Loving Curbside

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/7.1, 1/1800 sec, ISO640
“Curbside” Cedar Park, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic surges yet again, I am thankful for HEB’s curbside service. I believe the products are marked up about 3%, but it’s so convenient to shop online and have the groceries placed into the back of the car by an HEB employee that I believe it’s well worth the extra cost. And judging by the number of other shoppers using the service, it’s gaining in popularity during the Delta variant surge.

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/10, 1/3200 sec, ISO640
“Cloud Over HEB” Cedar Park, 2021

Last First Day of School

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 26.5mm, f/3.2, 1/150 sec, ISO640
“Happy Senior” Cedar Park, 2021

Our youngest son is a high school senior this year, which means this is the last time I’ll be taking a “First Day of School” photo. 😢 You know, the DO grow up fast!

He’s heading back to campus with most of his friends, and he’s been told by us to always wear a mask indoors (except while eating) and to of course practice social distancing outdoors. He’s been vaccinated so we’re not too worried about him getting sick, but we want him to be safe for himself, friends, family, and the community in general.

I’m happy to be able to do some activities and not being on lockdown, but I wish everyone would mask up in public (and in schools). It’s really not that hard.

Shopping in Houston

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec, ISO2000
“IKEA Shopping” Houston, 2021

Today Bay and I went down to Houston to pick up keys to his new apartment that he’ll be living in for the upcoming school year. We made a trip to IKEA and Target to pick up some items, and I noticed that many more people in Houston were going mask-less as compared to Austin. The photo above is not an accurate representation of the percentage of mask-wearers versus non… I’d estimate only 15% of shoppers were wearing masks, and it didn’t seem like anyone was practicing social distancing.

I suppose people are just tired of wearing them, even though COVID infection levels are on the rise in Texas once again. I’m still wearing mine 100% indoors, and sometimes outdoors when there are a lot of people around. It’s really not an inconvenience to me.

Day in the Office

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO800
“Color Book” Austin, 2021

I went into the office today, which was the first time to actually work there since the COVID-19 pandemic started last year. I had visited a few times before, for my flu shot, and to pick up some items that I needed to work remotely, but today I needed to do a photo shoot so I decided to take the photos and post-process there.

It was really odd of course because there were only maybe 15% of the regular staff working in the office but at the same time, it felt as if it were normal in that everything on my desk was still the same place that I left it, including the Pantone color book which is today’s photo. I was actually a little worried about the color book since it is expensive, so I was happy to see it right where I left it. I did put it in the locked desk drawer before I left, though!

I’m not sure when I will return to the office full-time, but as more people get vaccinated, I’m comfortable going in once in a while. Still masked up, of course! 😷

Eating Out Again

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“Cold Ones” Marble Falls, 2021

Today Mariko and I visited a brewhouse for lunch, and then joined some friends for a sunset dinner in the Texas Hill Country. This was my first time eating out since March of last year, and it was a little weird at first, but I got used to it quickly. The cold beer helped! 😊🍻

Honestly, seeing friends again was like no time has passed. I guess that’s a good thing, but maybe not? I don’t know, but I do know that I enjoy eating and drinking out.

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/4, 1/220 sec, ISO320
“Sunset” Fredericksburg, 2021

I hope you had a good day! またね~