Wordless Wednesday

"じゃま!" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO1600
“じゃま!” Cedar Park, 2018

😼

New Feiyue Shoes

"Shoes and Kitty" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“Shoes and Kitty” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How are you?

Today something I have been waiting for arrived in our mailbox: new shoes! I fell in love with Feiyue sneakers when I was in China and brought a pair of white ones back with me to the States. However, they were quickly claimed by Bay (but I am happy he likes them!) so I was looking for some replacements. There are plenty of sellers on eBay and the prices were very reasonable – I bought these black sneakers for about $16 including shipping!

They are really comfortable and lightweight, but they don’t seem very durable but I think they are designed to be very flexible. It’s strange but the padding on the soles is biased towards the middle of the foot, so you feel very unstable… or you can think of it as giving you extra agility. 😆 After all, these are the sneakers favored by parkour enthusiasts and martial artists, not skaters.

Anyways, I love the look of the gummy soles even more than the white soles of the shoes that Bay took from me. And I had to tie the laces in the same way I’ve always tied them, which is simply that the pattern of the left and right do not match. I don’t remember when I started tying them this way, but it’s just something I always do now.

"New Shoes" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“New Shoes” Cedar Park, 2018
"New Shoes" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“New Shoes” Cedar Park, 2018

By the way, we don’t wear shoes inside our house normally – the only exception is with new shoes. 😀

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

New Driver and Percussion Concert

"New Driver" Pflugerville, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/3500 sec, ISO200
“New Driver” Pflugerville, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today Bay took his driving test and passed! So now he has his provisional drivers license and can legally drive by himself and have one passenger with him. 🚗

Instead of using a driving school, I taught him myself using the “Aceable” parent-taught program. It was a lot cheaper than the regular driving schools, but you need to have some discipline (and nerves of steel at first) to go out and practice consistently and keep records. I used Google Calendar to keep track of all the hours we spent, so it wasn’t too difficult.

I’m not sure if Koa and I will do the same thing or if he’ll go to a driving school. We’ll see!

Speaking of Koa, he had a percussion concert in the evening. They sounded really good for their first live performance of the pieces, and they have another month to prepare for their show up in Indianapolis, so I think they will do awesome up there.

"Percussionists" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO1600
“Percussionists” Cedar Park, 2018

I hope you had a nice Monday!

またね~

Parking Challenged

"Parking Challenged" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/2400 sec, ISO50
“Parking Challenged” Cedar Park, 2018

I guess I have trouble parking in relatively empty lots. 🤷‍♂️

Farmers Market Sunday

"Fresh Veggies" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/640 sec, ISO200
“Fresh Veggies” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today was a day, which started off with a trip to two different Farmers Markets. The first one was one we hadn’t been to, but it was very small – just a few different vendors selling crafts and honey. So, we decided to head to our normal Farmers Market over by Lakeline Mall. Not only do they have fresh veggies and meats, but also a wide variety of homemade pastries, coffee, and other prepared foods.

"Pasta Flavors" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/1600 sec, ISO200
“Pasta Flavors” Cedar Park, 2018

We tried some gyoza and soup dumplings. They were yummy but not exceptional. I guess the wrappers were a little too thick than what we are used to.

"Soup Dumplings" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/180 sec, ISO200
“Soup Dumplings” Cedar Park, 2018

After the market, we had some free time in the middle of the day, so we spent it doing household stuff like laundry, watched a little tv, and I went for a nice afternoon run around the neighborhood. Gotta keep in a little bit of shape!

For dinner, Mariko made a delicious stir-fry with chicken, jalapeños, and greens. おいしかった!

"Spicy Stir Fry" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/45 sec, ISO3200
“Spicy Stir Fry” Cedar Park, 2018

In the evening I volunteered at the high school band fundraiser event at the stadium. The Marching Festival is a huge event, and I spent three hours working at the concession stand as a cashier, which was a challenge for me because my math skills are sub-optimal. 🤣 Since there was no register, all calculations had to be done mentally and it wore me out. Haha. But I enjoyed it and helping out the kids was fun.

"Amazing Cloud" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/15 sec, ISO1000
“Amazing Cloud” Cedar Park, 2018

My shift ended at 11 pm, and then it was shower-time, relax-time, and reading-time. A long but fun day! And you know what? The afternoon run gave me energy to carry me through the evening. Yay for exercise! 💪

I hope you had a nice Saturday!

おやすみなさい

Friday Sip

"Saké Time" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO500
“Saké Time” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Well, another long week but we made it to Friday! And so we deserve a drink for our efforts. Tonight’s drink of choice is a yummy saké and for the occasion, I invited フチ子 to join.

I actually brought a couple of コップのフチ子 to China with me last month but totally forgot to take any photos of her sitting on the cocktail glasses. Oh well, next time!

I hope you had a nice Friday and are looking forward to the weekend!

またね~

🎶 Santana – The Game Of Love ft. Michelle Branch

🎶 Have a great Friday!

This, whatever you make it to be
Sunshine set on this cold lonely sea

Full lyrics here.