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Coming up for air again 
22nd-Mar-2016 07:33 pm
Our day just kind of disappeared on us yesterday. Mondays are kind of busy for us, what with Family Home Evening and Sailor Moon, and of course the never-ending work. It's our own fault; we probably could have said we weren't available to work on the non-manga project. I was pretty scared about what that was going to do to our schedule today, too. Based on some very rough estimation, there was a possibility it would take all day--by which I mean we would be working right up until bedtime. And then we'd still have to finish First Love Monster.

But! we managed to finish today's quota for the non-manga project and First Love Monster and a chapter of Persona Q, all before dinner! Woohoo! So now we feel like we'll be able to breathe for the rest of the week, but that may be premature optimism.

In the meantime, we got shipping confirmations! Our copy of Noragami 16 is finally on its way! (Although that's the limited edition we ordered for our personal collection; there should be another Noragami 16 on its way to us as well, considering we're supposed to have the whole thing translated nine days from now.) And we got our comp copies of volume 13 today! And volume 12 came out today! That means we get to review it soon! Woohoo!

We also got our fancy travel jackets yesterday! But we have't taken them out to look at them yet, because we haven't taken anything out to look at it yet...and that reminds me! On Sunday, we were sorting through our Japan photos, and then we went ahead and submitted them all to Shutterfly to make a photo book for us! But after like two or three hours of staring at photos and deciding what to send and what not to send, we filled out the whole photo book order form and sent it along and I thought I got the thank you screen, but then I wanted to sign out, and I didn't see a sign out button, so I clicked "my account"...and it took me to a sign in page! Oh no! Did our whole form just evaporate!?

(We did a stupid thing and instead of sorting through them in our album, we thought, "Oh, we'll just edit them in the photo book!" But Shutterfly has three different options for making a photo book (do it yourself, decorate it yourself, or let Shutterfly do all the work), and we charged on ahead without looking at anything, so we were already in the "let Shutterfly do all the work" option. We were okay with that, because who has the time for scrapbooking? But we had an album of more than 1800 pictures to sort through and choose for a photo book, and it took us a looooooong time to pare that down to about 650.)

But then yesterday morning we had a for real confirmation email, so it looks like we're all good! Of course, it would have been better if we had, like, edited some photos so they would look better first, but what's done is done. And for those of you wondering, "But I thought you don't go shopping on Sunday...", we figured no live person would look at the order until Monday, and when we started, we thought we'd just check things out and save the project partway through...not realizing we hadn't chosen an option that lets you do that. And scrapbooking is totally a Sunday-appropriate activity.

But the point is! we ordered a photo book! And that won't let any of our LJ friends see any of our Japan pictures, but it will be in our brains so we'll make it a point to, I don't know, post a batch of pictures every week or so. Like a Photo Phriday or something. (Whether or not that starts this week is totally dependent on our work schedule. Don't get your hopes up. But keep reminding us!)

Today I'm thankful for work not taking as long as I'd feared, being done with that volume of First Love Monster, our order going through at Shutterfly, getting our fancy travel jackets, and our CD Japan order being on its way!
23rd-Mar-2016 01:02 am (UTC)
Noragami shipment(s)!! Isn't 13 just so pretty and pink? I got a pile of Amazon JP orders yesterday (i had four things that all shipped separately because I preordered some of them months apart, and I was so concerned for the delivery guy who'd have to come four days in a row, but after the first package the second got sent to the wrong side of the state, and then over the weekend the other two caught up with it and they all three came at once) and 16 was among them, but I'm keeping my hands off it until you get your copy (and have time to read/watch it). Actually, I emailed the Kodansha office today to say I don't need a copy since I already have it, and she said they don't have copies yet (it sounds like it's been hectic). If it's looking scary and you need me to mail you my copy, I will happily do that!! (I guess if it came to it, they could also order you a copy off Amazon and it'd reach you by like the end of the week at least. or if you need more time to translate it, I think they(/I) could probably spare it on the lettering side.)

I'm so glad that you made good time on all your work today and are able to relax a bit! And I'm so glad that your photo-album went through and you don't have to sort through all those pictures again! A Photo Phriday sounds like fun :D
23rd-Mar-2016 02:00 am (UTC)
It is a nice shape of pink, but we think Yato looks kinda weird in it... Oooh, shinies! We're glad they all arrived safely! We actually ended up with an extra half hour tonight and had somehow miraculously caught up with all our TV, so we pulled out the DVD that came with volume 15, and it was so good! Like, really surprisingly good.

We saw the one that came with volume 11 (the flower viewing party), and we were like, "What are you doing." But this one was SO good, I actually felt much happier as a person for having watched it. I mean, of course they had to add stuff because that one stray story isn't long enough for a whole episode, but everything they added was actually funny and in character and stuff. And they even got the timing pretty good on everything, which they don't usually. So we're really hoping they used the same team for the volume 16 episode, because seriously. (Our theory is that the head writer on the series, who is also the head writer on Snow White with the Red Hair, just couldn't bring herself to write a hero as loserish as Yato really is, and that threw off the whole series, but whoever wrote this episode seemed to have no qualms about that.)

We probably won't need you to send us your copy, but we might end up asking for an extension on Noragami 16 anyway, in large part because we don't want to feel as rushed as we did on 15 (especially because we have two other things due ASAP, so we want to get those done first, also partially because much as we love Noragami we don't love breaking our brains...or crushing them...or melting them...or...). Anyway, our copy is on its way, and it may or may not get here before we finish those other two things! If not, one would hope Kodansha has its own copies by then! (And then you might ask why, if we ordered our own copy, we would still require Kodansha to send us another...)

We definitely need to share our Japan pics with everyone, so we WILL make an effort to do so! And thanks for the support!
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