The Friday Five: Step it out.

Oh, fellow humans. It's Friday. I'm zonked. Can we have a three-day weekend again, please?

Speaking of three-day weekends, we had a nice one. Didn't go anywhere, which made it all the nicer. We ate out, took naps, went for a jog, to church, and--

We spent one more evening this summer at our favorite concert venue with Collective Soul and the Goo Goo Dolls. Chastain Park Amphitheatre really is the best--you sit in this big bowl of sunlight and eat your picnic dinner as night falls and the music rises. I hadn't seen Collective Soul live in 11 years, and damn are they good. Plus, it's always satisfying to actually be able to sing along at a concert. Goo Goo Dolls were also good, but their stage lighting was WAY too bright. I don't think I'd ever put on my sunglasses at 9:00 p.m. before.

I also reread The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, AKA J.K. Rowling. It's the first in her mystery series featuring Detective Cormoran Strike, and it made me wish that he/she'd publish another right this second. Shiny magic or rugged mystery, it doesn't seem to matter--her way with character development and subtle humor is always there. (Speaking of mysteries, I can't wait to get the new Louise Penny book, A Great Reckoning. Armand Gamache and Strike couldn't be more different... and yet now I'm wondering what would happen if they met...) 

I didn't even mind going back to work because it meant that we could welcome our dear friend and coworker back from maternity leave. It's been so nice to have Lisa back in the office, and I love that now there's a sweet little boy to ask after, too.

Somehow, I've managed to get more than 8,000 steps every day this week. I don't think that's ever happened before in a mostly regular work week, and I'm thrilled. Reasons for this rise in steppage (can that be a word if it isn't already)? I do some kind of Jessica Smith walking workout every day, whether it's with my fitness group or on my own before work. Sometimes I'll go on a walk with a coworker before it gets too hot. But mostly, I think, it's been the addition of a few flights of stairs throughout the day. I walk down to the first floor and up to the fifth floor for no real reason at all, and it feels great. We have a step challenge coming up at work, and I'm excited for more motivation to get myself worn out in a good way by the end of the day.

What about y'all? How was your Labor Day weekend? Is the air getting crisper where you are yet? (If so, I'm jealous.) What got you through the week?

Happy Friday!