HEB Curbside

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/6400 sec, ISO32
“Curbside” Cedar Park, 2021

I’ve come to really love HEB’s curbside service. It has been free during the pandemic, and HEB decided to remove any service charge permanently. It’s so convenient just to shop online, then have the bags delivered to the trunk of the car. And I’ve been satisfied with the choices that the employees have made when it comes to picking out the fresh food, like veggies and meats.

I’ll still shop in-person most of the time, so I can use my own reusable shopping bags, browse for interesting new items, and look for any bargains, but curbside is a wonderful option. It’s an especially great option for buying cat litter and food for the pets!

BBQ Thoughts While Riding

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/6.4, 1/1100 sec, ISO320
“Graduation Setup” Cedar Park, 2021

I went for an evening bicycle ride around the neighborhood, and it seems that many people had fired up the barbecues! Some of the scents of grilling brought back memories, specifically the smell of grilling hot dogs. That smell will always remind me of summer picnics at the parks, where people would use the park grills. I prefer eating burgers over hot dogs, but absolutely love the smell of the frankfurters getting a bit of crisp over the fire!

Anyway, the bicycle ride was nice. I rode over to the school stadium, where they were setting up for graduation ceremonies. The chairs were all set up perfectly, and the band was rehearsing Pomp and Circumstance – it was an idyllic suburban scene. 😀

I even took a photo of beautiful Sophie:

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/4.5, 1/280 sec, ISO160
“Sophie” Cedar Park, 2021

I hope you had a nice day!

Changing Light

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/110 sec, ISO320
“Afternoon Light” Cedar Park, 2021

We were eating dinner tonight, and the sunlight was streaming in on Koa and I. Koa mentioned that the light suddenly appeared… meaning that on the day before, there wasn’t anything like today’s direct light. It is almost as if someone cut a tree down to reveal a new lighting pattern… But no, the trees are still the same. It’s just one of those miracles of nature, I suppose.

Ghibli Food

I know the general consensus is that the food in Ghibli movies looks amazingly delicious, but I’m going to have to say that it never seems appetizing to me. It always just looks flat and blah and I always think what a missed opportunity it was. It’s a shame that I cannot feel enthusiastic about the food, but I guess it’s just a psychological mismatch I will have to bear. I’m happy (and a bit jealous) for everyone who can get excited about it, though.

Anyways, I do follow illustrator Nabatame Kazutaka, whose food looks absolutely delicious to me. Just look at this curry and this shumai bento box! おいしそう!

RPGs from the Past

Photo info: motorola moto g(6), 3.95mm, f/1.8, 1/30 sec, ISO157
“Old RPGs” Cedar Park, 2021

When I was growing up in the 80s, I played Dungeons & Dragons with my brother and our friends. It was such a fun time, and really neat to know that these are shared memories amongst us. Because of the popularity of D&D, there were a bunch of other tabletop RPGs coming out, and two that I remember looking at, but never buying or playing, were Gamma World and Boot Hill. So it was really neat to see them for sale at the local Half-Price Books. The price for these was sky-high, but that made me feel pretty good actually. I’m not sure why, but maybe the high price it was also elevating the value of my memories?

Anyways, it was nice to get out of the house for a bit as we’re still in pandemic mode and limiting contact with others.

I hope you had a good day! またね~