Koa started his high school band performance career today with a show for the band parents at the football stadium this evening. It was cool to watch them really get into their performance.
The percussion section (of which Koa is a part of) is always having fun. Because of the size of the instruments, they don’t march with the rest of the band, but are instead situated right in the front, hence the name “front ensemble”. And because they aren’t marching, they get to bob their heads and get into the groove. I suppose it would hard to stand still anyways, being in percussion after all! And it’s a lot of fun to watch them all enjoying themselves. In Koa’s words, “Oh yeah, we’re always having fun up there.”
In blogging-related news, I read an article that talks about the importance of writing using a pen and paper instead of typing on the keyboard, and how that physical activity can stimulate creativity. So that is what I am starting to do now. But, dang, my hand hurts! I gotta get used to this…
こんばんは。Tonight I did this little sketch. I’m satisfied but not satisfied with it. Satisfied because I think I made progress and identified a lot of things I have no idea how to do. But not satisfied because it looks a bit “off” to me. But, as the first one like this, I’m more happy than not. And I had a lot of fun sketching it!
In other news, I was informed by good ol’ WordPress that it’s been 11 years since I joined WordPress.com. I’m not exactly sure when I started using WordPress as my blogging platform, but I’ll enjoy the award nonetheless. 😀
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.
So, I’ve been looking back at my Instagram feed and I noticed that half my photos lately have been of clouds. ☁ As you may know, I am taking part in a 365 project, which is where you take one photo 📸 per day for a whole year 🗓. So, there is a little bit of pressure to find a subject to shoot each day.
And clouds are an easy subject to capture, especially if there are really nice ones hanging around in the sky. Part of me is thinking that I am just not looking hard enough for other subjects to shoot, but another part of me thinks that clouds are so cool-looking, ever-changing, and fascinating that I need to make photos of them.
My kids know that I am kind of obsessed… when we are driving I might hand the camera to one of them and ask them to take a photo. Luckily for me, they haven’t been too annoyed. In fact, I think Koa might have gotten the cloud bug as well! This afternoon as we were driving home, he pulled out his phone to take a photo of the “cool” clouds. 😄
I think I’ve come to terms with taking cloud photos… I’ll continue without hesitation since I just love them. Why not?
In other news, I saw this notification pop up in WordPress saying I have earned a new achievement:
Pretty funny, huh! WordPress has its own social network of bloggers, and it’s fun to read and “like” posts. It’s similar to “liking” on Instagram, but instead of pictures, they are blog posts. Anyways, it was kind of fun to get this notification. ☺️
Tonight I spent a couple hours working on this blog, specifically the tagging of posts. I read a couple articles about different ways to tag, or rather, different philosophies and how to use categories and tags, but most seem to apply more towards commercial blogs, and not the traditional personal web log.
I’m not sure how I am going to organize the categories, since it seems like everything can go into just a few main groupings. That’s if I use the categories like a main site navigation. Which I am leaning towards doing, then using tags to group blog posts.
Ever since I started blogging daily, it has changed my way of thinking about this blog. How do I categorize those daily posts? At the moment, they are in a “Slice of Life” category… but this whole blog has turned into a “Slice of Life” vehicle… Occasionally I will have a movie, or product review, but these seem to be grouped in with the daily posts. However, some are stand-alone. This seems weird… I don’t like putting blog posts in multiple categories, but I kind of need to if I put different subjects into a daily post (which I like to do).
So… maybe the solution is in tagging. I’m thinking that may be the way to go… converting some of the categories into tags, and eventually the categories can just be down to one (which means I don’t need to call them categories). I will just have the blog posts, and then pages.
I guess that’s kind of back to an earlier, purer way of personal blogging, right?
It’s fun to think about! (I’m weird like that)
So, the blog work continues.
Today’s photo is of Anko, who, like many kittens, finds odd positions to sleep in. The one above is called “Waterfall Position” since it looks like she is headed down the falls! I used my normal Fujifilm black and white + yellow filter film simulation, then adjusted the tone curve, added grain, and slight vignette in Lightroom.
I hope you have a nice evening!
おやすみなさい！ – B
** UPDATE ** I’ve removed the categories from the menus and sidebars, and made the tags more prominent!
Mine was pretty good. This morning I took the kids to Japanese school and then had the morning to myself downtown, so I went to my two regular places: Whole Foods Market and BookPeople. First stop was the market but I didn’t buy any groceries today. Instead I had a healthy breakfast of spinach, cilantro tofu, and salmon. It was yummy! I enjoyed that while working on a blog post. I usually sit upstairs on the mezzanine level and I had a nice little view that you can sort of see in the photo below.
It was nice and relaxing and zero stress. Just what a weekend breakfast should be like! After finishing my blog post, I went across the street to my next stop: BookPeople. The photo at the beginning of this post is of some of the fun t-shirts they have for sale. I particularly like the Choose Your Own Adventure shirt, although I wish they had a “By Balloon to the Sahara” version. I would probably have to buy that one if they offered it, since that was my favorite book of the series.
I didn’t do any book shopping (I have too many books to get through at the moment) but just enjoyed a nice large “Hemingway” from the cafe, which is coffee and two shots of espresso. Just the kick I needed. ☕
It was a perfect morning… I enjoy visiting the book store very much!
I’ve been using my Acer Chromebook 11 for over a month now, and I continue to use it every day… I love it! One of the things that is so great about it is that there is no fan needed to cool down the processor. That means it runs silently, and since no vents are needed for airflow, I don’t have to worry about blocking them like I do with my Windows laptop. That means I can use it while lying down on the carpet, which happens to be my preferred position to write my evening blog posts.
But not having to worry about venting also means I can put it in sleep mode and throw it into my bag immediately. I just close the Chromebook and put it in the bag. With my work Windows laptop, I wait until it fully sleeps and the fan shuts off before I feel comfortable putting it into my bag. (I have a fear of it not going to sleep, then overheating in the bag, and exploding 😮)
The fanless design is one of several nice features that makes the Chromebook a great solution for my needs.
Today’s photo is one that I took this evening at the coffee shop. I dropped Koa off at baseball practice and then went to the nearby Starbucks to write my A-Z blog post. I enjoy hanging out at a coffee shop, reading or in this case blogging and it’s fun to people-watch even though this particular Starbucks is relatively quiet.
So, I’ve been thinking about what to do with our old laptops. We have three of them that we don’t use any longer. They’re very old, and aren’t 100% healthy. Two of them have hard drive errors, which makes them unreliable and the third is over 10 years old so it is just super slow! It runs Windows 7 just fine, but modern browsers run like molasses on it! But I don’t know the best way to dispose or recycle them. Of course I want to make sure all the data is completely wiped too… I guess I need to do some research!
Well, it’s almost time for bed. I think I’ll listen to the end of the Dodger game (yay, Maeda!) and then read a bit. おやすみなさい！