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Happy Friday! 
31st-Mar-2017 05:37 pm
Okay, we finished Land of the Lustrous, and I almost think we're going to live. We have one other project that we would very much like to finish tonight! but we kind of have a lot left on it, and heck even the final readthrough is going to take a significant chunk of time. So we'll see how that goes. But man, it would be nice to start April off fresh, instead of having to tie up loose ends first.

In the meantime, tomorrow is the beginning of General Conference! I'm pretty excited about it. I think it will provide some much-needed spiritual nourishment. And then, since General Conference is always kind of a special weekend, we're thinking of going on an outing to Downtown Disney for some kind of fancy dessert. Either that, or we'll stay home and play KamiAso all night. It's really hard to decide, because both options are very appealing. I guess it depends on how tired we are after tomorrow's afternoon session of conference.

And now, I have a brief thought about crayons. The other day, someone on Facebook posted a link to an article about how Crayola is dropping one of their colors and how shocking it is, and we were like, but Crayola adds and removes colors all the time... I guess it's not really "all the time," or people wouldn't be so shocked. Maybe I'm only aware of Crayola when they change things up these days. I don't know.

But the point is, somebody made a comment about how they hoped it was because they were finally going to get rid of that racist "flesh-color" crayon. And I thought, "I remember it being 'peach' when I was a kid." In fact, somehow I remembered reading something recently about how Crayola changed flesh-colored to peach at some point. I also remember having a set of eight markers that were the "multicultural set" or something similar, and they were all different shades of skin color, ranging from light to dark, and I thought it was really cool.

So my thought is this: it's great to be aware of things like the racism inherent in naming one crayon "flesh-color." What's not great is to assume that things haven't changed after they've changed. How can we ever progress if we don't pay attention to where we actually are?

And that concludes my brief thought.

Today I'm thankful for the friend in our ward who stopped by to deliver cookies yesterday, finishing another translation, getting to watch General Conference tomorrow, having unspecified plans for a fun evening, and the fact that if we have to be drowning in work at least it's work that we enjoy.
31st-Mar-2017 10:00 pm (UTC)
I think there was a girl in my elementary school who talked about "flesh-toned" crayons (possibly she meant just peach, or possibly she meant all of the crayons that could be a natural skin colour) and it kinda struck me as odd, but more because of using the word "flesh" than that it might refer to only one shade of skin. Even know it sounds weird and kinda gory to me. Anyway, I just looked up the details of the Crayola colour, and they changed it to peach in 1962? That's before my mother was born. Are people still fussing about it? Also agree that Crayola's been adding novelty colours and presumably dropping them too (or else the boxes would be ridiculous by now) for as long as I can remember—I had a box with neons, scented crayons (leather jacket was weird.), glittery ones, and the unnamed ones they were running a contest to pick names for—so it doesn't seem very remarkable that they're still changing things now.

Good work on the sparkly Land of the Lustrous!! I'm excited to read that one too! And I hope you have a restful and restorative weekend :)
1st-Apr-2017 01:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, we looked it up, too, probably for the same reason you did (I just didn't include it because it didn't fit with my narrative...or I spaced out; can't be too sure). And I was like, "1962!? Now who's stuck in the '50s?" But yeah, it kinda makes you wonder if these people who were so shocked have bought crayons since the '80s. And then you remember that it was obviously just clickbait. (Crayola's Dropping a Color and We Don't Know What's Real Anymore. ...or something like that.)

Thanks! We're enjoying it pretty well. It's posing an interesting challenge. We hope everybody likes it! And we wish it would come out sooner!

Edited at 2017-04-01 04:59 am (UTC)
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