Also, Kingdom Hearts magic didn't work today, which is how we know we're having a hard time with a translation. This week has been bad for thinking, though, as indicated by the fact that Dr. Kawashima keeps telling me to not to worry, just try again tomorrow, as I've been doing poorly on all the Brain Age exercises this week. Or maybe it was just yesterday.
And on top of all that, Steve keeps asking us if we want to do stuff for him, like keep score at his son's Little League games, or attend a Family Home Evening on how to balance a checkbook. We're really not sure why he keeps asking us to do stuff we can't understand how he'd think we'd have the slightest interest in, and yet, he does. And we're saps, so we can't just say no. We have to say, "We'll think about it," which to someone like Steve is actually not a, "I really don't want to but I'll say I'll think about it because I feel bad rejecting people," but more of a, "I'm going to say yes, but I'm just not ready to yet."
I think the FHE thing is just not going to happen (does he think the reason we were so poor last year is that we don't balance our checkbook and kept spending more than we had?), but the Little League thing comes with a promise of free food on a regular basis. Still, the more I think about it, the less appealing it sounds. When they first asked us if we'd do it, Mom tried to convince us by pointing out that it's a lot easier to sit through baseball games if you're keeping score, to which our obvious response was, "Yes, and it's even easier if you're not there at all." That may or may not have had something to do with Steve seeming a little over-sensitive to our less-than-favorable comments about sports during the holidays.
Changing the subject back to translating, I have to figure out how to get vowels with just the ^ thing over them, and no other little extra bits, like dots underneath them or things like that. It wouldn't be a problem at all (we could just use the - over them), except that we used the ^ in the first three volumes, and Del Rey doesn't care which you use as long as you're consistent. Not to mention that they're prettier.
Today I'm thankful for compliments from editors, little ^ thingies over vowels, weekends, clean towels, and baby chicks.