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» Sunday, August 01, 2010The Calm Before the Storm
Gathering positive vibes and ZZZZZs before the start of the last push of the year. Slept late, stopped at Publix and Kroger, had breakfast, went to Office Max (they were having one of those "20 percent off anything you can fit into this bag" sales and we stocked up on some office supplies), Books-a-Million, and Petco, then came home.
Took a break from watching The Mothers-in-Law; watched about 20 episodes so far and enjoying it for the most part. As James commented, this was a bit of a one-joke show: meddling mothers-in-law always interfering in their childrens' marriage. The fun in this is watching Eve Arden and Kaye Ballard, especially Ballard doing her broad Italian mother routine. Such ethnic comedy is uncommon today, but in the 1960s it was impossible for Italian kids not to see their mothers, aunts, and grandmothers in her volatile performance, whether fussing over her son, supplying endless Italian dinners, and muttering under her breath in Italian whenever she became aggravated. While modern audiences might see Kaye Buell as a stereotype, we knew she was real, just overplayed in the tradition of commedia dell'arte. Roger C. Carmel and Herb Rudley made great counterparts to these two great ladies.
Oh, yeah, you can see some of the lines coming from a mile away, but it's all still fun.
We came home from our second excursion to find Willow sniffing the air eagerly; we'd found a pork roast at Kroger and were slow cooking it in the crock pot with spaghetti sauce. When it was done James put it in the freezer and we will have it some other time. For supper we had the steak we found on discount.