Favorite Things Thursday/ books, bread, netflix, fallout, and vincent van gogh

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I haven’t done a Favorite Things Thursday in a long time, where I discuss my favorite things from the week. It’s my gratitude journal and I’m ALREADY (what possesses me to make goals?) failing at keeping a regular paper journal (and meditating, but I’m not giving up because meditation + the gospels = my entire spirituality. Otherwise all I have left are Sam and Dean Winchester.)


1.) My kindle. I don’t usually spend time with the little robot stepchild, but this week I downloaded a new collection of classics from the public domain, and I’m sending ARCs to my kindle. My kindle TBR:

Free classics from public domain:Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, The Game by Jack London, The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim, No Name by Wilkie Collins, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, and Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra.

ARCs includeHeart Talk by Cleo Wade (I’m posting a review!!! on Friday) and The New Inheritors by Kent Wascom.

So my relationship with ol’ Kindle is reviving itself. Lazarus, back from the dead. I’ve just been more of a “real” book person. I can evolve. I think I can; I think I can!


2.) Baking bread. I’ve leveled up to bread master. I read a tip that if you live in a dry, freezing tundra like Ohio you can get your dough to rise by placing it in a bowl, like you have to anyway, and placing said bowl into another, larger bowl containing hot water. Cover the bowl that has your bread dough (or maybe the larger bowl, because that could create humidity) and let it rise. It’s a baking miracle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have an old cookbook called “The Complete Book of Breads” and I’ve made Cuban bread, Sally Lunn (without yeast), English bread, and Cinnamon rolls. So far everything is better than what you buy in the plastic. There was one with a SALTY and delicious crust, but I forget which recipe that was. I think it was the English loaf.

3.) Vampire Diaries. I’ve been watching this on Netflix and it was slow at first but now I’m adopting Damon and his brother and their Scooby gang in the list of ULTIMATE characters. We’re in season 2, ep. 2. I can’t wait to meet the Originals. And I can’t wait for Stefan and Elena to separate. Shoo shoo, separate little guys.
4.) HARRY POTTER. I’m reading the books and I never have before. *it is a whole new world*

5.) Playing Fallout 4 on the Xbox. I’ve had it for 28 centuries and I only just started really playing it. THE MOST WONDERFUL GAME. I hope someone makes a Fallout movie. Por favor just do it


6.) VINCENT VAN GOGH AND THEO VAN GOGH. I already knew I shipped the van Gogh brothers just from research on their lives together. But reading Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman has just exploded my love into a million stars. When Theo told his future wife that there is no me without Vincent. We come in pairs. And when he named his son Vincent. And in the pit of his yellow madness, when Vincent reassured his little brother that he was still Vincent. When Theo’s wife admitted to Vincent that Theo still loved his brother more than anything in the world. I CAN’T TAKE THIS IN 2018. I adore his eccentric personality (not caring about society’s rules), his artistic style, and his writing ability. He’s a hero to me ❤ PRAISE


Head of a Prostitute, Vincent van Gogh (1885). Used with permission from the @vangoghmuseum Instagram page ❤ ❤



Favorite Thursday has made its reappearance. It’s really pale. What are some of your favorite things recently?

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2 thoughts on “Favorite Things Thursday/ books, bread, netflix, fallout, and vincent van gogh

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I wish I could bake bread, but I’m just terrible with anything kitchen related. Even bread I made in a bread machine messed up.
    And reading Harry Potter for the first time! Yeah! I read them through for the first time in 2016 and fell in love!

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      i know where you’re coming from, bc it took be literally years to come close to bread that actually looks like edible bread lol. I’m STILL terrible at making sandwich bread. and Harry Potter is so wonderful!! I love Harry’s character in itself so far. I love Hermione, too, but I never hear anyone talk about Harry the person. He’s such a sensitive, quirky, brave little wizard!!! ❤

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