15th Dec2014

My Week on Instagram: Day 8 Through Day 14

by Daenel

throws my stuff on the ground and slumps in my chair I’m exhausted. And I’m not really certain why, I mostly slept this weekend. I mean, I did a couple of things: ran some errands with The Hubs, did laundry, started prepping for the move {I know it seems early but The Hubs is a planner and when the time comes, we know from past experience, that it’ll go quickly}. But, other than that, I did nothing. Nada. Zilch. And I’m totally unapologetic. Did you have a busy weekend? What did you do?

Day 14 Squeekerz Update

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For those of you who’ve been following along, Squeekerz is feeling so much better. I had to take him to the vet last week because he was lethargic, not eating or drinking, and having a difficult time going to the bathroom. The vet did some blood work and checked his kidneys and liver {both of which were fine}. His blood work did show that his white blood cell count was twice what it should be, indicating an infection. We don’t know what from. She put him on antibiotics and now he’s back to his old self: confiscating my slippers and being rude to everyone in the family.

Day 13 12~13~14

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Don’t you love it when the calendar has a funky date that only happens like once in billion years? How did you observe 12-13-14? The Hubs and I went to “our spot” and watched the guys working on the barge.

Day 12 Bellevue Apartments

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The Hubs and I were driving around downtown Cape and he said: “I’ve got to see the other side of that building.” So we drove around to the front and I immediately knew I had to get a picture. I absolutely positively love old buildings. I didn’t get too close ~ spiders, squirrels, mice, trespassing, you know, all that creepy stuff… What you can’t see in the picture {which I wish I’d captured} is that the porch light is on. Does someone live there? Who’re they inviting in?

Day 11 Face to Cookie

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The Hubs and I went to an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party and we played a game called Face to Cookie. You put a cookie on your forehead and try to get it in your mouth using only your facial muscles. The game was fun but I didn’t want to win. Do you know how many times that cookie ended up on the floor?

Day 10 A Book Club

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This week I announced that I’ll be hosting my first book club discussion in January. You can watch the video by clicking here. I hope you’ll join me.

Day 8-9 Join Me for Coffee

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Are you on Facebook or Instagram? If so, I’d love it if you’d join me for a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever you drink}. Every morning, I like to share a cup with my friends, just to get the day started on a positive note. If you’d like to join me, just post a picture of yourself on my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram.

Be happy,

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11th Dec2014

I’m Starting a Book Group

by Daenel

Living Outside the Stacks Book Club #TeamLOTSReads

I’ve decided to host a book club on my Facebook page! I know, right? I’ve been thinking about it for a while now and I kinda just threw the idea out there and got a great response. I love the idea of doing something informal, relaxed, and fun. I like to read but once I’m done, I’m left with this overwhelming feeling of that’s it? I want more, I want to talk about why I did or didn’t like the book. I want to know if other people are as affected by the characters as I am.

Anyway,  I don’t have any real rules yet. You know, the ideas are still percolating but I do have a rough outline of what I’m thinking…

Right now, I’m keeping track of potential books on Pinterest, you can click here to check out my board. If you have suggestions or if you’d like to add books to the Pinterest board, leave a comment below and let me know. As far as the types of books I’d like to read, I’m open to just about anything: fiction, nonfiction, biography, etc. Just know that I don’t read any of the following types of books:

  • Erotica
  • Horror
  • New Age
  • Paranormal

Therefore, those genres won’t be included on the reading list.

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I think for the first read, I’ll pick the book using Random Generator. You know, count how many books are posted to the Pinterest board and then whatever number comes up in the generator that’s what we’ll read. I’m all about the random, ya know? And as we read the books, I’ll move them over to another board so that we can keep track of what has been read. Sound fair?

As far as the discussion and reading schedule goes, I think we’ll aim for one book every two or three months, with discussions running from the beginning through the end of each cycle. I’ll start the discussion and then we can just respond and share any time. I really want to keep things informal, no pressure. Read when you can, ask questions, respond to questions at will.

Maybe we’ll even do something on Instagram and/or Twitter… What do you think about the hashtag #TeamLOTSReads?

If you’d like to join in, make sure you like my Facebook page by clicking here.

And, last but not least, I’ll post my reviews of the books we read here on the blog, you can see my other book reviews by clicking here.

I plan to start our first discussion in January.

So, leave a comment below and let me know what you think,

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08th Dec2014

My Week on Instagram: Day 1 Through Day 7

by Daenel

You guys, this may be the busiest weekend I’ve had in a long time. The Hubs and I spent the weekend house hunting online. I’m so ready to go to Albany and begin the “real” house search. I can’t believe how many people don’t realize how important the online photos of their homes are…

<rant>Instagram filters, piles of laundry, and blurry photos are a big ol’ NO when you’re trying to sell your home. And if you’re going to put a video on Youtube, it should be an actual video tour of your home and not just a slide show of the pictures from the realtor’s website.</rant>

Between virtual house hunting and bill paying bo-ring we made some time to go downtown to hang out and see the sights. So, in the spirit of full disclosure, these pictures were all taken over the course of two days. Except for the coffee picture, which was taken on Friday.

Day 7 Happy Husband

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There are so many things to unpack here:

  • Dan the Cat, Guardian of Annie Laurie’s Antiques ~ everyone says this cat doesn’t like anyone, the whole time we were in the store he was stalking me, at one point he even walked over and rubbed himself up against my legs
  • The chair that Dan is occupying is now in our home office, one of a matching set
  • For years, The Hubs has wanted a cedar chest… Just as we were leaving the store, he spotted this one under some blankets, it’s now safely settled in our home

Day 6 A Sweet Gift

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While we were at Sloan + Themis, The Hubs bought a bracelet and matching earrings {not shown} for me. Such a sweet surprise.

Day 5 Christmas Carolers

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Christmas carolers dressed in historic clothing were singing in the historic district… Obvs, these two weren’t singing but I thought they made an interesting/lovely couple.

Day 4 Living Mannequins

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These “living mannequins” were in the window at Pastime Antiques; beautiful, aren’t they?

Day 3 Sloan + Themis

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While we were out, The Hubs and I went to visit the lovely Ms. Claire at Sloan + Themis. She’s  redecorated the shop since the last time I visited her. I absolutely adore it. And, ummm, that mannequin is only making me want one even more.

Day 2 Date Night

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We went to “our spot” AKA The Mississippi River. This really is a beautiful place, so peaceful and a little bit mysterious. Seriously, can’t you just imagine Robert Stack doing the opening sequence to “Unsolved Mysteries” right now?

Day 1 Squeekerz

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This was a rough weekend for the little guy. He spent most of it not feeling well, so I babied him and let him sleep on my lap. As you can tell, he’s still quite the character even when he’s sick.

Favorite Coffee Picture

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You know what I found out this week? That coffee is delicious even when you’ve run out of creamer…

Are you on Instagram? Give me a shout out, I’m @DaenelT, I’d love to see your life via Instagram!

Be happy,

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01st Dec2014

My Week on Instagram: Day 24 through Day 30

by Daenel

How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was great. It was nice having everyone back under one roof. The only people missing were our oldest daughter and her family. One day. We ate a lot. Talked a lot. And laughed a lot.

Day 30 My Current Situation

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It hit me like a bag of bricks. One minute, I was fine and folding laundry and, the next, I was light headed and achy…

Day 29 A Photography Course

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I signed up for my first photography course: Basic DSLR with A Beautiful Mess. So far I’m liking the information that they’re providing – so easy to understand and written for people like me who have no technical knowledge whatsoever. This was my set up for the first homework assignment: focus and focal points.

Day 28 Bribing for a Picture

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I almost lost a limb. Squeekerz was like “Snap the picture. Don’t play with me.” Look below and you’ll see why…

Day 27 Mississippi Mutts

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Those are dog treats. I know, right? Squeekerz gets to celebrate Thanksgiving too.

Day 26 They’re Baaaack!

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The kids came home for Thanksgiving! It’s funny to see how much they’ve all changed and grown since being away. I know they were just home a little bit ago, but every time, I see something new…

Day 25 Annie Laurie’s Antiques

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I love coming here. Even if we don’t buy anything, it’s just fun to look around. And, OK, how many stores have this much fun with their mannequins?

Day 24 Stolen PJs

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Shhhh… Don’t tell The Hubs but I stole his PJs. Seriously, why are men’s jammies so much cozier than women’s?

If you’re on Instagram, please give me a yell. Click here  to follow me: I’m @daenelt.

Be happy,

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24th Nov2014

My Week on Instagram: Day 15 through Day 22

by Daenel

Hi, all! How was your weekend? Mine was nice. The kids started coming home from college for Thanksgiving break, so it’s been, ummmmm, loud. But I’m totally loving it. The only people I’m missing right now are The Hubs and our oldest daughter and her family. Other than that, I couldn’t be happier.

Have you started your Thanksgiving prep yet? Are you trying anything new? This year I’m making a Double Pumpkin Pie per The Hubs request. I’ve never made a Double Pumpkin Pie before. This should be fun. I’ll definitely let you know how it goes.

In the meantime, I’m sharing some more photos from last week:

Day 22 A Favorite Thing

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Special K cereal topped with dried fruits and nuts. Just yum.

Day 21 Shoes

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I have a thing for cowboy boots. They count as shoes, right?

Day 20 Bright

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Re~edit of an old picture because today was just blergh.

Day 19 Whole

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Squeekerz is summing up my whole feelings about the cold.

And why does he always have a stray hair sticking out of his nostril? Seriously, dude, blow…

Day 18 I Love This

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When I catch The Hubs watching me.

Day 17 Cooking

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Celebratory Baklava ~ I survived the trip to the grocery store for the stuff I’ll be cooking on Thanksgiving.

Day 16 After

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After the cold front. Not a lot but still snow.

Day 15 Hot + Cold

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It’s cold out there!

Favorite Coffee Picture of the Week

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If you’d like to see a collection of all of my coffee pictures, go here.

#FMSPhotoaday is an Instagram photo challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. If you’re participating, leave a link to your pictures in the comments below so I can check them out.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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17th Nov2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 8 through Day 14

by Daenel

Hello, Friends! Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was nice and quiet. I spent a lot of time sleeping, which was desperately needed. I’ve been feeling sleep deprived for months… I’m not sure why but I made up for it this weekend.

We also got a bit of snow on Sunday. Needless to say, that didn’t make me happy. I don’t mind sweater weather but snow? Absolutely not. If you’re curious, you can see my picture of the snow falling here.

Day 14 Letters

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My initial on a coffee mug. What else?

Day 13 For me

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A sink full of dirty dishes… Gosh, I miss having all the kids home.

Day 12 Normal

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His normal routine involves making himself comfy on my slippers.

Day 11 A set

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Chess set. I used to play but not anymore. Now it’s just for show.

Day 10 I do this every day

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Walk Squeekerz. Actually, it’s not so much walk as watch him stretch. Every. Single. Limb.

Day 9 Heck yes!

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Coffee and a magazine. We don’t have a new house yet ~ not until June ~ but it’s never too soon to get inspired, right?

Day 8 A place

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The Mississippi River. It’s where we go.

Favorite Coffee Picture of the Week

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#FMSPhotoaday is an Instagram photo challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. If you’re participating, leave a link to your pictures in the comments below so I can check them out.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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10th Nov2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 1 through Day 7

by Daenel

This was a busy but fun weekend for us. The library where I worked celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a party on Friday evening. I was the “Official Kent Library Photographer”. Seriously, that was the what the archivist called me. I hope she’s happy with the pictures that I took. You can take a look at the cake that was made for the celebration by clicking here and here. Isn’t it stunning? Just look at the detail…

I didn’t finish last month’s challenge but I’m back at it again, check it out:

Day 7 On the floor

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Squeekerz, of course.

Day 6 Made me smile today

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My daughter. I was having a bad day until she texted me and asked if I was free for lunch. Love her.

Day 5  8 o’clock

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Getting acquainted with my new friend: 35mm f/1.8g prime lens.

Day 4 Can’t live without

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I can live without coffee. I just don’t think I should have to.

Day 3 Weather

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So very dreary. It was darkish at 5 PM. Can we stop with the time Daylight Savings Time now?

Day 2 I saw this

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My face.

Day 1 Something blue

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The Mississippi River this morning.

My favorite coffee picture of the week

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Breakfast with The Hubs. The highlight of my weekend. This is our time to reconnect and share all of the stuff we missed out on during the week.

#FMSPhotoaday is an Instagram photo challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. If you’re participating, leave a link to your pictures in the comments below so I can check them out.

Be happy,

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02nd Nov2014

My Week Via Instagram

by Daenel

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

Duuuude, it’s seriously November. How in the world did that happen? Doesn’t it feel like we were just prepping for summer break? Honestly, it’s like the older I get the faster time passes by. I’m not cool with that.

By the way, don’t you just love the little heart in the cement? I really do “heart” fall; just not the bone chilling wind that comes with it.

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

Something creepy must’ve happened in downtown Cape on Halloween night…

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

Squeekerz woke me up bright and early on Saturday morning, like 5 AM, and then promptly went back to sleep. Apparently, he doesn’t observe Saturday, the high holy day of the sleep deprived. I need to fix that.

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Autumn colors all around… And a little print mixing.

So how was your weekend? What are you looking forward to this week?

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27th Oct2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 20 to Day 24

by Daenel

Yesterday, I posted on Facebook that I never noticed how dark my house is or how loud my street is until this past week. I’ve finally decided that it might be time to do something with that YouTube channel I have that’s been languishing in the land of nothing… Well, recording a video is easier said than done. But I finally got a welcome video posted and have started making plans to really build up my channel.

I was inspired to jump start my blog by the lovely and oh~so~talented LeSha B. at The Lovely Photog. She was able to find a way to connect with her fans and share her interests in a way that shows her personality. I love love love this… And, gosh, being able to talk? That’s something that I do well.

I plan to post my Coffee Talks on YouTube on Thursdays and product reviews whenever I have them. For now those seem to be the two things I most want to focus on for videos and it makes sense. So if you watch videos, give me a yell, and feel free to subscribe.

And now on to the pictures for this week…

Day 24: {X is for…}

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Treasure.

Is there a treasure buried in this tree? One can only hope.

Day 23: {W is for…}

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White.

Pretty white flowers.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100

Day 22: {V is for…}

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Victory.

There is victory in Jesus Christ.

Day 21: {U is for…}

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Under.

Can you believe I’m under caffeinated? How’s that even possible?

Day 20: {T is for…}

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Tongue.

Squeekerz does this a lot. I’m starting to take it personal.

Favorite coffee picture of the week

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Have a great week! Hope to see you around the interwebs, I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and, now YouTube. Give me a yell.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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20th Oct2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 13 to Day 19

by Daenel

Annnd so another week begins. Gosh, it’s like you just get into the weekend groove and it’s time to go back to work. I really need someone to invent a non~work day between Sunday and Monday.

Day 19: {S is for…}

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Star.

A beautiful pendant that I don’t wear nearly enough.

Day 18: {R is for…}

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Retro.

I think once a year ladies ought to put on the perfect dress with pumps and pearls and guys should sport suits and fedoras.

Day 17: {Q is for…}

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Quote.

I’m cheating here. I did this in 2013 but it was late and my kids were home for the weekend so I dug through the archives.

I also took this with my Nikon D3100

Day 16: {P is for…}

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Pearls and plaid.

The perfect combination.

Day 15: {O is for…}

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Opening.*

I know this isn’t really an opening but it kinda looks like one. And I wanted to share this beautiful picture again.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100.

Day 14: {N is for…}

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Nose.*

When I was a kid  hated the freckles across my nose… Kids teased me: braces, 4 eyes, freckles, yellow skin, and frizzy red hair. Now that I’m a mom, I embrace those things.

I never want my kids to share my insecurities. They are {I am and you are} wonderfully and fearfully made by the creative hands of God.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100.

Day 13: {M is for…}

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Favorite coffee picture of the week

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Because sequins are always appropriate in the library…

I’m joining up with Fat Mum Slim and a host of other people for her Photo A Day Challenge. Check out the hashtag #fmsphotoaday on Instagram to see the other participants.

Have a great week! Hope to see you around the interwebs, I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and, of course, Instagram. Give me a yell.

Be happy,

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13th Oct2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 6 to Day 12

by Daenel

Hi! How’re you guys doing? Are you ready for another week? I am and I’m not. Now that I’ve announced that we’re moving, I’m so ready to get on with it, you know? This is gonna be the longest 7 months ever…

Day 12: {L is for…}

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Lipstick.

This is the last of my favorite tube by Revlon. I use it sparingly and only for special occasions. The struggle, y’all.

Day 11: {K is for…}

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Keys.

Vintage cast iron keys found at Annie Laurie’s Antiques. I haven’t decided where to put them yet but I had to have them.

Day 10: {J is for…}

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Jar.

There’s no story. Just a jar. I wish I could say that I use them for cool stuff like homemade bone broth or something, but I usually end up drinking cranberry juice from it. ‘Cause I’m classy like that.

Day 9: {I is for…}

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Ice Cream.

Yes, I did make a special trip for the prompt. I suffer for my art.

Day 8: {H is for…}

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Hand.

I love my son but his hands freak me out. His fingers are so long and bendy {he’s double jointed}.

Day 7: {G is for…}

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Goat.*

I prefer monkeys but goats can be interesting too.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100

Day 6: {F is for…}

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Fall.

My favorite season: sweaters, scarves, boots, changing colors…. It’s just so beautiful and magical.

Favorite coffee picture of the week:

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I spent the morning touring the campus of Southeast Missouri State University with my youngest daughter. I cannot believe she’s getting ready to go off to college. This is gonna be the quickest 7 months ever…

Have a great week! Hope to see you around the interwebs, I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and, of course, Instagram. Give me a yell.

Be happy,

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02nd Oct2014

Blogtober 2014: Instagram Round Up

by Daenel

I remember when they first released Instagram for Android, I think I may have been one of the first people to download the app. If I wasn’t, I know I screamed the loudest. Yes, that’s just how excited I was. I love that Instagram allows me to connect with people without words. Seeing how other people live is just fascinating, don’t you think?

I enjoy sharing pictures from the various Instagram challenges that I participate in, you can see them here. But here are a few that didn’t make it to the blog:

Blogtober 2014 {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few years ago, Squeekerz ran away from home, when he came back it was with a pregnant cat. Every now and then we see the cats roaming around our backyard like they’re looking for their…daddy.

Blogtober 2014 {Living Outside the Stacks}

There’s nothing like the taste of fresh beans. These are from Dynamite Coffee, a local coffee bar.

Blogtober 2014 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Rowdy, the Southeast Missouri State University mascot, came by my office at the library to let everyone know about the coming Health and Wellness Fair for employees.

Blogtober 2014 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Every Friday I do a little thing I call “Fist Bump Friday“. Sometimes we get so bogged down with life that we fail to acknowledge the good things. I view this as an opportunity for us to share life’s happiness and celebrate together. I hope you’ll join me!

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You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Blogtober 2014 {Natty Nikki}

I’m linking up with Natty Nikki for Blogtober 2014, a month long blogging challenge. Please feel free to join up, leave comments, share the posts, you know, spread some love.

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04th Aug2014

Instagram Week in Review: Hands

by Daenel

Hello, my friends! I hope you had a great weekend. I did. I spent time with my family, caught up on my sleep, and watched the season premier of Hell on Wheels. I’m totally addicted to that show. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out: Saturday nights on AMC.

Every week I look at my pictures and I try to see if there’s a theme. I think this week it looks like it’s all about the hands. Hands fascinate me. They have the power to love and to hate, to create and to break down. Hands can express so much…

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Fist Bump Friday. If you’re on Facebook or Instagram, please join me for Fist Bump Friday {use the hash tag #FistBumpFriday}. It’s a time for us to celebrate the things that have made us happy during the week.It doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering, if it made you happy, share!

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Street art. My nephew was all kinds of fascinated by the hand prints on the flood wall.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

American Queen. The Hubs and I have put riding the American Queen on our Couple’s Bucket List.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

National Lipstick Day. I’d never heard of it either but once I did, I thought why not? I rarely wear lipstick but when I do, it’s usually a dark brown.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Random silliness. As much as my family hates having my camera aimed at them, they sure have no problem when it comes to photo bombing.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Coffee love. My favorite coffee photo of the week. You can see the others by clicking here.

What was the highlight of your week?
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01st Aug2014

Let’s Celebrate: Make August Beautiful

by Daenel

Make August Beautiful {Living Outside the Stacks}

As many of you know, August is going to be a touch month for me: my middle daughter is returning to college, my twins are starting to college, and my baby is beginning her last year of high school. This is all too much. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to celebrate this new stage in our lives and document it without losing myself to tears and sadness…

This isn’t a sad event. Just different. I know that The Hubs and I raised our children well and that they’re ready to take on the world. We’ve provided them with the confidence and fortitude to be their own people, to stand up for what they believe in, and to help those in need. But, most of all, we’ve instilled in them a faith in God that transcends all things. So we know they’ll be OK.

But, they’re still my babies…

So I will cry. And I will laugh. And I will say “See you later” to the ones who are beginning the next phase of their lives and celebrate with the one who is ending a chapter. I will document the moments and share them with you on Instagram {I’m 4daenelt}. I hope you’ll do the same with me.

Celebrate the month of August with me by joining my friend, Beatrice Clay at inspired by beatrice clay, for 31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories. Use the hashtag #31stories.

If you plan to join in, leave your Instagram name in the comments below so I can follow along!

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28th Jul2014

Instagram Week in Review

by Daenel

Hello. How was your weekend? Mine was OK. I started watching two new shows: The Lottery and MANH(A)TTAN. I’m  not sure how I feel about them yet. For the record, I’m still trying to work out my feelings about Extant. I’m happy that these new shows require thought and emotional involvement. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of the hot mess that is “reality” TV.

I haven’t been reading much. Usually, I try to read a classic novel during the summer but I have been so unmotivated this year. Not sure what the problem is but I need to get myself in gear, summer’s almost over. Every time I write one of these weekly reviews I’m reminded of how quickly it all passes… And how much closer I am to my babies going off to college. *weeps*

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Photography experiment. I decided to try photographing the world in black and white. It makes for a lot of drama. It’s incredibly fun but it requires forethought. You can see the rest of the pictures by clicking here.
Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Dome. A once in lifetime shot of the dome on Academic Hall at Southeast Missouri State University. Almost eye level. Cool, no?
Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Major score. Can you believe I paid $2.50 for this dress? Yep! I bought it at JC Penney off the sale rack. I’m a major fan of the dress over jeans look. I know it doesn’t work for everyone but it works for me.
Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

New skills. My nephew is learning the fine art of hat spinning.

 

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Coffee and Ssekos. I’m desperately trying to get one of my coffee pictures regrammed by coffeenclothes. If it happened to be one of the pictures with my Sseko sandals, that’d be a bonus.

 

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Something new. Whenever we go grocery shopping, the girls and I like to try something new as a “reward” for surviving the trip. It tastes like bubble gum and some sort of incredibly sweet fruit. I’m not a fan.

If you’re on Instagram, don’t forget to follow {I’m 4daenelt} and give me a yell in the comments so I know you’re there and can follow you too.

What’s on your summer reading list?

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21st Jul2014

Instagram Week in Review

by Daenel

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty nice. I spent time with The Hubs ~ breakfast, the River Walk, and church. Nice and quiet, just how we like it. We’re still tossing around RV ideas. I think we’ve both decided that we want to buy an old Airstream and remodel it. That’s big for us. We’ve never undergone a reno project together before. And I’m fairly certain my idea of old {read vintage} Airstream remodel {bohemian chic/glamp~tastic} is very different from his idea {house on wheels}. So we’ll see how that goes.

In the meantime, here are some pictures from last week. It seems my life was all about the Mississippi River…

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Vintage clutch. This vintage beaded clutch was purchased at Annie Laurie’s Antiques. I knew I’d probably never carry it but I couldn’t leave it in the store either. It’s now a piece of home decor on my end table.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Street Art. On the interior of the flood wall is an abundance of street art. Downtown Cape is an incredibly artsy area. It’s nothing to see musicians and artists down by the river sharing their talents.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Inukshuk. My friends, doulalana and amissiontosave explained to me that in Canada, these stacked rocks are used by the Aboriginal people to relay messages.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Panoramic view. I didn’t know that my cell phone could take panoramic pictures. How goofy am I? Yay for that discovery {thank you, LG G2} and double yay for the Mississippi River being so beautiful.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}Still running. I’ve signed up for the Run for God Virtual Pinky 5K. I haven’t had an opportunity to run with any of the Run for God graduates yet but we’re still keeping in touch via Facebook. And I have run into a few of them while out on the trail.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Yarn bombing. We found a bench in the historic district of Cape that had been yarn bombed. Of course, my nephew made himself comfortable.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

So focused. For months I’ve been wondering who has been stacking rocks along the River, now I know. You wouldn’t believe the amount of focus and patience it takes for him to get the rocks to balance.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Random silliness. Having a three~year~old in the house is making me incredibly silly. I love how uninhibited he is and how he forces us to laugh, hug, and exercise an abundance of patience.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Mississippi River. Look at how high the water is! Just a few weeks ago, we were walking along that space that’s now under the river. Just unreal.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Flood Wall Reflection. I have to say this is one of my favorite pictures of the flood wall by the Mississippi River. It captures everything I love about the area: the art, the historic buildings, and the colors.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Favorite coffee picture. I like the colors on this, the pink from my Sseko Designs sandals just pops against the darkness of the concrete.

If you’re on Instagram, don’t forget to follow {I’m 4daenelt} and give me a yell in the comments so I know you’re there and can follow you too.

What are you looking forward to this week?

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15th Jul2014

How to Do an Instagram Takeover

by Daenel

How to Do an Instagram Takeover {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last month, I had the honor of taking over the Cape Girardeau Visitor’s Bureau Instagram account. It was quite possibly one of the most fun experiences of my time here in Cape. Imagine walking down the street and having people sayHey, you’re the girl who’s taking the pictures, aren’t you?” Just fun.

But if I had all to do over again, there are a few things I’d do differently:

  • Treat the account like my own and share the things that I’d normally share on my personal account
  • Share pictures of my family, friends, and myself
  • Post more pictures

If you ever get the chance to do an Instagram takeover, take it! It gives you the opportunity to reach a new audience and re~examine how you see the world around you.

Here are a few other tips to get you started:

How to Do an Instagram Takeover - Morning Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

Be consistent ~ if you have a routine that you follow on your own Instagram account, bring it over to the one you’re taking over. This is the first clue to who you are… My Instagram friends know that I share a cup of coffee with them every morning, so sharing a morning cup with a new group only makes sense.

How to Do an Instagram Takeover - The Glenn House {Living Outside the Stacks}

Let your personality shine through ~ people want to see the person behind the curtain. Seeing your face, your hands, some part of you in a few of the pictures puts a face to the message and makes things much more fun. Especially when people recognize you on the street.

How to Do an Instagram Takeover - Dynamite Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

Show people in action ~ pictures should tell stories, make sure that people know what you’re telling them. Watching Katie and Robbie work behind the counter at Dynamite Coffee is so much fun, it’s like watching them dance…

Be social ~ when people comment on the pictures, make sure you respond

  • Use your voice and be authentic. Your host wouldn’t have invited you to takeover if they didn’t trust you.
  • Use a special hashtag that you set up with the host ahead of time. For example, if someone were to take over my instagram, I’d use #LOTSguestinstagrammer {for Living Outside the Stacks guest instagrammer}. Add your instagram name in parentheses, this helps people to identify {and follow} you as well.

What makes you interact with someone on Instagram?

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14th Jul2014

Instagram Week in Review

by Daenel

Hi, my friends! How’re you? I’m doing well. Just gearing myself up for another week. Can you believe how quickly this year is passing by? I’m already starting to see Back to School ads. I’m so not ready. Three of my kids will be going off to college and my youngest will be entering her Senior year. How does this happen? I remember when they were little I thought they were always gonna be babies, now I’m sitting here wondering where did my babies go… Before I start sniffling, let’s move on. Here are some pictures from last week on Instagram:

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stack}

Random Silliness. This is what happens when I have a remote for my camera and a kid off camera giving me directions.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stack}

The Supermoon. How intense was the moon Saturday night? I had Miss 20 drive me around so I could take this picture. She was more than happy to oblige.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Loved It. The Hubs and I saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Apes riding horses? What’s not to love? Did you see it?

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stack}

RV Shopping. The Hubs and I have been looking at RVs for months, he’s been talking about buying one for years. Saturday, we decided it’d be fun to renovate an Airstream. I can’t wait to begin the adventure. You can see my Pinterest boards for the next phase of our lives here and here.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stack}

Yikes! The State has decided that she can legally roam the streets behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stack}

Big and Obnoxious II. People look at you weird when you get down in the middle of the street to take pictures of your truck.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stack}

Lorimier Apartments. My dream is to buy an old building/house and rehabilitate it. I’d like to turn it into a bed and breakfast or something along those lines.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stack}

Those Clouds. One of the things that amazes me most about this area is the sky. The clouds are so expressive.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stack}

Style Score. I won a year’s supply of straps from Sseko Designs! How cool is that? Be on the look out for them here and on Instagram. I think I may even do a video. We’ll see…

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Coffee Shot. This is my favorite coffee picture of the week. I don’t really have a reason. It just is. If you’d like to see my other coffee pictures, just click here.

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What are you looking forward to this week?

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07th Jul2014

Instagram Week in Review

by Daenel

Oh my gosh, isn’t it hard to return to work after a long weekend? Seriously, there should be some sort of rule that we should ease back into the work week with a half day on the Monday following a 3 day break. Who’s with me? I’ll be relying quite heavily on large amounts of coffee to get me through the day. Not that that’s any different from any other day of the week

So what’d you do with yourselves? We did a whole lot of nothing. Well, I did watch The Walking Dead marathon on AMC. I am sooo ready for that show to come back on the air. That one and Hell on Wheels. Have you watched that yet? One of my faves.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Have you tried Breyers Gelato Indulgences yet? If not, run out and get some right now. You will thank me later. I received some free from Influenster and *insert eye roll here* so rich and creamy. I tried the Triple Chocolate but I’ll be on the look out for the other flavors as well.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Hubs and I were referred to this store by Gail at Annie Laurie’s, she knows how much we enjoy looking for artwork and other little oddities for decorating our home. If you’re in Cape, go take a look.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve seen yarn bombing in other places, but never in downtown Cape before. This made me all kinds of excited. I think it’s a promo for this new yarn shop called Yearn 4 Yarn.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks} #GelatoLove #TLCVoxBox

The Hubs and I  bought Miss 20 a smartphone… Here, the girls and I are telling her who to follow on Instagram.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks} #GelatoLove #TLCVoxBox

The Hubs and I have put this on our Bucket List. Can you imagine boarding this and riding up and down the Mississippi River?

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m still running. I don’t want to undo all the hard work that I’ve done. In fact, I’m seriously thinking about signing up for another 5K. If I do, it’ll be Hoops for Life.

My favorite coffee picture:

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Hubs and I have breakfast together every Saturday morning. I enjoy our silly conversations over coffee.

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How was your weekend?

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30th Jun2014

Instagram Week in Review

by Daenel

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was great. This weekend I ran the Run for God 5K with my daughter. You can read her race wrap up here. I had such a great time. There were 321 people signed up and 317 actual participants. Such a great time in God and for the running community.

Here’s the rest of my wrap up in pictures:

Run for God Bib {Living Outside the Stacks}

I picked up our race packets on Friday afternoon. Seeing that bib made everything so real. Too real. I ended up getting sick to my stomach on the way home.

Run for God Miss 17 and Me {Living Outside the Stack}

Miss 17 and me before the race.

Run for God After the Race {Living Outside the Stacks}

Official Time: 39 minutes 44 second

Place: 10/31 {age group 40~49} and 151/220 overall {runners}

Distance: 3.1 miles

Date: 28 June 2014

You can see last year’s results here

{top two photos courtesy of Miss 20}

Port Cape Girardeau {Living Outside the Stacks}

I am seriously in love with downtown Cape Girardeau. Just look at the exterior of these buildings… And the insides are even more gorgeous. I’ve done the creepy stalker thing and peeked in through the windows. Someday, I hope to actually go inside.

Path Not Taken {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is the path not taken. Today I went for a slow and easy run {2.13 miles} on the trail. This bridge leads into the woods and, as beautiful as it is, I just couldn’t imagine running in there by myself.

52 Week Project: 2014 Edition

52 Week Project 2014 Edition {Horses}

I love that we live in an area where there are horses, cows, and all sorts of other random animals roaming the neighborhood.

You can see the rest of my photos from the project by clicking here.

Favorite Coffee Shot of the Week

Favorite Coffee Picture {Living Outside the Stacks}

Every time I look at this little chair, I just fall more in love with it. My nephew is still using it, so I haven’t found an “official” spot for it yet. But it does make a cute coffee holder, don’t you think?

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How was your weekend?

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