The most interesting thing I made this week was buffalo tofu for lunches. I love buffalo sauce and I love tofu and I'd been meaning to make something like this forever and finally got around to it. My recipe alterations were using dairy milk, white flour, and I cooked it up in the air fryer. The breading wasn't crispy but it was very good and I would definitely make this again. I ate it in wraps with lettuce, tomato, and blue cheese dressing for lunches last week and even squirreled a few servings away in the freezer.
We had Trader Joe's mahi mahi burgers for dinner one night and my takeaway is that we need to have burgers on weeknights more often.
And finally, with the weather turning colder I made a batch of Shepherd's Pie for dinner last night.
I survived/thrived on another week with three early morning treadmill runs. Two 3 milers and one 4 miler FTW. For my outside running I had one day of bonkers heat/humidity that I barely crawled through, and then it finally cooled off for Saturday and I got my first six-mile run of the month. I could have gone further but I was pretty sore from strength training so I kept it on the short side.
Why was I so sore from strength? We had a family functional fitness project to tackle. Our garden shed was starting to fall down so my husband and the boys demolished it last weekend and this week we rented a dumpster and hauled all of the pieces into it. The hardest part was hauling cinder blocks from the backyard to the dumpster. When it comes to eating elephants, I prefer to take a few bites at a time and my husband prefers to dig in and get it done, so our styles blended well. During the week I took a few "cinder breaks" to start hauling the blocks and then I put my feet up this weekend while the fellas finished the job. Pro tip: if you have trouble sleeping go out and haul about 10 cinder blocks from your backyard to your front yard and you will sleep like a baby.
Oh my goodness a ton of stuff. First of all, with the treadmill being back in my life, I need Treadmill TV again. I had started watching the 1980s Miss Marple show back in September and only had a few episodes left. I was surprised how well it paired with the treadmill.
My couch TV watching was all over the place this week.
First up: The Way Down documentary. In the spirit of full disclosure, I read The Weigh Down Diet back in the 90's and liked it at the time, but took a pass when her second book came out, which was a lot less "God loves you" and a lot more hellfire and brimstone. I'd heard some weird things about her from time to time but didn't know the half of it. Three episodes are out now and more are on the way.
Next up I knocked back another AFI top 100. Do The Right Thing was on my list of movies that I hadn't seen but wanted to see and now joins the list of "I agree that it's great but I don't have the special feels".
I didn't know anything about this movie going in apart from Sal's Pizzeria is a frequent crossword answer and seeing the trailer, which I think is the perfect background so I won't say much more about it here. Except that it's very sad that this 30 year old movie is not dated at all and very topical.
And finally, for family movie night we were inspired by Shakespeare. Stepson #1 is reading Hamlet for school and his teacher included reviews of the many movie adaptations including Strange Brew.
My review is that I am terribly disappointed that I didn't know about this movie in the 80's and that it's held up surprisingly well.
I heard an incredible audio book this week that I learned about from the Sarah's Bookshelf podcast. Nowhere Girl is a memoir about a woman whose parents were global fugitives and constantly on the run. Super nutty and super fascinating.
Um, I'm running a half marathon this weekend. Based on how I felt on the six miler, my goal is to run the first 8 miles and run/walk the rest. Here goes nothing.