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!



"Baking Corner" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“Baking Corner” Cedar Park, 2018

🍞🥖❤️Bread Life!

Simplifying Multiple Items

"Sunset" Leander, 2018
Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 16mm, f/18, 1/60 sec, ISO100
“Sunset” Leander, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today’s photo was taken by my son. As you can see, we were driving along during a beautiful Texas sunset and I had him use the camera I keep in the glove compartment to capture the image.

We’ve long since moved on from using the Sony NEX-6 camera for everyday use (I use my Fujifilm X100T and Mariko uses her Olympus E-PL9), but it is such a nice camera that I didn’t sell it. So, I put it in the car where it serves as a backup camera. It’s actually a perfect car camera because it can be operated quickly with just one hand. Flip the power button on and it’s ready to shoot at its widest angle. Plus the grip is beefy and easy to hold. And it has come in handy many times!

It got me thinking about how I am trying to simplify and get rid of items that we have multiples of, but it doesn’t mean being totally minimalistic or getting rid of all but one item. There’s a balance for everything. For instance, we have accumulated laptops over the years, many of them are still perfectly functional. But I really only need one, so I donated/recycled the rest of them.

On the other hand, I have multiple Kindle devices and although I only need one, the others are very convenient to have. For instance, I keep one by the bedside, one in my messenger bag, one in the car, etc. I use all of them.

So, the usefulness of the item, and more specifically if it is being used or not, is the determining factor of what to keep and what to get rid of. And it’s not difficult to figure out what is being used and what is not.

One example is my fountain pen collection. I did a quick inventory (looking at my and purchase histories), and it turns out I have 12 fountain pens! But I use seven of them (two at work, and five at home). I guess I’ll remove the ink from the five I forgot about and put them in the Goodwill box. Those five unused pens were out of sight, but I honestly believe they weren’t completely out of mind. After they go to Goodwill, they truly will be! The knowledge that my collection has been narrowed down to what is essential is what will be freeing to my mind.

I hope you had a nice day!


Tuesday Snapshots 📸

"Old Stuff" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2.5, 1/150 sec, ISO3200
“Old Stuff” Cedar Park, 2018
"The Ivories" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2.5, 1/50 sec, ISO3200
“The Ivories” Cedar Park, 2018
"Comfy" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2.2, 1/25 sec, ISO3200
“Comfy” Cedar Park, 2018
"Well Used" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2.2, 1/13 sec, ISO3200
“Well Used” Cedar Park, 2018
"Gohan Time" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2.5, 1/105 sec, ISO3200
“Gohan Time” Cedar Park, 2018

Fret (a haiku)

To fret is okay
Do all you can to prepare
Regret fades away

Happy International Haiku Poetry Day!

This post was prompted by The Daily Post from WordPress – Fret.

🎶 Cloud – Turning

🎶 Have a wonderful day!

Sweet Paris Crêperie

"Lemony" Houston, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5, 1/100 sec, ISO400
“Lemony” Houston, 2018

こんばんは。Today Mariko drove down to Houston to pick up her new passport from the Japanese consulate. The drive there was long (almost 3 hours) but it only took 15 minutes at the consulate to receive the passport, so we had a couple hours of free time in the big city. Woohoo!

One of the places we visited was Sweet Paris Crêperie and Café, which served… Crepes! And coffee! I was actually kind of full from lunch, so I had one of their lighter items, a lemon and butter crepe. It was yummy but maybe a little too sour towards the end. Mariko got a crepe with dulce de leche, banana, and berries. It was pretty sweet, and since I’m not a huge fan of crepes in the first place, I wasn’t too impressed. But it was nice to sit down and relax for a little while before hitting the road again for the long drive back to Austin.

"Sweet Stuffing" Houston, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/110 sec, ISO200
“Sweet Stuffing” Houston, 2018