Karaage Night

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/45 sec, ISO1600
“Karaage” Cedar Park, 2022

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This evening Mariko made some double-deep-fried karaage. Wow. Just super. And our oldest son made a yummy green sauce to go with it. In fact, we had the green sauce, Zhong sauce, and Kewpie mayo to choose from. Karaage is a family favorite, for sure, and the homemade sauce made it extra-special. ♥️

I hope you had a great day! またね〜

Old Dog, New Tricks

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
“Hello Lani” Cedar Park, 2022

Lani has recently learned that she can open up the door to my office by pushing hard enough with her nose. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not, but I think it’s funny. Even at 10 years-old, she can still learn new tricks!

Fajita Fries

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“Fajita Fries” Cedar Park, 2022

A few weeks ago, Koa had carne asada fries at SFO airport and said they were delicious, so we made something similar for dinner at home. Instead of making carne asada from scratch though, I bought some marinated beef for fajitas. I think it turned out pretty good!

But not as good as the fries that Koa had at SFO. So, some tweaking to our recipe is needed to kick it up a few notches!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 24.3mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO1600
“Fajita Fries” Cedar Park, 2022

In other dinner news, we ran out of tequila so we made mezcal margaritas to enjoy when we were cooking. They were yummy (and potent). But I really need to replenish our tequila supply. 😆

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 28.9mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO1250
“Mezcal Margaritas” Cedar Park, 2022

I hope you had a nice day! またね〜

Oh GoPro

“Handlebar POV” Cedar Park, 2022

I went for a bicycle ride with Rossa this evening and, as usual, had my GoPro recording so I could make a YouTube video. I was stoked because there were so many birds singing on the ride, and there was a beautiful deer in the middle of the road as I a rode by. It was so cool!

But unfortunately, my GoPro had shut off long before and there was no footage. My first thought that it overheated, but it’s never done that after only 10 minutes of recording, and plus the settings I was using weren’t anything more demanding on the processor than normal. Also, in the times when it overheats, it will beep as a warning before shutting down. This time, I didn’t hear any beeps. I can only guess that the GoPro just glitched and shut off.

Anyways, extreme disappointment! But it was still nice to get out and ride. Two wheeled travel is the best. 😀

Practicing Ukulele

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“Practicing Ukulele” Cedar Park, 2022

I’m enjoying practicing a couple of new songs from my Studio Ghibli ukulele book: Princess Mononoke Theme and The Legend of Ashitaka. I figured the themes of the two stars of Mononoke Hime would be fun to learn. Plus I think they are really cool songs!

With my morning Twitch livestreams, I often will practice ukulele on my 10-minute breaks, and just this small bit of consistency has made a noticeable difference in my playing. It’s like a little bit of magic! Who knew practice would improve my ukulele playing? 😜