Happy Spaghetti Saturday

"Spaghetti Dinner" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/75 sec, ISO6400
“Spaghetti Dinner” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today was a relaxing day, with a couple nice highlights. First was that my 16-year-old son and I made spaghetti sauce with meatballs and Italian sausage. It’s a recipe that I got from my Mom and everyone in the family enjoys it. But today, I had my son make the meatballs. He’ll be heading off to college in a couple years, so I think it’s good to get him familiar with the kitchen more!

The recipe is pretty simple but there is some room to add your own ingredients and make it to your own preference. For instance, I use less salt, but add some more spices to the mix. And I am sure that when Bay makes his own spaghetti (maybe for his own kids!) he’ll adjust the recipe to his own tastes.

As expected, the spaghetti sauce is yummy, and the meatballs were especially good! He did a great job mixing, forming, and browning the meatballs, only complaining about splattered oil 2 or 20 times. 😆

Earlier in the day, I watched the local High School marching band pass by our house as they marched through the neighborhood. My 13-year-old son is looking forward to joining the band when he goes to High School, but he still has one more year in Middle School. But he’s excited to see his friends who have become Freshmen marching in the band.

"Marching Band" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/750 sec, ISO200
“Marching Band” Cedar Park, 2017

I hope you had a great day!


Pinball and Dinner

"Pinball Action" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
“Pinball Action” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today I dropped off my wife and 15-year-old son at the airport for their month-long trip to Japan. Then, I worked the day at the office before meeting my visiting brother and 13-year-old son at Pinballz for some fun arcade games. It was great playing pinball and some old consoles like Tempest! Had a great time and enjoyed a nice beer as well.

After that, it was time for dinner and my brother wanted some southern food, so we went to Mouton’s Southern Bistro. I’ve wanted to try this restaurant for several years now, so this was a good chance. The food was delicious and the portions were generous as you can see below! So stuffed… ☺

"Chicken Fried Steak" Leander, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/150 sec, ISO200
“Chicken Fried Steak” Leander, 2017
"Jambalaya & Etouffee" Leander, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO200
“Jambalaya & Etouffee” Leander, 2017
"Po-Boy" Leander, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.2, 1/140 sec, ISO200
“Po-Boy” Leander, 2017

I hope you had a great day!


BBQ with my Brother

"Family Dinner" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“Family Dinner” Austin, 2017


Today we took it easy and slept in. We were pretty tired from yesterday’s travels, and my brother is still on West Coast time, so it worked out nicely. We pretty much just hung out at the house all day, watched the Dodger game, and then went out for a yummy dinner.

My brother wanted to sample some Austin Barbecue, so we headed to Freedmen’s for some brisket, ribs, pork belly, slaw, and potato salad. We also got salmon and pit-chili, and it was all so good! Austin has so many great BBQ places, but Freedmen’s flies a bit under the radar. However, it’s some of the best BBQ in town!

"BBQ Poses" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/550 sec, ISO200
“BBQ Poses” Austin, 2017
"Big Rib and Brisket" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
“Big Rib and Brisket” Austin, 2017

I hope you had a nice day!


Another School Year Finished

"Bye Sun" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/210 sec, ISO200
“Bye Sun” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How are you doing?

Wow, another school year is in the books! Today was the last day for the kids’ 7th grade and Sophomore years. I can’t believe how much they have grown. It seems like just yesterday that we were at the hospital welcoming them into the world. 😳

But time marches on. Looking forward to making more good memories!


Concert Night

"Final Concert of the Year" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/45 sec, ISO3200
“Final Concert of the Year” Cedar Park, 2017

Koa and the middle school honors band performed their last concert of the school year. It was fantastic! Unfortunately, we cannot post the video until after July because the performance was being recorded for a contest that ends in July. But it was amazing. I’m always blown away at how good they sound. A very proud papa!

Hope you had a nice Wednesday!

Mother’s Day

”Cloudy" Tokyo, 1998
”Cloudy” Tokyo, 1998

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today is Mother’s Day! Unfortunately, Mariko had to work this morning, so she didn’t get to hear the kids wish her a happy Mother’s Day good morning since they slept in late. But when she returned home this afternoon, we celebrated with mimosas and her gift, which was a Fitbit Blaze. She’s been very active lately, so she wanted to track her steps and heart rate. I think the Fitbit Blaze is a good watch for this!

This evening we celebrated at Alamo Drafthouse movie theater and watched Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2. What a fun movie! Highly recommended. Funny to see Tango and Cash together again, although they never shared any scenes.

Today’s photo is of another old film scan of a photo I took in 1998 in Japan. I applied a lot of noise reduction to this on in Lightroom and it looks a little painterly. I kind of like it. 😊


Dinner Out

"Adult Beverage" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/80 sec, ISO6400
“Adult Beverage” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。Well, to wind down the weekend, a cold beer hits the spot, doesn’t it? And to accompany the icy Asahi, we had a bunch of delicious sushi! 🍣 Or should that be the other way around? I guess it depends on your mood. 😆

"Dinner Out" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec, ISO3200
“Dinner Out” Austin, 2017

I hope you had a nice Sunday!


Boxing Night

"Boxing Poster" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO1600
“Boxing Poster” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight my 15-year-old son and I went to a pay-per-view boxing match showing at a local movie theater. I had not been to one before, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but it was kind of what you would imagine: watching sports tv on a very big screen with a bunch of other people. 😀 The main event featured Mexico’s top two fighters, Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. with Canelo being the heavy favorite. But before the big fight, there were three undercard fights, which were all pretty entertaining.

What made it fun was that the crowd was really into the fight. I’d say 75% of the crowd were Mexican or Mexican/American, and lots of the crowd cheered when their fighters were introduced. And in the post-fight interviews, they were laughing without needing to wait for the English translation. It was cool to feel the energy from the crowd, even if we were all watching the live event from hundreds of miles away.

Anyways, the main bout was a bit disappointing because Chavez Jr. didn’t put up the kind of fight everyone was expecting. On the other hand, Canelo fought exactly as expected, which was with precision and power. He won every single round and had Chavez Jr. bleeding from the nose within the first minute. It was a very one-sided fight. Still, a fun event and I am glad we went.

As you can see from today’s photo, we received fight posters with admission, and the designs were pretty cool!

The next big fight will be in September, and Bay said he definitely wants to go. 🙂

I hope you had a nice Saturday!