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Daily Happiness
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kyuuketsukirui
1. My mom brought some of her recycling and we went over to the recycling center with whatever of our cans could fit in her car, which was only about half of what we have piling up in the garage, but it was still enough to get $35 for it!

2. It was really hot today and that kind of made me feel blah and like I didn't want to do anything, but I did enough up doing a fair bit of translation, even if not anywhere near the amount I had wanted to do.

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Daily Happiness
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1. Well, I was looking forward to catching up on stuff at work today that I didn't get to yesterday, but haha, joke's on me, two cashiers called out again today. >_< It actually was less hectic than yesterday, though, and I got everything urgent that needed to be done done, so there's that at least.

2. Carla got some strawberries that were actually really tasty for being out of season. :D

3. I just checked the weather and the heat spell we're having is supposed to continue for another week! D: At least it's supposed to be back down in the high 70s by Wednesday... The only good thing is that the high doesn't last long and it's pretty cool at night. (I still would rather have actual winter weather, though.)

4. Trader Joe's has these Swedish Fish-esque gummies called Scandinavian Swimmers that are so good! Much better than Swedish Fish (and they have multiple flavors). Since it's Trader Joe's they'll probably disappear soon, but we're enjoying them while they're there.

5. Day off tomorrow! After the hecticness of yesterday and today I'm really looking forward to it.

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Daily Happiness
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kyuuketsukirui
1. Two cashiers called out sick, so we were super short-handed this evening, but I made it through!

2. I didn't really feel like doing any translating tonight after getting home, but I'd done some in the morning before work, so at least I didn't get nothing at all done.

3. I made a new default icon using this icon maker.

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Daily Happiness
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kyuuketsukirui
1. The two-year contract I had for internet service apparently ran out last month, so they hiked up the monthly fee by about $20. Carla called Verizon today to see if there was any cheaper plan, since the one I had includes basic TV and we don't watch actual live-as-it's-airing TV at all (I only took that plan because it was cheaper for the bundle than just internet on its own). It turns out they don't have anything cheaper, but for only about $10 more than the newly-jacked-up price, we can get 4x faster internet, so...we're switching to that. 100/100!

2. I got a lot done at work today, even though I kept getting interrupted.

3. We got Carl's Jr for dinner. I really like their steakhouse burger with crispy fried onions and blue cheese and bacon. It's so good!

4. It got pretty hot today, which I'm not thrilled about, but the heat peaked while I was at work in the air-conditioning, so that was good! It's back to being pretty chilly now.

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Daily Happiness
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kyuuketsukirui
1. I got so much translating done today! Like really a lot. I didn't get some of every series I'm working on done, but I did seven different series and instead of my usual five-page chunks, on most of them I did ten or even fifteen pages, so it added up to a lot!

2. I also got the house vacuumed, which I haven't been able to do on my last couple days off, so it really needed it. I hope we can get a quieter vacuum soon because the sound really bothers both Carla and the cats, so I hate doing it, but sweeping just isn't enough to get up all the cat hair and dustbunnies.

3. I totally forgot tomorrow is payday! I just went to check and see if my check had been deposited, since it's after midnight, and not only is my paycheck there, but so is the federal tax refund!

4. My cats are super cute. Look at that Molly loaf.



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Weekly Reading
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kyuuketsukirui
What are you currently reading?
Same stuff as last time. Haven't gotten much further on Console Wars, but still haven't given up on it, either.

I'm about a bit more than a third of the way through Kingdom Coming, though, and continue to enjoy that. It was published about ten years ago, though, so a lot of it just makes me want to read a more current take. For example, I just finished a chapter on the Christian attack on gay rights, and obviously in that regard a lot has changed in ten years!

I'm on volume five of Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi, and as I mentioned the other day, have already started translating it, despite having a bazillion other ongoing projects. But it's an easy job, so it will be quick going and not take up a ton of extra time. And considering that scanlations is my main hobby these days, one more can't hurt. :)

Anyway, it continues to be a fun read and I'm really enjoying it a lot. Considering the bulk of the chapters are stand-alone events, I'm impressed at the number of scenarios the author has managed to come up with. Some are pretty standard, but others are more unique, such as one where a guy whose house has a "path of the dead" in it, so there's ghosts walking through the house all the time on their way to the afterlife. The twist comes when he gets sucked into the path himself and ends up escaping it only to have the path now run through his own body.

What did you recently finish reading?
I have finished several volumes of Shibito, but that's it.

What do you think you'll read next?
I have only one more volume of that, so I'll have to move on to a new manga soon, but not sure what... (There are seven volumes out, but I haven't been able to get my hands on volume seven yet as it's quite new.)

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Daily Happiness
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kyuuketsukirui
1. Posted my first manga of February! I'm glad I seem to have gotten on a schedule where I can post at least one or two things earlier in the month rather than everything all in a glut at the end. It's better to space things out a bit!

2. It was so nice to be able to sleep in and not have to wake up at six!

3. I have tomorrow off! I do have a couple work things I need to do from home tomorrow, but other than that, just concentrating on translating stuff. :)

4. We watched this week's Brooklyn Nine-Nine last night just me and Carla, and again tonight when Alexander was over, and while it's definitely an episode filled with embarrassment squick moments, it's a really good one. I especially liked the subplot with Holt and Gina.

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Scanlations: All Out!! ch. 4
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Title: All Out!!
Author: Amase Shiori
Publisher: Morning Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 7 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Anima Regia
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Gion Kenji is short and perpetually pissed off about it. Iwashimizu Sumiaki is tall but timid. Although it's bullies that bring this unlikely pair together on the first day of high school, it's the rugby club that will make them friends.

Chapter Summary: Gion figures out the secret to a good tackle, but will the knowledge alone be enough to bring down Sekizan?



Chapter 4: Last

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Daily Happiness
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kyuuketsukirui
1. Normally Wednesday is my early day and I have to be at work by 6.30, which I don't love. But tomorrow I don't have to go in until ten-ish! Which means I don't even have to set my alarm, because I'll definitely wake up before then.

2. We had a really super delicious stir-fry for dinner and there's lots left over.

3. I'm still very pleased with my haircut from last week. I finally got around to taking a picture tonight because I definitely want to keep a reference for next time.

Haircut photo!Collapse )

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Daily Happiness
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kyuuketsukirui
1. I had a nice, relaxing day off and even managed to sleep in a bit.

2. It's sooooo cold today! Cold and windy! I'm glad I was able to just stay home and bundle up and sit at my desk with my electric blanket on!

3. I got a lot of translating done...including starting on Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi, which I said I wouldn't translate until other stuff was done, but lol, so much for that. Trying to see who I can round up to work on it with me.

4. I've been working on adding manga to LibraryThing every day and am now up to 300 volumes in the "2004 and earlier" category (which is still only the tip of the iceberg). The downside is I'm seeing all these old series I loved and wanting to reread them! (Especially stuff that I read really early on when my grasp of Japanese was still shaky.)

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Daily Happiness
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1. It was cold and rainy and windy today. Very wintery-feeling! Thankfully it wasn't raining very hard when I had to go to work (and not at all when I came home).

2. Unfortunately the wind was so windy that there were power outages all over the city, including at my work. ;_; The power went out around 3pm and we waited for a while hoping it would come back on, and when it was clear it wasn't, we started putting perishable stuff away, and just when we'd finally gotten everything into the walk-in freezer, the power came back on again. *headdesk*

So overall that kind of sucked, but on the bright side, because the power came back on before we left, I was able to do my ordering (was afraid I'd have to come in tomorrow on my day off), and we were able to get everything put back out so the morning people didn't need to scramble, and we didn't lose a ton of merchandise, just the sushi and bento stuff (which has to be sold by the end of the day, so it's not like we can just put it out tomorrow).

And best of all, I actually got to go home an hour early, because even though the power was back on, stuff was still acting up and everyone was worn out and we didn't want to open just for another hour.

3. I have the day off tomorrow and no plans except to get some translating done.

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Daily Happiness
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kyuuketsukirui
1. Carla went to Costco this morning and got a big stack of frozen hamburger patties and grilled them all up tonight. We had delicious hamburgers for dinner and now have a bunch of grilled burger patties that can be reheated for quick delicious burgers anytime!

2. I got my W-2 from work today and already did my taxes when I got home tonight. Between state and federal, I'm getting $1400 refunded, so that will give us $2600 towards a car. Hopefully we can get something around $3000 so we won't have to put much on the credit card. Since I got it turned in so early, I shouldn't have to wait to long for the refund, either.

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Daily Happiness
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1. The bathroom sink has been slow draining for a long time now and as of last night just decided to almost completely stop draining altogether, so we called the plumber and they were actually able to come out today. We thought it would just be a quick snake job, but they ended up having to replace some pipes under the sink as well, which is going to up the price a bit, though hopefully it won't be too much. Anyway, I'm really glad to finally have the sink working again. It's so nice to not have standing water in there all the time.

2. I started keeping track of books and manga I read here on my journal in 2005, so when I started using LibraryThing to keep track of stuff, I only added stuff back to 2005. I do have a spreadsheet of manga I've ever read, though, and so even though I don't have the exact year I read these older books, I am now going through and adding them to LibraryThing with the tag "2004 and earlier". Today I added about 150 volumes, which is only the tip of the iceberg, but I am looking forward to the day I have everything on there, as I often forget to update the spreadsheet, but I never forget to add stuff to LT.

3. The kittens didn't like the noise of the plumbers and having strangers in the house, so they both went and hid inside the sofa for the duration. I felt bad for them, but they were also super cute in there.



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Weekly Reading
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kyuuketsukirui
What are you currently reading?
I'm still reading Console Wars and have in fact only gotten a couple more chapters more read than I had last week. Still trying to decide if this book is for me.

I also got a book off BookMooch yesterday and started reading it today. I don't send out anything on BookMooch anymore, but my old wishlist is still up and when I was using it, I always sent out more than I got, so I have a bunch of points left still, so I occasionally get emails saying such and such book on my wishlist is available.

In this case it was Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism by Michelle Goldberg. I just read the intro so far (though it was the length of a full chapter), but it was pretty good! More interesting than Console Wars, actually; the problem here is just that it's a physical book, not an ebook, so I might end up letting it sit for ages because of that.

Manga-wise, I just started a series called Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi, a horror manga about a boy who is haunted by the ghost of his murdered classmate. (That's not the horror. The horror is the situations he finds himself in each chapter. Like the haunted ferris wheel at an abandoned amusement park that murders his cousin. Or when he and some school friends visit a tourist attraction only to end up bait for some murderous monsters. It's very episodic, at least so far.) The art has a very old school feel (in a good way), even though it's a currently running series.

Anyway, I'm enjoying it a lot and had that "ooh, it's not being scanlated!" moment when I checked on Baka Updates, but I have thirteen things I'm working on right now, so I am NOT doing this at the moment. It is going in my "possible projects" folder, though, to be picked up in the future if no one else has snatched it up.

What did you recently finish reading?
7 Seeds vol. 30!! Aaaaaah, this series is so good and it's so close to the end, everything's all coming together. I think at this point everyone who is still alive is going to stay alive (except maybe Mozu), but it's still tense (especially considering how many have died along the way) and full of cliffhangers. (On the bright side, I waited so long to read this that the next volume is coming out in just a month or so!)

I also finished the HP fic I mentioned last week, The Strange Disappearance of Sally-Anne Perks, and enjoyed it a lot. I also poked through the author's other stories and read an interesting one about Tom Riddle, The Magic Thief.

Oh, and I also read an X-Men fic by [personal profile] helens78, The Barest Hint of A Thought (summary: "Something's been going on between Erik and Charles... something Erik doesn't know anything about. When the mask starts to slip, Erik has to figure out how to confront a telepath about the difference between truth and lies."), which was really interesting.

What do you think you'll read next?
I'll probably be reading all these for a while.

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Daily Happiness
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kyuuketsukirui
1. Today was my early day today, but that meant I got off early, too (and I actually left on time!), and that's always nice. Plus I've got tomorrow off!

2. I got my hair cut after work and am really happy with how it looks, unlike last time when the sides weren't short enough towards the top and it stuck out funny after just a few days' growth.

3. This week's Brooklyn Nine-Nine was so awesome. SpoilersCollapse )

4. Posted Yasha this evening, which means I've now posted all the manga I wanted to post this month. :D

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Scanlations: Yasha ch. 40
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Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: Jannu and Ru-Mei go undercover as husband and wife to infiltrate a party thrown by the Amamiyas.


Chapter 40

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Daily Happiness
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kyuuketsukirui
1. I got some translating done today, including finishing up the next chapter of Yasha, so hopefully will have that to post within the next few days.

2. I got some housecleaning done. Also went through the closet a bit and sorted out some old clothes I don't want anymore.

3. We got lunch from the burger place around the corner and they packed it in a box that was just perfectly kitten-sized.



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Daily Happiness
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kyuuketsukirui
1. Posted more manga! I'm really glad to be getting Gunjo out faster these days, as I felt really bad for the previous delays (some of which were due to me and some were due to the cleaner/typesetter).

2. I have tomorrow off and no plans except for vacuuming the house and of course translating stuff.

3. The other night Carla made some curry chicken which was really good, and then today she took the leftover pieces and leftover basmati rice and made fried rice and it was amazing. The seasoning was mostly more curry powder, so between that and the fact that it was basmati instead of the regular calrose/Japanese rice we're used to eating, it had a really different flavor, but it was sooooo good.

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Scanlations: Gunjo ch. 18
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Title: Gunjo
Original Title: 群青 (Gunjou)
Author: Nakamura Ching
Publisher: Ikki Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + HotCakes
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Out of desperation, a woman asks an old high school friend to kill her abusive husband for her. The friend, having long been in love with this woman, does it, and now they are on the run from the law.

Chapter Summary: The brunette lashes out and unknowingly hits a nerve.



Chapter 18

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Daily Happiness
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kyuuketsukirui
1. Super excited about getting the first chapter of Koi-iji posted.

2. Looks like we might have some rain next week. Hope that comes true!

3. I have such sweet, cutie kittens. :)

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