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Weeeellllllll... Technically we should probably be working today, but when things go out of whack sometimes, we start throwing all responsibility to the wind. Gaston (and maybe Alice, too) is planning to arrive around eleven today to go to Disneyland. We seriously considered saying, "You know what, we reeeeeally should stay home and work this time," but that darn Disneyland as Annual Passholder Days going on this month, with a new theme every week, and today is our best chance to check out this week's theme before it changes. So, against our more responsible judgment, we're going to Disneyland anyway.

That, of course, doesn't give us a lot of time to get a significant amount of work done, which we thought would be okay, because Thursdays are usually UQ Holder! days...but not this week! So instead of doing any kind of work, we thought hey, why not take the time to update LiveJournal? Then we'll have less trip reporting to do in the future, which might give us more leisure time in the future, allowing us to get back to video games that much sooner.

So let"s do it!Collapse )

Today I'm thankful for the Fort Magellan quest, Fort Magellan (I love that place! next time, I want to spend more time there), getting a Sindbad reward (sort of), chocolate crepes, and having time to finish this before Gaston showed up.
10th-Feb-2016 06:06 pm - Another day at Sea
We are very busy and probably should be working now, but things got all mixed up and I think my current state of mind is better suited for updating LiveJournal than for working. Plus, since I have two things on the to-do list, and one of them is more likely to be crossed off after one sitting, I decided to go with that one. And the reason LiveJournal takes a higher priority on the to-do list today (as opposed to being put off until such time as we decide yes, we do have time to do that) is that once again Gaston has struck with his incredible timing. He's coming down for a hockey tournament this weekend, and the original plan was to go to Disneyland on Monday, but that's President's Day and all our passes are blocked out. So tomorrow it is! (The amazing thing about the whole ordeal is that somebody thought to check that almost a whole week before the planned trip.)

Also, now I want to vent, because I feel like everyone is taking up ALL OF OUR TIME!!! First, Gaston is coming, then we get a slow start on Noragami, then we have an extra thing to translate, and then someone is messaging us on Facebook about hotel rooms and we're like dude, the con isn't for five months! Let us get some work done!!! I always forget how difficult it is for me to deal with people who need to plan everything as far in advance as possible, because usually I get so frustrated I stop dealing with them. And then they come along again.

But the worst part isn't even related to that, it's the extra translation! Of course we didn't want to let anyone else do it, and it was only two pages so we were sure it would be fine. We'd just dash off a translation and get back to our regularly scheduled programming. But no, it had to have a word that isn't in any dictionary. Not even any slang dictionaries! The best we got was about eight hits on Google, none of which gave a whole lot of context to help us figure out what it was. We spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure it out, then threw up our hands in despair, decided it wasn't that important to the story anyway, and fudged it.

But, being the professionals that we are, we let our editor know that we fudged it, so she went out and asked somebody (a native Japanese speaker, I would imagine), who came back with an answer that only just barely made any sense, and she asked us what we thought about it. We put off responding for a while because what we thought was that it's wrong. The evidence we had, to us, in our minds, supported the theory that this answer was not the correct one, so then we had to do more research and of course we found little to no evidence supporting either theory. So we stuck with ours. And hopefully we were polite about it, because we really aren't upset or anything, just feeling rushed, because in the meantime we're here with a volume of manga that's more talkative than we really have time for and we're using up all our time trying to find this stupid term that's not even important to anything except perfectionism! (So by the way, if anybody happens to know what エンカコラ means, or what エニヤコラ would have to do with going the extra mile to be popular in a potentially NC-17 setting, please let us know! But be mature about it, because we don't like NC-17 stuff.)

Okay, now that the venting is done, let"s go back to DisneySea!Collapse )

Today I'm thankful for having plans to order a pizza for dinner, having a super adorable Chandu + Blanket, getting to go on Sindbad's Storybook Voyage again, all the smiling people at DisneySea, and the adorable little bakery across the street from our hotel.
9th-Feb-2016 08:52 pm - Close encounters
Posting a little late tonight because work went a little late, which is kind of weird because it felt like it was going so fast. But on the bright side, we finished our Livingstone translation and turned it in, so we have that much more time to dedicate to Noragami 14, which is also due on Monday.

But now it's time to go back to Tokyo Disneyland, where we had one of the cutest experiences ever.Collapse )
8th-Feb-2016 05:19 pm - Parades on parade
Work continues to be busy. Up this week: Livingstone and Noragami, both of which are due Monday. Noragami tends to take four or more days, so here's hoping both books go extra quickly!

In the meantime, back to the Japan report!Collapse )

Today I'm thankful for getting to go on Peter Pan's Flight (we actually didn't do that the first time we went to Tokyo Disneyland), getting to try another delicious dessert, getting to watch our beloved One Man's Dream (2), getting to see Tokyo Disneyland's Electrical Parade again (soooo good!), and making pretty good progress on work today.
7th-Feb-2016 12:26 pm - Hunting for honey
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Well, I have a little teeny tiny amount of time to post today. Church starts at one, and we have stake choir practice in the evening, but to make sure we can actually get there (we missed it last week due to transportation issues), we're going to stay for the Break the Fast dinner that's happening between the two, so we'll be gone all afternoon and night.

The funny thing about this is before we went to Japan, we read our reports of the first time we went to Tokyo Disneyland, which reminded me that I had a little bit of time on a Sunday to post about Winnie the Pooh's Hunny Hunt and nothing else. And as it just so happens, we were almost at the Hunny Hunt part of the report!

But not quite.Collapse )

Today I'm thankful for having a ride to church, having some lovely books to read while we wait between the various Things we'll be attending, getting to go on Winnie the Pooh's Hunny Hunt again, the friendly voice on Pirates of the Caribbean, and having time to update LiveJournal today.
6th-Feb-2016 06:01 pm - Disneyland here, Disneyland there 2
Well, we've finished paying our dues for slacking off and completed a day's work on translating! We may not have had to work today (Saturday) if we hadn't spent so long at Disneyland yesterday, but it was the Lunar New Year celebration, and we didn't want to miss it! I'm a little bit disoriented, though, because there was some other neat stuff at Disneyland, too, and now I feel like I'm trying to write two different event reports at once. But this most recent Disneyland trip only requires a few highlights, I think.

First, we stopped by to see Farley in Frontierland, and he's a friendly guy so we started talking about our Japan trip, and he asked if we went to the special water park (everyone asks if DisneySea is a water park; there's a lot of water, but it's not a water park) and saw the Nautilus. Well, as a matter of fact, we did get a picture of the Nautilus, so I pulled out my camera and started showing him pictures. So for his whole set, he's huddled next to me looking at my camera and talking and playing the fiddle all at the same time. And still interrupting himself to play Happy Birthday whenever someone walked by wearing a birthday button. We were impressed.

Second, the Lunar New Year stuff was fun, but the same as last year so requires no new report. Third, they switched up the show in the Golden Horseshoe again, so it's about the bank robbery as usual (lately, they always call on Gaston to be in the show; this time he was the bank teller), but instead of Sally Mae trying to flirt with Clem Clodhopper, Miss Rose is trying to parry the advances of Mayor Macgillicuddy (or however it's spelled), while at the same time getting a little handsy with whoever gets called up to be the bank teller ("You know, Gaston is my favorite name."). And finally, they brought the Tangled show back to the Royal Theatre, and we were especially happy because the girl playing Rapunzel (who we're pretty sure we saw as Anna the day before) was a fairly decent actress.

But now! it's time to rewind and get back to Tokyo Disneyland! Where were we again?Collapse )

Today I'm thankful for getting to see the Enchanted Stitch Room (one of two things we wanted to see since the first time we went to Tokyo Disneyland), getting to see Minnie! Oh Minnie! (the second thing), lovely souvenir mugs, the tasty cake that came with the mugs, and Gaston giving us drinking chocolate mix.
3rd-Feb-2016 04:51 pm - Disneyland here, Disneyland there
Against our better judgment, we're going to go to Disneyland this evening. Gaston is coming into town, and he apparently is physically incapable of being in Anaheim without being at Disneyland. We were going to stay home tonight because the park is crowded in the evenings, and we wanted our first trip back to our home Disneyland to not make us immediately hate it, but it's hard to say no when a friend wants to go to Disneyland with you. So now we've decided that if it's crowded we'll blame it on Gaston and not hate Disneyland itself...or something.

Anyway, he's at a local hockey store now, and when he's done there, we'll be off to the park! So I have until he gets here to write up as much of our travel log as I can!

Coincidentally, this is also about Disneyland.Collapse )
2nd-Feb-2016 06:11 pm - Going to Sunshine City
Okay, I think I better ask this question because it keeps coming up while we're working: is there a common English way that people are describing the kabe-don phenomenon? We Googled it once and got a couple of articles about it, but if people are reading forum discussions or Twitter or something where it gets brought up, maybe they would know a more common term for it. Anybody know?

I think I had something else to say about Noragami today, too, but now I don't remember what it is. Ah well.

Anyway, back to our travel log.Collapse )

Today I'm thankful for having a wonderful time at the aquarium, getting to see the Pokemon Center, making good progress on Noragami, getting to try chocolate crushers, and getting a Yukine keychain from that gachapon machine.
1st-Feb-2016 06:07 pm - The Black Butler Cafe
We're optimistic about this volume of Noragami not taking all week, which is good because we need extra time for the thing we didn't finish last week. Oh man, but this one is intense. But for now, we talk about Japan.

We were just getting to the Black Butler Cafe.Collapse )

Today I'm thankful for getting to go to the Black Butler Cafe, fun video interviews with voice actors, those super yummy pancakes, the also delicious chocolate, and finishing our first draft of Noragami 13 without too much trouble.
31st-Jan-2016 06:47 pm - Two tales of finding our way
We're still trying to get everything back on track, which is why we missed posting yesterday. Well, that and we had home teachers come visit. Otherwise, I probably would have used that time to update LiveJournal, but it worked out, because now I get to tell our Sunday story on a Sunday.

Back to the report.Collapse )

Today I'm thankful making it to church without incident when we were in Japan (we did almost get lost on our way back to the station, but just as we realized we were on the wrong street, we saw the train up ahead, so it was easy to make it back to the station), that fascinating hanataka show, "Something There" coming up on our playlist when we have time for just one more song, friendly Japanese police officers, and getting to experience the joy(?) of chocolate eggs.
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