I’ll be honest. I’ve seen these “Five on Friday” things around the blogosphere for a while now. I never really quite understood what they were though. Just five things? Anything? Three years later, that’s my understanding.

I am participating in my very first “Five on Friday” post because I made a goal for the month of July to be more personable over here on Ali in Bloom. I’ve noticed that while trying to be informative and help out all of my fellow college students/recent grads, I can be a bit dry. Oops! Guys, why didn’t you tell me?

If you like this post and think it is as fun as I thought it was to make, let me know in the comments below! If you participate in this so-called “Five on Friday,” leave a link to your latest post. I need to make sure I’m doing this right, you know?!

ONE | A Trip to the Zoo

Five on Friday | Vol. 1 | A Trip to the Zoo

Last Friday I went to the Brookfield Zoo after getting back from vacation. Did I tell you I went on vacation? I spent two weeks in the woods with my grandparents. It was such a great experience. I need to spend as much time with family as possible before life gets to crazy and I move (fingers crossed that will be any time now).

Anyway, the zoo was fun! It was an overcast day, but I managed to only get hit by a few sprinkles. I saw lions and tigers and bears (oh my!). Everyone needs a good zoo visit every once in a while. I hadn’t been in two years!

TWO | Sommersby

I watched Sommersby for the first time last weekend. When the movie first started, I was hesitant. Super hesitant. I was watching it with my mom at her suggestion. She had watched it before and loved it.

The movie did start off slow. But, boy, did it sure speed up quickly. Watch this movie. If you’re anything like me (or my mom), you’ll be hooked.

Here’s the brief synopsis from Google:

A man returns to his home town after a lengthy absence spent fighting in the US Civil War. Although his apparent character transformation arouses his wife’s and others’ suspicions, everyone is delighted when his tobacco-growing scheme is profitable for the whole town. Just as he is settling into an idyllic routine with his family, he is accused of the murder of a man killed many years before.

THREE | I Bought Some Clothes

Yay me! I actually uploaded my Youtube video for the week. Traveling threw me off schedule for a while. It was well worth it though because I spent so much quality time with my family. Who has Youtube to worry about when you have family to have fun with?!

Anyway, this week was my first clothing haul ever. I actually had a lot, a lot of fun filming it, so I hope you guys enjoy watching it. I’ve gained 20 new subscribers in the last month without being very active on my channel at all. I’ve been ecstatic about that. I’m almost to 100 subscribers, which I know isn’t much, but I think it’s still an important milestone. I haven’t been on Youtube very long, so I think celebrating 100 is in order. What video would you guys like to see to celebrate 100 subscribers? Let’s try to reach 100 by August  26!

FOUR | The Importance of Being Alice

I’ve been on a reading kick lately. I just can’t stop! Although, I have finished the last unread book on my bookshelf, so I suppose I am trapped into taking a reading break until I can get to a library/bookstore again. The Importance of Being Alice by Katie MacAlister was my latest read. This romance doesn’t make it onto my list of favorites. In fact, I was surprised to find such good reviews for it online. Maybe it’s just me?! Here’s the synopsis from Katie MacAlister’s site:

Nothing about Alice Wood’s life is normal right now. Her fiance called off their wedding and relationship days before their luxurious tour down Europe’s most romantic rivers. And due to a horrible misunderstanding, now Alice is cooped up in her honeymoon suite with a strange—yet mysteriously handsome—British aristocrat.

All Elliott Ainslie wants is some quiet time to write his latest book. But his stodgy, serious self is about to be sidetracked by a woman who seems to have jumped out of the pages of a fairy tale, one who is determined to shake up his life…and include him in her own happily ever after.

The synopsis sounded great! I just wasn’t fond of the execution of the plot or characters. I was intrigued and entertained enough to feel inclined to keep reading and finish the book. The book felt a little too jam-packed and over the top for my own personal taste, however. I love a simple love story, I suppose.

Any suggestions for my next read? I think I may try another Katie MacAlister novel just to see if a different series suites me better.

FIVE | Visiting My Alma Mater

Five on Friday | Vol. 1 | Visiting My Alma Mater

This weekend I am heading to Urbana-Champaign to visit the lovely University of Illinois (my alma mater). I’ve only been away for two months and I’m already going back! This won’t be a regular occurrence, though. I really just have to go back to drop off my cable box that had been left in my apartment for the subleaser.

While I’m there I’m hoping to also hit the farmer’s market, Ko Fusion for sushi and take a walk around campus (although the weather isn’t looking too good for that). It’s a long drive, so I won’t have time for too much. I’m dragging Ty along with me to make the drive more bearable; we may make a short, little weekend vlog, so make sure to subscribed to my Youtube channel if you don’t want to miss it!

How was your week? Any fun plans for this weekend? Did you enjoy this “Five on Friday” post? Let me know in the comments below!



  • It looks like you’ve had some fun trips recently! The Importance of being Alice has been on my to-read list for a while; maybe I’ll pick that one up next!

  • Ashley Spykerman

    What a fun week! I love going to the zoo! It always so cool to see so many different animals! Visiting from the H54F link up!

    Ashley @ http://peacefulsimplelife.blogspot.ca/