Monday, December 08, 2014

Before the Nor'easter Came

Started a cloudy morning with a couple of Peanuts holiday specials. It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown and Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales have a different format than most Peanuts specials. Instead of being one linear story, they're a series of holiday-related skits, like The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show. They've both grown on me over the years, especially Christmastime Again. My favorite bits from Christmastime Again revolve around Marcie, Sally, and Peppermint Patty appearing in a Christmas pageant and Peppermint Patty's attempts to avoid holiday homework. Sally has most of the best moments in Christmas Tales, including her writing to Samantha Claus and how she gets a Christmas tree.

I didn't get to doing the laundry until around quarter after 12. Thankfully, they weren't that busy, nor did I have a lot to wash. I listened to a local news talk show and the first half of The Bold and the Beautiful while my small load was in the washer and dryer.

When I got home, I ran more episodes on the Max & Ruby Everybunny Loves Winter set and ate a quick lunch of chicken soup with mashed cauliflower. "Ruby's Snowbunny" will be beautiful, if Max can pay attention to helping his sister rather than Ruby's guy friend Roger sledding. In "Ruby's Snowflakes," Ruby wants her three snowflake cookies to look exactly alike. Max just wants to eat them and keeps trying to swipe them. Max loves playing "Duck Duck Goose," but Ruby, Louise, and Valerie have to find winter birds to take photos of for a Bunny Scouts project. Max finally gets them the last ones they need. "Ruby's Penny Carnival" will have a bake sale, a bean bag toss, and a fortune teller....but Max wants something scary, too. "Max's Balloon Buddies" keep breaking or flying away. Ruby wants to see the flower show, but she keeps having to get out of line to replace Max's balloons.

It was still just cloudy and cold when I headed to work. Work was steady when I came in, but by the 4 PM rush hour, the lines were getting much longer. We're supposed to be getting a huge storm late tonight and through most of tomorrow. Thankfully, it slowed down enough by the end of the night that I was able to leave without a relief or any need for one. There were a few annoying or rude customers, otherwise no major problems. In fact, ironically after all the trouble last week, I got a 5 star card for getting praise on a survey from a customer!

It was still just cold and dark when I went home. At press time, it sounds like the storm is finally going to start here around 1 AM. They're saying no snow at all in South Jersey. Most of it will go north of us.

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