Five Things Friday (#49)

Friday? Again? Well, hello. Here are five things that flew past my face over the course of this week:

1. Emilia Clarke’s personal essay in the New Yorker

This is taking over the internet right now for very good reason. Her raw and confessional essay about her health and experiences throughout the Game of Thrones years is extremely moving. She is the very picture of strength and vulnerability, and I hope we get to hear from her for years to come.

In the very first episode, I appeared naked, and, from that first press junket onward, I always got the same question: some variation of “You play such a strong woman, and yet you take off your clothes. Why?” In my head, I’d respond, “How many men do I need to kill to prove myself?”

2. Five07 in Thousand Oaks

I want to take a second to shout out a new favorite local business – Five07. Since Marshall can’t drive right now, I have to pick him up from his night classes a couple nights a week, and instead of backtracking home, I usually just go to the gym and then hang out at a coffee shop until it’s time to pick him up. Five07 has become my favorite spot to sit, eat, and get work done. Their coffee is phenomenal, the food is fresh and tasty, and the atmosphere is collaborative and creative in a way I really appreciate. The staff is welcoming and friendly, and best of all, it’s open late–a big deal for Thousand Oaks, where everything closes at 9. This place has been a lifesaver to me recently, and if you’re in the area, I highly recommend it!

A bad phone picture of my usual half-caf lavender latte at Five07

3. Roasted Garlic Couscous Breakfast Bowl recipe from Our Balanced Bowl

This is a great recipe, and roasting the garlic makes your whole house smell DELICIOUS. 10/10, will absolutely make again.


Confession: I’m immediately drawn to any piece of jewelry that reminds me of the flower ring Robin Hood makes for Marian in the Disney cartoon.

The freesia ring above immediately made me think of that, and I was delighted by the rest of the shop’s offerings as well. They’re great statement pieces that don’t look like anything else I’ve ever seen!

5. American Mammoth Donkey

Guys. I didn’t know these existed until earlier this week and now I want a giant donkey so badly. Look at his ears!!! Look at his sweet face!!!

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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