April 10 on the 10th {living outside the stacks} Follow @DaenelT on Instagram

Hey, y’all, hey! How are you doing? I’m doing well. I feel like I’m finally able to breathe. We’ve spent the last three years at my job preparing for this week {accreditation for our college} and, now, I’m just waiting for tomorrow when we get our debrief. When I say I was stressed out, y’all. I don’t think I’ve slept properly since I started my portion of the accreditation package. I was literally waking up in the middle of the night thinking of things I needed to add to the description of our library. For those who don’t know, I’m the library director at a local technical college. This has been a long process, but I think it has made us better as a college. It has definitely made me better as a librarian and a library director.


10 on the 10th is hosted by Marsha at Marsha in the Middle. In the tradition of old school blogging, she’ll share a list of ten questions or prompts to help us get to know each other better. The linkup goes live on the tenth of the month.

THE PROMPT: Tell us about 10 of your favorite things

April 10 on the 10th {living outside the stacks} Follow @DaenelT on Instagram

1. April’s full moon is the Pink Moon. Tell us about your favorite pink item.

I thought long and hard about this question and, honestly, I don’t have a favorite pink item. Pink really isn’t one of  those colors that I gravitate towards. My iPad case is pink and that’s only because the one I wanted was sold out, but I really wanted the yellow iPad and it was part of Today’s Special Value on QVC, so I bought the pink/yellow combination by default. And I’m only keeping it because it has a keyboard. I do have the Apple Pencil and think I’d prefer to write on my iPad, but I don’t know. Options, ya know?

Anyway, something pink? Yeah, I got nothing.

2. For those of you lucky enough to be born in April, your birthstone is the diamond. Share a bit about your birth stone or about your favorite diamond.

My favorite diamond is my wedding ring. About 12 or 15 years ago, I lost the diamond in it {I think it was sucked up in the vacuum cleaner}. I cried for daaaays. The Hubs and the kids got tired of my sniffling. LOL When the diamond was replaced, they were all relieved.

3. For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s time to harvest. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to plant. Tell us about your favorite plant (even if you end up killing it).

My favorite plant is the Tradescantia Zebrina {aka Wandering Dude}. It’s a beautiful plant with silvery green and burgundy {purplish} leaves. It’s supposed to be an easy plant to care for, but I’ve unsliced every single one that I’ve owned. And, I kid you not, I buy a new one every couple of years. In fact, I just bought a new one almost two weeks ago and so far, so good.

4. William Shakespeare was born in April. Please share your favorite Shakespearean play, quote, character, or plot.


– William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, Scene I, Line 96

5. The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. Tell us if and how you plan to celebrate.

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever really made a big production out of celebrating Earth Day. I mean, I do my part to keep my part of the planet healthy. I don’t litter, I buy second hand or repurposed items, etc.

6. The eclipse will have already happened by April 10th. Share something you did and if you were in the path of totality.

We’re in the process of undergoing an accreditation visit, so I was touring one of our campuses with our accreditation team during the eclipse. However, I did keep waiting for something to happen, but nothing did. Or, if it did, we kind of missed it because of the storm clouds.

7. On April 4, 1964, the Beatles filled the first five spaces on the American singles chart. Tell about your favorite Beatles song, even if it wasn’t one of those five.

I don’t have a favorite Beatles song, but I do have a favorite Paul McCartney song. It’s Silly Love Song. I remember hearing it when I was a kid and thinking it was such a happy song. It puts me in a nostalgic mood, when life was uncomplicated and I could just be, well, silly.

8. King Henry VIII became king of England on April 21, 1509. Tell us about your favorite of his six wives.

Oh, gosh, ummmm, I guess Jane Seymour because I like Jane Seymour, the actress. Specifically, I like her in Somewhere in Time. Another one of those nostalgia connected things. To this day, when my sister and I get disconnected on the phone, we call each other yelling “Riiiiiiiiiichard!” If you’ve seen the movie, you know. If you haven’t seen the movie, why not? I mean Christopher Reeve traveling back in time to meet up with the love of his life? How very romantic. And, for the record, this movie also contains my favorite classical piece, “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” by Rachmaninoff.

9. April’s flowers are the daisy and the sweet pea. Share a little about your birth month flower.

My birthday is in March and my flower is the Daffodil, they symbolize new birth, beginnings, happiness, and joy. Interesting.

10. The Ford Mustang was unveiled on April 17, 1964. Tell us about your first car.

My first car was a red Pontiac Fiero. I. Loved. That. Car. At the time, I was a 20-year-old single mom in the Army, and I’d put my daughter in the passenger seat, put my Prince cassette in the tape deck and blast “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” while cruising around post. I ended up crashing the car into a tree. A few months later, I replaced it with a custom painted white Pontiac Fiero. I ended up trading it for another red one because the white one was a stick shift and, although I could drive it, I really wanted an automatic. After my third Fiero, I got a way more sensible and family friendly powder blue Dodge Shadow. That didn’t last long because powder blue. I like brightly colored cars.

I’d love to read your answers to a couple of these questions, please share in the comments below.


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