The last time I did this, I noted that I planned to do it again in six months. I’m about two months early, I realize! But I was in the mood.
The Last Five Books I Read (in order from most recent)
The Zahir, by Paulo Coelho (I just started this one. I’m never sure what to expect from Paulo Coelho books. He’s a strange author for me. I tend to connect with his books on this all-encompassing, absolute level [The Alchemist, Eleven Minutes] or else actively dislike them [Veronika Decides to Die, The Witch of Portobello…and most especially Aleph.] There’s no middle ground! I can’t think of another author I respond to that way. It’ll be interesting to see which way The Zahir falls.)
The Great Man, by Kate Christensen (I read this one a few years ago – as a distraction during a very difficult period of time for me. It made a big impression on me, and I wanted to see how it would read now, with my life running a bit smoother: It was just as compelling. I’m heavily drawn to the idea that there aren’t age-related limits on things like love and dreams and desire – and that’s explored really well here.)
The Dark Witch, by Nora Roberts (though maybe I shouldn’t put this on a “books read” list if I couldn’t actually get through it. I went through a period of time a few years ago when I read Nora Roberts books rather voraciously. That was a while ago now – but still, when I saw this one at the library, I thought it’d be entertaining. It wasn’t. It was awful – possibly the worst I’ve ever read from her. [And I read her Inn at Boonsboro trilogy…so that’s really saying something.])
The Sum of All Kisses, by Julia Quinn (I grabbed this the same time I grabbed the Nora. [I must have been in a Romance mood at the library that day.] Julia Quinn was another author I used to enjoy a lot back a while ago. I did get through this one [as opposed to the Nora.] But otherwise…meh. Basically the book equivalent of a mediocre rom-com movie – with a Regency setting.)
The Art of Asking, by Amanda Palmer (This was quite interesting. I need to write a post about some of the things it got me thinking about.)
The Last Five Songs That Came Up When I Put My iPod on Shuffle (though my ancient iPod at last died…so now it’s the music player on the clunky desktop computer I’m currently borrowing until I can afford a new laptop [as my old Mac laptop also finally died])
The Last Five Movies I Watched
Sherlock (I realize this is a television program…but when you binge watch it, I think it sort of counts for this category. I love this show.)
The Tigger Movie (yeah, my kids have had a lot of snow days this winter)
The Last Five Articles I Read Online
Online Color Challenge (According to this, I have “perfect” color vision, btw!)
The Last Five Blog Posts I Read/Viewed
The Last Five Food/Drink Items I Consumed
noodles in broth
cup(s) of black coffee
glass of pinot noir
swiss chard w/mozzarella
cup of raspberry sherbet
The Last Five Things That Inspired Me
a renovated apartment, with all new (and very upgraded) appliances – inspiring me to keep things clean and pretty!
these photos, of semi-frozen waves. There’s so much in the world to see (and photograph!)
this article, from Outside magazine, reminding me that it’s okay (and actually a really good thing sometimes!) to be a non-expert at something
WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge (these are a lot of fun!)
EyeEm’s Missions (like the photo challenges…but with prizes!)
The Five Places I Would Visit if I Had the Means/Ability to Travel Anywhere in the World at this Exact Moment (in no particular order)
“Stairway to Heaven,” Hawaii (ocean…sky…air)
The Maldives (this is on every list of this nature that I make. Someday…)
Tulum, Mexico (archaeological ruins + beautiful beach!!)
any beach, really!! If there’s sun and warmth and fresh air and ocean, I’m not feeling too picky about much else right now.
The Last Five Beautiful Things I Encountered in the Everyday
big snow-day smiles on a couple of kids
shiny wood floor (especially when contrasted with memory of old, gross carpet)
new, shiny kitchen appliances (as opposed to old, scratched, cheap ones); the aesthetic environment (sight, yes, but also touch) makes such a difference!
sunshine (it may be cold, but it looks so cheerful out there today!)
adoring brown eyes (it takes so little to make a dog happy…and you get so much reward for it!)
The Last Five Photographs I Took
(The first two [part of my recent shutter speed experiments] have appeared in a previous post!)
These list-y posts are fun!