Thursday, May 21, 2015

Writing In the Rain

I awoke to a damp, gray morning. It didn't get much better throughout the day. It was just starting to rain when I was riding to work around 11. Work was on-and-off busy, pretty much the same as yesterday...with the same occasionally cranky customers. I was happy when one of the college kids came in for me and I was able to get out right on time.

The rain was coming down in a steady shower when I got out of work. I didn't want to wait around, and I have no idea who I would call for a ride anymore. I just rode home and got wet. I did take the shorter way home, road repairs be darned. This was no day for a pleasure ride or for dealing with rush hour traffic.

Started work on my story as soon as I got in. I'm basically crossing "And If I Die Before I Sleep" with "At Cross Purposes." Cribby Menlow shows up late on the second day of the multi-day play the Inn is putting on. Jeff is awake enough to switch costumes with Hilary...which works about as well as can be expected. Eugenia claims she and Mr. Foley are Jeff and Hilary! Cribby accidentally drinks some of the drugged tea and is now sleeping it off. While the others try to figure out how to get rid of him, Victor Comstock and an ailing Maple Martienne arrive to find thugs turning their audience away and a certain female pirate plotting even more mischief...including delivering the Crimson Blade to Cribby and their employer...

Ran wartime shorts during the morning and while I had leftover chicken and vegetable soup for dinner. Some of my favorite Warner Bros World War II-era shorts were one-off revues like "Wacky Blackout" (on home front life in the country) and "The Weakly Reporter" (same idea, but this time, it's home front life in the city and in color). "The Duckinators" uses barnyard fowl to show how the Axis took over Europe and Asia, and how the US finally stepped in. "Hollywood Canine Canteen" spoofs the hang-outs for servicemen run by celebrities, with dog caricatures of famous movie and radio stars of the era. A scrawny plow horse wants to become "The Draft Horse," but the Army turns him down. He learns how scary war can be when he lands right in the middle of a training area!

Switched to the Paramount Superman shorts while making that Spring Velvets Cake mix. Superheroes were all the rage during World War II, and none moreso than the one who inspired most of them. My favorite Superman wartime short is the shadowy "The Eleventh Hour." Superman is doing his best to sabotage every bit of war equipment in Japan. The Japanese threaten to execute Lois Lane if Superman doesn't end his campaign. "Jungle Drums" has Lois almost being burned at the stake by (stereotyped) African natives and Nazis who want a certain paper she has. Superman has to rescue a "Secret Agent" who needs to bring special papers to Washington.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Florida Girl On a Sunny Day

First of all, American Girl officially announced their newest historical character this week. Meet Maryellen Larkin, a 9-year-old living in Florida in 1954. Apparently, she wants to do something that'll make her stand out, no easy feat in a large family or an era that encourages conformity. She also dreams of a white Christmas, despite being a Florida gal. I can't wait! I'm not interested in the doll itself - I already have a red-head in my collection (Felicity) - but I'd love to get her wardrobe for my designated mid-20th-century AG Whitney, and her books sound like a lot of fun.

 Maryellen Larkin! (And thanks to the AG doll blog Lissie&Lilly for the good news!) 

My early work shift was on-and-off busy. There were some cranky people, and a few who wouldn't help bag. Otherwise, it was pretty normal for a lovely day in mid-May. Another college boy did have to come in for me so I could get out on time - the one scheduled to come in for me was late.

When I got home, I spent an hour or so doing some work on my fanfiction. The play continues, but there's still treachery afoot. The man who is supposedly there to make sure the play goes as planned is really working for someone else...someone else who is after the Inn and its residents. Then another little fellow turns up, determined to serve papers to Hilary and Jeff and to find the Crimson Blade for his employer...

It was too nice to be inside all evening. It was an absolutely gorgeous day. It was barely in the 70's, with a cool breeze and no humidity whatsoever. I stopped at WaWa for money, a pretzel, and a drink, then dodged the dinner rush hour traffic on the White Horse Pike and Cuthbert Road on my way to the Westmont Farm Market.

The Westmont Farm Market is held on the corner of Haddon Avenue and Stratford Avenue, across from Primo's Water Ice. It's only one block and lacks Collingswood's variety and selection, especially this early in the season. They were mostly food booths or selling flowers and herbs. Still, they were packed to the gills at quarter of 6. While I didn't see carrots or mushrooms, I did pick up some unusual organic red scallions and the first strawberries and snap peas of the year. I had a crab cake sandwich from the Cape May Crab Cake Company truck for dinner. Cape May crab cakes are baked or cooked in a pan rather than fried, they're not breaded, and they don't have bread crumbs in them. My crab cake was huge, soft, a little messy, and absolutely amazing. I haven't had a real crab cake in ages.

Went straight home after I left, this time cutting across Collingswood to avoid the traffic on Cuthbert. I had some peas and strawberries as soon as I got in. Oh wow. The strawberries are incredible. I've never had such sweet, succulent strawberries. The peas are so crisp and fresh.

Ran a quick Three Stooges short as I got organized. They're saying "Wee Wee Monsieur" when they inadvertently join the Foreign Legion to escape their landlord. They get into trouble when their captain is kidnapped by a scheming sultan on their watch. Now they have to figure out how to get their captain away, without ending up in front of a firing squad!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

All Not Quiet On the Oaklyn Front

It was surprisingly chilly and rather gray and dull when I got up this morning. I finished My Sister Eileen as I ate breakfast. Ruth Sherwood (Betty Garrett) and her sister Eileen (Janet Leigh) arrive at Grenwich Village in the Big Apple, ready to become a writer and an actress respectively. Absolutely nothing goes as they planned. The apartment they ultimately end up renting from a shady painter (Kurt Kaznar) is underground, facing a busy street, and is falling apart. Their neighbors, including a football player (Dick York), visit whenever they feel like it. The magazine editor who sent Ruth encouraging letters about her work (Jack Lemmon) thinks she's a loose woman. Eileen is pursued by two young men (Bob Fosse and Tommy Rall), but refuses to take roles from producers who are only interested in her looks. And then there's the time the entire Brazilian Navy ends up doing a conga line through their apartment....

This is one of the cutest musicals I've ever seen. It's surprisingly intimate and sweet for a large-scale 50's musical. Leigh is far more at ease here than she was in Bye, Bye Birdie. I wish Fosse appeared in front of the camera more often. He has two really nifty dance routines, one a show-off duel with Rall, the other a lovely duet with Leigh in the courtyard of their apartment complex. Garrett's a blast as the older sister whose wit covers up a heart that can't believe a guy could be interested in her and not Eileen. And who knew the original Darrin from Bewitched could make such a funny big lug type? If you're a fan of the cast, want to see some early Bob Fosse choreography, or like your musicals on the smaller and more sitcom-y side, this one is on DVD and is a treat to watch.

I headed out for today's errand run around 10:30. My first stop of the day was the Oaklyn Library. Two men were putting in new windows, but otherwise, there wasn't much going on there. I organized DVDs and some books in the kids' area. I was out again around quarter after 11.

I had counseling today. I took my time, going the long way down Hood Avenue to Crystal Lake Road, and then down Park Avenue past the apartment buildings. I had lunch at the Bistro. I came just in time to order off their breakfast menu again. My "New Yorker" egg wrap was delicious - a whole wheat tortilla with scrambled eggs, Swiss cheese, mushrooms, ham, and bacon. It was busier outside than in, maybe because there was still a nice breeze at that point, but I'd just gotten off the bike and was sweating to death. I ate inside, with the older couples and families.

I had a half-hour to kill before counseling, so I explored a few stores. The most surprising find was their temporary library set up in a storefront. I forgot the Haddonfield Library is in the midst of a major remodeling project right now. I briefly explored the children's paperback selection I saw in the window before moving on to Happy Hippo Toys.

Arrived at counseling five minutes early, just enough time to rest my eyes. I told her about my mostly delightful month - my vacation, the Employee of the Month gift card, my writing, my good mood, my visit with Rose and her family on Khai's birthday, the fact that Dad seems to be recovering well from his throat surgery, Mom's raise. Despite the gift card, I feel like I'm at an impasse at work. Like I wrote here, I really don't think they know what to do with someone who is shy and quiet and likes to do her own thing. I want to stock shelves - or at least move on and do something besides stand in a cash register - but I'm very, very afraid. It's hard for me to talk to people in authority. I know I should get over that childhood feeling that being sent to the office of any kind of authority means you're in trouble, but....it's not that easy.

She wants me to practice saying something to my boss with anything at home - my dolls, the stuffed animals, whatever. We'll see.

By the time I got out of counseling, the sun had come out...and the head and humidity came with it. It was hot and muggy, and the breeze was mostly gone. Not to mention, the kids were getting out of school, and the traffic was starting to pick up a bit. I did have an Oreo Dough water ice at Primo's (not pretty, but very sweet, with lots of big, soft Oreo pieces) and took a brief look at Walgreens' for a cloth laundry bag. They didn't have any; settled on a generic Pomegranate-Berry sparkling water for the ride home.

I was tired when I got in. All I wanted to do was spend the rest of the afternoon writing my story. The night before Elizabeth's epic play is to go on, she receives a visit from The Crimson Blade. He tells her about Crawley's treachery and that someone will be trying to sabotage the play and make sure that the Monongahela Inn doesn't get that publicity. She wonders why he won't let her know who he is; he explains that he's worried about her getting hurt and wants to protect her.

I got up for a stretch and dinner around 5. Finished out New Moon while I ate leftover salmon and the last of the bok choy sauteed with onions and mushrooms for dinner. The second of two Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy vehicles with a colonial New Orleans setting makes him a disgraced duke who has fled France as a bond servant. She's the aristocrat who buys him. They seem to have feelings for each other, until she discovers his deception and that he plans to free his fellow bondsmen and capture a boat with arms. She leaves on a ship filled with brides intended for farmers. The bondsmen raid the ship. A storm finally strands the entire group on a deserted island, forcing them to reconsider their feelings for each other after they agree to a marriage of convenience

This was the last MacDonald/Eddy vehicle to make any kind of money at the box office. While it does come off as an imitation Naughty Marietta at times, it has enough of its own twists and turns - including the hilarious wedding ceremony - to make it worth seeing. All the heroics must have put some spirit into Eddy's blood. This is one of his few movies where he looks like he's having a good time.

I'd been putting off watching the final two episodes of Remember WENN for weeks now. Not because "At Cross Purposes" and "All Noisy On the Pittsburgh Front" are bad episodes. Far from it. They're two of the best episodes of the fourth season. I just can't stand to see the show end at all, especially the way it did. "Cross Purposes," as you can guess from the title, is the show's cross-dressing episode. It starts with Jeff in costume for Charley's Aunt, but ends up with most of the cast in drag as they try to avoid a particularly pesky process server who wants to give Jeff his papers from Pavla and may have ties to Scott and Maple, too.

"All Noisy" starts a few days after Pearl Harbor. Most of the men in the cast try to enlist...but the only one who really can is Scott. He and Victor finally get Betty against the wall about which of them she loves more. Eugenia asks Mr. Foley to marry her. Jeff spends the episode proposing to Hilary, only to have her claim she's married to someone else!

And that's...it. AMC canceled the show a few weeks after "All Noisy" premiered. Though WENN's writer and creator Rupert Holmes did later admit how he would have ended it, we never got any official resolution. AMC turned deaf ears on all entreaties to return it to the air (including mine), and they steadfastly refuse to release it on DVD or even acknowledge its existence to this day. For them, their first real show was Mad Men. No, just their first major success. Never mind the irony that they supposedly canceled WENN because it didn't fit the hipper, more ironic image the new regime wanted for AMC. And of course, what's their first huge hit? A historic drama set 20 years after WENN.

The entire fiasco really broke my heart. I'd never had a show pulled out from under me like that before. It's one of the big reasons I steadfastly refuse to get involved in fandoms for any recent TV shows. I don't think I could handle another show I adore taken away the way WENN was. It's also one of the big reasons I gave up any ideas I had of working in TV. I don't want to work around people who can't appreciate good shows like WENN, or even Mad Men, not to mention pull scams Scott Sherwood wouldn't approve of to get them off the air in the name of some silly "image."

Something I've really been thinking of lately - I can't help but wonder if WENN would have done much better in today's TV world than in the late 90's. Audiences are generally more appreciative today of good writing and interesting characters in historical settings than they were in 1996. Friends and Seinfeld were the most popular comedy shows then, and while critical favorites like Fraiser and Newsradio had their fans, most sitcoms tended to be imitations of the above two shows or the same stale family formulas that had been turning up since my childhood.

The Internet was only just becoming a threat when WENN's cancellation was announced. Fans did discuss various cable channels that might be persuaded to finish the show, but nothing came of it. Nowadays, social media has proved a far more effective way for fans to get their opinions across than e-mail and letter-writing campaigns, and many internet outlets have taken over niche shows that had enough fans to be at least somewhat popular...but not with the networks, or even cable.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Adventures In Washington and the West

It was still hot and muggy when I got up this morning. I enjoyed the air conditioning while watching more swashbuckling Get Smart. James Caan is the special guest villain Rupert of Rathskellar in the fourth season two-parter "From Sire With Love." Max's double, the King of Coronia, has come to the US to sell a diamond scepter that's a priceless heirloom. Rupert and the people he works for would do anything to get their hands on it. Max has to protect the king and the scepter, or at least remember where the scepter is. Meanwhile, 99 keeps mixing up Max and the king, and Max is getting awfully jealous. He poses as the king to test 99's love.

(And I have to give Max some credit - for a man who's clumsy at just about everything else, he's one heck of a swordsman!)

Headed out to get the laundry done around quarter of 11. Thank goodness it was a little busy but nothing like last Monday afternoon. I spent a pleasant hour reading Wings of the Falcon and listening to The Price Is Right and the local news.

When I got home, I ran an episode of F-Troop while putting everything away. Get Smart was hardly the only genre satire to hit the airwaves in the 60's. F-Troop usually had fun with western cliches, but "The Singing Mountie" from the second season takes the jokes further north. The titular Canadian law enforcer (Paul Lynde) comes to the fort to track down a French Canadian trapper who is a cousin of Commander Argorn (Larry Storch in a double role). The trapper, however, is innocent...and the Singing Mountie may not be whom he claims to be.

Headed to Amato Bros on the White Horse Pike for lunch. I saw Dad come in as I was eating my Bruschetta Di Parma hoagie (i.e, prosciutto,  fresh mozzarella, romaine lettuce, and diced tomatoes). He had some rather scary news - Jodie's oldest son T.J was mugged on his way home in South Philly. Jodie was in the hospital with him - Dad was picking up a hoagie for lunch on his way there. He wrote me that T.J was in intensive care, but he was recovering well and even regaining his memory. Wow. I know T.J lives in South Philly, but I never heard of anything like this happening to someone in the family.

I was still a little unnerved when I wound my way around the tail end of the lunch traffic to Westmont. I did a few quick errands while I was there. Dollar Tree still doesn't have non-mesh laundry bags, and I couldn't find any at Tuesday Morning, either. (And Tuesday Morning still doesn't have any Ever After High dolls I haven't seen.)

I had a far easier time at the Haddon Township Library than I did last week. In fact, they were surprisingly quiet for a hot day. I shelved as many of the DVDs as I could (the kids' section wasn't nearly as overloaded as usual - there were only a few S titles I couldn't get on), put away the two audio books, shelved new releases, and looked over the non-fiction DVDs to make sure they were all in place.

After a quick stop at WaWa for a Classic Lemonade Sparkling Ice soda, I spent the rest of the very hot and humid afternoon at home. It had been threatening rain on and off. It hasn't stormed yet at press time, but I didn't want to take chances. I worked on my story for the next few hours.

Elizabeth is frustrated. Sure, Victor's home, but he's been paying more attention to what's going on with the colonies and the upcoming Revolutionary War than to her or the Inn. Meanwhile, she doesn't know what to think of Scott, who's been disappearing again. Victor comes up with the idea to let the staff perform Elizabeth's enormous epic play for the next two and a half days. It'll break records and bring tons of publicity to the Inn. Scott, however, discovers that there's someone who doesn't want the play to succeed...and who is aligned with people who are determined to get the Inn away from it's new owner and find and capture the two Crimson Blades.

I stopped around 5:30 to have leftovers for dinner. I started My Sister Eileen, but didn't finish it before I went online or hit the shower. I'll have a full report on this very fun musical tomorrow.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Taking Notes

Ugh. It was so darn humid when I got up this morning. I turned on the air conditioning and put on the two records I bought yesterday. Strawberry Shortcake and the Winter That Would Not End was especially intriguing. The record itself was a picture disc, a record with drawings etched onto it. The illustrations were the lovely color sketches that came directly from the book. The story of how Strawberry and her friends pursued a grumpy badger who stole the Snow Crystal to keep spring from coming was a favorite of my sisters and me in the early and mid 80's.

I'm glad I found The Muppet Movie soundtrack. I actually had a cassette version of this in the early 90's, but I got rid of that ages ago. "The Rainbow Connection" and "Can You Picture That?" are my favorites of the vocal numbers. I actually wish they'd included more score - I do love that jazzy instrumental version of "I Hope That Something Better Comes Along" on side 2.

Work was busy for a lot of the day. I was once again listed as a bagger. I spent the first half-hour or so helping other baggers round up carts. That didn't last long. The lines got so long, I ended up spending the rest of the day behind a counter. Thankfully, it did slow down enough by 3:30 that I was able to shut down with no relief and no need for one.

I was originally either going to take a nap when I got home or go for a walk. Though it was sunny and not that hot, it was still really, really humid. It rained earlier, but it didn't look like it was going to rain anytime soon. Still, better safe than sorry. I spent the rest of the evening inside, adding more notes for my story to the notebook I bought on Thursday. I had 12 small no sale papers of notes sitting on my desk after I got home from work! It was time to get them organized. It took me more than two hours to get it all written down.

Finally made the salmon fillets with garlic and pepper I bought on Friday for dinner. Oooh, yum yum. I cooked it in a sauce made of water, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, and home-made chicken stock. Added steamed asparagus and a lettuce salad for a delicious spring evening meal

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Before the Storm

Started the morning with more Hello Kitty Furry Tale Theater. Tuxedo Sam is "Robin Penguin," who brings Hello Kitty and Chip to Never Say Never Land to rescue Melody-Bell and fight the evil Captain Catnip. Chip's in the spotlight in "Paws of the Round Table." He's Arthur, the young boy who pulls the sword from the stone. Catnip LeFay wants to get the sword away from him. Sir Lancelot (Sam) and the Lady of the Lake (Hello Kitty) aid him on his journey to find Lady Bunnyvere. Tuxedo Sam is "Tar-Sam of the Jungle," a penguin who seems to be the odd one out among apes. He learns just how important he is to his adopted family when he and Hello Kitty Jane rescue his ape mothers from poachers Catnip and Grinder.

Work was steady to very busy for most of the afternoon. There were some fairly grumpy or obnoxious customers, including some older women who fussed over bagging. A lot of people are getting ready for Memorial Day Weekend next week or for college graduations. Thankfully, my relief was right on time, and I was able to get out with no problems.

I took Nicholson Road home. When I got in, I finished the Furry Tale Theater disc while changing and making a pit stop. Tuxedo Sam gets the lead role again in "Crocodile Penguin," a spoof of the popular 80's action comedy Crocodile Dundee. Sam is a laid-back wrestler in Australia who is invited to wrestle Hulk Alligator (Grinder), the world champion, by his crooked manager (Catnip). "Grinder Genie and the Magic Lamp" takes us to Arabia, where Grandpa Kitty is up to his whiskers in Sutana Catnip's taxes. When Hello Kitty and Tuxedo Sam find a magic lamp with a certain bulldog genie inside, they think they've found the solution to their financial troubles. But Grinder isn't very good at granting wishes...

(For some reason, there was one Furry Tale Theater episode that was never released on DVD - a spoof of How the Grinch Stole Christmas entitled "How the Scrinchnip Stole Christmas." Catnip hates the holidays and does her best to get rid of everything that represents it for Hello Kitty and the others...until they finally teach her what the holiday spirit really means. I don't know if MGM couldn't get the rights to the Grinch story, or they just couldn't squeeze this episode on the DVDs, but it's finally available on YouTube in full with "The Phantom of the Theater."

How the Scrinchnip Stole Christmas/The Phantom of the Theater )

My back was sore from spending the last two or three weeks sitting behind a computer, and I was bored. I decided to go for a bike ride, before Mother Nature unleashed her full fury. When I headed out around quarter after 3, it was still sunny, hazy, and humid. I stopped at Cabana's Water Ice in Haddon Heights for something cold. I wasn't the only one. I waited in line with families and couples who wanted to cool off, too. One family had an adorable little daughter who wanted to know everything about my bike and why I was out riding it. She was a real cutie. I enjoyed fielding her questions as I ate my peanut butter cup ice cream. (Which wasn't very good. Not nearly enough peanut butter cup.)

I ended up in Barrington. I haven't visited their Antique Center in ages. The Barrington Antique Center is an enormous barn of a building filled with just about every used and/or vintage item you can imagine. I saw a Julie American Girl doll, and while 85 dollars is cheaper than the used dolls I saw there last year, it's still more than I can afford to pay for a doll right now - plus the last thing I probably need is more AG dolls. I ended up with a cute stuffed donkey I named Hee Haw and two records, the soundtrack from The Muppet Movie and an audio version of the 80's Strawberry Shortcake picture book Strawberry Shortcake and the Winter That Would Not End. (The Strawberry Shortcake record was still in its original plastic!) The records were 5 dollars each. That's probably a little high, but I rarely find children's records, especially in good condition.

Headed straight home around quarter of 5, dodging the rush-hour traffic on the White Horse Pike. When I got in, I went straight in the bath. I badly needed a bath. The relaxing felt good. I was able to kick back with my cake decorating magazines and jazz CDs and enjoy the quiet.

Ran some random cartoons from my dubbed discs when I got out of the bath as I ate leftover soup for dinner. Felix the Cat made a brief comeback in 1936 color cartoons from RKO's Van Beuren Studio. While "Nautical Nonsense" is only ok, "Bold King Cole" and "The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg" are odd but enjoyable fairy tales. "Astronomeous" goes further back to the silent era Felix. Felix travels to the moon, where he discovers a king who doesn't quite understand what he is...until he saves him from a falling star.

And, after weeks of it getting humid, only to not do anything, we finally had a brief thunderstorm about a half-hour ago or so. I actually hope we'll get more. We really, really need the rain rather badly.

Friday, May 15, 2015

The End of the Guardians

Once again began a sunny day with breakfast and Sailor Moon. The Guardians are hot on the trail of the Negaverse's hideout and Tuxedo Mask. Endymion turns up in an attempt to recapture all of the Rainbow Crystals monsters, including Ami's boyfriend Ryo, but Sailor Mercury defeats him long enough for Sailor Moon to heal him. He disappears after that, though...

Another cut episode that wasn't included in the original 90's dub focused on Sailor Venus. We learn about her past in England, including her relationship with a woman police officer named Katerina and the boy they both loved, Allan. When Katerina comes to Japan and is possessed by the Negaverse, Usagi helps Minako heal her.

Spent the rest of the morning working on my story. Scott just admitted to Victor that he stole his job, and the two dealt with it in a gentlemanly fashion (that involved Scott getting a very nice black eye). Meanwhile, Mr. Eldridge won a big cash raffle, but he lost the ticket. The others think it got burned with Lady Hilary's love letters. Mr. Eldridge knows better...

Tonight, a drunken Scott reveals why the Crimson Blade is robbing the Governor to Maple and Hilary and pour out his frustrations over Victor, Elizabeth, and the loss of his men. Hilary discovers something of Scott's that once belonged to a noble house, and Scott tells the story of a friend whose family lost their wealth and lives to Pruitt's treachery.

Work was on-and-off busy, perfectly normal for the time of the week and year. I had no problems with anyone, and even came up with some more story ideas.My relief was on-time. The managers finally gave me my 50 dollar gift card for being Employee of the Month.

My schedule for the week is actually pretty darn good. Other than one early day on Wednesday, I have slightly more hours, but otherwise am par for the course for late spring. I have Monday and Tuesday off, the latter for counseling. While I will have to miss the Collingswood Farm Market again, I get off work on Wednesday early enough to hit the one in Westmont.

Instead of going right into grocery shopping, I went out to dinner. It was still a pretty nice night at that point, breezy and just warm enough. It was a great night for dinner at Sonic. I hadn't eaten at Sonic in ages. I even walked over there, rather than taking the bike. I wasn't the only one who opted to eat on the patio, either. Another family and a college student also enjoyed their meals outdoors. I ate my burger and tater tots and drank my favorite cherry limeade and watched the kids.

I took advantage of my gift card to pick up a few pricey things I'd put off, including canola oil (Wesson - not the greatest sale, but I needed it). Treated myself to a large salmon fillet that was five dollars, even with a manager's coupon. Restocked honey, canned chicken, eggs, buttermilk, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter (which was on sale for $2.50), grapefruit, bananas, apples, canned mandarin oranges, tangelos, canned low-salt diced tomatoes, and tissues. Duncan Hines put out that two-color "Spring Velvets" cake mix again this year - grabbed it off the clearance rack for $1.69.

When I got home, I changed, put everything away, and finished out the first season of Sailor Moon. The Guardians are briefly flung back in time to discover their past lives in the Moon Kingdom and how Usagi's mother Queen Serenity gave her lives to save theirs. When a group of monsters kill off the Sailor Guardians, Sailor Moon becomes determined to avenge them and reawaken Tuxedo Mask's love, even at the cost of her own life.