San Antonio Band Competition

"Action" San Antonio, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 55mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO320
“Action” San Antonio, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today Koa performed with his high school band in the Bands of America super-regional competition at the Alamodome in San Antonio. There were maybe 30 marching bands competing over two days, and Koa’s band did awesome – a 4th place finish! It was really an amazing performance, and the kids were so pumped and excited!

Mariko and I drove down for the finals portion of the competition which started at 6 pm, and ended at 12:30 am. (I’m actually writing this on Sunday) And Koa’s band’s preliminary performance was actually at 7:15 am earlier in the day. I can’t believe how much energy they still had for their 10 pm finals performance, but they brought their A-game for sure. I’m so happy for them!

"Finalists" San Antonio, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 18mm, f/2.8, 1/150 sec, ISO400
“Finalists” San Antonio, 2018
"Finals" San Antonio, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 55mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO640
“Finals” San Antonio, 2018

Before we went to the finals performance, Mariko and I got some dinner at Rosario’s Mexican restaurant, which was pretty good. But what was really cool was the awesome makeup on the girl at the next table over. We just had to ask for a photo.

"Day of the Dead" San Antonio, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 48.4mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO1250
“Day of the Dead” San Antonio, 2018

I hope you had a great day!


Fountain Pen Day

"Pens" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“Pens” Cedar Park, 2018

Today is National Fountain Pen Day! I haven’t bought any new pens lately, but I did create a Google Keep note to keep track my pens and the inks I use in them. Makes it a lot easier to organize. 😄

I hope you had a nice day!


Reading at Piano

"Reading and Listening" Austin, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/50 sec, ISO6400
“Reading and Listening” Austin, 2018

One of my life’s little pleasures is reading a book while listening to Bay’s piano lessons. 📙🎹 I’m sad that there’s less than a year left for piano lessons since Bay will be leaving for college next summer… 😥

But I’ll enjoy it while it lasts!


Spooky Night

"Spooky" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/90 sec, ISO6400
“Spooky” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

So, our kids are now too old to dress up for Halloween but our neighborhood is still filled with kids of the trick-or-treating age, so we hand out a lot of treats. Tonight we must have had about 75 kids show up, and we just about ran out of candy!

Actually, towards the end of the evening, some older kids who Koa knew came by, and Koa gave them the rest of the treats. He heard me say that once we get rid of all the candy, we have to turn off all the lights so no one else knocks on the door. But he thought I meant to give away all the candy to the next group of kids!

It worked out fine, though, because by 8 pm the night was just about over. We had rain here in Texas, so most families went out earlier than usual. It was a fun night, though, seeing all of the costumes! 🎃

I hope you had a nice Halloween!


🎶 No Vacation – Reaper

Have a nice Wednesday! 😋🎶🎃

Sticker on the New Power Bank

"Team Zissou" Austin, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO800
“Team Zissou” Austin, 2018


Today’s photo is of the sticker I put on my new power bank. Do you know what movie that sneaker is from? If you guessed The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou you would be correct!

I bought a new power bank because Bay’s battery went kaput and I gave him my Anker power bank. It was good, but it was too heavy and kind of overkill on my power needs, but perfect for Bay. While I was in China, I found that my Anker pack was just too heavy and bulky, but my Mom’s much smaller power bank was great. So I opted to get a smaller capacity 10,000 mAh Oprout power bank (with enough flat surface space to decorate with sticker) and it suits me fine. If I need to, I can even put it in my jeans pocket.

Anyways, so far so good!

I hope you had a nice day.


🎶 ラブリーサマーちゃん「202 feat. 泉まくら」

Hope you have a nice day!