In the meantime, Facebook continues to also be a time sink. We keep seeing interesting-looking articles that then take forever to read. And then we try to make jokes that nobody gets. If people hadn't told us we're good at translating comedy, I would start to question whether or not we really have a good sense of humor, because if nobody is laughing at your joke, maybe the problem is not the audience. (There was an instance on tonight's phone conversation where our joke fell flat, too, but even I admit that one wasn't very good.) On the other hand, in this case the audience was someone who had been in the manga industry, and manga industry people are notorious for having a difficult time with comedy (they even admit it without hesitation, almost unprompted), so... (Disclaimer: the audience in question is a fine individual.)
It also helps that our sister called later, and we told her all about it, and she laughed at the joke without my having to explain it. So at least our family gets our humor.
Today I'm thankful for having lovely conversation with our mother, having a lovely conversation with our sister, getting to spend lots of time with Page on my lap (she also sat on my lap during dinner and Galavant), not coming across a major speed bump in this translation every hour we worked on it, and the knowledge that our jokes don't fall flat on everybody.