Healing My Sore Wrist with a Wrist Brace

"Wrist Brace" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/50 sec, ISO3200
“Wrist Brace” Cedar Park, 2019

こんにちは。How’s it going?

For the past week I’ve been wearing a wrist brace in order to let it heal properly. For several months now, I’ve been dealing with a nagging soreness when I flex my left wrist too far in either direction. I think I originally injured it lifting a suitcase in the summertime, and I have kept injuring it with regularity since then, so it never gets a good amount of time to heal. The pain is not too bad, but there are certain times when it hurts more, such as when I stretch for some keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop (like ctrl+t), reach back for the seatbelt, or play the ukulele.

The Vive wrist brace is sized pretty small, so I think anyone with larger hands will find it uncomfortable. My wrist is 6 3/4 in diameter, which is on the skinny side, and it’s pretty snug. The brace has three adjustment straps, and I like to leave it loose, which is comfortable but gives me adequate support and warning when I bend my wrist near the limit when it would begin to hurt.

Also, the brace is great for helping me play my Kala ukulele with better form. One of the reasons why my wrist has not healed is that I used to strain it almost every day due to my bad fretting form. But playing while wearing the brace keeps my wrist straight (and forces me to bend my fingers more) which is so great! In fact, the wrist brace might be a good idea for anyone who wants to improve their bad form.

Anyway, after a week of wearing the brace off-and-on, I can definitely tell that there’s less pain. Even when I don’t use the brace, I am more aware of my wrist position and more hesitant to use my left hand in situations that could potentially put excessive strain on it. It’s nice to be on the road to recovery! I’m not sure how long I will have to wear the brace, but I’m thankful that I don’t have to give up my ukulele hobby, which is a source of joy for me. 😀

I hope you had a nice day!

Wordless Wednesday

"Omuraisu" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/35 sec, ISO3200
“Omuraisu” Cedar Park, 2019
"Tofu Skin and Veggies" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/50 sec, ISO3200
“Tofu Skin and Veggies” Cedar Park, 2019
"Hungry Dog" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“Hungry Dog” Cedar Park, 2019
"Food Photography" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“Food Photography” Cedar Park, 2019

Suzu Hirose 広瀬すず is so Popular

"Crocs Giveaway"
“Crocs Giveaway”

One of my favorite Japanese actress is Hirose Suzu 広瀬すず and she has gotten very popular these days, appearing in many acting roles. I mentioned that she is starring in the current asadora Natsuzora なつぞら, but the Chihayafuru series of movies are also popular and good, and I thought she was great in Anone あのね and Your Lie in April 四月は君の嘘.

Tonight she was on LINE Live, which is a livestream on the LINE platform. This “volume” was about her sponsorship for Crocs, and one of the fun things was that she was giving away was a pair of signed sandals. To enter, you just need to comment on the livestream, so of course I did post a “Hello from Texas!”. But I still haven’t heard back with the notification that I won… 😆

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Tonight’s Sketch

こんばんは。I don’t have a photo to share for this post, but I did finish a drawing on the iPad using Procreate.

I might sound like a broken record, but I really enjoy sketching on the iPad. I’m getting more comfortable, and am able to work quicker, and with greater precision. Of course, the more I learn, the more I realize I have a long ways to go! But progress is encouraging, and I have a lot of fun with minimal frustration. Very satisfied!

To see all the sketches I’ve been working on, you can check out the Flickr album “My Sketching Journey”, or my Instagram account barron.sketches which I created just for posting sketches, watercolors, and stationery items.

If you’re interested in my favorite sketching gear that I use, you can find a list here.

またね~

Lani’s Best Friend over for Burger Dinner

"Almost Human" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/75 sec, ISO1000
“Almost Human” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。This evening a friend came over for dinner and I think the one who was most excited to have a guest over was Lani. She always gets extra treats, so it’s understandable. 😊 It was funny that when Lani recognized who was at the door, she went nuts and did a few laps around the house in excitement. She’s so funny.

Tonight’s menu included burgers and sliders, homemade fries, and a couple of yummy and fancy salads. And Mariko baked some fresh buns for the burgers so it was extra-good!

"Slider" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/75 sec, ISO640
“Slider” Cedar Park, 2019
"Homemade Fries" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/75 sec, ISO800
“Homemade Fries” Cedar Park, 2019
"Broccoli Salad" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/75 sec, ISO400
“Broccoli Salad” Cedar Park, 2019
"Fresh-baked Buns" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/75 sec, ISO800
“Fresh-baked Buns” Cedar Park, 2019
"Tomatoes" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO3200
“Tomatoes” Cedar Park, 2019

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~