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28th-Sep-2016 06:30 pm - That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! volume 1
Work is kicking our butts today, but we kind of knew that would happen. Oh well, it just means we get to work all the harder tomorrow! Or work some more tonight, but we have some stuff we gotta do.

But first, it's Review Rednesday! And this week, we finally get to post our review of one of the delightful new shoujo titles we've been working on, That Wolf-Boy Is Mine!. Spoiler level: moderate.

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Today I'm thankful for the Disney chocolate cookies we got from Tokyo Treat (so many characters were represented!), getting to talk about Wolf-Boy, the feeling that we're doing a pretty good job on this current translation, finally finishing that trial in Ace Attorney, and it being time for dinner.
27th-Sep-2016 06:27 pm - Disneyland with the Fam
We finished work on time today, which meant we had some time to listen to our Soul Eater CD in preparation for working on Fire Force, hopefully next week. If we're really productive, we might get to it this week! But we're currently running a high risk of destroying our own work schedule due to a certain concert we may try to go to on Friday. This might involve calling Gaston over, which would inevitably result in the loss of at least one workday. It would be a terrible, terrible idea, but gosh I want to go to that concert. Or maybe I don't, judging from the fact that we haven't bought tickets yet, but I also want to be able to afford groceries, and all the vacationing has seriously depleted our financial reserves.

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Today I'm thankful for getting to take the nieces and nephews to meet Mickey Mouse and Tinkerbell (and Rosetta), getting to listen to our Soul Eater CD, castle walkthroughs that aren't all dark and scary, the weather being not quite so hot today, and not having to leave the apartment in this heat.
26th-Sep-2016 06:36 pm - California Adventure with toddlers
So we had a high of 105 degrees Fahrenheit today. It was kind of ridiculous, but it's supposed to cool down tomorrow. In the meantime, we're just work, work, working away, and now it's kind of late and we should go have dinner but I wanted to update LiveJournal first.

I think we'll probably cut the Disneyland report down to the highlights, but sometimes I have to do a chronological report to help me remember everything. After lunch and a couple of rides on the Golden Zephyr (the vehicles of which are coated in chrome, which is decidedly not golden and makes it a very difficult ride to look at in the middle of a sunny day, which might be why the line is always so short--nobody can see it), we took everybody to A Bug's Land, because it was about time we took the kids on rides that were made for them. That's when we realized that the vehicles for all the kiddy rides are made with really high walls, for like safety or something I guess, but it makes it very difficult for the children in question to see out of them. That's probably a good thing for the spinning ladybug ride, except for the very important problem of my not being able to get a decent photograph of the kids, and so I just say ugh and move on with my life.

While we sent everyone who was tall enough on Radiator Springs Racers, Athena and I watched the four littlest ones. The parents were worried about whether or not we could handle all of them, but we were like, "What? There's two of us!" And the two toddlers made it easy enough--we just took them into the store by the ride where they entertained themselves by staring at the toy cars for sale and tearing them off the rack. Athena tells me Gabriel would take them down and stack them like he was building something. On the other hand, somehow I got a massive cramp in my shoulder from holding one of the infants. But nobody begged us to buy anything! ...Nevertheless, we did buy something. Disneyland has had these spray bottles with fans attached for years and it was hot so we decided to buy one. This became the kids' favorite distraction whenever there was a lull. (Of course, we turned the water off whenever we were standing in line (so as not to bother the other guests), which made for a lot of, "It's broken!" comments.)

Celeste's kids love Disney Jr., so we made it a point to go see the Disney Jr. show, and I must say, it's a lot more enjoyable when you have excited kids to watch it with. Before the show, Logan was getting ready to fall asleep in Athena's lap, but as soon as the Mickey Muppet popped up, he was riveted. He was still too cool to participate...until the Doc McStuffins bit had everybody popping bubbles. He still refused to stand up, but we can't blame him for being tired, because unlike the other kids, he didn't have a stroller to ride in. He was a walking champ. Meanwhile, Michael was in the back with the grandparents, and apparently he was living it up. Celeste's husband took a video of him dancing to all the Disney Jr. songs and it was hilarious.

Oh, I forgot to mention! Logan did go on Radiator Springs Racers, but he didn't like it very much. He seems to have inherited the same nervousness we did, so dark rides and fast rides aren't really his thing, and the Racers is a perfect blending of both! Yay. Sorry, Logan! I'm sure you'll like it when you get older! (It's okay; Mom dragged us on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad when we were his age. It would be another eight years before we would be willing to try that one again.)

After Disney Jr. and the Monsters Inc. ride (which I'm not sure how the kids felt about; I feel like the cars were once again too tall for them to see much, but at the end Roz hit on our brother-in-law ("You're quite a hunk; I'll be in your closet tonight")), we went to Paradise Pier, where the four little ones fell asleep, the four big kids went on the big roller coaster, and we took Logan on Toy Story Midway Mania. He did pretty good, too! He had like 40% accuracy most of the time (for reference, I think my average accuracy is about 23%).

Then it was time for dinner, so Athena and I sneaked off to get milkshakes while most everybody else had Mexican. Except for Mom and Steve, who went to see the Frozen show, which Steve loved and Mom enjoyed about as much as she generally enjoys theatre. Finally, the boys got to go on Rollickin' Roadsters (and pick new car colors) and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree one more time, and soon we all went home. It was kind of nice, because Logan was so tired, he was suggesting going home, so I didn't have my heart ripped out by a small child begging to stay longer. And that's just one more reason not to bring the stroller.

Finally, we all gathered at the rental house to play more Drawful. Maybe not the best idea, since it inevitably resulted in people staying up too late, but it was a lot of fun, anyway. Athena got "Frank Sinatra and Voltron" for one of her prompts. Then we all went home to get ready for one more day at the park. But more on that later.

Today I'm thankful for having a fun time working today, getting to the grocery store and back before the super high temperatures hit, getting to see the Disney Jr. show with the right demographic, having muddy buddies, and finally having one of those spray bottle fans (which we might not use until next summer, but you never know).
25th-Sep-2016 12:05 pm - Family Vacation
Okay, I think we're finally able to function again after our fun but exhausting vacation. As I mentioned at the beginning of the week, our family came into town for a visit to Disneyland.

The vacation kicked off Monday night (later than expected), when we went over to the house Mom and Steve were renting to hang out and play games. Aurora and her husband downloaded a game called Drawful 2 via Steam, which they described as a mix of Pictionary, Balderdash, and something else that I don't remember. Basically, everybody has a mobile device with which they log in to the game room, and then each player is given a title for a drawing. They draw a picture, and then the game shows each picture on the TV screen, and everybody who didn't draw it gets to make up a title for it. Then it shows all the title options, and everyone gets to guess what the real title is. For example, one time there was a drawing of a guy in a suit and tie, with two heads, and one of the heads was a dinosaur, and there was an American flag. The non-dinosaur head was supposed to be a mask, but you know how hard it is to draw on mobile devices without a stylus. And I don't remember what all the title options were, but the real title was, "The president is actually a dinosaur!" So it's ridiculous fun like that.

The real Disneyland trip began the next day, but Athena and I had to show up late because I had an orthodontist appointment. It turned out pretty well, though, because I wore the Mickey Mouse shirt I bought at DisneySea, and I was able to get rubber bands on my braces that matched my shirt! Tadah!

When we got to the park, I called Mom to let her know we were there, and she and Steve were just leaving Celeste and her family in Toon Town (where they'd gone to meet Mickey and Minnie; her son loves Mickey and her daughter adores Minnie) to meet Kimee at Splash Mountain. We happened to know that our friend Farley would be doing a set around that time, so we suggested we meet Mom halfway--in Frontierland, where we could hang out with Farley. So Mom and Steve got to meet Farley, and since Steve was wearing a birthday button, Farley let him request a song and we all sang Turkey in the Straw together. He also told them his set of Star Wars jokes. He had some terrible spoilery new ones, too.Collapse )

Kimee showed up, too, and she was a great audience, groaning at all his jokes. Despite her longtime obsession with Disneyland, she had never known about Farley.

Anyway, we all went on some rides, and met up with people, and parted ways with people, and got some of their new peanut butter sandwich candies, which are a lot like the old ones, only there's more peanut butter and it seems to have been mixed with more sugar (a welcome change to the recipe). And eventually we went to the Blue Bayou for lunch with Mom and Steve and Aurora and her husband. We got a really good table right next to the water, and the wait staff was amazing as usual. There was some family interaction that reminded us why we sometimes feel like we need to apologize just for being in a place, but our waitress made us feel better about that. And Mom and Steve even sprang for dessert. Of course, Steve got dessert for free because we told them we were celebrating his birthday (it was actually a couple weeks ago), and it was delicious chocolate mousse, which he passed around for everyone to try before finishing it himself. I really wish Disneyland would have chocolate mousse on the menu in more places. Maybe we'll just have to go to the Carthay Circle Lounge sometime when we have money to throw away.

After that, we met up with Celeste and her husband so we could watch their kids while they had their romantic Blue Bayou date. I think we spent the whole time in Fantasyland. Kimee has moved into the area and is going to a Young Single Adult ward where she has made a bunch of cast member friends--generous friends who put special readmission passes onto her park ticket, so we were able to get in a much, much shorter line to go on Peter Pan's Flight. Athena and I rode with Gabriel, but I'm having a really hard time remembering all the cute things he said. All I remember from that day was that every time we went through a tunnel, he would talk about the "time tunnel", which I'm told is a thing from Dinosaur Train. He even called Monstro a time tunnel when we went on Storybook Land. I also remember that he loved King Arthur's Carousel, and kept talking about riding the horsies.

And I think that's about it for day one. We were all pretty tired after that, which was not a good sign, because we still had two days to go, during which time we would be joined by three more kids!

We spent the next day in California Adventure. Gabriel is about two inches too short to go on any of the thrill rides, so his parents were hoping to compensate with a hat. (We later learned by watching other groups with small children that, not surprisingly, cast members are on to that sort of trickery. Parents really need to consider thick insoles. Or just come to terms with the fact that their child will get taller.) And so, since we got to the park before the whole thing opened, we went into the shops on Buena Vista Street to shop for a hat. As we were looking around, suddenly a small child comes barreling into me for a hug! It was Logan! Awww, our favorite nephew! (Just because he's the one we actually got to know before we cruelly moved away from our family.) Now all the cousins were together!

Soon the park opened, and we all went to Cars Land. Athena and I sent everybody on Mater's Junkyard Jamboree while we got fastpasses for Radiator Springs Racers. ...Or that was the plan, but this was the day we learned that Cars Land, and pretty much the majority of the park, is a terrible place to take babies. They can't go on anything! So some people stayed out with the nieces (both of whom were younger than a year old), while some other people went on the Mater ride and Athena and I went to get fastpasses. We took all the boys on Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters, which I think they liked, but more for the, "I want to ride a blue car!" aspect than for the dancing car aspect. When the ride was over, they were all ready to hop onto another car ("Now I want to ride a red one!") and go again. The nieces sat out again. I don't think they felt like they were missing out on much, though.

By then it was time for lunch, so we headed over to the opposite side of the park to Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta. But on the way out, we ran into none other than Lightning McQueen himself! Logan said, "Let's follow him!", which is what we were planning to do anyway, since that was the best way to leave Cars Land to get to the restaurant, but also because we know the boys like Cars, so duh we're going to try to meet McQueen. While we waited in line to see him, Logan took my camera and took about twenty pictures of him. When it was our turn, his cast member attendant noted that his little brother had Lightning tires! (Shoes with Lightning McQueen on them.) I didn't witness this myself, but I'm told that Michael put his foot in Lightning's mouth, and Lightning replied by saying, "Awesome!" I'm hoping the Disney photographer caught that moment on film. (They gave us a photo pass, but we haven't looked at any of the pictures yet.)

So that seemed to be a highlight, and then we went on to lunch. And now it's time for me and Athena to go on to lunch, so more on this report later.

Today I'm thankful for the wonderful wait staff at the Blue Bayou, Mom and Steve treating us to lunch there, getting to take the nephews to Cars Land, Disneyland chocolate mousse, and our beautiful DisneySea t-shirts.
23rd-Sep-2016 04:29 pm - Say I Love You volume 15
The family vacation is over, and we're back to a somewhat normal schedule. The only problem is we're completely wiped out and only barely able to function. So, even though ideally we'd be working away happily on a project that has already promised to be more time-consuming than originally anticipated, we're going to call it a day in the hopes that we can work more effectively after some proper rest. And we're also going to hope that the chapter of Cramer we turned in today is as coherent as we thought it was when we turned it in.

I don't really have the brain power to remember what all happened worth reporting on, so I'll save the report for tomorrow. And since three of the books we translated hit bookstore shelves this week, I really feel like we're falling behind on reviews. I meant to post one on Wednesday, but we were busy doing family vacation stuff. So how about one right now? Unfortunately, I don't have a catchy name for reviews on Friday, but anyway, here's a review of Say I Love You volume 15. Spoiler level: moderate.

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Today I'm thankful for getting to have a delightful vacation with our family, managing to finish that chapter of Cramer, Page posing like she's trying to touch her toes, still having our emergency ice cream (we bought it in case we got home from Disneyland one day and were in desperate need of more calories, since we tend to not eat enough when we go to Disneyland with people), and not having to go to the store today.
19th-Sep-2016 04:03 pm - Limbo
I was really not expecting to have time to update LiveJournal today, but now I do, and I'm not sure what to do with it. See, the plan is for the family to come into town for a Disneyland trip, and we had been told that Mom and Steve would be leaving early-ish--too early to check in to where they're staying--so we would probably meet up for lunch at Farrell's. We expected them by two, and now it's almost four and we haven't heard from them. I think it's probably just a communication problem and not that they got into an accident or anything, so mostly I'm thinking that's what we get for not nailing down a time.

In the meantime, we're working on a project that hasn't been announced yet, so we can't talk about that, and we haven't met up with family yet, so we can't talk about that, and I'm not sure what to talk about because everything else has been filed away in the "stuff we don't have time to worry about this week" cabinet.

I know! I can tell an amusing anecdote from church. When we got to church, I went to the organ to play prelude music, and Athena took up her normal spot in the pews. A visiting couple was sitting behind her, and they asked if she knew if we had a family history class during second hour. Athena said she didn't know; she's in the Primary, to which the couple responded, "Oh, so you're stuck in outer lightness." (See, because in the LDS church, we don't really believe in hell the same way other denominations do; instead, we talk about "outer darkness".)

After that, they asked if long hair was a trend in our ward, because both Athena and the organist had really long hair. Athena said no, it just happened that she and the organist had a lot of similar tastes. "Oh yeah, you are kind of dressed the same, now that you mention it." "And we have the same face, too!" And that's when they figured out that we were twins. Aaahhh ha ha ha...ha...ha.

Anyway. I guess it's time to go find some other way to kill time. Maybe we'll get back to work, or maybe we'll watch some anime.

Today I'm thankful for getting to work on a cool new project, the delicious chocolate snacks we got from Tokyo Treat, having a bunch of extra Hershey miniatures leftover from Singing Time yesterday, having time to post more pictures on Facebook (check 'em out!), and the fox plush on the desk still being super adorable.
18th-Sep-2016 06:30 pm - The trip comes to a close
We're back from church, and we still have a fair amount of ground to cover, so we better get to it!Collapse )

And that concludes our most recent Japan report. It was a short trip, but it was a lot of fun.

Today I'm thankful for another great trip to Japan, spare keys, getting to try the tipo tortas, super cute Halloween Danny merchandise, and the kids being reasonably well behaved in Primary today.
18th-Sep-2016 12:04 pm - Making the most of our time
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We have some time before church, and we're going to use it to see how much of this report we can get written!

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17th-Sep-2016 05:38 pm - Sea and Land
So I made the realization last night that we very likely won't have time to post to LJ from Monday until Friday (although I might make some time to post a review on Wednesday), which means I only have two days to finish up our Japan trip report! We have yet to determine if this will result in longer posts or multiple posts for today and/or tomorrow, but as you can see, it certainly didn't prompt me to post earlier. That's because we were working, because our Plans for next week won't really be conducive to that, either, and we have deadlines.

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Today I'm thankful for the most amazing chocolate crepes in the world, getting all the colors on our Crystal Compass, getting to pose for pictures on the Indiana Jones ride, having another lovely encounter with Stitch, and the bisho-nure course on Aquatopia.
16th-Sep-2016 06:45 pm - Out of Shadowland
Our schedule is completely out of whack today and we have no one to blame for it but ourselves. I mean, we'd have to be pretty lacking in logic to not have realized that our schedule would be seriously messed up after what we did today. ...Although, come to think of it, there is a little bit of shared blame, because we had a chapter of Persona Q to translate today, and we weren't expecting that until next week at the soonest. And that makes me fear for what might come along next week, because simulpubs like to be translated ASAP and we have Plans next week.

Anyway, the point is, we took the morning off to go to Disneyland. There was something at the beginning of the week that had us going, "Yeah, we really want to go this week! Well, if we get enough work done by the end of Thursday, we will!" And then we did get enough work done, but last night we couldn't remember what it was that had us wanting to go to Disneyland so badly. Nevertheless, we went. We lost a pin back in our luggage in Japan and we wanted to buy some spares, and they had some new Halloween food offerings we wanted to check out--namely, butterscotch beignets and maple creme brulee. Both of them tasted good enough, but clearly someone was afraid to commit on the flavors. The beignets were barely butterscotchy and the creme brulee smelled like maple the first time I put it to my mouth and that was about as maple as it got. But the latter was served at the Jolly Holiday, which does have a reputation among our associates (read: us and Gaston) for generally being vaguely disappointing. In its defense, though, despite the lack of maple, the creme brulee was very good, so if it hadn't billed itself as being maple, we would not have been disappointed at all. Unless the attempt to make it taste like maple is what made them do whatever it was that made it taste good.

And then we came home and had a new book to add to our schedule! Tadah!

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Today I'm thankful for stumbling on Hangar Stage, getting to see a super amazing show, getting to try maple pumpkin churros, having the soundtrack for the show (it even has all the dialogue! but none of the visuals, so it can't ruin the effect of seeing it live), and getting to try the new seasonal food offering at Disneyland today.
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