Friday, April 15, 2022

Need a Little Holidays

Began the morning quickly with yogurt, peanut butter, and clementines. I had just enough time to eat before riding off to work. At least it was a nice morning for it. Sunny, breezy, and warm, but not quite to the degree of yesterday.

With this being Good Friday and a day many people get off work early, we were off-and-on busy the entire day. It would slow down for a few minutes, and then the lines would get long again. There were a few grouchy customers and we didn't always have enough people to deal with them, but at least my long 8 1/2 hour day went fairly fast.

Mixed feelings on my schedule next week. In good news, two days off this time, one of them Easter, and only one 8 1/2 hour day. Nothing later than 5:30, either. I'm mostly off at 3. I just wish the other day off wasn't Saturday. I'll never have the time to get anything done, including that lab work.

Picked up a few things after work. Grabbed a 6 pack of Propel to keep upstairs. Needed salads for lunch this week. Looked for snacks, but even the bars that were supposed to be healthy were full of salt or sugar...and when they weren't, they were ridiculously expensive. Settled for strawberries on sale instead. 

After I got home, I went upstairs and put on Match Game '77. An unusually tall contestant prompted a slightly un-PC gag from Gene. He told the contestant if he misbehaved, he'd have to call a strong stagehand to cut him down to size. The stagehand was a strong, diminutive man who barely came up to the fellow's hip. 

Let it continue into Match Game PM. Jack Klugman made his final appearance on the show, sitting in for his maybe-ex-wife Brett Somers, who was out doing a play. He complained about the panelists not getting gifts and was finally placated with a Match Game jacket. In the end, he ended up having more fun than anyone could have guessed. When the contestant won, he dashed around the stage, spinning the Star Wheel, hugging random audience members, and kissing everyone.

Put up the Easter decorations while Match Game was on. I know, Easter's in two days, but I'm tired of not decorating for the holidays. I wanted it to feel like a holiday, even just for a little while. Didn't want to try taping up most of the cardboard decorations and had no place to hang the garlands, but the stuffed animals, porcelain and resin bunny figures, and my big resin bunny Patchy all went on top of the record crates. One of the porcelain bunnies and a flowered tin flank the TV on the entertainment center. The Cabbies have the American Girl Easter accessories. 

Switched to YouTube for The Smurfs Easter special while eating dinner. The Smurfs' Springtime is shaping up to be a joyful one, until Gargamel gets it in his head to steal his godfather Bathazar's spell book and put Mother Nature to sleep. Now the Smurfs may be snowed in, unless they can awaken Mother Nature and avoid both wizards. 

Finished the night after a shower with the first of three Rankin-Bass Easter specials, Here Comes Peter Cottontail. Peter (Casey Kasem) is a cheeky fellow who is prone to fibbing and shirking his responsibilities. He's supposed to have a contest with nasty old Irontail (Vincent Price) to see who will become the new chief Easter Bunny, but he oversleeps. After Irontail wins, he flees, only to run into egg dye peddler Seymour S. Sassafrass (Danny Kaye) who gives him a car that can travel through time. Now Peter has to fly through a year's worth of holidays to deliver his eggs...if Irontail doesn't catch up with him and steal the eggs first!

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