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Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Coffee Photography: VSCO Cam

Coffee and Bling {livingoutsidethestacks.vsco.co}

When Instagram announced that they were releasing an app for Android, I cried tears of joy and patiently waited for it to become available. And as soon as it was, I downloaded it and started snapping pictures. I was in filter paradise.

Over time, Instagram has gone from a place to share photos and create stunning images, to a space where friends meet to share the every day with some beautiful images in the mix. I’m not complaining. I enjoy seeing my friends’ kids with messy faces, it makes me feel like I’m a part of their lives.

During the time that I’ve been on Instagram, I’ve noticed something about myself: I post a lot of coffee pictures. I mean, a lot. But I want my Instagram feed to be more than just coffee pictures, I want it to be a way to connect with my friends.

So I’ve decided to create an account focused strictly on my coffee pictures. This account is located at VSCO Cam. I like that VSCO Cam is streamlined and uncluttered by comments, likes, and smiley faces. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I just want something that’s more gallery style, that’s more artist/photograph centered. I also think this will provide me with a greater creative outlet for my coffee photos. If you’d like to check out my coffee pictures, visit my grid at livingoutsidethestacks.vsco.co.

This doesn’t meant that I’m giving up on Instagram. Not on your life. I’ll just be using it as a way to document my daily life.

If you’re on Instagram or VSCO Cam, please give me a shout out and leave a link to your account in the comments.

Cheers,

Daenel T

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Weekend in Review: Week 14

Hi! How was your weekend? Mine was long and emotionally exhausting. My twins are seniors this year, so I’ve been trying to adjust to the idea of them not being home anymore. So very difficult. The Hubs, The Boy, and I spent a couple of days at Missouri S&T, where The Boy will be an engineering major in the Fall. I’m so not ready. I know I should be celebrating the fact that our jobs as parents have resulted in two young adults who’re ready to take on the world, but all I keep seeing are my babies. Leaving home. OK. Enough.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

My favorite coffee picture from last week. The skirt, the jewelry, the colors, everything just screams Spring. And I’m so ready.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Is this not the most intense rainbow you’ve ever seen? Miss 18 came running out of her bedroom, yelling: “Mom, get your camera! Get your camera!” So worth the near heart attack.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

So I’ve recently discovered an artisan named Dottie Angel. I adore everything about her: the granny chic clothes, the quirky home decor, and the handmade wares. In fact, I heart everything so much that I can even look over the random chickens.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

I have a soft spot in my heart for old buildings, be they rundown barns or abandoned homes, they just capture my attention. For as long as we’ve lived here, I’ve been trying to get up the nerve to take a picture of this old barn, and I finally did it. I’m so happy.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Are you on Instagram? Join me, @4daenelt, on Fridays for #FistBumpFriday. It’s a way to celebrate and share the things that made us happy during the week.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Squeekerz. Don’t let the sweet face fool you. That dog is trouble.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Yesterday, The Hubs and I took The Boy to Missouri S&T where he’ll be enrolling as a freshmen in the fall. I’m so proud of him and so not ready for him and his sister to leave the nest. This was also my contribution to Instagram’s weekend prompt: #WHPHANDINHAND.

What was the highlight of your week?

I’m linking up with:

  • 2014 Daily Selfie ~ Instagram: I’m doing this with a few of my Instagram friends. “Selfie” is open to interpretation, as long as there is part of your body in the photo, it counts. Use the hashtag #2014dailyselfie.
  • Life Rearranged ~ Instafriday: Share the stories behind the filtered pictures. Link up on Fridays.

Daenel T

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Weekend in Review: Week 13

Are we all agreed that we need a day between Sunday and Monday? It really feels like the weekend goes by too quickly…

Did you notice that I changed the title of this post? Well, I noticed it’s less about selfies and more about documenting my weekend and sharing the memories. I’ll be the first to admit that my life isn’t glamorous, nor is it always fun and exciting, but it’s my life and I truly believe nothing is ordinary…

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

My favorite coffee picture of the week.

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m not sure why, but sometimes The Boy likes to stick his thumb on my forehead. This was one of those moments.

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

The always fabulous Zsa Zsa.

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

Do you remember these fuzzy little bunny banks? My mother bought my sisters and me one when we were little kids. When I saw this one at the Cape Girardeau Heritage Museum I had to have it.

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cape River Heritage Museum Fire Truck

I’ve been waiting for a long time to visit the Cape Girardeau Heritage Museum. I was so excited that it was opened on Saturday. We talked to Phyllis, a staff member, and Denise, a researcher, who’s doing research on African Americans and the history of Cape Girardeau. So fascinating! And speaking of fascinating, isn’t that cash register just cool?

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

As beautiful as the Mississippi River was on Saturday, oh my word, it was incredibly cold and windy. But we can never go down to the River Walk without actually visiting the river.

What was the highlight of your weekend?

I’m linking up with:

  • 2014 Daily Selfie ~ Instagram: I’m doing this with a few of my Instagram friends. “Selfie” is open to interpretation, as long as there is part of your body in the photo, it counts. Use the hashtag #2014dailyselfie.
  • Life Rearranged ~ Instafriday: Share the stories behind the filtered pictures. Link up on Fridays.

Daenel T

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2014 Daily Selfie: Week 12

Happy Monday, y’all. How was your weekend? Mine was pretty nice. The Hubs and I did our usual weekend thing: breakfast and window shopping {which led to me meeting an online acquaintance face to face, more about that later this week}, laundry doing, and family time with The Walking Dead. I also caught up on some blog reading, online game playing, and laughs with my sister. Overall, a weekend well spent.

And here are some pictorial highlights from last week:

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All that’s left of my birthday flowers are the dried heads. Kinda morbid but romantic, right?

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My family room is BORING. As in there’s nothing down there but a sofa, desk, futon, and treadmill. So I’m going to redecorate and this pillow from Target is my inspiration. What do you think?

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When did fortune cookies become opinion cookies? {hat tip to @essveecee}

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Throwback Thursday contribution: My wombmate aka twin sister and I when we were about 3 years old.

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My favorite coffee picture of the week.

#2014DailySelfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

It’s like the mothership is calling me home.

What was the highlight of your week? Are you Instagram? Give me a yell at @4daenelt.

I’m linking up with:

  • 2014 Daily Selfie ~ Instagram: I’m doing this with a few of my Instagram friends. “Selfie” is open to interpretation, as long as there is part of your body in the photo, it counts. Use the hashtag #2014dailyselfie.
  • Life Rearranged ~ Instafriday: Share the stories behind the filtered pictures. Link up on Fridays.

Daenel T

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2014 Daily Selfie: Week 11 {In the Dark Room}

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was nice. Spent some time with the family, which is always a blessing. I love it when we can all get together for meals, especially now that those times are few and far between. We’re missing Mrs. 27 and her family but someday… I complained about the snow. Yes, more snow and ice. After a day of near 70º temperatures. And, of course, I enjoyed copious amounts of coffee.

Here are some pictures from last week:

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The hubs had flowers delivered to my office last week for our anniversary; this rose was such an unusual color that it instantly became my favorite.

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I’ve never seen a live armadillo before so when I saw this guy I just had to pull over… Isn’t it weird and cute and funny looking all at the same time?

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I have no idea what that thing is but if you see it coming down the railroad tracks RUNNNNN! It goes super fast and is incredibly loud.

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One of my favorite coffee shots from last week.

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While I was off taking pictures of the boy for the Mr. JHS competition, the girls were setting the floor on fire with their dance moves.

#2014dailyselfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

The boy competed in the Mr. JHS competition at school on Friday Night. It’s a school sanctioned fundraiser with proceeds going to the Special Olympics and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. He did a spot on impersonation of President Obama that had the crowd cheering…

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He won 1st Runner Up but, in my book, he’s a winner. He also found out that he was awarded 3 scholarships. Thank you, Lord, for blessing him.

What was the highlight of your week?

I’m linking up with:

  • 2014 Daily Selfie ~ Instagram: I’m doing this with a few of my Instagram friends. “Selfie” is open to interpretation, as long as there is part of your body in the photo, it counts. Use the hashtag #2014dailyselfie.
  • Life Rearranged ~ Instafriday: Share the stories behind the filtered pictures. Link up on Fridays.

Daenel T

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