Friday, April 22, 2016

Writing For the Earth

I was up really late last night. My eyes opened around 8...and I closed them again and didn't get up until around 10. When I did finally get out of bed, I had breakfast while watching Sailor Moon. The four vain sisters who had been attacking the Soldiers earlier join their side when they show each of them in turn that they're being used by the evil Rubeus. The Black Moon Clan of the future doesn't understand these human emotions, but the Guardians are willing to teach them.

It was quarter of 1 when I headed out to to this week's grocery shopping. I had a lot to do, too, mainly restocking fruit and vegetables. My crisper was empty - I filled it with romaine lettuce, grapefruit, pears, mushrooms, an onion, a small container of broccoli florets, and fingerling potatoes. I didn't really need peanut butter that badly, but $1.50 for Skippy was too good of a sale to miss. Restocked I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, two cans of tuna, cereal (the Acme/Safeway generic Shredded Wheat had the cheapest sale this week), powdered sugar, frozen peas and green beans, and two packs of $1.99 ground turkey (the only meat on a good sale).

Mixed feelings on the schedule this week. On one hand, I have far more hours than I have since late March, a good thing given my lousy hours before and after vacation. On the other hand, I only have one day off, and it's next Friday, along with a lot of early hours in the beginning of the week. I have no idea when I'm going to get my laundry done. This is the last week before our vacation cycle starts over. A lot of people are taking their remaining vacation time before they lose it.

When I got home, I put everything away, then had a quick lunch and spent the rest of the afternoon and evening writing. The candle Maz gives Leia reveals that Han is under Jabba's control...and Jabba wanted to marry him off to one of his ugly daughters. Han doesn't really want to leave her or marry someone else, but he fears what Jabba will do to those he loves. Leia takes down her hair to heal him. She lets him play with it - an honor, since Aldran noblewomen consider their hair to be sacred. They fall asleep in each other's arms, to the delight of Maz and the Enchanted Woods...and the disgust of the unromantic Boba Fett, who has followed them and intends to tell Vader where they are.

Meanwhile, Luke is still in the Dagobah Swamps, training with Yoda. He's working on meditating and focusing. As he tries to levitate rocks, he does get a vision...of his friends being tortured. He wants to go help them, but Yoda says that might cause more harm than it helps...

Continued Sailor Moon as I added a romaine lettuce salad with home-made Lemon-Wine-Honey Sauce and pan-fried fingerling potatoes to the leftover chicken legs for dinner. Chibi-Usa is fed up with Usagi's fussing and whining. She doesn't want to believe that someone as silly and childish as Usagi could be the great Sailor Moon. She couldn't have picked a worse time to steal her Silver Crystal. Rubeus kidnaps the other Sailor Guardians when Usagi can't join them. Usagi's angry at Chibi-Usa, and the kid knows she did wrong. Usagi wants to get the girls back on her own, but Chibi-Usa follows her. While they're fighting, Rubeus is trying to impress Prince Demand and get Esmeraude and her annoying laugh off his back.

Switched to The Lorax in honor of Earth Day after dinner. The Lorax is a little orange fellow who speaks for the trees. Specifically, the Truffula Trees. The greedy Onceler is chopping them down to make his faddish Thneeds...but he's destroying the balance of the forest in the process. The Onceler thinks that progress is the most important thing, but when the trees start vanishing, both creatures learn a sad lesson in the damage unchecked "progress" can do.

Moved to two episodes of Tiny Toon Adventures while making Pear-Banana Crisp for dessert. (It didn't end up being very crisp. I added too much juice.) Babs and Buster get involved in a "Whale's Tale" when they rescue a mother and baby whale from overzealous Elmyra and poacher Gotcha Grabmore, who wants to use the whales for her own line of cosmetics. "Toons Music Television" is a spoof of MTV in the early 90's. While the cracks at popular singers of the time and VJ "Downtown" Julie Brown have dated, this does feature some classic music videos, including the videos for the They Might Be Giants hits "Istanbul Not Constantinople" and "Particle Man."

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