31st Dec2013

My Favorite Moments from 2013 {In the Cafe}

by Daenel

So, here it is, the last day of 2013. This is all kinds of crazy. I mean, I know time passes but, gosh, doesn’t it seem like the older you get the more quickly time passes? I wonder why that is…

While sitting here watching The Twilight Zone marathon {an annual tradition in my home}, I started reflecting on the past year and thought, why not share some of my favorite moments with you all? Some are blog posts, some are pictures from InstagramPinterest, or Flickr, and others are things that happened on Facebook.

But before I get started, I do want to thank you all for sharing your lives with me. I enjoy celebrating the good times with you and {virtually} embracing during the bad times. In 2014, I pray God’s blessings upon you and your family.

1. Biggest Accomplishment

Run for God 5K {Living Outside the Stacks}

One of my goals for 2013 was to run a 5K and I did it! On 29 June, I participated in the Run for God 5K to benefit the Amen Center. Crossing that finish line gave me a sense of accomplishment and pride that I hadn’t felt since I finished Basic Training over 20 years ago.

2. Viral Pin

Shoe Quote {Living Outside the Stacks}

This photo of mine became one of my most popular pins on Pinterest. I have a thing for shoes, so it makes sense.

3. Creative Fashion

Blue Cardi, Mustard Striped Tee, Floral Skirt, and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

One of the things I blogged about most consistently this year is fashion. I tried to not only share my own personal style with you all but I tried to incorporate some new things into my wardrobe. The biggest two being color and pattern. So this year was all about pattern mixing, something I was fond of but had never really considered for myself.

4. Favorite Photo

Starbucks {Living Outside the Stacks}

At the beginning of 2013, I signed up to participate in a 365 Project on flickr. Unfortunately, I didn’t complete the challenge, but I was able to capture one favorite shot and this is it. It was a candid shot for the “Street Photography” theme. I like it because the man seems lost in thought, totally oblivious to the buzz of patrons around him.

5. Most Popular Post

5 things im sorry my kids will never experience {Living Outside the Stacks}

Sometimes, I suffer from moments of nostalgia for the things of my youth. And it strikes me as odd sad that there are things that I experienced that my children will never know.

What were some of your favorite moments from 2013?

Daenel T

26th Dec2012

My Favorite Outfits {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

Hi, everyone! How was your Christmas? Mine was wonderful. The hubs read the Christmas story to the kids and we talked about why we celebrate Christmas, how we’ve been blessed over the year, and then gave the kids their gifts. Even though our kids are teenagers, I like the tradition that we established when they were little people. It feels comfortable. Do you have any Christmas traditions?

Another tradition I have is to do a review of the past year’s blog posts. It’s fun to look back and see how I’ve changed and to see what goals I’ve accomplished and what goals I need to push with me into 2013. So I thought it’d be fun to start my review with some of my favorite outfits from the past year.

What I Wore 6 June

Brown, Cream and Green Sleeveless Dress {Living Outside the Stacks}

Dress ~ Dress Barn

I bought this dress to wear to a wedding years ago. Unfortunately, we were unable to attend the wedding so the dress sat unworn for months. Since then I’ve worn it twice. And every time I put it on I feel so elegant. Almost like I should be on the cover of a magazine.

What I Wore 11 July

Print Blouse and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Blouse ~ Deb’s

Jeans, Wedges ~ Kmart

Hands down, this is one of my favorite summer outfits. The colors on the blouse light up my face and the jeans fit like a dream. And, well, you can’t go wrong with wedges.

What I Wore 5 September

Denim Jacket, White Sundress  and Cowboy Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Denim Jacket, Sundress ~ Walmart

Cowboy Boots ~ Thrifted

This outfit was totally built around those cowboy boots. When I saw them at the store I literally squealed; I’d been wanting a pair of cowboy boots forever. And, come on, they’re red and they’re fabulous.

What I Wore 8 October

Citron, Purple Polka Dots, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cardi ~ Target

Blouse ~ Thrifted

Jeans ~ Kmart

Boots ~ Payless

I’d been trying to get more color into my life and I think I nailed it here. The citron in the sweater goes with the purple, greens and oranges in the blouse without being all matchy matchy. Nothing but fun.

What I Wore 17 October

Black Cardi, Tank, Khaki Skirt, Tights and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cardi, Boots ~ HSN.com

Tank, Skirt ~ Walmart

Tights ~ Rite Aid

Again, it’s all about the boots. Aren’t they fabulous? They’re Sebago and they’re sold on HSN.com. I do believe they are the best boots ever. They’re incredibly comfortable and versatile; I can wear them with anything. And that sweater? I waited months for it to go on sale. It was totally worth it.

What I Wore 13 November

Teal Cardi, Tank and Brown Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cardi ~ Deb’s

Tank ~ Kmart

Skirt ~ Thrifted

I absolutely adore the color combination here. Normally, I would’ve played it safe and worn a brown sweater but popping it with the teal just pulled it all together. I also stepped outside of my comfort zone and wore a belt around my waist. I almost never do that but I like the way it defined my waist. You can check out my favorite thrifted outfits by clicking here.

What I Wore 11 December

Black Sweater, Brown Cami, Floral Skirt and Black Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Sweater ~ Walmart

Floral Pins ~ Handmade by Me

Cami ~ Kmart

Skirt ~ Thrifted

Boots ~ Payless

I heart this skirt so much! It makes me feel all girly and fun. I just wanna grab the hem and twirl like a little girl. And the boots keep everything from feeling too precious.

So that’s it, my favorite outfits from 2012. I’m looking forward to sharing a happy, healthy and fashionable 2013 with you.

Are you doing an outfit review? If so, leave a link in the comments below.

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Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.

27th Dec2011

Photography {The Best of 2011}

by Daenel

This year, my interest in photography was piqued when I took a picture of the hubs while walking around downtown Wilkes~Barre, Pennsylvania. It was like something inside me came to life and I kept thinking I can’t believe I took this picture but I didn’t really take photography seriously as a hobby. I’ve since graduated from taking pictures with my cell phone to using a GE X500 to a Nikon D3100.

Over the past year, I’ve participated in many photography challenges (I even had a picture make it into the Top 5! Woo hoo!), started following a few photography blogs and tried to challenge myself to look at ordinary things differently. I think I’ve done a pretty good job and I look forward to seeing how much my photographic skills grow in the coming year.

The hubs and I sat down tonight and went through a year’s worth of photos to come up with our top picks. It wasn’t easy ~ some we liked for sentimental reasons, some we disagreed over and others we both loved. I hope you enjoy our picks:

1. Into the Light

Into the LightI took this picture with my cell phone and it’s definitely one of my favorites. I just like the way the light is reflecting off the concrete. The blue and gray tones also get me. {BlackBerry}

2. Self Portrait

Self PortraitThis picture placed in the Top 5 for Shoot. Edit. Submit. To say I was happy would be putting it mildly. I’m still trying to learn how to use the self~timer and take nice selfies, so getting recognized for my efforts was pretty encouraging. {Nikon D3100}

3. Burfordville Covered Bridge

Burfordville Covered BridgeI took this picture a couple of days ago when I was out with Miss 18. It’s a beautiful old wooden bridge that was built in the 1800s. I love the romantic setting, it kind of reminds me of the bridge from the movie Bridges of Madison County. {Nikon D3100}

4. Joy

JoyI absolutely love this picture of my girls. My daughter’s face while she’s jumping just exudes joy. Every time I look at this picture, I smile. {Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS}

5. Coffee

CoffeeThe hubs picked this one. You’d think as the coffee lover that this would have been amongst my faves. I do like it ~ the coloring, the texture, the coffee… Really, what’s not to like? {GE Power Pro X500}

6. Gazebo

GazeboCan you believe this gazebo was in someone’s back yard? Seriously, if it belonged to me, my family would never see me. I’d have a trained helper monkey bringing me coffee. {Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS}

7. Boy with Flowers

Boy with Flowers
I just love his face! {GE Power Pro X500}

8. Bridge

BridgeThe hubs and I both like the perspective on this picture. Can’t you just hear the birds chirping and hear the leaves crunching under foot? {GE Power Pro X500}

9. Family Picture

FamilyA sentimental favorite. This picture marked the beginning of a new life for our family.

10. Chipmunk Eating Beggin’ Strip

Chipmunk Eating Beggin StripIs this not the funniest thing ever? My dog left his Beggin’ Strip outside and a chipmunk pilfered it. {GE Power Pro X500}

I hope you’ve enjoying strolling down memory lane with me.

What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

26th Dec2011

Posts {The Best of 2011}

by Daenel

Frost Covered Branch

Last year, I wrote a post called 2010: The Best of Living Outside the Stacks, where I went back over the year and picked out my favorite posts from the year and I thought I’d do it again this year. It’s a fun way to look back and see how much life has changed over the past year. And, boy, let me tell ya, we’ve had some changes this year: my family moved half way across country, I took up photography and, most importantly, we found a church home.

It was nice to be able to go back and relive the memories, the excitement and the ohmygosh what did we just do?! I pray that your year has been as blessed and exciting as you can handle and I pray the coming year finds you healthy and happy, but most of all, I pray it finds you enveloped in God’s everlasting love and grace.

To read my favorite posts, simply click on the title in bold text.

January: Book Review {Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay} ~ If you’re looking for a book to add to your “To Read” shelf for 2012, let me recommend Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. This is one of the few books that I read in 2011 that made me cry, do further research and cry some more.

February: I Love My Kids, But It’s On Now ~ My family and I love to play pranks on each other but, I’ll be honest, most of the time, it’s me doing something to them but one night my kids finally got their revenge…

March: Mommy, What Color Were Our Eggs? ~ You know how you have more than one child and you have to explain the birds and the bees to the oldest one but you make them promise not to tell the younger ones? Well, this is what happens when the older kid doesn’t keep their promise.

April: Religious Civility, Where Has It Gone? ~ On Resurrection Sunday (aka as Easter) I was stunned by the amount of nasty comments regarding the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I know not everyone holds the same reverence for that day that I have, but I was hurt by the mean spirited comments and wondered how others deal with hurtful comments.

May: Happy Mother’s Day! ~ My kids managed to surprise me a second time! This time it was for Mother’s Day and the whole thing ended up on Facebook.

June: Congratulations to the Newest P&G Manager ~ The hubs promotion from Technician to Manager started our lives on a new and exciting journey that took us half way across the country by plane and by car.

July: Guest Post {My Daughter Shares Her Thoughts on Moving} ~ Sometimes when we’re making life changing decisions, we sometimes forget that our childrens’ lives are also being impacted, so when my daughter offered to share her feelings on the big move, I was both honored and proud to allow her space on my blog.

August: You Can’t Run from God, Not Even at Walmart ~ When we moved from Pennsylvania to Missouri, the hubs and I agreed that we wanted to make some changes in our personal lives as well as the lives of our family, and one of those changes was to find a church home. God made sure that we kept this promise by sending someone to chase me down in Walmart.

September: How I Met My Husband ~ Let’s just say it involves a little bit of stalking, possible breaking and entering and a few other minor crimes and violations of basic etiquette.

October: No Cell Phones in Hospitals, Or How the Hubs Almost Killed Me ~ I said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a practical joker, even when I’m coming out from under anesthesia.

November: How Photography Helped Me ~ You can’t tell from reading my blog, but in “real life”, I tend to be a bit shy. I know, right? Hard to believe, especially when you consider that I’m a librarian and that I’ve taught college level American History. One of the things that has helped me to become more social is photography ~ people love to have their pictures taken!

December: This or That Thursday ~ I have the navigational skills of a monkey in a wind storm and this has benefited me greatly. My kids and I have had many great experiences exploring towns and historic districts, furthermore, it’s allowed me to take some incredibly beautiful pictures.

What are you most proud of this year?

30th Dec2010

2010: The Best of Living Outside the Stacks

by Daenel

Ya know, I say this every year but I mean it this time, this year went by very quickly.  We’ve shared so much ~ you and I ~ you’ve been with me through job searches, college visits, temporary blindness and the other highs and lows that come with living.  So I want to take this time to tell you that I truly appreciate all of your love and support.   I pray continued blessings upon you and yours for a healthy and happy new year.

Here is a list of the best posts of 2010 from yours truly.  I look forward to sharing more with you in the new year.

January:  Sometimes a Fly is Just a Fly ~ Written after an American religious leader had stated that the devastation in Haiti was G_d’s judgement

February:  Family Ties ~ My younger sister called to tell me that she was being deployed to Iraq and it brought back memories of all the ways I used to torment her when we were kids

March:  I Have a Diagnosis ~ One of the scariest days of my life this year was when I woke up and realized that I’d completely lost my vision in one eye

April:  Women of Faith Wednesday ~  Sometimes being a mother is hard work and you really just want to run away, this is what happened when my “runaway day” came

May:  A Full Nest ~ A bird made a nest and laid some eggs right outside my front door, every week I took pictures and used them for my Wordless Wednesday posts

June:  6 Ways to Your Blog More Appealing to Companies ~ Every few months, some prominent “mommy blogger” will berate smaller bloggers for “giving away their services for free” but they weren’t offering tips on how to monetize their blogs so I offered a few suggestions which led to one of the bigger mom bloggers offering some helpful tips

July:  My Droid Hates Me and the Feeling May be Mutual ~ I upgrade my phone at every opportunity, so when I got the chance to get the Droid, I was so excited but I ended up HATING it

August:  Rolled Eyes, Broomsticks and Scenes from the Matrix ~ My mom had the uncanny ability to see around corners, behind her and through the back of my head

September:  If I Died, How Would You Know ~ Like many of you, I’ve made some wonderful connections online and I’ve often wondered how would I know if something happened to them or vice~versa

October:  The Banana Incident of 1978 ~ It’s no secret that I love monkeys but here’s the little known secret for why I hate bananas

November:  I Started Crying at the Reference Desk ~ While working at the library, Miss 17 called to tell me that she’d been accepted to Lock Haven University

December:  Things I Learn When My Kids Miss the Bus ~ One day my son missed the bus, so we ran some errands and grabbed a coffee and pumpkin muffin before I dropped him off

What are you most proud of this year?

20th Dec2009

Best Blog Posts of 2009

by Daenel

Can you believe 2009 is almost over? Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were all preparing ourselves for Y2K? *sigh* So much has happened this year…some stuff I’m proud of, some stuff makes me want to curl up in the fetal position and cry ~ either way, it’s my life and it’s these events that have shaped me and made me the person that I am today.

My friend Sara recently posted her Best Blog Posts of 2009 and I thought I’d join in the fun. Since this is a relatively new blog, I’m going to incorporate some posts from my other blog when I worked as a histolibrarianivist.

January: Library Day in the Life 5: TGIF! ~ The last day in a week of posts about my life as a librarian for a meme

February: No! You Can’t Have That Back ~ People were coming to the archives to reclaim items they had donated and it was driving me insane

March: I’m a Shover and Maker for Being Queen of the Histolibrarianivists ~ My friends at Library Society of the World gave librarians the opportunity to pat themselves on the back, something librarians rarely do

April: I’ve Done It Now ~ One of my proudest accomplishments was being able to move the archives forward and introduce new technologies to the library staff

May: NEPA Library Camp 2009 ~ This was the first time I’d ever been asked to be a presenter at a library event, I was both honored and nervous

June: Alumni Weekend 2009 ~ My second Alumni Weekend was incredibly successful and I was so very happy

July: Library Day in the Life: Day 2 ~ Walking Away ~ This was my last post as a librarian…

August: I Blame the Internet ~ My son and I discussed how the Internet has changed the way people interact with each other

September: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not ~ Job seeking can be as difficult as dating

October: PSA: Be Your Own Advocate ~ Women need to learn to question their doctors and get the best medical advice they can because it’s their lives that are at risk

November: My Four-Legged Shadow ~ Since becoming a stay-at-home-mom, I’ve developed an anomaly: a four-legged shadow

December: Project Linus: My Second Blanket ~ I’m crocheting blankets for Project Linus which provides homemade blankets for children in need

I’m looking forward to bigger and better things next year and I hope to do a better job of sharing my experiences.

May God bless you with health and happiness in 2010…

If you decide to do a Best of 2009 post, go here and leave a link

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