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1. I got my bike fixed! I'm sooooo happy to have it back. I've really gotten used to having it, so now walking is like, ugh, takes so much longer and I get so much sweatier. And I've been taking the bus to and from work most days, because I don't want to arrive drenched in sweat, and by the end of the day I don't feel like walking home, so that's an added expense that I'm glad not to have anymore now that I have my precious bike back. :)

2. I was going to transfer the money Irene just got in Paypal to the bank to pay some bills, but then I realised that a couple of the bills that need paying can be paid by credit card, so I could pay them directly with my Paypal account (I have a Paypal debit card). So those are paid and I saved time not having to transfer the money.

3. Yesterday at work I bought these delicious sweet potato chips that are on sale this week. They're shoestring sweet potatoes fried and glazed with sugar to make them very hard and crunchy (and sweet(er), of course). So tasty! I think I'll have to buy another bag.

4. We had a coupon for Subway and decided to get dinner there tonight. It was three foot-long subs for $13.99, so that's several meals right there (I'll be taking one half a sandwich tomorrow for lunch), and the three we got are normally $6-7 each, so it's quite a good deal.

5. I finally read vols. 3 and 4 of Yoshinaga Fumi's Kinou Nani Tabeta? today. I'd had them sitting on my hard drive for ages (and then on my ipod) and just now got around to them. It's a slice-of-life food manga, so each chapter has several pages that focus on a meal (usually dinner) that the main character cooks. Since it's a manga, there are illustrations, of course, and he thinks of each step as he cooks, so you can totally use the manga as a cookbook, and now I want to cook ALL the things. Sadly most of what he makes is a bit fancier than I'm likely to cook (a main dish with several side dishes), but omg it all sounds so delicious. *_*

This is just an awesome manga in general. The main character is a lawyer in his mid-forties who lives with his boyfriend. It's not a romance at all (they've already been living together when the manga starts), just a story about people who love food, and they happen to be gay. But while the manga is about food and not about being gay, the fact that these characters are gay is very much present in the story, and not just because there's two guys living together and having dinner together every night. In one chapter the main character goes to visit his parents and the neighbors come over to visit with their grandchildren, and seeing the way his parents dote on these neighbor kids, he realises that this is how they've come to terms with him never having children of his own. In another chapter, a friend of his boyfriend's asks him to help him ensure that if he dies, his money will go to his partner, not his parents. (And if the way I'm saying it makes it sound heavy-handed or preachy, that's not how it is in the manga at all. These are just little moments in a story that is mostly about food. It's just like, this is a slice-of-life manga, and these things are part of their life.)

In the time since I read the first two volumes, I had forgotten how much I like it. Not just for the food, which is awesome, but for how it's one of the few manga that is really about queer people.

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I feel like I haven't been talking about manga much, and the reason for this is that despite my determination to not start new ongoing series and just concentrate on reading a lot of the short series/one-offs I have sitting around, I have instead got sucked into rereading two series (Naruto for [livejournal.com profile] reread_no_jutsu and Please Save My Earth because I want to read the sequel and don't remember anything), plus I started two new series, so I have been reading a lot of manga, but have no reviews. D:

But! Even though I cannot properly review these, since the series are incompete, I did want to talk about them, because they're both interesting and God only knows when they'll be finished.

First off is a new one by Yoshinaga Fumi, Kinou Nani Tabeta? (What Did You Eat Yesterday?) Baka Updates shows there are two groups scanlating it, with several chapters done so far. If you liked Antique Bakery, I'd definitely suggest checking this out. If you would like manga about queer characters, but don't really like the tropes that go along with BL, I would definitely suggest checking it out. I would also suggest checking it out if you are a foodie and/or like cooking, especially typical homecooked Japanese meals with lots of sidedishes. You see, this your typical seinen slice of life/foodie/cooking magazine (complete with detailed directions on how to cook everything), except the protagonist is a gay guy in his 40s who live with his (same age) boyfriend. They are written as realistic gay guys, not as the usual BL fantasy, and while the fact that they're gay informs their daily life and is thus mentioned to some degree in every chapter, it's not a romance or a story about being gay. Which is why it's so unique and lovely and I really hope it will get picked up for the US (I think her other stuff's been pretty popular?).

The second one is Kodomo no Jikan (Children's Time) by Watashiya Kaworu. It appears to be scanlated up to the current most recent chapter (which is actually further than I've read in Japanese). This one I have more mixed feelings on. The story is really great: disturbing and compelling and really hard to put down. But the fan service makes me uncomfortable. moar, not really spoilery )

So I don't know. I am enjoying it, and am really curious to see where it goes, but I really, really wish it were being told in a different fashion.

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