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Schedule of Doom 
11th-Dec-2015 06:06 pm
Oh my gosh, you guys, our new schedule is so hilarious I want to cry. Here's what happened: a bunch of our editors were dealing with Chaos and were still trying to figure everything out, so we only had two official deadlines, and we figured we had time because neither of them was due for a while. So, since we needed to get ahead on Noragami, we decided to go ahead and work on that while we waited for everything to get sorted out, not knowing, of course, that it was going to break our brains. Then we took three days off for irresponsible frivolity.

When we returned, we had an email from another editor asking us if we could add a book to our pre-Japan-trip schedule. We said we think so but hold on while we ask other editors. So we asked them and they said, "Yeah, it looks like we just need the Noragami and this other thing." And we're like, "Great, we can totally handle that!" That's still in addition to a Say I Love You that's been on our schedule for like a month or something now, but still doable without any stress. So we happily continue to work on Noragami as our schedule remains mostly intact.

Then we get an email saying, "Actually, we need this, too. But that's okay, because we don't need that other one for a while." Okay, no problem. But then we get an email saying, "So you're working on this thing, right?" Noooo...but we could? "'Cause we need that around the same time as the other thing." Alrighty then! Now that I stop to think about it, our schedule's getting kinda tight here...and we're probably going to lose about a week for Christmas travel...maybe we should have thought this through better...

And then we get a final email saying, "Remember that one book I wanted to add? Just kidding, it's actually two." Aaaaaaah ha ha ha ha...hoo hoo hoo... (<--as in "boo hoo").

(The editor was really a lot nicer about it than that. I only word it that way for comedic impact. This post is in no way a criticism of our editors; they're all great people working through Chaos.)

Still, we think we can do it! It's only five books and a whole three and a half weeks! Athena says, "IF this Noragami volume will behave! I feel like we're beating it back with a chair. ...And not necessarily succeeding."

And to top it all off, I still have three days of frivolity to report on! The first two didn't have that much new stuff, but I have a little bit more to say about the Season of the Force. We went with Gaston and Alice this time, and pretty much did what we did last time--get fastpasses for Hyperspace Mountain then wander around. This time, we spent more time in the Star Wars Launch Bay, which is like a Star Wars mini-museum + character meet-n-greet + gift shop (there's always a gift shop). While we were there, Athena and I were doing our language geek thing about Aurebesh, the Star Wars world's alphabet. I don't remember what we were saying exactly, but a cast member (whose nametag said she came from Tattooine) overheard us and gave us decoder cards! Yes! Finally, now we can learn to read this funky alphabet!

Then we launched into one of our uber-geeky complaints about Hyperspace Mountain. Not the ride itself, but something that was brought to our attention by the ride. While you wait to get on, there's a big monitor that shows space vehicles and lists their specifications--in English and Aurebesh. We liked to look at it and compare the letters in an effort to help teach ourselves the latter (before we had a decoder card). Of course one of the vehicles displayed is an X-wing. The Aurebesh version of an X is shaped like a triangle, with a horizontal base. But an X-wing is called an X wing because its wings form an X. Not a triangle. An X. So the Aurebesh version of the term should be a Roman letter X, with the word "wing" spelled out in Aurebesh. Or it should spell "ex" in Aurebesh letters. Or it should spell "cross" in Aurebesh letters. Or maybe there's some other way to describe the wings in Aurebesh letters, but the Aurebesh version of an X is not the way to do it.

And that is what we call an occupational hazard.

After that, we went to Frontierland for some reason or another and ended up hanging out at Big Thunder Ranch with a fiddler named Farley. I don't know if I mentioned him before, but he's a guy that plays the fiddle. He also tells dumb jokes. ...Maybe I did talk about him before, because I seem to maybe remember retelling the joke he told to a mom from Yuma, Arizona. He asked if she really knew her way around the city, and she said not really, so he replied, "Then I guess you don't have a sense of Yuma." And he was right, because it took her a while to get it.

But the important thing is we acted out The Twelve Days of Christmas. It was a lot of fun. I don't really have time to describe all the actions now, but if you keep asking, I might could do it later!

We also met Farley's son, who had been up for 22 hours because he was rehearsing for the new Star Wars show he got cast in. We're told they upgraded the Jedi Training Academy show (we still haven't managed to watch it, so we don't know for sure), and now Farley, Jr. is a padawan! In honor of that and the Season of the Force, Farley had a lot of new Star Wars jokes, like why did the stormtrooper buy an iPhone? Because he couldn't find the Droid he was looking for! Aaaah ha ha ha!

Later we went to Starbucks and got some gingerbread, which was actual bread, and I only mention it because the frosting looked different from the lemon bread frosting, so Gaston tried to tell us it was cream cheese, and we don't like cream cheese, but we wanted to try the ginger loaf anyway, so I decided to ask, because cream cheese frosting doesn't make sense for gingerbread. So I asked, and the guy at the counter didn't know, but he was very diligent in trying to find out because I guess they were afraid it was an allergy thing. It wasn't! I just don't like cream cheese. So he got the manager, and the manager could find an ingredient list, either, so they showed us the label from the box and I was like, "Uhh...I don't have the brain power to make sense of this," and we decided to try it and if we didn't like the frosting, at least we had gingerbread. Turns out it was orange frosting. Now that makes sense for gingerbread, and it was very tasty!

So we ate it and talked about how Noragami 12 broke our brains (Gaston and Alice were concerned about whether or not we had time to do all our work, and we said, "Who cares? Our brains broke so now we're in denial. What work?"), and then Alice's parents came to join us. And that's all on the report for now, because it's time for dinner.

Today I'm thankful for having our schedule all sorted out (at least as far as what's due when, anyway), ginger loaf with orange icing, making it through the Ultimate Doom part of Noragami 12, getting shiny new decoder cards, and getting to act out the Twelve Days of Christmas.
11th-Dec-2015 11:50 pm (UTC)
OH MY what a scary schedule. I'm not sure I followed all the twists and turns even after rereading but I could feel the mounting anxiety of it all through your retelling. Poor everyone dealing with Chaos. It seems prevalent these days. I hope you can get through it all and enjoy some holiday time too! Show that Noragami who's boss. (it's you!)

The X-wing thing! You're right! They didn't think that one through far enough. I wonder if there's a difference between typed and handwritten Aurebesh, like how some kanji have extra-simplified versions for writing quickly. (I'm thinking of like, 門 or something like it. it's a vague memory.)

Ahaha, Farley's jokes are great. I might not remember to keep asking you about the Twelve Days actions but if you think of it again some day when you have time, I'll be interested to know! Maybe next Christmas. By then I bet we'll all have our lives and schedules under control... :D

Mmm, gingerbread~
12th-Dec-2015 12:27 am (UTC)
Haha, yeah, it's a little less confusing when you have titles of books, but we didn't want to point fingers at any editors, even if we do totally understand where it's coming from. (We also got multiple apologies today.) It doesn't help that we told the agency that gives us legal stuff to do, "No legal stuff this month! ...But if you really need it, we'll do it for double the price." And they were like, "We'll take it!" And we were like, "That's not how it was supposed to happen!" Hopefully it was just the one time and they'll try and hold off until January...at which point we'll have to say, "Turns out we're busy in January, too." Anyway, thanks for the support!

There was some more calligraphy style Aurebesh on the walls of the cantina area of the Launch Bay, and come to think of it, there were some differences, but mostly with numbers (they look oddly Arabic in type, but they have some weird Braille-binary thing going on at the cantina) and punctuation.

We'll try to remember! Maybe we'll have some time this Sunday. *thinks* ...Yeah, probably not. But we'll try! Anyway, here's another joke to tide you over: Where does Princess Leia go shopping? At the Darth Mall! How does she pay for everything? She puts it on lay-away!
12th-Dec-2015 12:37 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, no worries on not naming names (or titles)! Hm, maybe you should keep your legal translation work at double the price if it works so well for them.

...Haha!!! (those punchlines a little extra figuring for me.) Thanks for sharing more jokes :D
13th-Dec-2015 03:16 am (UTC)
No kidding! If only we weren't such saps, we totally would. (We already said it would be only for this month, but we might have to do it for January, too, based on how things are going.)

Yeah, the jokes all work better when spoken out loud (and we're not sure how familiar you are with Star Wars). Here's another one, though! Farley holds out his left hand and says, "How is my finger like a lemon pie? It's got mah rang on it!"
12th-Dec-2015 12:15 am (UTC)
It's only five books and a whole three and a half weeks! Athena says, "IF this Noragami volume will behave! I feel like we're beating it back with a chair. ...And not necessarily succeeding."
Eeek! That sounds bad. Good luck with your schedule. I'm reading Noragami Stray Stories now, will read your review from yesterday when I'm done.
12th-Dec-2015 12:28 am (UTC)
We can handle it! We just might not have any free time. But we have hope! And we're taking the rest of the night off.

Yay, Stray Stories!! We hope you like it!!!
12th-Dec-2015 01:23 am (UTC)
Still, we think we can do it! It's only five books and a whole three and a half weeks!

MEEP. Good luck! I have utter faith that you'll pull it off, but it still sounds really intense. o_o
13th-Dec-2015 03:17 am (UTC)
I think we've pulled it off before, so we're not too too worried. Good luck with your schedule, too!
12th-Dec-2015 04:46 am (UTC)
Good luck on all your many projects! Hoping you won't get too stressed.

I have a question for you. I actually did Google it, but I got varying answers, so I thought I'd ask someone who would really know. As members of the LDS church, do you include Santa Claus in your Christmas celebration? Growing up, we always went to Sunday School, and we knew, of course, that the birth of Jesus was the foundation of Christmas, but Santa played a big part as well in our celebration, and certainly in our excitement level. And, he always somehow showed up at the Sunday School Christmas party! ;) But I know that other churches have other traditions, and I just wondered if Santa is part of yours.You may have mentioned this in other years, but I don't remember. As one of my older friends says (she's 86 and awesome!), "I'm not senile or even forgetful. I've just lived so long that my brain is holding too much information, and sometimes I just can't find some of it!" Hee.

(I don't think I need to say that I'm asking out of interest only, but I want to make that clear. I would never want to make you think that I don't respect your beliefs, even if they don't coincide with mine. In fact, I really do respect the sincerity of your beliefs and views, even when they don't agree with mine, because I know they come from a place of love, and that's important. ♥)
13th-Dec-2015 03:23 am (UTC)
Thanks! Fortunately(?), we're pretty good at ignoring impending doom, so it only stresses us out when we start to think about it.

We do include Santa Claus in our Christmas festivities! The Church focuses a lot on families, so we're happy to use any tradition that involves having fun with kids (I'm pretty sure this is also why the LDS Church observes Halloween). And in all honesty, I don't remember whether or not you've asked before, either, so I'm pretty sure it has very little to do with age and everything to do with having a lot on our minds.

(And no worries about asking questions, of course! Even if you were asking something just to stump us (which we know you wouldn't do), we'd be happy to answer it to the best of our ability!)
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