Now there are some people who might argue, "Well, yeah, but Mothers' Day just makes a whole bunch of people feel bad!" And they're partially right. There are people whose mothers have passed away, and people who had really, really terrible mothers, and they have every right to not be excited about Mothers' Day. Okay, in all honesty, I'm not exactly over the moon about it, either, in the same way I'm not particularly excited about Arbor Day. Or Flag Day. Oh my gosh, I'm not a flag; I'm such a failure. I don't even have a flag!
...Okay, now I'm getting silly and possibly offensive. I'm very sorry. (Not sorry enough to delete it before you post it?) (Well, it's kinda funny...) (...)
Actually we were pretty ecstatic about Mothers' Day this year, because the men in our ward decided to take over the Primary not just for Singing Time and Sharing Time, but for the Sunday School hour as well, so we didn't have to prepare a single thing! ...Except for the songs that the kids and Young Women sang in Sacrament Meeting, but that was just a cute little fun thing. So we got to go to gospel doctrine class and Relief Society, and it was just so nice not having to battle for control of the class.
But we were bad anyway. See, the Relief Society lesson this week was about how awesome women are, and I sort of maybe understand the importance of these lessons, but I always hate them for some reason. Athena suggests it might be like how, for example, if I had taught Sunbeams today, the lesson was about how we have hands. For three- and four-year-olds, it's a good lesson. For grown adults, it's like, "Yes, duh, why are we still going over this?" And that's how we feel about lessons about how awesome women are. We're like, "Yes, duh, why are we still going over this?" I do get that we're all on different levels and some people do need to hear that, but I have a very short attention span for it. (Athena: This is where we are reminded that self-esteem is not one of our many issues.)
So we're having this lesson and the teacher talks about her daughter, who hated Mothers' Day for 20 years because she had yearned for so long to be a mother and she was denied that blessing. And when I decide to be a nice person and try to understand, I do get that when you want something really badly and you can't get it for reasons that are extremely unclear to the point of seeming nonexistent, that can be tough. Like when we see people on Facebook talking about going to Japan. Anyway, the story goes on, and eventually this woman who hated Mothers' Day realized, "I may not be a mother, but I have a mother!" And we were like, "Ya think!?" ...Yeah, I'm feeling really mean today. I'm pretty sure it's not because I feel like a failure for not being a mother.
Anyway, the point I wanted to make about all of it is this: Mothers' Day is not about you. It's about your mother. It's not a day to say, "Yay, I'm a mother and I finally get to be acknowledged for my hard work!" It's a day to say, "Wow, I would not exist in this world as the person I am today if not for my mother. Thank you, Mom." And that's pretty much how I feel about most holidays. People get all stressed out about them because they somehow don't fit into "society's" idea of who they should be, when really most of these holidays were designed
Okay, now I'm done with my own rant, I have nicer things to talk about! Our friend who took us out for our birthday successfully located the crepe truck last night, and so we went to Anaheim Art Crawl. The crepes were adequate. So far in the States, we have yet to find a place that isn't afraid to cook them long enough to hold up in the ice cream cone style that they used in Japan; apparently we have this idea that they're supposed to be floppy. That's fine, I guess, but more importantly, the fillings/toppings options were extremely limited, so that was kind of a bummer. Still, a plain crepe with just sugar can be pretty tasty.
As for the rest of the Art Crawl, it was pretty neat. It seemed like a bunch of local artists/artisans came to peddle their wares. There were painters, seamstresses, photographers, glass workers, woodworkers, all kinds of things. There was more than one booth selling amigurumi, and of course they all made licensed characters that they probably didn't have the rights for... Nevertheless, one of them had some super cute cacti crochet pieces, and since, as far as we know, the cacti weren't licensed, we bought one! And it has a paperclip in the top so it can hold pictures! I should take a picture of it! And then put the picture in the clip, and then take a picture of that and put it in the clip, and then take a picture of that and...
I won't do that. I just thought people might like to see it, and that's where the flow of the story went. On a completely unrelated note, the comic book store located on the same street as the Art Crawl had a photo op thing with people dressed as Star Wars characters (apparently that was the theme for this one, Star Wars), and we thought, "Hey, we haven't been in a comic book store in years! Let's check it out!" And they had almost no manga whatsoever, which was a bummer. They had one Attack on Titan...trading card game or something? And a shelf with Sailor Moon.
We also bought some cookies from Lucky 13 Cookies, because their slogan was "We bake cookies so you don't have to," and I gotta love someone who will bake cookies for me so I don't have to. I'm just not that interested in cooking, okay? Our joshiryoku is pretty low, come to think of it. But they had some sandwich cookies that were peanut butter oatmeal cookies with a honey peanut butter cream, and they were amazing.
We also got our names written in calligraphy! I should take a picture of that, too. See all these things that I should just take pictures of. This is the main reason I consider buying a smartphone. And why I want to get the Pixel, because it has a really good camera. But then I'm like, "Do I really need to spend that much money on a smartphone?"
And that was a lovely evening. I have two more things to talk about, but I think they're brief. First, Disneyland has officially announced "upgrades" for Fantasmic!. When I was lamenting changes before it was from one of those sites that has "sources" but isn't official, so it isn't necessarily technically reliable. But it's turned out to be reliable so far, because changes are definitely being made. So far, Disneyland has only owned up to one (adding an Aladdin scene); maybe they're hedging their bets in case things don't work out with other changes, in which case they'd keep the old? Anyway, the good news is that the blog post that mentioned it said they were keeping the original fanfare and theme song. So now I'm hoping that "theme song" means the actual theme song and not just the music from the fanfare theme that's not the actual fanfare itself. On the other hand, we're getting pretty fed up with the madness, so if they ruin Fantasmic!, that just means we'll have practically nothing to keep us attached to this Disneyland, and we can move on with our lives. (I'm not sure how I feel about this line of thinking, but there it is.)
The other thing is that Loot Crate finally got to us the other day. We'd been ignoring it because, as we keep reminding ourselves, we're actually not too excited about most of the really popular anime, so we'll only sort of care about approximately 98% of the things we get from them. But then an ad came across our Facebook feed that said they were going to have a Noragami item. We didn't even think about it; we just clicked the link and signed up for a box. We'll see if we like the rest of the stuff enough not to cancel the subscription when we get it.
And that's all. Whew, I haven't talked that much on LJ in a long time.
Today I'm thankful for my mom, an exciting(?) Noragami item to look forward to, the super awesome shark toy I got as part of a souvenir from Gaston and Alice's trip to Europe, getting to go to Art Crawl, and also having time to play KamiAso last night.