Wednesday, June 03, 2015

It's All Over But the Shouting at Work

First of all, The Adventures of the Crimson Blade, the story I've been working on for the past month and a half, is now complete at my Remember WENN fanfiction site! I hope you're all in the mood for some reading. It wound up being 29 chapters, plus a prologue and epilogue set after the episode "All Noisy On the Pittsburgh Front." I'll be posting it at a new blog and in the coming days.

The Adventures of the Crimson Blade at the WENN Fanfiction Library

The weather continued to be gloomy. I ran more Hello Kitty Furry Tale Theater to brighten the morning as I ate breakfast. "Cinderkitty" would rather throw forward passes than be a cheerleader. She gets to do both with the help of her fairy godmother. A cursed TV set turns Princess Kitty into "Sleeping Kitty." Can Prince Tuxedo Sam break the spell? Hello Kitty learns that it's not a good idea to enter the house of a stranger, especially a strange family of pizza-loving bears, in "Kittylocks and the Three Bears." Kitty gets to save Sam in "Kitty and the Beast." Nasty witch Fangora has turned Sam into a pig-like beast. Catnip is more interested in his castle than his heart, but Kitty knows he's really a softie underneath. "Snow Kitty and the One Dwarf" has Kitty on the run from a jealous Evil Queen Catnip. Grinder the dwarf does his best to keep her safe.

Work was no fun at all. Between the beginning of the month crowd and the gloomy weather, people were not in the best of moods. One woman even had a screaming fit when a man told her she had too many groceries for the express lane. She was hollering curse words at the top of her lungs, even to our head manager! Supposedly, the man with her later said she hadn't taken her medication. She was lucky they didn't call the cops on her - there's a police station a block from the shopping center. My relief was late, too. I barely got out on time.

When I did finally got home, I called Mom. She, on the other hand, was in a great mood. She's working on a small rag doll for my sister Anny's baby daughter Lilah, a mini version of the larger rag dolls she made for Rose and me as kids. Mom's still working at the Ferry, but her hours limit there will be running out soon, and she'll have some time off. Oh, and she finally heard from Keefe. He's still in the Navy. He was on the Lincoln for a while. He's apparently renting a nice high-rise apartment with friends and is looking for a house near the base.

I made Blueberry-Honey Muffins, then had leftovers for dinner while watching an old favorite of mine, The Pirate Movie. In this version of The Pirates of Penzance, Mabel is a nerdy Australian girl who meets the guy of her dreams, only to lose him to her spoiled friends. When she goes after them, she falls off her boat...and into a dream that turns her into the spirited daughter of a major general, the object of her affections into a former pirate, her friends into her prim sisters, and the people she met earlier that day into a raucous group of goofy buccaneers. When the dream gets out of hand, Mabel finally learns that she can stand up for herself and others and take control of her dreams and her life.

Yes, I'm aware that this is not a straight version of Penzance, that the additional music is dated, and it's all a lot goofier than many people (and critics) would prefer. I don't care. My sisters and I loved this movie as kids, and I still enjoy it. If you like other odd 80's musicals like Xanadu, pirate tales, Mel Brooks-type spoof, or just want to see a rare movie with an action heroine, this is highly recommended if you can find it and really cute to watch.

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