Friday, April 08, 2022

In the Morning Sunshine

Started off a quiet morning with breakfast and checking the weather. Couldn't have been a nicer day. The rain was chased off in the night, replaced by perfect blue skies and no wind. Dropped off paperwork that needed to be sent to the union in a mail box on the White Horse Pike and was on my way.

Wish I could have stayed out in that weather all day. It was gorgeous this morning, warm and sunny, perfect for pushing carts. I did it for the first three hours of my shift, but another bagger came in around noon, and they moved me to cashiedring. Maybe it was just as well. We got so busy later in the day, I probably would have ended up there anyway. One of the cashiers broke her leg and can't come in, and we had no replacements. By rush hour, there were lines down the aisles, and many customers weren't happy. 

I'm not thrilled with my schedule, either. I asked for my birthday off on Thursday, but that's also my only day off next week! I hate it when I work more than seven days in a row without a break. I'm already beyond tired, and when am I supposed to get laundry or anything else done? 

Picked up a few things after work. Found low-sugar Special K bars, a bag of salt-free natural almonds, and a bag of baby carrots for snacks. Grabbed salads to take to work next week. 

Went straight home after work and into Match Game '77 while eating almonds and having dinner. Conny Van Dyke gives Charles a surgical robe with his name on it leftover from her latest trip to the hospital...but he's not too thrilled with the gift. 

For some reason, Buzzr skipped the last episode of that week and went into the next one...but I wasn't complaining too much. Grand Ol' Opry comedy legend Minnie Pearl proved to be a delight in her only week on the show, a good player and a very funny, down-to-earth lady. She even turned up in her trademark flowered hat and frilly dress for a kiss from Gene. Joyce Bulifant decided she wanted to join in the fun too, turning up on fellow southerner Fannie Flagg's lap despite not being on the game that week. 

Finished dinner and cleaned up while watching Match Game PM. Ted Lange loans Gene his pin from a Russian-set episode of The Love Boat when Charles complains about his suit being too funeral. Meanwhile, Joyce is being goofy again, this time sporting an ugly fluffy purple sweater she claimed to be self-conscious about. She also gets in a crack at Richard Dawson as an answer to a question about where Jackie the Comic gets all his bad jokes. 

Worked on writing for a while afterwards. Arlene points out that it's time to move on. She can help them make their next move and get to the White Castle. Brett tries to pass Queen Helen's warning to Sir Richard...but he already knows. He's from Looking Glass Land. His memory works forwards and backwards, too. He still wants to rescue his liege and make sure Brett is crowned queen, though. Arlene finally hands Richard and Brett needles...which turn into oars...

Finished the night further exploring HBO Max with The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Sir Percy Blakeney (Barry K. Barnes) claims to have retired from the rescuing business, though his men continue to aid the victims of the French Revolution. He springs back into action when Chauvelain (Francis Lister) kidnaps his wife Marguerite (Sophie Stewart) and takes her back to France for a kangaroo trial. With the help of ardent Frenchman Jean Tallien (James Mason) who worries his head might be next under the guillotine, he rescues his wife from certain death and helps rally the populace against Robespierre (Henry Oscar). 

I can never resist a Scarlet Pimpernel story, even one that has nothing to do with the books. Mason is really the only remote saving grace here. He shows all the fire and charisma that the frosty Barnes and dull Stewart lack. Only for major fans of Mason or Scarlet Pimpernel stories if you're bored while browsing around HBO Max. 

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