Five Things Friday (#34)

Friday is here again! For all my talk about blogging more regularly, I still missed FTF last week… all I can say is I’m sorry. I’m busy! And tired! But I really am trying, OK? In the hopes that you’ll forgive me, here are five things you might like:

1. Northwood Supply on Etsy

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I love these rustic pieces with unconventional shapes, and I can’t decide which one I want most. Those poppies are beautiful!

2. The Black Tapes Podcast


I actually started listening to the Black Tapes a couple years ago, but now that I’m commuting again I realized there was a final season I never listened to and binged it voraciously and without hesitation. It reminded me how much I love. this. podcast.

It’s a serialized docudrama about a journalist investigating a rich scientist who is offering a million dollar prize to anyone who can provide inarguable evidence of the paranormal. Her investigation, and experience watching Dr. Strand’s “Black Tapes,” quickly sends her down a rabbit hole of conspiracies and lore that challenge her beliefs and professionalism as a journalist.

Full disclosure: it’s scary, and I love it. Parts of the final season had me totally on edge. I’m also listening to Lore finally because, well:

me-spooky-shit-XJmNK (1)

On a related note, the ladies over at Go Fug Yourself hosted a conversation about podcasts today, if you’re looking for something to listen to.

3. This Essay, The World, Wide Open, by Roxane Gay


I’ve always really struggled with my body image. I have a weird relationship with food that I haven’t really started to unpack and between depression and a general low interest in athletics, exercise doesn’t come easily to me. Regardless, I recently re-upped my gym membership and have been making an effort to swim again — the only exercise that feels truly freeing to me. What I’m trying to say is that this piece really spoke to me, where I am now, and where I have been in the past. Roxane Gay is a phenomenal writer.

4. These drawings by XuAn

5. This twitter thread:

My personal addition to this is pray. There are a lot of ugly, disheartening things happening in the world, and a lot of helpless and frustrated people saying that prayers don’t matter and aren’t enough. I understand their frustration — good faith should bear fruit, and prayer shouldn’t stand on its own as an excuse not to act. But I also need to keep reminding myself that as a Christian, prayer is enough. Prayer is everything. I have to go to Jesus first and always, for clarity and inspiration and hope.

Whatever you do, take care of yourselves, my friends. These are tempestuous times, but it’s never not worth it to take time for self-care. I am sending all my love (and PRAYER) with this post.


Published by clairelaminen

I am a Ventura, California native with a compulsion to create. I'm a storyteller, through writing, photography, and occasionally music. Weekends are for camping with my husband, reading, and hunting for vintage treasures, which I sell in my Etsy shop, Peace & Goodwill. My favorite things include lavender lattes, swimming in the ocean, true crime podcasts, The X-Files, and Peaky Blinders. I hope to become a full-time writer, bestselling novelist, and a continually improving reflection of God's grace. Proverbs 16:24

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: