Tuesday Snapshots 📸

"Old Stuff" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2.5, 1/150 sec, ISO3200
“Old Stuff” Cedar Park, 2018
"The Ivories" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2.5, 1/50 sec, ISO3200
“The Ivories” Cedar Park, 2018
"Comfy" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2.2, 1/25 sec, ISO3200
“Comfy” Cedar Park, 2018
"Well Used" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2.2, 1/13 sec, ISO3200
“Well Used” Cedar Park, 2018
"Gohan Time" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2.5, 1/105 sec, ISO3200
“Gohan Time” Cedar Park, 2018

Fret (a haiku)

To fret is okay
Do all you can to prepare
Regret fades away

Happy International Haiku Poetry Day!

This post was prompted by The Daily Post from WordPress – Fret.

🎶 Cloud – Turning

🎶 Have a wonderful day!

Sweet Paris Crêperie

"Lemony" Houston, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5, 1/100 sec, ISO400
“Lemony” Houston, 2018

こんばんは。Today Mariko drove down to Houston to pick up her new passport from the Japanese consulate. The drive there was long (almost 3 hours) but it only took 15 minutes at the consulate to receive the passport, so we had a couple hours of free time in the big city. Woohoo!

One of the places we visited was Sweet Paris Crêperie and Café, which served… Crepes! And coffee! I was actually kind of full from lunch, so I had one of their lighter items, a lemon and butter crepe. It was yummy but maybe a little too sour towards the end. Mariko got a crepe with dulce de leche, banana, and berries. It was pretty sweet, and since I’m not a huge fan of crepes in the first place, I wasn’t too impressed. But it was nice to sit down and relax for a little while before hitting the road again for the long drive back to Austin.

"Sweet Stuffing" Houston, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/110 sec, ISO200
“Sweet Stuffing” Houston, 2018

またね~

Simple Grill

"Old Reliable" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/150 sec, ISO200
“Old Reliable” Cedar Park, 2018

For years now the Old Smokey barbecue has been my grill of choice. It’s so simple and the size is perfect for my family of four. I’ve even taken it camping when we had our minivan because it’s pretty compact and light. Coupled with a Chimney starter, it’s a great solution for relatively compact grilling.

This evening we had some friends over for a Jamaican dinner, so I grilled up some jerk chicken and jerk pork. It was yummy! We usually use Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning (can find it at Cost Plus World Market) on the meat and slow cook over the grill. For the pork (butt), I actually grilled it on our gas grill for a bit, then finished it in the oven. Was super juicy! A pretty good technique since the charcoal grill was busy with chicken.

Mariko also made rice and peas and a shrimp run-down… it was a lot of food, so we were satisfied and stuffed. 😊

"What a Jerk" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“What a Jerk” Cedar Park, 2018

I hope you had a nice Sunday!

またね~

A Soft Murmur

Do you listen to ambient sounds when you work? My favorite is A Soft Murmur. The website audio is nice, and I also bought the app, so sometimes waves and wind emanate from my phone. 😄 It’s great for reading too!

Mix ambient sounds together to wash away distraction and help you focus or relax

Source: A Soft Murmur

Fujinon 35mm F/2 Bokeh Monster

"Grey Limes" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2.2, 1/90 sec, ISO3200
“Grey Limes” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

One thing I really liked about my Sony a77 dSLR was its articulating screen. I could flip it out and have an instant waist-level camera, which is an interesting way/angle to shoot. Now that I have Mariko’s old Fujifilm X-T10, which also has an articulating screen, I have started using it in the same manner. It’s really fun!

I also enjoy using the Fujinon 35mm F/2 lens. It’s compact, focuses quickly and silently, and produces some wonderful bokeh. It’s what I would call a “Bokeh Monster”.

"Pen Case" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Pen Case” Cedar Park, 2018

I like the Fujifilm X-T10, but I don’t love it like I do the X100T. I only wish my X100T had the articulating screen. Then it would be close to perfection.

"Bokeh" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO1600
“Bokeh” Cedar Park, 2018

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~