Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


{52 Week Project} Week 1: Good Intentions

Good Intentions {Living Outside the Stacks}

Edited to add:

I recently found out about the Our 52 Week Project hosted by Lipgloss and Binky and Everyday Eyecandy and I wanted to participate because, well, I heart these ladies. And since I wanted to stay in the week, I’m going to link up this post with them and then get a fresh start on the themes this week. If you’d like to know more about me, check out 100 Things About Me

But for those of you who are in a hurry: I’m first and foremost a Jesus lover. And serious coffee drinker. I have the research skills of a librarian, the preservation skills of an archivist, the organizational skills of a soldier, and the domestic skills of a Stepford wife. 

I’ve been married for almost 20 years to The Hubs, we have five children, four grandchildren, and a dog who may be a cat…

Make sure you check out the hashtag #ourproject52 to meet the other ladies who’re participating.

I’m not a big maker of resolutions. I have a hard time keeping them, which means I usually end up totally frustrated with myself by the end of the year. The Hubs says it’s because I pick difficult goals. I think it’s because I allow little things to derail me. You know, I quit running because the weather’s bad. Or I don’t pick up my DSLR because I have my cell phone. Excuses, excuses. No matter how you slice it. Excuses.

The 52 Week Project: 2015 Edition theme for this week is “good intentions”. I so much rather prefer “intentions” to “resolutions”, it sounds less harsh and intense, don’t you think? Less like I’m due for some sort of punishment if I fail.

I know it’s only been two days, but I really wanted to sit and think about my intentions {whether they’re good or bad is up for debate} for 2015. We’ll have so much going on with the move and the kids becoming a bit more independent that I didn’t want to set myself up for failure. You know, like The Hubs thinks I do. And, since I know he rarely reads my blog, I’m going to say I’m inclined to agree with him. But, please, if you see him walking down the street, promise you won’t tell him that I said that.

So, here we go, my intentions for 2015:

  • complete a Bible study {feeling so spiritually disconnected}
  • help The Hubs settle in to our new home {cannot wait to start decorating}
  • learn to use my camera {I want to create the images that I see in my head}
  • start running again {I miss the hour of “me time}
  • finish a book {can’t remember the last time I finished/enjoyed/recommended a book}
  • find a new job {something fulfilling with an edge of creativity would be nice}
  • settle on a word for the year {those seem to be very popular and I’m a bandwagon jumper}

From time to time I plan to revisit this post, you know, to see how I’m doing with my “good intentions”.

What are your intentions {good or bad} for the year? Please share in the comments below.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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52 Week Project: 2015 Edition

52 Week Project 2015 Edition {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve often said the best gift The Hubs has ever given me is my Nikon D3100. My camera has given me freedom to express myself in ways that I never thought possible: I talk to people I’d normally be too shy to talk to, I go to events that I’d normally stay away from, and I see things that were previously invisible to me.

One of my goals for 2015 is to improve my photography skills. I currently shoot in Manual but, more often than not, my photos don’t turn out in reality how I see them in my head. The only way that I know to get better is to practice, take courses, and practice some more.

Recently, I registered for DSLR Basics that’s being taught by the ladies at A Beautiful Mess. I signed up for their course because, well, I like their photography style {so bright and happy, unlike mine, which leans more towards dark and natural} and because of time constraints I needed to do something that is self~guided. At some point, I plan to attend a real~live~honest~to~goodness~face~to~face photography class, I just can’t do it now. I’ve started doing some of the homework projects and have learned quite a bit; I can see subtle changes in my photos already. If you’d like to see what I have so far, click here.

Besides doing the homework assignments from the course, I’ll be participating in another 52 week project {you can follow other members from the group by clicking here}. I’ll be posting my photos on flickr and, at the end of each month, here on the blog. I’ve also linked up with the ladies at Clickin’ It Up a Notch for support and encouragement. I know I’ve participated in these projects before and I know I have yet to complete a project, but that’s part of the challenge…

The Hubs and I are about to enter a new phase of our lives: Empty Nesters and I want to document that. From the beginnings of our married life until now, we’ve always had children around {we both entered the marriage with a child from previous relationships and then had 3 together}, so we don’t know what it’s like for it to just be “US”. I’m hoping that through my photos, I can help us uncover who we are as individuals, as a couple, and as parents. And, perhaps, this will encourage other married people to hold on to each other as they go through the various couple/parenting cycles.

Anyway, I hope you’ll join me. Feel free to offer words of encouragement, support, critique {that’s the only way we learn} as we make this big leap in our lives, one picture at a time…

Clickin’ It,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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Blogtober: My Hobby

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

A little over 3 years ago, The Hubs bought me my first “real” camera. It was a GE X500 Power Pro. I loved that camera. And I took it every where with me. But as I became more comfortable with photography, I started to recognize the limitations of my “bridge” camera {a step above a point and shoot and a step below a DSLR}; but I didn’t want to ask The Hubs to buy me a new camera either. We’d just moved from Pennsylvania to Missouri and were trying to get settled in a new place. A new camera was a luxury I just didn’t think we could afford.

Then one day The Hubs came home and said, “How’d you like a new camera?” I immediately started protesting until he said, “I want to do this for you.” So we hopped in the car, went to the store and he helped me pick out the Nikon D3100. This is, hands down, the best gift The Hubs has ever given me. And that includes our children.

The reasons I enjoy it:

  • I’m an introvert and photography allows me to be part of the action without necessarily interacting with people.
  • I like that photography allows me to capture memories and share them with people.
  • I enjoy the creative process; figuring out how I’m going to process the picture: light or dark, over or under.
  • I can tell a story. A whole story or part of a story. It can be real or imagined.

Some of my favorite pictures:

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

This was my first photo to ever go viral. I was and still am very proud of it.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

An abandoned house in Fruitland, Missouri. I love the textures, the colors… I wonder about the people who used to live there. I want to know who owns it now.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

Katie and Robbie are the owners of Dynamite Coffee in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. They’re such a fun couple and I wanted it to show in the picture.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

This guy right here. I told him to hold the ball for me so I could take a picture. This is what I got.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

There’s something about old vehicles that appeals to me. I guess I really like old stuff. Maybe it’s the historian in me?

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

I also enjoy portrait photography. I prefer to capture people doing stuff rather than posed because I like the idea of capturing someone doing something they enjoy. But I do appreciate posed photography as well. In this case, my daughter and I were talking about random silliness and I told her to stop and this happened.

My photography goals are:

  • To get more comfortable shooting in Manual. I do it but I get really anxious about how the pictures will turn out.
  • Take my camera out in public more. I get angsty in front of people.
  • Street photography is calling my name. I’m barely comfortable asking people I know if I can take their pictures so going up to strangers will be a real challenge.

You can see some of my other photographs by clicking here.

What’s your favorite thing to do? How do you make time for your hobby?

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.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

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