The past few evenings, my main mode of relaxation is to light my Dietz lantern, and watch soothing Japanese and Korean camping videos. The campsite setups are really cool, the views are often amazing, and the food looks absolutely delicious! It’s a little different from the normal camping in the States – the lack of picnic tables is notable – but I love to see the gear that people use. A lot of it is very おしゃれ (fashionable) and expensive, but really elevates the experience from basic camping to glamping.
I really enjoy camping, and have shifted towards a more minimalist and lightweight gear set up. This is essential if you are carrying everything on your back for miles before you get to the campsite. But for car-camping, why not splurge and bring the heavy gear, larger stoves, full cooler, and extra lanterns and string lights? 😄
Here are a few of the channels I have been enjoying:
“Chuto Hanpa” (中途 半端) is a Japanese phrase which means “doing something halfway”, in other words, starting something but not finishing it or leaving it incomplete.
In my house, I’m able to take the photo above often as it seems that no one besides me is willing to put the toilet paper roll on the holder. And I always think, “Chuto Hanpa” and chuckle to myself before putting the roll in the holder.
Besides that task, I’m also the “lights-turner-offer” and “cabinet-door-closer”. I used to get annoyed and complain but now I find it funny and satisfying to do this little bit of tidying up. (can turning off lights be considered tidying up?)
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!
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. 😀
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.