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Not the best day 
30th-Jan-2017 04:18 pm
I was thinking today I'd probably tell a cool story about a mountain lion, but things are going on, and we have some issues that need working out and/or venting. I mean, there's a lot of stuff in the wide world going on that's affecting everybody, and that's probably what's on a lot of people's minds, and we are definitely thinking about that stuff, too, but we're a little bit more worried about our own personal problems. Why? Because we are broke. Like, super broke. And when rent is coming up, and you're broke, it tends to occupy the majority of your brainspace.

So some of you may be thinking, "Then why were you so reckless with your spending?" That is a fair point. We were very adventurous with our spending last year. But the bigger problem is that, at the end of the year, we were working on projects for people who don't pay right away, and we didn't realize we were going to run out of money. Why? Because another thing we didn't realize is that, when we sent in an invoice for a project two months ago, we didn't actually attach the invoice file. And nobody emailed to tell us (in fact, we got an auto response to let us know that the email had been received, thus creating a false sense of security), so we didn't figure it out until we checked the mail yet again to find that there was no money, and we were like, "What's the dealio!?" We have now sent the file, but I'm not sure if it went through the proper channels. I think we may have to keep an eye on the situation and hope we get enough other payments in the meantime.

After we sent the new email, we figured we might as well see what all was in our inbox, and there was something from one of our editors! Huzzah! This is sure to be happy news! ...Or not. Our editor was very nice about it and very apologetic, but apparently there was some miscommunication and one of the new titles we'd recently signed on for (figuratively speaking) had also been assigned to somebody else. Not only that, but that somebody else had already completed two volumes' worth of the series, which meant it was too late to say, "Hey, wait a minute!" It was a bittersweet email, because by way of apology, she made sure to tell us just how much she loves our translations. On the bright side, at least we get to keep the books she sent us. And on the other bright side, it wasn't the series we had lined up to work on in February, so we still have paying work to look forward to in the near future.

And to top it all off, our suspicions that we may be allergic to tomatoes have intensified. This is a serious problem for someone whose main staple is cheese pizza. It's not a serious allergy, though, so we're hoping we'll be okay if we just cut back to eating pizza only once or twice a week. In the meantime, we need to start exploring other options of food. This would actually almost be exciting (we got a pancake maker about a year ago), except for the aforementioned fact that we are broke. On the bright(?) side, we're also out of pizza, so at least it's not like we'll be forced to binge on it until we can afford to buy something else.

Today I'm thankful for kind and understanding editors, the beautiful weather we have today, the super chocolate chip cookies we bought several weeks ago, Mom leaving us some high-calorie victuals when she visited last week, and catching the invoice sending failure so at least now we know why we're still broke.
31st-Jan-2017 05:13 am (UTC)
Oh no!!! I'm sorry about everything going on with you right now! Even tomatoes :( I have heard of a brand called Nomato that makes tomato-substitute products like sauce and ketchup. It wouldn't help you with a ready-made pizza, but maybe you could make your own pizzas? If they sell premade crusts, it shouldn't be hard...
31st-Jan-2017 05:34 am (UTC)
Now there's an interesting idea! We Googled it and it does seem like a viable substitute. We don't want to swear off tomatoes entirely, in case we one day go back to them and go into anaphylactic shock or something (we're not sure how likely that is...clearly we know very little about how allergies work), but with a product made by a loving grandmother, how can you resist? It's kind of surprising how often tomatoes come up in foods, so I'm also interested in discovering what foods there are that actually don't have tomatoes in any way.
31st-Jan-2017 05:57 am (UTC)
I don't know how allergic or other food-intolerance reactions work either, or if there's a way to predict. Maybe it depends on the type of reaction? Sometimes it seems like cutting off exposure and then reintroducing it can intensify things, but other times it seems like the buildup is what triggered the response and once it's out of your system, reintroducing it in limited amounts works okay. (like I got scared off mango for a few years, but recently I've occasionally had mango fruit juice, or salsa, or in a fruit salad, and been fine.)

If you're allergic to all nightshade vegetables, peppers and potatoes could be an issue too... but I hope not!
31st-Jan-2017 10:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't know. I guess there are ways to find out if we want to. For now, we figure it's a good idea to lay off the tomatoes for a while and see how it affects things.

Right now, I think the allergy is generally very mild, and intensifies with more exposure. What called my attention to it is that I had gotten some sauce on my face, and when I finally went to wash it off (after finishing my pizza), my cheeks were extra pink where the sauce had been. I thought it might just be the sauce, but they stayed pink when the sauce was gone. But also, it was the third night in a row that we'd had pizza, and I'd had mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce the night before that, so I think it took a while to get it that bad. On the other hand, we've had chronic dark circles under our eyes, and some sources say that can be caused by eating food you're allergic to.

I think I could live a full and happy life without eating peppers, but potatoes could be a problem. Fortunately, we don't usually eat potatoes unless we're eating fast food, though, and that actually doesn't happen very often.
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