Happy Friday!

"バカボン" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/7.1, 1/80 sec, ISO6400
“バカボン” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

We made it to the weekend! I’m kind of stoked because I get to read a Bakabon book, as you can see in the photo above. It’s got English and Japanese so I’ll be able to practice my reading too. And it should be fun!

Today I took my 15-year-old son to get his learner’s permit. I can’t believe he’s almost 16 and going to drive on his own soon! Time really flies… We are doing a parent-taught course, so I’ll be taking him driving but I’m not sure where there is a good, safe parking lot to practice. I guess some local research is in order. 😄

Ok, it’s time to read some バカボンのパパ!

またね~

おやすみなさい!

– バロン Barron Fujimoto

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Lunch talk

"Self-portrait Reflection with Tree Antlers" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/200 sec, ISO200
“Self-portrait Reflection with Tree Antlers” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。元気?

Today I went to eat pizza with a friend/co-worker. We usually don’t talk about work, but today that was the topic of discussion. It was actually good to rant a bit! But honestly, there’s not a whole lot to rant about. Or rather, the problems that I have at work are so inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. I am pretty happy about that. 😄

"Twin Pizzas" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/110 sec, ISO6400
“Twin Pizzas” Austin, 2017

Today’s photos are of the posters that the restaurant has in their window, and then the yummy pizza that I ate. It was a good lunch!

I hope you had a nice Thursday.

おやすみなさい!

– バロン Barron Fujimoto

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NATO & Zulu Straps

"Instax, NATO, Zulu" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Instax, NATO, Zulu” Cedar Park, 2017

Continuing with my (so far) inexpensive watch obsession, I put my grey and black NATO band onto an old Casio quartz dive-style watch. I used to really like this style of watch face, but now I don’t like the shiny polished metal looks as much. But, it does match the shiny buckles on the strap, so I think it’s a good complement. If you look at my Seiko and its strap buckles, you can see both have a matte finish so it matches nicely. 😊

I also learned that the strap that has the 5 buckles is not a NATO strap, but a “Zulu” strap. The larger, rounded buckles are the difference here. I think I prefer the Zulu strap.

Anyways, my interest in watches continues, and I have made a little Amazon wishlist in case anyone is feeling incredibly generous! 😍 But seriously, I’m keeping my eye on a Seiko 007 model… One day!

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Eating and Drinking

"Yakiniku" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO3200
“Yakiniku” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How are you today?

This evening Mariko prepared a delicious yakiniku (Korean BBQ) meal using her new grill pan which she received as a birthday present. Besides the main grill area, it has “pockets” on the side where you can put different goodies and keep them separate from the main grill. For tonight’s meal, we put cheese in one pocket, corn in another, and kimchee the the other two pockets. It worked great!

This was the first time I had cheese with yakiniku, and frankly, it was a little strange. I love cheese, especially melty, grilled cheese, but it felt a bit out of place with the regular yakiniku. Everyone else seemed to enjoy it quite a bit, though!

Before dinner we celebrated Margarita Day. I never knew there was such a day (and maybe this is the first one) but we might as well celebrate, right? Our basic margarita consists of 1 part lime juice, 1 part Cointreau, and 2 parts tequila. If we want it sweeter, we’ll add a bit of agave syrup. It was yummy as usual!

"Margarita Fixings" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/125 sec, ISO1600
“Margarita Fixings” Cedar Park, 2017

I hope you had a great day.

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

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