01. How has LJ changed your life?
Probably more than we even realize. I think it would take me a long time to sit down and analyze all the ways it's changed our life, but we spend an extra ten minutes to an hour at the computer every day for one thing, we've met a bunch of cool people we never would have met otherwise for another, and I think using it as a gratitude journal has really helped me at least to stop being angry with the world quite so much.
2. What do you do before bedtime?
After we turn of the computer, we take turns using the bathroom to do all the bathroom getting-ready-for-bed stuff, then we have family prayer with the two of us (often joined by the cats, who are usually quiet during it. Then we usually talk for a while before saying our individual prayers and going to sleep. (In case anyone was wondering, we read our scriptures in the morning.)
03. What are you going to have for dinner tonight?
Chili and tortilla chips!
04. What is the ONE place you want to go before you die if you had the money and the time?
Just one? Then Tokyo Disneysea. But since we don't think death is the end, we're not too worried about missing out on the other places we'd like to go.
05. What is the best thing you have ever won?
Hmmmm... Best? Athena was pretty pleased to win her Pokemon badges. Back when Pokemon was All the Rage, they had official tournaments. You had two battles, and if you won one, you got a Boulder Badge, and if you won both, you got a Cascade Badge, too, plus a chance to play against one of their designated Gym Leaders. This is where it gets really fun, because, since we had Team Rocket costumes, we couldn't not wear them to the tournament. While we were sitting around waiting to register, this guy comes in and kind of glares at us. It just so happened he was Apophis, the Gym Leader. So of course Athena was determined to beat him. Well, that and he had beaten her before at a previous tournament.
She had only raised five Pokemon for the tournament, and the Gym Leader matches were done on Pokemon Stadium, where you have to choose six. The battles are three on three, but you have to have six in your hand to choose from. So Athena chose Meowth, as a member of Team Rocket. Then she realized, hey, why not got with the better Pokemon, and switched to Meowth's evolved form, Persian. I don't remember the details (wow, this was like ten years ago?), but they both switched Pokemon. Apophis, probably suspecting some significance behind Athena's switch to Persian, brought out Primeape, a fighting type Pokemon, who would have destroyed the normal type Persian. On the other hand, fighting types are weak against psychic types, and his Primeape didn't stand a chance against Athena's Alakazam. He was destroyed, and victory was hers. But there was no prize for beating Gym Leaders. (Though I think at the first tournament we went to, you got a hat.) The really amusing thing is, we suspect it was the idea of that Persian that really destroyed Apophis, and we're told that in Egyptian mythology, Apophis was destroyed by... is it Bast? The cat goddess. Awesome.
As for me, I was pretty happy to win the $25 Game Stop gift card at the costume contest for the Final Fantasy XII release party. Read all about it here!
06. What do you do in your free time?
Free... time...? What is this "free time"...? Although in all honesty, at this point it's pretty much play Haruka 4 (perhaps to change to Haruka 2 or 3 in the not-too-distant future). Though yesterday we also read some manga! And on Sundays we do different things, usually including reading manga.
07. If you could speak another language (meaning one you currently don't know), what would it be?
Hmmm, that's a tough one. Chinese and Korean would probably help us be unstoppable in our manga world domination, but on the other hand, maybe French would be good to read Dumas in the original language. Or maybe something like Esperanto, just for the heck of it.
08. What personal belonging do you have with you everywhere you go?
Athena always has her keys when we leave the house. I take my fanny pack with me when we're doing anything involving money, but if there aren't any plans for that, I usually leave it. Oh! Our glasses! We're always wearing our glasses.
09. What was your favorite song or musical group when you were young?
I think it was actually the Chipmunks. Other than that, we had all these tapes of like, Mickey and Friends singing with this one guy who... sang with them. And we were really jealous of our friends who had a tape of Christmas songs sung by the Muppets. John Denver, too, but we didn't care so much about him. And of course we had all the Animaniacs tapes, but that was kind of later on. Yup; we've always been all about the cartoons.
10. Are you a risk taker?
Yes and no. We'll risk, for example, three dollars to see if chocolate Honey Bunches of Oats are any good, or nine dollars or so each to see if the newest Disney movies are getting better. But we don't try new foods so much, and we're not into the idea of like, sky diving or bungee jumping, or even talking to people we don't know, so... it really just depends on the situation.
11. Is being tagged fun?
Yes! We're with more_dragoncelt on this one: it makes us feel noticed and loved and all that stuff!
12. Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Hopefully either in Japan or further south. It's difficult to say what either of us will be doing with ourselves, though.
13. What is the last thing you read?
Akiyoshi Brothers Special Edition! Volume one for Athena, two for me. If any of you Utah people haven't read I Hate You More Than Anyone (part of the Akiyoshi Family Series), see if you can get phoenix_melody to lend you her copies, because it's a lot of fun. (And we put a lot of work into it and want people to appreciate it. *sniffle*)
14. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
Awesome. We're always inspired to see how she keeps at things that are hard like running and dieting, and impressed to see the awesome things she knits.
15. What is one song you are really, really into right now?
The first song that always comes to mind is VOICE, the ending theme to Tide-Line Blue, sung by Tatsuhisa Suzuki.
16. How many children do you want to have, if any?
We were talking about this a while ago and I think we both came to the conclusion that neither of us has the confidence that we could handle more than three, at best (I like the idea of brothers and sisters). These are people's lives we're talking about, and we want to make sure we have the energy and all that stuff that we need so that we don't mess up.
17. What's better: to give or to receive?
I think that depends on the situation. But when we get stuff lately, it's either something we don't really want, or, if it's something we do like, we kind of feel like maybe we don't deserve it or something. So for us, it's better to give, even though we really do appreciate it when people put thought into getting things for us.
18. If you fall in love with two people simultaneously, who would you pick?
Athena's answer was, "Which one is played by Akira Ishida?" And... the way our love lives are right now, that's pretty much all we need to go by.
19. Would you have 100% safe sex with a stranger for £10,000,000?
20. What were your parents going to name you if you'd been born the opposite gender?
We don't know about middle names, but Mom keeps telling everyone that if we were boys we would have been Dominic and Donovan. But apparently Grandpa didn't like the names, because they're too dark. They do sound really cool together though.
We tag baranoneko, chibidrunksanzo, umadoshi, phoenix_melody, and kabochan. We dare you.
In other news, Yen Press announced the Kieli novels yesterday, and with CMX having Hana no Namae (we don't remember what the title ended up as, but it's probably similar to The Name of the Flower) in their sampler and announcing March on Earth at Comic Con, that means everything we're currently working on is now public knowledge. Tadah! As you may have figured out by the designation "novels," the Kieli novels are the Big Project we've been working on. The series is our first time working on prose professionally, so it's really time consuming and hard, but we're doing our best! And hopefully getting better as we go along. If you're curious to know what the Kieli novels are about, try checking out the manga, also translated by us!
We're really enjoying the CMX titles, too. CMX seems to have really good taste. We were just at their website and discovered that we really need to read Tears of the Lamb, but man are we reluctant to buy it in English, and Kinokuniya doesn't have the earlier volumes in Japanese. Well, the Seattle one has one and two, but nobody has three or four. I really think that any summary I could give of anything wouldn't really do justice to the titles, so...
But then again I've been told that if I want people to check out our favorite things, I have to give long detailed reviews... but doesn't that take all the fun out of reading something new? At any rate, I'm tired of writing, so no reviews today.
Today I'm thankful for being tagged, getting to talk about a bunch of titles we couldn't talk about before, being only one chapter away from Nagi's ending (man, that guy's story is intense!), glasses, and psychology.