Oil Change, Animal Crossing, and a Movie

"Maintenance Day" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/30 sec, ISO320
“Maintenance Day” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today was a long day, but I did a lot of different things. First of all, was breakfast for the kids of Portuguese sausage, eggs, toast for Bay, and tortillas for Koa (actually breakfast tacos). I made do with just coffee as is my norm, and then it was off to Home Depot to buy some filters for our air conditioning vents.

After those were replaced, I took Koa to his band practice, and then I spent an hour changing the oil in my motorcycle. The procedure for my bike is not difficult, but it takes a long time because you have to take off some plastic parts, remove a metal bash plate, drain the oil from two locations, and replace the oil filter which is in a suboptimal location. But it all worked out with just a little bit of spillage on the garage floor. 😀 And it’s much cheaper than taking it to the motorcycle shop!

With that work done, it was time to play some Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. I’m still having fun playing it, but I do have to deal with an annoying login issue, as shown in the photo below.

"Error" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO1000
“Error” Cedar Park, 2018

After maybe a dozen unsuccessful attempts at logging in, it will finally go through and I’ll be able to play. What a hassle! But once I am in, it’s a lot of fun crafting new items and arranging the camp. Very relaxing!

After a couple hours, it was time to pick up Koa, and then we decided to go out for dinner at an Asian buffet. It was actually pretty good, and I liked the fact that this restaurant had a Mongolian barbeque. Tasty! I used to eat a lot of Mongolian BBQ when I lived in Los Angeles, but in Austin I have only had it a few times. The BBQ at the buffet place wasn’t as good as a dedicated BBQ restaurant, but for the price, it was satisfying.

Later in the evening, I decided to go to the theater to see The Greatest Showman. I’m not really into musicals, but I just wanted to see something (using my Moviepass!) and since the theater is less than 10 minutes away, the last-minute decision was perfectly ok. As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised with this movie! I didn’t think it was super, but it was entertaining and good to see on the big screen and with good sound.

And now as I type this, it’s past 1 am so I better get to bed.

I hope you had a nice Saturday!


Desk Snapshot

"Desk Items" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/45 sec, ISO3200
“Desk Items” Cedar Park, 2018

Lots of blue on my desk these days. 💙

Dinner Snapshots

"Potato Salad" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“Potato Salad” Cedar Park, 2018
"Pork Donburi" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“Pork Donburi” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。Tonight’s post will just be a couple snapshots of our dinner. I like how the potato salad picture turned out, especially because it has a way-too-shallow depth of field. 😵

I hope you had a nice day!


Freezing and a Movie

"So Cold" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 16mm, f/3.5, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“So Cold” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today was another cold one – in fact, this was the coldest morning here that we can remember! At 7am I took Koa to school and when we left the garage, the car’s outside temperature gauge was at 50° and we watched the number quickly drop all the way down to 17° when we arrived at the school. And by the time I reached back home, it was at 16°. Brrrr!

At least the sun came out today so it looked warm outside. 😂

In other news, my new Moviepass card arrived in the mail yesterday, so I’ve been eagerly anticipating using it. After dinner, I took care of my evening tasks (washing the dishes, feeding the cats, and cleaning the litter box) then told the family that I was going out to catch a movie. It turns out that Lady Bird is still in one theater nearby so I watched that, and it was excellent! I won’t be surprised if it takes home an Oscar or two.

I’m looking forward to watching a lot of movies this year because of Moviepass. I think it’s a great deal. Check it out if you like going to the cinema!

I hope you had a nice Wednesday.


Crispy Karaage

"Chicken Dinner" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
“Chicken Dinner” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Well, the freeze hit us overnight and the roads were treacherous so we all had a snow day today. I pretty much shut myself in the home-office with the doors closed which works out nicely because I have a portable heater that I like to use to keep that room warm like a sauna. Well, not that hot, but I tend to like it warmer than the rest of the family does. 😀

As you can see from today’s photo, we enjoyed a nice big serving of Japanese fried chicken, or karaage. We have a small Cuisinart deep-fryer, which is perfect for cooking up these small pieces of tender chicken. It doesn’t use too much cooking oil, and you can reuse the oil a few times before discarding it. It’s also pretty easy to clean. I highly recommend it.

I hope you bundled up and had a nice Tuesday!


Before the Freeze

"Hanging Vinyl" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Hanging Vinyl” Cedar Park, 2018


The imminent freeze has been in the forecast since last week, but I was genuinely surprised that the weather models were so accurate! As I type this, the temperature is at 40° F and dropping, the wind is howling, and the rain is coming down. All schools have been canceled for tomorrow and it looks like everyone in my company who works in Austin will be telecommuting. Snow day!

But before the town freezes over, I dropped off Koa at the movies, then went to the bookstore and did some shopping. I was particularly interested in looking at some records, but they didn’t have anything that looked good. However, I did take a photo of a bunch of color vinyl that was hanging from the ceiling. I thought it looked pretty cool so I had to take a snapshot.

The weather at the time was still pretty good: warm and just a little breezy. But two hours later, when I went to pick up Koa, it was starting to rain and the wind was picking up. It’s crazy how quickly the weather can change in Texas!

Take care everybody!


"Storm Coming" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/40 sec, ISO6400
“Storm Coming” Cedar Park, 2018

Big Change

It’s a lovely 70° outside now, but tomorrow’s gonna be CHILLY! ❄️

Sunday Shopping

"Record Shopping" Austin, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO3200
“Record Shopping” Austin, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today Bay and I went downtown to do a bit of shopping. We found everything that was on our list, and also a couple bonus items. Here’s a bit of our haul:

There were a couple more things on the list, but I can’t remember the names of the other books and album that Bay bought.

We went to the market to buy some essential oils for Bay’s aromatherapy mist thingie, and it was fun sampling all the different scents. Check out the funny names of some of them in the last photo in this post. I love the name “Panic Button”. 😅

It was a nice way to spend a Sunday downtown, but unfortunately, I must go to work tomorrow. But the kids have the day off. Lucky them.

I hope you had a nice weekend!


"Moleskine Shelves" Austin. 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/110 sec, ISO6400
“Moleskine Shelves” Austin. 2018
"Essential Oils" Austin. 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO320
“Essential Oils” Austin. 2018