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Alethea & Athena
Tired as usual 
26th-Jan-2018 08:33 pm
Oh man, the brain friedness. It's always our own fault, but that doesn't make it any easier to deal with. But it's not entirely our own fault today, because they shut off our water for most of the regular working hours (which would be fine if we didn't work at home), which resulted in extra hunger because eating...doesn't always require hand-washing, but we were also tired and didn't want to deal with things.

Gaston arrived two nights ago, and we stayed up late talking and then woke up at about the regular time to go to Disneyland. We had a pretty good time, although with the usual wandering around aimlessly. Disneyland has a good atmosphere, so if you're going to wander around aimlessly, it's not a bad place to do it, but it still expends energy which we still somehow manage to never properly replenish.

We watched the new Fantasmic! again and confirmed our belief that no, it's not just because of our resistance to change; it really is just not as good a show. We'll even concede that many of the issues are a matter of taste, which in this case just happens to not match ours, but there are also legitimate story-telling issues, and they still have no concept of dynamics. It's fine to start a show with the energy level ramped up to the max, but you have to tone it down at some point or your climax won't be much of a climax. We were very grumpy after the show, but then we went to the Jazz Kitchen and had some Cajun fries and beignets, and we talked about things other than Fantasmic!, and we were feeling better. I do wish Disney would stop destroying all the things I love though.

Anyway, we slept in this morning, then opened up our email and were faced with a few more challenges to our free time, but we think we can manage the one. The other one is an offer for a new series and we're very torn about it. We're going to sleep on it and get back to that boss later.

And then we did our work for today, and now we're too tired to try to get ahead on the rest of our work, so we're updating LJ. Tadah.

Today I'm thankful for having a lovely time at Disneyland, New Orleans hospitality (the Jazz Kitchen has pretty big serving sizes; Gaston tells us that people in New Orleans very much want to make sure everyone gets enough to eat), our water being back on, getting to sleep in this morning, and managing to finish that chapter of Cramer.
27th-Jan-2018 05:44 am (UTC)
Reg and I have a fond term we use for that aimless wandering- particularly if it’s in an unintentional familiar circuit that you always end up taking (like wandering a circuit around your kitchen looking at or into cabinets and the fridge aimlessly but not settling or even knowing exactly what you want, or wandering a grocery store or a part of a business district, tourism area, etc the same way, especially if you can’t wisely afford what you might or might not be sorta vaguely craving): “hungry ghosting”. Our usage is warped a little in meaning, but taken from Buddhism’s प्रेत (Preta), literally “hungry ghost”, a being who craves but cannot be fulfilled, so they wander.

28th-Jan-2018 05:03 am (UTC)
We've come across that term! In Japanese, it's gaki (餓鬼), which has also come to be used for children, especially bratty ones. Having worked with children, I can definitely see how the term would apply to them.

That may also be why Gaston wanders aimlessly. The two of us generally sit around until we decide what to do, and then we go do it, but Gaston has back problems, so he can't sit for too long. Hence the wandering in search of something to do, or so I would surmise.
29th-Jan-2018 04:46 am (UTC)
Wow, I had no idea about that etymology of gaki...! Reading up on them they look and sound so creepy, but there is something rather intriguing about the connection between the old and newer meanings...
30th-Jan-2018 05:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, we don't know when or why they started using it the new way, but we can definitely understand how.
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