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24th-Nov-2015 04:53 pm - The nile
Today we are in denial about work. We were hoping the little project that came up yesterday would only take an hour to translate, and then we could translate the latest installment of Fruits Basket Another, and then we could go to the store and get paper plates and plastic cups because we're having the missionaries over for dinner tonight, and then we could tidy up a little and everything would be all nice and happy. But more than two hours into this project, we weren't even halfway done, but we were too brain-tired to deal with it, so we went to lunch, then worked on Fruits Basket (finished a first draft, but some parts need tweaking), and then got ready for the missionaries.

Now we have ordered some pizzas and everything should be on the way (including the missionaries)! But we still have this project to deal with in the future, and we were planning to spend this week working on the next Your Lie in April. Wait, is there supposed to be a holiday this week? Just kidding, I totally know. But we're still planning to work. Only maybe not so diligently, but it depends on how things go with this silly little not-so-little project that we're working on.

Today I'm thankful for managing to get most of the things done today that we want to get done (we'll probably finish up that FB translation after the missionaries leave...or tomorrow when we're in denial about work again), getting to look forward to a lovely visit from the missionaries, our table being less cluttered than it's been in months, getting more handbells in the mail (and even more should be arriving before eight), and Thin Mint Crunch bars being on sale.
23rd-Nov-2015 04:20 pm - Musical
Once again, Sunday turns out to be our busiest day. With Christmas coming up, it's time to put together a stake choir! Since our friend Rose moved to another city, there's a new stake music director, and she's taken it upon herself to direct the choir, which is great, because now Athena gets to sing! (Choir directors aren't supposed to sing during the performance.) Unfortunately, we're not exactly enamored with the arrangements of the songs we'll be singing. But that's okay, because we have total control not only over our ward choir's sacrament meeting performance, but also over all the musical entertainment to be provided at our ward Christmas party! (Oh, and the Primary's Christmas performance, too, come to think of it.) Overwhelming? You bet it is!

But on the other hand, it's kind of fun to look at Christmas songs and decide what would be good for everything. I pretty much decided (even though Athena's the one in charge) that the ward choir will sing "Far, Far Away on Judea's Plains", and I'm super excited about it. But we're not sure if the choir can learn it, so we might have to nix that idea. We shall see.

Other than that, there hasn't been a whole lot of deciding on anything, because we only just got the assignment last week while we were in the middle of finishing Noragami 11, and then we were binge watching the end of Seven Deadly Sins, and then there was yesterday, and today! we decided we really did need to take a day off, because we're starting to feel under the weather. That, and we're tired of everything. ...Which makes this the perfect time to get another one of those little projects that pops up from time to time. It's on the bigger side of the little projects, but we're still insisting on doing it tomorrow, because we are BUSY taking a day off.

Oh, but speaking of The Seven Deadly Sins, our very brief spoiler-free review is that it's pretty great all the way through! The ending isn't the ending ending, but it still leaves off in a satisfying place. And all the characters are so wonderful, and so caring about each other. That's the great thing about shonen anime--friendship is usually one of the central themes. And it's a pretty great one.

But anyway, we have more day-offing to do. ...After we finally get back to working out.

Today I'm thankful for Christmas music, getting to take a day off, getting to watch all of The Seven Deadly Sins, getting to try some "duet bites" (little bite-sized brownie/madeleine hybrids), and being back at the beginning of our workout program so the idea of getting back to it after slacking off for almost a week isn't quite so intimidating.
21st-Nov-2015 03:46 pm - Season of the Force
Well, we've finally done it. We turned in our Noragami translation, including some new and tweaked notes, and I think we've gotten all the Noragami out of our system. ...Well, not out of our system, but we've made it through our Noragami to-do list, including writing a long review of the volume we just translated. I'm kind of impatient to post our review of volume eight, but I think we'll still make it wait its turn.

Anyway, now we can finally post about the trip to Disneyland we took on Tuesday, assuming we can remember any of it. But they've got some new stuff going on, so it might be worth talking about.Collapse )

Today I'm thankful for getting to go on Hyperspace Mountain, getting to go on the Jingle Cruise, getting to try out cocoa floats, getting to ride the caboose on Casey Jr., and figuring out how to set my camera so it can take nice pictures without a flash.
20th-Nov-2015 09:29 pm - Konk
I was so sure work would go swimmingly, we'd finish our translation with maybe only an hour of overtime, and then we'd have dinner, watch the new episode of Noragami, finally find out who plays Koto, and watch the last six episodes of Seven Deadly Sins. AND have time to write about our trip to Disneyland on Tuesday!

...Who am I kidding, I wasn't remotely sure about that. I did hope, though. Anyway, it's not quite nine-thirty, and we just finished up. We did take time out to watch an episode of Elementary, though, and it took a lot longer than it should have because it kept needing to buffer or whatever, so it's not like we've been working all day. But the point is, this volume of Noragami didn't require a lot of research, but it did require significant research, and all of it was in the second half, which is what we edited today.

Anyway, we're gonna go find out who plays Koto now. Today I'm thankful for finally finishing that volume, discovering upon our third read-through that it actually all sounds pretty good, getting to try salted caramel peanut butter (we think it may be a little too salty, but it smells really nice), getting to have yummy pizza for dinner, and NatureBox's sweet kettle crunch.
19th-Nov-2015 08:28 pm - Working hard or hardly working?
As suggested by the subject line, today was a day when we asked ourselves, "Working hard or hardly working?" Only we didn't really ask ourselves that; we just thought about the answer, which was "yes". As mentioned earlier in the week, we had people coming over to do renovations on our apartment today. It only got in the way of work for a couple of hours (which is actually a lot, come to think of it), but even when we were working, we were so distracted by the fact that there were people in our apartment doing stuff. I'm not sure if it really affected productivity at all, but it sure felt like it did.

But now they have left and our apartment is nice and newly renovated! Yay! And we've gradually been moving all our furniture (and boxes of stuff) back into place, and somehow it feels like we have an awful lot more space now, even though it's all the same stuff. So that's extra nice. It's also extra nice that when we couldn't be working, we could be on the phone with our little sister. So overall, today has been a good day, except for the fact that we're only just finishing work at eight-thirty. But I know it could be much worse, so I'm just thankful that we have time to watch some anime.

I'm also thankful that we managed to meet our work quota. We're finally back on track after so many setbacks yesterday and today. (We also translated a chapter of Persona Q manga!)

Today I'm thankful for having shiny renovations in our apartment, the renovators being done with their work, being back on track for our Noragami goals, getting to try some new (to us) cheddar and caramel popcorn, and being done with work for the day.
18th-Nov-2015 06:06 pm - The Ice Reaper, volume two
Work is slow, because we wore ourselves out yesterday and slept in. But who cares? It's Review Rednesday! And one of our favorite books of all time came out yesterday, but we're not going to post about it today because we still have some reviews from last week! Or was it the week before? Oh well. And I couldn't decide which one to post about first, so I let the alphabet decide for me! I pulled up our list of reviews, and Ice Reaper showed up first. So here it is, our review of Final Fantasy Type-0: The Ice Reaper volume two. Spoiler alert level: Probably high, unless you've played the game and talked to every single person.

The Ice Reaper, volume 2Collapse )

Today I'm thankful for getting to work on another fun chapter of UQ Holder!, making not the worst progress on Noragami, happy reminiscences of the Hercules animated series, at least one of us (the cat) having a sure way to stay warm in these cold winter autumn months, and it being time for dinner.
17th-Nov-2015 11:10 am - Party time?
Today is a really weird day because of other people organizing stuff. Disneyland does a thing where every...I don't know, few months? They contact all the people whose annual passports are about to expire and invites them to an annual passport anniversary party. The party for people who got their passes around the holiday season is tonight! And even though we have a lot of other things to deal with and it's cold, we want to go. So that's what we're going to do after lunch today.

In the meantime, of course the Noragami stage play is opening just days after we're set to leave Japan. There was talk of staying longer, but even if we had decided to do that, we would still be leaving right before the show opens. And we don't want to stay longer because we're concerned about Page, and our mental and physical stamina will surely be completely depleted by then anyway.

But speaking of Japan! I think most of you already know via Facebook, but we booked our hotel last night. This is getting to be really real. And after we posted about it on Facebook, our friend Kyoya commented and offered to show us around! He had been trying to convince us to go to Japan for years, but then we hadn't talked to him in a while, so I thought maybe he'd given up on us, but it turns out he hasn't!

It's just interesting to think about how this whole trip is becoming a reality, and it's due in large part to friends we met at Anime Expo. I was reflecting on it last night and listening to "Compass of Your Heart" in my head because we are so going on that ride again (the song is from Sindbad's Storybook Voyage at Tokyo DisneySea), and I decided to actually start paying attention to the lyrics right at the part that goes "osorezu susumeba tomodachi ga te o sashinobete kureru sa," which means "if you go forward without fear, friends will reach out to help." And then I felt a renewed gratitude for all the friends that have been placed in our path as we go throughout life, and for that song because it's an amazing song.

Today I'm very thankful for encouraging song lyrics, all the friends who reach out to help, annual passholder anniversary parties (even if they're held after park hours when it's cold), the perfect opportunity to go check out the Season of the Force, and the hope of getting to see Koto in the next episode of Noragami.
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Oh my gosh, you guys. Noragami is getting good. Also maybe a little like, "Oh shoot, we need to tell the readers this thing before we move on to this other thing!" So it gets a little episodic in this volume (eleven), but that's okay, because it's still Noragami and it's still fun. And I'll stop talking about it now, but man it's hard to think of much else.

This week is shaping up to be all Noragami all the time, except that that's kind of a total lie. I guess I just kind of block out all the extraneous things that are going to take up all our time, so I don't think about them and I think about the non-extraneous things instead, and that means Noragami. But man, this week. It was supposed to be a week of, "Aah, yes, now we can sit back and work slowly on things because we don't have a zillion impending deadlines." But then this Noragami deadline decided to be more impending than it was originally, and we have a Disneyland thing to go to, and our apartment management decided to do some minor renovations, which is nice and all but requires us to move our furniture (and boxes and boxes of unpacked stuff) out of the way, which of course takes time, and then we don't know how things are going to work out with people doing renovations in our apartment while we're supposed to be working and why couldn't the Disneyland thing be on the same day as the renovations aaaaaaaahhhh. (<--so exasperated by it all that I don't have the energy to yell)

Ergo, so much for a laid back week. I don't know if we're ever going to get a laid back week ever again. I hope we do. Oh goodness, I hope we do.

Anyway, a thought just popped into my head reminding me of the American Girl buy a doll give a doll campaign, in which if you buy an American Girl doll, they claim they'll give one to a girl in need, and suddenly we're finding ourselves really wanting American Girl dolls. They have a new one from 1812, and one from the 1950s! But we couldn't figure out what time period the 1812 one was from because the doll description is useless and the book covers look like Harlequin romance only without the guys. And we've always been interested in Kaya, and the Josefina dolls are beautiful. But then I remember that there's a reason Mom is now in possession of all our family's American Girl dolls and I think we should save our money (for Japan!), but but but!

But we have Stuff to do, so we'd better at least go eat dinner.

Today I'm thankful for another fun volume of Noragami, opportunities to dream about buying American Girl dolls, having a Disneyland thing to go to, this week's episodes of SailorMoon SuperS having Helios, and Page once again beings super cute in her heated cat bed.
15th-Nov-2015 06:08 pm - Delicate topics
There's an issue that's been all over Facebook lately, and I wasn't going to talk about it, because even though a lot of our Facebook friends said you couldn't set foot (metaphorically speaking, of course) on social media without being flooded with posts about this issue, I was pretty sure that only really counted for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and people with LDS friends. Then we started to see headlines about it popping up at Yahoo, which probably is choosing articles based on our cookies, but since they weren't specifically posted by our LDS and former LDS friends, I figured it's gotten big enough that it wouldn't be a bad idea to step in and give my thoughts on the matter.

So here goes.Collapse )

Today I'm thankful for scoring another pound cake at Bread Day, having Bread Day today (the day after we forgot to buy bread at the store (usually we never would, but when we got to the bread aisle in our shopping routine, there was a guy stocking the shelves, so we said, "Eh, we'll come back later," and...)), "Magical Moments" coming up on our playlist right now, the hope of getting to sing in the stake choir (for all our ward choir participation, neither of us ever gets to sing), and our shiny blue Jamberry manicures.
13th-Nov-2015 04:13 pm - The Seven Deadly Sins (anime)
We did it! We finished Your Lie in April today! It's not like there was much doubt about that, but it's still nice that we did it. We did lose one of the days off we were planning to take next week, though, because one of our deadlines got pushed up a couple of weeks, and it's for a series that usually takes more than three days to finish.

But more importantly, we finally had time to start binge watching The Seven Deadly Sins last night! I was a little worried, after so much anticipation, that we wouldn't like it very much, but even if that turned out to be the case, we'd probably keep watching for Yuuki Kaji, like we did with Attack on Titan. But it turns out, we like this series a lot! It has a really nice old-school fantasy feel to it that's like...I didn't know I missed it, but I'm glad to have it back.

Now for stuff about the story.Collapse )

I think that's all I really wanted to talk about for now. It's a really fun series so far, and we're looking forward to seeing the rest of it! (We watched seven episodes last night.) Then we're going to have to figure out how we want to go about getting the rest of the story. Do we buy the manga, or do we wait for more anime? I mean, of course we're all about supporting manga, but some of the fight scenes make me wonder if they would come across as well. And of course, the manga doesn't have Kaji-kun. Oh well, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Today I'm thankful for finally getting to watch The Seven Deadly Sins, not being disappointed by it, having a really fun chapter of UQ Holder! today (I forget how much I love Ikku), finishing our translation of Your Lie in April, and having plans to work on Noragami very soon.
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