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24th-May-2018 10:07 pm - Same old same old
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We're already up significantly past our bedtime, but that's okay because we get to have a sliiiiightly later start tomorrow morning. Today was a little hard, because we had a simulpub chapter to work on (not the hard part at all), then we had a short excerpt of an anime script to translate. Then we'd already finished two things, so it felt entirely reasonable to say we'd been productive enough and call it a day. But we still had manga to translate. We keep looking at our schedule through next week and thinking, "You know, if not for X or Y or Z, this schedule would be totally reasonable." But with X, Y, and Z it's a bit of a strain. Oh well. We soldier on.

Today I'm thankful for finishing the simulpub chapter, finishing the anime excerpt, making more progress on Fruits Basket, Page being super cute when she was sitting on Athena's lap, and the Reese's Chips Ahoy! we had for a snack today.
23rd-May-2018 04:21 pm - Waiting for Spring volume 5
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We have once again reached a point in our schedule where we have to choose the next step, and this become exponentially more difficult the more tired we are and the more we just want to choose the step that is "let's just blow it all off and have fun!" So instead, we do something that we have convinced ourselves is maybe ever so slightly productive (mostly because we were going to do it anyway), and post a review for Review Rednesday! Tadah! And this week we have Waiting for Spring volume five! Spoilers ahead!

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Aww, what a great series. Kodansha has a lot of great shoujo manga. Maybe one of these days we'll finally pick up a copy of Pink Mermaid. (I'm back to insisting that it's pink, not peach. It came up in In/Spectre, so we did the research, and the Japanese Wikipedia page confirms that momoiro is pink after peach blossoms, not light orange after peach fruit.)

This week, we have two new releases! My Brother the Shut-In 5 and Forbidden Scrollery 3! I feel like somehow those are both very niche titles in the already niche manga market. But that doesn't mean they're bad--just unknown! If you check them out, you'll get to know them!

And tune in next week for our review of Fire Force volume nine! Woohoo!

Today I'm thankful for sweet reminders of sweet shoujo romance, the lovely weather we've had, finally having some graham cracker/peanut butter/chocolate bar thingies, having plans to go to an escape room this weekend, and getting to translate so much great shoujo manga.
22nd-May-2018 08:57 pm - Cull
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We did it. We emailed our boss on the anime front and said we were going to have to take the summer season off. We had to do it now, because sometimes they start getting the licenses early, and if she emailed us offering us a title before we got to her, we wouldn't be able to say no. I mean, first we'd feel bad because now she'd have to go looking for another available translator, and second she always manages to find something that we can't say no to for some reason. (This season was because it was a simuldub.)

I'm a little bummed about it, but considering that I could physically feel the tired in my brain all day today, I think it was the right choice. (Though to be fair, that might also be because we were up a little late last night. Still, if I wasn't already exhausted, one slightly late night wouldn't have been that big a deal.) Hopefully that will get us enough time during those three months to wrangle the rest of our schedule into something more manageable. Or at least get another volume of Sailor Moon done.

The other weird thing about today is that our water got shut off...and I'm realizing now that I don't have anything interesting to say in regard to that, except that it was supposed to be back on at five, and it didn't come back until after six. This was especially bad because, even though the management warned us it would happen, we didn't have the mental capacity to remember it, so we weren't prepared. I went to wash my hands, and the water didn't turn on, and we were like, "Ooohhh yeah..." So now we had to ration the drinking water and use hand sanitizer before meals, etc. It made for a very bizarre sort of day.

Today I'm thankful for indoor plumbing, having our water back, the hope of my brain eventually not being so tired all the time, getting to see my hummingbird from a different window than usual (I call it my hummingbird because our sister gave me a symbolic hummingbird adoption for Christmas two years ago, and now all hummingbirds are my hummingbird), and getting money we weren't expecting.
21st-May-2018 10:35 pm - Up too late
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Same old same old. Work work work and then call Mom. That's what we did today. But it was exciting because we almost finished our second draft of In/Spectre! And we still had time to call Mom. So that was nice. Now we're up late and I need to make this short, because we don't have time to make it long.

Today I'm thankful for almost finishing In/Spectre, getting to take some time off to call Mom, having time to write a review, having one more thing crossed off our list, and having cookies.
20th-May-2018 09:01 pm - A delight
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The Sabbath is definitely a delight when you spend the rest of the week working all the time. Today has been lovely. We even had an adorable surprise while we waited for our ride to church. We like to go out early so we're ready when she gets here, and while we were waiting, we saw, across the alley, a beautiful white dog (I think it was a...it was husky-like, but not super fluffy...but very tall) running all over the place like it was super excited to be alive. I'm guessing it was pretty young, but it was also pretty big, which was kinda awesome.

It just kept bounding back and forth, and eventually it made its way to our side of the alley, where it made sure to stop and say hi. He put his paws up on Athena's waist and looked at her like, "Hi, how ya doing? Got any treats?" She said hi and told him no, she didn't have any treats, so he came over to me. A few moments later someone we assume to be his owner came by holding a bag of dog treats and apologized. We laughed and said it was no problem. And then we went inside to spot clean Athena's dress, because it was wet this morning and the dogs paws were muddy. (Fortunately not too muddy. Just like if you walk around barefoot.)

So our morning was off to a pretty good start. Church was pretty good, too, but a little rambly. We've had a hard time ending meetings on time in our ward, because speakers just keep talking. It's probably good that they have so much to say; it's just that my attention span is not very long.

We had mug cake for snacktime, which is always a treat. Mug cake is our new favorite thing.

And for our evening entertainment, as has become our habit, we read more Harry Potter. Lupin continues to be the super best. Changing the subject to spoilery things.Collapse )

There was a very brief mention of Scops owls, and now we're both very interested in having one of our own (or at least plush toy versions). And at any rate, it's very nice to have a nice saga we can go visit to spend time with some cool people and not have to worry about work for a while, so I definitely think rereading Harry Potter is helping me to feel like there is hope in the world. We're potentially in for another long week come tomorrow morning.

Today I'm thankful for another lovely evening reading Harry Potter, the adorable puppy we met this morning, the really nice Princess Principal t-shirts we bought (we finally opened the package today), the drizzle we got this morning, and Scops owls.
19th-May-2018 09:31 pm - Nondramatic drama
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We were really excited because Loot Crate's email told us that our Wizarding World crates were going to get here today (we call them "Harry Potter boxes"), but when we checked outside this morning, we had nothing. Our mailman likes to get things done early, so we were a little bummed, but not pessimistic; we thought maybe he was just getting a late start today.

Later, I was in the bathroom, and Athena and Page were hanging out in the living room, until Page was scared away by someone in a black and purple shirt...carrying exactly one Harry Potter box. And some kind of beverage with a straw. They put the box down at our door and left.

Well that was an unforeseen complication. I did wonder if there might be some trouble what with the two subscriptions and our similar names, but I figured we were paying for two boxes so they'd send two boxes. I didn't expect only one box to be delivered. This was another bummer, because one of the best things about this kind of subscription is getting to be surprised by what's inside, so we couldn't just open the one box, because it would ruin the surprise for the other box.

So we figured we had other things to do anyway, and if the situation didn't improve, we could probably track the packages and report them. But there was no need, because the next time I looked at our patio, there was another box! ...that looked like it was dropped headfirst right inside our gate. Well, whatever, I'm sure Loot Crate understands that packages are not always treated with the best of care, so if there was anything fragile, it was probably well padded.

And that is the uneventful story of our trouble with Harry Potter boxes. We didn't let ourselves open them until we finished our shopping and chores for the day, but when we did, we had some lovely surprises awaiting us!

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We were really excited because Loot Crate's email told us that our Wizarding World crates were going to get here today (we call them "Harry Potter boxes"), but when we checked outside this morning, we had nothing. Our mailman likes to get things done early, so we were a little bummed, but not pessimistic; we thought maybe he was just getting a late start today.

Later, I was in the bathroom, and Athena and Page were hanging out in the living room, until Page was scared away by someone in a black and purple shirt...carrying exactly one Harry Potter box. And some kind of beverage with a straw. They put the box down at our door and left.

Well that was an unforeseen complication. I did wonder if there might be some trouble what with the two subscriptions and our similar names, but I figured we were paying for two boxes so they'd send two boxes. I didn't expect only one box to be delivered. This was another bummer, because one of the best things about this kind of subscription is getting to be surprised by what's inside, so we couldn't just open the one box, because it would ruin the surprise for the other box.

So we figured we had other things to do anyway, and if the situation didn't improve, we could probably track the packages and report them. But there was no need, because the next time I looked at our patio, there was another box! ...that looked like it was dropped headfirst right inside our gate. Well, whatever, I'm sure Loot Crate understands that packages are not always treated with the best of care, so if there was anything fragile, it was probably well padded.

And that is the uneventful story of our trouble with Harry Potter boxes. We didn't let ourselves open them until we finished our shopping and chores for the day, but when we did, we had some lovely surprises awaiting us!

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Of course we knew we would get house t-shirts. Oh right, this was the House Pride box, so most of the loot is themed toward your self-selected Hogwarts house. There's no screening process, so if all your friends tell you you're a Ravenclaw and you want to be a Gryffindor, you can get a Gryffindor box--they won't stop you 'slong as you're paying for it. But we went with Ravenclaw anyway, because since the whole "which house are you" debate of...what year was it? Like 2009 or something. Anyway, since then we decided Gryffindors are too arrogant, we have too many scruples to be in Slytherin, and we're too cold and dead inside to be Hufflepuffs. So we figured, since we probably <i>are</i> insufferable know-it-alls, we might as well join them, much as we may be annoyed by other insufferable know-it-alls.

So anyway, we got house t-shirts. They kind of look like the gym shirts that say "property of," only they don't actually say that. That's just the vibe they give. And we got iron-on badges that are pretty cute. Apparently previous crates were presenting horcrux pins...something I don't quite understand. I mean, obviously the Slytherins would think it's cool, but why do they always have to have something dark and edgy? Universal Studios sells Death Eater merchandise, too, and that's always the section that I'm like, "Mmmm, I'll just go...over here, thanks." Anyway, this crate finished the set with one resembling the very last horcrux, and I'll be honest, it's a pretty cool design, even if it is dark and edgy (it's literally quite dark, since it's black, and it's pointy, but fortunately not edgy).

And! there were socks!! Dumbledore said once that you can never have enough socks, and I did kind of agree with him at the time, so I think it's great that there were socks. Two pairs--one for Hogwarts and one for your specific house. They're so cool, I'm trying to think of how we can dress so that people can actually see them. But then I start to think that maybe sometimes socks are meant to be, like, a secret. Like, you could wear these socks with a suit, and totally rock your fandom, but it would be discreet, and you could just be smug in your knowledge that you're wearing totally geeky socks.

And finally, the best of all! A house pocket watch! And it's so pretty! It doesn't look like just a cheap toy pocket watch; it's like legitimate jewelry. Okay, so it's not on the super duper Slytherin-approved fancy side, but it's nice. The cover and the face of the watch are both beautiful! There are just two little tiny problems with it. First, the chain isn't really a pocket watch chain so much as a necklace chain...and it's a really cool chain, too, with a little raven/eagle (the merchandise designers seem to be aware that the <i>name</i> is Ravenclaw but the <i>mascot</i> is an eagle, but...) on it for Ravenclaw. But it's also real pocket watch size, which makes it a bigger pendant than I'm interested in having hang just below my bosoms. So we're going to have to decide what we want to do about that. The other problem is that we haven't figured out how to set it to the correct time. It's actually pretty close to the right time...if we lived on the East Coast. But we don't. So we're going to have to figure that out, too. But anyway, we're super happy to have them!
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So that's our excitement for today. Our sadness is that we ran out of dark chocolate peanut butter. Having chocolate sandwiches for the last week taught us that what we need to help us through our bleak workscape is lots of chocolate. And unfortunately, our regular grocery store doesn't carry the dark chocolate peanut butter. But! we recently discovered mug cake, so we think that will be a great help in the days to come.

Today I'm thankful for getting some pretty awesome Harry Potter loot, Page sitting with me while we watched Erased, finishing our chores, mug cake, and it looking like the t-shirts will probably fit us even though we had to order a size smaller than we thought we needed.
18th-May-2018 09:39 pm - Work work work
kid flash
Our goal was to get halfway through our In/Spectre edit today, and we almost did! Woohoo...! At the beginning of the day, it looked very promising. We looked at how much progress we'd made after one CD, and we were like, "At this rate, we'll finish before dinner, no problem!" That rate did not continue. On the bright side, we got some cool notes written, I think maybe. We have not written any notes about Pinocchio (the main story in this volume is based on Pinocchio), but I don't think we should have to come along and say, "Yup, it's pretty much just like the characters say it is," for every little thing. But! we're glad we've already read the original story, because otherwise we might want to research it anyway, and we don't have time for that. (As it is, we did end up pulling out our copy to make sure our translation of the dialogue was consistent with what happens in the book.)

And now we are tired, as usual. We've kind of gotten to a point where we feel like we need to just accept the fact that we will not be doing anything but work for the next several days. I mean, like I said yesterday, we're pretty far ahead of the deadline we set for ourselves (and told our editor), but when we look at the list after that...

On the bright side! It's the weekend! Should we take both days off? I don't know! Are we going to anyway? You bet we are! We're even considering ordering our groceries online so we don't have to expend any energy tomorrow...but doing that requires a different kind of energy, so at this point, odds are good that we'll go to the store anyway. We needed to check out the fabric dye anyway. Speaking of which, our costumes shipped!! Woohoo!! (If we're ordering the costumes, why do we need dye?, you may ask. Because we think we'd like to wear leggings or tights with the costumes, and the best way to get the color we want seems to be to order white and dye them ourselves.)

Today I'm thankful for meeting our work quota, our costumes being on their way, it finally being the weekend, not having to do extensive research on Pinocchio, and fabric dye.
17th-May-2018 09:53 pm - Focusing on the positive
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We decided to work on In/Spectre today, and considering the fact that we gave ourselves all of next week to finish it, we're, like, way ahead of schedule and probably had no need to work late to finish the first draft. But that's failing to consider all the things that will inevitably pop up next week to hinder our progress on In/Spectre, like anime episodes and simulpubs, so all in all, I think it's a good thing we pushed ourselves. Or maybe I just think that because I haven't felt loopy from brain drain the last couple of days. We'll see how I feel about it tomorrow. Of course, tomorrow I'll probably feel vastly different from how I'll feel next week. But if we turn out to not have so much work next week after all, we'll just be grateful for the free time.

In the meantime, let's focus on happier things! We got our Princess Principal t-shirts today! ...And proceeded to leave the box unopened on the living room floor because we're not going to be leaving our apartment for days anyway, so what do we need with clothes? It was kind of sad, like, "YAY! New t-shirts! ...But I have nowhere to show it off." I can wear it for myself, can't I? I mean, we're going grocery shopping on Saturday, but nobody sees us at the grocery store. (That's not true. We probably actually interact with the people at the grocery store more than we interact with people at Disneyland these days.) Anyway, I am excited to wear them eventually.

In a similar vein, our Harry Potter Loot Crates are on their way, too! And I'm so excited to see what's inside! But I also realize that we'll probably immediately put all the loot back in the crate and just get back to work and forget all about it. And it's this sort of pessimism that makes it very difficult to enjoy life, so I should just be happy for new shirts and new loot crates and stress hippos and focus on the good things! ...I'll try, anyway. And there's a good chance we'll be going up to see family in the near-ish future, so maybe we can show off our cool stuff for them. They don't care about Princess Principal, but it will still be fun to wear our shiny new t-shirts.

Today I'm thankful for new Princess Principal shirts!, our Harry Potter Loot Crates being on their way!, plans to maybe see family soon!, finishing our first draft of In/Spectre!, and sleep.
16th-May-2018 05:34 pm - My Brother the Shut-in volume 3
tadah
Well, progress is not going as quickly on Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight as we'd hoped, but we're still on track to finish it tonight! And we know what we'll be working on next, so there's the sliiiiightest possibility we'll be back on track by the end of the week. Let's not get our hopes up too high, though.

In the meantime, it's Review Rednesday, and you know what that means! Yes! It's time for a review! (I realize I sound very excited about this, and frankly, we often find our reviews to be great fun, but I also realize that this may be an attitude exclusive to us. I also realize that not all our reviews are that great.) So we now present our review of My Brother the Shut-In volume three! Spoilers ahead!

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Wow, I can't believe I managed to write about this series in a way that didn't sound annoyed at all! It's not the series' fault; it's the schedule. The never-ending schedule of overworkiness.

Anyway! This week, we had two translations come out, and they're both super good shoujo titles that are named after fairy tales! Woohoo! Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight and Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty! I don't know what volumes they are; just the one after the most recent ones. (Athena suggests five and four, respectively.) Check 'em out, and see if our prediction about Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty was right!

And tune in next week for our review of Waiting for Spring 5!

Today I'm thankful for making decent progress on work, having a clearer idea what our near-future schedule will be like, our Princess Principal t-shirts having finally shipped, getting to look back fondly on things that bothered us at the time, and the hummingbird that sometimes comes by the tree outside our window.
15th-May-2018 09:16 pm - Catching up
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We have one missed deadline out of the way, and we have moved on to the next one! I mean, I guess technically we could have worked on this one first, since we wouldn't have missed the deadline for it if we hadn't postponed it in favor of the first missed deadline, but since the first missed deadline was missed so incredibly thoroughly, we gave it priority.

Fortunately, this second seems to be going fairly quickly, but it's hard to tell because we spent forever trying to figure out who the manga artist named her cat after. Spoiler alert: We couldn't find it. Oh man, but what a time for a manga artist to get a cat and start gushing over it. But to be fair, we checked out her Twitter feed to see if it would help us find a spelling for the cat's name, and the cat is truly adorable.

In other news...there is no other news. Only work. Ideally, we'll finish this translation tomorrow, and then it's a race to see which book we cram into our schedule next! Technically we have Fruits Basket on our calendar next, but we accepted another series from Yen Press after we arbitrarily chose that deadline, and we don't know what they'll want first. We'll ask tomorrow. And if we don't hear back before In/Spectre 8 arrives, we'll work on that instead. And if we finish Stroke of Midnight (the current project) before we hear back and we still don't have In/Spectre, we have any number of other things that are practically guaranteed to be needed faster than humanly possible when our editors finally have a chance to acknowledge them.

Today I'm thankful for finishing that volume of Fire Force (it's really good, you guys), getting to see pictures of Rin Mikimoto's beautiful cat, having ice cream to look forward to when we're done at the computer, string cheese, and having our own adorable kitty to admire.
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