new reader. If you’d like to keep your Google Reader data, you can do so through Google Takeout.

Once you download your data, you should easily be able to transfer your files to a new RSS feeder.

I’m not sure what I’ll use yet. If you have any ideas, leave them in the comments below.

In the meantime, remember, you can always follow me on Facebook or talk with me on Twitter

How will you keep up with your favorite bloggers?



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