Well, first, I should probably link to this article
where we and some other translators give advice! Tadah! (There's a letterer version, too, featuring lyschan
, and it's right here
. Tadah again!)
I think I had something else I wanted to mention second, but I don't remember what it was anymore. Maybe just to say that we don't hate Daylight Saving Time, but having to wake up early on not just the first day, but the first and
second day of it had us a little grumpy. We're doing okay now, but we still think we've been up longer than is reasonable.
Finally, with all the doing stuff going on (mostly just work, but also some babysitting--it was pretty uneventful), ( if I don't type up our reaction to the Apollo ending we got on Saturday soon, I'll forget all about it.Collapse )
Today I'm thankful for completing some responsibilities we'd been slacking on, not having to change diapers while we were babysitting, having plans to go to Disneyland this week, new Noragami tonight, and not having to get up early tomorrow (as far as we know).
Well today turned out to have kind of an odd schedule, and not just because of the time change. We had a surprise guest! (It wasn't that much of a surprise by the time it actually happened, but we hadn't planned for it, certainly.)
It started at church. About halfway through Primary, our neighbor's daughter realized that I was there playing the piano, and she said to the Primary leader who had been sitting with her, "Excuse me. Twins are here!" When she got the chance to talk to us later, she asked if we lived there (at the church). We told her no, we live near you, remember?
Well. If she had forgotten before, she remembered now. So about half an hour after we got home, there's a knock at the door. The little girl's mother had been trying very hard to keep her from dashing off to our apartment, but after so many tries, she decided to give in. So she visited with us while her mom ran some errands.
We actually have some stuff in common with the girl, including a fondness for My Little Pony, so she found our Fluttershy almost immediately and then took her with her (almost) everywhere. She also really likes Kingdom Hearts, so when I played "Dearly Beloved" for her on the piano, she liked it so much that she only let me stop when the game had been started up and the music was playing on the title screen. Then Athena loaded a game, and Dearly Beloved wasn't playing anymore, so I had to get back to the piano. And I said, "Can I stop and watch the game now?" and she said, "No, you have to keep playing."
It's super cute, though, because she doesn't call Sora by name--to her, he's "my father," we assume because that's who she plays with. Athena's theory, based on personal experience today, is that when she asks him what's happening, and he describes it, he'd answer, for example, "I just hit that Heartless with my Keyblade." And Riku is "my father's friend who turns evil." Almost every time, she uses that full description. Of course, she's Kairi, but she still calls Kairi by name.
We had an amusing conversation about Heartless. We called them Heartless, and she said, "No, they're Darkness!" She corrected us several times, until we finally convinced her that they really are called Heartless...and then Sora got swallowed up by some darkness, and she asked, "What happened?" and we said, "He got swallowed up by the darkness!" and she said, "You mean Heartless." It was super adorable.
And then she went home, and we relaxed for a little while, and read some books, and called Mom to talk to her for a while, and then we were like, "Whoa, it's six o'clock? But it totally doesn't feel like six o'clock. ...Oh yeah."
Today I'm thankful for not being kept up too late last night by Apollo's needlessly long storyline (okay, maybe not needlessly...no, I do think some things could have been kept shorter), cute little visitors, the little visitors going home (she's adorable and we love her, but we have stuff we want to do!), extra daylight, and the great lessons we had in church.
Sometimes, it feels like two days in the weekend are not enough. Fortunately, today is only sort of one of those days, and mostly only because of Daylight Saving Time paired with 9am church.
It also doesn't help that the Apollo chapters in Kamigami no Asobi are sooooooo loooooong. Oh my goodness. If we had been going with Hades's story, we probably would have finished in time to have ice cream last night. Instead, we were up too late.( But the kid is so cute.Collapse )
Today I'm thankful for getting to buy more Girl Scout cookies, finding out the deal with the plants, apple slicer thingies, waking up at reasonable time this morning, and our grocery store carrying organic fruit. Seriously, we just decided to start trying this "fruit" thing, and then at the Relief Society activity we had a lecture that was like, "Be careful what fruit you buy because SOME OF IT WILL KILL YOU!" (it wasn't that bad, but we took it that bad).
We decided to take another half day today, mostly because we wanted to. But we did have a chapter of UQ Holder! to work on, which helped justify it better. UQ Holder! can take up to half a day, which means anything else we work on will only be worked on for half a day, so we might as well just save it all until next week.
Anyway, of course we've been spending our non-working time playing Kamigami no Asobi, ( and I'm really liking Apollo's storyline.Collapse )
I have to mention something from the Relief Society activity, though. Towards the end, I found myself sitting on the stage with all the kids who'd been brought along (theoretically there was babysitting, but...), and one of the kids, out of the blue, asked me if I like Disneyland. Later, his little brother was running away from me (or something--I was distracted playing with our neighbor's daughter), so the kid yells at him to come back, "No, she's nice! She likes Disneyland!"
Today I'm thankful for Apollo's adorableness, fond remembrances of the Hercules animated series, having a great time at the Relief Society activity, kids with good judgment, and graham cracker pie crust.
We made today a half day for work, mostly because we wanted to. We have a Relief Society activity tonight at six, so we wanted more time for video games. Fortunately our schedule is a little light right now, so we can afford to do that.
We've been working on Say I Love You., and it's still driving us a little crazy with all the promiscuity. I know a lot of people think that saving yourself for marriage is an old-fashioned thing to do, but I don't like having that concept shoved in my face. (To be fair, at least Mei wants to wait until she and Yamato have made enough progress in their relationship.)
But when the series is about other activities, we tend to really like it. The main thing that amuses me is that the theme song for the anime is a Ritsuko Okazaki song called "Friendship," which has led to two things that amuse the two of us, and possibly will not really amuse anyone else, but I'm going to talk about them anyway.
First, when we watched the anime, we recognized the song right away, because we listened to it while we were working on Love Hina. I'm not sure if Okazaki-san wrote the song for Love Hina, or it just got used in Love Hina with a bunch of other songs she wrote, but considering the contrasting reactions to Love Hina and Say I Love You from the same types of people...we smirk that the same song was used for both series.
Second, because Say I Love You's theme song was written by Ritsuko Okazaki, we thought it would be a good idea to listen to more of her music while translating the series (because we only have one Say I Love You CD). So we were listening to our Fruits Basket CD, and we got to this scene where they were telling the moral of the chapter, which is you need to learn to love yourself. That message plus music from Fruits Basket (the series that scoffs at the trite advice of "you have to love yourself before others can love you") provided an amusing contrast.
Still, I don't think the message in Say I Love You was necessarily contradicting the one in Fruits Basket. In Fruits Basket, they're pointing out that sometimes there's more to the problem than whether or not you love yourself. In Say I Love You, the characters tend to actively shut themselves off from other people, without as much provocation as what Kisa went through. Both are important--you have to be able to look at yourself and acknowledge your good qualities, but it's also true that a basic human need is love from outside sources. The tricky thing is that it's pretty much impossible to get one without the other.
Today I'm thankful for being able to stop work early for the day, the edit on the lexiconny thing not taking nearly as much time as the translation, excuses to listen to Ritsuko Okazaki, our package making it to the right address, and getting to go to an activity tonight.
My two main thoughts on work today are, "Uuuuuuuuugh," and "I don't wanna talk about it." I mean, I kind of do, but it's too much of a jumble. (Obviously I wanted to talk about it a little, or I wouldn't have said anything about it at all.)
And then there's Kamigami no Asobi, ( about which I guess I have stuff to say.Collapse )
So...that's all. Today I'm thankful for making good progress on work today, finding the missing mythology monologue, having time to start doing our research, having ice cream, and getting to watch Burn Notice.
Due to yesterday's poor scheduling, we ended up with lots of cliffhangers! First, there was Kamigami no Asobi.( SpoilersCollapse )
and then the chapter ended, so we stopped playing because we wanted to watch Noragami before we went to bed. Well, if we didn't want to end the night on a cliffhanger, that was certainly not a good decision. Yikes. And now we have to wait a whole week for any resolution on that one.
In the meantime...our Kinokuniya order arrived today. Our very efficient editor sent us some books before we could say, "Oh hey, by the way, here's our new address." It turned out to be more like us going, "Oh wait we need to give you our new..." "And, sent!" "...address." We waited a few days to see if the books showed up anyway, but I guess our change of address forms expired, so we waited in vain. And so we ordered the books we needed from Kinokuniya! Tadah! And since they came today, that means we have something to work on tomorrow other than the annoying lexicon thingy. So that's exciting.
Today I'm thankful for being done with the longest portion of the lexicon thing, our books coming today, having delicious vanilla ice cream, having slightly more time for recreation today, and the lovely Family Home Evening we had last night on prayer.
To be honest, we were hoping to take more time off today to play our new video game. Not that that would have been a good idea anyway, but we got some stuff to translate this morning, so that plan was thwarted. It's just as well, though, because I have plenty to say about what we've already done in the game.( Dating HadesCollapse )
Today I'm thankful for getting a good amount of work done, Page finding an adorable new place to sleep, getting to listen to the Missions of Love Hot Springs Bonus Drama, our Kinokuniya order being scheduled to arrive tomorrow, and Hades' ticklish outfit.
Last week, I posted about the Gospel Essentials class. The week before, I posted about Primary. This week, the two worlds collide!
In Gospel Essentials, we had a really great lesson on the Holy Ghost. We heard some great stories about how the Holy Ghost influences our lives and helps us out and comforts us. (Here's a link
to the lesson from the lesson manual.) Then, as a cute little reminder to take with us, the ward mission leader had prepared Holy Ghost lollipops for everyone, made with lollipops and tissues. They looked like the little teruteru bozu things they make in Japan as little "rain, rain, go away" kind of charms, and we were like, "But we want the rain to stay!"
Anyway, after third hour, we met up with our ride, who happens to be the mother of the adorable little girl who can't sit still in Primary. This little girl wasn't too happy about going out to the car, so her mother appeased her by telling her she had a Holy Ghost lollipop for her. The little girl responded with, "I don't like holy ghostes! They have coconuts in them!"
I have no idea where she got the idea that holy ghosts have coconut in them, but I hear her on not liking coconut.
Today I'm thankful for awesome little handouts in Sunday school, getting to sit and read with Page, the chapter selection feature in Kamigami no Asobi, getting up in time to get ready for church despite forgetting to turn the alarm on, and getting more rain today.
We have mostly taken the day off today, and it has been lovely. We were finally able to do our laundry, and the rain was nice enough to let up just when we were taking our clothes to the laundry room, and just when we were going to retrieve them. In the meantime, we watched Space Brothers. Maybe one day, we'll finally get serious about catching up on that series.
The other main thing we did today was play Kamigami no Asobi, ( which we're liking a lot.Collapse )
Today I'm thankful for getting our laundry done, being able to take a little time to relax, the super duper cute Sora outfits in Kingdom Hearts [chi] (you can dress your character like Sora now! the girl version is adorable), getting to play our new game, and the rain letting up whenever we needed to transport clothes.