January 8th, 2016

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Pre-trip jitters

The plan for today was to finish the last volume of Ice Reaper before lunch, then have a nice long afternoon to relax and maybe get some stuff ready for our trip to Japan. That plan was thwarted last night when we got an email about more work. ...And suddenly I feel bad for whining about work. It's not that I don't like the work; I just don't like the timing of the work.

So basically we have another volume of a very time-consuming series due as soon as possible, before the month is over if we can swing that at all. We translated a chapter today (complete with edit) and it took about half a workday. And there are eleven chapters left. I think we could probably finish the whole thing within the first few days of February, even if we don't work on it during our trip, but we also have a Noragami due ASAP when we get back, and a volume of Chaika that hasn't been scheduled yet, but it was one of our two options for "can you get one of these done after Corpse Party but before your trip?" ...If we're lucky, the trip to Japan will be very relaxing.

On the bright side, now we can brag that we're just over one week into the year and we've already translated more than two and a half books!

In the meantime, our departure is looming ever nearer, and while we didn't spend a whole lot of time being nervous about new experiences, the anxiety started creeping in last night and it hit pretty hard this morning. We still definitely think it's a good idea to go, but we're also feeling the, "What were we thinking!? We can't go to Japan! Let's just stay here where we're safe and isolated and get all our work done."

Fortunately, I've also been having flashbacks to Tokyo Disney Parks throughout the day, and I've been telling myself it's okay, we're not forbidden from wandering around Tokyo. I guess a big part of my anxiety comes from a fear that I'll be told I'm not supposed to be somewhere, so it does help to think about it and realize that nobody's going to kick us out or anything.

There is still one matter of concern, and that's that our travel buddy is currently in the hospital. Apparently she's been having digestive problems since around Christmas, and they got bad enough during this last week that she decided to see a doctor, who sent her to a specialist, who sent her to the ER. They've been doing tests since then, and she's still waiting to see if they'll let her travel. I think Athena and I can handle going on our own, but she was so excited about this trip, it would be just awful if she had to miss it. We've been praying for her, and I thought we should get the word out in case anybody else felt so inclined.

Today I'm thankful for finishing the Ice Reaper manga, managing to get a chapter done of this other manga (it's nothing new, but I'm still iffy on whether or not it's okay to talk about it), having a fun time playing household scavenger hunt on Facebook last night, having a lovely dinner with the missionaries, and having leftover pizza.