Monday, October 4, 2021

Weekly Roundup: Never Say Never


A weekly roundup: eats, workouts, watches, and reads.  In this week's edition I made my favorite frosted sugar cookies and watched a ton of movies, including the one that I said I would never, ever watch.


Ah meal planning...when we went to bed on Sunday night our fridge was loaded with leftover spaghetti and I'd gotten a steak out of the freezer to start thawing for a quick dinner.  Monday morning we woke up to find that the fridge door had been left open just a smidge overnight and we had to throw everything out. 

My favorite thing that I ate last week was the pasta that I made for lunches.  I already told you about it, and I'm telling you again because the leftovers were even better than the first pass.

For treats I made my favorite sugar cookies: half a batch of this recipe for the cookies and half a batch of this recipe for the frosting.   The reason that I went with a half batch on this is that everyone else in my family has a chocolate tooth so I was likely to be the biggest consumer.


I had a very decent running week post-half.  My #1 goal was to start adjusting to the treadmill again.  For the first few weeks of my new job I need to be "camera ready' pretty early, which means finishing my workouts by sunrise.  My secondary goal is to learn not to stop during my treadmill runs.  On the one hand I don't think it's that big a deal to take a break here and there but now that I'm doing shorter runs it seems like a good time to try and eliminate the habit.

Monday: one and a half treadmill miles, 2 outdoor miles

Tuesday: two treadmill miles, 2 outdoor miles

Wednesday: off!

Thursday: three very early treadmill miles, weights at night.

Friday: four outside miles.  I was undecided whether I would run three or five miles and ended up splitting the difference.  As soon as I pressed the stop button on my Garmin, I felt like I could have run another mile.

Saturday: five outside miles.  Again, I was undecided how far I was going to soon as I pressed the start button on my Garmin I felt pretty miserable.  I came into my groove in the next mile, but didn't want to push it.

Based on how I felt on Saturday, I was determined to go ahead and change my registration for my half marathon down to the 10k, but by the time I'd finished my shower I'd talked myself out of it.  Stay tuned on that one. 

Sunday: off!


I'm just a few days in to my new job but far so good!  I've worked for US companies that did international business before but this is my first time working for an overseas company that does business in the US, so it's quite a different perspective.


A few weeks ago I wrote this post about the AFI 100 list.  At the time I had seen 68 of the 100 movies and didn't necessarily plan on watching that many more but here we are.  As of last night I've seen 72 of the 100 movies.  I've gone from a D+ to a C-. 

The thing that prompted me to watch so many movies is the Unspooled podcast.  They cover one movie per episode, but they choose the movies in random order.  Several of the podcasts inspired me to see the movies, so that's how I ended up watching Platoon one day and Wizard of Oz the next.

Before this week here is how I rated the following movies (the number before the movie is the ranking on the AFI list, the order shown is the order that I watched them in). 

Here is what I think of them now:

Platoon: whoa, no one told me that Willem Dafoe and John C. McGinley were in this movie!  I was not expecting to like this movie at all and really got into it.  Yes it's a tough watch but I felt that they handled the material well.  I hadn't shared my AFI plans with my husband and I think he was just a little bit surprised to come across me watching it on a weeknight but once he saw the TV screen he was right by my side.

Wizard of Oz: I should clarify that "haven't seen it" means "as a resident of the planet Earth for 46 years of course I've seen clips of this movie but as far as I can recall I've never seen the entire thing".  Like I've said before, I was afraid of dogs when I was a child, so I think that Toto was the initial turn off.   I had a real chip on my shoulder about not wanting to ever see Wizard of Oz, but after hearing the Unspooled episode I had to give it a shot.

Now that I've seen it for reals (reels?):

  • The Munchkins sequence is like nails on a chalkboard.  I think that the clips that I've seen of it are probably the root of what made me say that I would never watch this movie.
  • Everything else is great!
  • I'm glad that I got over myself and watched it.

2001: A Space Odyssey: the best part of this movie was that the rest of the family wanted to see it as well!  I'm not much of a sci-fi fan so I didn't really get in to the "out there" parts of the story but I did appreciate the visuals and the soundtrack and my mind was blown.  I'm totally Team Hal.

The Shawshank Redemption: I was expecting something deathly boring and instead I got something that I loved!  I loooove this movie.

Bonnie and Clyde: As amazing as so many of the AFI top 100 movies are, I think it's fair to say that no one adores all 100 of them.  I'd seen Bonnie and Clyde a long time ago and didn't really remember it, but the Unspooled crew raved about it so I gave it a rewatch.  Oof, this just wasn't a winner for me and I came close to turning it off a few times because it just wasn't holding my attention.

Also of interest is Grace's follow up post on her AFI progress.  She seems to be the only other person on the planet besides me who isn't into the Godfather.  She writes that she's "a bit sad that I'll have to watch part two as that one also made the list".

Where will I go with this from here?  I doubt that I will watch all 100 movies, but now that I'm up to a C- I think that a good (read: achievable with everything else going on in my life) goal is to aim for a B (80 or more movies).  I am really impressed/in love with what I've seen and none of them are movies that I would typically have watched.


I finished The Last Girl by Jane Casey, which was very good and I'll be checking out other titles in the series.  Currently rereading And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.



  1. Yep, Shawshank Redemption- great movie!
    So you have to be finished with your workouts by sunrise? Oof! That's early. You definitely had a decent week of running. I wish you were enjoying it more- maybe things will turn around for you this week.
    That sugar cookie looks insanely delicious!

    1. The sugar cookies are way too good. Yes with the running no matter where we are the hope is always that next week will be better;-)

  2. Trust your post-shower instincts, Birchie! I really hope that you will stick to the half-marathon distance. :-)

    I'm glad your first werk week went well. I'm guessing that the overseas company is a European one. In my experience, Europeans take longer to decide and longer to produce, but the end product is usually well thought through and good quality. I'm curious to see how your experience is.
    Have a wonderful week!

    1. I'll probably end up doing the half by default since I have to take a few steps to change to the 10k. Idk, 6.2 is lot easier to manage than 13.1 if things go wrong.

  3. Shawshank Redemption- is one of my favorites.

    Glad the new job is working out.

    Early morning workouts never happen for mew even if I'm mojo.

    1. The only reason that early morning workouts happen is it's then or never;-) I still can't believe how good Shawshank was. I will watch it again for sure.

  4. I agree with Catrina...go for the 13.1 ;-) AS for the movies...I loved the Wizard of Oz until we studied it in one of my film classes and analyzed it to death (so to speak). There was a lot of political stuff that went right over my head (as a kid), and some of the symbolic stuff was a bit over-the-top (as an adult LOL). We've seen Platoon many times...difficult to watch, but it really makes one appreciate the soldiers on the front line.

    1. I am glad that I finally saw Wizard but I would not be up for extended study.

      I don't think that I have it in me to change my registration so I'm probably going to end up doing the half.

  5. I still love Wizard of Oz and have seen it dozens of times. I echo those above, go for the half sounds like you are ready. Cant wait to hear how it goes!

    1. Thanks Deborah! I'm not at all sure about taking on 13.1 again but we'll see how it goes.

  6. Oh noo, it's no fun finding the refrigerator door (which auto correct changes to Dior lol) open!

    Glad to hear new job is going well. More power to you for doing your workouts so early, before sunrise!