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21st-Feb-2018 04:27 pm - Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun volume 3
It's that time again! Review Rednesday! And this week, we present our review of Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun, volume three! Spoilers ahead!

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Tadah! Aww, what a nice series. I like it.

This week's releases once again include nothing! Tadah! That's okay, it gives us a chance to let our review posts catch up with the releases. Anyway, tune in next week for our review of My Monster Secret volume 9!

Today I'm thankful for having a good chance of finishing our work quota with time to spare today, reminders of how much we like Hanako-kun, Tsuchigomori, finishing the hard part of our work quota already, and having the heater on all morning.
20th-Feb-2018 09:09 pm - A minor setback
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Today was supposed to be back to work as usual. ...Or sort of. We needed to shift our schedule a little because of potential Disneyland plans, but other than that, it should have been fine. But then there were two problems. First, we failed to go grocery shopping at the regular time, and we were running out of essentials, so we had to take time out for that. And second, Microsoft Word randomly decided to stop working, so we had to spend way too much time trying to get it to work again. That was frustrating.

But the grocery store turned out great. There was a sale on Pepperidge Farm cookies, and they had the Reese's peanut butter creme eggs we'd heard were so amazing last year. And to top it all off! for Christmas and through Valentine's Day, they were selling gigantic plushies, and we had our eye on a giant caterpillar for the longest time. We kept telling ourselves one day we were going to get it. But when we got to that aisle today, we noticed all those plushies were gone. There were some new ones there for Easter which were also super adorable, but they were no giant caterpillars. We just sighed and told ourselves that we didn't need one anyway.

But then! a twist of fate that involved killing time while we waited for an employee to restock the Milanos (we were hoping for salted caramel, but he was taking forever, so we settled for dulce de leche) led us to the Valentine's clearance area, where they had! the giant caterpillar plushie! And it was 50% off, so we got it even cheaper! Woohoo!

But then we had to come home and work until bedtime again because not only was our schedule thrown off but we had to spend a million years coming up with nothing to solve how to deal with not just tsukkomi and boke (which can be hard enough), but also nori. I wish English speakers had a similar grasp of comedic formulas to the Japanese. That would make those translations sooooo much easier.

But on the bright(?) side! Last night, we called Mom as we tend to do once a week, and she was indulging in some sadism by acting like our stepsister is better than we are, so we retaliated by guilting her into watching Princess Principal. I mean, we think she would have enjoyed the series anyway, and we'd mentioned it to her before, but guilt can be a powerful motivator. I mean, we don't usually set out to use guilt deliberately, and we did mean it to be playful...but we're not complaining about the results, especially! because Mom and Steve seem to be enjoying it now. Either that, or it's like a train wreck and they can't look away. I guess we'll find out when they either manage to stop watching or they get to the end.

Today I'm thankful for finally getting the giant caterpillar plushie, spreading the love(?) of Princess Principal, having lots of cookies and candy to help us make it through, making decent progress on work despite setbacks, and the work being enjoyable anyway.
19th-Feb-2018 09:08 pm - Weekend with friends
This weekend has certainly been a weekend. Mostly, we had Gaston and Alice over, and they were set up in the room with the computer, so when we were home and they were out hockeying, we entertained ourselves in other ways.

So what happened was, Gaston had told us that there was going to be a hockey tournament, so we knew to expect him, but as the time for the tournament came closer, until eventually it was the first day of the tournament, and we hadn't heard anything from him, we started to think that maybe he wasn't coming after all, although of course we should have known better. Late Friday morning he called to let us know he and Alice were on their way. We said okay, yeah, that's cool, but we have this book due today (Friday), so instead of joining you for a few minutes at Disneyland before you go hockeying and hanging out there all afternoon, you should maybe pick us up after the game. We talked for a while after that until Alice kindly pointed out that, hello Gaston, we just told you the book is due today, maybe you should let us work on it. So that's what we did, but we didn't finish it. We were hoping to take advantage of the three-day weekend to get it in late without hurting anybody but ourselves. Our editor didn't email us with a, "Where is it!?" so I think we're okay.

At Disneyland, we found ourselves on the topic of light bulb jokes (of the "how many such-and-such does it take to change one" variety), so that's immediately what we thought of when, on It's A Small World, we saw that the Canadian Mountie was shrouded in darkness. "How many Disneyland cast members does it take to change a light bulb?" My first thought was, "More than they have," because the light bulb obviously had not been changed. Then I got bitter and my answer changed to, "We appreciate your question, and we're sorry you had a bad experience, but did you know that Walt Disney once said that Disneyland will never be finished as long as there is imagination in the world?" I mostly meant it as a nonsense answer, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that light bulbs that turn on would be part of completion, so...

Anyway, that all in turn led to a sort of Where's Waldo? game of finding light bulbs that needed replacing. The thing is, though, it was actually easier than Where's Waldo, because there are a lot of them. To be fair, this is partially because there are probably literally about a million light bulbs at Disneyland, so statistically, they will probably be easier to find, but on the other hand, you'd think a quality theme park known for its attention to detail would be more proactive about changing them as quickly as possible. But again to be fair, for all we know, those lights had gone out in the course of the operating day.

The next day was Saturday, and we all opted to go out for breakfast instead of sleeping in, a choice we were loathe to make, but we had a diabetic in need of insulin, and the Pancake House was convenient to the place where we would obtain it. And the pancakes were very tasty indeed.

After that, Gaston had no hockey games, and our passes were blocked out, so we all went over to the Alpine Village and looked at all kinds of neat German things. There was a used bookstore that seemed like exactly the kind of place you would find a literally magical book, especially since it was in a place like the Alpine Village. We were disappointed in that hope, but it wasn't a total bust, because the store had a cat and the cat likes us pretty well.

Then there was stuff and things and Alice surprised us by vacuuming our floors, and now here we are maybe almost caught up with work. Today I'm thankful for a fun weekend with friends, the cat at the used bookstore, the visitor girl who sang with our ward choir on Sunday (we have a fair amount of sopranos, but none of them are confident enough to sing out; if not for this girl, the melody would have been inaudible), Alice vacuuming our floors, and getting to catch up on sleep this morning without completely destroying our schedule.
15th-Feb-2018 09:14 pm - A piece of peace
Miraculously, we finished our work quota with an hour before bedtime! And! our next assignments are due late enough that we didn't feel the need to get a head start! And let's face it, even if we did feel that need, we would probably ignore it, because we neeeeeeeed to slow down. At any rate, we're glad it's looking like our slowdown is not going to cause a major crunch later (at least, it doesn't look that way yet), and we spent an hour playing Dissidia Opera Omnia, and it was nice.

We are a little concerned, because the major surprise conflict this week was that we have a book due tomorrow, which we haven't finished yet, but there was talk of Gaston coming to Disneyland at some time that we thought was around now, and yet we've had no word from him. It's good, because it means we won't have to email our editor and say, "So, um, we're just going to take advantage of the three-day weekend to get this to you before the workweek starts next week..." But we are going to need to call Gaston and make sure he's alive.

Today I'm thankful for getting to play Dissidia, finishing our work quota, Page getting acquainted with our peacock supervisor, having a little bit of time to relax, and having more time to work this week than we thought (because we really needed it).
14th-Feb-2018 07:17 pm - Land of the Lustrous volume 4
We got so carried away with work today that we almost forgot it was Review Rednesday! So here we are, with our review of Land of the Lustrous volume four! Spoilers ahead!

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Ah, that series. I miss it, partly because it doesn't usually take very long to translate. (But with the way the story has developed, that might change.) The next volume is on our schedule "when we get a free moment (rofl)."

Anyway, a translation of ours actually came out this week! What! Fire Force volume 8, on sale now! Check it out! And tune in next week, for our review of Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun 3!

Today I'm thankful for a really great episode of Mitsuboshi Colors this week, still being mostly on schedule, getting to review Land of the Lustrous, getting to watch Galavant, and the hope that one day there will be more cool fairy-tale style musicals that don't have a bunch of crude humor.
13th-Feb-2018 09:06 pm - Reporting in
The work work work continues. That is all.

Today I'm thankful for meeting our quota at any rate, Page sometimes getting off the laptop, still having a giant peacock plushie to supervise, being pretty much on schedule I think, and the hope that one day our workload will be lighter.
12th-Feb-2018 09:36 pm - Sort of late
Not much time to talk--we're up late and we need to, like, not lose too much sleep. We went to turn in some things this morning and realized that there was another part of that project that we hadn't translated, sooo that was not the best start to the morning. And we were already starting slow because sometimes that just happens. And then there was a Disneyland survey, and I always have to say yes to those because I want Disneyland to realize that I used to love them but if they're going to keep doing such shoddy work, I can't love them anymore.

There's also the matter of articles about manga piracy, which we had to post about on Facebook, because we have some Facebook friends who read pirated manga, and we're like, "Hello? You're kind of completely undermining everything I do. Could you, like...not?" It especially bugs us because some of them are the kind of people to share angry rants about how artists should get paid for their work, and we're like, "HELLO!" But I don't have time to rant about that now.

Today I'm thankful for finishing our work quota, not having to stay up too late to do it, Disneyland surveys, Page actually not staying on the laptop all day when we needed it, and having a lovely chat with Mom and Steve.
11th-Feb-2018 09:08 pm - Relax
Another week of not posting about the Harry Potter Christmas light show. I want to post about it, I really do. But since I woke up at like five-thirty or six this morning feeling like my heart rate was elevated and not like I'd woken up from a nightmare, I thought maybe all the constant working is stressing me out and I should use this day of rest to, like, rest and stuff. Especially because we made the mistake of checking our schedule, which sent my heart rate up a little more when we realized we have not one, but two books due this week. So we mostly spent the day reading manga and playing with jigsaw puzzle apps (that last one may not have been the best idea, because puzzles seem to be stressing me out, too, but I really wanted to! I think I figured out that the problem is that when the pieces are all scattered, it's chaos, which is not exactly serene).

We also opened up some packages, revealing our super adorable giant peacock plushie! And we finally opened the latest YumeTwins box, which came with another bento box! Now we have two, so we can each have our own bento to take to our Disneyland Office. Now if only we can figure out what kinds of things we could put in a bento that we'd actually eat. At this point, based on our current ideas, the whole box would be full of peanut butter sandwiches.

Today I'm thankful for super adorable giant peacock plushies, the other super adorable hedgehog plushie that came in our YumeTwins box, deep breaths, jigsaw puzzle apps, and having time to just relax.
10th-Feb-2018 09:45 pm - The intensest of intense weeks
I feel like this week has been the most intense of intense weeks. When eating some pizza last night, it had an adverse affect on the pressure on my teeth from my braces, so my jaw felt very tired, and it wouldn't go away. And I haven't been sleeping so well lately, which didn't really help with the restoring homeostasis thing, and we had to go grocery shopping, and with the sensitive teeth and the adrenaline charging through my system, I wasn't very hungry, so I wasn't eating enough to fuel all my activity, so I've been a little lightheaded all day. Athena's not in quite so bad a situation, but we're thinking the accumulated stress from the weeks and weeks of almost nonstop work can't be so healthy for her, either. And so we were very relieved to finish our work quota today.

I mean, ideally we wouldn't have had to work at all today, but you all know by now that that's not how our workload rolls. We have made mental notes to turn down certain types of work offers in the future unless we have a lot less work. But those notes won't help us until after we've made it through this crunch. On the bright side, we had a lot of interesting extras to translate.

The sad thing is, we found out about a miniature sci-fi convention in town that was today, but we couldn't go to it because we had to work. I mean, we could have not worked today, but that would have made things worse next week. It's always hard figuring out the balance. Do I work harder now so things will be easier next week, or do I get rest now so I don't die and can work more effectively going forward? I don't know. But our deadline for today's work is Monday, so...I guess we could have finished it on Monday, but we're not sure if the deadline is for the end of the day, or for noon. And, as usual, we have other things we need to get done next week, too. And! since Gaston and Alice never showed up this week, they will definitely be coming next week! (We kind of figured that would be the case, since we Googled local hockey tournaments, and there weren't any this weekend, but there's more than one next weekend. We were grateful, because it meant we didn't have to push back any deadlines (which always causes a bit of a domino effect).)

Anyway. I should stop typing because boy oh boy do we need sleep. Today I'm thankful for finishing our work, being all caught up writing reviews, our friend inviting us to the Art Crawl tonight (we had to turn that down, too, but we appreciate the invitation!), the laundry room not being crowded today, and Haagen Dazs ice cream being on sale.
9th-Feb-2018 09:24 pm - Interrupted momentum
Oh, man, this week has been tough. We've had so many projects. Usually, if we finish something, that's a fair excuse to stop for the day, especially if it's dinner time, because then we have dinner and only like an hour or two before we start getting ready for bed (sometimes we take extra long at dinner because that's also when we take a break to play Kingdom Hearts Union Cross, and we don't always put it down as quickly as we should). But not this week. This week, if we finished something, that was when it was time to start on the next thing. It's hard, because we have this programmed response of, "Finished! Time for a nice, long break." Only this week, it was like, "Juuust kidding!"

To make matters worse, now that we were at the end of the week, we had momentum interrupters in the form of an orthodontist appointment, and an appointment to help clean the church tonight. Both of those things turned out to go pretty okay and normally wouldn't have been anything to complain about. But they totally sapped our motivation. And! the nature of our current project is such that each phase comes in smaller blocks, so we'd finish one phase and be like, "Okay, done! Right?" Wrong. You have to go on to phase two. But because of all the overwork from the week up until then, paired with the interrupted momentum, our brains had a very strong averse reaction to getting back to work. So we were a liiittle bit loopy.

And in fact, we had to check something for a flashback, and we looked at the original scene, and we were like, "Wow, I'm sure glad we had our heads on straight back then, because we would never have come up with that now." But to be fair, that happens with a lot of flashbacks.

Anyway, that being the case, when we got back from cleaning the church, we chose to write some of the reviews that have been piling up instead of doing our actual job. Hopefully that won't be too much of a detriment to our schedule tomorrow and next week.

Today I'm thankful for our appointments going well, managing to get a not terrible amount of work done despite it all, getting to talk with friends from church, our package from Otaku Mode arriving today, and plans to sleep in tomorrow (hopefully we'll still have time to do other things after that).
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