I still can’t believe this dimwit is president.

Spaghetti, VPN, and Spotify

"Spaghetti Nite" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/125 sec, ISO1000
“Spaghetti Nite” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going, humans?

I’ve been listening to a lot of Spotify lately, and since I don’t have a subscription, I hear the occasional ad or two. But I’ve learned that the ads can be much more entertaining if you change your VPN settings (you ARE using a VPN, right?) to put you in a different country. I sometimes set it to Sweden and then the ads that come on are in Swedish. Of course, I can’t understand them, but it sounds so nostalgic from when I visited there for work. Most of the time, I set it to Japan so I can hear the Japanese Spotify ads. They are way cooler than the US ads. Plus, the graphical popup ads are nicer too!

Tonight’s photo is of the spaghetti and meatballs that Bay requested I make. It’s an easy recipe, but the family loves it, so I am more than happy to prepare it for them. 😀

I hope you had a nice Tuesday!


Simple Explanations

"Dogijuku" Austin, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“Dogijuku” Austin, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

The other day my fountain pen wasn’t writing well. I thought the nib must be messed up because the ink wasn’t being applied to the paper as smoothly as before. The lines were broken and uneven. Could something be plugging up the slit that the ink flows down? Maybe the tines got skewed a bit. Is there a bit of dried ink somewhere in the nib? I treat my pens gently, so I was kind of angry that the pen company could manufacture something that only writes nicely for about a month, and then breaks from normal use!! Garbage! 😤

Then I realized… the pen was out of ink. 🤭


Today’s photo is of a “Dogijuku” hot dog that I had for lunch at work. It’s the Japanese-style hot dog that I was reluctant to get because I love authentic Japanese food, and often the fusion type foods are not so great. But I have to say, this hot dog was yummy! It had nori, ginger, and wasabi mayo on top of the bacon-wrapped hot dog. So yummy!

I hope you had a nice day!


Let’s Dance



Friday Night Drinking Buddy

"Osaka Obasan" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.2, 1/100 sec, ISO1250
“Osaka Obasan” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

We made it to Friday! I’m celebrating by sipping on a glass of whiskey with my friend from Osaka. She’s a little odd, but very funny. 😆

I hope you had a great week!



"Synchronicity" Cedar Park, 2018
“Synchronicity” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This afternoon I took this photo of our cat Anko and dog Lani sitting together nicely in the same position. And then they moved together, so I took a second photo and made a little animation. Funny, huh?

When they first met, they didn’t get along so well, but just recently, in the past several days it seems, they seem to have become close! Yay!

I hope you had a great day.


"Friends" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/55 sec, ISO6400
“Friends” Cedar Park, 2018


I do like this playlist a lot.