Five Things Friday (#17)

Another weekend, another road trip! This time we’re headed to our favorite small town in California for some Sierra views and chilly weather. Marshall goes back to school at the end of this month, and we’re trying to fit in all the fun we can before then.

Before I go on, I just want to say that I’m once again blown away by the response to my last post. Everyone is always so lovely and supportive when I post about mental health things, and it really strengthens my heart. Thank you.

Anyway, it’s time for me to share five things that float my boat!

1. The Wolf Among Us

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Let me preface this by saying that I am not a video game person. I am terrible at them. My hand-eye coordination is abysmal and my spatial awareness is worse. But I have a couple friends who love this game for the story, and it’s based on a comic book series I’ve been meaning to read, so I decided to give it a try. I am enjoying it so. much. It’s a turn-based game, so it’s kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure thing where every decision you make changes the outcome of the game. Most of the game is just being presented with different questions like, “Where should we go next?” and “How will you respond to this person?” and then choosing from four different options. There are a few action/fight sequences, but it tells you exactly which buttons to press and when. The story is excellent, the graphics are really cool, and I can already tell it’s going to have great replay value — I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m already wondering what would have happened if I had chosen differently.

2. Fables

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On a related note, I also finally started reading the aforementioned comics, Fables. Here’s the gist:

When their homelands were destroyed by the evil being known only as the Adversary, the legendary characters of fairy tales and folklore were forced into exile. Now, disguised as normal humans, these magical characters have taken up residence in modern-day New York, in a luxury apartment building they’ve aptly named Fabletown.

They’re clever, funny, and compelling, not to mention beautifully drawn. My other current read is Gone With the Wind, so it’s nice to occasionally switch to something I can devour within an hour.

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3. Baobap on Etsy

These teeny embroidered pins are so beautiful and delicate. I can’t imagine the careful work that must go into each one!

4. Toms Deia Booties

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In the interest of my new minimalist lifestyle (read: all my stuff burned up in a fire), I’ve decided that I’m only buying clothes and shoes that I really love and that I will wear often and for a long time. These definitely fit the bill. I think I’ve worn them every day since I got them. They’re comfy and cute and go with just about everything. They also come in black and I might need them.

5. The rainbow we got this week

After the fire threat was finally gone, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and LA counties got some much-needed rain. As much as we wanted that to be good news, the truth is that the fire had left us dangerously vulnerable to mudslides. The rain started Tuesday night and we prepared boxes and clothes in case we had to evacuate once again, as the house we’ve moved into was in a 20-40% mudslide area. It was upsetting and triggering, to say the least. However, in Ventura, the rain was more spread out than they’d predicted and there were no major effects. This was unfortunately not the case in Montecito, where a mudslide wiped out homes, trees, vehicles, and a major freeway in a matter of seconds. 17 people were killed, 100 homes were lost, and another 300 were damaged.

I know a rainbow is a very small blessing amidst the tragedy, but it was a symbol of hope that our area desperately needed after the relentless destruction over the past month. As a Christian, it was a reminder of God’s promise in Genesis:

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

God is with us and God is for us. We will rise.

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

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