🎶 Chrissie Hynde – You Or No One

❤ Chrissie Hynde

Love is a hurting thing
It doesn’t go away
Forever is a long time
To wait for you to say

Bay’s Birthday Dinner – Salmon and Ikura Donburi

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5, 1/6 sec, ISO800
“Salmon and Ikura” Cedar Park, 2019

For his birthday dinner, Bay requested salmon and ikura donburi, which was a nice surprise. I thought he would want to go out for sushi at a restaurant, but a birthday dinner at home has a special feel to it. I think it made Mariko happy that he requested a home-made meal. ☺

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5, 1/10 sec, ISO800
“Donburi Prep” Cedar Park, 2019

UT Longhorn Music Camp

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“Honors Wind Ensemble” Austin, 2019

Today Koa finished up his three-week band camp odyssey with a couple of performances at UT Austin. He was part of the Honors Wind Ensemble at the Longhorn Music Camp and for concert day, the kids first performed in smaller ensembles, and then as a full band.

It was Koa’s first time to attend the UT Band Camp, and while he said it was good, he preferred the other two camps. The percussion camp at the University of North Texas was his favorite, the High School Band and Orchestra Camp at Baylor University was second, and the UT Austin Band Camp was third.

I guess the UNT camp is much more specialized, so if you are really focused on your instrument, these instrument-specific camps are the way to go. But he also enjoyed the UT camp, and it was a great experience, especially if you want to experience a little slice of life at a large university.

Please enjoy the recordings below!

Omakase Dinner at Uroko

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/60 sec, ISO400
“Saba” Austin, 2019


This evening Mariko and I enjoyed a delicious omakase-style meal at Uroko. All the sushi was excellent, but the highlight for me was the saba (mackerel) which is my all-time favorite. It’s not the fanciest fish (in fact it’s one of the cheaper types) but I just love the oily richness of saba. Chef Masa described the way he prepared the saba which enhanced the experience even more!

Full disclosure, Uroko is owned by good friends of ours. It’s nice to have a circle of foodies, but maybe not so good for the waistline. 😆

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/60 sec, ISO320
“Saké” Austin, 2019

I hope you had a good day!


Seiko SKX007 + Black Zulu Strap – Sparking Joy ✨

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/55 sec, ISO6400
“Seiko SKX007” Cedar Park, 2019

I’ve been wearing a green Zulu strap with my beloved Seiko SKX007 watch but decided to put the black Zulu strap back on. However, that strap has a kind of yucky smell although I’ve washed and scrubbed it before. Last night I put it in a jar filled with water and dishwashing soap, and let it soak overnight, and this morning it’s nice and clean-smelling. We’ll see if it stays that way. If that doesn’t work, I’ll try an Oxy-clean soak. Of course, I could just buy the same watch band again for $10, but where’s the fun in that?

I’m currently reading Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up which is a nice follow up to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It’s got more practical information on how to put her methods into practice, including small illustrations on how to fold different types of clothes. But as the title suggests, it talks about how possessions can spark joy, and my Seiko SKX007 definitely does that for me. But pairing it with the black Zulu strap again takes it to another level – the combination just feels so good! I really love it. I plan on keeping it for the rest of my life. 😄