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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!

torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. I got a lot of translating done today, and some housework, too.

2. I played some Zelda and actually explored an area that I hadn't seen Carla or the LP I'm watching do, which was nice. I found a bunch of koroks and treasure and a shrine there, too! Ideally I'd like to be completely unspoiled, but I also don't have time to play as much as I'd need to to stay ahead of the LP and I don't want to stop watching until I get there, plus it's such an open world that even when I was ahead of it in terms of the main quest, there was still stuff the LPer did that I hadn't, just because it's so unstructured. And then Carla is in the house playing it and sometimes I watch her, or she asks me to help with something. So I ended up spoiled a lot, so it's really nice to do some stuff completely unspoiled.

3. I woke up this morning and there was a Molly on the pile of blankets next to my bed. :)

torachan: maru the cat sitting in a bucket (maru)
1. We ran some errands this morning and I got some stuff done around the house and also finished translating two chapters of stuff, so I feel like I got a good amount of stuff done today.

2. Zelda-wise, I got the Woodland Tower and the Eldin Tower unlocked, finished a couple quests, got some more shrines, and now I have enough hearts to get the Master Sword, so I'm probably going to head for Hyrule Forest before I go visit the Gorons.

3. It's Spring Break for Santa Monica College, so the neighborhood is nice and quiet for a brief time.

4. We watch a lot of cooking and food-related youtube channels on the apple TV, and the other day we saw a Food Wishes one for Thai satay style tri-tip that sounded soooo good, so Carla made that today and it was indeed soooo good. *_* Definitely one to make again.

5. Look at this Chloe in the sun! She's been enjoying the back of my chair a lot lately.

torachan: an avatar of me done scott pilgrim style (scott pilgrim style me)
1. My ticket for the New Pornographers show next week came with a free digital download of their new album, which just came out today. I just got the email less than an hour ago, so I haven't listened to it yet, but I'm looking forward to it!

2. I got quite a bit of translating done today, and ran some errands, and did some other stuff, and didn't just sit around playing Zelda.

3. I did play a lot of Zelda, though. XD Mostly just went around exploring stuff and doing some more shrines. I went and got that labyrinth shrine up above the Akkala ancient tech lab. Oh, and I also got another memory (the Spring of Power one).

4. Jasper and Chloe were cuddling sooooo cutely today!

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1. Today was Carla's birthday, so we went to Portillo's for lunch. I am not into the Italian beef thing (or French dip), because I don't like soggy bread, but they have really tasty hot dogs.

2. I have tomorrow off, too! I'm not used to having two days off in a row, so I kept thinking today was Thursday and I'd have to go to work tomorrow, but it wasn't and I won't! Also yesterday and today were really busy and I'm looking forward to having a day to just relax tomorrow.

3. I played a lot of Zelda again. I got to Akkala Tower, got a few shrines, explored a lot, and got the Akkala ancient tech lab working again. Oh, and I finally had a bunch of rupees, so I finished the Hylian Homeowner side quest.

4. Jasper cuddled with me for a while tonight! He is a hardcore cuddler (unlike Molly and Chloe) but he pretty much only wants to cuddle with Carla, so it was nice to have him cuddle with me for a bit.

torachan: scott pilgrim pouting (scott pilgrim - pout)
1. Ever since we got the new vacuum, I've been vacuuming every week and I'm really happy about that. The new vacuum is easier to use, quieter, and just plain old works better, so it doesn't feel like such a huge chore. Of course the house is covered in cat hair again immediately after vacuuming, but at least by doing it once a week it does keep it from getting too bad.

2. I had hoped to get a lot of translating done today and I didn't, but I did get some done.

3. I played a bunch of Zelda today. I explored around the Faron Tower region and got some quests and shrines done, and I also flew out to that island shrine off Hateno beach and did my first Major Test of Strength, which also got me the last ancient core I needed to finally get my stasis upgraded! I think I'll probably head up to Akkala region next and check out the ancient tech lab there.

4. Look at this Jasper! Soon he'll be too big to fit in the windowsill.

torachan: john from homestuck looking shocked (john shocked)
1. Somehow I stayed up way later than I meant to, but I can sleep in tomorrow so that's okay.

2. There was a new episode of Powerless last night and it was so great. I just love this show so much.

3. I played more Zelda tonight (part of the reason for staying up late) and opened up Faron Tower, as well as finding another stable, the horse fairy, a couple more shrines, and a bunch of side quests and koroks. It was one of those things where I was like, okay I'm going to stop after this, but then each time there was something else just right there so I was like, well, after that I'll stop, and then next thing I know it's two am. XD

4. Jasper has taken to hiding under the flaps of boxes and it's super cute.

torachan: a happy cartoon guy with the text "it's like a blast of happy up my ass" (blast of happy in my ass)
1. Busy day, but I got everything done that urgently needed to be done, so tomorrow I can just enjoy my day off!

2. Next Tuesday I have another concert to go to but also the big giant yearly evaluation meeting where all the store managers have to give their pitches to the president for people's raises was moved to that day, so I was worried I might not get out in time, but today there was an email that made it sound like we could go home after our store was done, so I double checked and they confirmed it, and my store is one of the first ones in the morning, so not only will I have plenty of time for the concert, but I can do the ordering and stuff I usually do Wednesday, and then not have to go in on Thursday (which I thought I might have to do because I have a doctor's appointment Wednesday in Irvine and it's also Carla's birthday so I was planning on taking the day off so we could go to lunch at one of her favorite restaurants that's down by the doctor's office). So I'm pretty happy about all that. (And just in general happy about not having to sit through a day-long meeting.)

3. I played some more Zelda tonight. I keep meaning to play at least a little every day, but somehow there never seems to be time. I need to work on just playing a little bit at a time, but I always feel like if I'm going to play, I want to play a lot, and then end up not doing it at all. But tonight I went up the cliffs outside of Zora's domain to get the shock arrows and a photo of the Lynel (and maybe try and fight him, but he blasted me while I was taking a photo so I just ran, lol). And then I ended up going to a nearby shrine instead and then from there to a great fairy fountain, so I got my clothes upgraded a bit (though I'm missing some ingredients). Then I went down south and opened up the Lake Tower (I plan on catching some fish in Hyrule Lake while I'm there, since that's what I need to upgrade my Zora gear). Tomorrow I probably will attempt the first divine beast, though.

4. Today is Chloe and Molly's birthday and they're a big grown up two years old! (And Jasper is five months! When did these kitties get so big!?)



torachan: palmon smiling (palmon)
1. I slept in until about 1pm, so that was good. Unfortunately that seems to have pushed my late sleep schedule even further back, and it was already creeping further than I'd like. (Here it is 4am and I'm a bit tired but not like super sleepy, though I will at least get in bed after posting this, and see if that makes me sleepier.) However! The person who usually closes on Fridays is out tomorrow, so I have to stay till closing, which means I don't have to go in until noonish, and the same goes for Saturday and Sunday, and then I have Monday off and no morning plans, so even if my sleep schedule is terrible, I at least have the next four days in a row I can sleep in. :p

2. Carla happened to see (Japanese) curry on sale at the store today and bought some, so I made curry for dinner. It was delicious and now we have lots of leftovers as well, for easy meals.

3. I finished translating the first chapter of a new series I'm working on, and hopefully will have that ready to post within the next few days.

4. I played a bunch more Zelda tonight. Went back to the area just below the Great Plateau and picked up a couple shrines I'd missed, and that plus the one in Zora's Domain got me another upgrade. One of the shrines was by a stable I hadn't been to yet, and Hestu was there outside! So I was able to get another few inventory slots opened up, though I didn't have a ton of Korok seeds, and it seems that the fee goes up by one with each slot you add. I also found the Zora helm, and upgraded both it and the Zora armor. Now it's time to go get some shock arrows and a photo of a Lynel (and at least try to take him on, while I'm up there; I know I could just stealthily gather arrows and snap his photo and not actually kill him, but where's the fun in that).

5. Carla got some cute pictures of Jasper this morning.

torachan: aradia from homestuck (aradia)
1. I posted more manga! I'm excited about that.

2. I had a ton of interviews today and I have a bunch more Friday and Saturday, so I didn't make any final decisions today, but I was really impressed with one guy and he seemed keen on the job, so I probably will hire him at least. (And he was one of the ones who answered the Craigslist ad, so that was definitely money well spent.)

3. I played some Zelda tonight and finally reached Zora's Domain! I also did like four shrines on the way, plus opened up Lanayru Tower. Oh, and killed a Hinox.

4. I get to sleep in tomorrow! The bad news is that the reason I get to sleep in is because I have to work until like 3:00am, so I'm going in around noon. But I'm still glad I get to sleep in, and also it means I won't be there for the morning delivery, which I hate.

5. Sleepy Chloe!

torachan: arale from dr slump with a huge grin on her face (arale)
1. I slept in until like eleven this morning. I don't like sleeping in that late, but I guess I needed the sleep, so that's good.

2. I didn't get as much translating done as I'd hoped, but I did get a lot of stuff done around the house, and I finished up typesetting Baby, Kokoro no Mama ni! and was able to post that.

3. I played a lot of Zelda. I had reached Hateno Village the other day and did a bunch of stuff there, so today I went back to Kakariko, talked to Impa again, and did a bunch of stuff in and around Kakariko that I missed the first time (I basically spent no time there the first time because idek, I was just impatient, I guess). Then I warped back to Dueling Peaks Tower and went down the river road that eventually leads to Kakariko and Hateno.

When I first went from the tower to Kakariko, I just powered on straight through the mountains, and while I did find one cool thing there (Hestu!) I also missed a bunch of stuff I would have found otherwise, so today I got a couple shrines, did some stuff around the stables there and got a horse, and then started following the road back to Hateno just to see what was on that route.

I like travelling on a horse in some ways because it's faster, but I'm much less likely to stop and explore while I'm on the horse, so I might go stable it after a bit.

4. Chloe and Jasper were so cutely cuddling this evening!

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