Monday, December 27, 2021
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Monday, December 6, 2021
Monday, November 29, 2021
A weekly roundup: eats, workouts, watches, and reads. In this week's edition we celebrated Thanksgiving, I ran two 5k's and started a run streak, and we had the Ultimate Cinematic Experience. Move over AFI Top 100, there's a new kid in town.
Monday, November 22, 2021
AFI Top 100 movies (no need for a separate post this week).
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
I thought that seeing A Clockwork Orange would be the last obstacle toward seeing all of the AFI Top 100 movies. There aren't any other Big Hairy Movies that I'm scared of on the list.
But like a classic monster movie it's a case of conquering one monster only to find another one taking its place...my obstacle now is The Attack of the Three Hour Movies. I fought hard and made it through a record 6 movies this week with 6 left to go...but man oh man they're all long suckers.
Monday, November 15, 2021
A weekly roundup: eats, workouts, watches, and reads. In this week's edition we tried a few new-to-us Costco products, I had a good race experience, and a food crisis came to an end.
Friday, November 12, 2021
It's the fourth anniversary of the first weekly eats post and time to celebrate "Birchwood New Year". Let's take a look back at this year's Best of the Best.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Friends, I have now seem 88 of the AFI top 100 movies including a whopping three of the movies that were on my "I haven't seen this and I never want to" list.
Monday, November 8, 2021
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
The good news: I've now seen 83 of the AFI top 100 movies, which brings my "grade" to a solid B. My new goal is to bring my score into the mid 90s and lock down the A.
The bad news: I feel like I'm getting to the point of diminishing returns with this project. I saw five movies that I hadn't seen before and of those two were good and three were pretty slow going.
Monday, November 1, 2021
A weekly round up: eats, workouts, watches, and reads. I watched a ton of AFI Top 100 movies this week, which will get their own post tomorrow. When I wasn't parked in front of the TV I managed to try several new recipes and got back to the run.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Continuing on from last time, I knocked back a whopping four more movies on the AFI Top 100 list last week. My "grade" is up to a 78 so I'm rocking a C+. While I haven't loved every single movie, I am very happy with most of them and it's a nice shakeup to trying to find something on Netflix.
Monday, October 25, 2021
A weekly round up: eats, workouts, watches, and reads. This week was Too Big For One Post, so I'm going to break it into a two-parter. Today I'm going to tell you about food and half marathon #8 and I'll pop back in a day or so to tell you about a bunch of movies.
Monday, October 18, 2021
Monday, October 11, 2021
Monday, October 4, 2021
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Today we're going to take a walk back in time and take a look at my Great Grandmother's Fannie Farmer cookbook. My Great Grandmother passed away in 1977 when I was two, but I do have very slight memories of her. My mother (her granddaughter-in-law) adored her and often went to visit and cooked lunch for her at her house. The paperwork inside the book dates from 1910 to 1976.
Monday, September 27, 2021
Friday, September 24, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Sarah's Bookshelf podcast. On each episode, Sarah asks her guest for:
- Two old books that they love
- Two new books that they love
- A book that they didn't love
- An upcoming release that they are excited about
- The last five star book that they read
I'm going to be a pretend guest on Sarah's podcast and give you my answers.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
One of my "Just for Fun" Goals. She is working her way through the American Film Institute's 100 Years 100 Movies List. She included this link to the AFI's checklist that you can click through to find out how many of these movies you've seen.
It turns out that I've seen 68 of the 100 movies, but as I got to thinking about it, I realized that there is a lot more to this list than what I've seen vs what I haven't seen. It's how I feel about the movies.
Monday, September 20, 2021
This summer I did something that I've been thinking about doing for years: I worked with a sports dietitian for a month.
So what was it like and how did it turn out? Quite the mixed bag. On the plus side, I solved my #1 food issue. On the negative side, it's kind of a Thomas Edison thing where I discovered a few more of the 10,000 things that don't work, and feel like I still have 9,996 things that don't work left to discover.
Friday, September 17, 2021
In other words, this is going to be the world's most boring post ever. It's even more boring than my post about passing the CPA exam - don't say that I didn't warn you! I'm writing this for the same reason that I wrote about the CPA exam: I really wanted to hear the deets from someone who had been through the process, and I didn't find a lot out there on the internets. CPP is a tough google since it also stands for Certified Protection Professional and Certified Professional Photographer, so let me clarify that we're talking about the American Payroll Association's Certified Payroll Professional exam. I took and passed the test today on my first attempt.
Along the way I tried four different exam prep programs: Momentrix, PayTrain, Practical CPP, and Payroll Source, and I'm going to tell you ever last detail of what I thought about those. The TL&DR summary:
- Don't bother with Momentrix
- PayTrain is really nice and really expensive but I don't feel that it was complete. I did 90% of my studying in PayTrain but I'm not sure if I would have passed the exam if it been my only resource.
- Practical CPP was a bit too indepth and scared me BUT the I felt that it boosted my knowledge and there was one question on the exam that was about material that I learned from Practical CPP. And the price is quite reasonable.
- The Payroll Source was excellent, and the practice questions were very similar to what was on the exam. One question was identical! I wish I'd known about it sooner than one week before the exam;-) And there's a 30 day free trial...sheesh I really wish I would have known this sooner than one week before the exam.
- P.S. although not a study resource, I also took one of the APA's knowledge assessment tests one week before the exam and failed it miserably...I do not recommend taking the knowledge assessment tests because I didn't feel that the questions represented what was on the exam and it really messed with me!
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021
And we're back!We have so much to catch up on: food, running, movies, books, vacation, working with a dietitian...I have a ton of stuff to unpack on the blog. I guess I'll start with the biggest news item: for the next two weeks I am FUNemployed! I'm starting a new job at the end of this month. Yes another one. I've been quite the job hopper this summer.
Monday, August 9, 2021
Oops, I did not mean to ghost on the blog. Adjusting to my new job is taking a hot minute and nothing very amazing is happening with our meals. But I thought I'd pop in and at least shoot the breeze and tell you about a couple of TV and book things.
Monday, July 19, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021
Monday, July 5, 2021
Monday, June 21, 2021
Monday, June 14, 2021
Monday, June 7, 2021
Monday, May 31, 2021
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Monday, April 26, 2021
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Monday, April 19, 2021
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Sunday, April 4, 2021