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.