torachan: kokoro and shizuru from baby kokoro no mama ni (baby kokoro no mama ni)

Title: Baby, Kokoro no Mama ni!
Original Title: Baby, ココロのママに! (Baby, Kokoro no Mama ni!)
Author: Okuyama Puku
Publisher: Polaris Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Status in Japan: 4 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 19-year-old Roji Shizuru has a crush on a fellow university student, Nana, but there always seems to be complications when he tries to get closer to her. For one thing, he’s afraid his hot friend Tachibana Masaki will steal her. Beyond that, the main complication comes from the interference of children, specifically one odd child called Maida Kokoro, who keeps clinging to Shizuru and calling him "mama".

Chapter Summary: The gang pays Roji a visit on Setsubun.

Chapter 11: To Be Honest, I Don't Remember the End
torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. Really busy day today and I ended up having to run around a lot and stay after the store closed to get things done, but at least by getting it all done today, I won't have to go in tomorrow on my day off.

2. I'm finally down to just a handful of pages left to typeset for the next chapter of Baby, Kokoro no Mama ni, so I should have that ready to post tomorrow. Although I have help with cleaning now, I'm still typesetting it myself, and it uses a lot of different fonts per page, so I've kind of been dragging my heels on it. (Of the two series I was doing myself, I actually found someone to help with You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead, which is great, because that means I can probably get two chapters out per month now, but it was super easy to clean and typeset, so I would really rather someone volunteered for Baby instead...)

3. I have tomorrow off and no plans except to play a lot of Zelda and do some translating.

4. We took Jasper to the pet store today to get the last of his kitten shots. He mewed sadly in the car, but seems to be doing fine now.

5. Carla refilled the catnip in the squirrel toy the other day.

torachan: a cartoon owl with the text "everyone is fond of owls" (everyone is fond of owls)
1. I stayed up later than I meant to, but I don't have to go in to work until early afternoon, so at least I can sleep in and have a leisurely morning.

2. We watched this week's episode of Powerless tonight and it was so great! This show just keeps getting better and better.

3. Jasper is just such a silly cutie!

torachan: devil boy from sinfest holding a CD, looking like he's just been in an explosion, with the text "smokin" (smokin')
1. I had some urgent stuff that needed to be done by today and I knew if I did it at work, I'd be constantly interrupted and it would take me all day to get done, so I just worked from home this morning and then went in in the afternoon.

2. Tonight after work there was a surprise going-away party for one of our long-time cashiers who's quitting, and I went for a while and hung out and it was fun. (Though between that and going out to both lunch and dinner on Wednesday, I feel like I have had my fill of socialisation for a long time.)

3. Between work and the get-together, I had a couple hours to relax and play Zelda! I got some stuff accomplished and then died a lot trying to do this sidequest of killing monsters on Hateno Beach. I need to rethink my strategy or leave it and come back later. I did finally figure out how to get rupees, though! All that junk I've been collecting along my way can be sold for money! Nice. So I bought some new clothes (I still had the shirt and trousers you get right after waking up) and refilled my arrow stash. I wish Hateno Village had a weapon shop, though, because I am out of decent weapons.

4. Cutie Chloe! Everyone loves the morning sun on this carpet.

torachan: a cartoon bear eating a large sausage (magical talking bear prostitute)
1. I slept in until like 10:30 this morning! Lately I don't tend to sleep in much, even on my days off, so that was nice.

2. I wanted to get a lot of translating done today, and that didn't happen, but I did get a chapter of one thing done and made some progress on another. And I posted some manga, too, which is always nice.

3. The reason I didn't get much done today is because I sat down to play a little bit of Zelda and ended up playing for like three or four hours. *headdesk* I finished the last shrine on the plateau, then made my way to Kakariko Village, which took fucking forever. Oh my god, this world is huge. HUGE. O_O I completed one other shrine on the way and tried out the one where you have to execute a series of special moves on a robot dude, and after trying and trying and not having any success, I just noped out of that one for a while. I did the sidequest with Hesta's maraccas and got my inventory expanded. I headed out towards Hateno Village, got the tower on my way (that was a pain in the ass), and then finally called it a night after getting assigned the blue fire quest.

The more I play, the more I'm liking this game, though I do miss the dungeons. Are there proper dungeons at some point? I like exploring and all the other stuff, but the dungeons are the best part of Zelda and I'll be a bit bummed if there's only the shrines.

4. This sweet little kitten!

torachan: arale from dr slump with a huge grin on her face (arale)
What are you currently reading?
Still reading The Mayor of Castro Street and Mistletoe and Murder, which are about a third and half of the way done, respectively. I've definitely been making progress, but it's slow, and I haven't always kept to my goal of reading at least a little bit every day. (Work days are the problem, as there's no time to read before work, or at work, and if I don't do it early in the evening after work, I run the risk of being too tired to read at all and just going straight to bed.)

What did you recently finish reading?
I did finish a book this week, though: Escape to Witch Mountain! If you liked the movie as a kid, I would definitely give it a read if you haven't already. It was a lot of fun and really my only complaint is that the ending is really abrupt. Even if you didn't grow up with the movie, if you have any interest in kids books and like stuff about orphans and psychic powers and us-against-the-world kind of situations, I would recommend it.

I also read volume 10 of Saint Oniisan, which is a series I apparently haven't read since 2014, according to LibraryThing. I kind of lost interest in it after a while, as I feel the joke has gotten a bit stale, but at the same time, I don't just want to drop it completely... This had some funny moments, though, and I've got three more volumes queued up on my ipad, so that will get me up to speed.

What do you think you'll read next?
More Saint Oniisan, for sure.
torachan: yoshiki from himegoto (himegoto)

Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: It seems like Yuki and Kaito are finally free of Mikako...

Chapter 95: Escape
Chapter 96: Release
torachan: tavros from homestuck dressed as pupa pan (pupa pan)
1. Today I had to go to the Gardena store and help out with their shelf-rearranging (it's not really a remodel), which was a pain, but one of my favorite former co-workers who now works at a different store was there, and a couple sales reps from various companies were there to help out, and I hung out with them while we worked.

2. I had already planned to go out to dinner with favorite former co-worker afterwards, but I also ended up going to lunch with three of the sales reps and one of them even treated me, so I didn't have to pay. And then I went out to dinner, and we went to favorite former co-worker's friend's restaurant, which was a fairly upscale Italian bistro type place in Manhattan Beach, and we ate for free. Several appetizers, a few different main courses, and three desserts, shared between the two of us, it was probably about $100 worth going by the menu prices.

3. Between all the socialising and the drudgery of the shelf rearranging, I'm really exhausted, but tomorrow is my day off, so I'm just going to relax and do some translating and reading and play Zelda!

4. I love this picture.

torachan: nepeta from homestuck (nepeta)
1. I had a long, busy day at work, but despite a hectic morning, I actually got a lot done in the afternoon. And I think I remembered to do everything I needed to do for tomorrow, since I won't be in the store.

2. I have to go to the Gardena store tomorrow, but I don't have to be there until ten, so I can take my time in the morning, and traffic is usually not bad going that direction, so I don't have to allow a long time.

3. I got approached by someone about collaborating on a new series recently and said yes (I know, I know), and finally got started on that today. I really shouldn't be picking up any new series, and I totally was going to say no, but then I read the first couple chapters and it was really funny, so.

4. I've been getting some really good pics of Molly lately.

torachan: maru the cat sitting in a bucket (maru)
1. The Switch arrived this morning and before setting it up, we decided to pull out the TV cabinet and get things tidied up (and also vacuum behind it, because it never gets vacuumed back there), and now not only do we have a snazzy new gaming system, but things are also nice and tidy and looking much better over there.

2. Zelda is a lot of fun so far. I still prefer the old-school style of Zeldas to this "realistic" type, so I really hope they make another one for the 3DS, but this is still fun. I did the first two shrines and got to the ice one, but by then it was getting late so I just saved my game at the door to the shrine. I've seen other people talk about some warmer clothing, but I missed that opportunity and instead just cooked up a bunch of peppers and ate those to keep me warm through the snowy area.

3. Look at this cutie Jasper face!

torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
1. I am in possession of Breath of the Wild and will have the Switch to go with it tomorrow!

2. Day off tomorrow! Hopefully I will be using it to play lots of Zelda, but even if the Switch doesn't come until late, I'm still looking forward to a day off.

3. A coworker texted me tonight to ask if I was still at work, and when I said yes, he said to meet him out back, and it turned out he had a burger and fries for me. :D

4. The tiniest sliver of kitty tongue.

torachan: aradia from homestuck (aradia)
1. I have to stay till closing tomorrow night since the person who usually closes is working an early shift instead. I don't love staying till closing, but since I know about it ahead of time, I can just go in later, which means I get to have an even more leisurely morning than usual.

2. Today was busy, but a lot less hectic than yesterday.

3. Jasper is getting to be so grown up!

torachan: a cartoon owl with the text "everyone is fond of owls" (everyone is fond of owls)
1. Today was really exhausting, so I'm even more glad than usual that tomorrow and Sunday are late days so I can sleep in.

2. Apparently it got quite warm today, but I was at work all day in the air conditioning and by the time I got home, it was cool again. :D

3. Although we still haven't received the Switch yet, we did get Zelda today...only to find Carla had accidentally ordered the Wii U version and not the Switch version. But Amazon still had plenty of copies, so she was able to order the correct one, which will be here Sunday (probably still before we get the actual Switch), and we can return the wrong one.

4. The kitties all like having the windows open.

torachan: jason momoa/ronon smiling (ronon)
1. I went out to brunch with my mom this morning and took her all the shirts and sweaters I'd cleared out of my closet. She and her husband organise a monthly homeless outreach on Venice Beach where they give out food, toiletries, and clothes, and it's always the first Saturday of the month, which is the day after tomorrow, so she was very happy to get the clothes.

2. Then this afternoon I went karaoke with Carla and Alexander. They've revamped their system since the last time I went, and they're using healsonic now, which has an app so you can enter the songs on your phone, rather than everyone having to share a book and remote. Also now the Japanese and English systems are fully integrated!

Before, they had one Japanese system that was updated and had a lot of songs, but you couldn't use it at the same time as the English system. So either you use the English system, which has a large selection of English songs, and is compatible with the old Japanese system, which has a lot of Japanese songs, but hasn't been updated in years and its selection even of older songs is still limited compared to the newer Japanese system. Or you use the new Japanese system and people who want to sing in English are limited to the smaller selection of English songs in the Japanese system.

But now everyone can use the app to do it on their phones and there's access to both the good Japanese system and good English system (and it seems like some other languages as well), and it's great! (There is also an ipad you can use to enter songs, but all three of us just ended up downloading the app.) The only thing is, I do miss flipping through a book because if it's all just searching, I end up not being able to think of any songs or artists I like, lol.

3. Even though I was busy going out and doing stuff, I also vacuumed, did some translation, and read for a bit, so overall I feel pretty good about today! :D

4. The Switch is out tomorrow! Though I'm not sure when we'll receive ours. When Carla pre-ordered it, she wasn't able to get one on Amazon and pre-ordered from Target instead, but it doesn't seem like Target is guaranteeing release day delivery, which is a bummer. If we'd realized that, we could have set it for in-store pick-up, but we didn't, so now we just have to wait for it to arrive. At least Zelda, which we did pre-order from Amazon, will be here tomorrow, so we'll have that ready and waiting when the system comes.

5. The cats were super cute today, and Molly was no exception!

torachan: (Default)
What are you currently reading?
I've currently got three books in progrees, The Mayor of Castro Street, which I've once again only read a couple chapters of, Mistletoe and Murder, which is about a third of the way done, and a new one, Escape to Witch Mountain.

As a kid, Escape to Witch Mountain was one of my favorite movies, but I never knew it was based on a book until I was an adult, and at some point I added it to my BookMooch wishlist back when I was active on the site, and no one had a copy so I just forgot about it. Recently I got back on there because my mom was looking for some books, and I decided to take a look at my old wishlist, which had like 500 books on it, a lot of which I was no longer interested in, or had already read. I went through and mooched a few books I was still interested in that had available copies, and then deleted the whole list. Anyway, this was one of the books! And as soon as it arrived the other day, I started reading it, even though I've already got two other books in progress. But it's a quick read and I'm already over halfway done with it.

Anyway, as many times as I saw the movie as a kid, it's probably been like thirty years, so I don't remember much except the basics. Some stuff in the book seems familiar and some stuff seems different, and there's some stuff that must have been original to the movie because the point where it would have happened is past and it didn't happen (I think in the movie they actually went to the house of the guy who's trying to kidnap them). Regardless, I'm enjoying it a lot so far.

What did you recently finish reading?
Only one thing, a single-volume manga by Kawahara Kazune and Yamakawa Aiji called Tomodachi no Hanashi. I wasn't that into it at first, which surprised me because I usually love everything by Kawahara Kazune, but I ended up liking it as it went on. Though I really wished it had ended up with the two girls getting together, because they kept declaring their love for each other, and saying how their friendship was more important than any boys, and how if one of them were a boy they would totally be a couple, but of course it was het. :p

What do you think you'll read next?
Right now I'm just going to concentrate on the stuff I have in progress. Although I don't have as much time to read now that I've gone back to work, I have been managing to make some time to read every day, so I'm happy about that.
torachan: ewan mcgregor pulling his glasses down to look over the top (ewan glasses)
1. I got manga posted!

2. I got hardly any sleep last night, plus had a busy day, so I'm super exhausted, but I have tomorrow off so I can just rest.

3. I had my second follow-up with the surgeon today and everything's healing great. I have to go back again in a month, but hopefully that's it. (I don't mind seeing him, but it's a long drive.)

4. Look at this little guy. He's so pretty!

torachan: (love buzz)

Title: Love Buzz
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Young King
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Heterophobia Fansubs
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Five years ago, pro wrestler Fuji Kaoru disappeared one day before a match. Now she shows up at her old gym out of the blue, with a five-year-old daughter in tow. But not everyone is willing to welcome her back with open arms.

Chapter Summary: The tag-team match continues...

Chapter 10: Unnecessary Words
torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
1. Next week I have to go to the Gardena store to help out with their mini remodel, which sucks, but my former coworker who now works at a different store is going to be there that day, too, and we've made plans to go out to eat afterwards and maybe karaoke, so I'm looking forward to that!

2. Jasper cuddles with Chloe all the time, and he's cuddled with Molly a handful of times, but he's never cuddled with both at the same time...until today! Carla saw the girls cuddled up together and Jasper off on the other sofa alone, so she picked him up and put him down with them, and he stayed there and they stayed there for at least an hour cuddling together!

torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. I didn't end up getting as much translationy stuff done today as I would have liked to, but I did get a good amount done.

2. I went through my closet and weeded out a lot of old shirts and a few sweaters that I never wear anymore. Like two loads of laundry worth of stuff. I also found some shirts I do like and will wear that had gotten pushed to the back somehow.

3. I read a lot today. I haven't been reading as much since going back to work, obviously, but I have managed to read some every day, which makes me happy.

4. I love when the cats get up on the shelves above the dryer. Right now it's one of the few places Chloe and Molly can go to get away from Jasper, so Molly was enjoying it last night.

torachan: charlotte from bad machinery saying "oh the mysteries of the moth farm" (oh the mysteries of the moth farm)
1. Day off tomorrow!

2. If I really buckle down and work on it tomorrow, I should be able to get a chapter of Baby, Kokoro no Mama ni posted within February. (If not, it's not the end of the world, obviously, but I do like to try and post once a month!)

3. This is a silly Chloe face.


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