Still in Love (With My Car)

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“Crosstreks” Austin, 2020

I’ve loved the design of the Subaru XV Crosstrek ever since I first saw it years ago, and since I’ve bought one, I love it even more. It seems I’m not the only one who does, as there are plenty of Crosstreks on the road here in Austin.

This photo was taken in the parking lot at BookPeople/REI (my Crosstrek is the blue one in the background). After dropping off Koa at rehearsal, I’ll often browse the camping gear and then read while sipping a coffee at the bookstore. Always a relaxing evening. 😊

New Gloves

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“Gloves/Mittens” Cedar Park, 2020

I bought a pair of new gloves the other day, and I love them! It’s going to be chilly while camping and I was planning on bringing some fleece gloves that I bought at REI, and although they are warm, they don’t “spark joy”. However, these new ones are really fun and functional. They are a blend or wool and synthetic material so they are comfy and warm, but the really neat thing is that there’s a finger cover that you can flip down which turns these finger-less gloves into mittens. It’ll be great for sitting around a chilly campsite.

We’ve been watching the dorama Yurukyan ゆるキャン△, and I noticed that the main character also has a pair of gloves like these. But her’s are superior in that the thumb also has a tiny cover, which mine does not. Oh well, for the price I paid, I can’t complain. Plus, the multicolored fingers are awesome!

Food and Art

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“Interior Art” Cedar Park, 2020

Mariko and I went to the soft-opening of a friend’s new East Side King restaurant (nearby our house, yay!), and the interior art was done by another friend, Peelander Yellow. Lots of creativity in the taste and visual senses. Fun!

Out With the Old, in With the New

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“Old Mug” Cedar Park, 2019

I bought a new coffee mug, which meant I need to retire an old one. I’ve had the Starbucks Osaka mug for about 20 years but it’s time to let it go. I’m a little sad, but the color is fading and I’ve actually never been too fond of the design.

My new coffee mug, though, has a design that I absolutely love! It’s a stainless steel/enamel mug and has a nice lid, so it will keep my coffee warm longer. Unfortunately it cannot be put in the microwave. But I think it’s great. Definitely sparks joy. 😊

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO5000
“New Mug” Cedar Park, 2019

I hope you had a nice day!