torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
1. I decided to take the day off today. I was thinking about it since last night, and there really wasn't anything urgent I needed to do today, and Tuesday is one of the days when we have the most people scheduled, so everyone should be able to take care of stuff on their own...so I just stayed home. :D

2. I posted manga! I feel like poor Gunjo is a cursed series. I have had so much trouble getting it out due to the typesetters having problems. Each time I change typesetters, it seems like it's going to get better, and then they end up having problems, too. D: But finally after two months of radio silence, the current typesetter got back to me and said she had the chapter done, so yay!

3. The date of the first Breath of the Wild DLC was announced, and it's June 30th! You know what that means? I have to finish my current game before then, so I can start a new one when it comes out! I am near endgame and have been kind of dragging my heels on finishing up, because I want to upgrade all my armor, but that involves grinding, and I've done most of the exploring and just have a few last things to wrap up, basically, so it's a combination of the fun part being over and not wanting the game to end. But I'm really excited about the DLC and I think I want to enjoy it on a new, fresh game, so I played some more tonight, got a few more shrines (just eight more to go!) and upgraded a few more armor pieces. (I think I might give up on the idea of upgrading them all...) I really do love this game.

4. As of today we have taken a walk every day for a whole month. Although Carla's health is still not great, she has definitely seen an improvement in stamina from these daily walks, so hopefully we can keep this up.

5. I've got a silly Jasper.

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1. I got my hair cut today! Haven't got it cut since early February, so it was getting really shaggy and annoying, but as usual I was dragging my feet about actually doing it. I'm so glad to finally get it done, though!

2. I had a pretty relaxing day off. Did some housework and translation and just chilled out.

3. I also played a little bit of Zelda, though not much. I decided I want to concentrate on farming stuff to upgrade my armor, so I wasn't doing anything super exciting. I haven't really been using the camera function much, but I figured it would be helpful to set a tracker for whatever I'm trying to farm at the moment, so I did get it out and take pictures of a few things. I needed like forty electric Lizalfos tails, lol. Thankfully those guys are all over the place in the desert so I'm down to just needing like ten more. I also got one more shrine quest done in the desert while I was there, and accidentally stumbled across another shrine, too. Just twelve shrines left to go!

4. Carla took a picture of me with Jasper. :)

torachan: onoda sakamichi from yowamushi pedal with a huge smile (onoda smile)
1. Season 5 of Arrested Development was announced! I know season 4 was far from universally liked, but I loved it, so I'm really looking forward to another Netflix season.

2. As of today I've read 24 books this year, so I went ahead and changed my goal on Goodreads from 30 to 40.

3. I didn't end up having to go in to work at all today!

4. I didn't play much Zelda, but I did do the Yiga Clan hideout quest, so now I can do my last divine beast if I want to, though I will probably hold off for a while and do a bit more side-questing and shrine-searching, just because having all four divine beasts done seems so final.

5. Molly got up on the top bookshelf last night and I got lots of super cute pics of her exploring, including this one with Mr Meeseeks (sadly blurry, though). I moved him to a different shelf after taking the picture, though, so he didn't get knocked down.

torachan: tavros from homestuck dressed as pupa pan (pupa pan)
1. I felt kind of groggy earlier in the day, so I didn't really get a lot done, but I did get some translating done this evening, and also posted some manga, so I feel good about that.

2. We got pizza for dinner and it was delicious.

3. I played a bit of Zelda tonight and got like four or five shrines done. One of them was the one where you have to ride a deer to the shrine pedestal to make it open up and I had tried before to catch a deer with no luck, and then today I decided to go at night in my Sheikah armor so I'd be stealthy and also have the night speed up bonus, and I was just running along and leapt off a cliff right onto the back of a buck! Without even meaning to! I saw there were a bunch of deer below me and noticed one of them was a buck (the only kind of deer that will work for the quest) and meant to land next to him and try to mount, but I just supremely lucked out and landed right on him. XD And I have my stamina maxed out so it was easy to tame him once I was on, and then I just trotted over to the shrine pedestal and tada!

4. I hardly ever get all three cats in one photo, because Molly is usually off doing her own thing (or if she and Chloe are together, Jasper is somewhere else), but I snapped a quick shot of them together today.

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1. I really, really love this vacuum we got a few months ago. Since we got it, I've been vacuuming once a week and it's so easy! I was never able to invest in a really good vacuum before, but it makes such a huge difference.

2. I only played Zelda for a little bit today, but I finally got both the snowboots and sandboots. I love Link's interaction with skeevy boot guy, lol. Now I can explore more easily!

3. I love when Molly gets all curled up!

torachan: arale from dr slump with a huge grin on her face (arale)
1. Today was a pretty nice day off. I got some housework done in the morning, scanned a couple chapters of Gunjo, translated a chapter of You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead, and did a little bit of translation on some other stuff, read a few chapters in both the books I'm currently reading, and played Zelda for several hours.

2. Zeldaaaaaaaaa. Oh man, I had a great time with the game today. I just happened to be on the north side of Hyrule Castle and thought, let me just look around and see if there's an easy way in here, because I would like to explore the castle some. And there was an easy way in, and I explored the castle a TON. It is huuuuuuuge. I killed a bunch of guardians and got enough gears to finally buy the third piece of ancient armor (and almost enough to upgrade the hat or the pants another level - the shirt is already at max). I got a ton of royal guard weapons, which let me complete a quest I'd had forever. Also got the recipe quest completed. And picked up enough lizalfos tails to upgrade one more piece of Zora gear. Oh, and I fought a blue lynel in the castle, too. I kind of just stumbled on him, haha. I got the memory in Zelda's tower, too. I think I'll do other stuff now for a while, but I probably will go in and explore one more time before going in for reals to get Ganon. I really didn't expect the castle to be as large as it is, but like everything in the game, it is way bigger than previous installments of the series.

3. The cats really outdid themselves with cuteness today. Look at these sweetie cuddlers!

torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. Day off tomorrow!

2. It rained a bit more this afternoon, but it looks like the rain is over for a few days. However! It's supposed to rain a bit more later in the week, so I hope that happens. And even if it doesn't, I'm enjoying the return to chillier weather.

3. I played a bit of Zelda tonight after work. I've almost completed the Tarry Town quest. My town is looking so built up! Since the Gerudo area was the last place I went, once I sent the Gerudo lady to Tarry Town, I was able to get the other two really quickly since I'd already met them long ago and knew where they were.

4. Lately Molly has been preferring the higher shelf in the laundry area, and a couple days ago she knocked down a towel so that it was hanging down, and I hadn't bothered to fold it back up again. Then tonight she decided to perch on the lower shelf and now she has a nice curtain to give her a safe, hidden spot, so I'm glad I didn't move the towel!

torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
1. We've had homemade tacos for dinner every night this week and I'm super okay with that.

2. I got my ticket this morning, so I will be seeing Fall Out Boy in November! :D

3. We recently started carrying Magnolia brand ice cream at work, which is a Filipino brand and has sooooo many delicious flavors. We just got it in Wednesday, but I already bought the Thai tea and buko pandan flavors. :)

4. I didn't play much Zelda today, but I did enter and explore Gerudo town, and then head out into the desert to explore. I fought two moldugas, which have to be the easiest of the boss-type monsters you encounter here and there, and I also found the fourth and final great fairy, and was able to upgrade a ton of my armor (though there's still a bunch more I couldn't upgrade, so I made a list of items I need for each, and how many of them, so I can go farming for stuff sometime soon).

5. Chloe face!

torachan: nepeta from homestuck (nepeta)
1. I haven't played Zelda for a couple days so it was good to get back to it. Even with all the exploring I've done, I had somehow managed to miss a stable and its associated shrine right on the border of Lanayru and Central Hyrule. I mostly did exploring today, and got a few quests completed.

2. Speaking of Zelda, the upcoming DLC is available for purchase now, so I bought it. The first one isn't available until August and the second until December, but I'm already looking forward to it.

3. Jasper was all stretched out on the bed today when he napped and he was just so cute!

torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
1. I posted manga! Might get another chapter or two posted before the end of the month, but if not I've at least gotten seven chapters posted this month, which is not bad for as distracted by Zelda as I've been. :p

2. Speaking of Zelda, I didn't play much today, but I did do a bit more exploring in the mountains around Hebra Tower and found two more shrines. I think I'm going to leave off any more exploring there until I get those snow boots, though. It's just such a pain to move so slowly in the snow...

And then I went to turn in some gourmet meat to that guy to finish up a quest and suddenly started to get a blood moon. As soon as I saw the signs, I immediately transported to the shrine at the top of Mount Satori or whatever its called and then flew down to Washu's Bluff and this time I made it in time and finished that shrine quest! (I tried it once before, but landed literally right as the blood moon phase passed and the platform light blinked out.)

I also had enough bits and bobs of Guardians to buy one piece of the ancient armor! I need to kill some more Guardians, though, because now I need a ton more parts. :(

3. Tomorrow is Alexander's birthday, so we went out for karaoke and dinner today. We went to Jollibee, which is a Filipino fast food chain. Everything was delicious, but the peach mango pies were especially good. And the halo-halo. It's a good thing it's not very close by, otherwise I'd be going there for dessert way too often. -_-

4. Carla got some cute pics of sleepy Chloe tonight.

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1. Day off tomorrow! We're doing stuff (probably) but not until the afternoon, so I can still sleep in and relax in the morning.

2. I played a little Zelda tonight and found three shrines, two stables, and Hebra tower. That leaves only the two Gerudo areas that I don't have the towers for yet. I'm actually kind of sad to have so much of the map filled in. I remember when I first got off the great plateau and realized how huge the world is, it was so exciting, and now it's like, aww, I only have a little bit left to explore. ;_;

3. Somehow I don't have any new pics of kitties, but luckily I have plenty of backstock to choose from. Here's an explorer Jasper from a week or so ago.

torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
1. My meeting with the company president got changed to today instead of tomorrow, which sucks because it was my day off and I had to drive to Gardena and then the person who was scheduled before me ended up going way over, so I had to wait for an hour and a half! But my review went well, and I got my raise, and now it's done with. And at least that means tomorrow I can just go for the afternoon meeting and can have the whole morning off.

2. We went to McDonalds for lunch and they have a new burger. It looks like the sriracha one was discontinued and instead they have a sweet bbq bacon one. I got it with the crispy chicken instead of hamburger and it was soooo good. Honestly probably the best burger I've ever had at McDonalds. (Not a terribly high bar, but it really is good!)

3. I only played Zelda for a bit today, but I did do four more shrines.

4. I posted more manga!

5. I got some super cute pics of Chloe tonight. :)

torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
1. Day off tomorrow! I'm really looking forward to sleeping in.

2. It's been getting pretty warm during the day the last few days (especially yesterday) but thankfully it's cooling down a lot at night. I don't mind a few warm days, but I really don't want full-on summer weather just yet!

3. I had to go drive all over the place this morning to pick up a special order and deliver it to the customer (we don't usually do delivery but this customer is an exception) which was a pain, but I got reimbursed for my mileage so now I have some cash.

4. I played Zelda tonight and beat Windblight Ganon! That was the easiest of the three I've fought so far.

5. Jasper just can't resist wriggling around and doing silly poses in his sleep.

torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
1. I have to go in to work early on Sunday, so I don't get both my weekend sleep-in days, but I can at least sleep in tomorrow as usual.

2. Although I finally got everyone else's finalised paperwork back from HR to give them their evaluations and tell them about their raises, I still haven't found out mine, as they are making store managers have an interview with the company president and mine isn't until next Tuesday. But! I realised that everyone else's is already reflected in Kronos, the timeclock management software, so I decided to sneak and see if mine was in there, too, and I'm getting a $2 raise, yay! :) It will be reflected on the current pay period which ends tomorrow and is paid next Friday.

3. I didn't play too much Zelda tonight, but I did get the next divine beast opened up and am ready to tackle that tomorrow.

4. Kitties!

torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. Welp, I somehow managed to do zero translating today despite being home, but I did vacuum and do laundry, so at least there's that.

2. I made fried rice for dinner tonight and it was so good, and there's a bunch leftover, too.

3. I finished another book! That puts me at eighteen for the year, which is three books over halfway for my goal, and the year's not even a third of the way done.

4. Today I didn't actually play Zelda that much and mostly what I did was play Eventide Island. This island is a shrine trial where you have to play with no food, no weapons, and no armor, except what you can scavenge on the island yourself. You do have your runes, but that's it. It's pretty daunting at first, but it turned out to be a lot of fun.

5. Look at this sweet Molly wanting some pets!

torachan: devil boy from sinfest holding a CD, looking like he's just been in an explosion, with the text "smokin" (smokin')
1. Everyone's been sick at work and I think I'm either coming down or fighting off what they have, which sucks. But! Things were actually not that busy today and I was able to come home an hour early.

2. Tomorrow is my day off and I plan to just relax and hopefully feel better Friday.

3. I made ramen for dinner tonight (and the other night, too) and it was so good. *_*

4. I didn't play too much Zelda tonight, but I did get to the Rito village and do a couple shrines and some stuff. I am enjoying this game so much. (And so much more than I thought I would.)

5. Just when you think this kitten can't get any sillier.

torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
1. A bunch of people called out today and I thought I was going to have to stay late to get things done, but I ended up getting out pretty much on time, which was nice.

2. I played a lot of Zelda tonight. I meant to play just a little, but it's always like, okay I'm going to stop when I do this thing, but then when you do that thing, you see something else, and you're like, okay when I do that thing... I think I got six shrines tonight, and opened two towers, and found about ten koroks and a stable... Tomorrow I should be at the Rito village, though I probably won't take on the next divine beast for a while yet.

3. Look at this pretty Chloe!

torachan: onoda sakamichi from yowamushi pedal with a huge smile (onoda smile)
1. It was sooooo nice to relax today after the hecticness of the weekend.

2. I played a bunch of Zelda today. Still mostly just wandering around and exploring, looking for shrines and koroks and other interesting stuff. I decided I'm going to deliberately go in a different direction than where the LPer I'm watching is going next, so that even though I will be spoiled for what he's doing, I can explore the other area unspoiled (so we've both done the Zoras and Gorons, and he's heading down to the Gerudos, so I'll go up to the Ritos instead). I activated the tower in central Hyrule, which has two walker guardians and two stationary ones right at the base, and I killed them all pretty easily. (The stationary ones especially. Only 500 HP!? I've done tests of strength with more powerful scouts than that.) I've farmed lots of guardian bits now, so I'll probably go back to the Akkala ancient tech lab again sometime soon and see what else I can buy. Especially since one of those guardians broke my ancient shield. ;_;

3. Carla cleared off the lower shelf of the bookcase the other day in preparation for sorting books and getting things organized. We haven't managed to do that yet, so the cats have been enjoying the shelf. Jasper has seen the girls get up there plenty of times, but today was the first time he tried it himself. And now that he got up there once, he is so much more confident and has hopped up several more times, including once where he got stuck behind some books on the uncleared out portion of the shelf and was super cute.

torachan: palmon smiling (palmon)
1. Today was pretty hectic with the anniversary sale events, but everything went well, and tomorrow should be easier since we got any kinks sorted out today.

2. In Zelda news, I beat Fireblight Ganon (so easy with the Master Sword!) and freed Rudania, then explored a bit around the Death Mountain area, farming a ton of ore, and doing a couple quests. I also ventured east and found a shrine quest where I had to fight a Hinox in the dark, which was actually a lot easier than it sounds and was the easiest Hinox fight I've done. (It was also another one that I didn't see done before, so I got to do it totally unspoiled.)

3. This was actually taken a couple days ago, I think, but look at these cuties cuddling!

torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
1. Work today was soooo exhausting, but I think everything is ready for our weekend anniversary sale.

2. I played a bit of Zelda tonight. Mainly just upgraded my fire armor and opened up Vah Rudania, so tomorrow (assuming I have time to play after work) I will tackle the next divine beast!

3. Look at this ridiculously silly sleepy Jasper face!

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