1) My family member (mentioned in the previous Friday Five) has come home! They still have a long way to recovery, for certain. Yet they will be able to get well in the company of loved ones. I was so excited I danced in the kitchen to a French song after finishing a bottle of Italian wine in celebration of their homecoming. I feel incredibly blessed by this development.
2) Today, earlier this morning in fact, I was having a beach day with some of my oldest and dearest friends. (A picture of these shenanigans is coming. I just need to get it from my friend's camera.) The water was cold, the sun was warm, the sand was well, sand. It was the perfect summer morning to go to the beach and I greatly enjoyed being able to have this time with my friends to let loose and celebrate. Also, one of my friends presented me with a Disney princess Belle doll (in her gold ball gown). I was incredibly touched she had gotten it for me simply because she knew I'd appreciate it.
3) In other Disney Princess news, I completed a 15:35 mile on Thursday. This has been my fastest time to date and I'm extremely proud of it. I'm also encouraged by the fact that I went to the gym to train even though it was absolutely the last thing I wanted to do yesterday.
4) There was great joy in the Brown house this week as I, someone who greatly dislikes the taste of alcohol, found a drink I like. It's a wine made by Cupcake Vineyards, their Moscato D'Asti. (Yes, I am a total wimp. It has less than 6% alcohol by volume in it.) Still, I was encouraged by this unexpected enjoyment of wine and purchased Cupcake Vineyard's Chardonnay to try. Also, a bonus to taking French, I can pronounce all those fancy wine names in a really pretty way.
5) I *think* I survived my first week of 4 condensed summer courses. The work for my first week isn't done yet, but I feel I'll be able to finish it by all of the deadlines. While I'm a bit worn out from the rigorous academics, I'm very pleased to see myself stepping up to the challenge and (for the moment) succeeding at it. I'm a good student (aside from middle school and some high school), but have not taken on an educational challenge of this level on before. Good news folks, I might actually be textbook smart!