New Notebook

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/210 sec, ISO400
“New Notebook” Cedar Park, 2022

I have many notebooks with empty pages in them, but that number went down by one!

My new notebook is actually one I had used before, but only filled about 20%. Looking at the old notes, it appears I stopped writing in it in maybe 2018… so there’s quite a gap! But that’s fine.

Actually, I kind of like that this notebook will be a mix. Notebooks are not meant to be perfect.

Afternoon Ride with Sophie

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/3700 sec, ISO32
“Sophie” Cedar Park, 2022

This afternoon I went for a ride with Sophie, my 1972 Peugeot UJ-10 bicycle. I haven’t ridden the Peugeot in a while so it was fun to go for a spin on the vintage road bike.

I like to record my bicycle rides with my GoPro and post to YouTube, but decided to leave those at home and just ride without the extra burden of the video camera. You would think that filming with the GoPro would be simply hitting the record button and just let it run, right? But actually, it causes me to think a lot about it when I am riding. For instance, “is the angle still okay? had the battery overheated and shut the camera down? do I need to change batteries?”. If GoPro cameras were reliable, then I’d have less stress about it, but they are pretty flaky.

Anyways, the only camera I had with me today was my iPhone, so I was just focused on the ride and seeing the sights. It was so fun! The Peugeot is a lot different than my other bicycles – it’s faster and a little more challenging to ride, especially over any gravel or dirt. I mostly kept to the hard surfaces, but there are a couple places where riding over gravel is necessary, and it got a little sketchy! Still, I enjoyed the whole ride.

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/3200 sec, ISO32
“Sophie” Cedar Park, 2022

I hope you had a good day!

Shots at CVS

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/60 sec, ISO100
“Mulan” Leander, 2022

I got my Moderna Bivalent booster and this year’s flu shot today at CVS. I simply went to and signed up for a next-day appointment. And while I was checking in at the store, I asked if I could get the flu shot as well. Super-easy!

I got the COVID booster in my left arm and flu shot in my right arm, and I am feeling fine, apart from sore shoulder muscles. I’ve been fortunate to have had zero side-effects from the COVID vaccines and flu shots. 😀

While waiting at CVS after getting the shots, I saw the Mulan toy hanging out with the other plush toys. Is Mulan still popular for the kids?

Hopefully I will stay healthy for the rest of the year. I’m looking forward to some traveling and camping trips!

Finding Time to Draw

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO1600
“Drawing Time” Cedar Park, 2022

One of the habits that has fallen off my daily activity list has been drawing and I would like to fix that. It’s something that I’ve done daily before, but my schedule is just a little too busy and I have prioritized other things ahead of it, such as reading, playing ukulele, and watching YouTube.

So now I just need to decide on a set time within my day to devote to this. It’s actually kind of fun to try to figure out when this time will be. And will I have to drop one of my other daily activities?

Right now, I am just drawing before I go to sleep. Literally in bed. But I also like to read at that time, so I need to find a better time to draw. I hope to have this figured out. Fun fun fun.

Filling the Notebook

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“Notebook” Cedar Park, 2022

I am getting close to finishing my current notebook, which is a rare thing. I tend to buy lots of notebooks, but most are either empty or barely used. Over the past few months, though, I’ve been consistently jotting little sentences and phrases down in the notebook that my son Bay bought for me when he went to New York City a couple of years ago.

The game-changer has been my Miseyo date stamp. It’s so fun to use each morning, and it gets me in the mood for writing… even just a few words here and there. 😀