March 12th, 2016

tired

Another tough workweek

Whew, it's about time we came up for air. Oh man, the last few days were rougher than expected. The first third-ish of the volume of Noragami we were working on wasn't too hard, so we got this false sense of security and thought it was okay to stop working early. Athena says, "Then the rest of the volume chewed us up and spit us out. Then danced on top of us." It was bad. It was really bad. Hopefully it turned out okay. Thursday was tough, but we had other plans (and UQ Holder!) so we couldn't put in too much over time, so Friday was a nightmare. That was the day it was due, and we didn't get it turned in until eleven-thirty at night, so we just barely made the deadline. I'm kind of hoping, but also kind of not hoping, that the editor reads it and goes, "Why did it take them so long to finish this?" Because that would mean we did such a good job that we made it look easy. But it would also mean no understanding for when we're struggling with a translation.

Anyway, in the interest of full disclosure, we didn't spend all our time working yesterday. Some people get super motivated when the pressure is on to finish something, but we're just the opposite: our motivation levels go down the more work we have to do in a short amount of time. So we reeeeeally didn't want to get to work Friday morning, and so! we did some online shopping instead. There were a couple of volumes of manga we needed to preorder, so we figured now was as good a time as any--it would offer just the right amount of procrastination, and if all went well, we'd have something exciting to look forward to, to help alleviate the stress.

Kinokuniya refused to list the books we wanted, so we went to CD Japan instead. This worked out perfectly, because we also remembered reading that there would be new CDs released along with the sequel to Kamigami no Asobi. We ended up not ordering any of them, because they wouldn't be out until long enough after the manga we wanted that we didn't want to wait. But! the search also turned up some KamiAso-themed scented beads! And since scented beads/sprinkles are kind of a thing we're into right now, we wanted them! Especially because they still had the Anubis ones. So we ordered them! Tadah! They're raspberry scented.

Speaking of random merchandise coming up in our CD Japan searches, we made another order about a week(?) ago, because we also remembered that we needed to get the Noragami Aragoto soundtrack. Of course the non-recalled version isn't coming out until after we should be finished with the last volume of Noragami before we catch up to Japan, but technically there's still a week before that deadline, and we have two other books we need to translate first, so we might get a chance to listen to it while working on Noragami! And of course we'll be able to listen to it when volume seventeen needs to be translated (there's no way they're wrapping this up in one volume).

But anyway, when we searched Noragami, one of the things that came up was a Yato stone bracelet. It's a bracelet (obviously) with black and white beads, and one or two clear beads that have Yato's king emblem inside. It was so lovely! So of course we had to buy it...but there was only one left! Aaaaaahhh!! Well, we bought it anyway because we didn't want to miss this opportunity, but then we saw in related items that there was also a Yukine one! What! We need the Yukine one!!! ...But it's out of print. These things went on sale last January. We were in Japan last January! Where were they selling them!? ...Maybe they were part of the stage play merchandise. Oh well.

Anyway, let's change the subject. Page has been very brave today. She likes for us to open the window so she can sit on her window perch and look outside. But if somebody walks by, and especially if they notice her, she will flee the scene and hide. Sometimes that will be the end of her window viewing, and sometimes she'll wait a few minutes and hop back up on her perch. But today! a guy walked by, and he wasn't even the first person to walk by, but this guy stopped and looked right at her. And they had a staring contest. Apparently men have some need to assert their dominance by having staring contests with cats. I think he even started forward in an attempt to scare her. Maybe he remembered scaring her away before and was just as surprised at her dauntlessness as we were. But she held her ground, and she stayed on the perch until he was gone. It was kind of neat, but I don't know how I feel about people staring into our apartment. On the other hand, we're probably neighbors, and it's important to have a relationship with the neighbors.

Today I'm thankful for being done with that Noragami translation (find out what made it so hard when we post the review!), getting it in before deadline, getting to sleep in this morning, not having more than ten minutes of work today (we were too braindead last night to worry about writing the cover copy), and not having any plans for Disneyland next week (and being geared up to say no to any that might try to pop up).