The Friday Five: or maybe more than five.

Slowly getting back into the blogging groove. Since I haven't posted Friday Five weekly updates in awhile, I thought I'd do an overall "good things!" post from the last couple of weeks since we returned from our PNW adventure. Here we go!

Staff summer potlucks have returned at work! I have a special place in my heart for these weekly traditions because my first day on the job two (!) years ago happened to be a potluck Thursday, where I first began to get to know my awesome coworkers. This week I contributed to our "breakfast for lunch" theme, with two quiches (spinach + onion, broccoli + garlic, both with gruyere cheese) from the Moosewood Cookbook. Pretty proud that they turned out well on my first try!

A dear coworker had her healthy + adorable baby boy, which brings a lot of joy to our community, and obviously to their family. I felt very much like a proud office little sister running up and down the halls after getting the text, shouting, "We have a baby! We have a baby!"

I took my folks to see Garrison Keillor's final Atlanta taping of A Prairie Home Companion, which they raised me on as a child. We'd been to see a show once before about 10 years ago, but it was special to know this was the last time he'd be in town. We sat in literally the top row of the fabulous Fox, and enjoyed the news from Lake Wobegon, Guy Noir, and the amazing Ricky Skaggs and the Kentucky Thunder. But maybe my favorite part was walking into the theatre as Garrison was leading the audience in old time hymns. It was wonderful to have a bit of worship together. (Then Mom and Dad took me out to dinner at The Colonnade, open in Atlanta since 1927. Whoa!)

Peaches. And blueberries. And raspberries. All summer fruit. But mostly peaches. They make breakfasts so much juicier.

Got a chance to have a good catch up with my grandmother this past weekend, eating lunch with her and other church members and then spending time with her one-on-one. I am always grateful for those moments!

Also caught up with my dear friend Liz on the phone--it's such a gift to have friends that you feel close to no matter how often you get to chat!

Since May, I've been meeting with a gentleman to help him write his memoir. It's been so fun and rewarding to hear his life stories, to have valuable discussions about the decisions we make in personal writing and why, and to see his own writing voice develop. He's teaching me a lot!

I didn't pay much mind to National Doughnut Day the other week, until a marvelous coworker brought in a whole box of Sublime doughnuts for our office suite. Then I started paying a lot of mind. Yum!

We had a fun night out at Sweetwater Brewery last weekend, supporting JDRF Rock the Cure for Type 1 diabetes. Took a brewery tour, ate delicious Roasters bbq, and had fun rocking out to the epic '80s cover band Members Only.

The Emory community held a service of remembrance for the victims of the Orlando shooting on Tuesday. It meant a lot to come together in silence, song, and prayer to celebrate their lives and cry.

It takes some time to get back into regular life after a big trip, and I'm grateful that we have. I'm grateful for our little house, my husband's delicious meals, the hum of the dishwasher, the daisy on the front porch (that I'm actually watering enough for it to stay alive). Even though we're both working and it's insanely hot, it still feels good for it to be summer, and to be at home.

But soon we're headed for another adventure: my little bro is getting married! I can't wait to celebrate with them, plus see a bunch of family and friends who don't get together often. Closing out June (did it fly by or what?) with joyous celebration!