Chotto darui… (A Little Tired…)

When I heard that El Niño with its destructive rain was coming, and a smattering of rain leaking from the sky the week following showed significant promise, I bought a pair of rain boots from Nordstrom. Four days later they arrived at my office, and after I finished unwrapping the soft layer of translucent white tissue that encased them with the efficiency of a master sushi chef filleting a Spanish mackerel, I threw my arms up in the air and shouted, “Yahoo!” Rain boots! For rain!

I had almost forgotten what rain was until the eager meteorologists on NPR dutifully came on the air to remind forgetful cat ladies such as me. Can you imagine what I could do with this pair of rain boots? I told myself. I could walk into puddles – Splash! Splash! Splash! I could stomp on leaves – Crunch! Crunch! Crunch! And if a storm came, I would be prepared to wade through Mother Nature’s gift of a lobster and crab fiesta wave! Good bye, Sun! Sayonara, Sucker! Don’t dream of me cause it’s over!

But now, months later, they are still sitting in a box wrapped in tissue because – Earth to Mimi – we are suffering a prolonged drought. In fact, I’m having Déjà vu. Wasn’t I sitting in front of the computer typing up a release post wearing this same pair of wilting floral tank and shorts last summer?

Lately, I’ve been suffering from a discouraging bout of sleepiness from the humidity. It’s like some creep far away has a remote control that possesses my eyelids. It’s really scary how they easily droop under the weight of exhaustion. A lot of times I jolt awake to find that I’ve been sleeping in front of the computer, half-drooling onto an open notebook meant to take down Kanji for translating purposes. Typesetter skippyskippy jokingly said it was due to my old age, but somehow I can believe it… Is it just me, or do my joints creak when I bend over to tie my shoelaces? I wasn’t like that in my twenties!

The one thing I do feel awful about is that we didn’t get to celebrate our 6th Anniversary together. We lost a few key staff members, and then I had a death in the family, which has honestly made me not the same ever since. I just couldn’t bring myself to turn on the computer. But this month, we’ve had an influx of volunteers who stepped up to the plate. I’m a little overwhelmed with requests for work and can’t quite catch up yet. This is a first time in the history of the team that we’ve been offered so much help. I’m a little bashful, actually. Why are so many freaking sweet people collectively putting their e-hands on my shoulders and reassuring me by saying, “Let us help you, you poor daft woman?”

Avelys, I must – no, I WILL – get you something to do! Even if it’s the last thing I do, damn it all!

Anyway, nothing beats the heat for me, not even autumn. Autumn here is like an extension of summer, so it never really feels like it has officially ended. I guess the first night when I walk out on the porch to feed my one remaining cat in my wilting floral tank and shorts, and goosebumps – actual pimply, prickly bumps of skin – from the chill crawl up my skinny knees, then that will signify the end of summer?

When do you know summer has ended?

Of course, releases to ease the a) heat or b) cold depending on where you’re located. Big welcome to Xekuhz who started her first project typesetting the scary-fun Omake chapter of Principal! Avelys, once again, I repeat, I must – no, I WILL – get you something to do! Even if it’s the last thing I do!

Otoko no Issho Chapter 9: Download | Read Online

Principal Volume 5 Omake: Download | Read Online

Sekine’s Love Chapter 23: Download | Read Online

By hats99

A takoyaki-fiend who refuses to sleep more than 4 hours a day.

Comments (12)

  1. Opy October 19, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    You guys are amazing. I loved that chapter of Otoko no Issho. I finally got around to reading it and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for all your hard work!! I looked through your projects and saw that you are planning to release Ono Natsume’s Futagashira. Definitely looking forward to that!! 🙂

  2. uglyboy October 6, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Even though sekine is really depressing me and there looks like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, I thank you guys so much for updating more often, making me very happy, its really appreciated!!!

  3. chilli October 4, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Thanks a lot Mimi and stiletto team, happy unicorn team sent your way with sausages in their mouths.

  4. daeonicas October 3, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for updating =) I just stumbled across Sekine while I was looking for something new to read. Currently binge reading everything up to date. Thanks so much for translating.

  5. puddles October 1, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    thanks for letting me know that i’m not the only 30 something still reading manga. i still love you sekine kun, even though i’ve moved on to a large brown tabby.

    • hats99 October 2, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Honestly, I don’t feel stigmatized reading manga at my age and out in the open like I used to. I think maybe the first few years I started working at my company, coworkers would say stuff – “Hey, so what are you wearing to Comic-con this weekend?” – and then snicker about it, but now things have changed and people don’t care as much. I guess because their kids watch anime, so they’re at least less threatened by its existence. The one thing I do notice is that I could read just about any piece of drivel in my early twenties, but as I neared thirty, the gears in me must have turned rusty. I can’t read as much, and I’m pretty picky about it too…

  6. Jen October 1, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Summer never ends where I am. Although when “Winter” does come around, people like to pretend it’s cold by wearing Ugg boots with shorts. Ha.
    Thanks for Sekine once again!!!! <3

  7. Orchissa October 1, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Thank you for the new chapters

  8. flutteringheart October 1, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Oh my! I can’t believe this while believing it! Thank you so much for the updates! Especially for me would be Oyaji and Sekine! I’m really thankful. T.T I’m sorry to hear about your lost.. And I’m glad to see that you’re able to write something and express yourself so that is definitely not a bad thing 🙂 as for the boots, Hehe you could always play with it during bath time! Hahaha. (I’d do it >u<) thanks again! And ooh, I'm wishing for more rain myself. Since over here we're covered with a really bad haze 🙁 take care now! Here giving you a warm e-hug! Toodles everyone ~ xoxo

  9. martje October 1, 2015 at 5:05 am

    Just would like to express my gratitude towards your scanlations! I love many of your projects (big josei manga fan here :D) especially Otoko no Issho!! Thank you so much for scanlating it, and hang it there!! All the best—がんばれ‼︎

  10. cats October 1, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Thank you so much for the chapters!!
    I really really love Otoko no Issho!!!

  11. Parparak September 30, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much.

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