- Ham from hubs
- Mini quiches from me. This is my go-to recipe, but I use 1.5 cups of regular milk instead of evaporated milk and 6 slices of bacon in place of the veggies and since we had the whole tribe I doubled the recipe on top of that.
- French toast casserole and a fruit tray from SIL#3
- Cheesy potatoes from SIL #4
- Mimosas from an adult nephew and his girlfriend
I also made the epic lemon blueberry tart that we made last year - no we don't *need* it with all of the other food but we sure want it.
We also celebrated a Very Special Birthday. The youngest (or oldest depending on how you look at it) member of our family turned 10. The official story is that stepdog's birthday is on Easter, so it's a double duty holiday for us. It was a day full of her favorite things: w-a-l-k-s, being the center of attention at a family party, guarding the ham, and protecting us from a vicious squirrel attack.
Workouts and the Announcement of a Big Fat Hairy Running Goal
I was pretty tired after last week's race so I took it on the easy side during the week. On Saturday I bagged my last long run of this half marathon training cycle, which was a mere 8 miles. It was alright. Not fabulous but it got done. Half marathon #9 is next weekend and I haven't decided if I'm looking forward to it or dreading it.
I've been in a running rut and going through the motions for a while and now I'm ready to make a move and start working toward something again. Once the half is in the bag I'm going to take after my Big Fat Hairy Longtime Running Goal of running a sub 9 minute mile. You know, the thing that I've wanted for years that I've just never found the time to train for. There is a one mile race in my area in late June, which gives me a good bit of time to go after it.
My mile PR from 2020 is 9:08, last year my fastest mile was 9:25, and my fastest 2022 mile so far was 10:55 on New Year's Day so yes I have been going in the wrong direction on the speed but there is nowhere to go but up. Next week I'll start figuring out what "fast" is for me right now and how to get from where I am to where I want to be. If nothing else it's fun to have a goal again.
From the treadmill, I am deep into season 6 of Outlander. So far I feel like this is kind of a "filler" season with lots of flashbacks and not a lot of story yet, but hey it's Outlander so we'll take it.
On the AFI Top 100 side of things, I heard the Unspooled podcast for Sullivan's Travels this week and found the time to rewatch the movie. It was on my "I've seen it but it's been too long and I don't really remember it" list.
It's about a Big Deal Hollywood Director who is famous for making fluffy comedies but wants to make a Big Important Drama called "O Brother Where Art Thou". And yes it's an inside joke that the Coen brothers later used the title. Finally cleared to make his dream project, the director goes undercover as a hobo so that he can see what the world is really like and gets more than he bargains for.
The Unspooled take is that they love Preston Sturges (the writer/director) but they're not sold on this particular movie being on the AFI list. Their #1 complaint is that there is something inherently condescending about rich people trying to show how rough poor people have it and Hollywood insiders complaining about Hollywood. I agree 100% - this movie falls somewhere on the OK-to-good scale for me. I also think that it benefits from the Veronica Lake Effect, which is that every Veronica Lake movie is a good movie by definition because it has Veronica Lake in it - yeah she was more than just a hairstyle. I don't think that this is a bad movie at all, but if I were up to me I'd swap it for This Gun for Hire (Veronica Lake + a better movie to start with).
For family movie night, we kicked it back to the 80s for Revenge of the Nerds