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Year in review

At some point last night, I thought, "Oh yeah, I guess it's the end of the year. I guess our 'year in review' post better happen tomorrow if it's to happen at all." We'd been thinking about it for a few days, because the Disney Parks Blog had a couple of "year in review" posts, and the main theme we came up with for this year was that it was a year of being very busy with work that we weren't necessarily receiving payment for. At least not timely payments, that's for sure. The general feeling is that we were constantly translating stuff, and too busy for much of anything else, but we were also too poor to do anything except survive, if that.

Until September, when we finally got most of the money we were owed, and then we got annual passports to Disneyland, which resulted in us being extra busy, because we kept taking time out to go to Disneyland when we still had a bunch of work to do.

There was also some talk (as we discussed the past year among ourselves) of TokyoPop shutting down, and we were like, "Wait, was that this year? Or last year? I think it was this year..." And that just goes to show how busy we've been, because so much has happened since then that it seems like it happened forever ago. There's also an "out of sight, out of mind" thing going on, which means the memories of TokyoPop get buried quicker.

Anyway, we thought going back and doing the meme where you post the first sentence/paragraph/couple of paragraphs from the first post of every month of the year would help us remember what all happened, and it turns out this year was more eventful than we thought. I mean, of course it's been very eventful, but what I mean is more stuff happened that isn't confidential than we thought.

Anyway, here's our review.

I still have to finish typing up our report of our LA vacation, but all we want to do is spend the rest of the day playing Kingdom Hearts. It wouldn't be so bad if we weren't convinced that we're not going to have any free time at all starting Monday and for the next two weeks. We don't think it's completely true, but it's hard to be sure until Monday.

So yesterday our manga package came, because apparently talking about Kinokuniya's shipping ninjas too early makes them stall. Or it was the super-thick fog. Whatever. Anyway, we have other stuff to do anyway, so it was just as well. The point is our package came yesterday, and that meant DN Angel today! The great thing about DN Angel is that we can translate an entire volume in the time it takes to listen to all three of the anime CDs of the same series. But then we don't have time to listen to the Trilogy CD that goes with the CD dramas, and that's a little sad, because much as we love Miyu Irino, Soichiro Hoshi really is the best Daisuke.

Today has certainly been odd. And I'm not even sure I could explain why. There was definitely an excess of energy that led to even more random sound effects and breaking into song than usual. Other than that, the day hasn't been much different than the routine, except for about an hour we had to spend figuring out a computer problem we had.

(This entry also discussed rumors of layoffs at TokyoPop. Foreshadowing what would later come... But the actual shutting down happened in the middle of a month, so that post won't be reflected here.)

Whew, it's been a long day, but we finished our rough draft of Negima 31. Well, all except the bonus pages in the back. But there aren't very many of those this time, yay! If we're really lucky, we'll be able to finish it before other projects pick up again. We were kind of planning to work tomorrow, but Mom invited us to join her for Big Hat Days, and since tomorrow is also the first day of General Conference, and we're planning to go out with the girls during the priesthood session, that could very easily turn into an all-day thing. We'll see, I guess.

We have once again proven ourselves effective in eliminating our vacation. Come to think of it, I'm not sure we've ever actually done that before, but it feels like something we've done.

Anyway, we were looking forward to having some time off, but since we know that having no work to do tends to turn into a Very Bad Thing, we emailed two of our clients and asked if they had anything for us to do. Our list of books to translate has now jumped from zero to seven. Fortunately, we have plenty of time to work on all of them, so it's not like we're suddenly super busy--just that we have stuff to do for a while, which is a Very Good Thing. Also, we get to translate Nabari again for the first time in like three years. (Maybe two? I'm pretty sure it's been more than one.)

We have officially decided that we're in a rut. It's like everything we're doing is something we've already done. We haven't gotten a new series to translate in over a year, and right now we're working on old volumes of Negima!. Even our main source of recreation (Birth by Sleep: Final Mix) is just the English dub of a game we already played through! And that's probably why the thought so frequently occurs: "Why aren't I reading Skip Beat! right now?"

(This paragraph may be reflective of why we don't think anything really happened this year.)

I'm kind of feeling like a social networking site recluse today, which makes it a little hard to update Live Journal. Of course, the main thing that brought it about...actually, there were two things. First, nothing happened to type about today, which always makes me reluctant to update Live Journal, because then I have to sit around making a bunch of false starts until I can come up with something worth rambling about.

(This entry goes on to talk about how we tweeted at Alan Menken. Still no response, incidentally.)

There were so many posts on our friends list yesterday, but today there is nothing. Did LJ break again? Ah well.

Today ended up being super busy! But then less super busy, because we decided to do some things tomorrow instead, like laundry. But then Costco called and said our glasses are ready. But we are definitely not going to walk to Costco, because we are soooo tired of going outside and walking in this heat. What's the deal? I feel like we've been out in the heat every day for the last week! That's not technically true, because we specifically did not go out on Friday, but then we didn't have air conditioning. So we'll see if we go to Costco, but we did go to Fresh & Easy, which is only half the distance, because we forgot that we agreed to bring refreshments to home evening group tonight (which we're probably going to walk to).

We've been back for almost a day now, but yesterday was so busy anyway that we didn't even bother turning on the computer. Tuesday turned out to be extremely hectic, trying to finalize all our travel plans, make it to the bank...oh right, we got our paycheck on Tuesday morning, but we wanted to deposit it before contacting any of our Disneyland associates to make plans. So that took up some time, and we had an incredibly hard time finding a ride to Mom's house to scan some documents, and to the pet hotel to drop off our kitties. And throughout all this, we were trying to get a bunch of work done so our boss wouldn't stress out at us, but I think we failed massively on that front.

(Reading this entry made us tired from the memories.)

Today has been so eventful! And most of the events were done before one o'clock! But there are more to come! Whew.

(The events in question involved LDS General Conference, making plans to go to Mickey's Halloween Party, and discussing the name of Mom's new kitten.)

We're up too late as it is (Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box has a minigame that involves getting a hamster to exercise!), but I figure I should at least do a quick update. Today was busy (as indicated by the late posting), and we went to the temple! Yay! Fresh & Easy gets so little Halloween candy that they don't bother putting it on sale, except for the stuff that is actually Halloween shaped. Alas.

Today has been so bizarre. It started when the power flickered off at about 6:30 this morning. Normally that wouldn't be a problem, because we were asleep, but it did turn off our alarm clock. Fortunately, we woke up at about the right time anyway, and we were really excited because we didn't have any work to do on the big project today, so that meant all day catching up on Negima! Yay!

Tadah! That's our year in review! Of course, it did make us realize that most of the really eventful events tend to happen in the middle of the month, so big stuff like TokyoPop shutting down, Mom's cat dying, getting cell phones, Sarah having a baby, etc. doesn't even show up, but...all that stuff has been blogged about, so there is a record! ...Somewhere in the archives.

This year I'm thankful for staying employed despite losing our main work source, finally getting all our back payments so that it's not as big a problem when the new ones are late, finally getting to go back to Disneyland, not getting fired off of the big project despite our numerous trips to Disneyland, and getting to go back and read some fun posts from throughout the year.
Tags: nostalgia trip

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