Friday, February 10, 2023

Friday Five - Things I can't Seem to Live Without

1. Two cups of black coffee first thing in the morning. I didn't have any coffee last Saturday. I felt sluggish and yawned all day. No coffee equals brain fog.

2. An Audible book playing all night as white noise. I have several books by my favorite author that I listen to over and over again. Since I've read them, I know the stories. My brain can relax and enjoy.

3. My phone. I know, I know. Like so many of us, I rarely use it to make calls. Instead, it's my super portable mini-computer. Notes, photography, research, reading, appointments, finances, entertainment, my all-night white noise machine.

4. Pen and paper. Any shape. Any size. Any color. Stickie pads. Notebooks. Watercolor blocks. Used envelopes. Fountain pens. Markers. Pencils. Write. Draw. Doodling. ToDo Lists. 

5. Lists. Oh, how I love lists.ToDo lists, shopping lists, idea lists, bucket lists. Lists of characters, emotions, tropes, themes, agendas, itineraries, prompts, food, travel items and packing essentials, holiday traditions, and menus. Mindmaps, outlines, brainstorming, vision boards.

There is an abundance of books of lists. The Book of Lists was first published in 1977 and was banned in many places in the US.

The oldest lists ever found are from the years 2001 BC to 2500 BC. The lexical lists are cuneiform clay tablets from ancient Mesopotamia that are glossaries of synonyms between various contemporary languages and symbols.

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