Marching Band 2020

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/350 sec, ISO200
“Rehearsal on the Pad” Cedar Park, 2020

This year’s marching band season is continuing on, but of course it’s not nearly the same. For instance, there are no competitions, and the band will not be traveling to away football games. The actual show they are working on is designed to keep the kids socially-distanced, and all the kids wear masks (and many have face-shields as well).

I went to the rehearsal today to see how they were doing, and was really impressed with the mask-wearing. This was honestly a big concern for me. But I think it will be okay.

Houston Move-In

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“Matsu” Houston, 2020

We helped Bay move into his new place in Houston today. He’ll be living off-campus, which we think will be safer than living in the residential college. His roomies are all architecture students as well, so they will be living in the same small circle. Also, there are only about 25 total sophomores in the Architecture program so it will not be difficult to social-distance. I like the precautions that Rice is taking for the Fall semester and fingers are crossed that everyone will remain safe. What a time we’re living in.

Today’s photo is of a cool pine tree outside of Bay’s new place. It looks like a Japanese painting!

DIY Project

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“Designing” Cedar Park, 2020

Bay and I have been working on a project at home: shelves and walkways on our living room wall for the cats to enjoy. The first step was for Bay to design it, and he went used his new skills as a rising sophomore architecture student to create a modular system.

In the photo above, Bay is referencing the designs he created on his laptop. I like this photo because I used to sit the same way when I was a kid. 😊

We’re still working on it, but the project is coming along nicely!

Coconut-Miso Salmon Curry

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“Coconut-Miso Salmon Curry” Cedar Park, 2020

In a couple of weeks, Bay will head back to school in Houston, but he’ll be living off-campus which means that he needs to prepare his own meals. Therefore, he’s been practicing some new recipes at home and working on his kitchen skills. The dishes that he’s prepared for us have been yummy and tonight’s was no different.

The Coconut-Miso Salmon Curry recipe is from the Kay Chun/New York Times and didn’t look too difficult although there were a couple tricky parts. Mariko is an amazing cook so she helped guide Bay through the parts he was unsure about. I helped out with the easy tasks, such as showing Bay how I would cut the onion, collecting the basil from the garden, and keeping the surfaces tidy.

It’s lots of fun, and so satisfying to watch Bay keep learning new skills and growing as a person. 😊

Driver License Acquired!

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“New License” Cedar Park, 2020

Well, our youngest son got his license this morning!

We were pretty fortunate to be able to make an appointment at the DPS (DMV) just a few days after he passed his driving test. The lady at the driving school said that appointments in Austin were backed up for 5 or 6 months… which would put us at December or January! She suggested to use the online reservations system to look for DPS offices farther away from the city. That turned out to be excellent advice, and we were able to schedule an 8:05 am appointment at the Lampasas DPS, which is an hour north of home. We were the first ones there, and in fact, when we left a half hour later, there was only one other person waiting for her 8:35 appointment.

What a difference this tiny rural office is from the busy DPS mega-center in Pflugerville where we went for Bay’s license and driving test. I highly recommend taking this route and making an appointment away from major cities. It’s like an alternate reality where everything is right in the world. 😀