Five Things Friday (#6)

As you’re reading this post, I’m very likely on the road to the mountains for a blissful and rustic weekend with my sister and cousins.


This week has been exhausting on every level and I can’t wait to experience some crisp air and fall foliage. This also marks the beginning of the wild rumpus… next weekend is my birthday, and the weekend after that Kristine and Brenna come visit (!!!!!). October for the win.

All that said, without further ado, here’s what I’m about this week.

1. Hadestown


Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist is to thank for this one. Anaïs Mitchell released this fantastic concept album called Hadestown (you can listen to it on Spotify here) in 2010. It’s a retelling of the myth of Eurydice and Orpheus that uses traditional American folk and New Orleans-style jazz to tell the story. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Ani Difranco both feature on the album, and the music is amazing. Listening to the entire album led me to do some googling and it turns out it’s been turned into a stage musical, and the live cast album drops today! It’s opening in Canada for a pre-broadway run in November and then it’s New York-bound, hopefully in the spring.

Anyway, I’ve been listening to the album all week. I can see how Anaïs Mitchell’s voice might be grating to some; I personally love it. But if you do find it annoying, it’s worth it to listen for Ani Difranco’s Persephone and Greg Brown’s Hades. When the Chips Are Down, Our Lady of the Underground, How Long, and Epic (Part II) are some of my faves.

I’m really excited that I found out about this prior to its stage debut, and I can’t wait to see how it does. New York Times and Vogue have both had great things to say about it, so I can definitely imagine this being the next big Broadway sensation. It’s absolutely unlike anything else out there.

2. These shoes.

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I can’t justify spending $60 on flats at this point in time, but it is my birthday next week. 😉

3. Kermit the Frog’s TED Talk

“It can seem easier and safer to avoid risk than to take creative chances and let your mind run free. We’re all so worried about making a living and not getting devoured by alligators or competitors that we kind of start believing that there’s no time for being creative. Creativity, we think, is for artists. Imagination and inspiration, well, those are just words we use around kids, But for grown-ups, those are just nice words in some corporate mission statement. Our real job is to make a living. Well, folks, I am here to say that is wrong. Or at least self-deceptive. Because I believe creativity is an inherent part of everyone. To quote Sir Ken [Robinson] ‘creativity is the true engine of our economy.’ It’s the very essence of invention and innovation. I believe that’s true. And when you find that place in your life to be creative, you make the world a better place to live in.

4. Lynda Carter dragging the living snot out of James Cameron


Get rekt. #WonderWomenSupportingWonderWomen

5. Rabalais’ Bistro in Santa Paula

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OK, so this is kind of old news because this place has been open for about six years, and I’ve been obsessed with their coffee and bakery for a while. But Tuesday night Marshall and I had dinner there for the first time, for our anniversary. And it was SO. GOOD. Rabalais’ is a Cajun restaurant in downtown SP and the fried chicken blew my damn mind. It had the most flavorful batter I’ve ever had. Marshall had a fried catfish po’boy (which I had to sample of course) and it was also delicious. Dessert was a steaming plate of beignets as big as my face, liberally dusted with powdered sugar. Any time I’ve been there, day or night, the service has been friendly and attentive, and I don’t think I’ve ever eaten something I didn’t like. It’s a little more expensive than Marshall and I usually go for, but it’s wonderful for a special occasion (or for just coffee and pastries, which are very affordable).

Hopefully, I’ll have lots of beautiful fall foliage pictures to share when I get back from our trip! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

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

2 thoughts on “Five Things Friday (#6)

  1. Love your broad perspective and generosity to transparently shares your thoughts and food suggestions. That place is good, love the shoes too.


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