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5 on a Friday: SHU’s version

April 19, 2024

1- Definitely enjoyed my first listen to The Tortured Poet’s Department on my run this AM! I didn’t even realize there was an entire second album of songs until my SIL texted me afterwards.

Thus far, I am into it. Can’t wait to hear the rest!!

2- I feel better today. It’s not like I’ve solved all of my issues, but I feel like I have more ideas and that is helpful!! (Also . . . I am done with PMS. I was absolutely at peak hormonal rage when I wrote Wednesdays’s post. I meant it all, though. A identified the signs and called me out, asking if I was PMSing and also whether that meant a new jetpens order would be on its way. She knows me very well but since I just ordered from the new Erin Condren release, the answer was no).

3- NO SOCCER GAME THIS WEEKEND!?!? What will we even do!?!? (The answer: tennis, gymnastics, piano, a birthday party, and a sleepover. Josh will be working. I will also be making tahini cookies for Passover, which I am looking forward to! And . . . possibly chicken pot pie for Sunday night which was requested. Anyone have an easy (ie: not rolling out a pie crust) version? Nature and my calendar abhors a vacuum . . . though Sunday currently looks pretty chill.)

4- Training wise this is a pretty ‘easy’ week. I will run something like 57 miles, but with my current training plan this is a down week. However, the next 3 are TOUGH – will approach the 70 mile mark and add speedwork (and these are some LONG workouts) on Tuesday. I’m honestly really excited about it. I wouldn’t want to train at that level long term but 3 weeks (followed by the start of taper, though I think most of the taper will really be in the last week) sounds exciting. JUST HAVE TO STAY INJURY FREE. !!! I have had long-ago training cycles that were going SO WELL until just a few weeks out from the race, so I will be careful. I’ve done some things right (collagen, careful about shoes, kept most easy runs easy) but was not the best at strength training these past ~2 months and I really hope that doesn’t come back to bite me.

5- There are 7 weeks left of school, and it’s really more like 6 if you consider the number of days off in there. My kids seem super over it all, but hopefully we can keep SOME degree of momentum. There is a lot of STUFF between now and June 6th so maybe that will help (soccer tryouts / dance rehearsals + performance / gymnastics performance / away soccer tournament / K graduation / awards ceremonies / Market Day / probably 10 other things that are not top of mind). I don’t want to rush it especially since this is their last year (well at least for now) of all 3 in one place. Ideas for keeping the energy going (for homework, activities, getting up in the morning . . . ) are welcome.


  • Reply Margaret April 19, 2024 at 3:17 pm

    I make a cream biscuit topping for our chicken pot pie. It is just 2 parts self rising flour to 1 part heavy whipping cream mixed together, so .5 cup of whipping cream for each cup of flour you use. You can either drop it by spoonfuls onto the top of the pie or roll and cut though if you choose to do that you’ll want some extra flour for dusting since the dough is very sticky.

    Here is a link to KAF for a better explanation.

    • Reply Caryn Hart April 19, 2024 at 3:25 pm

      This is a great idea- using drop biscuits to top chicken pot pie. To substitute for self-rising flour: For each cup of flour, add 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

  • Reply Diane April 20, 2024 at 12:07 am

    I like Minimalist Baker’s vegan pot pie – it also uses a biscuit top, and it comes together in about an hour. Even though it says vegan, I just use the non-vegan version of ingredients. (Ie butter and buttermilk)

  • Reply L. April 20, 2024 at 1:04 pm

    I cut a sheet of puff pastry in squares and bake it separately. Then everyone gets a piece and it’s flaky, or they can bury it in the bowl

  • Reply Donelle April 21, 2024 at 8:50 am

    You can use a pillsbury pizza crust or crescent rolls as the topping if you want it to be really easy. I’ve also used an olive oil crust, which does require rolling, but it so much less fussy than a butter based crust and healthier.

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