For starters, we haven't even finished the last batch of manga we got, and now we have a new one! We're really nervous about our finances right now, so we don't feel comfortable making gigantic manga orders yet, and that makes us sad because I want more Monochrome Kids. That reminds me; we've both finished Berry Berry, so I should talk about that. Okay, when I'm done explaining what else is going on.
Barnes & Noble was having a free shipping thing going on, and it started right after we watched Mary Poppins on Sunday. The significance of the timing is that, while we were watching Mary Poppins, we started thinking it would be a good idea to read the Mary Poppins books (at least I think there's more than one, but I'm afraid to check Wikipedia because I don't want any spoilers (assuming there are any...)). Plus, with lyschan always talking about Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland and stuff, we figure we ought to start reading all the books that the Disney animated features are based on!
So that! plus free shipping from Barnes & Noble! means the beginning of our collection of books that Disney movies were based on. We figured it would be easier to keep track of which movies we've read if we started with Snow White and went chronologically, so we only got from Snow White (a collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales) to halfway through The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales by Washington Irving), because we're still afraid of spending too much money, but that's plenty to keep us occupied for a long time to come. And it's all very exciting!
Speaking of Grimm's Fairy Tales! the edition we got has illustrations by Ludwig Grimm, and he's a character in Labyrinth of Grimm! which should be arriving at our apartment any day now (it may be in our mail box as we speak!). We didn't realize that Jacob and Wilhelm really had a younger brother! This is so exciting! (Wow, I'm using that word a lot.)
To top it all off! Mom decided that we would probably get to the new American Girl books before she could, so she loaned them all to us! When are we going to find time for all this!? Plus we still have those other books we're borrowing (Uncle Remus stories, a Mark Twain anthology, and a biography of Walt Disney)! And I'm still in the middle of Wuthering Heights! Aaaaaahhhh!
I definitely think the lack of cartoon violence in this series has a lot to do with the presence of real violence. Um... Narihira's eyes are a lot less weird-looking in this volume. He's an abused character like Kanzaki, except that Nari-Nari seems to be asking for it a lot more. This volume seems to be a lot of set up, since it's kind of where Hidaka-sensei picked it back up after leaving it for a long time, so even though the characters are all in it plenty, I don't really feel like any of them are in it at all. And Hidaka-sensei seems to be doing weird things with her art style. Unless it's a really important drawing, the characters' legs seem to taper off or something. It's a little understandable, though, because she's constantly talking in her blog about how she's having a hard time with the series. She doesn't seem to have time to make every drawing stunning (and since this is Hidaka-sensei, there are a lot of drawings).
As if I haven't talked enough! On the way home from Disneyland a couple weeks ago, Gaston mentioned something about how you can cure allergies by eating the local honey. At least for hay fever type things, it seems to make a lot of sense, and we like honey anyway, so we figure even if it doesn't work, at least it will have been tasty! So yesterday, Mom took us to a farmer's market type store that sells nuts and fruits and (of course) honey! And now we have some honey with which to test the allergy theory... but we don't have anything to eat the honey with! Oooohhhh nooooooo!! We don't even have peanut butter to mix it with (Mom used to just mix the two and maybe some bread crumbs and eat it just like that). So we're going to have to figure out something to do about that, but in the meantime, we also have chocolate covered pretzels and butter toffee peanuts. So much awesomeness!
Today I'm thankful for free shipping from Barnes & Noble enabling us to enact our Disney reading plan, having more shiny new manga (Host Club 16, Skip Beat 7, Gakuen Babysitters 1, Kieli (the novels) 6, and something for work, for those who were wondering), having honey and other yummy treats, getting to go to the temple last night, and the nifty dungeon thingie they have at Square-Enix Members Japan.