Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sweet Surprises

Unfortunately, the weather had reverted to cloudy and gloomy by the time I rolled out of bed this morning. Perked things up with breakfast and an episode of Sailor Moon. "For Love and for Justice: Sailor Guardians Once Again" has Usagi accompanying her best friend Naru to an audition for a TV show at a local station. Ironically, all of the former Sailor Guardians (who had their memories removed at the end of the previous season) are also there. Luna and Usagi were hoping that the others would be allowed to continue their normal life...but the arrival of their new alien enemies and a huge Minotaur monster may not give them that chance.

Called the dentist's office after breakfast to reschedule next Thursday's gum doctor appointment. I'm just not going to be able to afford it. For some reason, my first phone call got cut off. I got them the second time, but the receptionist was frankly a bit grumpy, and I ended up canceling instead of rescheduling.

Headed out to the laundromat as soon as finished breakfast. It was around quarter of 11 when I got in, and while there were a few people there, it wasn't that busy. Just as well. I had a really big load this week, including towels. Half-listened to Rachel Ray and The View and worked on story notes. The clouds were spitting a little when I headed home, but nothing really horrible.

Put everything away, then had lunch while watching Garfield and Friends. Garfield has to get Odie out of a pickle when he loses their grocery money to a crafty alley cat in "Pros and Cons." Roy thinks Orson wants to get his "Rooster Revenge" after he plays a prank on him. Orson gets Roy back in the most devious way possible - by not doing anything and letting him think he will. It's "Lights! Camera! Garfield!" when the fat cat is discovered by a big director. He thinks he's on his way to stardom! He's actually the stunt cat. After one crazy stunt too many, Garfield decides to get even.

Switched to the first season finale of Wonder Woman as I finally got to dusting. "Wonder Woman In Hollywood" takes Diana Prince to Tinsel Town, where Steve is joining other decorated army officers in making a big war film to boost morale. Meanwhile, Diana's younger sister Drusilla has come to California to bring her home to Paradise Island for a big anniversary. She befriends the youngest of the servicemen appearing in the film. But there's something not quite right about him...or about the movie, either. The servicemen are disappearing one by one. Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl have to figure out who's behind the sabotage, before their men disappear next.

Mrs. Stahl called while I was finishing the dusting. She was sick and wasn't going to be able to keep our appointment today. That was ok. We could do it on my now-cleared Thursday next week.

Put up the summer and patriotic decorations while the episode finished. I don't have a lot of decorations for the summer. There's a few sunflower-themed plaques, three stuffed flamingos, a stuffed whale and clown fish, a small sunflower vine wreath, and the glittery fish ornament I found last month. Have a few more all-American items - an American-themed Care Bear, two patriotic mini-Beanie Bears, a "God Bless America" banner, a big cardboard flags, large cloth and wood flags, a tall, rustic-looking Uncle Sam container, and three wood blocks with patriotic angels and the words letters "USA" on them.

Spent the rest of the afternoon finally finishing my story. Angry when Palpatine tells him that he turned his father King Josiah into a mouse and ate him, Han shoots an arrow into his eye. Amilyn and Wedge use a perfectly-reflected mirror to blind the other one. Palpatine gropes wildly...and comes up with Boba Fett, whom he eats in one gulp.

He grabs at Luke next, but Luke opts to try to heal him instead. His pure magic burns Palpatine's hands...and gives Leia the chance to power up her crystal sword with borrowed energy and stab him. Everyone flees downstairs as Palpatine's energy destroys the remains of his tower rooms.

Revealed to be the rightful prince, Han makes Leia his warrior queen. Luke opens a school for magicians. Chewbacca and Wedge's boys are the royal family's bodyguards. Jyn and her crew stay in the army, taking only the toughest missions. Mon Mothma and Bail are the new chancellors. The servants return to Alderaan with Bail, happy for peace and quiet once more. Lando heads to Cantino Bight to gamble and court the Princess Amilyn. Kanan becomes the royal blacksmith and he and Hera raise their family. There's some worry for the future when Leia has a baby boy they need Benjamin...but for now, it's happily ever after.

Whew! That took a LOT longer than I originally planned! I think I kind of lost interest at the end there when it got far more complicated than I wanted. Most of it came out pretty well, though.

Next up, I'll likely be returning to that 30's Original Trilogy novel I've worked on on and off for two years. I really want to finish that, especially since it's likely it'll be another long one.

For right now, here's Lady Leia and the Prince:

Lady Leia and the Prince at Archive of Our Own
Lady Leia and the Prince at
Lady Leia and the Prince at Writer's Desk at the Riverside

I'd been inside almost literally all day. I needed a stroll after a quick leftovers dinner. Headed around the corner to Phillies Yummies for dessert. Unlike Phillies Phatties, their prices remain the same (a little high but not untouchable). Ordered a scoop of strawberry cheesecake ice cream. The girl on duty said it was her favorite flavor...and I can't blame her. Strawberry swirl in cheesecake ice cream with graham cracker pieces. Yum! It was so sweet and creamy! Someone's adorable Westie actually put her paws on my knee and tried to beg for ice cream. Sorry, human ice cream isn't good for dogs.

Finished the night with a walk around the neighborhood. Despite it being 8 PM at that point, there were quite a few people out and about, including kids on bikes and families pushing strollers. While summer isn't technically here for another week, Mother Nature is pretty much saying she's ready. Trees are lush and full; yards are growing like crazy, thanks to the rain last week. The first tiger lillies have begun to appear. Most houses are decorated with patriotic or Phillies banners, or just with their gardens. The clouds had begun to break up, showing a bit of a lovely gold and pink sunset.  A cool wind ruffled my curling pony tail as I headed home.

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